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To discover in June

Exhibitions
In the 19th century, the landscapes of Normandy inspired the artists and especially the impressionist painters. As an homage, the exhibition L’atelier en plein air, les impressionistes en Normandieassembles 50 masterpieces of Monet, Degas, Renoir or Gauguin, and explains why this area attracted the major painters and how it helped them to develop their art. Musée Jacquemart-André, until July 28th.

The portraits of the Malian photographer Seydou Keïta are presented at the Grand Palais until July 11th. Seydou Keïta, who was very innovative and truly respected by the residents of Bamako in the 60s, chose accessories such as jewels, wax fabrics and even radios together with his models in order to sublime them. With his sense of composition, he flattered them by making them more beautiful, trendy and with external signs of a wealth they did not possess.

 

Opera
Until June 29th, rediscover La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi at the Opera Bastille. Violetta, a courtesan with a poor health, is interpreted by Fanny Salvini-Donatelli who enchants the public. For her lover Alfredo, she renounces her high society life, but her sulfurous past will catch up with her. The staging by Benoit Jacquot highlights the sumptuous setting by Sylvain Chauvelot.

 

Restaurants

The new Chef Philippe Labbé offers a wonderful modernized menu for the new decoration of La Tour d’Argent. On the menu: an iced soup of garden peas, mint, buttermilk granite; a skate wing, lemon from Menton, capers, almonds, glasswort, hazelnut powder and of course the famous duck cut in the dining room, and served as a supreme roasted in honey and spices, cherry vinegar, muesli; for dessert, the poached pear “Vie Parisienne” is prepared with vanilla and caramel ice cream in a milkshake-style. A gastronomic experience of the highest level combined with the unique expertise of the sommelier David Ridway. Count 100 to 350 Euro. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 15, quai de la Tournelle, 5th.

After being closed for renovation, the Fish Club has just reopened. The Chef, who made his classes with Ducasse and Gagnaire, will delight all the fish and seafood lovers: oysters from 28 to 38 Euro for a dozen; smocked eel and black garlic toast; almonds croquette with shrimps; grilled octopus from Galicia, red beetroots, ginger and tarragon. Count 40 to 90 Euro. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 58, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1st.

 

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