Letter from France: September 2014

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Days of Plants


Events next month

October 17-18 & 19: “Les Journées des Plantes de Courson” – “The Days of Plants in Courson”

This annual event, just outside Paris, is the place to be for any gardener to discover the very available from nurseries. Suppliers come from UK, Nederland, Germany and France amongst other places to present their fabulous collections of plants, bulbs, flowers and trees..

Courson-Monteloup, 91-Essonne, Domaine du Château de Courson  


Until October 5: “40 years in the Andes, the forgotten journey of Théodore Ber”

This exhibition reveals  the recently found diaries of Théodore Ber who, in the nineteenth century, stayed for 40 years in the Andes, having as many jobs as possible, but providing French museums with beautiful archaeological and ethnographic collections. In parallel are displayed many pieces that he had collected and which are lent for this exhibition by the Branly Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Saint Germain.

Figeac, Lot-46, Musée Champollion   www.musee-champollion.fr    www.domaine-de-courson.fr

Until October 5: “Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition”

Presented for the first time in Europe, the STAR WARS Identities exhibition conveys 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 have been turned into an exhibition location. They will be open to the public to reveal more than 200 original pieces from the archives of the Lucas Arts Museum which include models, accessories, costumes, and sketches.

Paris-Saint Denis, Cité du Cinéma   http://la-cite-du-cinema.eu

Diasters of War

Diasters of War

Until October 6: The Disasters of War 1800-2014

In this time of WW1 remembrance, the Louvre Museum of Lens, presents an exhibition showing how artists in their own time saw war with their attendant woes. War is never nice or beautiful; it’s only pain, death and destruction.

Lens, 62-Pas de Calais, Musée Louvre-Lens   www.louvrelens.fr

Until October 6: Image’ N Magie

While awaiting for the opening of the “Caverne du Pont d’Arc”  – an exact replica of the famous Chauvet Cave – the Branly Museum has installed in the Château de Tournon, an exhibition of 40 amazing artefacts from Asia, Africa and America, whose forms and drawings deliver secret, double meanings or symbolic messages.

Tournon-sur-Rhône, 07-Ardéche: Château-Musée de Tournon   www.expo2014.fr



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

An exhibition that explores the quite unknown universe of tattooing with more than 300 pieces showing its ancestral use through different 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

exhibition for Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall

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 became famous for his fabulous colour lithographies 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 shows more than 120 art pieces from Lalique including drawings, jewels, glass and crystals pieces showing how the aquatic fauna and flora had inspired the creativity of the artist who represented in his master pieces fishes, dragonflies, seaweeds and frogs, mermaids, nymphs or fairies.

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


Hanoi in colours

Until November 16: Hanoi in colours, 1914-1917

Part of the Museum Albert Khan collection, the 60 ‘autochromes’ on show are the first ever photos in colour of Hanoi representing all the facets of daily life and of the religious beliefs of the population of the city. These photographs are not only a passionate historical testimony but also show us the aesthetic side of Léon Busy, the photographer.

Paris, Cité Internationale Universitaire, Maison des Etudiants d’Asie

Until December 29: 1914, Join NOW! British Empire entering the war

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

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


Until December 31: Sensations: on aura tout vu

This time, the international City of Lace and Fashion showcases the talented, trendy and slightly iconoclastic Parisian fashion house “on aura tout vu“. This exhibition concentrates on 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.

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 presents, around an historical reconstruction of an Elizabethan wooden circular theatre, more than one hundred costumes used by the most famous French actors during the last hundred years when they played the main characters of Shakespearian theatre.

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

Gustav Klimt-Quarries of Lights

Gustav Klimt-Quarries of Lights

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. It offers visitors a tremendous vision of a “century of gold and colours”. A great soundtrack comes with thousands of pictures of masterpieces by Gustav Klimt and also by Egon Schiele and Fridenreisch Hundertwasser both of whose works were inspired by Klimt. For spectators it’s an impressive immersion 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 the French, Saint Etienne is the world capital of the bicycle often informally called”la petite reine” (the little queen). More than 70 bicycles and various original documents, posters, catalogues help the visitor to understand the evolution of techniques that were developed by the many 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    www.mai.saint-etienne.fr

Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle

Until January19: Le Pérugin, maître de Raphael

Le Pérugin (Pietro Perugino) was a painter of the Italian Renaissance,  famous in his time for his use of bright colours, transparencies and dramatic lights. But his legacy to art is also to have been the master of Raphael and this exhibition shows the strong links between their works.

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

Until February 2: Niki de Saint PhalleFrench born artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) shared her artistic life between France and the United States. She was a multifaceted pop-art artist, at once painter, sculptor, and also performer or filmmaker… Her most famous works are the “nanas”, these huge colourful statues of chubby women in strange poses.

Paris, Musée du Grand Palais     www.legrandpalais.fr

The Borgias

The Borgias

Until February 15: The Borgia in their time

The Borgias were one of the most influential pan-European families. The exhibition looks at the history of the Borgia with Alexander VI, his son Cesar and his daughter Lucrece, who despite being very controversial characters, were art lovers and were the patrons of the main artists of the Italian Renaissance including Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael or Michelangelo.

Paris, Musée Maillol    www.museemaillol.com

Opening soon:

Marcel Duchamp

This exhibition which runs from 24th September until 5th January highlights the work of man they said “killed painting.” Just over 100 works from 1910-1923 are on view.

Paris, Pompidou Centre, http://www.centrepompidou.fr/en



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