Letter from France: December 2015

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Esthetiques de l'AmourUntil January 11: “Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 1755-1842”

For the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the talented Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun, 150 of her works have been loaned by great international museums across the world. She was an exceptional woman, a friend of Queen Marie-Antoinette, who survived the French Revolution. And she was surely the best portraitist of her time.

Paris, Grand Palais     www.grandpalais.fr

Until January 17: “Esthetiques de l’Amour”

Amour, the French name of the Amur River in Siberia, is a salmon river that has provided food and wealth to local tribes of fishermen for centuries. Using the local wood to make delicate boxes or the skin of salmon to create beautiful cloths they leave us a rare ethnographic and aesthetic heritage.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

Kuniyoshi

Kuniyoshi

Until January 17: “Kuniyoshi, the Devil of Woodblock Print”

Kuniyoshi, 1787-1861, was one of these masters of Japanese print who was much admired by Monet and Rodin. The exhibition shows all the widespread themes illustrated by Kuniyoshi from the warriors to the Kabuki actors and from the world of pleasure of Edo and the water landscapes to the caricatures he was famous for.

Paris, Musée du Petit palais   www.petitpalais.paris.fr

Until January 17: “Renaissance – Lille 3000

The city of Lille, during this huge cultural event, presents more than 35 exhibitions located through the city and its surroundings. The “Joie de Vivre” at the Fine Arts Palace is the flagship exhibition of the festival and shows how, across the centuries, artists represented love, happiness, dance, and pleasure in their works.

Lille, 59-Nord     www.renaissance-lille.com/agenda/type:expositions

The Lord of CloudsUntil January 17: “The Lord of Clouds: Masanao Abe facing Mount Fuji”

Renowned Japanese meteorologist, Lord Masanao Abe (1891-1966) observed the movements of clouds circulating around Mount Fuji for 40 years. The tens of thousands of photos he took using new, self-created techniques provide not only a great scientific heritage but also a unique aesthetic contribution to the art of photography.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

Until January 24: “Fragonard in love, suitor and libertine”

The 18th century was an era of seduction and Fragonard (1732-1806) was one of the main artists who included love, sensuality and light touches of eroticism in their paintings.

Paris, Musée du Luxembourg     www.museeduluxembourg.fr

Until January 25: “Florence, Portraits at the Court of the Medicis”

This unique exhibition in the beautiful mansion of Nelly Jacquemart and Edouard André, displays amazing Renaissance portraits of members of the court of the Medicis mainly by Bronzino, Salviati and Pontormo.

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

Knights and BombardsUntil January 26: “Knights and Bombards, from Azincourt to Marignano, 1415-1515”

For the 500th anniversary of the battle of Marignano, the “Musée de l’Armée” presents the evolution of the art of war from the age of knights to the birth of artillery with the use of the first cannons, the bombards.

Paris, Musée de l’Armée – Invalides   www.musee-armee.fr

Until January 31: “Marc Chagall, the Triumph of Music”

This exhibition showcases how Marc Chagall gave shape to sound, construction and musical rhythm. His various artistic creations used different media such as painting, sculpture, and ceramics, as well as design for stage costumes and scenery. This exhibition includes a range of material from his early period in Moscow (1920) to the magnificent ceiling of the Paris Opera (1964).

Paris, La Philharmonie de Paris   www.philarmoniedeparis.fr

Until January 31: “Sepik, Arts from Papua New Guinea”

For the first time in France, an exhibition presents the arts of the peoples of the River Sepik, the longest river in Papua New Guinea. In the world of Sepik tribes, every object lends itself to being carved, engraved or sculpted to represent human or animal figures or pure abstract motifs. 230 works are on show.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

Warhol UnlimitedUntil February 7: “Andy Warhol Unlimited”

With the famous silkscreened Shadows, other series by Andy Warhol are presented to invite viewers to discover the sheer quantity of work produced by the artist. This is another example of how Warhol’s art has always pushed the boundaries.

Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne   www.mam.paris.fr

Until February 14: Walton Ford

Despite the huge size of his paintings, Walton Ford uses the technique of a miniaturist watercolours painter to present his works. At first glance they seem to be the most beautiful zoological drawings created during the 19th century. But, looking closer, the visitor quickly discovers the humour of an artist who combined a dreaming imagination with a great sense of symbolism.

Paris, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature   www. chassenature.org

Lucien ClergueUntil February 15: “Lucien Clergue, the First Photo Albums”

Lucien Clergue (1934-2014) was a precocious photographer. Aged just 19, he impressed Picasso by the quality of his black and white photographs, and

8 years later his work was exposed at the MOMA of New York. After his early bull fight images, he became renowned for his sensual images of nude bodies. This exhibition is a tribute to the poet of black and white photography who was also the founder of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in 1969 in his native city of Arles.

Paris, Grand Palais   www.garandpalais.fr

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Until February 21: “Villa Flora :Master pieces of the Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser’s Collection”

For the first time, the masterpieces of the Hahnloser’s collection are shown to the public. From 1908 to 1936, a Swiss couple, Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser ,who were friends and patrons of famous artists such as Valloton, Matisse, Vuillard, Bonnard, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh, covered the walls of their home, the Villa Flora in Switzerland, with these artists’ works.

Paris, Musée Marmottan   www.marmottan.fr

Dance, kiss anayone you likeUntil February 29: “Dance, Kiss Anyone You Like”

The death of the Sun King, Louis XIV, saw the birth of the “Fêtes Galantes“, elegant parties where aristocratic society looked for joy and pleasure. Popularised by painters as famous as Watteau, Boucher or Fragonard, this theme quickly spread allover Europe and marked the beginning of the Age of Enlightenment. A tribute to French joy of living and taste.

Lens, 59-Nord, Louvre-Lens Museum   www.louvrelens.fr

Until February 29: “Picasso Mania”

100 Picasso masterpieces are grouped with works by numerous master artists in contemporary art such as David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Warhol and Basquiat all of whom were infuenced by the genius of Picasso and his intensive creativity.

Paris, Grand palais   www.grandpalais.fr

Until March 8: “Osiris, the Lost Mysteries of the Greatest God of Ancient Egypt”

Coming from the ancient cities of Canope and Thonis-Heraclion which disappeared under the Mediterranean waters, 250 objects salvaged from underwater excavations by the archeologist Frank Goddio and 40 objects lent by the museums of Cairo, show how the cult of Osiris was celebrated during the age of Pharaos.

Paris, IMA-Institut du Monde Arabe   www.exposition-osiris.com

Liechtenstein collectionsUntil March 20: “The Collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein”

For over 400 years, the Princes of Liechstenstein have created one of the world largest, private art collections. This loan of 50 fabulous paintings from the collection, including some recent acquisitions by the current prince, Hans-Adam II, shows masterpieces of European classical art from Granach to Rembrandt and from Raphael and Rubens to Vigée-Lebrun.

Aix-en-Provence, 13-Bouches-du-Rhône – Hôtel de Caumont   www.caumont-centredart.com

Until March 20: “Fashion Refined: The Dressses-Treasures of Countess Greffulhe”

The Palais Galliera presents for the first time the incredible wardrobe of the Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952) who was said to be the most beautiful woman of her time. She inspired Marcel Proust, one of her many fervent admirers, to create the character of the Duchess of Guermantes in his book “In Search of Lost Time“.

Paris, Palais Galliera-Musée de la Mode   www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr Masks, beauty of Spirits

Until March 20: “Masks, the Beauty of Spirits”

After an international journey including Beijing and Tokyo, this exhibition of a hundred of the most beautiful masks in the collection of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, has arrived in Le Mans at the Carré Plantagenet Museum to be presented for the first time to the public in France. These masks belongs to civilisations outside Europe.

Le Mans, 72-La Sarthe, Carré Plantagenet   www.lemans-tourisme.com

 

 

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