© Susan Dumke

AFMO’s stroll through time and places – Private Paris Weekend 2013

October 25 – 27, 2013

Our promenade through time and places lies behind us, but special memories will linger for a long time.

On Friday evening, we welcomed our guests at the Hôtel de Talleyrand, where the Marshall Plan was executed and which was designated by the World Monuments Fund as a great historic site.

All day on Saturday, we visited extraordinary private collections, historic residences, and iconic company workshops and private museums.  There were too many highlights, our hosts and guides always gracious, but being welcomed by Madame Pinault, Monsieur de Givenchy, and the Pissarros in their homes, was certainly memorable.  Nobody wanted to miss Coco Chanel’s last apartment or tea on Hermès’ rooftop garden; or  YSL’s  sublime Haute Couture creations,  lovingly maintained in the Pierre Bergé & Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. Did we prefer the stunning opulence of the Hôtel de Monaco or the serene beauty of the Hôtel de Beauharnais?

Not much time to get dressed for the evening:  Town and Country and La Mer partnered with us for cocktails in the entrance to the museum’s “sculpture garden”, under the meaningful watch of the Statue of Liberty.  A visit of the blockbuster exhibition “Masculine/Masculine”, and the Black Tie Gala Dinner in the museum’s Belle Epoque Ballroom.  Subtle beige, rose, and gold dressed the three long banquet tables; mirrors and hundreds of “candles” reflected the splendor of the room.

The weekend ended in Pantin, in Thaddaeus Ropac’s inspired, all-white gallery.  The vast space presented works by Georg Baselitz to perfection, and nobody wanted to miss Oliver Beer’s “sound and space exploration” performance.

Please enjoy the photos and Annie Fabricant’s article for the Huffington Post “A Moveable Feast for the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay“.


We thank our sponsors:  The Lauder Foundation, La Mer, US-Trust, Christie’s, and Town&Country and gratefully acknowledge the extraordinary leadership and cooperation of Guy Cogeval, Olivier Simmat, the curators, and all the wonderful people with whom it is our pleasure to work.

Thank you to our members and guests for the success of this weekend and their continued support, and thank you to our generous hosts for opening their doors.

Special thanks to Thaddaeus Ropac, Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere, Moulie Flowers, Potel & Chabot, Catharine Cary place cards, Susan Dumke Photography and Catherine O’Hara Photography.