Letter from France – July 2013

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Until July 21: Dreams of Venice
A contemporary and modern art exhibition hosted by the Institut Magrez in one of its castles, the Château Labottière in Bordeaux. The photos, paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from 40 artists try to answer the eternal question: why Venice?
Bordeaux, Gironde – 33, Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Châreau Labottière

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

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. He travelled all along European beaches searching for the best techniques to magnify the way he saw things so, in his watercolours and pastels, light and it’s reflection in the sky and over the sea dominate his interpretation
Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André

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 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
Paris, Musée Maillol

Until July 30: Sol Lewitt, Wall Drawings at Centre Pompidou-Metz
The Centre Pompidou-Metz presents a retrospective of the American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. 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.

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 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

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

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 August 18: A Passion for France, the Marlene and Spencer Hays collection
The Orsay Museum is presenting the fabulous private collection of a couple of Americans, Marlene and Spencer Hays. For years they assembled major works by Vuillard, Bonnard, Denis, Caillebotte, Matisse and Modigliani, among others.
Paris, Musée d’Orsay.


Until September 9: Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Generation
This digital exhibition, the first of its kind in Europe. 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.

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 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)

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

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.
Granville, Calvados-14, Musée Christian Dior

Until September 22: Charles Ratton, the invention of “Primitive” Arts
Charles Ratton was an inspired collector and the main dealer of African primitive arts. His links with the surrealist artists Paul Eluard, André Breton,
Man Ray and with his huge network of international art collectors, helped him to become the main promoter of “primitive” arts in France and in the USA.
Paris, Musée du Quai Branly

Until September 23: A Summer for Matisse
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Matisse museum, the town of Nice presents, in eight of its museums, exhibitions showing various aspects of Matisse’s works, his links to other contemporary artists and the influence he had on the art world. ‘La Musique à l’Oeuvre’ (Music in Work), the main exhibition, is at the Matisse museum and there is a €10 pass to visit all the connected exhibitions in the eight museums.
Nice, Alpes Maritimes-06

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 steel arcs.
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône-13

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

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 amongst others.
Caen, Cavados-14, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen

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 showing the same location 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)

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

Until October 7: Views from Above
This exhibition is the dream of Icare, from the first aerial pictures to the recent satellite images of the earth. Some five hundred pieces show the key role of bird’s-eye views on some modern and contemporary art-works.
Metz, Moselle-57, Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Until October 13: Le Grand Atelier du Midi, ‘From Cezanne to Matisse’ and ‘From Van Gogh to Bonnard’
This double exhibition is part of “Marseille-Provence, 2013 European Cultural Capital” and is shared between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
‘From Cezanne to Matisse’ in the Granet Museum in Aix-en- Provence shows how the Riviera-Provence’ region became the main attraction for painters who found there an incredible light that highlights landscapes and colours.
‘From Van Gogh to Bonnard’, the second part of the exhibition held in the renovated Longchamp Palace in Marseille presents the works of so many renowned artists who found in the South of France a magnificent open-air studio of ‘luxury, calm and voluptuousness’ as Matisse said, that stimulated their creative imagination.
Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône-13, Musée Granet
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône-13, Palais Longchamp

Until October 20: Gardens’ International Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire
Coming from as far as China, Russia, Japan and Algeria about 20 new gardens were created by artists, designers, landscapers and gardeners for the 22d edition of the Festival. This year’s theme is ‘gardens of sensations’, and the visitors will enter into a fairy tale’s world of colours, smells, sounds and silences, and should not forget to visit the Castle and the Park who are also located inside the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire.
Chaumont-sur-Loire, Loire-41

Until November 10: Roulez Carosses!
A loan from the Palace of Versailles, to the museum of St Vaast Abbey in Arras, shows for the first time the best pieces of French royal and imperial horse-drawn carriages along with numerous artefacts belonging to their use. There are also a few paintings of important events during which these vehicles were used.
Arras, Pas-de-Calais – 59, Musée-Abbaye St Vaast

Until November 13: Chasses Magiques (Magical Huntings)
Close by the Grotte Chauvet and its unique Palaeolithic paintings that will never be open to public, and before the future opening of the grotto’s facsimile in early 2015, the Château de Vogüe shelters an exhibition showing the links between the magical and religious practises of hunting by primitive peoples throughout the continents.
Vogüe, Ardéche-07, Château de Vogüe

