Letter from France: July 2015

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Masters of SculptureENDING SOON

Until July 26: “The Masters of Sculpture, Ivory Coast”

With around 200 wooden sculptures from the 19th and early 20th centuries, this exhibition is much more than a great retrospective of African masks from Ivory Coast tribes. The aim is to demonstrate the aesthetic strength and the selfhood of any of those masters of sculpture and to show the obvious links with the contemporary African sculptors whose modern works are also on display.

Paris, Musée du quai Branly     www.quaibranly.fr

Until July 27: “Churchill – De Gaulle”

50 years after Churchill’s death, the Army Museum presents this exhibition showing the special links between Churchill and De Gaulle. Sometimes friends and sometimes foes, they both though first of their own country, but managed to work together and remain forever the two greatest European leaders fighting for freedom against Nazis during WWII.

Paris, Les Invalides, Musée de l’Armée   www.musee-armee.fr

Until July 27: The Treasures of Emile Guimet

Emile Guimet, a great humanist and a great captain of industry from Lyon, collected countless art pieces from antique civilisations, mainly from Asia and Egypt through out is life. With so much he was able to create two museums in Paris and Lyon, which, in his words, would provide culture and knowledge to the ‘proletarian people‘. This inaugural exhibition of the new Museum of Confluences in Lyon gathers together the most prestigious pieces of Emile Guimet’s collections that had to be split between some of the most famous French museums.

Lyon, 69-Rhône, Musée des Confluences     www.museedesconfluences.fr

Le CorbusierUntil August 3: “Le Corbusier: Measurement of Man”

This key exhibition, including sculptures, drawings, architectural drawings, paintings, photographs and documents, is a fresh look of the prolific output of Le Corbusier, the exceptional architect who based all his work on the proportions of the human body. He considered this “Measurement of man” as a universal principle that defined all aspects of architecture and spatial composition.

Paris, Centre Pompidou     www.centrepompidou.fr

Until August 13: “Siena, the origins of the Renaissance”

The city of Siena like Florence, its great artistic rival, was a cradle of the Renaissance arts, even if the names of the main Sienese painters such as Duccio, the Lorenzetti brothers or Simone Martini are largely unknown by the public today. Around 70 of their works dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries show how they gave birth to an artistic revolution in painting.

Rouen, 76-Seine Maritime, Musée des Beaux Arts     www.mbarouen.fr

Until August 13: “Fastes de la Cour au XVIIe siecle” (Splendour of the Court)

In the amazing Chateau de Chantilly which boasts the second best collection of paintings after the Louvre, a temporary exhibition presents for the first time 23 fabulous drawings by Jacques Bellange (1575-1616) and 34 wood engravings enhanced with watercolour, gold and silver. These works show the splendour of the Courts of Lorraine and France at the end of the 17th Century.

Chateau de Chantilly, 80-Oise   www.domainedechantilly.com

ShakespeareRUNNING NOW

Until August 28: “Shakespeare, what else?”

Highlighting the strong links that have existed since the 10th century between St Omer and the United Kingdom, the Public Library of St Omer presents dozens of rare original English books. The list of books and authors is impressive. The recent discovery, in the library’s collection, of an original copy of “First Folio”, the first edition of “William Shakespeare Comedies Histories & Tragedies” published in 1623, gave its name to this amazing exhibition.

St Omer, 62-Pas-de-Calais   Bibliothèque de St Omer   www.shakespeare2015.fr


Until August 30: “Napoleon and Paris: Dreams of a Capital”

Napoleon knew that Paris was the key to power in France, so the capital became the theatre of the key moments of his political career. Being a great administrator he provided the city with numerous amenities – bridges, canals, fountains, markets- that changed forever the way Parisians lived. Wishing to make Paris the most beautiful city in the world, he built some of the iconic monuments of the city, the Arc de Triomphe, the Vendome column, The Champs Elysées and the Etoile.

Paris, Musée Carnavalet         www.carnavalet.patris.fr

Canaletto exhibition

Canaletto exhibition

Until September 13: Canaletto, Rome-London-Venice

In the sumptuous setting of the recently renovated ‘Hôtel de Caumont,’ (built in 1715) the first exhibition of this new art centre is dedicated to the Venetian painter Canaletto. (1697-1768) It has had important loans from the Royal Collection Trust, the London National Gallery or the collection of the Duke of Northumberland, as well as other overseas institutions.

Aix-en-Provence, 13-Bouches du Rhône, Hôtel de Caumont    www.caumont-centredart.com

Until September 13: “Pressionism, the masterpieces of Graffiti on Canvas”

The term ‘Pressionism‘ is a tribute to the use of spray paint in Street Art since the seventies. This exhibition shows how the main artists of this underground movement began to work on canvas. With the exception of Basquiat and Keith Haring the public has largely ignored their works and probably doesn’t even know their names. Now such artists like Ramemellzee who died in 2010, Bando or Futura begin to be known by private collectors and few modern art galleries.

