Picasso Solo Show at Tate Modern - Just Another Reason to Visit London

We don’t need a reason to visit London… This dynamic city is always beckoning. But if you’re in London this summer, make sure to visit the Picasso solo exhibition at Tate Modern. Baroque Access has all the details



Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy is on at Tate Modern in London until 9 September 2018, so if you’re in town, make sure to make the time to see this iconic display, the first-ever solo Pablo Picasso exhibition at the renowned Tate Modern, and one of the most significant shows the gallery has ever staged.


The show, which is already drawing crowds since it opened early March, includes 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings as well as some family photographs, offering a rare glimpse into Picasso’s personal life. It’s the perfect opportunity to find out the real story behind this Spanish master’s life, especially as three of the paintings on display feature his lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter. These exquisite paintings have never been shown together before since Picasso painted them over a period of five days in March, 1932.

Interestingly enough, the year 1932 was an intensely creative period in Picasso’s life. That year, he established himself as the most influential artist of the 20th century. He also created many of his best-loved pieces, from breathtaking color-saturated portraits to surrealist drawings.


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His personal life was a busy one that year, too. Picasso had recently turned 50. He was married to Olga Khokhlova, and the couple had a son Paulo, who was 11 years old at the time. The artist was also having a passionate affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter, who was 28 years younger than him. The exhibition brings this time to life through the works on display. Highlights include Girl Before a Mirror, one of Picasso’s signature pieces that is part of a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, and the legendary painting, The Dream, a masterpiece that is rarely displayed to the public.

The exhibition is literally a diary of the artist’s life that year, which was a pivotal point in his career and his personal life. What sets the display apart is that it is arranged in the order that the pieces were created, giving an exclusive look at how Picasso portrayed his feelings over that 12-month period.


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This fascinating exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Musée national Picasso-Paris.


If you would like to find out more about the exhibition, mail Baroque Access right away, request@baroqueaccess.com. If you’re interested in traveling to London and need assistance with flights, accommodation, sightseeing, etc., our sister company, Baroque Travel can make all the arrangements for you. Mail them, request@baroquetravel.com.

Geneva Motor Show 8 to 18 March

The 88th Geneva International Motor Show is about to open to visitors. Not only is it one of the biggest motor shows on the international calendar, but it also promises plenty of exciting new vehicles. Baroque Ground has all the details.


The year 2018 marks the 88th time in motoring history that the Geneva Motor Show will take place. This year’s show promises the biggest global motoring brands, as well as top designers and accessory suppliers. A variety of international vehicles will be showcased, giving visitors an excellent idea of what the trends are in the high tech automobile industry.

For this year’s show, there will be 900 cars on display, as well as 180 exhibitors, 110 World and European Premiers, not to mention 10,000 media representatives and 700,000 visitors.


The show opens its doors on Thursday 8 March and runs for 11 days. It will be officially opened by Swiss Federal Councillor Mr. Guy Parmelin, in the presence of the Swiss representatives of brands featured in the exhibition, ambassadors from different brands around the world as well as various prominent local and regional personalities.


Changes evident this year include a new Aston Martin stand in Hall 2, and in Hall 6, Citroen will join the Peugeot stand and Jaguar and Land Rover will also be in that hall, on the other side. For the fourth year in a row, watchmaker Tag Heuer will feature racing cars from Formula 1 and Formula E as well as racing simulators. These will be in Hall 3.


The stand for Car of the Year 2018 will only be announced just before the Press days, which take place just before the show. Vehicles in the running for this prestigious award include the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, BMW 5-series, Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stinger, Seat Ibiza and the Volvo XC40.


Visitors will also discover the advantages of energy-efficient vehicles in an exhibition created by the Swiss Federal Energy Office (OFEN). This is part of OFEN’s campaign called ‘co2auplancher’, which includes a Salon Car Collector App that offers visitors the chance to win an energy-efficient car.

