All posts in Royal Saint-Honoré

You’re in Paris for the summer and don’t know what to choose from the multitude of possible visits? It’s not surprising. To understand Paris and seize the essence of the City of Lights, there’s nothing like taking a stroll, during the day or at night, to learn more about the monuments which have made the city famous and which offer a plunge into the history of Paris. To guide you through the wealth of historical and cultural treasures in the French capital, we have selected five key places to discover during your stay.

#1 : Roy Lichtenstein Exhibition at the Pompidou Center

From Wednesday, July 3, 2013 to Monday, November 4, 2013 10a.m. – 9 p.m. at – 19 rue Beaubourg 75008 Paris – Rambuteau station (line 11) – centrepompidou.com

Considered as the great master of American painting, Roy Lichtenstein did not limit himself to his role as the leader of Pop Art. He was also one of the most imaginative experimenters with matter and an inventor of icons. Through a corpus of one hundred twenty-four paintings, sculptures and prints, the Pompidou Center is now celebrating a pioneering artist with an exceptional artistic career. Along with the enlargements of cartoons and advertising images and the use of items of everyday consumption, which make up the most well-known part of his work, the presentation places the accent on an impressive re-reading of modern art, from Picasso to Cézanne. The exhibition, which was made possible with the assistance of the Tate Modern in London, covers the entire body of work by Roy Lichtenstein and attempts to reveal the atypical approach of this unconventional artist.

Roy Lichtenstein

#2 : Leonardo da Vinci: Projects, Drawings, Machines at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

To August 18, 2013 – Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – 30, avenue Corentin Cariou – 75019 Paris from Tuesday to Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) – Corentin Cariou station (line 7) – cite-sciences.com

Just where did Leonardo da Vinci find the inspiration for drawing his incredible machines?

A courtier at the side of Francis I and a Renaissance painter and musician, Leonardo da Vinci was also famous as a scientist and engineer with an insatiable imagination. All summer long, you and your family can follow the path of this dreamer who, in his Clos Lucé country manor, revolutionized the techniques of his time and designed the forerunners of our modern machines. This temporary exhibition is especially entertaining and is built around the magnificent collection of the Museo Nazionale della Scienza in Milan, bringing together the full-scale models made in Italy according to drawings from the master’s well-known notebooks.

Leonard De Vinci Cité des Sciences

#3 : A Pleasant Promenade: 400th Anniversary of the Birth of André Le Nôtre in the Tuileries Garden in Paris

From Saturday, May 25, 2013, to Monday, September 30, 2013 Tuileries Station (Line 1)

Summer 2013 is dedicated to Le Nôtre
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of André le Nôtre, the Louvre Museum has organized a series of events to glorify the genius and ambition of this exceptional landscape artist.

The official gardener of Louis XIV, he was requested by Queen Catherine de Medici, who passionately loved gardens, to build a large park for holding sumptuous celebrations that would adorn the Royal Tuileries Palace. The Tuileries Garden is still the oldest and most extensive public garden in Paris and is thus a choice area for a stroll through greenery in the heart of Paris between the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde. For the occasion, the garden features signing which gives information on Le Nôtre’s main elements of composition and the means at his disposal in the seventeenth century for creating the French-style garden from the ground up.
Jardin des Tuileries Le Nôtre

#4 : Fountains Night Show – Château de Versailles

Every Saturday from July 20 to September 14, 2013 in the Château de Versailles – RER C direction Versailles Château (25 minutes from the Invalides station) – chateauversailles.com

Discover another aspect of the most majestic of royal residences. Built in 1682 by Mansart at the request of Louis XIV to reveal the grandeur of the French monarchy to Europe, the Château de Versailles is a vestige of monarchical splendor and one of the masterpieces of French architecture. It is an indispensible visit for all those who love history and the outdoors. After crossing the Hall of Mirrors or strolling through the King’s apartments, we suggest you spend some time in the parks and gardens which have made the Château’s reputation. When night falls, they become a magical pathway, where basins and copses sparkle with water and color, making the castle gleam with a thousand sparkles. Nighttime visits are possible every Saturday from July 20 to September 14, 2013 (the fountains are turned on at 9 p.m.).
Château de Versailles

#5 : Keith Haring : The Political Line at Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

From Friday, April 19 to Sunday, August 18, 2013 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris 11 avenue du président Wilson 75016 Paris – Alma Marceau station (ligne 9)/ Pont de l’Alma station(RER C) – mam.com

Until August 18, 2013, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris highlights a less familiar aspect of the work of Keith Haring. One of the most well-known artists of his time (1958-1990), Haring is still a symbolic figure of Street Art, who stands out for his incomparable style and enigmatic signs. However, his subway wall paintings, paintings and sketches are not without commitment; behind their characteristic aesthetic, they were meant to deliver a strong message in favor of social justice, the march toward modernity and the combat against AIDS. We invite you to discover this important retrospective on the “Radiant Baby” artist, where over one hundred works from international museums are shown together.

