Appealing Marfa: an Art city lost in the desert of Texas.

Echoing the Donald Judd retrospective at the MoMA, which is a must see this month, let’s take a closer look at Marfa, a marvellous and intriguing art city in the Chihuahuan Desert where Judd took residence in the 1970s.

This landmark figure of American Minimalism designed homes in Texas where he eventually created the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary multi buildings museum which aimed at presenting large-scale installations strongly linked with the surrounding landscape. 

But why and how did Marfa, a tiny town of 2000 residents lost in the desert, become an Art world center? 

The Chinati Foundation ©John Cummings

It all started when Donald Judd acquired an entire army base and installed his own signature aluminium boxes in these two old brick sheds. He took away the garage doors of the sheds and replaced them with glass windows in order to let the desert’s light pass through and reflect on the boxes. A perfect mix of Art, Architecture and Design.

He also designed these 15 famous giant concrete boxes, some of them he left empty in order to grasp the immensity of the desert.

© Martin Robles

Donald Judd vision inspired various artists that came and still come to Marfa, establishing new galleries, hotels and so on. 

Even if today, Chinati Foundation remains Marfa’s main attraction, displaying Judd’s work but also John Chamberlain’s and Dan Flavin’s pieces, there are many places to visit when pilgrimaging to Marfa.

Pass by the Marfa Book Company, the Ayn Foundation, Inde/Jacobs Gallery or the Ballroom Marfa, the gallery behind the Prada Marfa installation of Elmgreen & Dragset.

This permanent installation was modeled after a Prada store as Miuccia gave permission to use their logo: although the “shop” includes luxury goods from the fall 2005 collection donated by Prada it is not a real market place. The building is made up of biodegradable substance a wink and metaphor for American materialism and consumerism. 

© David Solce

More recently, 2019 saw the opening of the first Marfa’s Contemporary Art Fair by-invitation only; the Marfa Invitational created by the new yorker Michael Phelan. He invited nine galleries and offered them to exhibit each one artist. The Marfa Invitational this year is scheduled to run from April 2-5 at Saint George Hall.

Far away from the crowdedness of big cities, the vastness and southwest landscapes surrounding the town could at first stage seem inconsistent with all the architecture and Art that fill this town, however it is actually a perfect match making Marfa an incredible and appealing gem definitely worthing the trip. 


Our top picks for the NYC design events in March & April

  • Reopening of The Met’s British Galleries
    415 5th Avenue Between 37th and, E 38th St, New York, NY 10016

Echoing The Met’s 150th-anniversary year, the 10 galleries will finally open the 2nd of March after a two-years renovation of roughly $22 million.
The space has been re-designed by Roman & William, the AD100 design firm led by the duo Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer. The couple is behind such projects as La Mercerie, or le Coucou among others. The galleries are obviously still devoted to British sculpture, design, and decorative arts between 1500 and 1900 but with a fresh new narrative on the period, focusing on daring entrepreneurial spirit and complex history exploring the trade between artists, manufacturers, and retailers that shaped British design over the years.

The collection will include new acquisitions, particularly works from the 19th century that were purchased with this project in mind.

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State bed from Hampton Court Castle, ca. 1698 Courtesy of the Met

  • Mario Buatta: Under the Influence Colefax & Fowler, The English Country House and American Interior Design
    March 9, 2020
    170 East 70th Street – New York -10021

Come to learn the influence of John Fowler and Nancy Lancaster’s creation of the English Country House style on the extremely popular interiors of Mario Buatta. The panel will include Roger Jones, Director of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler; Emily Evans Eerdmans, Design Historian; Marian McEvoy, Editor of and Contributor to Elle Decor, House Beautiful, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and French Vogue; and Angus Wilkie, Author and Antiques Dealer

Mario Buatta contributed a lot to the English Country House Style and became famous for his “old-fashioned” interiors, impregnated with a strong love for history, and more particularly of the early 19th century. His rooms are colorful, full of flowers or chinoiseries, very eye-catching in opposition to the common whitness of so many homes.