The show will be open to visitors daily from 10 am to 8 pm during the week, and from 9 am to 7 pm on weekends. To facilitate getting to the show, a number of special trains have been scheduled to and from Geneva Airport Station. In addition, visitors can take buses from Geneva city center and the airport directly to and from the show.


If you would like to find out more about the show, including what events are taking place, let Baroque Ground assist. Mail us now, request@baroqueground.com, and we will provide you with all the information you require. If you are travelling to Geneva for the show and need any travel assistance whatsoever, our sister company, Baroque Travel can help. Email them right away, request@baroquetravel.com.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Opens Its Doors to the Public

The first Louvre outside of Paris opened its doors in Abu Dhabi last week on Saturday 11 November 2017. The place was packed to capacity with visitors eager to experience this new cultural landmark. Baroque Access has all the details



Filled with art and history going back centuries, the brand new Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on 11 November 2017. This iconic museum, which is located on Saadiyat Island, opened its doors to the public at 10am and although 1,000 more tickets than what will usually be available were for sale, they all sold out online long before opening day. Those first in line at the doors on Saturday were greeted by the director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manuel Rabaté . For him, and for the city of Abu Dhabi, this was a very important moment, something that had taken 10 years to come to fruition.


 Under its honeycombed dome, Louvre Abu Dhabi on its grand Saturday opening; Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News

Under its honeycombed dome, Louvre Abu Dhabi on its grand Saturday opening; Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News

There is no doubt about it: architect Jean Nouvel’s creation is a masterpiece. But more important than that, it is the first universal museum in the Arab world that has opened to the public. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, a traditional Emirati al ayala dance was performed at the entrance to the museum.


 A general view shows part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel; Image Credit: AFP

A general view shows part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel; Image Credit: AFP

The opening on Saturday was the start of a week-long series of celebrations to mark the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi (from November 11 – 14), which will offer visitors a completely different perspective on the history of art in the globalized world.

This iconic structure will soon be a well-known landmark in Abu Dhabi. It is located on the waterfront of the city’s cultural district on Saadiyat Island. The inaugural exhibition to be shown in the various galleries that make up the Louvre Abu Dhabi includes 600 works of art. . These pieces include ancient archaeological finds, decorative arts, neoclassical sculptures, paintings by modern masters and contemporary installations. Half of these pieces belong to the museum itself, and the other half is made up of pieces from the museum’s partner museums in France. In addition, from December this year, the museum will have an ongoing program of special exhibitions.


    Emirati men perform traditional dance during the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saturday; Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty / Gulf News


Emirati men perform traditional dance during the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saturday; Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty / Gulf News

This magnificent museum is the result of a collaboration between France and Abu Dhabi, which is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It pays tribute to arts and culture through various artworks and artefacts from around the globe. The inaugural exhibition offers a chronological history of art from pre-history to modern times, covering the first communities and universal religions right up to the present day.


 Part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum; Image Credit: AFP

Part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum; Image Credit: AFP

The opening week includes a number of special performances including a sold-out show by French singer and rock guitarist Matthieu Chedid, known as –M– on November 11, Malian performer Fatoumata Diawara the following day, Lebanese jazz and world musician Ibrahim Maalouf on November 13 and magnificent singer and dancer Totó La Momposina on November 14.
A special exhibition, From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone, opens on 21 December 2017. It traces the 18th Century history of musée du Louvre in Paris and includes royal collections at Versailles under King Louis XIV as well as numerous other works. The exhibition will feature approximately 150 significant paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and other pieces, mainly from the collections of musée du Louvre, but also from the Château de Versailles.

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional museum and its series of galleries, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us now, request@baroqueaccess.com, and we will assist you in every way possible. If you are planning a trip to Abu Dhabi and would like assistance with flights, accommodation, transfers and tickets to the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, our sister company, Baroque Travel, will arrange everything for you. Mail them right away, request@baroquetravel.com.

