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June 2013

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Exhibition «The estuary of Impressionism» in Point de Vue, Deauville: © Christoph Grill La plage du Havre (photo 2)

«The estuary of Impressionism» in Point de Vue, Deauville.

Deauville has commissioned Austrian photographer Christoph Grill to return to the sites and beaches where Boudin, Courbet and Monet previously set up their easels. This double take – the paintings of yesterday and

photographs of today – is an exhibition that combines, in the form of diptychs, 22 paintings with contemporary photographs. Yesterday, like today, the estuary of the Seine affirms itself at the heart of the theme of water,

chosen as the main thread of 2013 by the Normandie Impressionnisme festival.
Until September 29th
www.deauville.fr

Exposition «Les nouvelles folies françaises» at the Domaine national, Saint-Germain-en-Laye: Photo 2 : Une Saine Scène de N. Triboi © P. Kanitzer

«Les nouvelles folies françaises» at the Domaine national, Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

The highlight of the cultural season of the Museum of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, this exhibition pays tribute to André Le Nôtre, whose 400th birth anniversary we celebrate this year.

By his large and multiple creations which include Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chantilly and Versailles, Le Nôtre became famous. He also designed the beds of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, with its large terrace and deflected perspective. To pay tribute to this genius, the exhibition aims to recreate

contemporary “new follies” in the national domain. By soliciting international artists, the gardens of the Domaine are open to the creation of ephemeral works (or perennial) and “in natura” vegetable sculptures, which will adorn the garden, walkways, terrace. It is also to build a play area for strolling and freedom of the imagination, for all audiences.
Until October 14th
www.musee-archeologienationale.fr

Exhibition «Lorna Simpson» at the Jeu de Paume, Paris: © Lorna Simpson

«Lorna Simpson» at the Jeu de Paume, Paris.

Made famous in the 1980s and 1990s, the African-American artist born in Brooklyn, Lorna Simpson discusses the complex representation of black horns, through different mediums while her texts give a signification that is always open to the viewer’s imagination.

This retrospective reveals the continuity of her conceptual and performative research. In her work combining photography and text,

as well as in the video installations, she integrated – while continually shaking them up – the genres of fixed and moving images, using them to ask questions about identity, history, reality and fiction. She introduces complexity in her use of photography and film, in her exploitation of found objects, in the processes she develops to meet the challenges she sets herself and the spectators.
Until September 1st
www.jeudepaume.org

Festival « Art, villes & paysages / Art, cities & landscape », in Amiens and King's Lynn: Photo 1:  "Le Park" - Antoine Nessi - © Paul Kanitzer / Photo 2 : BANLIEUE collectif (Uncommon) © Gaël Clariana

« Art, villes & paysages / Art, cities & landscape », in Amiens and King’s Lynn.

For its fourth edition, the “Art, Cities & Landscape” festival is inviting the English scene and providing a platform for young artists and landscapers from Britain and Belgium.

In Amiens, twenty-nine projects will be available to discover in the floating gardens, whilst in King’s Lynn, six projects and French landscape artists will be installed in the port city of Norfolk. Fragments of suspended earth, an English Garden,

« floating delights », a hydrophone cabin and a Waide plantation, this edition offers an artistic immersion in the amazing world of floating gardens, land and water. To discover by boat, on foot or by bike.
On the 29th and 30th of June
www.maisondelaculture-amiens.com

Exhibition «Modigliani et l’école de Paris» at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny

«Modigliani
et l’école de Paris» at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny.

In collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and the Swiss museum collections, his exhibition features

approximately 80 works. Among those – many that have never or rarely left the institution – being presented are both iconic

portraits and the nudes of Modigliani, as well as works by some of the leading figures from the École de Paris, who were his friends and sometimes his inspiration. Tracing the trajectory of Amedeo Modigliani, the exhibition highlights his singular aesthetic evolution vis-à-vis the work of artists who were closest to him. It develops an original thesis, presenting the work of Modigliani as the synthesis of two cultures and two formal universes from which its articulation evolved. On the one hand the portrait tradition, kept alive by the cosmopolitan artists of the École de Paris, and also the aesthetic revolution of Cubism.
Until November 24th
www.gianadda.ch

Artistic event:  «Nouvelles vagues» at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris

«Nouvelles vagues» at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

A grand event with 21 young curators and groups of international curators, selected from over 500 applicants,

this exhibition is set to transform the Palais de Tokyo and is an opportunity to reveal artists, ideas and situations which engage these new professionals. This event is an opportunity to highlight the emergence of this new figure of ‘the curator’ who have

flourished along with artists. Often an independent character, who creates exhibitions around the world, the curator is neither conservator nor gallerist, he escapes academic rules, such as those of the art market or the codes of institutions. “Nouvelle vagues” reflects the transformation of the ecosystem of art. Thanks to the Comité Interprofessionnel des Galeries d’Art, the event is being complemented by the involvement of more than thirty establishments from the capital, who have joined forces with the Palais de Tokyo and each invited a young curator to design an exhibition in their space. These fifty proposals constitute a unique movement in the art world in Paris and open a new perspective on the practice of contemporary art.
Until September 9th
www.palaisdetokyo.com

Exhibition «My Joburg» at the Maison Rouge, Paris

«My Joburg» at the Maison Rouge, Paris.

