Sarvisalo, A Contemporary Art Hot Spot

Sarvisalo really caught my eye ! Anita and Poju Zabludowicz, are, through their collection, putting this tiny Finnish island on the map. They have been collecting art since 1994 and today, they own around 6,000 pieces by 600 young and emerging artists, with whom they collaborate on exhibitions, residencies and commissions in Sarvisalo, London and Las Vegas.

The Zabludowiczs’ homes on Sarvisalo comprise Suvinkunta, a cluster of houses and workshops acting as the hub for the residency; Herman’s, a 17th century manor house and “art barn” in the island’s main village of Härkäpää; and the Carpenter’s House, which offers further workshops and secondary buildings.

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Anita Zabludowicz in front of Richard Wood’s Stone Clad Cottage (Bredvik), Sarvisalo, Finland. Picture – David Bebber

Since 2010 Zabludowicz Collection has initiated an international residency programme for invited artists on the island of Sarvisalo in Loviisa, Finland.The residency programme offers an open-ended and discursive environment for the production of art. Artists and practitioners from many disciplines spend up to a month researching and working on the island, sometimes producing works that remain in situ, or using the time to develop future projects and collaborations.

The Zabs, as insiders refer to them, occupy an unusual niche in the art world, given their focus on emerging and midcareer artists. “They really support artists before they break through,” says curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. “It’s a form of patronage.”

“Their openings attract a very young crowd that you don’t see at every other opening; there’s this informality,” says their friend Simon de Pury, the former chairman of the auction house Phillips de Pury & Company. “

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Nicolas Deshayes, Keith Tyson, Caragh Thuring, Erin and Sam Falls, Poju and Anita Zabludowicz, and Olafur Eliasson 
and his daughter Alma, with Schieleren (Smears), 2010, by Franz West.

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Stella Hamberg in the forest at Suvikunta, with her Berserker 1, 2007. Photography by Jason Schmidt

 

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Adam McEwen’s Hare Swing, 2009. Photography by Jason Schmidt

For more Information : http://www.zabludowiczcollection.com/  &  https://vimeo.com/47161217

 

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New York City Girl.

Just back from the incredible city that never sleeps ! My first time in NYC was a total success, I mean what a city. I will share some of the highlights from the trip with you here.

We were obviously in NYC to set up the exhibit ‘Memory&Future Future&Memory’  featuring works by Firouz FarmanFarmaian and Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar at the Shirin Gallery in Chelsea. The exhibition curated by Janet Rady, explores two Iranian artists’ different interpretations of memory and the past.

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Firouz FarmanFarmaian / Shirin Gallery

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Firouz FarmanFarmaian / Shirin Gallery

Chelsea has the highest concentration of art galleries I’ve ever seen ! Apart from our exhibit we had time to visit some very cool galleries such as Taymour Grahne, Gagosian and the David Zwirner galleries to name a few. You could spend entire days scouting the New York art scene it’s so diverse !

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Baselitz / Gagosian

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Oscar Murillo / David Zwirner

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Richard Serra / Gagosian

We decided to stay in Queens, one of the most multi cultural places on earth. You could discover food from a different country every day and it’s a quite tranquil place to live in, making a nice difference from the hectic ambiance of Manhattan.

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Street Cars / Queens

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Junction Boulevard / Queens

For thrift stores you need to check out Bushwick where all cool, cheap and alternative stores are. I completely fell in love with this area; full of artist studios, street art, tags, rundown brick buildings and shopping. If you need a break, check out the diner Tina’s Place, an institution in Bushwick, open all day. We loved it there and the staff was just fantastic. We will be back !

 

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Thrift store ‘Beacon’s Closet’ / Bushwick

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Tina’s Place / Bushwick

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For thrifts stores in Bushwick : Beacon’s Closet / Fox & Fawn / LTrain Vintage / “COLLECTIONS”

The eccentric and daring Tangier

Only 12 kilometrs across the strait from Spain you will find an exotic new world in a legendary North African city that has everything from cool cafés and new boutique hotels to glorious beaches, a fascinating history, and the world’s most famous kasbah.

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Tangier was a bohemian mecca in the 1960s, and now the designer crowd is flocking back. For much of the 20th century, the Moroccan city was a bohemian dream, where smugglers and spies mixed with writers, artists, musicians.

