The Concierges' Gazette

April in Paris

Exhibitions

At the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the exhibition Piero Fornasetti : la folie pratique is presented in the nave until June 14th. It is the first retrospective ever devoted to this prolific and object-addict artist: painter, designer, sculptor, interior decorator, but also printer, editor, collector and seller, with sets of trays, umbrella stands, trumeau, and of course his drawings and paintings.

Back to the 70’s at the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent with Yves Saint Laurent 1971 – La Collection du Scandale. This Spring-Summer collection, with its references to the fashion of the war years, was heavily criticized: short dresses, platform shoes, square shoulders, exaggerated makeup… A retro trend that would quickly conquer the street. Until July 19th.

Opera

100 years after the last production, Le Cid by Massenet is back to the stage of the Opera de Paris. Inspired by Corneille’s masterpiece, this opera, which can be seen as a conflict between love and honor, sometimes flouts the conventions of Grand Opera but is really flamboyant. Directed by Michel Plasson with Roberto Alagna in the role of Rodrigue. Until April 21st at the Opera Garnier.

Restaurants

Thanks to his experience in London, at the Ritz and at Senderens, Stéphane Pitré has just opened his restaurant: Louis. A gastronomic cuisine in the spirit of the times, light with Asian savors: shredded button mushrooms, cocoa, miso ice cream and foie gras shavings; carpaccio of scallops, snow crab, oyster tempura and Daishi broth; chocolate cream, sorrel emulsion… The setting matches the plates: sober and contemporary. Lunch at 32 Euro, tasting menu at 48 Euro. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 23 rue de la Victoire, 9th.

Jérôme and Stéphane Dumand, the owners of La Pizzeria d’Auteuil, L’Auberge Bressane and Paris 16, have just taken over Les Marches, just down the Palais de Tokyo (formerly Aux Marches du Palais). A very smiling welcome and very simple but delicious plates: Antibe-style egg, tuna mayonnaise; mimosa leeks; andouillette with wine from Mâcon; veal liver; fish and chips; caramel mystery… Happiness and good humour! Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 5 rue de la Manutention, 16th.

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