‘“But let the Medici rest in peace in their marble and porphyry tombs; no one did more for the glory of the world, neither before nor after them, not princes, kings or emperors.”
Shall you ever come to Paris before mid-February, I highly advise you to pop by one of the city’s hidden museums, Musée Maillol, for its latest exhibition Le Trésors des Medicis.
The Medicis were a very influential 16th century family whose wealth and prosperity benefited many artist, scientists and humanists. As a result, they gathered an incredible collection of paintings, sculptures, jewels and other memorabilia.
The experience of the visit itself is unforgettable: strolling along the corridors, one can marvel at some Bronzino paintings, a sculpture by Michel Angelo, Galileo’s telescope, pearl earings, diamond and ruby cups, an ivory necklace, lapis lazuli bowls, chiseled precious stones, detailed and colorful marquetry, a Brazilian chef’s red feathers coat, crystal vases, a bronze horse head, some early medical observation drawings, and many, many other curious, beautiful, delicate, inspiring and extraordinary lively objects.
A time traveling experience not to miss!
Street art today is either worshipped or badly cursed. Since Space Invaders, Banksy, Le Rat and their controversial works made the headlines (and a film), a generation of graffiti artists is on the rise. They use stencils, pencils, sculptures, posters, aerosols, chalks and/or paper-cuts to cover our dull walls and color our lives.
A UK street artist is setting himself apart. To all those who castigate graffiti and deem it an outlaw, dirty and disrespectful art, he opposes his environment-friendly method. Paul Curtis, aka “MOOSE”, creates art by cleaning the dirt from walls using a shoe brush, water and elbow grease.
It’s clean, it’s cool and it’s beautiful.
I truly believe wine is a magnifier of friendly interactions, positive inclinations and spontaneous communication. Tonight, I was lucky to be invited by Miss Vicky Wine at her latest Paris Wine Tasting. It was in a trendy bar packed with people: fashion crazies with jaw-dropping outfits for an exhibition opening, rock’n’roll groupies for a trendy gig and wine lovers for Vicky’s wine selection. Oh! and a fat bulldog called ‘Venus’ was everywhere to be seen. Everybody had headed out there – after a long day at work, despite the public transport strikes and the chilly night – so as to share one (or more) glass(es) of wine.
And it felt good to be there. Good to sip a liquid that warms the body and heart. Good to be amongst friends or friendly strangers. Good to be there and belong.
Wine is the way forward; Wine me up!
Filed under FWY, Paris, wines
The Creative Internet is all here. This gem of a presentation could feed this blog for the next decade but I wanted to share it with you in its entirety. It shows that people together create beautiful things. The Web 2.0 really did encourage collaboration, inspiration, connectedness and interactions.
It’s suRprising, awing and eye-opening on human beings’ cultures, hopes and dreams. Thank you Josh for sharing this!