Louvre Abu Dhabi to Welcome Visitors from November

Finally opening to visitors on 11 November, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is sure to be a draw card to this fascinating desert city. Baroque Access finds out all about it.


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The first museum of its kind in the Arab world, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has taken 10 years for this project to come to fruition, but finally, the UAE capital’s very own Louvre museum will open its doors in November. In 2007, the UAE and France signed a 30-year $1.1 billion agreement to set this mammoth project into motion. Of course, now that it’s completed, French President Emmanuel Macron will apparently attend the ribbon-cutting.


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The museum, which is located on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, will boast a permanent collection of over 600 masterpieces spanning from the 3rd Millenium BC right up to the present day. In addition, there are 300 works of art that are on loan for 10 years from top museums in France, including, of course, the Louvre in Paris, as well as the Musée d’Orsay, Versailles and the Centre Georges Pompidou. This represents an unprecedented cultural exchange between France and the UAE, and includes historic Western artworks from the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Gauguin and many more.

Interestingly enough, the collection will not be organized in a chronological order; instead, it will be arranged by themes including the likes of the dawn of globalization.


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The building, which was designed by Pritzker Prize-winner, architect Jean Nouvel, was originally scheduled to open in 2012. Its promenade facing the ocean is set under a striking dome created from over 8,000 metal stars set in a geometric pattern. When the sunlight filters through these stars, a mobile ‘rain of light’ is created, inspired by the palm trees in the UAE.

The Louvre is part of the UAE’s ambitious quest to preserve its own culture and become an international cultural center as well. The museum aims to focus on shared human stories across cultures and civilizations.

The complex includes a museum for children, study center, restaurants and shop. Outside, visitors will find installations by various contemporary international artists.


The first area that visitors will find is the ‘Great Vestibule’, which will feature dialogues between works from different places and highlight the similarities between them. Displays will include pieces dating back to early times, from the 3rd Millenium BC as well as other historic artworks.

There is an entire gallery dedicated to universal religions, showcasing various sacred texts such as a Leaf from the Blue Quran, a Gothic Bible, a Pentateuch and texts from Buddhism and Taoism. Ceramic pieces dedicated to exchanges on trading routes during the Medieval and Modern periods are also showcased.

Highlights of the masterpieces on loan from 13 leading French museums include Leonardo da Vinci's ‘La Belle Ferronnière’ (1452-1519, on loan from musée du Louvre); a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890, from musée d'Orsay et de l'Orangerie); Jean d’Aire by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917, from the group the Burghers of Calais on loan from Musée Rodin) and Alberto Giacometti’s ‘Standing Woman II’ (1901-1966, from Centre Pompidou.

The inaugural exhibition, entitled ‘From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone’, will trace the history of the Louvre in Paris. It opens on 21 December.


If you would like further information on this innovative new museum, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us, request@baroqueaccess.com, and we will provide you with all the information you require. If you would like to visit Abu Dhabi, our sister company, Baroque Travel, can make all your travel arrangements for you, including flights, accommodation, transfers and visits to the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Mail them now, request@baroquetravel.com, for assistance.

Books, Antiques and Curiosities in London

You can expect a very different, extremely extraordinary retail experience when you visit Assouline in Piccadilly, London. Baroque Access finds out all about it


Iconic French publishing house Assouline Books was founded 22 years ago in France by Prosper and Martine Assouline. The firm is famous for the luxuriously bound limited edition books that it publishes and produces. A visit to one of its 25 stores around the world, which includes one in NYC as well as its first, which is in Paris, not to mention others in London, Venice, Geneva and Istanbul, all offer stunning displays of these magnificent tomes, their pages filled with information on the world of fine taste, including design, travel and fashion. Interestingly enough, Assouline is now being acclaimed for the seven books it produced this year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of French design house Dior.


