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Trip to the Light:
From London to the Côte d’Azur



From London there’s a stopover in Paris on the way to the Cote d’Azur: along with stylish boardwalks and idyllic mountain villages, pine forests, and lavender fields, the south of France also has a tremendous wealth of culture to offer.




On view at the Serpentine Gallery:
Thomas Demand's C-Print "Klause 2", 2006,
Courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, London,
©2006 Thomas Demand / DACS

Miuccia Prada was here, Hedi Slimane; Mario Testino as well. At the opening of Thomas Demand’s show in the Serpentine Gallery, the art and glamour scene was privy to an allover of works that are both elegant and unsettling – surely one of the highlights of the London art summer. The walls of the exhibition space are covered in ivy wallpaper, whose pattern is projected at night on a canopy designed by Rem Koolhaas, a translucent roof covering the gallery’s summer pavilion in the middle of Hyde Park. The temporary construction is used as a café and performance venue for the Time Out Park Nights. After a visit to Thomas Demand’s environment, Hyde Park proves to be just the right place for a picnic: preferably in true British fashion, complete with cucumber sandwiches and scones.


Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1978,
Deutsche Bank Collection


German art is very hot right now in the city on the Thames: the Whitechapel Gallery is showing paintings by Albert Oehlen, while Hauser & Wirth is presenting Martin Kippenberger together with Dieter Roth. And at Parasol Unit, the dynamic paintings by the Leipzig artist David Schnell can be admired.



Still of Pierre Huyghes film "A Journey that Wasn't",
Photo: Pierre Huyghe, Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris,
©Pierre Huyghe


A wonderland with surprise effects – Pierre Huyghe has set up his Celebration Park in the Tate Modern with films, installations, and gigantic doors that dance through the room. There’s also a great view of the Thames from the Espresso Bar on the fourth floor of the museum. And if you’d like to be higher up, you can visit the restaurant on the 7th floor – just the right thing for restoring your energy for a visit to the huge Kandinsky retrospective.




Lothar Baumgarten's
Theatrum Botanicum at the Fondation Cartier Paris,
Photo: Patrick Gries, Courtesy Fondation Cartier



And then it’s time for a stopover in Paris: especially in the heat of the summer, the Fondation Cartier and the recently opened Musee du Quai Branly, both designed by the star architect Jean Nouvel, are worth a visit. The museum gardens offer an oasis amid the French capital’s maze of buildings. Fig trees, rosemary bushes, and a grass-covered amphitheater – the garden of the Fondation Cartier exudes an almost Mediterranean flair. Films and installations by Agnès Varda, one of the key figures of the European author’s cinema, can be seen in the exhibition building. Over 15,000 plants cover one of the façades of Nouvel’s new Musee du Quai Branly. Here, archaic tribal art is presented inside an innovative high-tech architecture tucked away in a small wood of oak, cherry, and magnolia trees.


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