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#319 - from 24 October 2013 to 30 October 2013

Elad Lassry, Eggs (detail), 2010, photograph, painted frame, 37x29x4 cm. Private collection. Courtesy the artist, thanks to 303 Gallery, New York (exhibition Cookbook, Palais des Beaux Arts, Paris).


High cuisine steps into the museums

Cooking is a form of art and for some time great chefs such as Fernand Point, Fernand Oliver, Troigros and today, Bras, Gagnaire, Redzepi and Blumenthal have acquired a reputation worthy of artists or architects. The Futurists once celebrated themed banquets; that of 1929 in Torino still lives in people’s memories. Today’s dishes are compositions of colors and forms that with modern techniques such as liquid nitrogen or sodium alginate can make painters’ palettes and sculptors’ reliefs seem secondary. Authors of comic strips crossed the threshold of museums. It is undoubtedly now the turn of these great chefs to do the same. The great pope Ferran Adria was celebrated last summer at Somerset House in London. Now, at the Ecole des beaux-arts in Paris a larger selection includes Alleno, Bottura or Scabin, whose works are dissected as those of the great classic Masters, starting with sketches and preparatory drawings… Artists are also invited, including of course Daniel Spoerri, with his reliefs of meals, as well as the rare Gianfranco Baruchello. He was born in 1924 and is therefore a contemporary of Bocuse. Half-way between Dadaism and performance, he questions our food universe. And, the cherry on the topping, certain dinner-exhibits are in the program…
Cookbook, l’art et le processus culinaire at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, from 18 October 2013 to 9 January 2014.

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Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Portrait of an Unknown Man, 1521 (1524?). Oakwood, 50 x 36 cm. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado. © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

Dürer, a true man of the Renaissance

FRANCFORT – It is very rare to have the opportunity to see all together as many works by Albert Dürer (1471-1528), one of the major artists of the Renaissance. Approximately 200 works of which many are prints, the art form the gold gilder’s son excelled in. But not only: there are drawings as well as a beautiful selection of paintings. Albert Dürer was a pioneer of copyright and mail order sales as well as salesmen and a favorite of the princes. The anecdote of Rudolf II having a company of men on foot carry The Feast of the Rosary from Venice to Prague remains well known. Dürer was a virtuoso not only of portraits but in natural history (his Hare is a universal best-seller), an illustrator of painted glass and a writer. The panels of the famous Heller altarpiece have been brought together for this event while works by his contemporaries (Lucas de Leyde, Bellini or Schongauer) help the viewer better understand his restless genius, which in his famous Melancholy delivers a manifesto of Western neurosis …
Dürer at the Städel Museum, from 23 October 2013 to 2 February 2014

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The Iroquois myth

BERLIN – Right next to the Apaches, the Sioux and the Cheyennes, the Iroquois from the North of the United States and Canada have marked Western imaginations in a lasting manner. The Martin-Gropius-Bau dedicates a large retrospective to their history and their culture (Photo: lithograph by J. Honegger. Zurich 1840). From 18 October 2013 to 6 January 2014.

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Pinault on Seine

PARIS – The Collection Pinault has momentarily left its Venetian sanctuary in the Palazzo Grassi for a brief stop-over at the Conciergerie and presents some of its flagship works of art (Photo: Tetsumi Kudo, Your Portrait, 1970-75). From 21 October 2013 to 6 January 2014.

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Australian passions

PARIS – The Maison rouge pursues its exploration of private collections through the world. The latest one comes from the other side of the glove. That of David Walsh, the founder of the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania, goes from Marina Abramovic to Felice Varini. From 19 October 2013 to 12 January 2014.

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The 1001 talents of Le Nôtre

VERSAILLES – The conclusion of a major year dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Louis XIV’s famous gardener,< b>Le Nôtre en perspectives shows all the aspects of his genius: a landscape artist, a hydraulics engineer as well as an architect, drawer, collector. From 22 October 2013 to 23 February 2014.

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Andreas Bowers, courtesy Kaufmann-Repetto

The roaring fortieth

PARIS – It is an eternal rite, always respected: the FIAC is back, more beautiful and stronger than ever. So they say. After a certain void, the event is back to celebrate its 40th anniversary with 184 galleries from 25 countries. France, the host country is ahead with 55 galleries, the United States with 33 and Germany with 22 galleries. The best defense is always to push forward and consequently the FIAC has little by little taken over spaces for its “beyond the walls” program, such as the Jardin des Plantes and the Cour carrée of the Louvre, the banks of the Seine Rive gauche up to the esplanade of the Petit Palais. This last venue will host a monumental sculpture by Dubuffet. The FIAC is in a constant universe-type expansion, and has thus generated night openings of certain non-participant Parisian galleries (24 October), cooked-up a rich program of performances and invented unusual spaces. An example of the latter: artists’ films will be projected in a very particular room, a 14-seat container set up in the Jardin des Tuileries…
FIAC, from 24 to 27 October 2013.

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Lot 3: Apollinaire, De Chirico, Calligrammes, Paris, Gallimard. Estimate: €25,000-35,000

Souvenirs of a bacteriologist book lover

As soon as he received his diploma in bacteriology, Sam Berkman founded BioScience Laboratories. He was born in 1916 in Chicago into a family originally from Central Europe. His laboratory went on to become one of the main laboratories of medical analysis in the United States. At the age of fifty, once his industry was well established, he developed a passion for books, and over three decades he built a superb collection, of which the most beautiful examples come from other unforgettable auctions, such as that of J.R. Abbey in London in 1970. Two years after Berkman’s death this array of European publications was presented at an auction. Among the most remarkable ones, the first edition of the< i>Calligrammes by Apollinaire illustrated by De Chirico and bound by Bonet (€25 000) or the very famous Jazz by Matisse published by Tériade in 1947 (€80 000). There will be other works at friendlier prices – a few hundred Euros- of quality publication sin limited series, such as the Duthuit illustrated by Masson, Duhamel by Vlaminck, or Giono by Kisling.
Bibliothèque Sam Berkman et les Kahnweiler d’une collection anglaise at the hôtel du Louvre (Paris) on 25 October 2013.

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Paper lace

The sub-title adds “Cinq siècles d’histoire” (Five centuries of history). Indeed, the first canivets (paper cut out with very sharp pocket knives –canifs- hence their name) date back to the beginning of the XVIth century. The book draws up an exhaustive panorama of this type of minor but fascinating genre. This minute type of work occupied Spanish nuns as well as Dutch bourgeois ladies or Swiss sheperdesses. Many of these works remained anonymous but a few names have survived such as that of Jean Huber (1721-1786), the founder of the Swiss school, or Johann Hauswirth, the creator of a classic motif, the climb up to the high mountain pastures. Prayers, wishes of happiness, love letters and even school reports have generated remarkable exercises. It is quite surprising to the see the current vitality in the genre, represented by artists such as Werner Gunterswiler, Heinz Pfister or Regina Martin.
L’art du papier découpé par Felicitas Oehler, Ides et Calendes, 2013, 254 p., €29

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BOGOTA – The contemporary art fair ArtBo will be held from 25 to 28 October 2013

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PARIS – The Outsider Art fair, dedicated to art brut, will hold its first French edition at the hôtel A, from 24 to 27 October 2013.

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PARIS –The Cutlog fair (contemporary art, video) will be held at the Atelier Richelieu from 24 to 27 October 2013.

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PARIS –The YIA fair (Young International Artists) invests various exhibition areas, from 23 to 27 October 2013.

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PARIS – The Art Elysées fair (XXth century art) will be held from 24 to 28 October 2013 on the Champs-Elysées.

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