Letter from France – December 2013

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Until January 2: ‘Masculine / Masculine’. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day
During the last two centuries, female nude art pieces were largely displayed on the walls of museums or art galleries, while the male nude was hidden from the public, although male nude was the basis of Academic art training.
This exhibition presents all types of techniques, including painting, sculpture, graphic arts and of course photography.
Paris, Musée d’Orsay, www.musee-orsay.fr

Until 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, http://www.mab.allier.fr/

Until 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, http://monet-renoir-chagall.com/en

Until 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, http://www.museedelachartreuse.fr/

Until January 12: Ideal in Art Nouveau
Thanks to the loan of great pieces from the art nouveau collection in the Oise Museum of Beauvais, the Palais Lumiére in Evian shows the entire furniture of the dining room of the Belgian architect Gustave Serrurier-Bovy. Many more beautiful artworks are displayed around including the never exposed “Les Flammes”, an extravagant chimney by the ceramist Ernest Müller.
Evian, Haute-Savoie-74, Palais Lumière, http://www.ville-evian.fr

Until January 13: Frida 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 Frida 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, http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/

Until January 13: Angkor, A myth is born – Louis Delaporte and Cambodia
A unique presentation of the discovery of Angkor temples by Louis Delaporte, the great French explorer who dedicated his life to discover the unknown Cambodia and to help Kmer art to enter museums. Among many art pieces, 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, http://www.guimet.fr

Until January 19: Jordaens 1593-1678, the Pride of Antwerp
To restore Jacob Jordaens as a main master of the 17th century Flemish painting, equal to Rubens or Van Dyck, the Petit Palais has organized a huge retrospective of its work with more than hundred remarkable art pieces coming from leading French and International museums.
Paris, Musée du Petit Palais, http://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

Until 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, http://www.cernuschi.paris.fr

Until January 20: Desires and Voluptuousness, Victorian masterpieces
An exhibition of the true icons of the British Victorian art dedicated to the Aesthetic Movement, with fifty masterpieces by famous British artists of Queen Victoria’s reign, among them Frederic Leighton, Edward Burne-Jones, Albert Moore and Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André, www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Sleepy Venus and Cupidon - Renaissance and Dream

Until January 26: The Renaissance and Dream
The reunion of eighty paintings by famous Renaissance artists, including Hieronymus Bosch, Dürer, Veronese, Greco and Carregio, gives us an insight in a world of dreams and nightmares.
Paris, Musée du Luxembourg, http://www.museeduluxembourg.fr

Until January 26: Ivory’s Secrets, the Art of Lega in Central Africa
One of the eight scientists-founders of the Silicon Valley, Jay T. Last created during fifty years the world larger collection of ivory artworks by the Lega tribes and offered it to the Fowler Museum of Los Angeles. This collection is displayed for the first time in Europe at the Quai Branly museum.
Paris, Musée du Quai Branly, www.quaibranly.fr

Until 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, http://www.quaibranly.fr/

Until 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, http://www.museemaillol.com

Until February 16: Cartier, Style and History
Declared as “jeweller of kings and king of jewellers” by King Edward VII, Cartier has a long history of creation, inventing new modern-style forms and this exhibition offers to discover fabulous jewels and to look at the evolution of taste since Cartier’s foundation in 1847.
Paris, Musée du Grand Palais,http://www.grandpalais.fr

Until 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, in 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,http://www.mam.paris.fr/en

Until 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, http://en.chateauversailles.fr,

an Etruscan fresco

Until March 10: The Etruscans and the Mediterranean, the city of Cerveteri
The exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Lens offers a complete view of the Etruscan civilisation in its Mediterranean context through the history of Cerveteri, one of its biggest city and the only one which presents its entire evolution from the first Etruscan ages to the Roman conquest.
Lens, Pas-de-Calais-62, Musée du Louvre-Lens, http://www.louvrelens.fr

Until March 14: 1850-1920, the Painters of the Provence Landscape
A presentation of nearly hundred paintings shows the work of dozens of artists who have been attracted to Provence by the quality of the light and the sunny colours of Southern France, among them Paul Signac, Felix Ziem, Charles Camoin, Raoul Dufy…
Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine-92, Atelier Grognard, http://www.mairie-rueilmalmaison.fr

Until July 14: Initiates from Congo Bassin
Initiations through secret societies in Africa were often a necessary to change positions inside tribes or to transit from childhood to adult world. The rites of passage needed the use of numerous artworks, statues, masks, costumes, headdresses and protective objects, of which a high selection are presented in this amazing exhibition.
Paris, Musée Dapper, www.dapper.fr



Theatre Costumes Museum, Rudolf Noureev’s collection
For the 2Oth anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s death, the Theatre Costumes Museum in Moulins, have opened new rooms for a permanent exhibition of the costumes and souvenirs choosen by the dancer himself before he died.
Moulins, Allier-03, Centre National du Costume de Scène, www.cncs.fr

Marseille’s History Museum
The Marseille’s History Museum that opened last September is one in a kind museum to be devoted to the history of a single city. This luminous modern museum has been built alongside the ruins of the ancien Roman harbour that are now the museum’s garden. A few wooden Roman wreck ships are displayed among many artefacts from antiquity to nowadays.
Marseille, Bouches du Rhône-13 www.musee-histoire-de-marseille.marseille.fr

Horse Museum in Chantilly
The new Musée du Cheval (Horse Museum) recently opened into ‘the Grandes Ecuries’ (the Great Stables) of the Chateau de Chantilly. It’s the only European museum dedicated to the art of horse and of horse riding as well as to the horse in art, and presented unique artefacts belonging to horses mixed with prestigious works of art. The fabulous Great Stables are still in use for a part and shelter live horses that perform equestrian shows with young women riders everyday at the indoor riding hall under the central dome.
Chantilly, Oise-60, Les Grandes Ecuries du Domaine de Chantilly, www.domainedechantilly.com

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, http://www.mucem.org

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, http://www.louvrelens.fr

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. http://www.louvre.fr
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