Concierge’s Newsletter n°23 – November 2011 

Auberge Bressane

Auberge Bressane

L’Auberge Bressane welcomes you in the heart of 7th arrondissement where Jérôme and Stéphane will be delighted to receive you for a moment of pure “French Ambiance”. In this comfortable authentic auberge with its wood panelled decor and heraldic emblems, you will enjoy hearty traditional specialities

from the regions of Lyon and Burgundy.


Hôtel de Ville
Until February 11 th 2012


The “Sempé, A Bit of Paris” exhibition invites you to look at the world through the eyes of Jean-Jacques Sempé. Over 300 original drawings, together with texts by the author, will be on display at Hôtel de Ville. From 21 October to 11 February. Free.

Bateaux Parisiens
Paris Illuminations dinner cruise


On board an entirely glass-encased boat, you’ll be in on the secret of the city of lights, the cuisine is meticulously presented, the service is attentive and discreet, your eyes will sparkle as never before… This is a must-do, a cultural and very Parisian experience that is unique and must be shared!

Grand Palais
Matisse, Cézanne,Picasso….The Stein Family
Until January 16th 2012

CezanneThe Steins, an American family, moved to Paris in the early 20th century: Gertrude, an avant-garde writer, set up house with her brother Leo, in the rue de Fleurus; her elder brother Michael took a flat with his wife Sarah in the rue Madame.

They were the first people to buy Matisses and Picassos and they also received the entire avant-garde into their homes and thus built up one of the most astonishing collections of modern art. The exhibition looks at the history of this out-of-the-ordinary family.

It shows how important its patronage was for the artists and how it helped establish a new standard of taste in modern art, through Leo’s view of the sources of modernity and his exchanges with the intellectuals of the time; Gertrude’s friendship with Picasso; Sarah’s relations with Matisse; and the projects that Gertrude developed with artists in the 20s and 30s. It is a major exhibition bringing together an outstanding ensemble of works from the Steins’ various collections: Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse, Manguin, Bonnard, Vallotton, Laurencin, Gris, Masson, Picabia…. The eight sections shed light on all the members of the family: Leo, Sarah and Michael, and Gertrude.

Cézanne and Paris

Musée du Luxembourg
Until February 26th 2012

Cezanne1Although Cézanne (1839-1906) is usually associated with Provence, he cannot be confined to the south of France. He spent more than half of his time as a painter in Paris and its environs. He travelled between Aix en Provence and Paris over twenty times, although, of course, not for the same reasons when he was twenty as when he was sixty. When he was already an elderly man and still racked with doubts (“I am making slow progress,” he wrote at the end of his life) he painted in secluded spots on the banks of the Marne or near Fontainebleau, or made portraits of an art dealer or a critic and often his wife. He was no longer the young man eager to “conquer” Paris, wanting to be admitted to the fine art school and show his works in the Salon.

In Paris, he came up against both tradition and modernity. He worked out “formulas” that he later used in Provence. He shuttled back and forth between Provence and the Ile de France although the rhythm of his journeys changed. After 1890, critics, art dealers, and collectors started to take an interest in his work. Cézanne longed for recognition which could only come from Paris. More than any other artist, he left his stamp on modern art: avant-garde artists from the postimpressionists to Kandinsky looked on him as a forerunner, “the father of us all” as Picasso said.

The townhouse, a parisian ambition
Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine
Until February 19th 2012

PatrimoineThe townhouse is a key part of Paris’s architectural character and we can trace the story of the capital by studying the development of the townhouse in different districts of the city.

The Parisian town house made its first appearance in the Middle Ages and became more popular during the 16th century when, thanks to François I, Paris again became the political capital where the monarchic state assembled and settled.

It was important to be at court, near the King, and, therefore, at Paris. This golden age continued throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
The last of the townhouses were built in the period between the two world wars, marking the end of a long history, but they still exist in today’s 21st century Paris and are very much in use: (museums, embassies, ministries). This exhibition aims to explore this history and takes the visitor on three complementary and illuminating journeys, in a bid to discover the secret of the Parisian town house.

BNP Paribas Masters
November 5th to 13th

BNP paribasCreated in 1986, the BNP Paribas Masters at Bercy is one of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments (along with Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Montreal/Toronto, Madrid, Cincinnati and Shanghai), and is one of the most important dates in the tennis calendar after the 4 Grand Slams (the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open). They are called Masters 1000 tournaments because the winner adds 1000 points to his ATP tally. As the season runs from January to December, the Bercy tournament is often the setting for crucial encounters between the world’s best players. After the Masters at Bercy, the top 8 players in the world are revealed and will be invited to take part in the ATP World Tour Finals in London (“the London Masters”). In 2010, Sweden’s Robin Söderling won his first Master 1000 title by beating France’s Gaël Monfils in straight sets 6-1 7-6. Two players share the record for the most victories at Bercy: Boris Becker (1986, 1989 and 1992) and Marat safin (2000, 2002 and 2004). Boasting a victory at Roland Garros and another at Bercy in 1999, Andre Agassi is the only player to date to have won both Parisian tournaments.

The three French players to have won the Bercy tournament are Guy Forget in 1991, Sébastien Grosjean in 2001 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008. The French players seem to really rise to the challenge for the home crowd, who will surely hope that in 2011, like evry year since 2008, there will once again be a Frenchman in the final.

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