A typical Parisian day: from photographic modernity to designer boutiques.
The Musée du Jeu de Paume, dedicated to photography, offers a retrospective exhibition of Eli Lotar, following the 1990 one at the Centre Pompidou which made it possible to identify him as an emblematic actor of the Parisian avant-garde. First a student, then the companion of Germaine Krull -who was also a great photographer of the 1920s-, a friend of many poets and artists such as Prévert, Giacometti, Man Ray or Kertész, he was one of the leading exponents of the New Vision, a movement which was interested in themes such as the industrial landscape of Paris. At that time, small handy cameras emerged on the market and made it possible to shoot under new angles of view. By varying his focuses (off-centring, high-angle shots, low-angle shots), Lotar makes the ordinary strange and his image of the city goes from a precise composition with almost abstract graphic rhythm, to a more unusual presentation enshrouded in surrealist poetry. Later on, his approach is more realistic with his series devoted to the cattle slaughterhouses of la Villette - still a topical subject - or in documentaries that he devoted to misery in France or Spain. On leaving the exhibition, we recommend a stop at the new museum café, the Japanese Hana, to taste, on the terrace if the weather allows, a delicious bento – a Japanese menu from fresh and balanced food - or enjoy organic tea from the Kyoto region. Why not try genmaïcha, a mixture of green tea with toasted rice?
We invite you to cross Paris from West to East to explore the Marais, the quarter of galleries and creators . Not far from the Picasso Museum, on the Boulevard Beaumarchais, let yourself be seduced by the atmosphere of Merci, a large concept store that you access by the courtyard or the large cafe library. There you can flip through a book while tasting the home -made cake. And you will enjoy wandering in the boutique loft, among the tables covered with rare and everyday objects and clothes wearers designed by creators from all over the world. A few steps away, on the boulevard, Grazie, the Italian alter ego of Merci, offers pizzas and fresh products. We love their leather armchairs and casual Italian-American atmosphere.