24 Hours Museum by Prada

Exactly 24 hours, not a minute more, was what lasted the ephemeral “imaginary museum” by Prada, concept of the Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli, between January 24 and 25 at Palais d’Iena in Paris.

A worship to the eternal allure of femininity, the museum was divided in 3 sections, historic, contemporary and forgotten each one inspired by a particular museum decor.

In the main room, pink neon lights gave the impression of being in a huge metal cage. The effect was incredibly beautiful and modern.

Through interpretations of classical sculptures that make reference to contemporary divas, Francesco says that “They are my icons turned into sculptures and placed on marble pedestal “.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

A day full of art. I mean, different perspectives of arts

When I was riding on the way to my French class, I found one “graffiti” of the street artist Kidult , I didn’t have my camera in that moment, so I planed to came back later to register that manifest/protest.

My plan for the afternoon was to visit the so much criticized exhibition “ The Complete Spot Paintings” by Damien Hirst at the Gagosian Gallery and after to visit the Henri Cartie Bresson Foundation currently exhibiting – “HCB and Paul Strand Mexico 1932-1934”.

My day was really intriguing. First off all I registered the “graffiti” that the infamous Kidult did, before someone erase it. This is part of one protest that the artist has been doing vandalizing stores in Paris, in this case it was  just a normal writing on the wall, but Kidult have been leaving his “trademark” on some flagships as Collete, Hermes and Luis Vuitton.

My plan was interrupted by an unexpected rain, that resulted in a purchase of a book on the art of Rembrant for the bargain of 7 euros. When the rain stopped I continued riding my bike to  Gagosian Gallery to check on Damien Hirst’s exhibithion. Inside the gallery  it is forbidden to take pictures, but the one that I did on the Gagosian display was enough to represent the concept, which is simultaneously  happening on the eleven Gagosian galleries around the world , there are more then 300 frames with the same subject, on Hirst’s work since 1986. This exhibition prepares the public for a major retrospective about Hirst that will be held on Tate Modern soon this year.

Dimien Hirst is the wealthiest living artist and the most prominent member of the group YBA (Yong British Artist), death is one of his central themes.  For my luck I have some pictures of his work that I took last year in Brazil at the Biennial of Arts of Sao Paulo.  These, in my opinion, justify the importance of Hirst’s work.

Dimien Hirst at Biennial of Arts of Sao Paulo

Dimien Hirst at Biennial of Arts of Sao Paulo


























Leaving Gagosian Gallery and unlocking my bike across the street to follow straight to the HSB Foundation, I couldn’t ignore to view Gagosian Gallery and Christie’s auction house side by side  and make a picture. The gallery and one of the most important action houses in the world movement billons of dollars in art. Coincidently on the window of Christie’s there was one poster of one of Henri Cartier Bresson that was sold for 433.000 euros, a world record for photography.

I follow to HCBFoundation and found one charming atelier that was building in 1912 by Molinie. The building was named “La Maison des Artistes” and won the best Prize for architecture in 1913.

My passion for HCB started in 2008 when I came first time to Paris and spent a lot of time at “Ile de La Cite” (actually, my favorite place in Paris). After while I discovered the epic picture of HCB over the Seinne river.

Last year, I studied photojournalism in Canada and I did my conclusion work about his biography.

The exhibition “ HCB and Paul Strand Mexico 1932-1934” show some pictures when both were photographing in the same period in Mexico, but with different perspectives. The American’s immobility with Frenchman’s fluidity. I really recommend this exhibition that is being shown until April 22.

Henri Cartie Bresson

Henri Cartie Bresson

Paul Strand

Paul Strand





















After this delightful visit to HCB Foundation I follow riding the charming neighborhood of Montmartre absorbing everything that I saw on this afternoon.

The sky was impressively beautiful in blue and pink.

I consider this afternoon very intriguing. Starting with Kidult manifest against luxury,  going to the peculiar world on billionaire galleries and action houses, ending with the power that photojournalism has to show us: Life exactly how it is.

Peru – Colors of Happiness

When the brazilian photographer Carlos Hinke, www.carloshinke.com.br, travelled to Peru he had the expectation to be impressed with Machu Picchu and, of course, that also happened.

But something that he was not waiting for surprised him: Peruvian people smile easily with true happiness.

Even with the harsh weather the beauty of the people is among the best Peru has to offer. Their colorful clothes, craft art, fabrics and souvenirs break through the landscape composed by cobblestones. According to the photographer this was the most impressive thing he learned on this awesome cultural trip.

All Pictures bellow by Carlos Hinke


Space Invader – The world has been invaded!!!

Mixing traditional mosaics with Atari pixels, Space Invader, or simply Invader, www.space-invaders.com, created characters  inspired by the game that, since 1998, have been literally invaded the walls of Paris and the globe. As a joke, Invader does not reveal his real name and identity.

He defends the idea that there is too much advertisement on the streets and his art should be a reason to misguide the focus that the public keeps on consumerism. So, he believes that his art can contribute positively for the population.

Having the chance to appreciate his almost ubiquitous presence in the city (between 2000 and 3000 Invaders around the world), at first, gave me this George Orwell’s Big Brother feeling of being observed. Suddenly we understand that turning our sights to art, instead of billboards, gives a real meaning to the protest that those pieces purpose. Eyes opened by invaders that came from space to change our minds!!!

Pictures by Maria Fernanda

Jef Aerosol – He Rocks!

The pioneer of street art in France, Jef Aerosol, www.jefaerosol.com,  had his first stencil dated on the beginning of the 80’s.

Sometimes called “The French Banksy” he already got his work printed in the wall of several cities around the globe.

His favorite subject is to paint  portraits of his heroes, cultural icons such as Hendrix, Bowie, Basquiat, Dylan and Warhol as well as anonymous people, street musicians, homeless and children.

Just like the best photographers, he is able to capture the truth in one instant and reveal its universality.

Jef Aerosol stencils are in black, gray and white, always with his trademark,  the red arrow.

If you are in Paris it is worth to check on an exhibition with some of his work at Musse en Herbe until January 29th. www.musee-en-herbe.com

Centre de Pompidou, Paris

Gandhi, Gallery Moretti & Moretti, Paris

Child, Gallery Moretti & Moretti, Paris

Bob Dylan, Musse en Herbe, Paris

Jean Michel Basquiat, Musse en Herbe, Paris

Andy Warhol, Musse en Herbe, Paris

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

Beco do Batman – Head Quarters of Brazilian Street Art

The Beco do Batman (“Batman Alley”) it’s a true open air graffiti museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Every inch of this street art landmark is covered with the most vibrant and colorful high quality creative graffiti that you can imagine.

Much of it is produced by artists associated with São Paulo’s urban intervention schemes, but Beco do Batman also attracts sprayers and stencilers from all over the world.

When walking through the alley at night, you get the feeling of being “into a comic book”. Also, Beco do Batman is a constantly changing wonder: there’s a new surprise every day!

All pictures by Maria Fernanda