By presenting an overview of the art scene in Johannesburg,

this exhibition is placing particular emphasis on a younger generation of artists, still largely unknown in France. Through the work

of painters, photographers, videographers and artists, “My Joburg” describes a changing city, charged with social, political and urban history. The project attempts to capture some aspects of this. Without claiming to be totally comprehensive, but by presenting some new and curious looks, the exhibition reflects the diversity and richness of its artistic creation by revealing the recent works of more than 40 artists, from the last three generations of Joburgians. These will also be complemented by offerings from actors in the artistic milieu in Johannesburg such as Bettina Malcomess and Dorothee Creutzfeldt, who are offering a wall hanging reflective of their book Not Utopia, a very personal account of their city.
Until September 22nd
www.lamaisonrouge.org

Exhibition «La condition humaine» by Nathalie Decoster at the Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de Celle.

«La condition humaine» by Nathalie Decoster at the Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de Celle.

A recognised contemporary sculptor, the artist returns to the sources of her inspiration for this exhibition.

The story begins with an invitation. In 2001, Nathalie Decoster was invited by Alain Ducase to stay at the Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de Celle. The serenity and spirituality of this house

in Provence inspired her new creations. Today, the exhibition presents the works inspired by the gardens of the hotel. Through its grammar combining the bronze characters with the geometric shapes, it delivers universal philosophical messages and claims that “interesting” human frailty is often hidden behind the facade of strong and steadfast people. It makes us aware of our absurd relationship to time in a “modern man” society, develops the concept of enrichment, sharing ideas and even draws a parallel between the life of man and nature.
Until 31st January 2014
www.abbaye-celle.com

Exhibition «Pissarro» at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid: © Camille Pissaro Rue Saint-Honoré por la tarde

«Pissarro» at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid.

The first monographic exhibition devoted to the painter in Spain brings together

80 works from various museums and private collections around the world.

Focused on the landscape art of Pissarro, the exhibition will chronologically explore the various places where the artist lived and worked. Countryside scenery with views of Louveciennes and Pontoise, and urban landscapes of the last decade of his life, the paintings illustrate a romantic geography of Pissarro’s favourite sites, both in France and London. At once the founder of the Impressionist movement, but also the least recognized Camille Pissarro inspired many artists of his time, like Paul Cezanne and Claude Monet painting.
Until September 15th
www.museothyssen.org

Exhibition Iris Van Herpen at the International City of Lace and Fashion in Calais:  © Iris van Herpen-Synesthesia

Iris Van Herpen at the International City of Lace and Fashion in Calais.

At only 29 years old, the young Dutch designer has already made her mark on people’s minds and the podiums with her futuristic creations that resemble sculptures.

Presenting thirty pieces made between 2008 and 2012, the International City of Lace and Fashion is inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the avant-garde world

of this gifted young fashion designer. The creations of Iris Van Herpen, grouped by collections and periods, have been placed on large pedestals to reveal their three-dimensionality. The works dialogue with the photographs hanging opposite them. In the auditorium, the audience can discover her creations in motion through the projection of the designer’s fashion shows on a big screen.
Until December 31st
www.cite-dentelle.fr

Exhibition «Déjà vu» at the Gallery secondome, Rome: © Analogia Salone

«Déjà vu» at the Gallery secondome, Rome.

The Trastervere in Rome has a new gallery secondome.

To celebrate its opening, the venue hosts the exhibition “Déjà vu”, inspired by classic icons of architecture. The works of artists

such as Zaven, Arik Levy, Sam Baron, Analogia Project (Andrea Mancuso and Emilia Serra) and Nigel Coates demonstrate their reinterpretation of
the classic. The result is a collective presentation of neo-classical pieces, published in very limited editions.
www.secondome.eu

Exhibition «Paradis parfumé» by David West at Nuke Gallery, Paris: © David West "Hommage à Jean-Claude Forest" / © David West "Fille de glace"

«Paradis parfumé»
by David West at Nuke Gallery, Paris.

