Letter from France: October 2014

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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

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 colours 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 great sense of aesthetic 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. The exhibition covers the period 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 a 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

Until 2015 January 5: Marcel Duchamp

This exhibition highlights the work of man they said “killed painting.” Just over 100 works from 1910-1923 are on view.

Paris, Pompidou Centre             www.centrepompidou.fr/en

Klimt-Quarries of LightsUntil 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 both of whose works have been 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 and 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

Until January 11: Kama-Sutra: Spirituality and Erotism in Indian Art

The Kama-Sutra, written around the 4th century BC, is one of the major texts of Medieval Hinduism. The exhibition presents more than 300 remarkable Indian artworks linked to Kama-Sutra practice, and so is not advisable for younger visitors.

Paris, Pinacothèque      www.pinacotheque.com

Extende until January 18: 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



Until January 18: Hokusai

More than 500 prints, paintings and drawings by Hokusai, 1760-1849, the world’s best-known Japanese artist, present all facets of his long career. Hokusai who called himself “The Old Man Mad about Painting” became a great source of inspiration for artists as famous as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas or René Lalique.

Paris, Grand Palais Museum   www.grandalais.fr


Until January 19: Le Pérugin, maître de Raphael

Le Pérugin (Pietro Perugino) was a painter of the Italian Renaissance, already 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 Phalle

French 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 a painter, sculptor, and also performer or filmmaker. Her most famous works are the “nanas”, those huge colourful statues of chubby women in strange poses.

The Mayans

The Mayans

Paris, Musée du Grand Palais     www.legrandpalais.fr

Until February 2: Les Mayas400 chef-d’oeuvre belonging to the Mayan peoples offer a large aesthetic panorama of this amazing civilization, showing all aspects of their life, presenting simple men and kings, nature and beautiful cities, impressive astronomic knowledge and numerous religious beliefs.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

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 from 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

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

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