THE MORNING LIST
Discover superb collections of paintings and engravings, delve into history thanks to free museums, track down the beauty of concrete in the green city, discover the revival of cuisine there and then escape to the Bastille, five good reasons to linger in the Dauphiné capital.
From one masterpiece to another
One is huge, the other tiny, but the works that we discover there (in peace) are, in both cases, admirable. The Museum of Grenoble, one of the very first in France, is a vast space whose natural light highlights the canvases of Veronese, Rubens, Canaletto or Zurbaran, seized by the revolutionaries or donated by generous donors. Then, savvy curators expanded the collection with Matisse, Gauguin, Soutine, de Staël, the pop art of Warhol or the narrative figuration of Monory, without forgetting contemporary sensibilities. In the beautiful Sainte-Cécile convent, headquarters of the Glénat editions, the parlor has become the “Cabinet Rembrandt”, a dark setting for 80 engravings by the master. Digital installations allow visitors to dive into some of these etchings, grandiose and powerful miniatures.
Do not leave concrete
The green city, elected European Green Capital 2022, was first a pioneer in artificial cement and concrete with the inventions of Louis Vicat in 1817. In the Jardin des Plantes, a small bridge created by Louis Vicat and his son is the first of the cast concrete type (1855). The neoclassical or Art Deco facades of the center are often made of artificial molded cement stones. A few minutes by tram, the Casamaures in its park is an orientalist madness of the XIXe century all in moldings enhanced with blue. Unique in its kind, it owes its preservation only to the fight, in a private capacity, of an enthusiast, Christiane Guichard. Later (1925) and reinforced, the concrete of the Perret tower, finally, in the course of restoration, culminates at 95 meters above the Mistral park and that of the helical garage (1932) raises its elegant Art Deco interior rue Bressieux.
Discover new culinary talents
It’s not just gratin dauphinois in life. Grenoble, which has never shone with its gastronomic offer, discovers some appetite. Finally, the city has a Michelin-starred chef with Stéphane Froidevaux, rewarded in 2021 for his restaurant Le Fantin Latour in his mansion. Young chefs rub their creativity against the now unavoidable trinity: local, organic and seasonal. Chez Jeanette, Manon Bocquentin and Thaïs Giannetti offer natural and inventive cuisine; at Locafé, Michel Ariza and Claire Macaudière try their hand at the art of vegan gastronomy. The most inspired, Elie Michel-Villaz for Le Rousseau, is one of these new talents who are not afraid of tradition. He dares to rejuvenate sweetbreads, no offense to sensitive souls.
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Source: Le Monde