Letter from France: August 2014

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film festival at Deauville

Deauville Film Festival poster

Events next month

From September 5 to 14: The Deauville American Film Festival

This “PRECIOUS moment for all cinema lovers“, as it is officially called, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary, 40 years of close links with American actors and major Hollywood studios. Apart from numerous screenings and events, a special tribute will be paid to the actor Ray Liotta for his long career, over 60 films.

Deauville, 14-Calvados  www.festival-deauville.com

From September 12 to 21: the Music festival of Besancon

In Besancon and its surroundings, more than a dozen symphony orchestras and backing vocals offer a great choice of classical music events. The Festival Internet ticket office is now open.

Besancon, 25-Doubs www.festival-besancon.com


Until August 24: Beauvais, 350 years – Portraits of a Tapestry Factory

About 90 tapestries created by the Manufacture de Beauvais are on display to show the permanent quality of the workers of the Manufacture de Beauvais throughout the last 350 years. The works on show include wall-tapestries, furniture and folding screens, and date from the end of the 17th C to nowadays.

Beauvais, Oise-60, Galerie Nationale de la Tapisserie: www.beauvaistourisme.fr

Until August 25: Splendours of Volubilis, Antique Bronzes

At the beginning of the first century AD, Volubilis, capital of King Juba II was the most beautiful city of Roman North Africa. Found in the ruins of Volubilis, this collection of high aesthetic quality bronzes, now belonging to Morocco, shows how in antiquity, bronze products were travelling through the whole Roman empire.

Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône-13, MUCEM: www.mucem.org

Until August 31: Le Voyage à Nantes (Nantes, Take the Journey!)

This summer season of “Le voyage à Nantes” presents forty or so exhibitions, activities and cultural events all over Nantes, inviting visitors to go for along stroll following the green line to discover the city. The trail includes among many, the Samouris exhibition inside the Dukes of Brittany’s Castle, Dougherty’s works in the castle’s moat, the bestiary of gigantic living machines with the new giant ant and the 40-foot tall elephant, and “la Cantine du Voyage” the temporary greenhouse restaurant and bar.

Nantes, Loire-Atlantique-44 www.levoyageanantes.fr

poster for Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson exhibition poster

Until August 31: Amy Johnson, the fate of a heroine

This exhibition which honours Amy Johnson, the famous British aviatrix, is centred around the drawings of Pierre Wachs the author of the comic book “Amy Johnson” published by Casterman in 2013. In 1929 Amy Johnson made her first solo-flight and, next year, she was the first woman to fly from UK to Australia. Then named “the Lindbergh Girl”, she broke record after record. During WW II, she enlisted as an ATA pilot (Ait Transport Auxiliary). On January 5, 1941 she disappeared with the plane she was flying into the Thames.

Paris-Le Bourget Airport, Air and Space Museum (93-Le Bourget)  www.museeairespace.fr

Until August 31: Once upon a time was the Orient Express

To exhibit to the public the long history of the Orient Express train which linked Western Europe to Middle East, the SNCF, the French Railways Company, has loaned a locomotive, 3 original carriages and a dining car of the Orient Express to be displayed in the middle of the IMA museum courtyard. And inside the museum the exhibition of objects, documents, poster, photos or short movies remembers the importance of this train creating a “desire of Orient” an opulence few of us can dream of and which helped open the way to mass scale tourism.

Paris, IMA, Institut du Monde Arabe www.imarabe.org


Until September 15: The Dragon’s Flight, Royal Art of Vietnam

Vietnam dragon exhibition

the dragon exhibition at the Musée Guimet

The Guimet Museum has received on loan from the National Museum of Vietnam History in Hanoi, rare golden artworks which complement many pieces from its own collections to show how the image of the dragon developed a special role in the history and culture of Vietnam.

Paris, Musée Guimet  www.guimet.fr

Until September 21: “Fernand Léger, Reconstruire le Réel”

From the twenties to the years following WWII, Fernand Léger rebuilt, in his works, his own perception of reality. But staying true to ‘realism in conception‘ he was receptive to the vision of the Surrealists, some of them such as Man Ray and Duchamp, being close friends.

Nantes, Loire Atlantique-44, La Chapelle de l’Oratoire: www.museedesbeauxarts.nantes.fr

Mapplethorpe & Rodin

Mapplethorpe & Rodin

Until September 21: 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 50 sculptures by Rodin and a hundred photos from Mapplethorpe shows the incredible connection between the two. The two artists have a same vision of the beauty of forms of the human body, male or female as well as the same sense of perfection.

Paris, Musée Rodin www.musee-rodin.fr

Until September 21: 1944, the Resistance’s Part during the Battle of Normandy

For those travelling in the region, this exhibition shows the fight and sacrifice of the French Resistance before D-Day and then through the long Battle of Normandy. Intelligence gathering, scouting, night and dawn raids, Allies pilots’ rescue, all these actions had to be paid for with heavy losses.

Alençon, Orne-61, Archives Départementales de l’Orne  www.orne.fr/agenda

Until September 21: Arles’ Festival, “Rencontres internationales de la Photographie

For this 45th outing, the festival has been curated for the last time by François Hebel, the current director, who presents works by well-known photographers as Raymond Depardon, Lucien Clergue or Christian Lacroix, who, in the past, contributed to its success as well as original works by artists who are joining the festival for the first time such as David Bailey, Vincent Perez or Denis Rouvre.

