Letter from France: October 2012

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Museum at the Grand-Palais


Whether you’re a novice or seasoned traveller, France will steal your heart. As half-term approaches Frederic – our French correspondent – gives us the low-down on what to see and do across the channel
Exceptional events

From October 18 to 21: FIAC in Paris
The FIAC, the International Contemporary Art Fair, is one of the major events in artistic creation. This year the FIAC brings to Paris around pieces from 180 art galleries from 24 countries to the Grand Palais. A few outdoor projects, Hors Les Murs, are displayed throughout places like Jardin des Tuileries, Place Vendôme or Esplanade des Invalides. The FIAC is the annual rendez-vous for contemporary art lovers and international buyers to look at works by creators well established on the art market and also to discover new emerging ones.
Paris, Grand Palais

November 10 and 11: “Chocolate Palace” at Château de Vaux le Vicomte
At about 50 kms from Paris, and just for this one weekend there is a huge culinary event dedicated only to chocolate. Delicate chocolate aromas will surround the Château de Vaux le Vicomte, the former castle of Fouquet, the Superintendant des Finances of Louis XIV, the Sun King. (A legend tells us that Fouquet could have been the famous Iron Mask prisoner). In the castle and its outbuildings, well known chocolate masters will “work on chocolate” in front of the public. There will be tasting and sampling, cooking conferences, shopping, chocolate workshops for kids all of which will add a very special value to the visit of this famous castle and its French style gardens.
Seine-et-Marne 77, Château de Vaux le Vicomte

Ending soon

Until October 21: Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, International Garden Festival
This year the theme of the 28th edition of the International Garden Festival is “Gardens of Delight, Gardens of Delirium“. Twenty-one amazing projects selected by the jury offer a wide overview of horticultural landscapes created by designers from all over the world. A visit to the castle itself is not to be missed.
Loire-et-Cher 41, Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Until October 31: Expo 1925
In 1925 Paris played host to the very first International Art Deco Exhibition. Exhibits were spread over sixty yards in the city centre. Tapestries occupied a huge place. But there were carpets and wall tapestries, as well as furniture. Today, in Aubusson, the Tapestry Museum presents proven original pieces of furniture using tapestry, which were displayed at the 1925 Exhibition.
Creuse 23, Aubusson, Musée de la Tapisserie

Until November 4: Phares-Lighthouses
A deep dive in the mythical world of lighthouses through the ages, a discovery of their history and architecture feats, and a good way to find out about the men who served in them.
Paris, Musée de la Marine

Yul Brynner - photographer

Yul Brynner

Until November 11: Deauville by Yul Bryner
Deauville pays tribute on the Deauville Boardwalk to famous actor Yul Brynner with an outside exhibition of 40 of his intimate portraits of stars, behind-the-scenes photographs and city life photographs to discover his largely unknown talent as a photographer. Brynner was strongly linked to Deauville, where he lived during the summer for the last twenty years of his life.
Deauville, Calvados – 14, Deauville Boardwalk

Running now

Until November 30: Keith Haring’s Revolution between Pop and Modern Art
This exhibition of the works of Keith Haring is nestled inside the historical Chateau de Pommard – the birthplace of Pommard, one of the best Burgundy wines. You can also visit the castle itself, wine museum, fabulous cellars and and don’t forget to have a final tasting before you leave.
Côte-d’Or – 21, Château de Pommard

Until 3 March 2013: Rodin, the Flesh and the Marble
Although the museum is being renovated, the Rodin museum is exhibiting 50 marble sculptures by Rodin which highlight quality of the sculptor’s work, especially his ability to give life to marble bodies.
Paris, Musée Rodin

Until January 7, Tea at Guimet (Le Thé à Guimet)
Asian Art Guimet Museum presents the story of tea through the ages. Tea was obviously born in China and developed into one of the most expensive beverages you could buy. It has changed in the way it is prepared and drunk After conquering Asia it has taken over the world! Now with the exception of water, tea is the first beverage of man. For more click here for an earlier CD-Traveller article.
Paris, Musée Guimet

Tea at Guimet


Until January 14: Canaletto-Guardi, the two masters of Venice
A large presentation of works of two 18th century painters Canaletto and Guardi. They were masters of the Veduta artistic movement, displaying the reality of charming and elegant Venice and giving life to an imaginary Venice, the so-called “capprici”. From the largest Canaletto ollection in the world – the Queen’s – the Jacquemart-André Museum has been loaned eight masterpieces by Canaletto, which are in the Crown’s collections at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André

Until January 14: Raphael’s late years
Raphael, a master of the Italian Renaissance, had to work with highly qualified and capable disciples in order to fulfil the many commissions he received. Two of them, Giulio Romano and Gianfrancesco Penni also worked independently in their master’s studio on their own works. The aim of this exhibition is to throw light on the genius of Raphael and on the additional contributions of his two main assistants.
Paris, Musée du Louvre

Until January 20, Impressionism and Fashion
The vision of the impressionists was not only focused on nature and lanscapes. Their works testify to a way of life and behaviour at their time. Their representation of costume and dress, gives us a more authentic and overall view of their contemporaries rather than any artificially posed portrait. About sixty paintings mainly by Renoir, Manet, Monet and Degas are displayed alongside seventy costumes and dresses belonging to the period all of which has a proven provenance.
Paris, Musée d’Orsay

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