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  • Architectural Digest Show – March 19-22, 2020
    PIER 94 – 55th Street at 12th Avenue – New York City 10019

The 19th annual Design Show will take place at Pier 94 during 4 days and will gather more than 400 brands  and approximately 40,000 design aficionados, professionals or simple enthusiasts in search for products, resources and possibilities. 

The AD Show will propose design seminars, culinary demonstrations, and special appearances as well as thousands of products from furniture, accessories or lighting among others to shop. 

Come take a look at the modern pieces of Malcom Maljer, the Baltimore-based designer, or Zal Divecha’s paper artworks or Simon John’s sculptural furniture and grab the wonderful spirit of creativity that infuses this place.

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  • DIFFA by DesignMarch 26-March 28
    415 5th Avenue Between 37th and, E 38th St, New York, NY 10016

DIFFA stands for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and aim at supporting fight against HIV/AIDS. DIFFA annual fundraiser DINING BY DESIGN will be replaced this year by a 3 days of interactive experiences, workshops, a cash-and-carry boutique as well as some panel discussions. Proceeds from DIFFA by Design will support DIFFA’s fight against HIV/AIDS.

DIFFA BY DESIGN will invite local and international architects, designers, manufacturers, retailers, and other creatives to transform raw spaces into an immersive exhibit.

Tickets are also available for the DBD Gala Chef’s Tasting Menu, held on Thursday, March 28 which will gather renowned designers, architects, and innovators

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  • Small Cool Experience – Industry City, home to the Brooklyn Design District – New York City
    Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 510 a.m. – 6 p.m.Sessions at 10 a.m.,12 noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

Apartment Therapy, the famous lifestyle and interior design media is organizing their first shoppable live event: The Small/Cool Experience that is supposed to launch their Small/Cool annual contest.20 designers will create 20 spaces, among them Emily Henderson, Nate Berkus or Mikel Welch. The public will have the chance to buy every item from brands as West Elm, Chasing Paper, MakeSpace etc.Apartment Therapy will donate the majority of the leftovers items to a nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity New York City.   

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  • Eileen Gray: Spotlight on Eileen Gray’s Materials, A Gallery Tour Series, Architecture – April 15, 2020
    Bard Graduate Center Gallery – 18 West 86th Street – Manhattan, NY 10024

This tour lead by Caroline Constant, honorary member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland will review Eileen Gray’s Architecture at The Bard Graduate School exhibition, running February 29–July 12. 

Gray was one of the few women professionally involved in design and architecture prior to World War II. She’s considered a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture, in the same manner as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe or Marcel Breuer. 

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Eileen Gray circa 1910
Glass Salon designed by Paul Ruaud with furniture by Eileen Gray


Lally & Berger - The Winning Duo

Lally & Berger Studio was introduced by Charles Jouffre (founder of Par Excellence) from Atelier Jouffre to the Meurice hotel’s management. A little while later, Luc and Margaux were hired to renovate the hotel’s 160 rooms and suites over time. The peak of this collaboration throughout the years is surely the unveiling of the Belle Etoile Suite at the Meurice Hotel. Offering the finest view of Paris, the 6,674-square-foot Belle Etoile Suite on the penthouse level of the Meurice hotel is also one of the most spacious suites in Paris. The two designed every delicate detail of the Suite infusing it with character and personality. By showcasing highly-skilled French craftsmanship all along, Lally & Berger Studio truly aimed at offering a warm and convivial atmosphere to create a Suite where you instantaneously feel at home. 

The Suite Belle Etoile features Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne’s rugs hand tufted in wool and silk with cut and loop pile inspired by delicate feathers, Jouffre’s sofa, bedspread and curtains, as well as Meljac fittings. 

You may wonder who hides behind the Lally & Berger Studio. Margaux Lally and Luc Berger met while they were studying at the Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture Intérieure de Lyon in France. As part of their degree they both did an internship in the offices of the renowned French decorator Charles Zana. In 2013 they started their own firm together as they had heard about a project opportunity in Val d’Isère. They met Charles Jouffre for a 5-stars Hôtel project called le Yule. It is fair to say that his meeting with Charles Jouffre symbolizes their first introduction to high-end French Savoir-faire. Since then, they have been working on amazing projects, showcasing both their unique talent and exceptional craftsmanship. Intrigued by this powerful pair, we had the opportunity to interview them about their work for the Belle Etoile Suite and their approach to interior design and craftsmanship. 

