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a bit about Marine
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am the CEO of MTArt Agency. Founded in 2015, MTArt is the first artist agency in the world. We are an agency for the world's most exciting up and coming visual artists. I always wanted to support the artists I believe in and make sure that everyone saw how incredible they were – technically and intellectually. That’s all I do: I run around and close contracts for them with public bodies, brands and other creatives so that their art can inspire everyone everywhere.
What TV show is a must watch?
Too much art to see, people to meet and beautiful locations to explore rather than watching TV!
What’s the best karaoke song of all times?
Hmmm… perhaps ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon?
Which movie have you watched more than 3 times?
Bright Star – the biography of John Keats by Jane Campion. It has made understand how poetry and the arts can be healing.
Have you ever cried while reading a book? Which one?
Yes – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged. I got angry, I cried, I reflected and I was inspired by this book.
Are you a planned or a spontaneous shopper? What’s your go-to store in London?
I have been lucky to be sponsored by Comptoir des Cotonniers for the past four years and this means that I spend my life in their shops in Notting Hill and on King’s Road. Their style is effortless and so elegant at the same time.
What’s the one place in London that you’re sure only you truly appreciate?
I am not sure that’s only me but the rose garden of Regent’s Park is always a pleasure to wander through after work. There are more than forty species of roses side by side, it’s beautiful. It’s my go-to place when in need of ideas, inspiration or dealing with conflicts.
What’s your dream job?
My current one. I couldn’t dream of a better one and I am lucky to have found it.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
So many: New York for the adrenaline, Lisbon for the street art, Ile de Re to see my family, Venice to kiss and have an ice cream, Tel Aviv for its arts scene etc
Where do you go in London if you have two hours to kill?
The National Gallery. I walk through each room and each century. I love that each century grasps what the times used to be and feel like. I discover a new painting every time and I compare the styles, the compositions and the subjects.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?
I love going to the The Gate Cinema in Notting Hill – it’s an old fashioned theatre style cinema and their choice of movies is excellent.
Who’s your hero and where would you take them out for a bite or a drink in London?
So many of them that it is difficult to pick one. I wish for Simone Weil to still be alive as I have so many questions for her to this day. She was a very inspiring french philosopher and political activist.
If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood in London would you be?
Bloomsbury, my own area and my favourite for its history of poets and writers.
What’s the place in London you’ll never be caught dead in?
Hmmm I don’t want to answer this question, I love London for its diversity.
Where do you and your drinking buddies meet for a casual night out in London?
In my home or in the garden I share with the priest next door : )
Where would you go in London to celebrate the best news EVER!?
Fischer’s – my cantine and classic. It has to be in the usual with my favourite people only. The best : ).
It’s a Saturday night and the mood is right – where do you go in London to party?
Barts in Chelsea! With a twirling dress on : )
It’s your last day in London – how do you spend your time?
I would walk and cycle everywhere – the best way to retain a sense of the diversity of people and architecture of this incredible city.
What’s the one place a first-time visitor in London can’t miss?
Tate Modern, the most ambitious contemporary art museum in London, especially since its last refurbishment a couple of months ago. It frames the modern artistic conversations very well, which is what a contemporary art museum should do.