TangierIn recent years, the Kasbah has seen the birth of a number of small hotels and guesthouses created within former kasbah townhouses and palaces. The one I prefer is La Tangerina Hotel (Riad Sultan 19, Tangier, Morocco) , a bohemain hotspot, right out of a Gypset book.

TangierThe restaurant to look out for is El Morocco Club (Place Tabor, Kasbah, Tangier), it’s the latest hype place in Tangier. Located at Bab Kasbah, in a typical Moroccan dar, it is teeming with surprises. Don’t miss the man in charge, our friend Oscar Ama Badji, the coolest guy in town !

Visiting Tangier you will be struck by the number of lively cafés in the city. One of the most famous ones is Café de Paris, a great mix of locals, expats, and travelers.

TangierAnother one is the Hafa, one of my favorite places in Tangier, just a short walk from the Kasbah. The breathtaking view and the thé à la menthe make it well worth the visit.

TangierTangier has a big literary legacy so don’t miss the book shops Librairie des Colonnes and Librairie Les Insolites, they both have a fantastic choice of books from authors such as Bowles.

If you’re in Tangier for shopping, a stop at my favourite shop is a must, the incredible Bazar Tindouf, it’s a caverne d’alibaba, full of carpets, lanterns, ceramics, ancient doors and other fabulous treasures.

TangierLas chicas is a new concept shop (52 rue Kacem Guennoun, porte de la Kasbah), where traditional craft meets contemporary design. A fantastic new pearl on the market !

Tangier is a place to just meander around the tumbling streets and cafes’. It’s such a mysterious place, to understand it, you have to look behind its doors, but once you give yourself some time, you will find Tangier to be eccentric, enduring and very charming.

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The legend has it that you don’t choose Tangier, but that Tangier chooses you and Tangier chose me !

Finnish Summer Memories, Part III

I discovered works by the Finnish sculptor Kain Tapper (1930-2004) at the Kuntsi Museum of modern art in Vaasa this summer.

Kain combined nature and natural phenomena, old folklore and poetic modernism and he completely epitomised the Informalist style in Finnish sculpture. Finnish wood and stone were the obvious materials for Kain.

– Sculpture should be touched. By touching them, one understands the form better. In addition to rythm, form is essential to art –

His works are still as modern and up to date as when he was creating them. For me, they represent the closeness and the strong bond to the Finnish nature; the line between some sort of mysticism and pure reality.

Here you have a small selection of Kain’s art to meditate upon :

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Kain Tapper

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Kain Tapper

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Finnnish Summer Memories, Part II

If you drop by Helsinki on one of your trips, don’t miss the Design District Helsinki. Helsinki is paradise for any design lover, what I love about this city is that you have good design everywhere ! Helsinki was also awarded the World Design Capital in 2012.

Helsinki design districtThe Design District is a creative melting pot in the heart of the city, an area full of design and antique shops, fashion stores, museums, art galleries, restaurants and showrooms. A place where you can find  interesting new names, avant-garde, trend-setters and more.

-creativity, uniqueness, experiences, design and Finnish urban culture in one district –

design district helsinkiIn the heart of District is the Design Museum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design Forum Finland, a gallery and a shop that presents the latest trends in Finnish Design.

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Time for new adventures !

Tomorrow I’m off for 2 months ! Spain – Finland – Spain and then back to Paris end of  January ! I have a lot of plans and projects for these months; time to finalize details for current projects, but most importantly to discover and  meet interesting and creative people. I will keep you posted on what’s happening on the art/fashion/interior decoration scence throughout my travels and I will of course be scouting new treasures for my Etsy shop The Marigold.

 

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Hasta la vista !

The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar

The weather is continously bad here in Paris, it’s raining night and day…

What to do ? Well, I for once started looking for far away places to go to, as far away as possible from the greyness here. My dream trip has always been Zanzibar and looking for spots there I found this incredible restaurant. It looks like heaven on earth, I mean who wouldn’t want to have dinner there in the candle light with someone you love…

So, if you’re lucky enough to visit Zanzibar one day, check out the Rock Restaurant for a magical and unique experience ! I will keep on dreaming…

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http://www.therockrestaurantzanzibar.com/

LUNATICAlounge, Montezuma, Costa Rica

LUNATICA lounge is a stunning luxury property with a magical setting. I love its modern and white architecture and the wild nature all around it. I wouldn’t mind renting it for a week or two !

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For those of you interested, you’ll find some more info here :
http://www.boutique-homes.com/vacation-rentals/none/virtual/lunaticalounge-montezuma-costa-rica/