Letter from France: January 2017

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From February 22 till May 22: “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting”

For this exceptional exhibition showing the links that connected all the Genre Painting masters in the Netherlands during the third quarter of the 17th century, the Louvre Museum has succeeded in gathering together 12 paintings of Vermeer (1632-1675 – a third of his known works – with works by other masters such as Peter de Hooch, Gabriel Mestu and Jan Steen.  Paris, The Louvre Museum     www.louvre.fr


Until January 22: “The Dream”

Dreams have always been a great domain of questioning for mankind. This exhibition includes works by artists such as Goya, Odilon Redon and Max Ernst and shows how these artists tried to translate dreams into their works and, by doing so, were breaching 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 from the first years of the 20th century, Hodler, Monet and Munch. Each one was trying to paint what he thought was technically impossible. Paris, Musée Marmottan-Monet    www.marmottan.fr

poster for Cafe at the MUCEM

Cafe in MUCEM

Until January 23: “Café In” Mucem

An exhibition to discover the importance of coffee in our civilisation through its history, its production, its economy, its publicity and its impact on our way of live at home or in the “cafés”.  Marseille, 13-Bouches du Rhone, MUCEM    www.mucem.org

Until January 23: “Inner Rembrandt”

The Jacquemart-André Museum owns three Rembrandt masterpieces representing three periods of the artist’s works. Each one is presented facing 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 as he wondered about our world and about his own vision and depiction of it all of which culminated in 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 new stylistic direction. Women artists, as the iconic Frida Kahlo, found their place in that new attractive Mexican artistic scene that soon saw many foreign artists joining them in Mexico. Paris, Grand Palais    www.grandpalais.fr

Until January 29: “Feathers, visions of Pre-Colombian America”

Being a symbol of power and linked to religion and gods, feathers played a great role in Pre-Colombian societies and soon after the Hispanic conquest, the science of Indians in feathers design was used to create fabulous artworks made of colourful feathers. Paris, Quai Branly Museum   www.quaibranly.fr

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 using their art to represent wild animals. This exhibition, only focusing on bears, helps us to discover the creativity of these people and tries to explain the strong links they had with bears which, for them, represent both a source of fear as well as food. 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, paintings of his two sisters, 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 February 13: “The Merovingian Age”

At the Cluny Museum, this exhibition offers a lavish panorama of the artistic and intellectual productivity of the beginning of the early middle ages, from the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains in 451 where Hun hordes were defeated until the deposition of the last of the “Kings-who-did-nothing” in 751. Paris, Musée de Cluny   www.musee-moyenage.fr

Until February 20: “The Chtchoukine Collection”

Serguei Chtchoukine was surely the greatest Russian collector, and patron of European Modern Art. For the first time since his collection was seized and scattered by the 1917 Russian revolution, 130 pieces have been gathered together on public view. From Van Gogh to Degas, from Renoir to Courbet, all the sinificant masters were part of this collection which includes numerous works by Matisse and Picasso. Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton   www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr


Until February 26: “Bernard Buffet, retrospective”

This large exhibition is paying tribute to Bernard Buffet known throughout the world as a major artist of the 20th Century. In Japan, an entire museum is dedicated to his works whereas in France, his own country, he was considered as a sort of second-class painter, an “easy” painter. Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris    www.mam.paris.fr

Until March 5: “Frederic Bazille, the Youth of Impressionism”

Frederic Bazille who died at the age of 28 during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, was a young painter, a close friend of Monet and Renoir, who should have been called a master. Only 60 of his works have been found, but they show how, in less than a few years, he took part in the birth of Impressionism. Paris, Musée d’Orsay     www.musee-orsay.fr

Until March 6: “Henri Matisse, the internal lab”

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a prolific painter and this exhibition shows how drawing took a central but less well-known part in his work. Many drawings he made throughout his life are displayed in chronological order alongside his paintings and sculptures. Lyon, 69-Rhone  Musée des Beaux Arts       www.mba-lyon.fr

gown worn by Josephine consort to napoleon

clothes worn by the Empress Josephine

Until March 7: “Inside the Wardrobe of the Empress Josephine”

Among the fifty female costumes of the First Empire that are rarely presented to the public due to their extreme fragility, many belonged to the Empress Josephine and her daughter Hortense. These are displayed in the very place where they both lived. Rueil-Malmaison, 92-Hauts de Seine: Château de Malmaison      www.chateau-malmaison.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 to the Centre Pompidou by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation as well as 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

Until April 2: “From Jordan river to Congo, Art and Christianity in Central Africa”

For the first time a large exhibition is dedicated to the influence of Christianity on art and culture of the tribes of Central Africa between the 15th and the 17th centuries. Paris, Quai Branly Museum       www.quaibranly.fr

Until April 2: “Eclectic, a collection made in the XXI century”

Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière is a wealthy art-lover who, in the last ten years, created a fabulous collection of ancient masterpieces of African Art. But he also mixed that collection with a few contemporary pieces. This collection, a sort of Ideal Collection, shows the humanist vision of a very atypical collector. Paris, Quai Branly Museum   www.quaibranly.fr

Speedy Gaphito

Until April 24: “Cy Twombly”

The first ever retrospective of the work of the American artist Cy Twombly, presenting in chronological order about 140 paintings, sculptures, photos and drawings which show the richness of the work of an artist who – throughout his life – succeeded in mixing art and travel. Paris, Centre Pompidou   www.centrepompidou.fr

Until May 21: “Speedy Graphito, an Art-de-Vivre” “

Iconic creator, Speedy Graphito is known as one of the first French Street-Art artists. Seventy of his works are displayed in the entire Way Side Villa. At the Museum of Touquet-Paris-Plage.  Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, 62-Somme          www.letouquet-musee.com


The Great Museum of Perfume of Paris:

The Great Museum of Perfume situated in one of the most opened its doors to the public, right in the heart of the Faubourg St Honoré, one of the most fashionable districts of Paris. Located in an elegant 1,400 square metre mansion, the museum provides a history of perfume, to help visitors discover the art of creating perfumes and to develop one’s ownolfactory sense. Paris, Le Grand Musée du Parfum    www.grandmuseeduparfum.fr

Lascaux IV is now open

In Montignac-Lascaux the very new “Centre International de l’Art Pariétal

displays a full-scale copy of the original cave which is permanently closed to the public. Over 400,000 visitors are expected this year. Despite large advance sales there will always be tickets available on  the day. Montignac-Lascaux, 14-Dordogne    www.reserver.lascaux.fr/en/todo



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