Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild & Villa Kérylos

I went today to St Jean Cap Ferrat and Beaulieu sur Mer to see the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and the Villa Kérylos. While different enough as to avoid direct comparison, the two houses are well-paired for more than just the (lovely) twenty minute walk between them. Both, obviously, overlook the mediterranean and were built at the beginning of the twentieth century (1902-8 for the Villa Kérylos, 1905-1912 for the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild). They're both primarily two storeys in height, centred around internal courtyards (though one is closed and the other open); both have striking ceilings and intricately tiled floors in parts.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Paris: Palais des Glaces, 10th Arrondissement

Paris has more than its fair share of beautiful theaters. My favourites are usually those from the 1920s (with an exception made for La Pagode). The Palais des Glaces was constructed in 1924, replacing an earlier theatre on the same site.

The Palais des Glaces was named for its facade, originally covered with mirrors. I'm not sure when the mirrors were removed from the building's facade. I believe the small frames that cover much of the facade must have originally held these mirrors, and it must have been quite exciting to see light strike them and bounce off into the Rue Faubourg du Temple. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Nôtre Dame du Raincy

Nôtre Dame du Raincy is an quick and pleasant RER trip away from Paris. It's easy, free, and definitely the most striking building by the Perret brothers in the Paris region. Built in 1922-3, Auguste and Gustave Perret created a lastingly beautiful church that acts as a link between the gothic and the modern.

Au Louvre, Wim Delvoye

Delvoye himself has (in a brilliantly amusing interview with Art in America) termed his current exhibition at the Louvre "Wim Delvoye for Dummies," but this lack of vocalised respect for the majority of the Louvre's visitors has nonetheless culminated in an intelligent show that manages a difficult task in a difficult setting. 

On until September 17th, Delvoye's combination of the luxurious and the irreverent works remarkably well in the Richelieu Wing.