Arles, 13-Bouche du Rhône  www.rencontres-arles.com

Until October 5: “40 years in the Andes, the forgotten journey of Théodore Ber”

This exhibition reveals the of the recently found diaries of Théodore Ber who, in the nineteenth century, stayed for 40 years in the Andes, having as many jobs as possible, but providing French museums with beautiful archaeological and ethnographic collections. In parallel are displayed many pieces that he had collected and which are lent for this exhibition by the Branly Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Saint Germain.

Figeac, Lot-46, Musée Champollion   www.musee-champollion.fr

EXTENDED Until October 5: “Star WarsTM Identities: The Exhibition”

Presented for the first time in Europe, the STAR WARSTM Identities exhibition conveys an interactive journey into the world of the saga in a unique location: the Cité du Cinéma. Two film sets of approximately 2000 square metres have been turned into an exhibition location. They will be open to the public to reveal more than 200 original pieces from the archives of the Lucas Arts Museum which include models, accessories, costumes, and sketches.

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

Emile Betsellère - L'Oublié

Disasters of War:Emile Betsellère – L’Oublié

Until October 6: The Disasters of War 1800-2014

In this time of WW1 remembrance, the Louvre Museum of Lens, presents an exhibition showing how artists in their own time saw war with their attendant woes. War is never nice or beautiful. It’s only pain, death and destruction.

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

Until October 6: Image’ N Magie

While awaiting for the opening of the “Caverne du Pont d’Arc”  – an exact replica of the famous Chauvet Cave – the Branly Museum has installed in the Château de Tournon, an exhibition of 40 amazing artefacts from Asia, Africa and America, whose forms and drawings deliver secret, double meanings or symbolic messages.

Tournon-sur-Rhône, Ardéche-07: Château-Musée de Tournon:   www.expo2014.fr

exhibition for Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall

Until November 2: Marc Chagall, Printings

The Palais Lumière In Evian presents a huge retrospective exhibition of the printed works of Marc Chagall, from the first black and white prints (copper engraving from1925 to 1940 in Berlin and Paris) to the coloured ones after the discovery of colour lithography during his exile in the USA in 1941 . Even if Chagall became famous for his fabulous colour lithographies  exhibition shows how he continued to use all processes of engraving including also wood engraving.

Evian, 74-Haute Savoie, Palais Lumière:   www.ville-evian.fr

Until November 11: The Aquatic World of René Lalique

The new exhibition in the René Lalique Museum shows more than 120 art pieces from Lalique including drawings, jewels, glass and crystals pieces showing how the aquatic fauna and flora had inspired the creativity of the artist who represented in his master pieces fishes, dragonflies, seaweeds and frogs, mermaids, nymphs or fairies.

Wingen-sur-Moder, 67-Alsace, Musée Lalique; www.musee-lalique.com

Until December 29: 1914, Join NOW! British Empire entering the war

The Great War Museum in Meaux celebrates the immense contribution of the the troops from the British Empire since the beginning of WW I. The museum shows the period from the immediate enlistment of volunteers and the first battle of the Marne through to  the battles of Yser and Ypres where the British Corps joined the French troops and fought the German armies, to the end of 1914 and the Christmas truces.Join Now!_

Meaux, 77-Seine et Marne, Musée de la Grande Guerre; www.museedelagrandeguerre.eu

Until December 31: Sensations: on aura tout vu

This time, the international City of Lace and Fashion showcases the talented, trendy and slightly iconoclastic Parisian fashion house “on aura tout vu“. This exhibition concentrates on the links and interactions between clothes and emotions. Fashion is seen by “on aura tout vu” creators as a “factory of sensations”, including all human senses.

Calais, 62-Pas-de-Calais, Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode: www.cite-dentelle.fr

Until 2015 January 4: Shakespeare, the fabric of the world

For the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, the National Centre of Theatre Costume presents, around an historical reconstruction of an Elizabethan wooden circular theatre, more than hundred costumes used by the most famous French actors during the last hundred years when they played the main characters of Shakespearian theatre.

Moulins, 03-Allier, Centre National du Costume de Scène; www.cncs.fr

Until 2015 January 5: 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 casted all around onto every wall and even onto the ground.

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

le cycle exhibition

celebrating the bicycle

Until January 5: Bicycle in Saint Étienne, a century of know-how

For the French, Saint Etienne is the world capital of the bicycle often informally called”la petite reine” (the little queen). More than 70 bicycles and various original documents, posters, catalogues help the visitor to understand the evolution of techniques that were developed by the many factories of the region to produce millions of the first mechanical, individual means of transportation

Saint Etienne, 42-Loire, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie  www.mai.saint-etienne.fr

Until 2015 October 18: “Tattoo-makers, Tattooed”

An exhibition that explores the quite unknown universe of tattooing with more than 300 pieces showing its ancestral use through different ages and countries, showing its two main aspects, beauty in body-art and symbol of a societal membership.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly  www.quaibranly.fr





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