Letter from France: March 2017

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From March 22 to June 26: “The Mystery Le Nain”

The three Le Nain brothers; Antoine, Louis and Mathieu were born in Northern France, moved to Paris and became famous for their representation of the common man. Lens, 62-Pas de Calais, Louvre-Lens Museum    www.louvrelens.fr

 From March 25 to September 3: “Daubigny, at the sources of Impressionism”

Once more Auvers-sur-Oise draws attention to the birth of Impressionism. The painter Daubigny after discovering the charm of this village, built his own workshop cum house and attracted artists of the calibre of Corot, Pisarro, Van Gogh or Daumier. This exhibition presents works by Daubigny who is considered as one pioneer of Impressionism.

poster of Du Jourdain au CongoUntil April 2: “From Jordan river to Congo, Art and Christianity in Central Africa”

For the first time a large exhibition is dedicated to the influence of Christianity on art and culture of the tribes of Central Africa between the 15th and the 17th centuries. Paris, Quai Branly Museum       www.quaibranly.fr

Until April 2: “Eclectic, a collection made in the XXI century”

Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière is a wealthy art-lover who, in the last ten years, created a fabulous collection of ancient masterpieces of African Art. But he also mixed that collection with a few antique or contemporary pieces. This collection, a sort of Ideal Collection, shows the humanist vision of a very atypical collector. Paris, Quai Branly Museum   www.quaibranly.fr

Until April 17: “Hartung and the Lyric Painters”

Hans Hartung (1904-1989) was a prolific artist who decided to avoid the classical rules of painting, inventing his own new techniques to create a new pictorial language and whom creativity was of great influence on many artists of his time, Georges Mathieu, Hantaï, and later Willem de Kooning and Cy Twombly to name a few of them. Landerneau, 29-Finistère,  Hélène et Eduard Leclerc’s Foundation. www.fonds-culturel-leclerc.fr

Until April 24: “Cy Twombly”

The first ever retrospective of the work of the American artist Cy Twombly, presenting in chronological order about 140 paintings, sculptures, photos and drawings which show the richness of the work of an artist who throughout his life succeeded in mixing creation and travel. Paris, Centre Pompidou   www.centrepompidou.fr


Until May 21: “Speedy Graphito, an Art-de-Vivre” “

Iconic creator, Speedy Graphito is known as one of the first French Street-Art artist. 7O of his works, displayed in the entire Way Side Villa (the Museum of Touquet-Paris-Plage), shows the fabulous career of this pop artist.                    Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, 62-Somme          www.letouquet-musee.com

Until May 22:”Kimono, The Ladies’Delight”

For the first time outside Japan, the masterpieces of the famous Matsuzakay- the fashion house founded in 1611 – are displayed at the Guimet Museum. This exhibition shows the evolution of the Kimono from Edo Period (1603-1868) until today, and its large impact on our contemporary fashion designers as Saint-Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier or John Galliano. Paris, Guimet Museum      www.guimet.fr

poster of KoudelkaUntil May 22: “Valentin de Boulogne, to reinvent Caravaggio”

Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632) is considered as the most brilliant of the followers of Caravaggio. Although French, he spent all his life in Rome and was soon a famous painter. The Pope ordered him a few pieces, and the Sun King himself bought a lot of his works that are now at the Louvre who presents them with some others belonging to the New YorkMetropolitan Museum. Paris, The Louvre Museum     www.louvre.fr

Until May 22: “Joseph Koudelka, Exiles”

Joseph Koudelka is a photographer of Czech origin who had to leave his country after the Soviet invasion of Prague. From 1970 to 1980 travelling on the roads of Europe, he  made a series of 75 images that he published with the title “Exiles”. To have a deeper knowledge of his work, 35 of these iconic images are presented with the original notebooks he used at that time to create and organize that series. Paris, Centre Pompidou   www.centrepompidou.fr

poster of Vermeer exhibitionUntil May 22: “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting”

