Letter from France – January 2014

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ENDING SOON

Until January 20: Desires and Voluptuousness, Victorian masterpieces
An exhibition of the true icons of the British Victorian art dedicated to the Aesthetic Movement, with fifty masterpieces by famous British artists of Queen Victoria’s reign, among them Frederic Leighton, Edward Burne-Jones, Albert Moore and Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André, www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Until January 26: Napoleon’s Sisters, Three Italian Destinies
Due to prestigious loans from all over Europe, the Marmottan museum has recreated the exceptional universe of the three Napoleon’s sisters, Elisa, Pauline and Caroline, who were not only Princesses and Queens of Italy but also Queens of Art.
Paris, Musée Marmottan http://www.marmottan.fr/uk

Until January 26: The Renaissance and Dream
The reunion of eighty paintings by famous Renaissance artists, including Hieronymus Bosch, Dürer, Veronese, Greco and Carregio, gives us an insight in a world of dreams and nightmares.
Paris,Musée du Luxembourg http://www.museeduluxembourg.fr

Until January 26: Ivory’s Secrets, the Art of Lega in Central Africa
One of the eight scientists-founders of the Silicon Valley, Jay T. Last created during fifty years the world larger collection of ivory artworks by the Lega tribes and offered it to the Fowler Museum of Los Angeles. This collection is displayed for the first time in Europe at the Quai Branly museum.
Paris, Musée du Quai Branly www.quaibranly.fr

Until January 26: Kanak, Art is a Word
A double exhibition presenting the authentic aspects of Kanak culture in parallel with the vision of Kanak people by Europeans and vice versa.
Paris, Musée Branly http://www.quaibranly.fr/

Until January 27: Angkor, A myth is born – Louis Delaporte and Cambodia
A unique presentation of the discovery of Angkor temples by Louis Delaporte, the great French explorer who dedicated his life to discover the unknown Cambodia and to help Kmer art to enter museums. Among many art pieces, beautiful plaster mouldings made between 1870 and 1920 and an amazing reconstruction of one of the tower with faces from the Bayon temple.
Paris, Musée Guimet http://www.guimet.fr

Until February 2: En Marchant, Hamish Fulton
For this one-off exhibition, Hamish Fulton, the British conceptual artist realized a lonely 23 days “artistic walk” through the Pyrenees, providing visitors with photographs and wall paintings. His artworks reflecte his own vision of the landscape but also the personal physical commitment of the artist, “No walk, no art”.
Séte, 34-Hérault, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain (CRAC) Languedoc-Roussillon http//crac.languedocroussillon.fr

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

Until March 16: The Brueghel Dynasty
Three generations of a painters’ family from the Flanders gave us the best image of the real life in the country and in the villages of their time. Photography didn’t exist at that time and their works are the best visual testimony we can have.
Paris, Pinacotheque de Paris. http://www.pinacotheque.com/en

Until April 21: Seeing the Sacred
Through ages the Sacred has always been the invisible part of religions. This exhibition which tries to make the invisible, visible, presents only 7 artworks to cover three main historic parts, Antiquity, Middle Ages and Modern Times.
Lens, Pas-de-Calais-62, Musée du Louvre-Lens http://www.louvrelens.fr

RUNNING NOW

Until February 16: Cartier, Style and History
Declared as “jeweller of kings and king of jewellers” by King Edward VII, Cartier has a long history of creation, inventing new modern-style forms and this exhibition offers to discover fabulous jewels and to look at the evolution of taste since Cartier’s foundation in 1847.
Paris, Musée du Grand Palais http://www.grandpalais.fr

Until February 23: Serge Poliakoff, A Dream of Forms
The City of Paris Museum of Modern Art offers a large retrospective of the work of Serge Poliakoff, the abstract painter, in sequences from the early years of the young emigrate fleeing from the Russian revolution until his late paintings.
Paris, Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris http://www.mam.paris.fr/en

Until February 23: André Le Nôtre in perspectives 1613-2013
To end the Le Nôtre ‘s year celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of the famous gardener of Louis XIV, the Château de Versailles offers a complete image of the genius and secrets of the man who created the gardens of the palace with fountains and water canals, the best example of garden ‘à la française’ and the dream of the greatest king of France.
Versailles, Les Yvelines-78, Château de Versailles
http://en.chateauversailles.fr

Until March 10: The Etruscans and the Mediterranean, the city of Cerveteri
The exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Lens offers a complete view of the Etruscan civilisation in its Mediterranean context through the history of Cerveteri, one of its biggest city and the only one which presents its entire evolution from the first Etruscan ages to the Roman conquest.
Lens, Pas-de-Calais-62, Musée du Louvre-Lens http://www.louvrelens.fr

Until March 14: 1850-1920, the Painters of the Provence Landscape
A presentation of nearly hundred paintings shows the work of dozens of artists who have been attracted to Provence by the quality of the light and the sunny colours of Southern France, among them Paul Signac, Felix Ziem, Charles Camoin, Raoul Dufy…
Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine-92, Atelier Grognard http://www.mairie-rueilmalmaison.fr

Until July 14: Initiates from Congo Bassin
Initiations through secret societies in Africa were often a necessary to change positions inside tribes or to transit from childhood to adult world. The rites of passage needed the use of numerous artworks, statues, masks, costumes, headdresses and protective objects, of which a high selection are presented in this amazing exhibition.
Paris, Musée Dapper www.dapper.fr

COMING SOON

From February 13 to July 6: “Impressionists in Private: 100 Masterpieces from Private Collections”
The Marmottan Museum, to celebrate its 80th birthday and to pay tribute to the long list of private donors who offered it the world’s largest collection of Monet works, has invited 50 private collectors to show a total of 100 Impressionist masterpieces, many of them have never been seen in public.
Paris, Musée Marmottan http://www.marmottan.fr/uk

From February 15 to June 30: “Star WarsTM Identities: The Exhibition”
Presented for the first time in Europe, the STAR WARSTM Identities exhibition features an interactive journey into the world of the saga in a unique location: the Cité du Cinéma. Two film sets of approximately 2000 m2, turned into an exhibition location, will be opened to the public to reveal more than 200 original pieces from the archives of the Lucas Arts Museum: models, accessories, costumes, sketches all of which constructed the Star Wars world.
Paris-Saint Denis, Cité du Cinéma http://la-cite-du-cinema.eu

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