Until December 31: Marseille-Provence, 2013 European Cultural Capital
As European Cultural Capital, Marseille presents the first artistic events of a long series hosted not only by Marseille but also by Aix-en-Provence. Hundreds of cultural and artistic events, theatre, street arts, music, exhibitions, are scheduled all along the year, including the exceptional creation of a new French national museum, the MUCEM.
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône-13

Until January 5 2014: Monet, Renoir…Chagall, Journeys around the Mediterranean
This exhibition is part of “Marseille-Provence, 2013 European Cultural Capital”.
Inside the monumental Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Lights), a huge lightshow projects more than 3,000 images of works of art by 16 main artists onto a wall surface of around 7.000 sq metres. The theme of this exhibition is the Mediterranean Sea and its countryside that inspired all these artists.
Baux-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône-13, Carrières de Lumières


Horse Museum in Chantilly
By June 15th, the new Musée du Cheval (Horse Museum) opened into ‘the Grandes Ecuries’ (the Great Stables) of the Chateau de Chantilly. It’s the only European museum dedicated to the art of horse and of horse riding as well as to the horse in art.
Chantilly, Oise-60, Les Grandes Ecuries du Domaine de Chantilly

Mucem, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseille
Opened in June 2013, the Mucem is split between the new modern building called J4, the number of the former port pier where it has been built, and the old Fort Saint Jean that defended the entrance of the old harbour. Exceptional views over Marseille, the harbour and the sea.
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône-13

Museum Louvre-Lens, the new extension of the Louvre Museum in Lens
Opened in December 2012, the Louvre-Lens Museum in the city of Lens in the North of France presents a regular turnover of masterpieces in a non-traditional way, mixing artworks from different departments of the Parisian Louvre Museum. The ‘Galerie du Temps’ with its 3,000 square metres showcases more than 200 masterpieces from antiquity to the ‘Temps Modernes’ Even the underground storerooms and preservation studios will be open to visitors. Nestled in 50 acres of green park and close to the railway station where TGV easily links Lens to Belgium, Germany and UK.
Lens, Pas de Calais-62

Louvre Museum, New Islamic Arts Department
Last September, the Louvre Museum opened its new area dedicated to art in Islam. The former Visconti courtyard is now covered by a huge sail shaped glass roof allowing the museum to present, in one place, 3,000 major Islam art works. Paris, Musée du Louvre, Département des Art de l’Islam.

Alésia MuseoParc, Alise-Sainte-Reine, Côte d’Or
Right in the centre of the battlefield of Alesia that saw the final battle of the Gallic Wars with Julius Caesar’s victory against Vercingetorix, stands the new circular building of the Alesia MuseoParc. Inside, you’ll find lots of interactive explanations, a realistic and astonishing movie of the battle on a seven metre screen, and outside, an amazing life-size reconstruction of the Caesar double fortifications to help visitors to understand one of the biggest battles of Roman times.
Alise-Sainte-Reine, Côte-d’Or-21, MuséoParc d’Alésia

Museum d’Ennery, Paris
Mrs Clemence d’Ennery donated to France in 1894 her fabulous collection of more than 7,000 Chinese and Japanese artworks under strict conditions, one of which was that all of the collection should be exhibited inside her own house which she had designed as a personal orientalist museum. The museum recently reopened and provides a look back into a time when the eruption of Far East Asian Art influenced European collectors and artists. (Note: booking in advance is mandatory)
Paris, Musée d’Ennery

Museum Lalique, Wingen-sur-Moser, Alsace
In the small village where, over a period of 90 years, René Lalique produced a large part of his work, hundreds of his works are displayed. They highlight his incredible genius not only as probably one of the best glass artists of all time but his work as a jeweller.
Wingen-sur Moser, Bas Rhin-67, Alsace, Musée Lalique

Museum Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, Tarn
Inside the fabulous Palais de la Berbie, the former palace of Bishops of Albi, a UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest collection of pieces of art by Toulouse-Lautrec. Albi, Tarn-81, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec

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