The Hotel des Saints Peres takes part to the Journees Europeennes du Patrimoine

published on September 2, 2014
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Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (Day in Historic Monuments)
Hôtel des Saints Pères
On the 20th and 21st of September, 2014

The Journées Européennes du Patrimoine‘ (A day in Historic Monument) was created in 1984 and now take place in more than 50 countries in Europe. It aims at opening and showing buildings and pieces of art that are usually closed to public to highlight our common heritage and people working daily to save it.

For the first time on the 20th and 21st of September, the Esprit de France Hotel Collection is proud and happy to take part to the “Journées Européennes du Patrimoine” (a day in Historic monument) with the Hotel des Saints Pères located in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. At this occasion and during these two special days only, the Fresco room will open its doors to unveil its 17th century ceiling fresco to the general public. This outstanding fresco representing Vertu crowning Chance and Intelligence was discovered in 1983 under a false ceiling during renovation works undertaken by Esprit de France in the 80′s. It remains today in a perfect state of preservation.

The Hotel des Saints Pères decided to entrust the visit to a student of the prestigious art school Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She will show and explain the hotel main artistic and architectural points of interest to finish with the famous fresco. Visits will take place on Saturday at 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm and Sunday at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm and will last 30 minutes. To take part to one of these free visits, register to

Journées Européennes du Patrimoine
Day in Historic Monuments

On the 20th and 21st of September, 2014
Hôtel des Saints Pères
65 rue des Saints Pères
75006 Paris


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The Fresco at the Hôtel des Saints Pères

Disappeared Paris, restored Paris

published on July 31, 2014
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On the occasion of 850 years of the Cathedral Notre-Dame, the archaeological Crypt of the square Notre-Dame dedicates an exhibition to the history of Paris by archaeological restoration (interactive 3D experiences). Visitors are invited to discover vestiges protected in the Crypt and to re-place them in the architectural context and the history of their time.

The archaeological tracks kept under the square, at the heart of Paris, show buildings which followed one another since the Roman creation of Lutetia until the Haussmann transformations of the XIXth century.

They result from the intense urbanization of the place in the course of the centuries and their mess is today difficult to read for the general public.

This exhibition uses the principle of the archaeological restoration to give to the visitor the essential keys in the understanding of the site.

Exhibition until December 31st, 2014
Crypte archéologique du parvis Notre-Dame
Programmation : Every day (except Monday, August 15th, December 25th) from 10 am. to 6 pm.
Price : entry €7, reduced rate €5
7, place Jean-Paul II (Parvis Notre-Dame)
75004 paris



PARIS 1900 LA VILLE SPECTACLE – The City Entertainment

published on July 31, 2014
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This exhibition, around 600 works and objects, pulls us in Paris of the beginning of the XXth century.

Paris shows its magnificence through its art and its modernity: cinematograp, transport, constructions …

The City Light still shines with one thousand fires everything around the world.
You will discover various views concerned the advent of the cinema, the fashion, the department stores, the Art nouveau; all which contributed to build the image of Paris as the city of the luxury and the leisure activities for all.

The exhibition presents so many works of art, suits, posters, old photos as paintings and sculptures. The big names display throughout six reconstituted detached houses: Rodin, Mucha, Guimard, Méliès, Picasso, fashion designers and fashionable decorators.

A real kaleidoscope of this life dreamed about Paris 1900, about Belle Epoque where technical innovations, art of living, cabarets and dancers of French cancan, affect us in the elegance to the Parisian; all these images cross and collide in the course of this completely sucessful exhibition.

Until the 17th August 2014
Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris






The 30 years of Fondation Cartier for contemporary art – Mémoires Vives

published on July 31, 2014
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In 1984, the CARTIER company created a foundation for the contemporary art located in a Parisian building realized by Jean Nouvel.

The object of this foundation is “to promote and to support the international contemporary artistic creation through activities (funds, new purchases, exhibitions, entertainments, book publishings, catalogs and animations)”.
All the contemporary artistic expressions are represented: paint, sculpture, photography, video …

Except the temporary exhibitions, the permanent gallery includes three hundred artists and more than one thousand works.
For thirty years of the foundation’s creation, numerous events are organized of which the exhibition Mémoires Vives including said evenings “nomads” mixing poetry, music, dance and fashion shows.

The main works supported by the sponsorship of the foundation are presented in this shape of retrospective.

You will also find there a movie redrawing the last thirty years of the contemporary art.
On the occasion of 30 years of Fondation Cartier, discover its exceptional exhibition redrawing its history.

Mémoires Vives - Fondation Cartier
Until the 21st September 2014
261 Boulevard Raspail 75014 Paris


The treasure of Naples – The jewels of San Gennaro

published on July 15, 2014
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For the first time outside Naples, the Maillol museum presents the jewels of San Gennaro.

