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6 exhibitions not to be missed in Paris this summer
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We are going to tackle the beautiful season and a number of remarkable exhibitions are coming to an end this summer. We present here a selection of exhibitions worth a visit with a particular focus on one of them.

Subodh Gupta, at the Monnaie de Paris, an image of the world until August 26

The Monnaie de Paris, which is one of the oldest companies in the world, still active, is installed in a beautiful mansion of the late eighteenth century. The institution presents an artist whose works are part of the most famous collections in the world. This retrospective is the first exhibition in France dedicated  to Subodh Gupta. 

Born in 1964 in New Delhi and son of a modest family, Subodh Gupta grew up in the Bihar. His work consists mainly in a decontextualization of banal objects of everyday life, to deliver a critical reflection on the turbulences of our world.
"In India, in the small towns, there are two types of works of art for the middle class that can be seen: The art of calendars and the sculptures of the gods and goddesses present in the temples. But we could not see contemporary art, "he says.
"In the theater, I was responsible for makeup, I played, I created the posters of the shows, I was responsible for ticket sales. All these things have influenced me and still inspire me, as long as this allows me to express myself "

"The Pot is in the water and the water is in the pot" (Subodh Gupta, 2012)is a vision of the exile of people left behind.

"Twenty years ago, 90% of Indians used stainless steel utensils in everyday life. It was a very common material for the country. Cookware describes the food. An empty plate describes hunger or even death. A full plate describes abundance, prosperity and life "(Subodh Gupta)
"Faith Matters" (2007-2008) presents "tiffin boxes", these lunch boxes that the Indians use to carry their meal for the day. The tifflin boxes are moving on a treadmill. The work bears witness to the famine that affects populations whil4 others are transporting more and more food from one point to another in the world.

"The skull is a vanity of life and at the same time, in India, it appears in many rituals. In India, vanity is represented by the skull which covers various aspects "(Subodh Gupta)​
Very Hungry God (Subodh Gupta, 2006), is a contrast between opulence and misery

SUBODH GUPTA, LA MONNAIE DE PARIS FROM 4/13 TO 8/26
11, Quai de Conti 75006 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Wednesday until 9 PM 

https://www.monnaiedeparis.fr/en/temporary-exhibitions/subodh-gupta
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Other exhibitions to see

Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich, the Russian avant-garde at the Pompidou Center until July 16

"Magnificent exhibition at the Pompidou Center artists of the Russian avant-garde and their contrary ideas. From Chagall, figurative and dreamlike, and from Malevich, the theoretician and master of thought. Modern art makes its revolution "(Le Figaro 04-14-2018)
From Wednesday to Monday from 11 am to 9 pm and until 11 pm on Thursday
https://www.centrepompidou.fr/cpv/resource/c8rApMx/raERpxg
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Delacroix at the Louvre until July 16th

The Louvre has taken up this real challenge by bringing together for the first time as many works by this artist who was as innovative in his time as he was productive.
Saturday to Monday, 9 am to 6 pm. Night visits on Wednesdays and Fridays until 10 pm
https://www.louvre.fr/en/expositions/delacroix-1798-1863
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From Calder to koons, jewels of artists at the Museum of Decorative Arts until July 8

The Museum of Decorative Arts gives us a unique opportunity to discover a rather exceptional collection of jewellery by artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Man Ray, Ernst, Dubuffet, Louise Bourgeois, Rauschenberg, Calder and many others.
Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and until 9:00 PM on Thursdays
http://madparis.fr/en/about-us/exhibitions/current-events-1322/musee-des-arts-decoratifs/de-calder-a-koons-bijoux-d-artistes-la-collection-ideale-de-diane-venet-en/
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Diego Giacometti at the Picasso Museum until November 4

This exhibition presents the exceptional order of 50 pieces placed by the Museum to Diego Giacometti (Alberto's brother) on the occasion of its inauguration in October 1985, just before the artist's death.
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM and the weekend from 9:30 to 6:00 PM
http://www.museepicassoparis.fr/en/diego-giacometti/

Nymphéas (Waterlilies) The American Abstract Art and the last Monet at the Orangerie until August 20th

This event celebrates the centennial of the water lilies. When all the Nymphéas were inaugurated in 1927, it sparked a very mixed craze. It was only after the Second World War that the New York art scene placed Monet as an essential source of abstraction. The exhibition confronts American painters from the current of "abstract impressionism" with Monnet's late works.
From Wednesday to Monday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/en/event/water-lilies-american-abstract-painting-and-last-monet
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Le Grand Véfour, one of the best restaurants in Paris
What will you discover in this wondrous place?

