MANILA, MAY 23, 2007
(MALAYA) BY KRISTINA SUPEÑA - La Tour Eiffel or the Eiffel Tower is built on the Champ de Mars adjacent to the River Seine in Paris. It is one of the most recognized monuments in the world. The fascination on the European country is irresistible to Filipinos. Alliance Francaise de Manille and the French Embassy in collaboration with the Ayala Museum featured exhibitions in line with the celebration of the French Spring Festival in Manila.

The Essences Insensées: Perfumes and Senses display was held recently at the ground floor gallery of the museum. It was an olfactory and visual showcase of international artists. They created perfumes in partnership with fragrance house, Quest International, a laboratory that has produced scents for Christian Dior and Thierry Mugler. The artists also made perfume bottles and sculptures expressing their representation of the scent.

For Eight-ball, Stéphane Calais worked hand in hand with Sébastian Lienhart. Calais’ art piece is about how culture is interpreted in the history of art. He prefers to create the object before defining its essence. His work uses two traditionally shaped industrially Chinese incense burners with a floral motif in the shape of the number 8. Perfumer Lienhart believes that each moment is an inspiration. The result yields exoticism, with a mixture of the sacred and the cheap, which originates in crowded markets and streets.

Johan Creten and Francois Caron crafted Odore Di Femmina. Creten made a sculpture of a woman’s bosom from stoneware and Caron produced the fragrance.

Patrick Jouin and Christel Bergoin fabricated SYN. Jouin transformed a simple shape drawn on a virtual file into a three-dimensional object. Bergoin was asked to mix perfume using only synthetic components that are difficult to identify.

For Eau de Brume, American artist Pae White examines space and its perception through spatial sculptures. She depicts the instance when a couple meets with a thin, soft, shallow handprint of a woman alongside the larger, stronger and heavier handprint of a man. Frederique Lecouer made the perfume and it smells like Lephroig scotch whisky.

Other artists and perfumers who participated in the exhibit are: Christian Biecher with Gilles Romey for Light; Olivier Chabaud and Laurent Leveque with Alexandra Kosinski for Between Dog and Wolf; Leandro Erlich with Pierre Nuyens for Voiture A9; Bertrand Lavier for White Night; Jean-Michel Othoniel with Louise Tuner for Perfume of Tears; Sam Samore with Michelle Girard for Magic Mushroom; Robert Stadler with Calice Becker for Burning Desire; Jean-Luc Vilmouth and Jean-Pascal Osmont for Between You and Me; Kimiko Yoshida with Jacques Huclier for Sakura.

The groups involved in production of the perfume bottles and sculptures are: The National Manufacture of Sévres, Bernardaud Porcelain Foundation in Limoges, Ceramiche Antonietta Mazotti in Faenza and companies specializing in glass and crystal such as Baccarat Lalique. It was organized by the Parcours Saint Germain and curated by Anne Pierre d’Albis-Ganem.

Paris is also where photography was born. The first permanent photograph was an image produced in 1826 with the joint work of Nicéphore Niépce and Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre and the later contributions of Hippolyte Bayard.

Objectif Paris, a photography exhibit at the ground floor gallery of the Ayala Museum will run until June 27. It showcases snap shots that illustrate the history of Paris, starting with the opening of the World Exhibit of 1900.

These windows from the city of love are captured through the lenses of famous photographers such as: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jean Auvigne, Marc Riboud, Robert Doisneau, André Kertesz, and Etienne Atget. It comes from five public collections in Paris: la Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, le musée Carnavalet, le musée d’Art moderne, la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and le Fonds municipal d’Art contemporain.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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