Emilie De Pauw is administrator of Panoptes Collection, a family art collection based in Brussels, Belgium (www.panoptescollection.com).
Your secret art venue when you seek peace and quiet
The Espace de l’Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux, France. Intimate and authentic.
The best food experience in an art space
La Colombe d’Or in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. It is a restaurant before being an art space, but the works by Braque, Calder, Chagall, Leger, Matisse, Miro or Picasso –given by the artists to the Roux family in exchange of their hospitality– make it an unpretentious and lively small museum. Witness of an era, it has a nostalgic feel and is definitely not about trend.
A museum gift shop that you never leave empty handed
I never leave a museum gift shop empty handed, and I should free myself of that fetish habit. Last month, however, I discovered the book on Mexico Kitsch by Paola Gonzalez at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, a gem! More recently, at the other end of the spectrum, I found admirable opuses on the Dansaekhwa Korean movement at the Boghossian Foundation, in Brussels.
Your museum with a wow-factor
The Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima, Japan, by architect Tadao Ando is number one on my list.
Please share with us a special personal memory related to a museum experience
As a teenager, when I visited my best friend in Paris, we would spend entire weekends strolling through art museums. You would think it was for the sake of the art but that was merely an excuse: we were hunting customized photo booths and constituting a collection of the kitschiest possible pictures. Fun then, priceless today. By the way, the Palais the Tokyo in Paris has a great photomaton in its entrance… So retro!