Letter from France: January 2016

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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 the Sepik tribes, every object lends itself to being carved, engraved or sculpted to represent human, animal figures or pure abstract motifs. 230 amazing works are on show.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

MARCELLOUntil February 1: “Marcello, a woman sculptor between courtly and bohemian life”

70 beautiful sculptures by Marcello (1836-1879) are on show at the Palace of Compiégne. Marcello was a great woman sculptor, but her real name was Adéle d’Affy, Duchess of Catiglione Colonna. The exhibition also shows how this aristocrat lady, a close friend of Napoléon III and Empresse Eugénie, succeeded in her double life as an artist and as a member of the Imperial Court.

Compiégne, 60-Oise, Palais de Compiégne     www.palaisdecompiegne.fr

Until 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 2016, February 14: Walton Ford

Despite the huge sizes of his paintings, Walton Ford uses the technique of a miniaturist, watercolour 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 the artist who mixed a dreaming imagination with a great sense of symbols.

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 displayed at the MOMA in 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 poetry of B&W photography. Clergue 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

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 as Valloton, Matisse, Vuillard, Bonnard, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne or Van Gogh, covered the walls of their home – the Villa Flora in Switzerland – with these artists’ works.

Paris, Musée Marmottan   www.marmottan.fr 

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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 was looking for joy and pleasure. Popularised by painters such as Watteau, Boucher or Fragonard, this theme quickly spread all over 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 like 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

MATTOTTIUntil March 6: “Mattotti, infinite”

From USA to Europe, many Mattotti’s paintings and drawings have been selected as covers for prestigious magazines. Mattoti created posters for movies, festivals and illustrated books. He also has worked with the best known musicians or film directors. The grace of his drawing and the depth he gives to his colours, tries to show us the beauty of the world and also the fragile nature of human beings facing their mysterious destiny.

Landerneau, 29-Finisterre, Fondation Héléne et Edouard Leclerc   www.fonds-culturel-leclerc.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 Museum of Cairo, show how the cult of Osiris was celebrated during the age of the Pharaohs.

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

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

For over 400 years, the Princes of Liechstenstein have been art patrons. They have created one of the world largest, private art collections. This loan of 50 fabulous paintings from the collections, including some recent acquisitions by the current prince, Hans-Adam II, show 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

Masks, beauty of SpiritsUntil 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

Until March 20: “Karl Lagerfeld – A Visual Journey”

Karl Lagerfeld who is known as one of the greatest contemporary fashion designers, is also a creative photographer. Mixing his creative mind and a great sense of curiosity, he uses all types of photographic techniques to produce beautiful and emblematic images.

Paris, La pinacothèque       www.pinacotheque.com

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 shown for the first time to the public in France. These masks belong to civilisations outside Europe.

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

Until March 31st “Measuring Time”

At the dawn of the 20th century, a new object would serve not to measure time, but to mark the different periods of life: it was the illustrated postcard. The museum presents a series of old postcards on the theme of measuring passing time: watches, pendulums, clocks.

Musée de la Carte Postale, 4 Avenue Tournelli, 06600 Antibes   http://museedelacartepostale.fr/

Amazonia

Amazonia

Until May 16: “The Mediterranean Sea Great War 1914-1919”

This exhibition is an important tribute to the sailors and men who fought during WW1 on board merchant and navy ships all over the Mediterranean Sea. A huge part is dedicated to the bloody Dardanelles expedition.

Toulon, 83-Var, Musée de la Marine de Toulon   www.musee-marine.fr

Until May 22: “Panorama XXL: Amazonia”

The Panorama XXL is a 30 metre high cylinder circled by a 3000 square metre screen displaying one huge circular image. Standing on a platform right in the middle of the cylinder, the visitor instantly enters the heart of the Amazonian jungle. Nothing is missing, the patter of rain, the wild animals hiding in the vegetation, the change of daylight from dawn to sunset… The quality of the image is so high that the use of a pair of binoculars allows anyone to discover small details such as a little caterpillar on a leaf.

Rouen, 76-Seine Maritime, Panorama XXL   www.panoramaxxl.com

Until June 26: “Dans les Mailles du Filet (In the Fisherman’s Net)

This is the story of the dozens of thousands of men who sailed to the cold waters of Terre Neuve, Iceland and Greenland looking for cod. For about five centuries, and in order to find the fish that grace our tables, fishermen sailed into these waters for up to six months of the year facing an icy climate, tempests, fog and a dangerous sea that swallowed so many of them.

Paris, Musée de la Marine de Paris     www.musee-marine.fr

Masterpieces of Africa-musée DapperUntil July 17: Masterpieces from Africa

One time owned by collectors as famous as Tristan Tzara, Jacob Epstein or Charles Ratton, these major pieces draw up a large panorama of ancient African sculpture. These masterpieces belong to some of the most creative tribes such as the Punu, Fang, Dogon, Fon and Kota, to name just a few.

Paris, Musée Dapper     www.dapper.fr

Until September 19: “Royan 39-45: War and Beach”

This exhibition shows how Royan, well known beach resort since the Roaring Twenties and which is located at the mouth of Gironde and is a key site to access to the huge harbour of Bordeaux, was transformed by the Germans during WWII into a strong fortress. It was the last French city to be freed after fierce fighting at the very end of the war. Royan was almost totally destroyed and its population had to pay a very high price in lost lives during these dark years.

Royan, 17-Charente maritime, Musée de Royan   www.ville-royan.frRoyan

Until November 13: “Persona, strangely human”

From time immemorial human beings created artefacts symbolising gods and spirits and many believed that they had some mysterious power. These objects achieved a special status giving them a sort of soul. With over 230 artefacts on show, the exhibition looks at this phenomenon through the ages up until the present with the upcoming invasion of humanoid robots that could be considered as quasi-humans.

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