What is the secret to a successful duo or team in interior design? 

Margaux L.: Complementarity is the Key of our duo. Together, we draw strength from our differences. We assume the eclectic style of our various projects and readily admit to having quite different personalities. I am more structured and sociable, Luc more patient and something of a perfectionist. However, we both share a passion for exceptional French craftsmanship. We are really complementary in our personalities, our way of working, our skills and it’s a source of strength. This duality makes the project process progress every time. It’s easier to find a solution when you talk with someone. 

Luc B.: For me, we are a team because we are always in the dialogue, as the pieces in our project. When we are not both convinced in a choice or an idea, we know this is not a good solution. We carry on our research until we are both 100% satisfied.

What were your inspirations for the suite Belle Etoile, which has been named “the most beautiful hotel suite in Paris” by AD Middle East?

Margaux L.:  We imagined this suite like a town mansion, a place with character and personality. We wanted each client to be able to take possession of the suite as if it were their own apartment. We used the architectural language of Parisian town mansions, most notably in the materials we employed: marble thresholds, a chevron-patterned parquet, wood paneling, gilding, bronze door handles with handcrafted details… Our approach was one of subtle, refined luxury, which is visible in the details (the embroidery on the broadcloth curtains, the bronze inserts between the parquet and marble flooring…). We wanted to maintain a warm, convivial spirit, rather than create a conceptual space with a ‘Wow’ effect, to transmit a notion of entertaining and art de Vivre à la française. Our goal was essentially to create a suite where you feel good and don’t want to leave.

Luc B.: Furthermore we wanted to accentuate what makes this suite so incredible and unique: its exceptional location. You feel like you’re all alone in Paris with the city at your feet and it’s as if all its monuments were there just for you. You never get tired of looking at them. Rather strangely, many of the windows were previously blocked up, notably in the bedroom. Working with the Pompidou Centre in front of you, waking up opposite Montmartre, putting on your make-up with a view of the column on the Place Vendôme, having lunch while looking out over the Louvre or relaxing while taking in the dome of the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower gives a magical dimension to each daily gesture

How would you define Lally & Berger’s style?

Margaux L.: We try to find the perfect balance between the place’s character and the client’s character. We want to expose our vision of Art de Vivre, the art of hospitality, and the pleasure of reception. In all our projects luxe is in every detail, in the material chosen and the manner we work them. That’s why we love to always work with high-end savoir-faire.

Luc B.: We are in the process of finding the perfect balance between tone, subtle shades, matter of materials, touches, furniture forms, brightness to create a sweet atmosphere and warm spaces. The more a space keeps your mind free, the more it will go through the ages. We prefer to mix styles to create soft timeless dialogue instead of playing with trends. Our way of working is to define the codes of space and to make them almost timeless. We want people not to be sure if they’re entering a décor from the past or from the future. We like to play with that notion of space and time. 

We are organizing a panel discussion on the 6th of May on how interior designers and artisans collaborate. Today it seems that there are two distinct worlds, who sometimes have difficulties communicating. But craftsmanship and interior design have common roots for sure. What place does craftsmanship occupy in your work? According to you, what is the recipe for a successful collaboration with craftsmen? 

Luc B.: We both share a passion for exceptional French craftsmanship and collaborate regularly with artisans like the Ateliers Joffre, Declercq Passementiers, and the Ateliers Saint-Jacques, but always in a very contemporary spirit. Prestigious materials crafted by excellent savoir-faire are one of the treasures of a sustainable world.  

Margaux L.:  Craftsmanship is what gives character to your project. Working as a team with knowledge exchange and finding a solution together is a successful collaboration.

What is the project you are the proudest of and what would be your dream project?

Margaux L.:  We are really proud of the Suite Belle Etoile. Projects like this don’t come along every day. The satisfaction with the result is immense. 

Luc B.: We really like challenges and building a team with passionate collaborators with specific knowledge to manage a unique project. For us any unique project is a dream project.