A visit to Assouline’s flagship store in London shows that this refined and renowned publishing house represents fine living in more ways than just books. Assouline epitomizes the ultimate stylish lifestyle, and this philosophy is evident in the Picaddilly iteration of Maison Assouline, the firm’s flagship store. For starters, it’s located in a Grade Two listed building, an old banking hall that was designed in 1922 by famous architect Sir Edward Luytens.


The store is not ‘just’ a book store, it’s a treasure trove full of curiosities that reflects the Assoulines’ passion for beautiful objects and their knowledge of these very objects. Each book is a collector’s delight, some so beautiful that they defy description. But there’s more… one-of-a-kind antiques that have been picked up all over the world by Prosper Assouline in markets and auctions, including magnificent special edition Goyard travel trunks, scented candles and everything in between.


A highlight of a visit here is the Swans Bar, which is tucked away in a corner of the store, a discreet, genteel reminder of days gone by. Customers enjoy champagne in traditional coupes, not flutes, evoking a scene from The Great Gatsby, and the menu offers nostalgic, glamorous dishes such as smoked salmon and Fillet Tolstoy, a prime cut of beef served to the Tsars in their heyday.


Word has it that the Swans Bar can create quite exotic and innovative tidbits, such as the Barbie macarons that they made, a creative collaboration with Ladurée to celebrate the launch of a series of books on this iconic doll. The coffee served is from a third-generation British coffee merchant called H.R. Higgins, that is one of the Royal Family’s favoured institutions. And the tea, is of course, of the highest quality, as befits an English establishment of such refined taste.


Swans Bar at Maison Assouline offers an exquisite selection of French platters, artisanal teas, wine, champagne and cocktails. And the store itself offers every possible refined purchase imaginable to recreate that halcyon life, including teaspoons and teacups, furniture – and, of course, the beautiful books.

Assouline calls itself a cabinet of curiosities, and the merchandise is just that – curious and delightful masterpieces that evoke an enviable lifestyle.


If you are visiting London soon and would like more information on this glorious store, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us now, request@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with anything you need to know about Maison Assouline in London. If you need travel assistance for your next London trip, our sister company, Baroque Travel, will be happy to assist. Contact them now, request@baroquetravel.com.

Just Another Reason to Visit Paris This Fall

Just in case you needed a reason to visit one of Europe’s most romantic cities, we’ve found one… the brand new Perfume Museum that was recently opened by Fragonard! Baroque Travel has all the details


This month, renowned French perfume house Fragonard relaunched its flagship perfume museum in a newly refurbished building on rue Scribe in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. Once home to a Parisian theater, the building, which took two years to renovate, once again showcases Fragonard’s unique history as well as the techniques used to create this legendary fragrance. The museum, which was initially opened in 1983, is a joy to explore. Its rooms are decorated with period furniture and stunning fragrance displays, including antique perfume bottles, toiletry sets, and containers. The museum tells viewers the story of how fragrances was made then and now, and also gives insight into fragrance manufacturing and packaging. One of the highlights of a visit here is the perfume organ (orgue à parfum), which comprises tiers of bottles of ingredients used to make scents.


The museum was opened by Fragonard founder Jean-Francois Costa’s great-granddaughter, Agnes Costa Webster, who created the museum from the family’s vast collections. She explained the reasoning around opening its doors. “The idea is to share our savoir-faire,” she said. “It makes everyone dream. France is famous for perfume and we aim to share the treasures we’ve accumulated.”


On display at the museum are hundreds of exquisite art objets, as well as exotic perfume vials, olfactory apparatus and other items that were used to create some of Fragonard’s signature scents. The museum also shows viewers how the fragrances are created as well as France’s perfume history and its history throughout the centuries.


Interestingly enough, fragrance was not fashionable in the Middle Ages. It regained its popularity in the 15th Century in France. Marie Antoinette was a trendsetter, and she made perfumes very popular in the 18th Century, particular floral perfumes, which were her favourite. This is also when fragrance bottles were elaborately decorated. One of the bottles on display in the museum is from England, dated around 1760. It’s adorned with delicate gold and crystal.


