Letter from France: February 2018

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Until February 25: “Degas Danse Dessin”

For the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Edgar Degas this exhibition puts together the painter’s works and extracts from a text about the artist’s talent to give life to dancers and horses by Paul valery, famous writer and Degas’ very old friend. Paris, Musée d’Orsay     www.musee-orsay.fr 

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 


From February 23 till May 20: “Black Dolls, Deborah Neff Collection”

This set of 150 unique black dolls, all hand-made by anonymous Afro-Americans in the years 1850-1940, is an extraordinary testimony to this time of segregation. The beauty and originality give them an undeniable artistic value. Paris, La Maison Rouge   www.lamaisonrouge.org

From February 23 till May 20: “Ceija Stoija, a Roma Artist of her Century”

Ceija Stojka, (1933-2013), was only ten years old when she was deported as a Roma. She survived three concentration camps and in 1988 at the age of fifty-five she began to write. Self-taught, she self-learned to paint and record her story. This impressive exhibition presents the two sides of her works, “black” paintings, testifying to the horrors of Nazi camps, and “colourful” ones which are memories of the happy years of her childhood before the war. Paris, La Maison Rouge   www.lamaisonrouge.org

Until March 26: “Cesar”

This retrospective marks the 20th anniversary of the artist’s death.  Through more than a hundred pieces on show, this exhibition offers an unprecedented overview of the career of one of the greatest sculptors of his time. Paris, Centre Pompidou   www.centrepompidou.fr 

Until April 1: “The Gouache Drawings, a Unique and Ignored Art”

The first step in creating a jewel is a preliminary drawing. Then gouache, an opaque watercolour is used to finalise volume and colours. 700 unique gouache drawings from the private collection of the jeweller Dael & Grau make an incredible artistic panorama of the jewellery from 1900 till 1950. Roubaix, 29-Nord, La Piscine                 www.roubaix-lapiscine.com

Until April 1: “Peru before Incas”

On the North Peruvian coast Moche, Lambayeque and Chimu were some of the largely unknown civilizations who followed one another until the invasion of the region by the Incas circa 1470 AD. This exhibition of 300 unique artefacts is presented as a real archaeological investigation of pre-Incan civilzations. Paris, Quai Branly Museum   www.quaibranly.fr

Until April 26: Van Dongen and the “Bateau-Lavoir”

At the beginning of the twentieth century, “Le Bateau-Lavoir” in Montmartre was the temple of modern art in Paris. During 1906 Van Dongen had his artist’s studio there, next door to Picasso’s. This exhibition gathers 65 works of Van Dongen’s to show the importance in his career of his one-year stay at the Bateau-Lavoir. Paris,                               Musée de Montmartre,    www.museedemontmartre.fr

Until May 13: “Dutch Artists in Paris, 1789-1914”

From the reign of Napoleon to the beginning of the twentieth century, over a thousand Dutch painters went to Paris attracted by the dynamism of French art life, bringing their own ways and techniques of painting. The exhibition shows the influence of nine Dutch painters including Jongkind, Van Dongen, Van Gogh, Mondrian on French aritists of the time such as Gericault, David, Corot, Millet and Monet. Paris, Petit Palais  www.petitpalais.paris.fr

Until May 20: “Alfredo Volpi, La Poétique de la Couleur -The Poetics of Colour”

This major exhibition dedicated to Alfredo Volpi, 1896-1988, is the first retrospective of the self-taught Brazilian painter outside Brazil. It shows the evolution of his work from his early 1940’s landscapes and cityscapes to the same subjects he painted in the 1950’s-1970’s and which were transformed into pure colourful geometric compositions. Monaco, NMNM-Villa Paloma     www.nmnm.mc

Until June 10: “Meteorites, Between Sky and Earth”

More than 350 extra-terrestrial stones are displayed in this exhibition that presents all aspects of meteorites through ages. Considered by some in the past to be objects of great fear and veneration they are now the subjects of scientific research. Visitors can discover a new world and even touch a stone from the moon and another from Mars. Paris, Museum d’Histoire Naturelle,    www.expometeorites.fr  

Until June 24: “Imaginary Journeys, Picasso and the Russian Ballets, between Italy and Spain” (at the MUCEM)

Between 1916 and 1921 Pablo Picasso closely collaborated with Serge Diaghilev, the creator of the Ballets Russes, being the set and costume designer of four ballets. The exhibition links the original Picasso works -paintings, drawings, scale models, costumes- with traditional artefacts from Italy and Spain that inspired him.  Marseille, 13-Bouches du Rhône, MUCEM   www.mucem.org 

Until June 24: “Picasso, imaginary journeys” (at La Vieille Charité)

This exhibition explores the source of the incredible creativity of Picasso and his fanciful interpretation of impressive African masks and statues.  Marseille, 13-Bouches du Rhône,  Musée de la Vieille Charité.                          https://vieille-charité-marseille.com 

Until July 8: “Corot, the painter and his models”

Although Corot was one of the greatest masters in landscape painting, this exhibition is only focused on his production of portraits and figures. These paintings on show were the most secret and personal works that he hid during his lifetime in his studio.  Paris, Musée Marmottan,   www.marmottan.fr

Until August 27: “Love from A to Z”

In the beautiful site of Fort Saint Jean, the “Amour de A à Z” exhibition gathers numerous artefacts from the MUCEM’s collections, all linked to “love”. They are arranged into alphabetic order resulting in a tender and even, some might say, very hot alphabet. Marseille, 13-Bouches du Rhône, MUCEM   www.mucem.org

Until October 28: “Paintings of far lands”

This exhibition of 200 paintings, on show for the very first time, is the reflection of artistic and politic vision of faraway territories through the eyes of European artists from 1780 till 1950. Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr 

Until November 4: “Tuaregs”

Craft, poetry and music are the main expressions of Tuareg art; They show how this very old society of Saharan nomads is dealing with the modern world. Lyon, 69-Rhône, Musée des Confluences. www.museedesconfluences.fr 

Until November 4: “Napoleon, Images of the Legend”

Arras has, for the first time, gathered 160 historic artefacts belonging to Napoleon that were found in just two locations: the Château de Versailles and Trianon. Paintings, furniture and personal artefacts offer a true vision of the history and legend of Napoleon. Arras, 62 – Pas de Calais, Musée des Beaux-Arts.   https://napoleon.versaillesarras.com/en/presentation-exhibition 

Until 2019, January 6: “Pont-Aven, the Craddle of Modernity”

Between 1888 and 1894, a group of painters with Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin worked on a very new painting technique, the synthetism. They are known as “L’Ecole de Pont-Aven”. Alexander Mouradian, a private collector, loaned 22 master paintings from his collection to highlight the other talentuous but less known painters of the Ecole de Pont-Aven. Pont-Aven, 29-Finistère, Musée de Pont-Aven.   www.museepontaven.fr


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