There are some names in the world of modern art and design that are at risk of being forgotten if we don’t take the time to study their work. The most extreme and influential voices don’t always come from the performance artists in the streets or the fine artists in galleries. Sometimes they are women like Charlotte Perriand that articulate ideas through interior design and architecture. This winter, the Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton is housing a series of her greatest work, including the Ideal Apartment she created back in the 1920s.
In the Faubourg Saint-Germain, not far from our Hotel de la Motte-Picquet, the Bon Marché department store offers the opportunity for a thoroughly delightful shopping session. This renowned store boasts all the culture and authenticity that is synonymous with the Left Bank. Discover this historic brand that has left a profound impression on the world since being complete revamped by the entrepreneur Aristide Boucicaut and his wife in 1852.
Yann Arthus Bertrand is one of the leading environmental photographers of the last century. His work takes viewers on a journey through the natural world with stunning landscapes and aerial shots. This summer, Paris is treated to a retrospective show on the rooftop of the Grande Arche that takes viewers through 50 years of his work.
The Musée Maillol presents an exciting exhibition featuring often overlooked artists whose work is described as naive or primitive modern, and who followed in the footsteps of Henri Rousseau and Séraphine Louis. Situated close to the Musée Maillol in the 7th arrondissement, the Hotel de la Motte Picquet recommends that you experience this original artistic approach that produced dreamy and colourful works full of charm.
A gallery with a difference recently opened on the Seine – not on the banks of the river but on the water itself. Fluctuart is Paris' new floating art centre and it promises to be an important space for the French urban art scene.
The Royal Opera in Versailles is one that has been a little unloved in recent decades. The stunning set was created back in 1682 for the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette and was a great architectural feat. In the 19th century, the room was taken over by Senate. It wasn’t until 2009 that it went back to being a space for the arts. Yet, this was the only time that the public could see the architecture – if they had paid to see a show.