Letter from France: September 2015

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Lille - Parade of Renaissance

Lille – Parade of Renaissance


September 26: The great opening Parade of “Renaissance-Lille 3000”

On September 26 from 8pm, Lille will host an incredible parade for the great opening of the multi-exhibitions of the festival “Renaissance- Lille 3000”. This year the parade theme will re-create the warm atmosphere of a Brazilian carnival and will be followed by great fireworks. With dozens of thousands of spectators taking part in, this free event is the world biggest one highlighting the opening of a cultural season.

Lille, 59-Nord     www.renaissance-lille.com/pages/parade

Flower show courson ChantillyOctober 16 to 18: Flower Show “Les Journées des Plantes de Courson” in Chantilly

During 3 days, the castle of Chantilly will host the larger horticultural event in France. About 150 nursery gardeners coming from all Europe will invade the beautiful gardens of Chantilly, to show and sale amazing plants and trees, giving advices to the public in this ideal period for planting.

Chantilly, 30-Oise   www.domainedechantilly.com/en/flower-show/

October 22 to 25: “FIAC” The International Fair of Contemporary Art.

For this major event, 173 art galleries coming from 23 countries have been invited under the glass roof of the Grand Palais while many contemporary artwoks will be exposed “Hors les Murs” in various places in Paris. A river shuttle will link those displayed along the Seine River.

Paris, Le Grand Palais         www.fiac.com/paris


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

Extended until October 18: “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 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

salt mines

salt mines

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

Until November 23: Warhol Underground

This exhibition try to show how Warhol was influenced by the strong links he had with the New York underground scene. For Warhol Underground movies, music and dance were great sources of inspiration.

Metz, 57-Moselle   Centre Pompidou-Metz    www.centrepompidou-metz.com

Until December 7: “The Age of Francis 1”

This exhibition presents the art lover facet of Francis 1 who after the glorious victory of Marignano in 1515 and despite the defeat of Pavia ten years later, attracted the greatest artists of its time, as Leonardo da Vinci, to the court of France. During his long reign the king who read Latin and Greek promoted arts and letters.

Chantilly, 30-Oise     www.domainedechantilly.com/en/event/siecle-francois-ier/

Until January 17: “Renaissance – Lille 3000”

After the amazing opening week-end (September 26-27) Lille presents more than 35 exhibitions dispatched through the city and its surroundings and many cultural events. Among these the great “Joie de Vivre” exhibition at the Fine Arts Palace shows how during centuries artits represented love, happiness, dance, pleasure…

Lille, 59-Nord     www.renaissance-lille.com/agenda/type:expositions

Elizabeth Vige¦üe Le Brun

Elizabeth Vige¦üe Le Brun

Until January 11: “Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 1755-1842”

For the first retrospective dedicated to the talentuous Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun, 150 of her works have been loaned by great international museums. She was an exceptional woman, friend of Queen Marie-Antoinette she survived the French Revolution. And she was surely the best portraitist of her time. Paris, Grand Palais     www.grandpalais.fr

Until December 17: Tristan Tzara

A tribute to the poet and writer Tristan Tzara (1896-1963). The exhibition presents all facets of Tzara who played a central role in the Dadaist movement and then in the Surréalism and was also active in politics.Strasbourg, 67-Bas-Rhin   Musée d’Art Moderne

Until January 24:”Fragonard in love, suitor and libertine”

The 18th century was an era of seduction and Fragonard (1732-1806) was one of the main artists who included love, sensuality and light touches of eroticism in their paintings.  Paris, Musée du Luxembourg     www.museeduluxembourg.fr

Until January 25: “Florence, Portraits at the Court of the Medicis”

This unique exhibition in the beautiful mansion of Nelly Jacquemart and Edouard André, displays amazing Renaissance portraits of members of the court of the Medicis mainly by Bronzino, Salviati and Pontormo.

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

Villa FloraUntil February 21: “Villa Flora :Master pieces of the Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser’s Collection”

For the first time the masterpieces of the Hahnloser’s collection are shown to the public. From 1908 to 1936, a Swiss couple, Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser ,who were friends and patrons of famous artists as Valloton, Matisse, Vuillard, Bonnard, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne or Van Gogh, covered the walls of their home, the Villa Flora in Switzerland, with these artists’ works.

Paris, Musée Marmottan   www.marmottan.fr

Until March 8: “Osiris, the Lost Mysteries of the Greatest God of Ancient Egypt”

Coming from the ancient cities of Canope and Thonis-Heraclion which desappeared under the Mediterranean waters, 250 objects salvaged from underwater excavations by the archeologist Frank Goddio and 40 objects lent by the museums of Cairo, show how was celebrated the cult of Osiris during the age of Pharaos.

Paris, IMA-Institut du Monde Arabe   www.exposition-osiris.com


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