Letter from France: January 2018

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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.  Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, 62, rue des Archives 75003 Paris, www.chassenature.org


From January 30 to October 28: “Paintings of far lands”

This exhibition of 200 paintings, on show for the very first time, is the reflection of artistic and politic vision of faraway territories through the eyes of European artists from 1780 till 1950. Paris, Musée du Quai Branly   www.quaibranly.fr

From February 16 to June 6: “Picasso, imaginary journeys”

This exhibition explores the source of the incredible creativity of Picasso and his fanciful interpretation of impressive African masks and statues. Marseille, 13-Bouches du Rhône  Musée de la Vieille Charité   https://vieille-charité-marseille.com 


Until February 25: “Degas Danse Dessin”

For the one hundred anniversary of the death of Edgar Degas,  this exhibition puts together the painter’s works and extracts from a text about the artist’s talent to give life to dancers and horses by Paul Valery, famous writer and Degas’ very old friend. Paris, Musée d’Orsay     www.musee-orsay.fr 

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

The Louis Vuitton Foundation presents a major exhibition of 200 works belonging to the 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 March 26: “Cesar”

This retrospective marks the 20th anniversary of the artist’s death.  Through more than a hundred pieces on show, this exhibition offers an unprecedented overview of the career of one of the greatest sculptors of his time. Paris, Centre Pompidou   www.centrepompidou.fr 

Until April 1: “Peru before Incas”

On the North Peruvian coast Moche, Lambayeque and Chimu were some of the largely unknown civilizations who followed one another until the invasion of the region by the Incas circa 1470 AD. This exhibition of 300 unique artefacts is presented as a real archaeological investigation of pre-Incan civilzations. Paris, Quai Branly Museum   www.quaibranly.fr 

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

More than 350 extra-terrestrial stones are displayed in this exhibition that presents all aspects of the 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.expometeorites.fr  

Until November 4: “Tuaregs”

Craft, poetry and music are the main expressions of Tuareg art. They show how this very old society of Saharan nomads is dealing with the modern world. Lyon, 69-Rhône, Musée des Confluences    www.museedesconfluences.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, https://napoleon.versaillesarras.com/en/presentation-exhibition

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