© Stephan Julliard

Learn more about the duo’s works on their website and enjoy the beautiful video displaying their work for the Belle Etoile Suite at the Meurice’s hôtel :


Yoann Merienne the Sculptural Strength

An article by Signatures Singulières

Signatures Singulières magazine is passionate about great talents, so we were struck by the painter Yoann Merienne who definitely does not lack any talent …

Born in 1987 in Sallanches, Yoann Merienne now lives and works in Lyon. He started to paint at an early age and at the age of 13 he received the gold medal in the Wallonia International Artistic Competition. He graduated from Industrial Design in 2009, and then left to Australia for a year, from which he returned determined to devote himself to painting. His sense of detail, the intensity of his drawing, the play of light and shadow are some of his strong characteristics.

Yoann Mersenne’s universe

His universe is populated by warriors, knights, nomads but also explorers. They come back to life in shades of gray, for a disturbing and silent face to face. Yoann Merienne’s characters have the sculptural strength of great fighters, modern heroes, survivors from elsewhere and another time. They convey an impression of wisdom and silence.

Yoann Merienne’s characters are storytellers; they tell a story and an experience and Yoann Merienne is an explorer. It feeds on dreams, strange worlds and myths. Whatever form you choose, the painter takes the same contemplative look at the world and men. An invitation through its timeless heroes to meditate on the meaning of life. Yoann Merienne’s works are permanently displayed at Galerie Bayart.

Galerie Bayart

17, rue des Beaux-Arts

75006 Paris

Tél. : +33 (0)9 83 30 60 55


The Damyel flagship by Jessica Barouch & Francesco Balzano

The interior designers Jessica Barouch, owner of JAG Gallery in Paris, and Francesco Balzano designed the new Damyel Store, setting a chocolate store vision of pureness and calmness. 

The decor unveils the elegance of Damyel chocolates through nobles materials. 

Les Ateliers Saint-Jacques made the carpentry and bar layout, making each alcoves or fluting eyecatching details and a perfect match with the ivory lime covered walls.

The sobriety and neutrality of the space contrast with the usual chocolate stores design, and is kind of an invitation to contemplation. And to savor delicate chocolates afterwards obviously.

Founded in 1988 by a passionate family, Damyel offers fruity chocolates with lime zest, grand cru ganaches, macaroons and praline truffles, all 100% vegan and artisanal.

Fine crafted chocolates with the most unique flavors and minimalist aesthetic crafted furniture, that’s a combination that we shall all embrace.

© Annick Vernimmen

Bismut&Bismut, elegant architecture to live in

An article by Signatures Singulières

Tailor-made arrangements

Both architects and designers, the Bismut brothers Daniel and Michel, design and conceive buildings, interiors and tailor-made furniture. The volumes are crafted and worked taking into account the shapes, the materials and the lighting. The set-up is filled with an endless number of details which purpose is to enhance the arrangements to grasp surprised and amazed gaze. The result is striking; their projects perfectly reflect the elegant lifestyle of the occupants.


Tailor-made interiors

The intimate room signed Bismut&Bismut caused a sensation during the 10th edition of AD Interiors by its elegance and the richness of its details. The latter reflected in this respect the vision of interiors, with the perfect proportions of the two architect brothers. The volumes were thus punctuated by the flowing lines that animated each space. As a bonus, lines of light sublimate the play of contrasts between subtle colors and textured materials. The furniture created by the duo further reinforced this feeling of harmony. The perfect balance still stopped the visitor’s gaze. Far from being flashy, the luxury modeled by designer architects is displayed over multiple details. An offset of the edges of a marble piece or the slightly rounded corners of a wall facing created as many surprise effects. At the end of the day, the spirit of an elegant architecture to live, signature of Daniel and Michel Bismut.

Architectural elegance as a legacy

With a grandfather and a father, talented decorators, it is not surprising that Daniel and Michel Bismut also put themselves at the service of exceptional interiors. After their studies in architecture, the two brothers immediately created their architectural agency in the late 1980s. Their project for the New York store Charles Kammer inaugurates a succession of achievements for boutiques and luxury residential. Designed according to the values of the resident and his lifestyle, each project is accompanied by furniture created with four hands. These unique pieces of furniture are made in collaboration with French craftsmen around exceptional materials. Among the agency’s projects, a new building facing the Eiffel Tower dedicated to connected offices but also luxury apartments without counting new commercial spaces in France and abroad.


