Letter from France: April 2017

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The new and extended administrative region covering the North of France, now called Les Hauts de France presents a large summer exhibition of the Italian paintings in its collections. This “Italian Hours” exhibition has being divided amongst four main museums (details below).

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

Iconic creator, Speedy Graphito is known as one of the first French Street-Art artist. 70 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

Until 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 commissioned him as did Louis XIV -the Sun King – whose purchases are now in the Louvre. This exhibition presents those along with some others belonging to the New York Metropolitan 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 seventeenth 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 and 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 in the Netherlands. About thirty paintings of the collection are on show, including eleven Rembrandts. Paris, The Louvre Museum     www.louvre.fr


Until June 5: “From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from the Al Thani collection”

This exhibition of 270 exceptional jewels from the Al Thani collection presents the major developments in Indian jewellery tradition from the peak of Mughal imperial patronage through the years of political chaos and colonisation to the age of the Durbar. Paris, Grand Palais    www.grandpalais.fr

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 seventeenth century, the Golden age of 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, 1rue 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 June 26: “The Mystery Le Nain”

The three Le Nain brothers, Antoine, Louis and Mathieu were born in Northern France. They moved to Paris and became famous for their representation of the common man. Specialists are still working on the correct attribution of their works and on those which appear to be collaborative. Lens, 62-Pas de Calais, Louvre-Lens Museum    www.louvrelens.fr

Until July 2: “Italian Hours – The Primitives, 14th & 15th C.”

With 22 paintings on wood and polyptyches on display, the exhibition offers an overview of the religious production of some Italian Primitives such as Giotto di Bandone (1266-1337) or Sandro Boticelli (1445-1510). Amiens, 80-Somme, Musée de Picardie   www.amiens.fr/musees

Until July 2: “Italian Hours – The Renaissance, 16th C.”

The Castle of Chantilly, which owns 24 major paintings of the 16th Italian century, is the perfect seting to exhibit the 32 other paintings of the exhibition. Works by masters such as Veronese, Titian, Raphael and Piombo are displayed with works by lesser known artists such as Santacroce, Pozzoserrato, Moroni, Allori or Schiavone.  Chantilly, 60-Oise, Château de Chantilly    www.domainedechantilly.com

Until July 9: ” Pissaro in Eragny, Nature Regained”

This exhibition tackles the last twenty years of Pissaro’s life when he settled in a beautiful country house in Eragny, a small village close to Auvers-sur-oise where Monet lived. It contains over 100 paintings, drawings, watercolours and engravings that are as spectacular as they are unfamiliar. Paris, Musée du Luxembourg     www.museeduluxembourg.fr

Until July 9: “Princely Treasures – The Riches of the Court of Navarra in the 16th C.”

This exhibition is focused on the artistic riches (jewels, rare books, fabulous tapestries, vases, enamels) of the little kingdom of (French) Navarra at the time of Henri IV, King of Navarra, just before his accession to the throne of France. Pau 64-Pyrénées Atlantiques    Château de Pau    www.chateau-pau.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 exhibits 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

Until August 21: “Italian Hours – Paintings of the 18th C.”

The third part of the Italian Hours exhibition contains about 70 paintings and covers the whole eighteenth century including large rococo sceneries, historical paintings, beautiful portraits and a few veduta. Compiègne  60-Oise   Palais de Compiègne  www-musees-palaisdecompiegne.fr

Until 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 and Daumier. This exhibition presents works by Daubigny who is considered as one of the pioneers of Impressionism. Auvers-sur-Oise, 95-Val d’Oise  Musée Daubigny  www.museedaubigny.com

Until September 17: “Italian Hours – Naturalism and Baroque, 17th C”

The MUDO presents 41 paintings of the Italian eighteenth century, when landscape and still life paintings began and were followed by the birth of Baroque style. Meanwhile the Quadrilatére displays 43 works to illustrate the religious art of the catholic Counter-Reformation. Beauvais,  60-Oise: MUDO      www.mudo.oise.fr  Quadrilatère      culture.beauvais.fr 

Until November 12: “The Africa of Routes”

Africa is a huge continent where, since prehistoric times, commercial and cultural exchanges have always existed. Over 300 art pieces are on display to let us discover the immensity of the network of overland, sea and water routes which linked African tribes and kingdoms, and the incoming and outgoing influences on their art. Paris, Musée du Quai Branly    www.quaibranly.fr




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