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April 2015 It’s Now

Béatrice Delamotte

Every week, PLUME VOYAGE Magazine offers you a selection of cultural news and international exhibitions. As the perfect way to finish April, we urge you to discover the latest opus by Japanese artist Aki Kuroda, to admire the spectacular creations of milliner Jacques Pinturier, to dive into photographs by film director Wim Wenders or explore the work of artist Fabric Hyber who plays with words. And suggest you head for Margaux, to discover the photography of Jacques Mataly, before moving onto Nice, to see the woven works of Marc Chagall, before returning to Paris to marvel at the superb collection of glass pieces at the musée des Arts Décoratifs. And let’s not forget the exhibition dedicated to Simon Denny in New York…We also urge you to travel to Austria to admire the hyper-realist canvases of American artists, to Paris to gaze at David Hamilton’s fantastical photographs, to Zurich to discover how Japan inspired 20th century painting or to Brussels for an insight into creations by artists from the deepest Southern states. We also encourage you to have a glance an exceptional collection by Italian painter Roberto Longi, to discover the little-known work of Albert André, to revisit several major 20th century works at the Louis Vuitton Foundation or even celebrate Easter with an exhibition appropriately dedicated to the chocolate industry in Le Havre. Come on, it’s happening now!

  • « Aki Kuroda, Cosmogarden-Elephant City » at Galerie Louis Gendre, Chamalières.

    Cosmogarden is the generic title of exhibitions by Japanese painter Aki Kuroda, the function of which allows him to steer a clear course through the diversity of his expressions.

    Here, he unveils previously unseen pieces, most notably a monumental sculpture, a willowy silhouette tenuously supported in a cage dress, ceramic work but also paintings, dominated by an elephant theme. This figure is symbolic of endangered species and expresses the artist’s dismay as regards nature’s deterioration. Alongside the elephant, Cosmogarden becomes a plea, a cry for help. And humanist Kuroda discovers his latest painting muse, placing it at the centre of his work. Until 13th June. B.D
    www.galerielouisgendre.com

  • « Monsieur Jacques, Jacques Pinturier – famous Parisian milliner » at the Chapellerie Hat Atelier and Museum, Chazelles-sur-Lyon.

    Defining himself as an artist, Jacques Pinturier reinvented the hat by experimenting with daring, even eccentric shapes, for events including the Prix de Diane and Ascot…

    as “the Hat Master”, he created headwear that took on the appearance of sculptures. Starting out in the family atelier, he launched the idea of half-moon veils, then veils moulded around a headdress. It was in 1968 that he opened his own atelier on rue Cambon, where he served a primarily private clientele, all-the-while working with collections by couturiers such as Jean-Louis Scherrer, Molyneux, Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Schiaparelli. Having retired in 2013, he made a substantial donation to this Atelier-musée du Chapeau/Hat Atelier and Museum.
    Until 4th October. B.D. www.museeduchapeau.com

  • « Win Wenders, Landscapes, Photographs » at the Siftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.

    Born in Düsseldorf in 1945, Win Wenders is best known for his films, although less so for his photographs.

    However, for several decades, he has compiled an independent body of photographic work from his filmography, intending to immortalise these isolated locations and strange landscapes that tell their own story. As part of Wender’s 70th birthday, the Kunspalast Museum unveils a selection of 80 snapshots, from his first black and white images to more recent enormous panoramas.
    Until 16th August. B.D
    www.smkp.de

  • « Fabrice Hyber, A Play on Words » at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Anvers.

    A Play on Words, the title of the exhibition selected by Fabrice Hyber, embodies the pictorial approach governing the creation of work on display at M HKA.

    Their primary tool is language, through which the artist seeks to describe and represent certain possible mutations. These are imperative “for advancing and conquering new word forms”. Here, plastic research combined with a specifically scientific rigour takes on a particularly playful dimension.
    Until 26th July. B.D
    www.muhka.be

  • « Jacques Mataly, Ligne » at Château Palmer, Margaux.

    Focusing on the horizon line, this exhibition by photographer Jacques Mataly spotlights infinite shades of blue – turquoise, dark, emerald, midnight and navy blue… - and sometimes even the deepest hue, almost black. These photos could have been taken anywhere, which allows them to claim a certain degree of universality.

    When they are not interchangeable, sea and sky seem to flow between one another, intensify and mix all along the horizon. Here, it is not all about interesting locations but the translating of a visual experience within an image. Until 30th August. B.D www.chateau-palmer.com

  • « Marc Chagall, woven work/oeuvres tissées » at Musée Chagall, Nice.

    As part of the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death, the national Marc Chagall museum puts on an exhibition covering an unknown domain of Chagall’s work: tapestry.

    During his lifetime, he “went from crafting to weaving” twenty tapestries destined to decorate public buildings and dwellings of private collectors. Finished in accordance with Chagall’s work, these tapestries have been completed in close collaboration with the weavers of the Manufacture Nationale in Gobelins or with major tapestry expert Yvette Cauquil-Prince. Until 22nd June. B.D
    www.musee-chagall.fr

  • « Treasures of sand and fire » at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.

