Letter from France – February 2014

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Rosso Fiorentino  "The Marriage of the Virgin"

Rosso Fiorentino “The Marriage of the Virgin”

SPECIAL EVENT:

Until February 28: “Marriage of the Virgin” by Rosso Fiorentino (1523)

The “Marriage of the Virgin” the unique masterpiece of the Florentine painter Rosso Fiorentino has lived since its creation in 1523 in the San Lorenzo church in Florence. Now restored displayed for a very short time in the beautiful Italian Embassy in Paris, this exceptional presentation is due to the life itself of the painter who after Leonardo da Vinci’s death, stayed in France as an official painter and architect for the French King Francis I until his own death.

Free entrance. 10.00-18.00 every day except Sunday. Paris, Italian Ambassy, 47 rue de Varenne, 75007

ENDING SOON

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

Nancy Cunard

Nancy Cunard

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

RUNNING NOW

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/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

Until June 1st: Diderot’s Taste in Art (in Lausanne)

This exhibition in Lausanne (Switzerland), presents a great number of paintings and sculptures from the time of Diderot with the notes and critics he wrote about. This work made him one of the first art critics in history and it’s a quite unknown aspect of the writer and philosopher, who was also in charge for years to provide Catherine II the Impress of Russia with the best collections of paintings.

Lausanne, Switzerland, Fondation de l’Hermitage, www.fondation-hermitage.ch

Holy Wood

Holy Wood

Until June 30: “Star WarsTM Identities: The Exhibition”

Presented for the first time in Europe, the STAR WARSTM Identities exhibition proposes 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 exceptionally 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

Until 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 larger 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

Until July 14: Initiates from Congo Basin

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

 

"Tiger" Clemenceau

“Tiger” Clemenceau

COMING SOON 

From March 4 to May 18: “Holy Wood”

Through the presentation of very rare wooden masks from the Toma people, the Quai Branly museum presents for the first time the Poro, the initiation system that ruled the tribes of the Guinean forests. The Poro gave a huge and frightening power to the initiates who were in charge of the masks.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly, www.quaibranly.fr

From March 4 to May 18: The “Black Atlantic” of Nancy Cunard

Nancy Cunard, heiress of the Cunard Line, was an exantric young women, muse of great writers, model, journalist, political activist and publisher. In the thirties with her Surrealists friends she became a great defender of racial civil rights and of general African art. This exhibition highlights her life and also calls to mind the political, social and artistic history of the black diaspora in Europe at that time.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly, www.quaibranly.fr

From March 12 to June 16: Clemenceau, the Tiger and Asia

Known as “the Tiger” or as “the Father of Victory”, Georges Clemenceau remains in History as a great statesman and a Great leader in WWI. He was also a great Asian collector with a genuine passion for arts, civilizations and religions of Asia, a passion shared with his close friend the painter Claude Monet. This exhibition will feature the abundant Clemenceau’s collection.

Paris, Musée Guimet, http://www.guimet.fr

The Treasure of Naples

The Treasure of Naples

From March 19 to July 20: The Treasure of Naples, The Jewels of San Gennaro

For the first time out of Italy, the jewels of San Gennaro will be presented to public. This is one of the biggest collection of jewels in the world, equivalent to the Crown’s Jewels of France or England, an amazing collection that doesn’t belong to the Italian state or to the Catholic Church but only to the people of Naples.

Paris, Musée Maillol, www.museemaillol.com

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