Light at the service of matter

The Bismut duo apply a vision of contemporary architecture with perfect respect for proportions and correctness of purpose. This skilful balance is also carried out with finesse around the creation of furniture and accessories. The furniture is thus transcended by the effects of textured material. Each project reveals a set of finishes around materials such as canvas, wood or leather. In the end, these are all details that tell in a personalized way the interior of its resident. Everything is always arranged under the angle of light which reveals the effects of matter and the lines of leakage that animate each of the rooms. Ultimately, a feeling of peaceful comfort in spaces that live happily and elegantly.

©Bruno Klein


Mireille Herbst, the Art of Lacquer

An article by Signatures Singulières

Founder of the ALM Deco workshop, Mireille Herbst is a reference in the Lacquer Art. She revives antique furniture,  collaborates with designers around the conception of contemporary works and creates also her own decorative pieces.

Mireille Herbst awoke wonder and amazement at the Revelations International Fine Craft and Creation Biennal  with her new lacquer panels creation inspired by the seductive parade of the majestic peacock: to do so, Mireille Herbst created three lacquers oscillating between green, copper and black, allowing to reveal the shimmering nuances of the plumage. The brilliant colors enliven the stylized peacock feathers, ready to fly under the glass roof of the Grand Palais. 

A lacquer passion

Lacquer and its endless light fluctuations have always been Mireille Herbst’s passion. After studying graphic arts, she began her apprenticeship as a lacquerer and joined the historic and prestigious house Saïn et Tambuté to perfect her mastery. After a successful know-how transfer, Mireille Herbst took over the reins of the house and then created her own workshop. For 20 years, ALM Deco has ruled the finishing fine art furniture area using lacquer, varnish and gold leaf. Collaboration with decorators, institutions and designers in search of excellence have lead to the creation of exceptional pieces such as the unique piece Ara (macaw in english) inspired by the blue plumage of the bird, crafted by Mireille Herbst and designed by Grégoire de Lafforest.

Recognition of an exceptional know-how

ALM Deco was recognized Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant in 2017, a prestigious state label that usually distinguishes a French company with a rare know-how, inherited from traditional technique. Lacquer art has become a family affair. Mireille Herbst’s daughter works today alongside the craftswoman to combine the love of lacquer and the excellence of traditional techniques. 

Find the full article on the website of Signatures Singulières.


Our top picks for the best NYC exhibitions of the beginning of 2020

From the architecture of São Paulo, to a famous Bauhaus master and the young and successful Tyler Mitchell, these 9 shows featured at new-yorker museum, art galleries and institutions challenge us to rethink architecture, photography and others trough groundbreaking work by both lesser-known and widely celebrated artists.

Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master – November 16, 2019 – April 5, 2020
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 2 East 91st Street – New York, NY

Learn about the Austrian-born Bauhaus master, Herbert Bayer and the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century. 

Celebrating the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919, the exhibition focuses on Bayer’s work as a graphic designer with nearly 100 exciting pieces to see. As a student and then a teacher of the Bauhaus, but also a sculptor, photographer, architect, painter and graphic designer, he shaped and defined a new discourse of modern graphic design. 

He had a groundbreaking impact on US institutions after his 1938 emigration, transforming Aspen into  a thriving community organized around art and culture among others. 

Apart from Herbert Bayer, the museum worth the visit itself as it’s housed in the former home of the industrial magnate Andrew Carnegie. The 64-room mansion had been designed in the cosy style of an English Georgian country house.

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Newly open International Center of Photography – 79 Essex Street New York, NY 10002

The international Center of Photography has finally realized his goal: unify their museum and school under one roof. They opened it two weeks ago and it’s designed by Gensler, as part of the new Essex Crossing development which is revitalizing the lower east side.

Currently the center features several expositions till May 18, 2020: 

I can make you feel good, exploring new ways of interpreting Black identity today by Tyler Mitchell, the 24-year-old first African American photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue Magazine with Beyoncé and known for publications in i-D,  the Fader and fashion campaigns for Marc Jacobs among others.