As suggested by the title of the exhibition, David West is trying to forge links between happiness and the unattainable ideal, violence and lust, between the painter and his painting. Preferring to overcome a current or an art school, David West is above all

passionate about the medium of painting, for the pure pleasure of the act. It brightens up space, excites the body and the narrative, leaving room for the subjectivity of each piece. In his work, we find Matisse, Otto Dix and even Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The style is nervous,

dry, the brush bright and striking. The paintings convey a contemporary Garden of Eden, based around the themes of the city, music, women and the night.
www.nuke.fr

Artistic event in Paris: Last days of D'Days in Paris / © Plume

Last days of D’Days in Paris!

Design is in the spotlight as every year in Paris until June 9th.

The association now called DDay’s strung stagings in galleries, showrooms, schools and shops, open to the general public, in three courses, “rive droite”, “rive gauche” and this weekend in Pantin. At the mercy of events, exhibitions, openings, debates and events, creativity, ingenuity, expertise and perspectives are expressed in the same desire to celebrate design and open to all.
Special mention to the collaboration of ECAL (the School of Art and Design of Lausanne) and Baccarat with different interpretations of the Harcourt glass and lamp object. And also the achievements of Tai Ping and

Fabrica that gave carte blanche to ten creatives from the research center of Benetton Group, such as the “Reservoir rug” by Dean Brown, directed by Sam Baron.

Photo exhibition at the Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid: «Humanae Work in Progress, Angélica Dass»

«Humanae Work in Progress, Angélica Dass» at the Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid.

The work proposed by the Brazilian artist deploys a chromatic range of different human skin tones. Those who agreed to pose for her work are all volunteers and there was no selection of participants or classification according to their nationality, gender, age, social class or religion.

The work that is Humanae also doesn’t end date. This artistic work “in progress” intends to involve all those who agree to be part of this global mosaic, meaning that Angélica Dass envisages no end to it, as long as the whole of humanity agrees to participate…A photographic taxonomy of this magnitude has rarely been undertaken and those that preceded the Brazilian artist were people of the nineteenth century who, for various reasons, used the photos to create systems of social control.

Angélica Dass has adopted the format of the Pantone guides that allows there to be a horizontal hierarchy of images, without pre-eminence of certain skin color or social conditions on others.
Until July 17th
www.maxestrella.com

Equestrian art show in Paris: « we were horses » by Bartabas, at the Grand Halle de la Villette

«we were horses» at the Grand Halle de la Villette, Paris.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Academy of Equestrian Arts, founded in 2003 in Versailles, Bartabas has taken over the Grande Halle de la Villette for a month

with the company school for a new program of shows and events.

During this carte blanche, equestrian art will be featured in a very contemporary dimension with, notably, the presentation of we were horses, for the very first time in Paris. The show, created by Bartabas and choreographer Carolyn Carlson celebrates the meeting of 16 dancers and nine riders. The worlds of two creators have come together in the power of dance and visual magic. Moreover, Bartabas is also offering a more personal aspect of his work during five special evenings for a series of improvisations together with designers from a wide range of backgrounds.
Until June 23rd
www.villette.com

Event, drive-in: «Cinema Paradiso» at the Grand Palais, Paris

«Cinema Paradiso» at the Grand Palais, Paris.

The Grand Palais is hosting the largest drive-in ever held in a capital. An icon of outdoor cinema, the drive-in has been installed here in one of the most famous buildings

in Paris and will accommodate up to 1,000 spectators per session.
A unique cinematic experience shown on a 25-meter wide screen with an audience of Fiat 50 family cars and a raised sloping hill with chairs, theater seats and cushions. Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, Grease, Taxi Driver and American Graffiti

will be screened amongst others. In addition, the Grand Palais will host many activities throughout the day including a roller skating rink animated by a DJ.
From June 10th to 21st
www.mk2.com

Photo exhibition in Paris: [O2] by Patrick Richard at the CFOC

[O2] by Patrick Richard at the CFOC, Paris.

Photography can be artistic, journalistic, fun, magnetic, sometimes heroic,

but rarely poetic in the literary sense of the term. Playing with structure, involving meter and rhythm, enjoying cut and rhyme, mixing alliteration

with assonance whose questions and answers animate enjambements and metaphors giving us subtle allegories with grace, talent and pleasure. The image becomes a verbal footprint and there, where the eye rests, the intention, singular and plural, begins a personal musicality. The two come together in a somewhat lyrical communion where serenity dominates the sensory frolic. The vision becomes familiar and light, almost airy, extracting the being and simply existing while forgetting all thoughts. Souls positioned between heaven and earth, heavenly witnesses of the living, returning the favor of an abstract genesis engraved in their dust. Solar beings animated by polar vibrations, they are numerous and only in form, a universal and timeless set of an almost abstract reality, placed on our sacred tree…of life. Patrick Richard proposes a countrywoman here, the flash of an instant, such an awareness of the present and the rarity of what surrounds us.
Until August 24th
www.cfoc.fr

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