Galerie Mingei

I could spend days on visiting the art galleries near Saint Germain des Prés. One of the most impressive is Galerie Mingei, where sublime Japanese bamboo design is exhibited. Works of such artists as Wada Waichisai and Suemura Shobun are all here (some where presented with Loewe not a long time ago during Salone Del Mobile in Milan). Those weaved forms are so harmonious and relaxing…

Photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Laurence Esnol Gallery

Laurence Esnol Gallery was born from an encounter between a couple of art collectors and a painter. Drawn by their love for art, Laurence Esnol and Daniel Aïdan opened a gallery dedicated to the works of one artist, H. Craig Hanna. Inaugurated in 2008, the gallery is today located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in the heart of (the most Parisian) art quarters in Paris. The team has since dedicated its passion and energy on promoting a renewed idea of contemporary art, through the paintings of H. Craig Hanna – Laurence Esnol Gallery being the only permanent showroom of his work. Laurence Esnol Gallery has also broadened its commitment by supporting other artists trough temporary exhibition. Whenever I’m in Paris, I always visit this beautiful place.

7 rue Bonaparte / Paris

Photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Black Models at Musée D’Orsay

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach that combines the history of art and the history of ideas, “Black models: from Géricault to Matisse” exhibition at Musée d’Orsay explores aesthetic, political, social and racial issues as well as the imagery unveiled by the representation of black figures in visual arts, from the abolition of slavery in France (1794) to the modern day. Designed to provide a long-term perspective, the exhibition looks more particularly at three key periods: the era of abolition (1794-1848), the new painting era up to the Matisse’s discovery of the Harlem Renaissance and the early 20th century avant-garde movement and the successive generations of post-war and contemporary artists. The exhibition primarily focuses on the question of models, and therefore the dialogue between the artist who paints, sculpts, engraves or photographs and the model who poses. It explores the way in which the representation of black subjects in major works by Géricault, Manet, Rosseau, Cézanne and Matisse and many others evolved. Here are some of the wonders from this very moving exhibition (open until 21st July 2019)…

Photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Brutto Gusto

Whenever I’m sure I know Berlin well, it proves me that I’m completely, completely mistaken – that’s the charm of this city! Even Mitte, a neighborhood that is often referred to as no longer off-beat, but not yet mainstream, has some secrets hidden from me, especially on the Torstraße (that doesn’t just end on Soho House Hotel). One of them is Brutto Gusto, a place that’s blurring the lines between a flower shop and fine arts gallery. You will find here both, a delightfully big, blue hydrangea, and a ceramic artwork with a 13,500 euro price tag. Like one of those Carolein Smit‘s sculptures, that are temporarily exhibited at Brutto Gusto (until 12.01.19). Smit explores disturbing motifs, that simultaneosly repulse and attract. But when you notice the meticulous craftsmanship that is involved in every work of hers, there’s no way you will turn away from it. The place as well sells artisan pots, vases and glassware, all that coming straight from the studio.

Torstraße 175 / Berlin

Photos by Edward Kanarecki and via flatlandgallery.com