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“Parisian 5-star hotel La Maison Champs-Elysées has asked Belgian fashion label Maison Martin Margiela – or MMM – to redesign, redecorate and reconcieve a big part of the hotel. According to the hotel’s website MMM, known for its eccentric designs, is creating a theatrical environment where reality and trompe-l’oeil blend into a surreal atmosphere. To give us an idea of what they mean by that, La Maison Champs-Elysées has now released a teaser video where we can see some of the redecoration works. It doesn’t really look like an hotel yet but since the opening is planned for May 30, we bet that will have changed by then.”

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Next month, despite opposition from conservative curators, Japanese Pop art star Takashi Murakami will open a solo exhibition at Versailles outside Paris. Murakami will be the third contemporary artist given access to the former seat of French monarchy, following Jeff Koons in 2008 and Xavier Veilhan in 2009. The exhibition (September 13-December 12), will feature 22 pieces, half of which were created especially for the occasion, including sculptures, lamps (pictured), and one painting, one video and one carpet.