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CheckYourRoom’s New Blog: Suite Dreams

Dear readers, The CheckYourParis blog is on an indefinite hiatus! To get your boutique hotel fix and insider information about the hotel industry, please visit our new blog, Suite Dreams. Happy travels! – CheckYourRoom team Advertisements

Mathilde Jonquière “Beton Perle”

Medley 21, rue Vieille-du-Temple, 75004 Paris 22 nov- 19 dec 2010 We first encounter Mathilde’s work at the three star hotel l’Aiglon, boulevard Raspail, where she worked for two years renovating the rooms and the front wall entrance of the hotel. Few projects use mosaic to this extent ( the hotel’s facade ) and Mathilde … Continue reading

Andrée Putman

Andrée Putman, a ” national living treasure” as former Minister of Culture Jack Lang puts it, is finally in the spotlight at the city hall. Known for the eclecticism of her projects as well as for her elegant yet sober style, Putman has been working as an interior architect and designer for the last 30 years. Recognised in America before being … Continue reading


A thought kept recurring to me as I wandered around this exhibition: only kids are this imaginative. Yet sixty-three year old Takeshi Kitano can hardly be classified as a child, although he can be described as a filmmaker, actor, TV presenter, comedian, painter and writer. At the Fondation Cartier, this multi-talented man has created a site-specific … Continue reading

Jerome Mesnager

Jerome Mesnager’s distinctive ‘Corps Blanc’ inhabits the streets of Paris, wander and you will find him climbing, wrestling, dancing, leaping and juggling. Resembling an artist’s mannequin, he bedecks walls, shopfronts, shutters and doorways throughout Paris. Each of these ‘canvases’ is chosen with upmost precision, the older the better, the derelict and ramshackle being Mesnager’s favourite surfaces. “More … Continue reading

William Kentridge at the Jeu de Paume

William Kentridge’s relationship with Paris spans almost thirty years, starting when the South African artist studied mime at the prestigious Ecole Jacques Lecoc. Now the Jeu de Paume is hosting the first retrospective of his work in France. He is a self-proclaimed dreadful oil painter and says he was a terrible art student, yet despite … Continue reading

Art Brut Japonais at Halle Saint Pierre

This exhibition is comprised of over one thousand pieces, the works of sixty three artists on two floors. It is similar to an art graduate show in its scope, skill and diversity. Yet the artists featured have no formal art training; this is an exhibition of Japanese ‘Art Brut’, a label coined by the French Artist … Continue reading

Cinema en Plein Air

Paris is home to a wealth of new and old cinematic wonders. In 1895 the first ever public film screening was shown in the capital, and an archive of classics are set here; A bout de soufflé, Before Sunrise and Amélie are three in a long list of Parisian movie treats. The Cinémathèque Francaise hosts … Continue reading

Yves Saint Laurent at the Petit Palais

I had already been to the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective when it opened in March, but craving another look, I strolled over to the Petit Palais expecting to be ushered straight in. An hour and a half later I was still in the queue. It is a testament to both the wonderful curation of the … Continue reading

Willy Ronis at Hotel de la Monnaie

Lovers of the Bastille It’s not exactly exhibit season in full swing here in Paris – the times are lazy, calling for picnics and for terraces – but this is Paris, after all, and the art scene is always rich. The Willy Ronis exhibit is one of the shows to see this summer. Cool off … Continue reading