Paris, la Pinacothèque de Paris   www.pinacotheque.com

Until September 27: Albert André,” Intimacy of a Realist Painter”

Friend of Vuillard, Valloton, Monet and especially close to Auguste Renoir, Albert André is one of those great painters who is not very well known by the public This exhibition presents a great number of his paintings showing the strong links between work, family, friends and artists of his time.

Montbeliard, 25-Doubs, Musée du Chateau des Ducs de Wurstemberg  www.monbeliard.fr

The Inca and the ConquistadorUntil September 29: “The Inca and the Conquistador”

This exhibition about the conquest of Peru by the Spanish is centred on the two main actors of this historical drama, Atahualpa the Inca Emperor and Francisco Pizarro the chief of conquistadors, and is based on the different versions of these tragic events left by Spanish and Incan witnesses.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly     www.quaibranly.fr

Until October 4: “From Rubens to Van Dyck: The Flemish Masterpieces of the Gerstenmaier Collection”

In the last 40 years, Hans Gersteenmaier gathered one of the most beautiful collections of Flemish paintings from the 15th to the 17th century. Nearly 60 masterpieces from his collection including paintings on wood or canvas, are shown with prints by the best engravers of that time.

Paris, La Pinacothèque   www.pinacotheque.com 

Until October 11: “The Golden Age of painting in Naples: from Ribera to Giordano”

The 17th century in Naples was a tumultuous period with a great volcanic eruption from Vesuvius, a huge plague epidemic and even a civil war. Despite these terrible events the city of Naples remained a famous European artistic centre. The paintings of Neapolitan painters such as Ribera, Curacciola, Solimena or Giardino, testify to their imagination, their passion for the Baroque and their work on colours and light.

Montpellier, 34-Herault, Musée Fabre     museefabre.montpellier3m.fr

Sensations of NatureUntil October 12: “Sensations of Nature – from Courbet to Hartung”

Following Courbet, many painters like Pizarro, Cezanne, Sisley, Bonnard or Nicolas de Staël began to paint nature avoiding an idealistic vision. Instead, they chose a new sensitive and personal approach to show more a “sensation” of nature than a faithful copy. 50 of their works are displayed in this exhibition.

Ornans, 25-Doubs   Musée Courbet

Until October 18: “Tattoo-makers, Tattooed”

An exhibition that explores the predominantly unknown universe of tattooing with more than 300 pieces showing tatooing through different ages and from different countries, concentrating on two main aspects, beauty in body-art and the symbols of a societal membership.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly  www.quaibranly.fr

Royal Treasures of Francis 1's LibraryUntil October 18: “Royal Treasures of the Library of Francis I of France”

For the 500th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Francis I of France, a great patron of the arts, 140 amazing rare books of his personal library has been gathered all together and are again displayed in their original place, the Royal Château de Blois.

Blois, 41-Loir et Cher   Château Royal de Blois   www.chateaudeblois.fr

Until October 31: “Alejandro Jodorowsky”

Chilean artist Alejandro Jodorowsky put his sleek stamp on everything from literature, poetry, painting, comic books to cinema and has impacted generations of actors, film directors and visual artists. This major retrospective tries to show many aspects of the symbolic, esoteric and philosophical dimensions of his anti-conformist work that has touched an extremely large international audience.

Bordeaux, 33-Gironde, CAPC-Musée d’Art Contemporain       www.capc-bordeaux.fr

Until October 31: “Felix Arnaudin, le Guetteur Melancolique” (the Melancholic Watchman)

Born in 1844, Felix Arnaudin felt in love with the Landes region in France. He soon became a great amateur photographer and he tried, through out his life, to create ‘images as real as possible’ of this part of France that could immortalize people, country farms, landscape as well as scenes from everyday life.

Bordeaux, 33-Gironde, Musée d’Aquitaine  www.muses-aquitaine-bordeaux.fr

Dirty Corner by Kapoor

Dirty Corner by Kapoor

Until November 1: Kapoor at Versailles

After Koons and his “Giant Lobster”, Anish Kapoor, the famous British artist, creates a new controversy with his monumental works installed in the magnificent garden designed by Le Nôtre for the Château de Versailles. A sixth work is to be found inside the walls of the Royal Tennis Court Hall, just outside the castle.

Versailles, 78-Yvelines, Château de Versailles       www.chateauversailles.fr

Until November 2: “Salt Mines”

In the beautiful site of the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, a photographic exhibition is dedicated to the contemporary workers who extract salt all around the world. Catherine Gaudin and Seydou Touré, two photographers-travellers, present beautiful images and portraits of salt workers from far away countries as Bolivia, Peru, Vietnam, India, China, or Ethiopia. More than 160 photos are on show, each with an explanatory note by the authors.

Arc-et-Senans, 25-Doubs, Salines Royales d’Arc-et-Senans     www.salineroyale.com

Villa Cavrois

Villa Cavrois


The Villa Cavrois

Built in 1929 for Paul Cavrois, a rich industrialist, the Villa Cavrois is an emblematic masterpiece of the famous architect Robert Mallet-Stevens. It was almost razed to the ground in the 1980s. Long neglected, the villa has been recently totally renovated and is now open to the public.

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