Secret Love Stories at Montmartre Mon Amour / Hotel
The French have always been partial to famous flings and the Hôtel Montmartre Mon Amour is the perfect place to discover the secret love stories of some of the most famous French couples. Since Paris is by far the most romantic city in the world, and Montmartre is by far the most romantic place in all of Paris, it seemed a natural choice to renovate an aging hotel into a temple of historic love right in the heart of magnificent Montmartre. Decorated by atmospheric photographer, Sandrine Alouf, Montmartre Mon Amour is a delirious dream of decadence that will delight as much as it will dismay. Vibrantly choreographed to recount the tales of some of France’s most famous love affairs, the giant photographs covering the walls reveal the intimate images of couples in love, while the inscriptions leave eternal messages of hope, admiration and often despair.
Amour / Love
Each of the 24 rooms at the Hôtel Montmartre Mon Amour is elegantly designed with simple yet fashionable furnishings . Each room is also a celebration of love in all its many forms, but only the eight deluxe rooms recount the intimate encounters of famous French personalities, such as Marcel Cerdan and Edith Piaf, Charles Baudelaire and Jeanne Duval, Victor Hugo et Juliette Drouet, Romain Gary and Jean Dorothy Seberg, Guillaume Apollinaire and Louise de Coligny-Châtillon (known as Lou), Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, Paul Gauguin and Tehura, or Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Typically French in their torment, the lost loves of the famous couples did nothing to stop them from living their dream, even though there was not one legally married couple among them. Vivre l’amour!
Secret Love Stories at Montmartre Mon Amour / Hotels
Hôtel Montmartre Mon Amour 7 Rue Paul Albert 75018 Paris
THE FABULOUS DESTINY OF LA FIAC
Created in 1974, as a means to illustrate the richness of the modern and contemporary art scene in France, the ‘Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain’ has mushroomed over the years into an international artistic extravaganza. Showcasing 180 galleries from 24 countries, the 39th edition of the Fiac! 2012 promises to be another memorable event. Maintaining momentum in the myriad of international art fairs, the Fiac! in Paris manages to hold its own through the implementation of very strict quality controls, a well-balanced selection of modern, contemporary and emerging creations, the harmonization of public versus private institutions, and a close eye on the emerging cultural trends.
Beneath the Nave of the Grand Palais the giants of the art world descend, from Larry Gagosian to Chaim & Read, White Cube to Luhring Augustine, Paula Cooper to Sprüth Magers, Massimo de Carlo to Kurimanzutto and many more prestigious names in the high-end art world game. While the ground floor is reserved for the kings and queens, the first floor galleries are home to the princes and princesses, featuring 59 contemporary and emerging galleries, the ‘Secteur Lafayette’, reserved for artists chosen by contemporary arts patron Les Galeries Lafayette. In coordination with the Louvre, the Fiac! 2012 extends its conceptual reach to a program of artistic performances in “Ouvertures/Openings”, blending music, contemporary dance, performance and theater, and featuring renowned artists such as Rodney Graham, Claude Closkey, Gary Hill, William Kentridge or Christian Marclay. Three exceptional performances in the Auditorium du Louvre are programmed to include: “Uncovering that person” by Matt Mullican, “Superstructure” by Hassan Khan and a group performance by “Grand Magasin”.
Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain / International Contemporary Art Fair
Following in the footsteps of past events, the Fiac! 2012 fair continues to branch out, spreading its artistic tentacles all about the city, in an attempt to conjugate art and culture in new and interesting ways. The fascinating franchise known as “Hors les Murs” takes monumental sculptures, installations and other artistic endeavors outside the walls and into the gardens that gratefully punctuate the Parisian paysage. Creative inspiration can be found in the Jardin des Tuileries, le Jardin des Plantes, la Place Vendôme, l’Esplanade des Invalides and in the different spaces of the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum). Surprises await in secret places, such as the spectacular installation of “Sacrilège” by British artist Jeremy Deller, that will send every child screeching through the giant inflatable version of Stonehenge, originally presented at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.
The Fabulous Destiny of the Art Fair / Fiac! 2012 - October 18-21, 2012
(Thursday – Sunday 12 noon – 8 pm, Late night Friday until 10 pm)
Grand Palais Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris M Champs-Elysées Clemenceau
(Photo Credits: T.S.Eliot, 7 September 1970, Collage © Robert Overby, Estate of Robert Overby,
Represented by Cherry & Martin/ Hat With Photograph, 2007, © Hans-Peter Feldman, represented by ProjecteSD)