Letter from France: June 2013 part 1

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Château de Chantilly

Only June 22: Musical Night at the Château de Chantilly
Next Saturday from 6pm to midnight, the gardens of the magnificent Chantilly Castle will host a musical night of about fifty short classical music concerts that will be played in a dozen stages throughout the park. Thousands of candles on the ground will create light paths to link the stages, the public being free to wander from one to the other. Food and drinks will be available in the park, and those owning a premium ticket will receive a special gastronomic box created by Fauchon. Before the great final firework extravaganza, a 17th century horse show will be presented by the horsewomen of the Chantilly Horse Museum. Free entrance for kids under 12.
Chantilly, Oise-60, Château de Chantilly

http://www.domainedechantilly.com

ENDING SOON

Until June 30: The School of Shanghai (1840-1920)
During the 19th Century, armed conflicts shook the Qing Dynasty so hard that many artists, painters and calligraphers chose to flee to Shanghai where, under the protection of Western armies, they could develop their art. The combination of traditional Chinese visual art with freedom of drawing and the large use of colour borrowed from the West, opened the door to a new, revitalised style which is presented in this remarkable exhibition that includes numerous outstanding loans from the Shangai Museum.
Paris, Musée Cernuschi

http://www.cernuschi.paris.fr/en

Until July 2: Signac, the Colours of water
This exhibition is part of ” Normandy Impressionist Festival”
For the 150th anniversary of Paul Signac’s birth, the Museum of Impressionism in Giverny provides an exhibition of about 130 paintings by Signac. All his life, Paul Signac was inspired by water scenes, creating new ‘Impressionist’ techniques including the use of small touches of raw colour. This exhibition is the first of the six main exhibitions of the second Normandy Impressionism Festival.
Giverny, Eure-27, Musée des Impressionismes

http://www.mdig.fr/

Until July 13: Dalou, Sculptor of the Republique
Jules Dalou was a master sculptor of his time as was Rodin, Carpeaux and Rude. Exiled for nine years for political reasons in London, where he achieved fame, he came back to Paris in 1879 and then became famous for his public monumental sculptures like the ‘Triomphe de la République’ still to be found at the place de la Nation. The exhibition is a large panorama of the creative spirit of Jules Dalou, with about 300 pieces to be viewed.
Paris, Musée du Petit Palais

http://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

Until July 13: Slovenian Impressionists in their time, 1890-1920
The Petit Palais Museum presents an overview of Slovenian artists, mainly painters and sculptors, who were also – in their time – the spearhead of the new national feeling of the population of, what was then, part of the Austrian Empire. A peaceful peasantry’s scene, the ‘Sower’ by Ivan Grohar began immediately to symbolise the symbol of this emergent Slovenian spirit.
Paris, Musée du Petit Palais

http://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

Until July 14: Beloved Hair. Trophies and Trifles
An exhibition dedicated to all aspects of hair as an instrument of beauty and seduction as well as a symbol of power. Hair is also displayed as an object of remembrance of beloved ones and as a symbol of time passing and death. A large section shows us how, in some non-European societies that practised trophy taking and head hunting, hair was a symbol of energy and power, retaining the aura of his owner.
Paris, Musée du Quai Branly

http://www.quaibranly.fr/en

Slovenian Impressionists

Until July 14: Napoléon and the Europe
Only in charge for 15 years, Napoleon had a huge impact on the world. His dream was to rule the whole of Europe by invading countries but, in doing so, he created new institutions and reformed the laws. The exhibition chronologically presents the two faces of Napoléon’s impact on Europe, his acts to realise his vision of Europe and the reactions, positive or violent, from peoples and foreign powers. Napoléon’s legacy was important not only to France, but also to Europe.
Paris, Musée de l’Armée (Hôtel National des Invalides)

http://www.musee-armee.fr

RUNNING NOW

Until July 17: Philippines, Archipelago of Exchanges
First European exhibition dedicated to the vast Archipelago of more than 1700 islands. All the items presented belong to the pre-colonial period. Due to the geographical location and the vastness of the Philippines, visitors are invited to compare the artworks of the northern islands’ populations who lived in the hinterland and those produced all along the coasts where the influence of maritime contacts is highly visible.
Paris, Musée du Quai Branly

http://www.quaibranly.fr/en

Until July 21: Dreams of Venice
A contemporary and modern art exhibition hosted by the Institut Magrez in one of its castle, the Château Labottière in Bordeaux. A modern exhibition that gathers and shows the visions of 40 artists dreaming about Venice. The photos, paintings, sculptures, videos and installations displayed try to answer the eternal question: why Venice?
Bordeaux, Gironde – 33, Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Châreau Labottière
www.institut-bernard-magrez.com