For this exceptional exhibition showing the links that connected all the Genre Painting masters in the Netherlands during the third quarter of the 17th century, the Louvre Museum has succeeded in gathering together 12 paintings of Vermeer (1632-1675), a third of his known works, with works by other masters as Peter de Hooch, Gabriel Mestu or Jan Steen. Paris, The Louvre Museum     www.louvre.fr

Until May 22: “Chefs-d’œuvre of the Leiden Collection, the Century of Rembrandt”

Thomas and Daphné Kaplan have gathered together the most fabulous private collection of the 17th Century painters from the region of Leiden (Netherlands). About thirty paintings of the collection are on show, including eleven Rembrandt works. Paris, The Louvre Museum     www.louvre.fr

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Fashion and Women during WWI

Until June 12: “Drawing Everyday Life, Netherlands during the Golden Century”

About one hundred drawings by Van Goyen, Rembrandt, Van Ostrade and a few others, show how these famous painters of the 17th Century, the Golden age of the Dutch painting, were watching the everyday life of their fellow citizens in the cities and in the country. These drawings made on the spot or soon after were the base of their future masterpieces. Paris, The Louvre Museum     www.louvre.fr

Until June 17: “Fashion and Women 1914-1918”

Inside the beautiful Forney Librar,y which just reopened this month, this exhibition shows the quick evolution and revolution of  women’s fashion during WWI. In that time, men largely wore uniforms so women achieved more independence as they replaced men in industry at home. The early years of the twentieth century saw the end of hoop skirts and the birth of woman-suit, “le tailleur” and the war accelerated that big change. Bibliothèque Forney, 1 rue du Figuier, Paris-75004,  Tu/Sa afternoon.


Until June 25: “Serenissime! Venice in celebration, from Tiepolo to Guardi”

Venice during its golden age – the eighteen century – was the place for the most unprecedented public and private events in Europe. Famous painters such as Tiepolo, Longhi and Guardi immortalised these festivities and spectacles including regattas and carnivals. Forty of their works are on display reminding us of the prestigious life of Venice during the Age of Enlightenment. Paris, Cognacq-Jay Museum      www.museecognacqjay.paris.fr

Until June 25: “Beyond stars, the mystic landscape, from Monet to Kadinsky”

Man facing nature could be the representation of a mystical quest, an intellectual search for a better knowledge of life mysteries. This question is the main underlying idea of this exhibition that links the displayed paintings of Gauguin, Monet, Klimt, Munch, Van Gogh with less known artists mainly from Canada as Lawren Harris, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr. Paris, Musée d’Orsay     www.musee-orsay.fr

Until July 16: “Balenciaga, l’œuvre au Noir (Fashion in Black)”

In tribute to the creativity of the Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga, (1895-1972,) the Musée Bourdelle presents over hundred of his designs -clothes and fashion accessories – but just those in black. For Balenciaga black was the colour and he was a magician in creating so many black clothes, dresses, jackets, boleros and coats. In this exhibition, the contrast with the marble works of Bourdelle reinforce the elegance of the fashion in black of Balenciaga. Paris, Musée Bourdelle    www.bourdelle.paris.fr

Until July 17: “Gardens”

This exceptional exhibition tries to present six centuries of gardens through the eyes of artists from Renaissance to nowadays. Works by Fragonard, Monet, Klimt Picasso, Matisse, Caillebotte to name just a few, are displayed avoiding any historic order and leaving the visitor to admire at their own pace these idyllic images of a nature full of everlasting happiness.  Paris, Grand Palais        www.grandpalais.fr


The very new Camille Claudel Museum

For the very first time a museum has been dedicated to the famous sculptor Camille Claudel (1862-1943). Not only was she Rodin’s student, she was also his passionate mistress. The museum, her home for a few years, presents works of Camille Claudel as well as sculptures by Rodin, Boucher, Bourdelle and other famous artists of the time. Nogent-sur-Seine, 10-Aube , Musée Camille Claudel   www.museecamilleclaudel.fr


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