Exceptional cuisine, an extraordinary setting, a historic palace, and a world-class chef. These are the ingredients that make up this exceptional restaurant, which is a 10-minute walk from the Relais Saint-Honoré.
Photo credit Jérôme Mondière

History

The restaurant opened in 1784, back then known as Café de Chartres. The decor has remained unchanged ever since, despite the revolutions and wars that the establishment has undergone.
Napoleon Bonaparte, Mac Mahon, and Georges Sand have sat on its benches. Victor Hugo had his napkin and his regular dish, which never changed: vermicelli, mutton breast, and white beans.
Jean Cocteau also became a loyal customer of the restaurant and would even draw there (menu opposite). The rooms also have several of the artist's drawings. Jean Marais, Sacha Guitry, Colette, who stayed above the restaurant, André Malraux, Louis Aragon, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir also regularly came to Le Grand Véfour.

Decor or a Time Machine?

The decor borrows from styles such as Rococo and Transition, and will immerse you in the mood of good taste that the nobility and the bourgeoisie of the time appreciated. It's hard not to be impressed when you walk through the front door.​

 

The Chef

Guy Martin is ranked by the World Master Arts of Culinary as on of the seven best chefs in the world. He has received countless distinctions and awards. He is also the author of many books, making him probably one of the most productive chefs. This self-taught Savoyard started in the business at 17 as a pizzaiolo. Le Grand Véfour received its first Michelin star only 6 months after its arrival in 1985, 28 years ago. Le Grand Véfour got its 2nd star in 1995 and its 3rd star five years later, which it kept uptil 2008.

The Menu

But how expensive is this high flying gastronomic restaurant? The lunch menu, including an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert is €155 and the tasting menu, served in the evening, is €315.
For example, you can taste the foie gras ravioli with truffled cream (€98), one of Guy Martin's signature dish, which has been on the menu since 1985. It represents his "contemporary" cuisine, made of noble products, worked with richness and indulgence, inspired by his travels.

Foie gras ravioli with truffled cream (€98)

There is the Blue lobster, with colored tomatoes and water, olive oil from la Fare les Oliviers  and black salt (€118), served warm. It is a subtle range of summer flavors. Then there is also Guy Martin's other mythical dish: the oxtail parmentier with truffles (€112)

To conclude this high-flying menu, you can choose the dark chocolate Manjari cube with 64% cocoa, filled with oranges and pomegranates, whose acidity is softened by a sorbet and a coconut biscuit. The waiter told us to hit the cube with the back of the spoon in order to begin eating without making to much noise. We owe this desert to Mourad Rachdi, the pastry chef of Le Grand Véfour, it is as gourmet as it is pretty.
Enjoy!

Manjari Cube, raspberries with lemongrass and tarragon, shortbread with oat flakes (€40)


GRAND VÉFOUR
17, rue de Beaujolais - 75001 Paris
Monday to Friday, from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm and from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tel. 01 42 96 56 27
http://www.grand-vefour.com/en/
 

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The legendary Angélina tea house
All about what made this place famous
This legendary tea room, located under the arcades of Rue de Rivoli and facing the Tuileries Garden, was founded in 1903.
Its Belle Epoque decoration by Edouard-Jean Niermans (Hotel Negresco - The Moulin Rouge) is rich in frescoes, mirrors, marbles, moldings and gilding, tapestries, and porcelain services...
Marcel Proust frequented the tea house. Coco Chanel, who lived next door at the Ritz, had a soft spot for hot chocolate and also came here. After her, there was Audrey Hepburn, Serge Gainsbourg, and others.


 
Sébastien Bauer is the tea house's head pastry chef. This thirty-year-old already has a brilliant career behind him: he was a pastry chef at the Ritz and the Bristol before becoming the creative director alongside Pierre Hermé.
Our first tip is to visit Angelina preferably during the week. You will avoid waiting in line at the entrance; however, the line does move quickly. Nonetheless, expect a slight wait.
Angélina is particularly known for its hot chocolate and Mont Blanc. To come to Angélina and miss these two mainstays of the house would be a shame.
The hot chocolate, called "l'Africain" (€8.20), is an old-fashioned hot chocolate composed of three cocoas originating from different areas of Africa: Niger, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire. Thick chocolate is served in a porcelain pitcher with a dish of whipped cream. It is reputed to be among the best in Paris.


