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Chateau la Coste – art & architecture &…wine

As summer is kicking in (finally) it makes me think of the beautiful places we went the last couple of summers…and makes me want to go back since some are only a stone’s throw away, like le Chateau la Coste.



Every year my parents spend a couple of weeks in the south of France, in La Ciotat, a little seaport not far from Marseille. Besides the time at the beach we always do some trips in the close area around and one of my favorite places we’ve visited lately  was probably Chateau la Coste which we discovered two years ago thanks to my love. (Since Jean Nouvel happens to be the architect who designed the wine cuverie he knows the place and it’s owner quite well.)

La Coste is a little bijou in the Provence, close to Aix-en-Provence. It’s a wonderful mix of unique art and architecture set in this beautiful provencian landscape surrounded by good wine.

Some ten years ago the irish property developer and art collector Patrick McKillen has decided to transform his vineyard by completing it with a contemporary art center sculpture park.
He has invited numerous world-famous artists and architects and let them, inspired by this beautiful place, let their creativity run wild.
The result is a stunning encounter of Richard SERRA,  Andy GOLDSWORTHY, Louise BOURGEOIS, Tom SHANNON.. Tadao ANDO, Frank O. GEHRY and Jean NOUVEL .. to name only a few.

You start your visit at the art center designed by Tadao Ando..

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and then you continue your walk through the hills and fields of wine.. passing by a little chapel designed by Tadao Ando..


.. a pavilion by Frank Gehry..

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…or a piece by Tom Shannon, which reflects the surrounding landscape ..


….the wine cuverie by Jean Nouvel..

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..and so on and so on… The accumulation and density of artistic treasures is really impressive – just like their setting.

…in the end you can rest and have a bite and a drink at the café at Tadao’s art center building with a great few of the surrounding area and more art..


..like one of the spiders by Louise Bourgeoise

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It’s really an amazing and unique place. Go and have a look if you’re en Provence. It’s evolving all the time since new pieces of art arrive every now and then.  I’m quite impatient to go back this summer.

…and we’ll probably look like this again – which was two years ago .. 🙂


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Paris vs New York

A couple of weeks ago was my birthday and I got this great book from my friend Serena. You might have already heard of it as it is quite a success. A friendly visual match between two cities..Paris..New York. Details, clichés, contradictions..  Vahram Muratyan knows so well how to illustrate it al in such a great and funny way.



I’ve been living in Paris for about five years now and I must say some of the images are just so true, so true 🙂 greatly done Vahram Muratyan! So I wanted to share. Here are some of my favorites..















Bravo! .)

..and the rest you can see on his website.

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You’ve probably already heard, or ‘seen’ of Banksy, the graffiti-artist from England who adds to an ordinary street wall a value of up to £450,000 (!).
He does, what I like to call, a kinder, a nicer kind of graffiti. I’m not a fan of graffiti but his has something.. touchy, a little touch of romantic drawing to it which is due to the stencilling technique, I would guess. Which make his sprayings appear more soft and tender and not so brutal like most of the graffiti – at least to me.
Banksy (which is only a pseudonym, his identity remains unknown) is a provocateur (as we say in french). He loves to provoke and chock society with his graffiti.

“His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.”

Like this statement on child labour in the UK which appeared lately on a wall in London, for example.


.. or this

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..or this one which figures on a wall near Betlehem


And now there are entire Banksy murals up for auction! Apparently entire pieces of walls have been removed from buildings in order to be sold, leaving a blank spot and disappointed neighbors who got used to their Banksy graffitis declaring that “a community landmark had been removed.


The profits of the auction are supposed to go to charity. But not all of them. Some of the disapeared murals are considered as theft. Crazy, right?

You can read more crazy stuff about him here.

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Rain room

The Rain Room Is Unveiled At The Curve Inside The Barbican Centre

Have you heard of the new installation at the MOMA, New York -the Rain Room?

Random International’s experimental project is part of the MoMA PS1 exhibition EXPO 1: New York.

It allows visitors  to “experience how it might feel to control the rain.”
Basically, you walk into a space with pooring ‘rain’ without getting wet. The pooring water just disappears whenever you step into this huge ‘shower’, it stops right over your head, wherever you move.
The secret are 3D camera sensors installed througout the dark room which detect objects and their movements.

“Using digital technology, Rain Room creates a carefully choreographed downpour, simultaneously encouraging people to become performers on an unexpected stage and creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation.”

Sounds stunning, right? I would love to go and see..feel it for myself.

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Have you heard of Ron Mueck?

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Ronald Mueck is an australian sculptor based in London.  A hyperrealiste sculptor who creates human sculptures which resemble human beings up to the smallest detail, except for one element, the scale: his figures are either huge or tiny.  Which is very troubling.. weird, right? (Look the picture and the people standing in the back.)

Mueck started his career as puppeteer for the Muppet Show and other children television shows.

I stumbled upon him since he has an exhibition going on right now at the Fondation Cartier , Paris until the end of september. I’m very curious to see.

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He did it again.. Christo

This time he didn’t wrap up a building, nor a coastline nor a river ..no he quite simply wrapped up some ‘air’ with his Big Air Package. The air of the gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany, which is transformed into a gallery since a couple of years. Christo did already his 13,000 Oil Barrels installation ‘The Wall‘ there. Which was really really impressive.


This one,.. I can’t help myself, but I just can’t stop thinking of Anish Kapoor and his huge inflatable sculpture au Grand Palais pour la Monumenta 2011 which was just.. WOW!

Images by Wolfgang Volz via christojeanneclaude.net

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Hopper au Grand Palais

Last week we went to see the exposition Edward Hopper au Grand Palais. Beautiful. We got lucky – actually I had already consoled myself over the fact that we won’t see it as it was already booked out weeks in advance -and we’re not the kind to stand in line for hours. When we found out that it was extended for one more week -we signed up toute suite and got in! (In the end we found out that with a baby you don’t have to stand in line anyway – reservation or not. Good to know.) The last 3 days they were even open non stop, day and night Hopper. If it wasn’t for Maxou, I would have loved to go at midnight isn’t that great? I wonder if there was somebody at 4 am.. Anyways, it was really really worth it! ‘Magnifique’, like the french say. The numbers speak for themselves: 784 269 visitors! Merci Edward.

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