Letter from France; September 2013

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Legends of the Seas

Special events

Fete de la Gastronomie (General): 20 – 22 September
Every corner of France will come alive with events to celebrate its UNESCO-listed ‘world intangible heritage’ status. From grand-scale concerts to local sing-a-longs, and Michelin-star set menus to small village banquets, the country will be in lively spirits as it celebrates one of its most popular claims to fame. Burgundy, for example, is putting on picnics along the canals where anyone can join the locals to savour the local specialities.

From September 27 to 30: Sails of Legend race in Toulon
For four days Toulon will be the port of call of the Tall Ships Regatta when around forty giant sailing ships compete on the Mediterranean Sea. Everyday ships’ visits, nautical events, concerts and parades are scheduled.
http://www.toulonvoilesdelegende.fr/en/mediterranean-tall-ships-regata-3.html

Ending soon

Until September 22: Legends of the Seas, the art of living on board liners
The Palais Lumiére in Evian reminds us, in an exhibition, of the golden and glamorous age when travelling by ship meant luxury for those who could afford it. It was a time when the main cruise companies used to commission works of art, paintings, furniture, silverware, crockery, to decorate their floating palaces.
Evian, Haute Savoie-74, Palais Lumière
http://www.evian-tourisme.com/palais-lumiere-evian.html

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 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
http://www.quaibranly.fr/en

Matisse window

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
http://www.matisse2013.nice.fr

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, Musée du Prado
www.mp2013.fr

Until September 28: Luminescences in Avignon
Inside the magnificent Palais des Papes in Avignon, a 3D light show enlightens the magnificent history of Avignon and its Popes, covering simultaneously the four stone walls of the main courtyard with high-definition images and using new sound technologies.
Avignon, Vaucluse-84, Palais des Papes
www.lesluminessences-avignon.com

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

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. The surprising beauty of these unusual landscapes fascinates everyone and had an impact on the work of many contemporary artists. 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.
http://www.centrepompidou-metz.fr/en

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 attractive pole 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
www.grandatelierdumidi.com

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 22nd 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
http://www.domaine-chaumont.fr

Roy Lichtenstein at the Centre Pompidou until early November

Until November 4: Roy Lichtenstein
The Centre Pompidou presents a quite unknown aspect of the work of Roy Lichtenstein, one of the ‘stars’ of the American pop-art, highlighting his incredible creativity through a body of paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics and enamels.
Paris, Centre Pompidou
http://www.centrepompidou.fr

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
http://www.versaillesarras.com

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 hosts 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
www.chateaudevogue.net

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 – the old city well known for its beautiful buildings and its art-de-vivre. 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 that opened last week.
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône-13
www.mp2013.fr

Until January 5: Georges-Antoine Rochegrosse, the Splendour of Decadence
Well known in his time at the end of 19th Century, as a famous illustrator for Gustave Flaubert’s and Victor Hugo’s books as well as a painter of colourful and violent historical scenes, Georges-Antoine Rochegrosse slowly disappeared from memories and is now rediscovered in an exhibition which is the first one ever totally dedicated to his work.
Moulins, Allier-03, Musée Anne-de-Beaujeu
http://www.mab.allier.fr/

Until January 5: 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. Walking through the quarries, the spectator strolls from Impressionism with Monet and Renoir, to Pointillism with Signac and Cross, then to Fauvism with Derain, Vlaminck, Matisse … and ends with Chagall.
Baux-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône-13, Carrières de Lumières
http://monet-renoir-chagall.com/en

Until January 19: Bronzes of Imperial China from 10th to 19th century
With more than a thousand pieces on show, the Cernuschi Museum covers the history and use of bronzes from the Song to the Qing dynasty. This is the first-ever exhibition in France devoted to a still little-studied field.
Paris, Musée Cernushi
http://www.cernuschi.paris.fr

Until February 9: Etruscans, a Hymn for Life
An exhibition with about 250 original artefacts, which reveals the daily life of the Etruscans, the main people in Italy before Rome, a lost civilisation which leaves us only tombs.
Paris, Musée Maillol
http://www.museemaillol.com

Coming soon

From October 2 till December 14: Kanazawa, Sources of a Samourais’s Culture
During the 16th century, in the region of Kanazawa, the powerful Maeda’s clan attracted the best master craftsmen from Edo and Kyoto and developed the art of tea ceremony which is different from the one of Edo. The exhibition presents a large selection of fabulous artefacts belonging to the Kanazawa’s period.
Paris , Maison de la Culture du Japon
http://mcjp.fr/english/

Corot "Chateau de Wagnonville"

From October 5 till 2014 January 6: Corot in the Light of the North
An exhibition dedicated to the visits of Corot in the northern part of France to paint the landscapes in the surroundings of Arras and Douai. An important work which influenced many local painters, later called “Ecole d’Arras”.
Douai, Nord-59, Musée de la Chartreuse
http://www.museedelachartreuse.fr/
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