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Le Festival du Merveilleux au Musée des Arts Forains

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Paris is renowned for its world-class museums and galleries, yet it also has many quirky museums that are off the beaten track, and Musée des Arts Forains is one of them. This private museum opened in 1996 and it is located within the Les Pavillons de Bercy, the 19th century wine warehouses built [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Photography, Travel, Paris and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, paris, photography, museums, funfair


The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
 
Opened in October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton was designed by star architect Frank Gehry in the Bois de Boulogne adjacent to Jardin d’Acclimatation.
Commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the Chairman of LVMH, the $143 million sails-inspired glass building is a contemporary art museum consisted of 11 galleries, an auditorium, a restaurant, a bookstore [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Paris, Art, Gardens & parks, Contemporary and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, paris, parks, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Louis Vuitton Fondation, Frank Gehry


Autumn in Paris

Posted on October 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

 

 
I had originally planned to visit Maison et objet, the mega design trade show in Paris at the beginning of September. Yet an unexpected event happened at home and I decided to postpone by trip by about a month.
I wasn't quite mentally prepared for the trip, but the beauty of Paris [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Art, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, gardens, sculptures, street life


Contemporary art & design exhibitions in Paris

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

 Baitogogo by Henrique Oliveira at Palais de Tokyo
 
My last post on Paris is about the contemporary art and design exhibitions I visited this summer...
I have quite conflicted feelings towards contemporary art, I find some work stimulating and groundbreaking, yet others totally pointless... it is almost hard to find a middle ground. However [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Paris, Art, Design and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, architecture, paris, contemporary art, palais de Tokyo


Contemporary architecture in Paris

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

Institut du Monde Arabe
 
If you were asked to think of contemporary architecture in Paris, what buildings would pop up in your head? La Defense? Pompidou Centre? Louvre's Pyramid? Unlike London, contemporary architecture is not as visible, but they are there, slightly hidden in various parts of Paris. And the architect who contributed [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Paris, Design, French design, Contemporary and was tagged with paris, French design, Jean Nouvel, contemporary architecture


Paris Asiatique

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

Musée Guimet
 
Aside from the Japanese gardens in Albert Kahn's museum and gardens, there are many other places in Paris for Asian culture enthusiasts because the French have always had a passion/interest in Asian arts and culture, much more so than the English. Although London is a multicultural city with many great [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Paris, Meditation & Buddhism, Art, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Asian art and was tagged with paris, Chinese art, gardens, Japanese art, Asian art, Buddhist art


Albert Kahn Museum and gardens

Posted on September 9, 2014 by Toothpicker

Traditional Japanese garden
 
In recent years, nature has become an important part of my life. Even though I still enjoy cultural activities in different cities, I also have the 'need' to connect with nature when I am in London or during my travels.
As I spend more time in nature, I also became interested [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Paris, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks and was tagged with Japanese designs, paris, gardens, Albert Kahn


Parks and gardens in Paris

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

Jardin des Tuileries 
 
When overseas friends visit London for the first time and they asked me for recommendations, I would always say, "museums and parks". Not only they are free ( which reaffirms the statement, 'the best things in life are free'), but it is hard to find the same offering elsewhere. Although Paris [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Paris, Gardens & parks and was tagged with nature, paris, gardens, parks


Paris: The art of visual merchandising

Posted on September 6, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
For years I have wanted to be a visual merchaniser. I even tried to apply for a job, but without previous experiences in the field, it would be hard to land a job in this field unless you are a newly-graduate or willing to work for peanuts.
Visual merchandising is an art [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Travel, Paris, Visual merchandising and was tagged with shopping, paris, visual merchandising


Street life in Paris

Posted on September 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
This summer, a few overseas friends who visited both Paris and London told me that they enjoyed London much more than Paris. When I asked them the reasons, they said that the streets of Paris feel unsafe and chaotic, whereas London feels more vibrant and safer. I wasn't surprised by this as [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Travel, Paris, Markets, Films & documentaries, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, Homelessness and was tagged with paris, Markets, graffiti/ street art, short films, cycling, street life, homelessness


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