Saint January, in Italian San Gennaro, is holy martyr of the city worshipped by the Neapolitan. These last ones signed a contract with him in January, 1527, to protect the city of the plague, and volcanic eruptions by Vesuvius and wars.

Through this exhibition, it is a journey through the time, in the history and in a sacred art of silversmith’s trade. A committee of twelve lay members, called on the “Deputation” to build of the new Chapel has since 1601 for mission to collect the treasures which the Neapolitan give in offering so that San Gennaro respects its commitment of protection of the city and its inhabitants. It keeps light bulbs of the blood of the saint which liquefies in a regular way, every year, since several hundred years.

The exhibition lures us in the discovery of an artistic treasure (silversmith’s trade, paintings) perfectly preserved throughout the centuries.

The treasure of Naples – The jewels of San Gennaro
Up to 21st July 2014
Musée Maillol
59/61 rue de Grenelle
75007 PARIS
Tél. :






Esprit de France is in Apparences Magazine

published on July 11, 2014
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Read the interview of Christophe Paluel-Marmont, president of Esprit de France, in Apparences Magazine Sping/Summer issue.




Candido Portinari – War & Peace

published on May 21, 2014
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Candido Portinari, born at Fazenda Santa Rosa in 1903, was one of the most important Brazilian painters of the 20th century.

His work is a critical and engaged view of various aspects of Brazilian life, such as work, childhood, particularities, popular folklore, fauna & flora… illustrated through the social, historical and religious themes he wanted to evoke.Work that is symbolical of Candido Portinari’s ethical, political & aesthetic dreams, plus his trust in human nature.

Visit the Projet Portinari exhibition at the Grand Palais, an exceptional event organised by his son Joao Candido Portinari, who regularly stays as his father, at the Hôtel Aiglon.

A unique opportunity to see the War & Peace panels in France, which have been at the UN’s head office in New York since 1957.

Until 9th June 2014
Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower,
PARIS 75008







Bill Viola

published on April 23, 2014
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Bill Viola, born in New York in 1951, is undisputedly the most well-known Video Art artist in the world.

At the beginning of the 70’s he created brilliant video installations with fellow artists who also became famous, such as Nam June PaikWolf Vostell and Richard Serra.

The exhibition is the artist’s first retrospective in France, and also the first Video Art exhibition to be held at the Grand Palais, encompassing 40 years of his work.

Combining sound & moving images in an imaginary darkness, visitors journey from one work to the next and are plunged into a fascinating and enchanting universe.

A form of contemporary Art that is a true personal adventure to experience & enjoy.

Bill Viola
Until 21 july 2014
Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris





From Watteau to Fragonard, les fêtes galantes

published on April 18, 2014
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The From Watteau to Fragonardles fêtes galantes Exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André – close to the Hôtel Mansart – encompasses approximately sixty works by Watteau, Fragonard and other painters from the same era.

These painters created a new, quite timeless genre that crossed the centuries up to the French Revolution, depicting amorous scenes of women and Sheppard in realistic or imaginary decors set in the middle of ancient ruins, surrounded by Greek nymphs and mythology.

Antoine Watteau was one of the first early 18th century painters to bring the pastoral theme to France, as well as updating the style and adding Parisian figures.

The pinnacle of the style can be seen in Boucher and Fragonard’s works. The poetic and fantastic Fêtes Galantes style ended with the French Revolution and the First Empire as paintings depicting current news took over.

The Musée Jacquemart-André offers us a chance to rediscover a major genre.

Up to 21st July 2014
Musée Jacquemart-André
158 Boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris
01 45 62 11 59



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Van Gogh / Artaud – The Man Suicided by Society

published on April 4, 2014
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Van Gogh,  known for his original works, and Artaud, generally known for his writing, acting and for dabbling in the theatre, are currently on show together, thanks to their history, at the musée d’Orsay.

How does associating Van Gogh with Artaud become The Man Suicided by Society?

On 23rd December 1888, after a violent argument, Vincent Van Gogh threatened Gauguin with a razor blade. Gauguin left quickly. During the night, in a moment of madness, Van Gogh cut off his left ear lobe. The story is well-known, but the fact that he then wrapped it in newspaper and set off to give it to his mistress Rachel as a gift, is far less known.

Van Gogh’s works include over 2,000 paintings and drawings mainly dating back to the 1880s, strongly influenced by his painter friends, notably by Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. His works made it to the European art world at the end of the 19th century.

An original exhibition focused on Van Gogh which will take you through his best works, as well as a choice of drawings, letters and graphic works by the poet-illustrator at the musée d’Orsay, just a few steps away from the Hôtel d’Orsay  or a few minutes from  the Hôtel Brighton.

The exhibition is an invitation to discover the multiple facets of the works of these two 19th century artists.

Van Gogh / Artaud - The Man Suicided by Society
Until 6th July 2014
Musée d’Orsay
1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur
75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14






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