Letter from France: June 2014

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

Presented for the first time in Europe, the STAR WARSTM Identities exhibition covers an interactive journey into the world of the saga in a unique location: the Cité du Cinéma. Two film sets of approximately 2000 square metres are turned into an exhibition location On display are 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, celebrates its 80th birthday by paying tribute to the long list of private donors who have offered it the world’s largest collection of Monet works. 50 private collectors have provided 100 impressionist masterpieces, many of them have never been seen in public.

Paris, Musée Marmottan


Until July 13: I, Augustus, Roma Imperator…

To celebrate the second millennium of the death of Augustus, the first and greatest emperor of Rome, the Grand Palais hosts a huge exhibition of the best art pieces from the collections of the Louvre Museum and of the Capitolio Museum in Rome. His time was the beginning of Rome’s Golden Age.

Paris, Musée du Grand Palais,  www.grandpalais.fr

Until July 14: Initiates from Congo Bassin

Initiations through secret societies in Africa were often 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, head-dresses and protective objects, of which a large selection are presented in this amazing exhibition.

Paris, Musée Dapper, www.dapper.fr


Join Now!_From June 28 to December 29: 1914, Join NOW! British Empire entering the war

The Great War Museum in Meaux celebrates the immense contribution of troops from the British Empire since the beginning of WW I. The museum shows the period from the immediate enlistment of volunteers and the first battle of the Marne and the battles of Yser and Ypres where the British Corps joined the French troops and gallantly fought the German armies, to the end of 1914 and the Christmas truces.

Meaux, 77-Seine et Marnen, Musée de la Grande Guerre, www.museedelagrandeguerre.eu


Until 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 the public. This is one of the biggest collections 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

MQB. Affiche de l'exposition temporaire _ Indiens des plaines. DUntil July 20: Plains Indians

The symbolic scenography by Jean-Michel Wilmotte presents the everyday life of Plains Indians as well as their strong links to nature through the display of aesthetic artefacts, belonging to Sioux, Comanche, Pawnee, Blackfoot or Cheyenne tribes. Paris, Musée du Quai Branly


Until July 27: “Les Fêtes Galantes” from Watteau to Fragonard

With around sixty fabulous paintings, this exhibition shows the whole history of the ‘Fêtes Galantes’, a new groundbreaking style developed by Watteau in the early years of the 18th C., depicting in idyllic sceneries the charming games of love. Watteau’s followers, Pater, Lancret  or Saint-Aubin introduced in their sceneries a few touches of reality, and others, like Vernet, sometimes used to show some exotic characters. Finally the ‘Fêtes Galantes’ after a century of success ended in a blaze of glory with Boucher and Fragonard.

Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André. www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Until July 27: Gobelins Royal Manufactory in the Age of Enlightenment

During that period which was the golden age of the French tapestry, the Gobelins Royal Manufacture became the leading one in Europe, producing more than forty different series of tapestries in less than one century. Many great painters of the time including Boucher, Van Loo, Coypel and Oudry created the gigantic tapestry cartoons needed, of whom some will be on display with thirty tapestries being chosen for their exceptional state of preservation.

Paris, Galerie des Gobelins, www.mobiliernational.culture.gouv.fr

Amy Johnson_Until August 25: Splendours of Volubilis, Antic Bronzes

At the beginning of 1st Century AD, Volubilis, capital of King Juba II was the most beautiful city of the Roman Northern Africa. Found in the ruins of Volubilis, this collection of high aesthetic quality bronzes, now belonging to Morrocco, shows how in antiquity, the bronze products were travelling through the whole Roman empire.

Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône-13, MUCEM, www.mucem.org

Until August 31: Amy Johnson, the fate of a heroine

This exhibition which honours Amy Johnson, the famous British aviatrix is centred around the drawings by Pierre Wachs the author of the book “Amy Johnson” published by Casterman in 2013. In 1929 Amy Johnson made her first solo-flight and next year she was the first woman to fly from UK to Australia. Then named “the Lindbergh Girl”, she broke record after record. During WW II, she enlisted as an ATA pilot (Ait Transport Auxiliary). On January 5, 1941 she disappeared with the plane she was conveying in the Thames River. The exhibition is to be found in the hall of the between-the-wars planes.

Paris-Le Bourget Airport, Air and Space Museum (93-Le Bourget) www.museeairespace.fr

Until August 31: Once upon a time was the Orient Express

The history of the Orient Express train which linked Western Europe to Middle East, evokes fabulously luxury journeys for the upper echelons of society. SNCF – the French railway company – has loaned a locomotive, 3 original carriages and a dining car from the Orient Express to be displayed in the middle of the IMA museum courtyard. And inside the museum the exhibition of objects, documents, poster, photos or short movies remembers the importance of this train creating a “desire of Orient” and opening the way to huge scale tourism.