So next time you’re in Paris, if uyou can tear yourself away from the designer stores, the pavement cafes and the city’s many famous sights, take the time to explore this fascinating little fragrance museum, which is home to one of the richest collections of objects relating to perfume in the world. Learn all about the 3,000-year history of fragrance, and the skills used to create perfumes, and view some of the most beautiful and extraordinary fragrance containers, including pomanders, vaporizers, and other magnificent items.


If you would like to visit this fascinating museum, let Baroque Travel make all the arrangements for you, including flights and accommodation. Just contact us right away, request@baroquetravel.com and we will take care of everything for you.

What is Luxury?

There’s still time to find out the definitive explanation of what luxury entails – the fascinating “What is Luxury?” exhibition is on at the V&A Museum in London until 27th September. Baroque Travel has all the details


The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, in partnership with Britain’s Craft’s Council, has compiled a captivating exhibition on the subject of “What is luxury?”, that covers the different notions of luxury as well as how this definition has changed over time. The exhibition, which runs through to 27th September, challenges the perceptions of luxury as we know it today.


The exhibition’s displays answer the question of how luxury is perceived now, in the 21st Century, compared to in previous ages when it constituted the possession of precious items that had material value. Today, society has evolved to include experiences as being luxurious. Or has it? What is luxury defined as it is now, and how has this perception changed over the centuries? Spending time at the V&A exhibition will answer these questions as well as pose other questions, to engage visitors in an open-ended debate, and give them the chance to reflect on their personal perceptions about what value and luxury mean today, and what they will mean in the future.


The debate is a fascinating one. Luxury, the exhibition shows us, has a history of controversy, and with luxury brands becoming more prominent these days, the question of its definition has changed along with changes in culture and communication. For instance, free time has become a luxurious commodity, as has spaciousness in terms of living and working conditions.


The current debate is demonstrated through an extraordinary range of products and includes the making of these products, the skills required to produce them, the intricacy required in putting them together and the complex techniques used to create them. All of these aspects are used to create something that epitomises exclusivity, and the extraordinary and non-essential aspects of the piece. Of course it takes exceptional expertise and mastery to craft an item that can be considered luxurious and the items on display, of which there are more than 100, display exceptional levels of innovation and mastery.

The exhibition features a number of fascinating displays, some of them quite arbitrary. You’ll find everything ranging from an 18th Century Portuguese gold crown that’s encrusted with emeralds, diamonds and rubies to a modern chandelier created by Netherlands design studio Studio Drift, from dandelion seeds, bronze wire and LED lights. Not only do these items show how our concept of luxury has changed, but also how our perception of luxury has changed to include creativity, time and resourcefulness.

The displays portray a return to hand craftsmanship of old as a definition of luxury compared to mass manufacture, and include the idea of the length of time required to make something.


Displays include an installation called “Time for Yourself” that portrays the luxury of getting lost by displaying a compass spinning in random directions and a watch with no dial. Of course, design and creativity are all part of what makes an item luxurious and this is also featured.


If you’d like to attend this extremely interesting exhibition, let Baroque Travel arrange everything for you, including flights, hotel accommodation and tickets to the V&A. Contact us right away, request@baroquetravel.com

Luxury Without Limits - The London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show

One of the highlights of a visit to London in April is the opportunity to visit the London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show. Baroque Travel has all the details


This week heralds the start of Spring, and with it comes an exclusive event in London, the London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show, which is held at prestigious Old Billingsgate as well as at the city’s premier marina village, St Katharine Docks in London from Wednesday April 8th to Friday April 10th.


It should come as no surprise that London is hosting this luxurious event. After all, London is the largest financial center in Europe. The city is also home to more than twice as many millionaires and billionaires as any other city in the world.


