Paris 2020

Paris 2020

Paris 2020 1512 2016 Leah Digennaro

“We go to Paris every year”

This is a statement I decided just needed to be true.  So, this past January, I embarked on our annual journey to the City of Lights with my dear friend, and curator of the Denver Art Museum, Darrin Alfred.  To make things even better, one of my besties of forever, Shannon Tompkins decided to join the party.  Off we went, for a Parisian adventure chock full of art and design, and champagne of course!

When staying in Paris, the hotel choice is all about location.   Hotel Emile is basic and lovely, and very close to our favorite breakfast spot : Fragments.

We happened upon Galerie Maubert after indulging in the best soft scrambled eggs and avocado toast, and saw some gorgeous vintage pieces.

A perhaps unknown treat always awaits at Galerie Azzedine Alaia. This year’s exhibition was a celebration of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s deep influence on Azzedine Alaïa.  Seeing the two designers’ works side by side was a true delight.

Next stop : Brancusi’s Studio.  An exact replica was made of this sculptor’s studio on the piazza by the Centre Pompidou.
The light was perfect for our visit so we really got to appreciate the texture and scale of his work.

A trip to Paris is never complete without a visit to Merci – one of my favorite stores on the planet.  Since our house is “under construction” I didn’t allow myself to purchase anything… except a few bits and bobs for my gal pals at home.

Miracle of miracles – we got a true sunny day in Paris – in January!  Just in time for our pilgrimage to Villa Savoye.  I can only imagine what it must have been like to holiday in a masterpiece by Le Corbusier back in the day… We did our best to try.

Charlotte Perriand : Inventing a New World (at the Louis Vitton Foundation)
This was our initial motivation / reason / justification for going to Paris.  During a time where I continue to find myself inspired by incredible women, this exhibition struck me to my core.

After Perriand I could have died and gone to design heaven, satiated and happy.

But wait, there’s more!  A Pierre Paulin exhibit at Sotheby’s? Sign me up!

Dan Flavin at David Zwirner Gallery? Yes Please!

Barbara Hepworth at the Museo Rodin? Oui oui!

history of Shoes at the Louvre? I mean, come on!

Au revoir!