Letter from France: October 2015

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the new Chagall Exhibition opened yesterday

the new Chagall Exhibition opened yesterday


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

For this major event, 173 art galleries from 23 countries have been invited to the Grand Palais. Many contemporary artworks will be on show “Hors les Murs” in various places in Paris. A river shuttle will link those along the River Seine.

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


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 have touched a large international audience.

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


Felix Arnaudin

Felix Arnaudin

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

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

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

Until November 1: “Giacometti””

This outstanding exhibition covers all aspects of Giacometti’s work. On view are 150 art pieces, famous bronze sculptures, less known plaster sculptures, paintings and drawing s including “Homme qui marche” the iconic bronze that was, until last month, the most expensive sculpture ever sold on the international art market.

Landerneau, 29-Finistère   Fondation Héléne et Edouard Leclerc www.fonds-culturel-leclerc.fr

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 which are 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 cum-travellers, present beautiful images and portraits of salt workers from far away countries such as Bolivia, Peru, Vietnam, India, China, and 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

Warhol Unlimited

Warhol Unlimited


Until November 23: Warhol Underground

This exhibition shows 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”

The Age of Francis 1This exhibition presents the art lover side of Francis I 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 to his court such as Leonardo da Vinci. During his long reign the king who understood Latin and Greek promoted the arts and letters.

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

Until January 17: “Kuniyoshi, the Devil of Woodblock Print”

Kuniyoshi (1787-1861) was one of these masters of Japanese print who were admired by Monet or Rodin. The exhibition shows all the themes that Kuniyoshi concentrated on during his lifetime from warriors, the Kabuki actors, the world of pleasure of Edo, the water landscapes and his famous caricatures..

Paris, Musée du Petit Palais   www.petitpalais.paris.fr

Until January 17: “Renaissance – Lille 3000”

During this huge cultural event, the city of Lille is using more than 35 exhibition sites throughout the city and its surroundings. The “Joie de Vivre” at the Fine Arts Palace is the flagship exhibition of the festival and shows howm ac ross the centuries, artists represented love, happiness, dance, pleasure…

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

Elizabeth Vige¦üe Le BrunUntil January 11: “Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 1755-1842”

For the first retrospective dedicated to Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun, 150 of her works have been loaned by museums from around the world. She was an exceptional woman, a 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 the many interests of Tzara who played a central role in the Dadaist movement and then in Surréalism and who was also active in politics.

Strasbourg, 67-Bas-Rhin   Musée d’Art Moderne

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

Fragonard in loveThe 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 is held in the beautiful mansion of Nelly Jacquemart and Edouard André. It displays amazing Renaissance portraits of members of the court of the Medicis by painters including Bronzino, Salviati and Pontormo.

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

Until January 26: “Knights and Bombards, from Azincourt to Marignano, 1415-1515”

For the 500th anniversary of the battle of Marignano, the “Musée de l’Armée” presents the evolution of the art of war from the age of knights to the birth of artillery with the use of the first cannons – the bombards.

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

Until January 31: “Marc Chagall, the Triumph of Music”

This exhibition demonstrates how Marc Chagall gave shape to sound, construction and musical rhythm through various artistic creations that included painting, sculpture, and ceramics, as well as designs for stage costumes and scenery It includes his early works such as Moskow (1920) to the magnificent ceiling of the Paris Opera (1964).

Paris, La Philharmonie de Paris   www.philarmoniedeparis.fr

ImageUntil January 31: “Sepik, Arts from Papua New Guinea”

For the first time in France, an exhibition presents the arts of the peoples of the River Sepik, the longest river in Papua New Guinea. In the world of Sepik tribes, every object lends itself to being carved, engraved or sculpted to represent human or animal figures as well as pure abstract motifs. 230 amazing works are on show.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

Until February 7: “Andy Warhol Unlimited”

With the famous silkscreened Shadows, other series by Andy Warhol are presented to invite viewers to discover the sheer quantity of works produced by the artist. This is another example of how Warhol’s art has always pushed the boundaries.

Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne     www.mam.paris.fr

Until 2016, February 14: Walton Ford

Despite the huge size of his paintings, Walton Ford uses the technique of a miniaturist watercolour painter to present his works that, at first glance, remind us of the most beautiful zoological drawing created during the 19th century. But, looking closer, the visitor quickly discovers the humour of the artist who mixed a dreaming imagination with a great sense of symbols.

Paris, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature   www. chassenature.org

Until 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 such as Valloton, Matisse, Vuillard, Bonnard, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh, covered the walls of their home, the Villa Flora in Switzerland, with these artists’ works.

Paris, Musée Marmottan   www.marmottan.fr

Picasso ManiaUntil February 29: “Picasso Mania”

100 Picasso masterpieces confront works by master artists in contemporary art like David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Warhol and Basquiat, all of whom were infuenced by the genius of Picasso and his intensive creativity.

Paris, Grand palais   www.grandpalais.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 disappeared 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 the cult of Osiris was celebrated during the age of Pharaos.

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

Until May 16: “The Mediterranean Sea Great War 1914-1919”

This exhibition is an important tribute to the sailors who fought during WW1 on board merchant and navy ships all over the Mediterranean. A large part is dedicated to the bloody Dardanelles expedition.

Toulon, 83-Var, Musée de la Marine de Toulon   www.musee-marine.frDans les Mailles du Filet

Until June 26: “Dans les Mailles du Filet (In the Fisherman’s Net)

This is the story of the tens of thousands of men who sailed to the cold waters of Terre Neuve, Iceland and Greenland looking for cod. Trawler fishermen sail for about six months each year facing the savage and rough conditions of the Atlantic.

Paris, Musée de la Marine de Paris     www.musee-marine.fr

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