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Contemporary art at the Louvre. Since 2007, the Louvre museum has opened up to contemporary art as can be seen from the commissions, appearances and exhibitions of more and more living artists at the establishment. In charge of this ambitious programme,

Marie-Laure Bernadac is seeking to create a dialogue between the collections at the Louvre and current artistic creation, as in the invitation made to Picasso in 1947 to display an exhibition of his work in the Grande Galerie or the commission from Georges Braque for a ceiling. In the same vein, the French conceptual artist François Morellet quite recently inaugurated the commission “L’Esprit d’escalier” with the creation of glass windows for the Lefuel staircase in the Richelieu wing. Whilst respecting the constraints of the site, particularly the size and the ancient ironwork of the panes of glass, the artist’s creation illuminates this space with a new light thanks to the way it superimposes the reversed design of the existing grill against the old outline.

On March 25th, it will be the turn of the American artist Cy Twombly, to reveal the museum’s third special commission, the painted ceiling of the Salle des bronzes grecs. Not forgetting that in 2007, it was the German artist Anselm Kiefer who inaugurated a monumental painting and two sculptures at the museum. For the start of 2010, and until June 21st, it is also possible to see the superb and enigmatic neon inscriptions of the American artist Joseph Kossuth, one of the leading and founding artists of conceptual art, installed in the old ramparts, the keep and the crypt of the medieval Louvre. During the last few months, works by important artists have also been present in the temporary exhibitions at the Louvre, for example, the Belgian Jan Fabre, the Chinese Yan Pei-Ming and even the French Christian Boltanski and Pierre Soulages.

MUSÉE DU LOUVRE
Place du Carrousel, Paris 1st
Tel +33 (0)1 40 20 50 50
www.louvre.fr

 

Reopening of the Jardin des Plantes greenhouses


For 2010, the international biodiversity year, the reopening of the Jardin des Plantes greenhouses is already considered to be a major event, in Europe as well as Paris, because the question of plant biodiversity is such a major concern today. Located in the Jardin des Plantes, not far from the Seine and the Gare d’Austerlitz, the four entirely renovated and re-laid out greenhouses have undergone considerable work by architects, scenic decorators, scientists and gardeners, as well as associations specializing in disability. These classified buildings, of which the oldest dates back to 1714, had become especially fragile and dilapidated, suffering particularly from extremes of temperature and the effects of humidity. Their renovation started in 2005 to give them back their original appearance and modernize their functionality. From May, the public will once again be able to plunge into the natural world at any time of year for botanical discoveries. The scenographic aspect of the renovation of this veritable museum of the living plant world is revealed to the visitors who are guided through the greenhouses by an “intelligent” creeper of steel rubber. You enter through the large greenhouse of wet rainforests, built in 1935. The atmosphere here is hot and humid with dense vegetation, similar to that of a real rainforest. The paths are lined with ficus, palm trees, banana trees and vegetation from all over theLarge trees, shrubs, large herbaceous plants, creepers, ferns and orchids; all these plants reflect the flora of the rainforest. The visit continues to the greenhouse of deserts and dry environments. Plants from deserts are displayed here in five plant displays defined according to the strategies they use to survive with a lack of water. A little further on in the New Caledonia greenhouse, you will discover the floral richness of this French, Pacific island considered to be a hot spot for world biodiversity. Five environments are found here:
humid forest, dry forest, scrubland, savanna and mangrove swamp. In the New Caledonia greenhouse, 76% of the plant species are endemic. The route finishes with the history of plants greenhouse where you discover modern representations of plant groups that existed in the past, fossil pieces and  reconstructions of extinct plants. Nearly 430 million years of the evolution of plant life are therefore traced here.

MUSEUM NATIONAL D’HISTOIRE NATURELLE
Jardin des plantes
57 rue Cuvier, Paris 5th
Tel +33 (0)1 40 79 56 01

www.mnhn.fr

 

