The world’s only in-house Art Concierge connects 5-star luxury with the City of Art.
Beloved as the City of Light, Paris has long maintained a love affair with fine art and literature. The city’s artistic pulse is what drew Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Amedeo Modigliani; it is what brought Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound. The list of art and literary maestros is long. And deep in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, one luxury hotel is committed to its legacy.
In 2010 Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris Hotel reopened on avenue Hoche following a complete redesign by Philippe Starck, a French designer of Paris’ Ecole Camondo that rethought the 1928 establishment and catapulted it to exclusivity through a decided attention to art and culture. His idea was to create an exclusive home environment with the amenity of a 5-star service.
A private art collection of 750 distinct works runs throughout the hotel’s 149 rooms (64 of which are private suites, 3 presidential). Poetry is etched into floor panels and written behind mirrors, setting the stage for the discovery of larger original works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Simon Chaput, Arlette Kotchounian, Stéphane Calais and Nikolay Polissky, and others.
To help put art in the hands of its guests, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris is the first hotel to have its own in-house Art Concierge whose task it is to advise guests on art investment, supply insider tips on exclusive exhibits and events, and to provide them with personalized roadmaps that guide them through their stay in Paris. After earning a degree in Art History from the University of Paris, Julie Eugène spent years cultivating connections in her field before joining joining Le Royal Monceau when it reopened in 2010.
Today the 30-year-old connoisseur runs the hotel’s contemporary art gallery—the Art District—that presents works by both emerging and established artists, as well as the hotel blog ‘art for breakfast’ that provides a current calendar of art and cultural events in the city.
Particularly appreciated by guests that have an intimate relationship with the arts and who are looking to secure a museum or gallery visit outside business hours, Eugène knows how to open doors.
With a passion for her profession, she is known for facilitating the privatisation of exhibitions, a task that in Paris can be an arduous undertaking.
“My connections in the art world are an asset to our affluent guests,” says Eugène, who was able to secure a private showing of the completely sold-out Frida Kahlo exhibition in 2013 for a Royal Monceau guest.
Located near the Arc de Triomphe at the western end of Champs Elysées, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris sets the stage for a total-immersion-foray into the arts. And for those looking for less pretention and a place to kick off their heels in luxury, this is it.
Julie Eugène has prepared an exclusive summer selection for Swiss Style, so if you’re traveling to Paris, check out her recommendations.
YOUR ART CONCIERGE SELECTION
Until August 24th
Musée d’Art Moderne,
11 avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris
Every day except Monday, 10 am–6 pm
Thursday evenings until 10 pm
DRIES VAN NOTEN
Until August 31st
107 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
Every day except Monday, 11 am – 6 pm
Thursday evenings until 9 pm
MAPPLETHORPE – RODIN
Until September 21st
79 rue de Varenne 75007 Paris
Every day except Monday, 10 am–5.45 pm
Wednesday evenings until 8.45 pm
From November 26th,
2014 to April 27th, 2015
place Georges Pompidou 75004 Paris
Every day except Tuesday, 11 am–9 pm
From September 24th, 2014
to January 5th, 2015
place Georges Pompidou 75004 Paris
Every day except Tuesday, 11 am – 9 pm
Until July 24th
108 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris
From Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm
Once Upon a Time in America
Until July 25th
4 rue Léonce Reynaud 75116 Paris
From Monday to Friday, 10 am–1 pm &
3 pm – 7 pm / Saturday, noon–7 pm
ANISH KAPOOR & JAMES LEE BYARS
Until July 26th
47 rue Saint-André des arts &
6 rue du Pont de Lodi 75006 Paris
From Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm
Wood Plaster Paint
Until August 23rd
5 rue Debelleyme 75003 Paris
From Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am–7 pm
Article by Allison Zurfluh