- An exhibition : Villa Flora, A Time of Enchantment Version française Villa Flora
The Musée Marmottan presents an exhibition of works from the Hahnloser-Büler family’s magnificent Villa Flora, drawing us into their passion for art that shines as brightly today as ever before.
Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser-Büler have amassed a unique collection of works that reflects the best of art of their epoch.
“Living with our times” was Hedy’s maxim.
Their Villa Flora home in Winterthur houses the collection, acquired by Arthur and Hedy between 1905 and 1936. It’s a place where artists would gather, relax and confide. Vallotton was a regular presence. The Villa’s name is well deserved; its magnificent garden is a colorful testament to the Hahnloser-Büler family’s love for flowers.
Bonnard, Renoir, Matisse, Vallotton, and Maillol were close family friends. Arthur and Hedy even bought a villa in Cannes to stay in touch with these artists, visiting Bonnard’s atelier at leisure. They meet Vollard, the famous art dealer, who upon first seeing them enter his boutique gives them the cold shoulver, paying them no attention at all. A small Renoir hidden in a display case catches Arthur and Hedy’s eye. Vollard gives them a price of 6000 francs, and when they return 3 days later its value has increased to 7000. When they demand why, Vollard responds, “art is on the move.”
Ever austere in appearance, Arthur and Hedy evidently surprise with their taste in art. Vallatton must’ve had a hard time imagining the provocative “La blanche et la Noire” hanging over their bed.
The Hahnloser-Büler family’s story is a truly enchanting tale. The love of art that brought them together will live on, I hope, in the magic they brought and continue to bring into their Villa Flora.
I’d like to give special thanks to Nicole Salinger, president of Marmottan’s Association des Amis du Musée, who so graciously welcomed me to this beautiful exhibition.
Curator : Angelika Affentranger-Kirchrath, Conservatrice de la Villa Flora, Winterthur
A film by Nathalie David “Villa Flora, its collectors, its artists” Pitchoun Production.
- One book : Runaway by Alice Munro, published by Vintage
Runaway is a collection of eight short stories that all possess a similar underlying theme: love and its consequences, both positive and negative. Written poetically and with feeling, these realistic-fictional pieces are still able to evoke tangible, relatable emotions in its readers…
- MMARTPROJECT – Book Signing
On Saturday, December 19 at 3 p.m., MMARTPROJECT is organizing a book signing, featuring a selection of works in the Wasted Talent collection dedicated to graffiti culture, published by Editions L’oeil d’Horus.
Artists including Aroe, Babs, Philippe Baudelocque, Darco, Keag, Nascio, and Slice & Zeky will be present.
There will be a selection of works, including numerous works on paper. Drawings, sketches, Throw Up (from the end of ’80s to the 2000s) will be featured, and some reproduced versions done by guest artists will accompany the presentation.
The first exhibition in a selection of iconic photographers is Gautier Bischoff, who is considered one of the most important graffiti archivists in France. His works will complete this unifying event focused on graffiti culture.
From December 19, 2015 to January 9, 2016 – 74 rue Quincampoix – 75003 Paris
Open daily from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. except on December 25 and 27, as well as January 1 and 3.
mmartproject – muriel marasti
T.06 17 36 26 08
- Palais de Tokyo – News
It’s finished! This weekend, as I announced last week, 36 artists were mobilized for freedom and reappeared on the front pages as “les Unes” of the newspaper Libération, a move initiated by David Hervé Boutin and Nicolas Couturieux. Peter Klasen tells me about his encounter with the splendid Lauren Bacall in his dedication to her on his front page, where he writes “Lauren Forever” in neon blue.
We also have Jean-Michel Othoniel, who presents us with a very strong “Une.” The artist was very moved by Chantal Ackerman’s suicide on October 5, and so he painted a red card on her stunning face, like a stain that would mark the filmmaker, who no longer wanted to live because she had presentiments that something bad would happen in the future…and of course we immediately think of the tragic events of November 13.
Thomas Canto was himself very inspired by the great architect of Brasilia, Oscar Niemeyer; Fabien Verschaere reinterprets Foucault’s last interview…
And to finish it all off, I meet Charles de Castelbajac, who is optimistic and ready to launch his dove of freedom!
Prints of these Unes will be published shortly, and be sure to visit Artcurial for the auction on January 27 for the Reporters without Borders (RSF) benefit.
- Palais de Tokyo: “Un grain de toute beauté” Exhibition
Last Friday also saw the beginning of the new “Un grain de toute beauté” exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, bringing together the winners of the 60th Salon de Montrouge. Among these artists is François Malingrey who is a painter and sculptor; I had so much loved the icons that he presented at Montrouge. Here, we have new paintings, and I even take a picture against his self-portrait beside his sister. His characters seem to have come right out of a science fiction film with a kind of disturbing atmosphere that is emitted from his extremely realistic paintings.
Now, I’ll leave you to discover for yourselves the other winners: Marion Bataillard, William Boel, and Arthur Lambert.
Curator: Stéphane Corréard
Commissaire d’exposition : Stéphane Corréard , assisted by Dahlia Sicsic
Les modules fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent – Lauréats du 60E Salon de Montrouge – Un grain de toute beauté
december 11 2015 – january 10 2016
By Florence Briat Soulie
Translated by Erica DeMichel, Wesleyan University, Vassar Wesleyan Program in Paris Fall 2015