The new designer hotel, Secret de Paris, which pays tribute to the capital


Sandrine Alouf, photographer and “atmosphere creator” as she defines herself, has just finished the decoration for the Secret de Paris, a new designer, four star hotel located near to place Clichy. This artist-decorator is already responsible for beautiful creations such as the Apostrophe Hôtel, the Sublim Eiffel and the One by the Five suite of the Five Hôtel. With Secret de Paris she continues to show her talent and the poetic style of her creations. Whether it is creations for public places like the RER Luxembourg station, or the cosy universe of Parisian four star hotels, she offers the public a place to dream and contemplate. Secret de Paris is no exception to this rule with its 29 guestrooms, unique in their genre. In each one, a Paris Secret vision and experience is offered every night. The most beautiful monuments and museums of the capital, from the Petit Palais to the Louvre or Concorde inspire the decoration of each guestroom as well as communal areas. During a stay at the hotel, guests are invited on a special journey to the Musée d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower or even the Opéra Garnier, reinterpreted by Sandrine Alouf. A veiled reference to the Paris art world is offered in the two rooms located on the top floor of the hotel, transformed into artists’s workshops. Here, you will find all the comfort and state-of-the-art technology you would expect from a four star hotel: 40 inch, extra flat screen TV with more than 40 channels including 2 cinema and 2 premium sport channels, DVD player, Mp3 player, free high speed Internet access, the possibility of having a direct telephone and fax line, safe big enough to hold a computer … not forgetting the perfect soundproofing of all rooms. The aesthetics are also ecologically conscious thanks to several measures taken to protect the environment such as the intensive use of LED (light-emitting diodes) and 50% of the electricity consumed is  provided by renewable energy sources.

HÔTEL SECRET DE PARIS****
2 rue de Parme, Paris 9th
Tel +33 (0)1 53 16 33 33
www.secretdeparis.com

 

“I was in” revamps the world of souvenir shops


As Paris is the most visited capital in the world, it is important that its souvenir market is up-to-date with the latest trends, and so it is, with the new brand “I was in”. The hawkers at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and the shops on rue de Rivoli now have competition from two new “I was in” stores, one situated near to the Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall) and the other at the Carrousel du Louvre. To the great delight of tourists collecting new and fashionable products, the “I was in” designers have already conceived more than one hundred souvenir objects in four categories: accessories, men, women and children. The collections are exclusive and entirely conceived, produced, packaged and distributed by “I was in”. This new brand aims to become the world leader on the souvenir market, and to open 10 new sales points in Paris in 2010/2011 and around 50 on the 5 continents by 2013.

I WAS IN
4 rue du Renard, Paris 4th
Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st
www.iwasin.fr

 

Coming soon:

