Letter from France – March 2014

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Books and Musics Festival-DeauvilleSPECIAL EVENT

April 18 to 20: Books and Musics Festival “London in Deauville”

For three days, Deauville will host its 11th Books and Music Festival which, this year, offers an open window over the London creative scenery. Many writers, musicians, singers and creators from UK, in parallel with French artists and authors, are invited to present their contemporary vision of their artistic world. The hundred or so invited artists will be at around fifty events all of which are free, including concerts, art performances or musical lecture.

Deauville, 14-Calvados www.deauville.fr


Until April 21: Seeing the Sacred

Through ages the Sacred has always been the invisible part of religions. This exhibition which tries to make the invisible, visible, presents just 7 artworks to cover three main historic parts, Antiquity, Middle Ages and Modern Times.

Lens, Pas-de-Calais-62, Musée du Louvre-Lens. http://www.louvrelens.fr


Holy Wood

Holy Wood

Until May 18: “Holy Wood”

Through the presentation of very rare wooden masks from the Toma people, the Quai Branly museum presents for the first time the Poro, the initiation system that ruled the tribes of the Guinean forests. The Poro gave a huge and frightening power to the initiates who were in charge of the masks.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly. www.quaibranly.fr

Until May 18: The “Black Atlantic” of Nancy Cunard

Nancy Cunard, heiress of the Cunard Line, was an eccentric women, a muse of great writers, a model, a journalist, a political activist and a publisher. In the thirties with her surrealists friends she became a great defender of racial civil rights and of general African art. This exhibition highlights her life and also calls to mind the political, social and artistic history of the black diaspora in Europe at that time.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly. www.quaibranly.fr

Until June 1st: Diderot’s Taste in Art (in Lausanne, Switzerland)

This exhibition in Lausanne (Switzerland), presents a great number of paintings and sculptures from the time of Diderot with the notes and critics he wrote about. This work made him one of the first art critics in history but, an almost unknown part of his life was as a writer and philosopher who just happened also to be the art buyer for Catherine II the Empress of Russia  and thus, collected for her one of the best collections of paintings to be found anywhere in the world.

Lausanne, Switzerland, Fondation de l’Hermitage. www.fondation-hermitage.ch

Beauty in Antiquity

Beauty in Antiquity

Until June 9: Beauty in Antiquity (in Martigny, Switzerland)

The Pierre Gianadda Foundation, in close collaboration with the British Museum which loaned some of its master Greco-Roman pieces including the famous Discobolus, presents an eclectic exhibition to extol the bodies’ beauty in antiquity’s art. Sports, love and desire, wedding and death are some of the ten themes depicted by these amazing stone, bronze or marble statues that fit perfectly with the location of the exhibition, in Martigny, the antique capital of this Roman region. Two beautiful marble torsos, recently excavated in Martigny, are also displayed and testified of the Roman past of the city.

Martigny, Switzerland, Fondation Pierre Gianadda. www.gianadda.ch

Until June 16: Clemenceau, the Tiger and Asia

Known as “the Tiger” or as “the Father of Victory”, Georges Clemenceau remains known as a great statesman and one of the “Big 4” of the allies in WWI. He was also a great Asian collector with a genuine passion for arts, civilizations and religions of Asia, a passion shared with his close friend the painter Claude Monet. This exhibition will feature the Clemenceau’s collection.

Paris, Musée Guimet http://www.guimet.fr

Until June 30: “Star WarsTM Identities: The Exhibition”

Presented for the first time in Europe, the STAR WARSTM Identities exhibition proposes an interactive journey into the world of the saga in a unique location: the Cité du Cinéma. Two film sets of approximately 2000 m2, turned into an exhibition location, will exceptionally be opened to the public to reveal more than 200 original pieces from the archives of the Lucas Arts Museum: models, accessories, costumes, sketches all of which constructed the Star Wars world.

Paris-Saint Denis, Cité du Cinéma.  http://la-cite-du-cinema.eu

Until July 6: “Impressionists in Private: 100 Masterpieces from Private Collections”

The Marmottan Museum, to celebrate its 80th birthday and, to pay tribute to the long list of private donors who offered it the world larger collection of Monet works, has invited 50 private collectors to show a total of 100 Impressionist masterpieces, many of them have never been seen in public.

Paris, Musée Marmottan. http://www.marmottan.fr/uk

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

Until July 20: The Treasure of Naples, The Jewels of San Gennaro

For the first time out of Italy, the jewels of San Gennaro will be presented to public. This is one of the biggest collections of jewels in the world, equivalent to the crown jewels of France or the UK. This amazing collection  doesn’t belong to the Italian state or to the Catholic Church but the people of Naples.

Paris, Musée Maillol.  www.museemaillol.com

Watteau - Fêtes Gallantes

Watteau – Fêtes Gallantes

Until July 27: “Les Fêtes Galantes” from Watteau to Fragonard

With around sixty fabulous paintings, this exhibition shows the whole history of the ‘Fêtes Galantes’, a new groundbreaking style developed by Watteau in the early years of the 18th C., depicting in idyllic sceneries the charming games of love. Watteau’s followers, Pater, Lancret  or Saint-Aubin introduced in their sceneries a few touches of reality, and others, like Vernet, sometimes used to show some exotic characters. Finally,  after a century of success, it ended in a blaze of glory with Boucher and Fragonard.

Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André. www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Klimt-Quarries of LightsUntil  January 5 2015: Klimt and Vienna at the Quarries of Lights

Inside the fabulous underground quarries of Baux de Provence the theme of the amazing lightshow, chosen this year, is Klimt and Vienna, offering visitors a tremendous vision of a “century of gold and colours”. A great soundtrack comes with the thousands pictures of masterpieces by Gustav Klimt and also by Egon Schiele and Fridenreisch Hundertwasser whom works have been inspired by Klimt. For spectators it’s an impressive dive inside the world of the artists, the paintings being cast all around onto every wall and even onto the ground.

Baux de Provence, 13-Bouches-du-Rhône, Carrières de Lumières. www.carrieres-lumieres.com

From April 8 to July 27: Gobelins Royal Manufactory in the Age of Enlightenment

During that period which was the golden age of the French tapestry, the Gobelins Royal Manufactory became the leading producer in Europe, producing more than forty different series of tapestries in less than one century. Many great painters of the time including Boucher, Van Loo, Coypel or Oudry created the gigantic tapestry cartoons needed and some of these will be included with the thirty tapestries chosen for their exceptional state of preservation.MQB. Affiche de l'exposition temporaire _ Indiens des plaines. D

Paris, Galerie des Gobelins www.mobiliernational.culture.gouv.fr

From April 8 to July 20: Plains Indians

The symbolic scenography by Jean-Michel Wilmotte presents the everyday life of Plains Indians as well as their strong links to nature through the display of aesthetic artefacts, belonging to Sioux, Comanche, Pawnee, Blackfoot or Cheyenne tribes. Although contact with Europeans and then American settlers brought change, the sense of beauty of the Plains Indians survived and stayed alive in the new contemporary creations.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly. www.quaibranly.fr

From April 8 to September 2014: Mapplethorpe-Rodin

Mapplethorpe & Rodin

Mapplethorpe & Rodin

For the first time an exhibition brings to life the similarities of two artists who, at first sight, had really nothing in common. Rodin was a sculptor, Mapplethorpe a photographer. Rodin loved women, and Mapplethorpe was attracted to men. And Mapplethorpe was born more than a century after the birth of Rodin. But the exhibition of a selection of 50 sculptures by Rodin and a hundred photos by Mapplethorpe, show the incredible connection between their work. The two artists have a similar vision of the beauty of forms of the human body

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