Until July 21: Chagall, between War and Peace
The life of Chagall was sliced between the Russian revolution, exile, two World Wars and these exhibitions show that interference with his painting. Despite these terrible periods, from which the Chagall’s works are firstly presented, the artist’s happiness shines in the second
section of the exhibition.
Paris, Musée du Luxembourg
www.museeduluxembourg.fr/en/expositions

Until July 22: Eugène Boudin
For the first time in 114 years, Paris showcases the works of Eugène Boudin, the first of the pre- impressionist painters, who was called ‘king of skies’ by Corot himself and who was considered by Monet as his master in art. He travelled all along European seasides searching for the best techniques to magnify the way he saw things so, in his watercolours and pastels, light and it’s relection in the sky and over the sea dominate his interpretation
Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André
www.musee-jacquemart-andre.getaticket.com

Until July 28: ‘Murano-Fragile’, Glass Art-Works from Renaissance to 21st Century
This unique exhibition chronicles over 600 years of the art of glass-making that was born on the small, charming Venetian island of Murano. For centuries the techniques of Murano glassmakers were kept secret on pain of death. About 200 fabulous pieces belonging to the Medici’s time, as well as Art Déco and contemporary periods are displayed offering a large overview of the technical and stylistic evolutions in the glass history of Murano.
Paris, Musée Maillol

http://www.museemaillol.com

Until July 30: Sol Lewitt, Wall Drawings at Centre Pompidou-Metz
The Centre Pompidou-Metz presents a retrospective, unprecedented in Europe, of the American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. (1928-2007.) 33 black and white wall drawings by LeWitt were recently sited in the Centre Pompidou-Metz by students of art and architecture.
Metz, Moselle-57, Centre Pompidou-Metz.

http://www.centrepompidou-metz.fr/en

Until August 4: The Autumn of Renaissance, from Archimboldo to Caravage
While the town of Nancy and its surroundings highlight their Renaissance past, the Nancy Fine Arts museum is offering an international retrospective of a short period of the Renaissance from 1570 to 1610. It was in Europe a time of creativity and troubles, and Nancy was at the crossroad of all these changes, being ideally situated halfway between Flanders and Italy.
Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle – 54, Musée des Beaux Arts

http://www.renaissancenancy2013.com

Until August 4: Felix Ziem ‘I dreamed Beauty’, paintings and watercolours
Tireless traveller, Felix Ziem was one of the most famous watercolour painters of the 19th Century. The exhibition calls to mind all his journeys from Venice to the far east of Russia as well as the three places where he liked to stay, Barbizon, the Butte Montmartre and Marseille-Martigues.
Paris, Musée du Petit Palais

http://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

Until August 18:Keith Haring ‘The Political Line’
All his life (1958-1990) Keith Haring tried to produce understandable and popular artworks that send political messages to everyone. For this large exhibition, the great works including giant sculptures and large tarpaulins are presented separately at the Galerie 104, while the smaller sizes are displayed at the Museum of Modern Art.
Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne and Galerie 104
http://www.mam.paris.fr and http://www.104.fr

Until September 9: Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Generation
This digital exhibition, the first of its kind in Europe, shows the work and the world of Allen Ginsberg. During this virtual stroll Allen Ginsberg introduces the visitor through videos, photos, sound documents drawings and texts, to the hallucinatory universe of the poets of the Beat Generation that led to the worldwide counter-culture movement.
Metz, Moselle-57, Centre Pompidou-Metz.

