À Bientôt / Au Revoir

Eiffel TowerUntil next time Paris ❤


Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Pierre HermePierre Hermé macarons.

When in Paris one shops, so I visited the department store Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann, near Opéra national de Paris Palais Garnier, to do just that.

Galeries Lafayette Paris

Galeries Lafayette ParisThe interior architecture with its exquisite art nouveau stained glass cupola is quite the sight.

Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Galeries Lafayette GourmetGaleries Lafayette Gourmet with its fine food deli and marketplace full of mouth-watering delicatessen was a true sensory delight.

Tortellini at Galeries Lafayette GourmetAn assortment of fresh tortellini.

Galeries Lafayette GourmetCharcuterie.

La Route des Indes, Galeries LafayetteLoose-leaf tea at La Route des Indes.

Galeries LafayetteThe pâtisserie of my dreams. Pink, pink, and more pink with framboises (raspberries – which I love!), oh and let’s not forget about chocolate… drool! While in Paris, I’ve even tried pink sparkling raspberry wine.

Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

The Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum/cultural center appeared to be just as packed and busy as I would imagine it was when it first opened its doors back in 2014. After queuing (which I detest) outdoors for almost an hour without a pre-booked ticked, I finally made it past the airport-style security check and made it inside.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

As I typically frequent Tokyo’s Espace Louis Vuitton whenever I’m back home in the city, I was excited to discover what the more expansive Parisian sister version Fondation Louis Vuitton had to offer.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisWorks by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).

The exhibition Icons of Modern Art – The Collection Shchukin, which included works by names such as Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Monet, etc. was on display and its exhibition catalogues were selling like hot cakes in the gift shop.

Renoir, Fondation Louis VuittonWoman in Black, c.1876, oil on canvas, by Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).

Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisWorks in the permanent collection by Alexandre Rodtchenko (1891-1956).

Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisAn initial sketch (2014) by renowned architect Frank Gehry for the Fondation Louis Vuitton building, shown as part of the permanent exhibition Architectural Journal Frank Gehry.

Architectural Model for Fondation Louis VuittonArchitectural model for Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Palais de Tokyo, ParisPedro Barateiro, Rumor (Workers), 2015, sculptures in MDF and cement.

Visited the immense Parisian contemporary art center/”anti-museum” Palais de Tokyo. With a total surface area of some 22,000m2, there’s a lot to discover. My visit included two temporary exhibitions (1) Taro Izumi, “Pan” 2) Emmanuel Saulnier, “Black Dancing”) on the ground floor and then a vast, more permanent space downstairs. I’ve selected some snapshots of my favorite elements.

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Palais de Tokyo, ParisEmmanuel Saulnier.

Emmanuel Saulnier, Palais de Tokyo, ParisEmmanuel Saulnier.

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Mel O’Callaghan, Palais de Tokyo, ParisMel O’Callaghan, Performance: To Hear with My Eyes, 2017.

Palais de Tokyo, ParisThe space at Palais de Tokyo is fantastic with its high ceilings, raw, industrial feel. I feel right at home as it reminds me of the big galleries that I used to frequent in Beijing’s 798 Art District. It’s also a bit of a déjà vu to my days spent at Central Saint Martins in their re-purposed, industrial building in Granary Square, King’s Cross.