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Parler Paris Après-Midi
At every Après-Midi, a guest speaker of note will come to talk about a topic of interest and then open the floor for questions and discussion.
November 11, 2014
Brian Dunhill, AAMS, Founding Partner, Dunhill Financial
"FACTA -- How does it change financial planning as an American Expat?"
Whether you have been in France for a long time or are just getting here, navigating the waters of being an American abroad is getting more and more complex. Brian will help you better understand some of the financial obstacles that might stand in the way including the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA), Double Taxation & Bilateral Tax Treaties, Banking and investment accounts (where they should be?), currency exposure and more -- be sure to bring your questions.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
...and the second Tuesday of every month 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Upstairs at Café de la Mairie (formerly La Pierre du Marais), on the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 3rd. Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers Costs nothing except whatever you drink!
The "new" Picasso MuseumPresident François Hollande at the InaugurationGehry's Chiat Day in Venice, CaliforniaThe Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe Guggenheim Museum in BilbaoLocation of Fondation Louis Vuitton
The buzz is certainly out about the new "musée" in town -- not the Musée National Picasso (which reopens officially this Friday). No, I'm talking about the "Fondation Louis Vuitton," designed by American architect Frank Gehry located in the Bois de Boulogne (8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi).
The inauguration made all the news, with interviews of Gehry himself and President François Hollande in attendance. With 13 years from inception, it must feel awfully rewarding for Gehry and Louis Vuitton to see it open and fully realized. It was the "brainchild of France’s richest man, Bernard Arnault, the chief executive and founder of the FLV." Of course, the museum is designed to house his personal collection of art -- a collection that includes the works of such illustrious contemporary artists as, Christian Boltanski, Ellsworth Kelly, Gilbert & George and Jeff Koons.
National news channel France 24 showed it off this week in an article and video online worth a read and viewing to learn more about it. Wikipedia has a good report on it, too, where you can get more of the details.
Gehry's work has always fascinated me, from the moment I first laid eyes on the fun-loving giant binoculars of the Chiat/Day building in Venice, California to the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles -- which may be the most beautiful contemporary building I've ever seen. Sadly, I haven't yet had the pleasure of visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, but now will have the privilege of visiting the new "FLV" thanks to someone who wants to give back to the country that made him rich. As we understand it, the now privately owned museum will be donated to the city of Paris in 55 years.
Naturally with anything newly introduced in France, there is criticism and controversy. Buildings that continue to be opposed by the locals include the Centre Pompidou and the Pyramide du Louvre, but let's not forget that at one time, the residents were opposed to the Eiffel Tower,too!
Imagine, the building takes up a tiny drop in the enormous Bois de Boulogne, but some neighborhood activists protested against reducing the green space in order to build the magnificent structure. (Some people just love to complain.) Then, others aren't happy about the publicity this gains for the Louis Vuitton empire and Bernard Arnault, who requested Belgian nationality a couple years ago when France was about to impose a 75% tax on his earnings. (Do you blame him?) On top of that, rival Francois Pinault, art collector and major shareholder and Honorary Chairman of the retail company Kering also envisioned such a museum in the same location, but the red tape made it so difficult, he eventually opened the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy, which now holds the Pinault collection. (By coincidence, I was just visiting the Palazzo Grassi last week, the reason for my trip to Venice -- just to see the Irving Penn exhibit.)
One big reason for living in Paris has always been the accessibility to art. So, tomorrow I'll visit the Picasso thanks to a special invitation to the residents of the 3rd arrondissement for a sneak preview one day before the official opening and then will visit the new FLV at the beginning of November with tickets purchased online.
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"Snapshot of City Life in Paris, France" - Episode HHINT-7209H
Air dates/times: November 16, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. E/P
Ben and Nicole Miller loved Franklin, Tennessee so much they recently built their dream home there. However, when a job opportunity came up in Paris that could boost his career and also let Nicole pursue her passion of photography, they knew a move there would be too good to pass up. With its countless photo ops, Nicole wants to live in central Paris but with Ben's job located outside the city, he doesn't want to commute through congestion every day. Watch as Adrian guides them to the perfect solution.