Mont-Blanc is the other must at Angélina. It is composed of a base in meringue, a light whipped cream, and topped with Ardèche chesnut cream vermicelli (€9.20). The cream is dense and not too sweet, which allows it to develop a strong chestnut flavor reminiscent of candied chesnuts.


Paris-New York and Mont Blanc
The sufficiently sweet meringue is crisp and crumbly even at its center. The whipped cream is very light and not too sweet. Mont Blanc lovers will appreciate this wonderfully done cake. done.
You will also be tempted by the Paris-New York. This is a revisited version of Paris-Brest made of a choux pastry, a praline cream with pecans, and a center made of crunchy pecan praline (€ 9.00).


Angélina offers a € 39 brunch consisting of a hot drink, fresh-squeezed fruit juice or a fruit cocktail, mini pastries and Moisan organic bakery rolls, a main dish and a dessert of your choice, and a glass of champagne.




La brioche perdue served with the Brunch
Eating "on the go" is possible every day from 11:45 until 18:30 with club sandwiches, croque-monsieur or croque-madame, quiches, and omelettes. Priced from  €16 to  €27.
Finally, at the delicatessen, you will find hot chocolate, chestnut cream, teas, cookies, spreads, chocolate bars, chocolate praline truffles, chocolate-covered almonds and coffee beans, and other delicacies...



 


ANGELINA PARIS
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 7 pm - Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm

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Restaurant du palais Royal, one Michelin star
The gourmet restaurant to try after a nice stroll 
We had mentioned it in our article on the Palais Royal. This beautiful place, that well-deserves a visit, reveals a small pearl of French gastronomy located 750 meters from the Relais Saint-Honoré. This restaurant, which obtained its first Michelin star last year, has the merit of offering a very pleasant terrace in a quiet and special place.


The interior decoration, entrusted to the architect Christophe Tollemer, is contemporary and elegant but more classical and intimate in the private dining rooms.





Philip Chronopoulos, the Modigliani of the ovens here, is a thirty-year-old Athenian trained at the Paul Bocuse Institute. After participating in the opening of the London Robuchon Workshop, he joined Alain Passard's team at L'Arpège (3 Michelin stars), then again Joël Robuchon laboratories where the dishes of the group's restaurants are created, and then he participated in the launch of L'Atelier Robuchon Etoile. It is finally in 2015 that Philip Chronopoulos arrived at the Restaurant du Palais Royal to create a French cuisine with Mediterranean influences.
The menu offers a lunch menu at 55 € with an appetizer, 4 courses to choose from, and 2 desserts to choose from. You will notably be served the "Egg of my childhood", the menu's classic, which is the chef's grandfather's egg à la tomato: A puffed ravioli dough that contains a flowing egg yolk at its heart in a tomato sauce with heather honey and Cajun spices. The menu offers appetizers between € 34 and € 56, main dishes between € 48 and € 88, and desserts between € 19 and € 25.
You can taste the "Milky herbs, candied Château Chalon chestnuts and walnuts" (42 €): A tart formed in a brick with pieces of chestnuts and mushrooms accompanied by a mousse of goat cheese and fresh herbs, highlighted with a chickpea juice. All at once, the tart is crisp, the mousse is light and melting, while the chestnuts and mushrooms provide something to sink your teeth into. Beautiful


Milky herbs, candied Château Chalon chestnuts and walnuts 
The "Octopus with smoked pepper, caramelized new potatoes" (€ 42), is a roasted octopus accompanied by diced celery and lemon, new potatoes, piquillo red peppers, and salicornia in tempura, with watercress and fried garlic powder in a smoked pepper cream.


Smoked pepper octopus, caramelized new potatoes 

Finally, "Scallops, red kuri squash with almonds and black truffle" (88 €) is served on a bed of green cabbage with a white wine mussel sauce. Some gnocchi add mellowness. It's excellent. 


Scallops, red kuri squash with almonds and black truffle 
And if you aspire to levitate your senses, you can find these dishes in a 7-course tasting menu where the dishes all represent those that are the most teasing for the taste buds as thi Saint Pierre white fish with white asparagus and ginger carrot gnocchi and this rack of piglet grilled with chanterelles and coffee aromas











RESTAURANT DU PALAIS ROYAL
110 Galerie de Valois - 75001 Paris
Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon to 2:30 pm and from 7 pm to 10:30 pm
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 40 20 00 27
www.restaurantdupalaisroyal.com





 
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