Letter from France: December 2014

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Niki de Saint Phalle_ ENDING SOON

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

The Great War Museum in Meaux celebrates the immense contribution of the troops from the British Empire at 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 right up to the end of 1914 and the Christmas truce.

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 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 January 5: Marcel Duchamp

This exhibition highlights the work of man they said “killed painting.” Just over 100 works from 1910-1923 are on view.

Paris, Pompidou Centre             www.centrepompidou.fr/en

Until 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 both of whose works have been inspired by Klimt. For spectators it’s an impressive immersion 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

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Le Cycle a Saint-Etienne

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 January 11: Saint Louis, 800th anniversary

Under the vaults of the Guards’ Hall of the Conciergerie, the exhibition reflects the amazing life of Louis IX, one of the great kings of France, who soon after his death was canonised. The Sainte-Chapelle which is the major architectural legacy of Saint Louis, just a few yards from the exhibition, is well worth the visit.

Paris, La Conciergerie     www.conciergerie.monuments-nationaux.fr

Until January 11: Kama-Sutra: Spirituality and Erotism in Indian Art

The Kama-Sutra, written around the 4th century BC, is one of the major texts of Medieval Hinduism. The exhibition presents more than 300 remarkable Indian artworks linked to Kama-Sutra practice, and so is not advisable for younger visitors.

Paris, Pinacothèque      www.pinacotheque.com

Extension until January 17: The Baron Taylor, at the forefront of Romanticism

During his whole life, Baron Taylor, 1789-1879, fought vandalism, working with more than 300 illustrators and lithographs to realize the best survey of French old monuments. As a diplomat he suggested the Pasha of Egypt gift two obelisks of Luxor to France.  He organised expeditions to provide the Louvre museum with master works from ancient Egypt, as well as building the second largest collection of Hispanic paintings after the Prado.  He was also the director of the Comédie Française, and as great friend of many artists, he created some mutual societies for them that eventually resulted in the Foundation Taylor.

Paris, Fondation Taylor   www.taylor.fr

Extension until January 18: Gobelins Royal Manufactory in the Age of Enlightenment

During that period which was the golden age of the French tapestry, the Gobelins Royal Manufacture became the leading one 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 and Oudry created the gigantic tapestry cartoons needed, of whom some will be on display with thirty tapestries being chosen for their exceptional state of preservation.

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



Until January 18: Hokusai

More than 500 prints, paintings and drawings by Hokusai, 1760-1849, the world best-known Japanese artist, present all facets of his long career. Hokusai who called himself “The Old Man Mad about Painting” became a great source of inspiration for artists as famous as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas or René Lalique.

Paris, Grand Palais Museum       www.grandpalais.fr

Until January 19: Le Pérugin, maître de Raphael

Le Pérugin (Pietro Perugino) was a painter of the Italian Renaissance, already famous in his time for its use of bright colours, transparencies and dramatic lights. But his legacy to Art is also to have been the master of Raphael and this exhibition shows the strong links between their works.

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


Until January 19: Medieval Morocco, an empire from Africa to Spain

From the 11th to the 15th century, although ruled by different dynasties, Morocco was the centre of a huge kingdom. Architectural art and beautiful artistic productions, including textiles, ivory, ceramic or even calligraphy, are important parts of the legacy of this period of splendour.

Paris, Musée du Louvre     www.louvre.fr

Until January 28: Frank Gehry at the Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou offers the first European retrospective of the work of Frank Ghery, the iconic architect, a great survey of his career to be seen before or after a visit to his last and major work, the Foundation Louis Vuitton which opened its doors in October in Paris.

Paris, Pompidou Centre             www.centrepompidou.fr/en

Fleuve CongoUntil January 31: Fleuve CONGO (River CONGO)

After been seen by more than a million visitors in Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul, this exhibition, created by the Musée Branly, reaches Le Mans. With beautiful masks and sculptures Fang, Hembe, Punu, Luba Kwele or Kota, this exhibition presents the main pieces of African art of tribes settled along the River Congo.

Le Mans, 72-Sarthe, Les Quinconces-Espace Exhibition (Wed- Sun, 12.30/18.00)


Until February 1: The shining of shadows, the Art in black and white of the Solomon Islands.