The show is being held in the midst of London’s Financial District, close to some of the most exclusive residential districts in the city, including Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Kensington, to ensure easy access for London’s elite. It’s also very timeous – this is the time when the city’s wealthiest residents think of their summer vacations, and arrange yacht and jet charters. It’s also a time when many brand new vehicles are bought so that their owners can enjoy the warm months ahead in style and comfort.


The show includes a Design, Fine Art, Watch and Gift Gallery, as well as a three-day Travel and Summer Fashion Show featuring some of the top designer labels in the world. Guests also head for St Katharine Docks to enjoy an exclusive water show, with displays of Ultimate Luxury Assets from leading international yacht builders and brokers. Of course, the show also offers a wide range of private jet and luxury car manufacturers, as well as an extensive selection of luxury goods and services.


Then at the Show's second venue - St. Katharine Docks - a wonderful selection of luxury yachts and prestige cars will be on display at London's most exclusive marina.

 Guests will also enjoy a choice of champagne and cocktail bars along the Thames – the perfect way to savor the various luxury showcases and the opportunity to view some of the latest, and most luxurious vehicles and yachts in the world.



If you would like to find out more about this prestigious, exclusive event, you can visit the website, http://londonyachtjetandprestigecarshow.com.

The show is open from 12pm to 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 12pm to 8pm on Friday, April 10th.


Baroque Travel can assist you with arranging your accommodation in London, while Baroque Aviation can assist with chartering one of the private jets on display. Baroque Yachts can arrange yacht charter for you on one of the exquisite superyachts on display if you wish. We can also arrange private chauffeurs for your vehicles. Contact us, request@baroquetravel.com, request@baroqueaviation.com, request@baroqueyachts.com for all your requirements.

"What Is Luxury" Exhibition in London at V&A in April

If you’re planning to travel to London in April, make sure to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum from the 25th onwards, when the ‘What is Luxury" Exhibition opens to the public. Baroque Travel has all the details


What exactly is luxury? Well, it’s many things, of course, which is why London’s Victoria & Albert Museum will be displaying some of the incredible items that describe the concept. When it opens on April 25th, the exhibition will showcase over 100 magnificent objects, each representing modern design and craftsmanship.


As co-curator Jana Scholze discussed in the New York Times last week, “Luxury is shifting to something that is not simply focused on consumption, and this has implications for future craft…” She believes that contemporary craft will fill a void in the luxury industry. “Craft in luxury is about making something that is so unique, it can only be made one time, and perhaps even more, appreciating the passion and endless obsession of these makers.”


To this end, the most substantial part of the exhibition will focus on ‘Creating Luxury’. One of the items on display that shows the single-minded creativity that Ms Scholze talks about is The Golden Fleece, a magnificent headpiece created by Giovanni Corvaja from impossibly thin strands of gold that resemble fur. The item took 12 years of research and 2,500 hours to create, utilizing a technique devised by its creator that combines carpet-making, weaving and braiding. The result? A gold strand that is a fifth the diameter of human hair. And this of course, depicts luxury – an item created with such rare components.


Another item on display is a chandelier created in Amsterdam by design duo Lonneke Gordjin and Ralph Nauta from Studio Drift. Their masterpiece, which took 8 weeks to make, is called the Fragile Future 3 Concrete Chandelier. It’s approximately 11 square feet in size and is a combination of two contradictory materials, a modular 3D circuit board structure and LED lights that have been hand-decorated with dandelion seeds. In this masterpiece the element of luxury involves the time taken to create the work, and the painstaking detail involved.


The exhibition will open viewers’ eyes and minds to a whole new concept of luxury, where originality, meticulous attention to detail and creativity are the reasons for the item being luxurious, and not just its brand name as status symbol.


Another item on display is a garment created by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen using technology and innovative techniques. She experiments with various methods of craftsmanship and technology. In fact, the garment on display was made with handwork techniques that were combined with graduated laser-cut mesh. She has described her technique as a combination of traditional craft and modern techniques and materials.


