Category Archives: Art & Culture

Art and culture news related to Paris or other cities

Marina Agostini

Photographs of Paris (and other places) by Marina Agostini, a young photographer and architect whose sensibility I greatly appreciate. Please visit a more complete selection of her work at

Photographs reproduced by permission of the artist

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Gare du Nord at the Institut Néerlandais

Starting today, the Dutch Institute in Paris shows Gare du Nord, an exhibition that retraces Paris from the 1920s to the 1960s as portrayed by photographers from the Netherlands. Sensitively curated, this is a very exciting show, well worth the visit for anyone with a love for photography, Dutch art and culture, or Paris. And why, indeed, should one not love all three!

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Paris: Portrait of a City by Jean-Claude Gautrand

The spectacular breadth and quality of the iconography spawned by Paris is, alone, a demonstration of the importance of this city in human culture.

Taschen has published an imposing photographic portrait of Paris, bolstered by an excellent text. It is a volume indispensable to anyone who wants a definitive – or as definitive as one can be in the limited space of 572 pages – iconographic recounting of the last 150 years in the life of Paris. Continue reading

Paris’s Architecture Museum: La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

Tourists parade by all day past the doors of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. Inside, unbeknownst to them, is a sizable and very worthwhile architecture museum. If you are a curious traveler to Paris, I can only encourage you to push the door of the Palais du Trocadéro and discover what is inside.

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Oberkampf was first created in 1978 by a bunch of kids who hung around the Gibus, a little concert hall in rue du Faubourg du Temple, a stone’s throw from République. The catalyst was the new music that was coming in the form of 45s from London, primarily the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. Joe Hell, who joined the group in early 1979, remembers: “You really have to put it back in context. In 1977 the music was disco, Genesis, Pink Floyd, the Stones getting old… and the Stones wasn’t my music, it was my big brother’s music. Then, when I saw what they [the Sex Pistols] looked like, I said: “That’s it! That’s what I think!””

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Greater Paris has a lively, informative and iconoclastic magazine: Megalopolis, part of what may be an international trend of highly localized quality journalism.

The subject of this magazine is the city of Paris, the whole metropolis, in all its facets. In the words of one of the founders: “We launched this magazine with the conviction that it was time to focus on the metropolis, that it was a terrain for investigation and reportage that was not being covered by any quality title.” Continue reading

Contributions by Alain Bublex

Alain Bublex explains that his contemporary art piece, Contributions, has its source in the urban planning work of Le Grand Paris. He says that looking at the output of the international consultation for Le Grand Paris made him realize that he didn’t actually know Paris, that many of the places mentioned by the architects and planners were known to him – as they are to many people who would say they know Paris, I might add – only in name.

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