Letter from France – October 2013

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October 18 to 20: Plants’ Days in Courson
This weekend the Courson’s Domain will host the biannual major exhibition devoted to plants and garden. This is the place to discover a large number of new plants and up-to-date garden tools, to buy some uncommon plants and stroll around the castle through this beautiful park which is officiallyclassified as a Remarkable Garden.
Courson-Monteloup, Essonne-91: Domaine de Courson


Until October 20: Gardens’ International Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire
Coming from as far as China, Russia, Japan and Algeria about 20 new gardens were created by artists, designers, landscapers and gardeners for the 22d edition of the Festival. This year’s theme is ‘gardens of sensations’, and the visitors will enter into a fairy tale’s world of colours, smells, sounds and silences, and should not forget to visit the Castle and the Park who are also located inside the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire.
Chaumont-sur-Loire, Loire-41

Until October 30: Camille Claudel exhibition at the Musée Rodin
For the 70th anniversary of the Camille Claudel’s death, the Musée Rodin highlight the person who was once the ‘muse’ of Auguste Rodin by displaying twenty masterpieces coming from its reserve collections.
Paris, Musée Rodin

Until November 4: Roy Lichtenstein
The Centre Pompidou presents a quite unknown aspect of the work of Roy Lichtenstein, one of the ‘stars’ of the American pop-art, highlighting his incredible creativity through a body of paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics and enamels.
Paris, Centre Pompidou


Until November 10: Roulez Carosses!
A loan from the Palace of Versailles to the museum of St Vaast Abbey in Arras, shows for the first time the best pieces of French royal and imperial horse-drawn carriages along with numerous artefacts belonging to their use. There are also a few paintings of important events during which these vehicles were used.
Arras, Pas-de-Calais – 59, Musée-Abbaye St Vaast

Until November 13: Chasses Magiques (Magical Huntings)
Close by the Grotte Chauvet and its unique Palaeolithic paintings that will never be open to the public and before the future opening of the grotto’s facsimile in early 2015, the Château de Vogüe hosts an exhibition showing the links between the magical and religious practises of hunting by primitive peoples throughout the continents.
Vogüe, Ardéche-07, Château de Vogüe

Until December 14: Kanazawa, Sources of a Samourais’s Culture
During the 16th century, in the region of Kanazawa, the powerful Maeda’s clan attracted the best master craftsmen from Edo and Kyoto and developed the art of tea ceremony and of the Noh, creating a unique Samurai’s culture which is different from the one of Edo. The exhibition presents a large selection of fabulous artefacts belonging to the Kanazawa period.
Paris, Maison de la Culture du Japan

Until December 31: Marseille-Provence, 2013 European Cultural Capital
As European Cultural Capital, Marseille presents the first artistic events of a long series hosted not only by Marseille but also by Aix-en-Provence – the old city well known for its beautiful buildings and its art-de-vivre. Hundreds of cultural and artistic events, theatre, street arts, music, exhibitions, are scheduled all along the year, including the exceptional creation of a new French national museum, the MUCEM.
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône-13

Until 2014, January 5: Georges-Antoine Rochegrosse, the Splendour of Decadence
Well known in his time at the end of 19th Century as a famous illustrator for Gustave Flaubert’s and Victor Hugo’s books as well as a painter of colourful and violent historical scenes, Georges-Antoine Rochegrosse slowly disappeared from memories and is now rediscovered in an exhibition which is the first one ever totally dedicated to his work.
Moulins, Allier-03, Musée Anne-de-Beaujeu

Until 2014, January 5: Monet, Renoir…Chagall, Journeys around the Mediterranean
This exhibition is part of “Marseille-Provence, 2013 European Cultural Capital”.
Inside the monumental Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Lights), a huge lightshow projects more than 3,000 images of works of art by 16 main artists onto a wall surface of around 7.000 sq metres. The theme of this exhibition is the Mediterranean Sea and its countryside that inspired all these artists. Walking through the quarries, the spectator strolls from Impressionism with Monet and Renoir, to Pointillism with Signac and Cross, then to Fauvism with Derain, Vlaminck, Matisse … and ends with Chagall.
Baux-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône-13, Carrières de Lumières

Until 2014 January 6: Corot in the Light of the North
An exhibition dedicated to the visits of Corot in the Northern part of France to paint the landscapes in the surroundings of Arras and Douai. An important work which influenced many local painters, later called “Ecole d’Arras”.
Douai, Nord-59, Musée de la Chartreuse