Keith Haring The Political Line

Did you manage to find the time to come to Paris this winter ? In case you did not, we have been window shopping for you on the Avenue Montaigne and on the Champs Elysées where you can find the most iconic french luxury brands.

Dior (rue François 1er & Avenue Montaigne)
dior-paris-02
dior-paris-03
dior-paris-04
dior-paris-05
dior-paris-06-jadore
dior-paris-07-baby-dior
dior-paris-08-kids

Zadig et Voltaire (rue François 1er)
zadig-voltaire-paris

Chanel (Avenue Montaigne)
chanel-paris-01

Louis Vuitton (Avenue Montaigne)
Louis Vuitton Paris Avenue Montaigne 1
Louis Vuitton Paris Avenue Montaigne 2

Louis Vuitton (Champs Elysées)
Louis Vuitton Paris Champs Elysees 1
Louis Vuitton Paris Champs Elysees 2

Lancel (Champs Elysées)
Lancel Paris

Cartier (Champs Elysées)
Cartier Paris

During the FIAC 2012, several pieces of art were displayed outdoor turning a few places of Paris such as the Jardin des Plantes and the Place Vendome into actual open-air museums.

FIAC 2012, Jardin des Tuileries & Place Vendôme

Sinfonietta of Light by Susumu Shingu

FIAC 2012, Jardin des Tuileries & Place Vendôme

The Origin of the World by Marc Quinn

FIAC 2012, Jardin des Tuileries & Place Vendôme

BBZ by Aaron Curry

FIAC 2012, Jardin des Tuileries & Place Vendôme

Sleep and echo by Matthias Bitzer

FIAC 2012, Jardin des Tuileries & Place Vendôme

Blue Candle by Mark Handforth

FIAC 2012, Jardin des Tuileries & Place Vendôme

Yorkshire Soul II and Istanbul Blues by Jaume Plensa

FIAC 2012, Jardin des Tuileries & Place Vendôme - Yorkshire Soul II by Jaume Plensa

Yorkshire Soul II by Jaume Plensa

FIAC 2012, Jardin des Tuileries & Place Vendôme - Istanbul Blues by Jaume Plensa

Istanbul Blues by Jaume Plensa

Bonne rentrée

Sorry, this entry is only available in Français.

You are spending the summer in the capital and you are bewildered by the choice of outings available in Paris. This is not something new; this great city that is filled with history and its culture is overflowing with unusual and unique places to visit. One can wander about the sites checking out monuments that are known throughout the world as well as streets and picturesque sights in a city that bears the stamp of history yet remains contemporary. To help you choose, here is a selection of five sites to be visited for the first time or re-discovered this summer.

#1 : Take another look at the story of the Titanic at the Musée des Arts et des Lettres

Dive into the accounts and artefacts of the most famous massive ocean liner. During the night of 14 April 1912, the passenger liner, Titanic, of the White Star Line, a shipping company operating the transatlantic route, sunk off the coast of Newfoundland, five days after beginning her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

© Coll. privée / Musée des lettres et manuscrits – Paris

Today, one hundred years after the disaster, this terrible shipwreck still has the power to shock. As a tribute, the Musée des Arts et des Lettres of Paris is exhibiting about twenty exceptional documents and manuscripts on the subject of the Titanic. One of these is Helen Churchill Candee’s (1858-1949) unique 36-page diary that inspired the character of Rose in James Cameron’s famous movie. This manuscript that provides an eyewitness account of the disaster tells the emotional story of the voyage of this survivor. The writer describes the carefree attitude and joy of the passengers until the notorious night of 14 April 1912 when everything changed.

Musée des arts et des lettres 222, boulevard Saint-Germain – 75007 Paris.
Tuesday to Sunday from 10h to 19h, Thursday evenings until 9:30 p.m.
Entrance : 7 €, Free for under 12


#2 : A meeting of the worlds of Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs at the Musée des Art Décoratifs

What would this capital city be like without its love of fashion? The museum of Les Arts Décoratifs is currently shining the spotlight on two of the most significant players in the world of beauty and luxury: Louis Vuitton (1821-1892) and Marc Jacobs.

Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs – Coédition Les Arts Décoratifs /Rizzoli

This coming-together of two designers gives visitors a new outlook of their influence on the fashion world during two key periods: the industrial revolution at the end of the 19th century and the globalisation of the beginning of the 21st century. The exhibition is organised on two floors, one floor for each creator. The backdrop of the exhibition is designed by Samantha Gainsbury and Joseph Bennet. The exhibition not only presents the designers’ key works but also the operations behind their success. The visitor gets to know Louis Vuitton’s three principles: ongoing improvement and well-managed expertise, giving entire satisfaction to the clientele and a relentless search for new products. The genius Marc Jacobs was able to exploit these fundamentals in his work on the cultural conventions of the Louis Vuitton fashion house as well as in putting forward a new take on these conventions. Check it out.

Les Arts Décoratifs 107, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11h to 18h, Thursday evenings until 21h. 9, 50 € / 8 €.

#3 : A journey through time to the heart of prehistoric research… at the Palais de la Découverte.

Delighting youngsters and grown-ups every year, the objective of the Palais de la Découverte is to teach in an amusing way. The exhibition includes demonstrations and hands-on interactive experiments. Science is for everyone. This year, families will be able to travel through time with the “Prehistory, an investigation” exhibition.

© EPPDCSI / V.Castro

Just like real detectives, visitors can investigate a crime scene that is 7,400 years old: Téviec’s double grave. The questions abound. Who are the two humans buried one beside the other? At what age, in which period and how did they die? And what is the meaning of all the shell jewellery they are wearing? The only way of finding out is to open an investigation. In order to do this, budding detectives can make use of a range of modern archaeological tools broken down into the following 5 investigative areas: “technological”, “chronological”, “environmental”, “anthropological” and “social”. In addition to the investigation, the exhibition’s decor is remarkable, particularly thanks to the recreation of a section of flora and fauna from the prehistoric era. A journey 7,000 years into the past, exploring the history of our ancestors, that is open until 6 January 2013.

Le Palais de la découverte, avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt – 75008 Paris. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 to 18:00 and Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 19:00. Admission: € 8 / € 6. € 3 surcharge for the planetarium and 1.50 € for some workshops.

# 4 : A moment of Glamour at the Crazy Horse.

Check out the glamorous side of Paris and the eroticism of the Crazy Horse’s shows and its sophisticated dance routines.

© Antoine Poupel Crazy Horse Paris

This site that was founded on the love of women, the human body, dancing and spectacle in 1951 always offers new surprises for the pleasure of its visitors.
This summer, check out the “Desires” show, a pageant produced by the famous choreographer Philippe Decouflé supported by Ali Mahdavi’s artistic direction. With the involvement of a key figure in alternative humour, Philippe Katerine, who wrote the final song. The show is composed of a series of original ‘turns’ and glamour shows with special effects, new musical rhythms and elegant sexy costumes. This magical location that has continued to fascinate people for over 60 years, has already attracted numerous celebrities, some of whom have featured as “Guest Stars”, such as Dita Von Teese, Arielle Dombasle or, more recently, Christian Louboutin.

Le Crazy Horse, 12 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris. « Désirs » Sunday to Friday and 22:45 to 20:15 and Saturday at 19h, 21:30 and 23:45. Show (+ ½ bottle of champagne) from 85 €.

# 5  : The head spins at the Jeu de Paume

Can you tell truth from fiction? This is the question on everyone’s lips as you pass through the corridors of the Laurent Grasso exhibition. The filmmaker’s intention is to bewilder visitors with a series of short films and paintings that are troubling, worrying and moving all at the same time.

 

© Laurent Grasso / ADAGP, Paris, 2012

Looking through cut-out windows in a dark corridor, visitors catch sight of objects and videos, the origin and age of which are often not easy to ascertain. Each one of these works raises many questions thereby transforming the familiar into an experience that is psychological and sometimes physical. Mythologies and beliefs, that are viewed through a disturbingly and occasionally worrying aesthetic filter. The visitor is invited to take part in the diplomatic cortège of the pope’s funeral in 2005 as well as see a falcon’s eye view as it flies over the desert and the lunar landscapes of the United Arab Emirates. These images that are both magical and intriguing can be enjoyed at the Jeu de Paume until 23 September 2012.

Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde 75008 Paris. Open 11am to 21pm on Tuesday and Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 19h.8 € 50, 5 € 50

The Hôtels du Roy are committed to a global approach of ecological optimization. The Group uses the best of the Green Label and Green Globe approaches while building on practical experience and looks forward to 2012 normalization and improved customer comfort. Actions concern equipment and personnel, as well as suppliers. Working with this complete chain has enabled obtaining first results.
Read more…