Despite a large cultural variety, the hundreds of islands belonging to the Solomon Islands have created a common line of style in artworks made of black wood with polished mother-of-pearl inlay. Red feathers and curcuma were also often used to develop more beautiful glare effects on artefacts.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

Until February 2: Niki de Saint Phalle

French born artist Niki de Saint Phalle, 1930-2002,  shared her artistic life between France and the United States. She was a Pop-Art artist, a painter, sculptor, and also a performer and filmmaker… Her most famous works are the “nanas”, these huge colourful statues of chubby women in strange poses.

Paris, Musée du Grand Palais     www.legrandpalais.fr

Until February 2: Les Mayas

400 chef-d’oeuvre belonging to the Mayan peoples offer a large aesthetic panorama of this amazing civilization, showing all aspects of their life, a deep immersion in the Mayan time presenting simple men and kings, nature and beautiful cities, impressive astronomic knowledge and numerous religious beliefs.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

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a vase frm Rhodes o

Until February 9: Rhodes, a Greek island at the Orient door

From the 14th to the 5th century BC, the Greek island of Rhodes was under the influence of the close Middle East and of Egypt, and that gave birth to unique artworks mainly in the domains of jewellery and ceramics.

Paris, Musée du louvre    www.louvre.fr

Until February 15: The Borgia in their time

The Borgias were one of the most influential pan-European families. This exhibition looks at the history of the Borgia family;  Alexander VI, his son Cesar and his daughter Lucrecia, who despite being very controversial characters, were art lovers and were the patrons of the main artists of the Italian Renaissance including Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.

Paris, Musée Maillol    www.museemaillol.com

Until February 15: The Art of Love in the time of Geishas, Forbidden Japanese Masterpieces.

This exhibition of secret erotic prints belonging to the Edo period (1603-1867) shows the erotic life and the culture of eroticism in the new Japanese middle class that appeared at that time. These erotic prints, object of European phantasm, secretly collected at the end of the 19th century by many famous artistic personalities such as Gustav Klimt or Emile Zola, led to the birth of “Japanism” through the whole Europe.

Paris, Pinacothèque      www.pinacotheque.com

Sonia Delaunay_Until February 22: Sonia Delaunay, the Colours of Abstraction

For the first time, a great exhibition is dedicated to the one and only Sonia Delaunay, who, with her husband Robert Delaunay, was a pioneer abstractionist. She developed her message in all types of mixed media including painting, fashion design and garments, household items and bookbinding. More than 400 of her works are on display.

Paris, MAM (Modern Art Museum)      www.mam.paris.fr

Until March 1st: Georges Gasté, Itineraries of an Orientalist, paintings and photographs

Georges Gasté, 1869-1910, was not only an Orientalist painter, but also a great photographer. Unlike other artists of his time, he didn’t just travel for a few weeks at a time. He stayed a few years in Algeria, Egypt and India where he passed away after having produced through his works a beautiful true report showing the real life of these peoples.

Riom, 63-Puy de Dôme, Musée Mandet       www.riom-communaute.fr

Until March 1st: The Splendours of the Han

During almost four centuries, from 206 BC to 220 AD, the Han dynasty ruled over an extended China, unifying peoples, fighting or trading with the countries on the outskirts of their huge empire. It was a flourished arts’ period, and the numerous Han tombs provided amazing samples of this time.

Paris, Musée Guimet       www.guimet.fr

Until March 5: Bon Boullogne, a Master of the Grand Siècle

This exhibition re-discovers the works of Bon Boullogne, 1649-1717 who was famous at the end of the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King. At the turn of the century, his works on many mythological subjects representing pleasant nudes influenced the next generation of French painters of whom a great majority worked in its studio.

Dijon, 21-Côte d’Or, Musée Magnin      www.musee-magnin.fr

Animals and pharoahs

Animals and pharoahs

Until March 9: Animals and Pharaohs

The Louvre-Lens presents more than 430 works, showing the importance of the animals for the ancient Egyptians, which were  considered as food, a means of transport, and as objects of worship. Many Egyptians gods were shown with an animal figure, giving life to a tremendous production of bas-reliefs, statues, wall paintings and artistic artefacts.

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

Until October 18, 2015 : “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.

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