Until January 13th: Freda Kahlo-Diego Riviera ‘Art in Fusion’
The Musée de l’Orangerie in collaboration with the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico presents an exhibition devoted to Diego Riviera and Freda Kahlo, the legendary couple. The mixed display of their respective masterpieces shows their huge difference and also their complementarity in art and life.
Paris, Musée de l’Orangerie

Until January 13th: Angkor, A myth is born – Louis Delaporte and Cambodia
The discovery of the Angkor temples by Louis Delaporte, the great French explorer is celebrated here. He dedicated his life to discover the unknown Cambodia and to help Khymer art to enter museums. Among the many art pieces are beautiful plaster mouldings made between 1870 and 1920 and an amazing reconstruction of one of the tower with faces from the Bayon temple.
Paris, Musée Guimet

Until 2014, January 19: Bronzes of Imperial China from 10th to 19th century
With more than a thousand pieces on show, the Cernuschi Museum covers the history and use of bronzes from the Song to the Qing dynasty. This is the first-ever exhibition in France devoted to a still little-studied field.
Paris, Musée Cernushi

Until 2014 January 26: Kanak, Art is a Word
A double exhibition presenting the authentic aspects of Kanak culture in parallel with the vision of Kanak people by Europeans and vice versa.
Paris, Musée Branly

Until 2014, February 9: Etruscans, a Hymn for Life
An exhibition with about 250 original artefacts, about the daily life of the Etruscans, the main people in Italy before Rome, a lost civilisation which leaved us only tombs.
Paris, Musée Maillol

Until 2014 February 23: Serge Poliakoff, A Dream of Forms
The City of Paris Museum of Modern Art offers a large retrospective of the work of Serge Poliakoff, the abstract painter covering sequences from the early years of the young emigrate fleeing from the Russian revolution until his late paintings.
Paris, Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Until February 17th, ‘1925, when Art Déco dazzled the World
The exhibition is organised as a series of themed sequences which illustrate what lies behind Art Déco’s international success and its influence on various forms of artistic expression.
Cité de l’Architecture http://www.citechaillot.fr/en/


André le Nôtre, by Carlo Maratta, © RMN / Gérard Blot

From October 22 to February 23: André Le Nôtre in perspectives 1613-2013
To end the Le Nôtre ‘s year celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of the famous gardener of Louis XIV, the Château de Versailles offers a complete image of the genius and secrets of the man who created the gardens of the palace with fountains and water canals, the best example of garden ‘à la française’ and the dream of the greatest king of France.
Versailles, Les Yvelines-78, Château de Versailles



Marseille’s History Museum
The Marseille’s History Museum that opened last September is a museum devoted to the history of a single city. This luminous, modern museum has been built alongside the ruins of the ancient Roman harbour that are now the museum’s garden. A few wooden Roman wrecked ships are displayed among many artefacts from antiquity to nowadays.
Marseille, Bouches du Rhône-13

Mucem, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseille
The Mucem is dispatched between the new modern building called J4, the number of the former port pier where it has been built, and the old Fort Saint Jean that defended the entrance of the old harbour. The J4, a huge rectangular black building designed by Rudy Ricciotti, is the heart of the museum with permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. The Fort Saint Jean is linked to the J4 by a long aerial footbridge and presents on its outdoor areas the Garden of Migration, a unique Mediterranean botanical footpath with exceptional views over Marseille, the harbour and the sea.
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône-13

Museum Louvre-Lens, the new extension of the Louvre Museum in Lens
Opened in December 2012, the Louvre-Lens Museum in the city of Lens in the North of France presents in its spectacular glass building a regular turnover of masterpieces in a non-traditional way, mixing artworks from different departments of the Parisian Louvre Museum. The ‘Galerie du Temps’ with its 3,000 square metres showcases more than 200 masterpieces from antiquity to the ‘Temps Modernes’ in a panoramic and chronological vision of art through ages. Even the underground storerooms and preservation studios will be open to visitors. Nestled in 50 acres of green park and closed to the railway station where TGV easily links Lens to Belgium, Germany and UK.
Lens, Pas de Calais-62

Louvre Museum, New Islamic Arts Department
Last September, the Louvre Museum opened its new area dedicated to art in Islam. The former Visconti courtyard is now covered by a huge sail shaped glass roof allowing the museum to present, in one place, 3,000 major Islam art works. This permanent space includes the discovery of an important number of Islamic pieces of art coming from the collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
Paris, Musée du Louvre, Département des Art de l’Islam.
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