If you’re going to London at the end of April or in May, make sure let Baroque Travel arrange your stay – and ensure admission to this magnificent exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Email request@baroquetravel.com to arrange your trip right away.

Louis Vuitton Celebrates Contemporary Art and Design With Its Eye-Catching New Paris Museum, Which Opened to the Public on October 27

Louis Vuitton is not just about superb design; the design house is also dedicated to educating the public about magnificent contemporary art pieces. With this in mind, Fondation Louis Vuitton opened to the public this week (27 October) in Paris. The museum offers a location for displaying magnificent artworks by modern and contemporary artists as well as an opportunity for up and coming artists to showcase their work.

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 Fondation Louis Vuitton also provides a public space, the new entrance to the popular Jardin D’Acclimatation in the iconic Bois de Boulogne. This historic amusement park has been a popular site since it was first built in the 19th Century. The LVMH Group has been given the rights to build on the site by the Paris City Council and occupy the building for the next 55 years.

 The magnificent, ultra-modern sculptural art museum was designed by acclaimed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry and took more than five years to build. Gehry’s design revolutionizes the use of glass to create a structure that is light, luminous and in motion and also blends harmoniously with the century-old design of the park.

 The unusual space age structure is sure to become one of Paris’ most famous landmarks. It’s built on the edge of a water garden, and is made up of various white blocks clad in panels of concrete and surrounded by 12 vast glass ‘sails’ that reflect the lush surrounds and change with the light. One can climb exterior staircases underneath these glass ‘sails’ that lead to lush rooftop gardens and exhibition spaces.

 The entrance hall leads to both the Jardin and the museum and is home to a bookstore and restaurant. Next door is a space that can be used as an auditorium, or for exhibitions and events. Moving through the museum one encounters scenic views of the gardens, bringing the outside into the interior and creating a sense of space and light.

 Of course, this innovative structure is completely eco-friendly. The glass roof has been designed so that it collects and reuses rain water and improves the building’s geothermal power. It’s been likened to a ship, an iceberg, and even a cloud, but no matter what it resembles, what’s inside is also quite extraordinary. Visitors will enjoy viewing LVMH’s corporate art collection as well as various temporary exhibitions, and many exciting events have been planned.

 The launch of this fabulous structure heralded a number of exciting parties, including the star-studded VIP affair attended by the likes of Sofia Coppola, Marion Cotillard and Karl Lagerfeld.


Charles James: Beyond Fashion (May 8 - Aug 10, 2014) - Met Museum NYC

Charles James: Beyond Fashion will be the inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute where it will highlight the career of legendary 20th Century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906-1978).

 The Charles James exhibit focuses on the legendary couturier's design process and revolutionary fashion pieces. 

The Charles James exhibit focuses on the legendary couturier's design process and revolutionary fashion pieces. 

The Charles James exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores the couturier's design process, focusing on the use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring methods that continues to be used by designers today. The exhibit will feature approximately 75 of James' most notable designs presented in two locations - the new Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery in Anna Wintour Costume Center as well as a specially installed exhibition gallery on the Museum's first floor.

Gallery views of the newly renovated Costume Institute's inaugural exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion, narrated by Co-curators Harold Koda and Jan Glier Reeder. 

The first-floor exhibition galleries will spotlight the glamor and resplendent architecture of James' ball gowns from the 1940s to 1950s. While the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch gallery will provide an insight to life and inner-workings of James via archival pieces including sketches, notes, pattern pieces, swatches, ephemera, and partially completed works from his last studio in New York City's Chelsea Hotel. The evolution and metamorphosis by James of specific designs over decades will also be shown. Video animations in both exhibition locations will illustrate how he created anatomically considered dresses that sculpted and reconfigured the female form

After designing in his native London, and then Paris, James arrived in New York City in 1940. Despite having no formal training, he is now regarded as one of the greatest designers in America to have worked in the tradition of the Haute Couture. His fascination with complex cut and seaming led to the creation of key design elements that he updated throughout his career: wrap-over trousers, figure-eight skirts, body-hugging sheaths, ribbon capes and dresses, spiral-cut garments, and poufs. These, along with his iconic ball gowns from the late 1940s and early 1950s—the "Four-Leaf Clover," "Butterfly," "Tree," "Swan," and "Diamond"—will be showcased in the exhibition.  