Paris, IMA, Institut du Monde Arabe. www.imarabe.org

Poster expo Chagall_Until September 21: Mapplethorpe-Rodin

For the first time an exhibition brings to life the similarities of two artists who, at first sight, had really nothing in common. Rodin was a sculptor, Mapplethorpe a photographer. Rodin loved women, and Mapplethorpe was attracted to men. And Mapplethorpe is born more than a century after the birth of Rodin. But the exhibition of a selection of 50 sculptures by Rodin and a hundred photos from Mapplethorpe, shows the incredible connection between their works. The two artists have a same vision of the beauty of forms of the human body, male or female, the same sense of perfection.

Paris, Musée Rodin. www.musee-rodin.fr

Until November 2: Marc Chagall, Printings

The Palais Lumière in Evian presents a huge retrospective exhibition of the printed works of Marc Chagall, from the first black and white prints  (copper engraving from1925 to 1940 in Berlin and Paris) to the coloured ones after the discovery of colour lithography during his exile in the USA in 1941 . Even if Chagall began famous for his fabulous lithographies in colours, the exhibition shows how he continued to use all processes of engraving, including also wood engraving.

Evian, 74-Haute Savoie, Palais Lumière. www.ville-evian.fr

Until November 11: The Aquatic World of René Lalique

The new exhibition in the René Lalique Museum presents more than 120 art pieces from Lalique including drawings, jewels, glass and crystals pieces showing how the aquatic fauna and flora has inspired the creativity of the artist who represented in his master pieces as well as fish, dragonflies, seaweeds and frogs, as imaginary beings, mermaids, nymphs or fairies.



Wingen-sur-Moder, 67-Alsace, Musée Lalique. www.musee-lalique.com

Until December 31: Sensations: on aura tout vu

This time, the international City of Lace and Fashion presents the talented, trendy and semi-iconoclast Parisian fashion house “on aura tout vu“. This exhibition looks at the links and interactions between clothes and emotions. Fashion is seen by “on aura tout vu” creators as a “factory of sensations”, including all human senses, visual, tactile, acoustic, olfactive and gustative, and finally imagination.

Calais, 62-Pas-de-Calais, Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode, www.cite-dentelle.fr

Until 2015 January 4: Shakespeare, the fabric of the world

For the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, the National Centre of Theatre Costume displays, around an historical reconstruction of an Elizabethan wooden circular theatre, more than hundred costumes used by the most famous French actors during the last hundred years when they played the main characters of Shakespearean theatre.

Moulins, 03-Allier, Centre National du Costume de Scène, www.cncs.fr

Bicycle St-Etienne_Until 2015 January 5: Klimt and Vienna at the Quarries of Lights

Inside the fabulous underground quarries of Baux de Provence the theme of the amazing lightshow, chosen this year, is Klimt and Vienna, offering visitors a tremendous vision of a “century of gold and colours”. A great soundtrack comes with the thousands pictures of masterpieces by Gustav Klimt and also by Egon Schiele and Fridenreisch Hundertwasser whom works have been inspired by Klimt. For spectators it’s an impressive dive inside the world of the artists, the paintings being casted all around onto every wall and even onto the ground.

Baux de Provence, 13-Bouches-du-Rhône, Carrières de Lumières, www.carrieres-lumieres.com

Until January 5: Bicycle in Saint Étienne, a century of know-how

For any French person, Saint Etienne is the world capital of the Bicycle and is often  informally called “la petite reine” (the little queen). More than 70 bicycles and various original documents, posters, catalogues, help to understand the evolution of techniques that were developed by the numerous factories of the region to produce millions of the first mechanical individual means of transportation. Saint Etienne, 42-Loire, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie


Until 2015 October 18: “Tattoo-makers, Tattooed”

An exhibition that explores the quite unknown universe of tattooing with more than 300 pieces showing its ancestral use through ages and countries, showing its two main aspects, beauty in body-art and symbol of a societal membership.

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

New and Permanent

Musée Soulages in Rodez

The Musée Soulages opened at the end of last month as the first museum dedicated to a living artist, Pierre Soulages. He is 93 years old and, with his wife, Colette, has donated more than 500 pieces and documents. The collection is centred on the creation of the amazing stained-glass windows of Conques and on the printed works of Pierre Soulages. The first exhibition – until October 5 – will gather 30 “Outrenoir(s)” coming from the main museums and art foundations, and personally chosen by the artist himself.

Rodez, 12-Aveyron, Musée Soulages, www.musee-soulages.grand-rodez.com


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