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With a studio on each side of the Atlantic, French artist JR is becoming an international art sensation. His work is sought out by private collectors, but his most famous installations are found in the biggest gallery in the world: the street. JR’s talent was first recognized with Portrait of a Generation. Starting as an unauthorized project, this Braquage picture made viewers ask themselves two questions: is this the suburbs of Paris or Cairo? Is that a gun he is holding?
Taking a self-guided tour of public art is a great way to experience New York City any time of year. Two of the city’s iconic pieces are just a stone’s throw from the hotel: Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture (at 54th Street and 6th Avenue) and the globe-wielding Atlas Sculpture at Rockefeller Center (across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral). Take a tour of some of our current favorites—each more Instagram-able than the last.
Have an aching for this perfect croissant on a terrace? Sighing over the thoughts of a stroll through the garden of the Musée Rodin? There is a name for that, Paris Withdrawal Syndrome (PWS). The good thing is that there is a remedy - New York City. From French speakers, to the best French restaurants and art, the Big Apple has this “je ne sais quoi” that the doctor ordered. Follow us as we stroll through New York, as if we were in Paris, disclosing our little secrets about the “je ne sais quoi” that makes it “so French”.
Art is part of Baccarat’s DNA, as evidenced by the artistic sensibilities of Georges Chevalier’s Art Deco style, Thomas Bastide’s unconventional designs, and the unique art installations dispersed throughout Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. Step into any of Sotheby’s auction locations, and you instantly know that hospitality is part of who they are – they create a welcoming atmosphere as well as access to the art market. The partnership between Baccarat and Sotheby’s could not be any more ideal.
What makes the Baccarat legends even more unbelievable is that they are not in fact legends at all, they are reality. From the Furnace of the Tsar produced specifically for the Russian court, to the Maharaja who tested the strength of his palace ceiling by hanging an elephant before placing a chandelier, the Baccarat manufacture is well known for its ability to create unique experiences—a characteristic also found at the Baccarat Hotel.
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Right across the street from the Baccarat Hotel New York stands one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world: the MoMA. The Museum of Modern Art, founded primarily by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in 1929, is an architectural marvel in itself — the perfect showcase for its extensive collection and exhibits ranging from Picasso and Matisse paintings to design famous bottle openers and electronic media. If you are looking for a quiet tour, or coming with the kids, the Hosts at Baccarat New York offer up tips on how to best enjoy your visit to MoMA.
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