19 janvier 2017 § 2 Commentaires
Musee d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne = MacVal, an incredible discovery! Built in 2005, it is the first contemporary art museum outside of Paris, in the banlieue (suburbs). The building stands out from the surrounding area’s architecture: clean, modern and spacious. This museum has such a peaceful and « breath-able » atmosphere. Just the day before I was at the Orangerie and my experience there was not the best due to the crowd. If you want to discover french contemporary artists without looking like a tourist, MacVal is for you.
Among the exposed artists: Jean-Luc Verna with his intimate illustrations in a black shiny room, the claping hands by Melik Ohanian and Morgane Tschiember with « Six Soleils »: a beautiful installation with a mirror game +ropes, which was definitely my friend’s favorite as well as mine. The suspended moon shaped mirror in the middle of the exposition room gave a floating feeling to visitors.
Each artist has played with the museum’s spacious architecture to propose a very consistent presentation.
There is a nice garden with a little water fountain housing a duck family where you can sunbathe, if the weather allows it.
Where? Place de la Libération, 94404 Vitry-sur-Seine – To go there: RER D, then local bus. For more infos, check here.
8 novembre 2015 § 3 Commentaires
Left in abandon for decades, the City of Paris has decided in 2006 to renovate the space and transform it into a photography gallery. It is hard to believe that there is such place in this area: a children playground is facing the modern building and the surroundings are mostly kebab joints and clothing shops.
But most importantly, you will have to stop at the Bal’s Café as the food is really really.. awesome ! Two chefs, Alice Quillet and Anna Trattles are cooking british inspired dishes with lots of creativity. The week end brunch is quite popular here: pancakes, scones, bacon & eggs.. For cakes, they are the same sold at the coffee shop Ten Belles: pumpkin muffin topped with yogurt, crunchy cookie and the chocolate-raspberry tart.
Where? 6 Impasse de la Défense – 75018 Paris
10 septembre 2015 § Poster un commentaire
The first Rose Bakery that has opened in the left Bank of Paris is at la Maison Rouge, a contemporary art gallery located near Quai de la Râpée in the 12th arrondissement. I already wrote an article about Rose Bakery last December, you can find it here. The particularity of this RB is the bright space and and the proximity with the art installations. You literally have the impression to eat inside the museum while playing table soccer. The decor of the restaurant changes three times per year, maybe it will be different to my pictures at your next visit!
For vegetarians, Rose Bakery is a top spot as many dishes on the menus are suitable for them. Contrary to the other addresses, it is very calm as few people know there is a RB here. Perfect for a quiet week end brunch on the rive droite if you want to avoid the crowd!
Where? 10 boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Article written in collaboration with Museeum.Net
31 août 2015 § Poster un commentaire
For those following me on Instagram & Facebook, I am also writing articles in the TASTE section of the amazing e-mag MUSEEUM. Behind this project, Julia Tarasyuk and Lina Kobeissi, who are bringing a visit to the museum to a whole new level through the 5 senses. Did you know that you could play table foot at la Maison Rouge after a photography exposition? Or have you ever heard of the secret terrass near the Grand Palais?