Letter from France: November 2015

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Wembley stadium

Wembley stadium

It could seem futile or even meaningless to talk about art and culture in France in these dark days.

Changing our life in the slightest way would be a victory for those who attacked France and its art-de-vivre that to them are the symbols of everything they hate: freedom, joie-de-vivre, fun, music, culture, sports, love, sharing food and drinks… But France will stand up. Parisians are crowding terraces of cafés and restaurants to fight terrorism (twitter#jesuisenterrasse).

The support we French receive from so many places in the world is a great help. “La Marseillaise” was sung by thousands British football supporters in Wembley stadium and was surely one of the most heartfelt and vibrant tributes to the victims, their families and to everybody in France. Thank you, to all of you. Don’t let barbarians change us and may we keep on living as usual!


Until January 3: “In the Footsteps of Neanderthal Man in Normandy”

Following the 2012 discovery in Normandy of footprints from Neanderthal man dating back 110,000 years, the Normandy Museum presents an exhibition showing a large panorama of the human settlement in this region from 500,000 to 5,000 years BC, from homo erectus to homo sapiens.

Caen, 14-Calvados     Chateau de Caen-Musée de Normandie


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 and Rodin. The exhibition shows all the widespread themes used by Kuniyoshi from the warriors to the the Kabuki actors and from the world of pleasure of Edo and the water landscapes to the caricatures he was famous for.

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

Until January 17: “Renaissance – Lille 3000”

The city of Lille, during this huge cultural event, presents more than 35 exhibitions located through the city and its surroundings. The “Joie de Vivre” at the Fine Arts Palace is the flagship exhibition of the festival and shows how, across the centuries, artists represented love, happiness, dance, and pleasure in their works

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 exhibition dedicated to the talented Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun, 150 of her works have been loaned by great international museums across the world. She was an exceptional woman, a friend of Queen Marie-Antoinette who 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 the amazing career of Tzara who played a central role in the Dadaist movement, Surréalism and even in politics.

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

The Lord of CloudsUntil January 17: “The Lord of Clouds: Masanao Abe facing Mount Fuji”

Renowned Japanese meteorologist, Lord Masanao Abe (1891-1966) observed over 40 years, the movements of clouds circulating around Mount Fuji. The tens of thousands of photos he took using new techniques that he created on his own, provide not only a great scientific heritage but also a unique aesthetic contribution to the art of photography.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

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 this 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

Knights and BombardsUntil January 26: “Knights and Bombards, from Agincourt 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 showcases how Marc Chagall gave shape to sound as well as construction and musical rhythm His various artistic creations used different media such as painting, sculpture, and ceramics, as well as designs for stage costumes and scenery. This exhibition includes a range of material from his early period in Moscow (1920) to the magnificent ceiling of the Paris Opera (1964).

Paris, La Philharmonie de Paris   www.philarmoniedeparis.fr

Until 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 or pure abstract motifs. 230 amazing works are on show.

Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

Warhol Unlimited

Warhol Unlimited

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 work produced by this 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

Walton FORDDespite the huge size of his paintings, Walton Ford used the technique of a miniaturist watercolour painter to present his works. At first glance they seem 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 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

Picasso ManiaUntil February 29: “Picasso Mania”

100 Picasso masterpieces are grouped with works by numerous master artists in contemporary art as David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Warhol or 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 the Pharaos.

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

Until March 20: “Fashion Refined: The Dresses-Treasures of Countess Greffulhe”

The Palais Galliera presents, for the first time, the incredible wardrobe of the Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952) who was said to be the most beautiful woman of her time. She inspired Marcel Proust, one of her many fervent admirers,to create the character of the Duchess of Guermantes in his book”In Search of Lost Time“.

Paris, Palais Galliera-Musée de la Mode   www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr

KARL LAGERFELD ¥ A VISUAL JOURNEY | France infoUntil March 20: “Karl Lagerfeld – A Visual Journey”

Karl Lagerfeld who is known as one of the greatest contemporary fashion designers, is also a creative photographer. Mixing his creative mind and a great sense of curiosity, he uses all types of photographic techniques to produce beautiful and emblematic images.

Paris, La pinacothèque       www.pinacotheque.com

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

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

Toulon, 83-Var, Musée de la Marine de Toulon   www.musee-marine.fr

Until May 22: “Panorama XXL: Amazonia”

Panorama XXL-AmazoniaThe Panorama XXL is a 30 metres high cylinder circled by a 3,000 square metres screen displaying one, huge circular image. Standing on a platform right in the middle of the cylinder the visitor instantly enters the heart of the Amazonian jungle. Nothing is missing, the patter of rain, the wild animals hiding in the vegetation, the change of daylight from dawn to sunset… The quality of the image is so high that the use of a pair of binoculars allows anyone to discover details such as a little caterpillar on a leaf.

Rouen, 76-Seine Maritime, Panorama XXL  www.panoramaxxl.com

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. For about five centuries, fisherman sailed into these waters for up to six months of the year facing an icy climate, tempests, fog and a dangerous sea that swallowed so many of them, in order to find the fish that grace our tables.

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