Letter from France: November 2017

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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: “Oriental Christians: 2,000 Years of History”

Christian religion was born in ancient Palestine, and soon spread throughout the Near East which corresponds to present-day Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. This exhibition sheds light on the unique role of Christian communities in art, cultural and social development in this wide region during two thousand years of cohabitation, cooperation but also confrontation with Arab and Muslim peoples.

Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe – IMA    www.imarabe.org.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 21:”Native Forests”

This exhibition is focused on the diversity and wide variety of forms of art in the western central region of Africa from the seventeenth century to early twentieth. Masks and statues on show belong, to name just a few, to the Fang, Punu, Kwele and Kota tribes.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.branly.fr

Until January 21: “Pop Art, Icons that Matter”

A large selection of artworks coming from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York is displayed in the Maillol Museum. It covers a period of just ten years from 1960 until 1970 showcasing prominent Pop-Art artists, as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as less well-known ones as May Stevens and Georges Segal.

Paris,  Musée Maillol   www.museemaillol.com

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

Until January: 29André Derain 1904 – 1914. La décennie radicale

This exhibition looks at the work of this major 20th century artist, tracing the various stages of his career before WWI when he was involved in the most radical avant-garde movements. Woks brought together for this exhibition include his 1905 summer pieces painted in Collioure; a series of London scenes, and his very large dance and bather compositions. Paris. Centre Pompidou, https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en

 Until March 5: “Being Modern: MOMA in Paris”

The Louis Vuitton Foundation presents a major exhibition of 200 works belonging to the MOMA – the Museum of Modern Art of New York- to reflect its fascinating history of collecting and to showcase a selection of major works from its main collections.

Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton   www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

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