Sunday, April 26, 2015


Rodin: the laboratory of creation

The beautiful Rodin museum of Paris presents The Laboratory of Creation until the end of September, an exhibition that gives us a glimpse into the sculptor’s studio. The exhibition features a unique selection of 150 plaster and terracotta works, many of which have never been shown before.

Visitors are drawn into the heart of the creative process, into Rodin’s formal creative thinking ─ the paths he followed, the hesitations he experienced and the flashes of brilliance that lit his

The Gates of Hell, the Burghers of Calais or to Victor Hugo, Balzac, James McNeill Whistler… Rodin’s most famous and accomplished works gradually emerge from his mind and hands. They represent the culmination of prodigious efforts and numerous preparatory works: studies and sketches in vigorously kneaded clay, maquettes and plaster models that were used to make series of casts reworked until the final version was obtained…

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hotel: Villa Amarya is an oasis of quiet in the heart of New Delhi

Villa Amarya, conveniently close to the airport and strategically located in New Delhi's South neighborhood of the Safdarjung Enclave, feels like an oasis of quiet in the chaos of such a big city.

New Delhi's main sites such as the Humayun's Tomb, the Qtub Minar and Red Fort are easily accessible from this elegant boutique hotel.  

The smart nine bedrooms of this discreet villa - ranging from standard, deluxe, executive, and suite - are themed around India’s iconic nine gemstones: emerald, ruby, blue sapphire, pearl, topaz, coral, yellow sapphire, zircon and diamond. While a bright pink and orange lounge area welcomes guests, each room refers to these gemstone colours and displays slick and tasteful designs and art. The European owners of the villas came up with this brilliant idea to start designing each room.

The warm, efficient and welcoming staff makes you feel at home and you immediately relax after you’ve passed the white gate. Refreshments were served on arrival and the latest fashion and architecture magazines and travel guides make you want to stay forever! The fresh breakfast was fantastic and the crepes served reminded me of my time in France. The attention to these details makes it a fantastic experience. Blue chip spa treatments and massages are also available in your bedroom and you just have to use the mobile phone provided on arrival.

The chic Blue Sapphire room, where I was kindly invited to stay, features a beautiful marbled-bathroom, elegant regional furniture and textiles, all arranged with great taste.

The big bonus of this room is the great terrace overlooking the inviting green patio. It
had all the modernity you needed: a flat-screen TV, bottled water and complimentary toiletries. An in-room closet, a ceiling fan, air con and wireless internet access are also there if you need them. The sublte French touch of the owners is smartly mixed with an Indian inspiration reflected in the artworks on the walls, the carpets or the small plates on display. 

Villa Amarya is a lovely and smart place to stay which I highly recommend. A jewel !

Don't miss the little display of original products in the main lounge area. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase last-minute gifts!

Now I look forward to staying at Paros by Amarya, in Goa, a second boutique hotel featuring a Portuguese-inspired villa, eight luxury tents and two suites. Le Souk by Amarya, also in Goa, 
is a platform for designers, jewellery, home decoration, hair salon and a coffee shop
… Maybe in the future.

Merci pour votre invitation!
Book a room now:
Amarya Villa A-2/20, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi-110029, INDIA

Pace London presents Adam Pendleton

Pendleton’s cross-disciplinary practice draws from experimental literature, Dadaism, Minimalism, and Conceptualism. His work also references African-American political and cultural movements from the 1960s to today, including the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Arts Movements.

The exhibition, presented at Pace London, features oil on canvas paintings, a large site-specific wall work, a sculptural work, and a silkscreen piece from his INDEPENDANCE series, all of which explore the relationship between politics, language, and race, and consider how history bears on the present.

Happy Birthday Iggy Pop

Chris Cornish

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