http://www.centrepompidou-metz.fr/en

Until September 15: The River Creuse Valley, an Artist Studio 1830-1930
To highlight the river Creuse valley landscape that attracted many renowned artists including Monet himself, four regional museums offer complementary exhibitions about a century of art creation from 1830 to 1930 from the birth of Impressionism to the Fauvism.
‘Photographic Art in the Valley in the time of Impressionism’ at Musée d’Eguzon
‘From Romantism to Academic Realism in the Valley’ at Château d’ars – Musée de la Châtre
‘The Impressionists in the Valley, the Transcended Light ‘ at Musée de Châteauroux
‘The post-Impressionist Valley’ at Musée de Gueret
Eguzon (Indre-36), La Châtre (Indre-36), Châteauroux (Indre-36) and Guéret (Creuse-23)

http://www.valleedespeintres.com

Until September 16: Red and Gold at the Museum Jean Cocteau in Menton
Changing annually so that as many of Cocteau’s works as possible can be seen in the museum, the new exhibition theme is ‘Red and Gold’ and is used to discover how Cocteau worked in creating a theatre play. See some of his greatest interpreters like actors, Jean Marais, Edith Piaf and Jeanne Moreau.
Menton, Alpes Maritimes-06, Musée Jean Cocteau

http://museecocteaumenton.fr/

Until September 22: Impressions Dior
This exhibition is part of ” Normandy Impressionist Festival”
The Christian Dior Museum in Granville presents Impressions Dior, an exhibition which links the impressionism art movement to Dior’s first creations in 1947 and to those imagined nowadays by Raf Simons. Thanks to an exceptional array of loans the museum combines more than 70 dresses with a selection of masterpieces from impressionist painters themselves.
Granville, Calvados-14, Musée Christian Dior

http://www.musee-dior-granville.com

Until September 27: Desorder by Bernard Venet
This exhibition is part of ” Marseille-Provence, 2013 European Cultural Capital”
In Marseille, inside the gardens of the Prado that overlook the old harbour and the sea, Bernard Venet the renowned conceptual sculptor imagined a spectacular composition by twelve unique pieces composed of 84 monumental corten steel arcs. The opposition between curved steel and old palace front wall, the contrast of the weightiness of the steel pieces and of the lightness emanating from the impression of precarious equilibrium are part of the artist’s concept.
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône-13
www.mp2013.fr

Until September 29: ‘Landscapes … from here and there’ by Michel Tronel
In Burgundy the Council room of the amazing Renaissance castle of Ancy-le-Franc hosts the exhibition of works by Michel Tronel, a contemporary painter.
Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, Yonne-89

http://www.chateau-ancy.com

Until September 29: A Summer at the Water’s Edge, Leisure and Impressionism
This exhibition is part of ” Normandy Impressionist Festival”
Around eighty paintings representing individuals experiencing new recreational activities connected with water through the vision of Impressionist painters are displayed in this exceptional exhibition that included works by Boudin, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Gauguin, Seurat, Maurice Denis and a few more.
Caen, Cavados-14, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen

http://www.mba.caen.fr

Until September 29: Pissaro and the Ports – Rouen, Dieppe, Le Havre
This exhibition is part of ” Normandy Impressionist Festival”
Pissaro was the first of the impressionists to produce a series of painting of ports mainly from Normandy including the same scene seen at different times of the day. The rapid development of ports during the nineteenth century fascinated the impressionists of whom many works are presented in parallel with those belonging to Pizzaro.
Le Havre, Seine-Maritime-76, Musee d’Art Moderne André Malraux (MUMA)

http://muma-lehavre.fr

Until September 30: Dazzling Reflections, 100 Impressionist Masterpieces
This exhibition is part of ” Normandy Impressionist Festival”
More than 100 works from around the world including 16 Sisleys and 40 Monets as well as a special collection of photographs by Le Gray or Marville shows the importance of the theme of reflections on water
Rouen, Seine Maritime-76, Musée des Beaux Arts de Rouen

http://www.rouen-musees.com/Musee-des-Beaux-Arts

NEW

4 July-24 August; Cannes, Festival D’Art Pyrotechnique
5 -10 July: Calvi, (Corsica) calvi on the Rocks; electronic music festival
5-28 July: Beaune (Burgundy) Festival de Beaune, international festival of baroque opera consisting of nine concerts
8-12 July: Nice, Nice Jazz Festival
11-25 July: Montpellier, Radio France and Montpellier Festival, 200 classical and jazz events
12-14 July: Savoie, Mt Blanc, Musilac, a music festival with everything from electronic to regae
14-20 July: Cahors Blues Festival (Midi-Pyrenees)
20 July-18 August: Paris Pages, the time when the banks of the Seine become a beach for the summer
24-28 July: Fetes de Bayonne (Aquitaine) this festival has parades, corridas and pelatos tournaments
26-28 July: Hyeres, Provence, musicians from aroun d the world play in unusual settings

Images © Frederic de Poligny,

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