Culture
- Closure of the Musée Picasso for renovation work (August 2009 to 2012)
- Partial closure for the re-organization of the impressionist galleries at the Musée d’Orsay, by Jean-Michel Wilmotte
(from December 2009)
- Closure for re-organization of the Musée du Luxembourg (January 2010-2011)
- Reopening after restoration of the Sainte-Chapelle at the Château de Vincennes (mid April 2010)
- Opening of the new areas of the Grand Palais, including the Alexandre-III rotunda, the Salon d’honneur and a 700 m2
exhibition gallery (in 2010)
- End of the restoration of the north tower of the Saint-Sulpice church (end 2010)
- Opening of the Fondation Jérôme-Seydoux-Pathé for cinema, built by Renzo Piano at 73 avenue des Gobelins (2010)
- Reopening of the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique (December 2010)
- Renovation of the Monnaie de Paris by Philippe Prost with the opening of restaurants and shops and the creation
of a 500 m2 zen garden (from 2010 to 2011)
- Reopening of the Musée Galliera after renovation (spring 2011)
- Opening of the new Islamic Arts department in the cour Visconti at the Louvre (2011)
- Renovation of the Maison de la radio (2006 to 2012)
- Opening of the Louis-Vuitton foundation for contemporary art (2012)
- Reopening of the Musée de l’Homme after full renovation (2012)
- Creation of a Paris Philharmonic concert hall in the park of La Villette (end 2012)
- Creation of a 250-seat theatre under the Carreau du Temple (November 2013)
- Opening after renovation and extension of the old cinema Le Louxor in the 10th arrondissement (2014)
- Redevelopment of the Champ-de-Mars (2014)
- Creation of a museum within the Palais-Bourbon (date to be defined)
- Reopening of the Musée Ernest-Hébert (date to be defined)
Urbanism
- Opening of the Cité de la mode et du design (autumn 2010)
- Opening of Cinélilas, a cinematographic complex with park in the east of Paris (end 2010)
- Launch of the self-service electric car hire service with 3,000 vehicles in 1,000 stations in and around Paris
(September 2011)
- Harmonization and clarification of Parisian taxi signs (2011)
- Opening in the 13th arrondissement of the Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (2011)
- 10,000 m2 extension of the Parc André-Citroën and installation of fountains, refreshment areas and merry-go-rounds
(2011-2012)
- Re-design of the Beaugrenelle district (2012)
- Expansion of the Parc des Batignolles (2012)
- Extension of the tramway to the east of Paris, from porte de Vitry to porte de la Chapelle (2012)
- Creation of 12 hectares of green space and sports facilities at the Hippodrome d’Auteuil (2012)
- Extension and modernization of the Hippodrome de Longchamp (2013)
- Construction at the Porte de Versailles of the 180-m high Triangle tower block with panoramic lift and and park of
8,000 m2 (2013)
- Renovation of the district Les Halles (2010-2014)
- Construction of the Tour Phare at La Défense – a 300-metre-high tower block with panoramic restaurant by American
architect Thom Mayne (2011 to 2015)
- The re-design of the Île Seguin by Jean Nouvel, with a centre for music, a centre for contemporary art, art galleries,
guinguettes (outdoor cafes) with dancing and a 4-hectare garden (2015)
- Redevelopment of north-east Paris, between porte de la Chapelle and porte de la Vilette, creation of the Evangile
station on RER line E, green spaces, a university campus, businesses and services (2012 to 2016)
Leisure
- Transformation of La Machine (ex-La Loco), into a cafe, shop, champagne bar and new club with Moulin Rouge
theme (2012)
- Reopening after renovation work of all the Parc zoologique de Paris in the Bois de Vincennes with 1,000 animals of
130 species separated into 6 “biozones” including a 2,000 m2 aviary and a 100m long greenhouse (2012)
- Renovation of the Molitor swimming pool, a gem of art deco from 1929 and creation of a 98-bedroom **** hotel,
with two restaurants and a balneotherapy centre (2012)
- Extension and modernization of the Roland-Garros tennis stadium, with a project for a 15,000-place centre court
with mobile roof, to host the French internationals, the Masters Series and the Fed Cup (2013)
Accommodation
- Reopening after renovation work of the Royal Monceau under the Raffles label, decorated by Philippe Starck (mid
2010)
- Opening of the Shangri-La Hotel**** with 109 guest rooms in the 16th arrondissement (October 2010)
- Opening of the Crowne Plaza**** in Boulogne (2010)
- Opening of two Marriott hotels (2010)
- Opening of the design hotel Hi Hôtel by Matali Crasset rue de Charonne (2010)
- Opening of the Pavillon des Lettres**** in the 8th arrondissement, with 26 rooms each associated with a letter of
the alphabet and a writer (autumn 2010)
- Opening of two hotels (Première Classe and Kyriad) at Porte de la Villette (end 2010)
- Opening of a Park Inn hotel (group Rezidor), *** category requested (end 2010)
- Closure for extension, renovation and upgrading work of the Relais des Halles** followed by a request for 3-star
classification (end 2010 to 2012)
- Opening of the Hôtel W Paris-Opéra by the Starwood group in the district of the Grands Magasins (February 2011)
- Opening of a hotel Mandarin Oriental, with 150 guest rooms at 247 rue Saint-Honoré, labelled High Quality
Environmental standard (2011)
- Renovation and modernization of the Bois de Boulogne camping site (2011)
- Opening of a Buddha Bar boutique hotel (2nd half 2011)
- Transformation of the Kléber International conference centre into a 200-bed palace by the chain Peninsula Hotels
(2012)
- Opening of the biggest youth hostel in France, with 320 beds, rue Pajol in the 18th arrondissement (end 2012)
- Transformation of the former La Samaritaine department store into a luxury hotel, Le Cheval blanc, with some
100 rooms overlooking the Seine, a conference centre and shops (2011-2013)
- Creation of an ecological hotel complex Pierre & Vacances/Disneyland Paris with 7,000 houses (2010 to 2020)
- Opening of a small luxury hotel by Gérard Depardieu with seven guest rooms at 95 rue du Cherche-Midi in the
6th arrondissement (date not specified)
Gastronomy
- Reopening after renovation and extension work of the Mini Palais at the Grand Palais, under the direction of
Michelin starred chef Éric Fréchon from the Bristol hotel (May 2010)
- Opening of an organic themed restaurant overlooking a vegetable garden in La Villette, created by architects Gilles &
Boissier (spring 2010)
- Opening of the Phantom de l’Opéra, restaurant at the Opéra Garnier (2010)
- Transformation of the Théâtre du Renard into a restaurant (2010)
- Opening of a new restaurant at the Centquatre (2010)
- Opening of a restaurant with conference rooms in the rotonde Ledoux by the side of the La Villette canal basin
(autumn 2010)
- Reopening of two restaurants à l’Orée du Bois, porte Maillot, in a former pavilion in the Bois de Boulogne renovated
by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte (2011)
Shops
- Opening of a 1,200 m2 Apple flagship store at 12 rue Halévy, behind the Opéra (2010)
- Opening of a Hermès boutique on rue de Sèvres, in the former site of the 1935 listed swimming pool of the hotel
Lutetia (2010)
- Opening of a H&M store at 90 avenue des Champs-Élysées (autumn 2010)
- Opening of the first Abercrombie & Fitch shop in France at 23 avenue des Champs-Élysées (end 2010)
- Opening of a Levi Strauss shop at 78 avenue des Champs-Élysées (2011)