The exhibition Contact High, a Visual History of Hip-Hop, a show of major photographers documenting the hip-hop movement with photos of Lauryn Hill, A$AP Rocky’s, Queen Latifah or Jay-Z.

The Lower East Side: Selections from the ICP Collection—that exposes mid-20th-century photos of Lower East side. 

James Coupe: Warriors—a series of moving image from the 1979 cult classic film, and an algorithm that categorize museum visitors and upload them into specific scenes from the movie. 

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Donald Judd Retrospective at MoMA – March 1 – July 11, 2020
Floor 6 – The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Special Exhibitions – 1 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

The Judd Foundation, in charge of maintaining Donald Judd’s work and promoting a better understanding of Judd’s legacy, partnered with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to present the exhibition Judd from March 1 through July 11, 2020.

The exhibition will delve into Donald Judd’s artistic career through around 60 pieces of art, from sculptures, paintings, and drawings. Although the Foundation has been promoting a wider understanding of Judd’s artistic legacy for 24 years, the exhibition is the first major US retrospective dedicated to Judd in over three decades. This exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue and will highlight Judd’s work and his relationship with art and museums. 

Judd Foundation will expand access to 101 Spring Street in conjunction with the MoMA retrospective exhibition. Guided visits will be available on Sundays for the first time and new self-guided visits on Saturdays will enable more visitors to directly engage with Donald Judd’s art in his formerly private living and working spaces in downtown New York.

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Access for All: São Paulo’s Architectural Infrastructures – February 11, 2020 – May 23, 2020
Center for Architecture – 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

From February 11, 2020 till May 23, the exhibition “Access for All” will highlight the social infrastructures of the city of São Paulo and focus on groundbreaking projects, buildings and open spaces that have contributed to create places of cooperation besides their functionnality.

The economic capital of Brazil – one of the densest cities in the world – has more than 20 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area and has also its megacity issues with extreme traffic, pollution etc.  But São Paulo’s architecture showcases the diversity of a city made up of unusual juxtapositions and reveals a city with paradoxical facets. 

Through films, interviews and drawings, “Access for All” allows the visitor to understand the history of São Paulo’s architecture but also more globally the Brazilian one and how they both aim at more sustainability. 

We hope this exhibit will give some trip ideas to design and architecture lovers! 

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Perrotin Gallery : Cinga Samson & Bharti Kher – February 22, 2020 – April 11, 2020
130 Orchard Street, NY 10002 

Emmanuel Perrotin founded his first gallery in 1990 at the age of twenty-one. Today, Perrotin has galleries in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai. The gallery relocated from  the Upper East Side NYC, to 130 Orchard Street in 2017, one of New York City’s most dynamic arts neighborhood. Perrotin New York also includes a bookshop featuring unique editions and books published by the gallery. 

From February 22 to April 11, the gallery will host two major exhibitions of Cinga Samson and Bharti Kher:

Cinga Samson began his art education in the studio of South African painters and quickly became an important new voice in contemporary painting. His oil paintings recall his upbringing in the town of Ethembeni, and he frequently draws inspiration from fashion, heritage, and artists Paul Gaugin and Andrew Wyeth among others.

Bharti Kher’s oeuvre includes paintings, sculptures, and ready-made objects and installations. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a strong connection with surrealism, and draws inspirations from Meret Oppenheim, Francis Bacon and William Blake.

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Again, some french touch: an exhibition about a French architect and draftsman from the 17th centhury, Jean-Jacques Lequeu and about sixty detailed drawings of anatomical parts, civic buildings and fantastic and imaginary monuments.

Before dying he made a donation of more than 800 drawings to the French Royal Library, which was founded at the Louvre Palace by Charles V in 1368 and that would become later the National Library of Frances (Bibliothèque nationale de France – BnF).

Jacques Lequeu is nowadays considered as one of the most inventive artists of his time and his work is part of the period of “visionary architecture”, creating designs of buildings that remained “paper architecture”.

Most of his work remain at the BnF, and little anecdote/fun fact: some of them are pornographic and kept in the Enfer of the library.

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