The exhibit runs from May 8 to August 10. Contact us at request@baroqueaccess.com to inquire more about the Charles James exhibit. 

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Top Marques Monaco - The Most Spectacular Car Show on the Planet.

Date - April 17-20, 2014

Address - 10 Avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco

The 11th Edition of The Top Marquee Monaco exhibition promises to be even bigger and better than previous than previous exhibitions when it opens on April 17 at the award-winning Grimaldi Forum.

 Top Marque Monaco is held at the Grimaldi Forum, showcasing the world's most prestigious supercars

Top Marque Monaco is held at the Grimaldi Forum, showcasing the world's most prestigious supercars

Top Marquee Monaco is arguably the world's most exclusive and electrifying supercar show, featuring the most prestigious sports cars and supercars in the world. Cars exhibited are the supermodels of the industry, showcasing cutting-edge technology, great styling and top performance. 

 The 11th Edition of Top Marque will feature the world premier cars such as the David Brown Speedback

The 11th Edition of Top Marque will feature the world premier cars such as the David Brown Speedback

The exhibition will feature established supercar manufacturers such as Pagani, Mazzanti, Porsche, Maserati, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin. While there will be four world premier supercar launches, including the David Brown Speedback GT. 

For the first time, Top Marquee Monaco will feature a Classic Car category, which complements the show's vintage luxury section of watches such as Patek Philippe, Jaeger leCoultre, Rolex and Audemars Piguet. Along with vintage watches visitors can also expect to the latest in deluxe jewelry, design, wine and haute fashion.

 Not just for car lovers - The event also showcases other facet of the luxury lifestyle.

Not just for car lovers - The event also showcases other facet of the luxury lifestyle.

While being in Monaco you can also expect spectacular superboats to be showcased during the event including Ferrari, Abarth and an exclusive two-seater submarine.  

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Singapore Yacht Show (Singapore) - April 10-13, 2014

ONE°15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove, Singapore.  

Discover world's finest superyacht and international yacht brands in an elite and highly social setting, giving you a chance to enjoy luxury yachting at its finest.

 The Singapore Yacht is held at the impressive Club ONE°15 in Sentosa Cove

The Singapore Yacht is held at the impressive Club ONE°15 in Sentosa Cove

Held at the award-winning ONE°15 Marina Club, this exclusive event epitomizes luxury lifestyle, bringing together world-class yachts, glamorous parties, high-end entertaining, and an enviable range of prestige products and brands – supercars, fine dining, beautiful timepieces, hand-crafted jewelry and some of the region’s most luxurious waterside properties, providing you with the ultimate luxury experience.

 At the Singapore Yacht Show you will experience all facets that epitomizes the luxury lifestyle

At the Singapore Yacht Show you will experience all facets that epitomizes the luxury lifestyle

he Singapore Yacht Show provides a first-class platform for regional guests to meet yachting professionals, boat owners, supercar aficionados and a select group of invited participants keen to explore the luxury yachting scene.

This year's featured luxury yacht participants includes Lotus Luxury Yacht (representing brands Carver, Cruisers, Dominator, Formula, Marquis, Sanlorenzo and Sessa), Princess Yacht Asia (Premier Brand in Asia), SG Boating (representing Chaparral, Fairline, Leopard Catamarans, Meridian and Pursuit), Heeson Yachts, Simpson Marine (representing Azimut, Beneteau and Lagoon) and Northrop & Johnson.

Contact Baroque Travel at request@baroquetravel.com about ticketing options as well as inquiries, exclusive events and Singapore accommodation options.

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