    As the first major retrospective dedicated to the history of glass since the “Art du verre” exhibition in 1951, this exhibition unites an exceptional ensembles of over 600 pieces from the museum’s reserve collection. Across a chronological journey from the Renaissance to the present day,

    the exhibition traces the development of different skills and techniques, revealing a rich and diverse collection. An extensive insight into the styles, techniques and tastes of each period, all pay tribute to creative schools and households throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Until 15th November. B.D
    www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

  • « Simon Denny: The Innovator’s Dilemma » at MoMA, New York.

    For the first solo exhibition by Simon Denny, an American artist based in Berlin, MoMA presents a reflection upon the dilemma of the innovator in architecture: the dramatization of technological platforms.

    The exhibition, which takes its title from the novel by Clayton M. Christensen on entrepreneurial theory, includes projects created by Simon Denny around the (2012) Digital Life Design conference in Munich. The artist often finds inspiration within the materials produced by social media, using graphic interfaces borrowed from commercial displays to highlight links between utopian objectives of the new economy and those of historical modernism.
    Until 31st August.
    B.D
    www.moma.org

  • «Hyper America, Landscape – Image – Reality» at Kunsthaus Graz, Graz.

    An exhibition that explores the notion of American landscape during the second half of the 20th century

    and reveals how hyperrealist pictorial movement expresses the glorification of America’s romantic side. This is inspired by the idea that a particular type of interaction with the earth has been developed in the United States since the 19th century, far from Europe’s vision of the nation. Here, America is once again represented as an ideal world, an enormous project of civilisation. A development inspired photography and cinema during the 60s and 70s, encouraging movement and then influencing new ways of treating the countryside.
    Until 30th August. B.D
    www.museum-joanneum.at

  • « David Hamilton » at the Hôtel Scribe, Paris.

    As an icon of contemporary art photography since the end of the 1960s, David Hamilton is famous for his style, which is characterised by pastel colours, soft lightening with an artistic blur and a misty atmosphere, all of which are undeniably recognisable.

    Most noteworthy among these are his landscapes, his flowers and his dancers, which Hôtel Scribe has chosen to make up this exhibition. Without sophistication or artificiality, David Hamilton works quite simply only with natural light, harmoniously researching his craft like the painters who inspired him as a young artist: Gustave Le Gray, Robert Demarchy, Edgar Degas and many others.
    Until 14th June. B.D
    www.hotel-scribe.com

  • « Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh…Japanese inspirations »

    at the Kunsthaus Museum, Zurich.

    Japanese art is of fundamental importance to the development of European Modernism. Almost all the great artists drew inspiration from its motifs and characteristic style. For the first time in over 25 years, a comprehensive exhibition examines the ‘Japonisme’ phenomenon as it is known. This fascination takes on numerous forms: artists including Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Bonnard and Degas have presented imported art work and everyday objects in their own works, reinventing themes of Japanese imagery, even envisaging the skill of woodcutting. It was this appropriation, combined with their own pictorial tradition, that informed a creative process which gave rise to many and varied forms of artistic expression, the impact of which endured long into the 20th century.
    Until 10th May. B.D
    www.kunsthaus.ch

  • « American Folk Art » at the Art & Marges Museum, Brussels.

    Presented here is a collection by lovers of artistic shapes, particularly those on the edges of the official art circuit.

    Outsider works of art from the United States, notably the Deep South. Semi-magical powers arise from the artistic depiction of derisory objects and materials. These creations came from very little, just like the lives of their artists. This is a collaboration of disconcerting works and destinies, including those by Tim Brown, Mister Imagination, Prophet Royal Robertson and even Ines Walker.
    Until 24th May. B.D
    www.artetmarges.be

  • "From Giotto to Caravage, the passions of Roberto Longhi"

    at the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris.

    Roberto Longi, one of the most important players in the history of Italian art has gathered together over the years an exceptional collection comprising of the masters of Italian painting from the 14th to 17th century. Giotto, Masaccio, Masolino, Piero della Francesca, Caravage…this exhibition gives prominence to so many world-class artists. Works from the Roberto Longhi foundation, which are on display in France for the first time, compliment works on loan from the largest French and Italian museums. A previously-unseen dialogue between a grand connoisseur and his artistic passions. Until 20th July. B.D
    www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

  • "Albert André, an intimate glimpse of a realist painter" at the museum of the château des ducs et Wurtemberg, Montbéliard.

    As a key painter in the evolution of the artistic scene since the start of the 20th century, Albert André (1869-1954) flirted with the Nabis during his youth, even though he spent most of his life apart from official waves and abstraction, preferring realism.

    This retrospective offers a new angle to this discrete man, who was relatively unknown in France and who produced almost 200 exhibitions around the world during his lifetime, with this one being devised by eminent gallery-owner Paul Durant-Ruel. This exhibition gathers together almost a hundred works and documents, which illustrate the artist’s intimate relationships with those close to him, his family, the art world and his friends, such as Vuillard and Vallotton.
    Until 27th September. B.D
    www.montbeliard.com

  • "The keys of passion" at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris.

    As part of the third phase of its inauguration, the Louis Vuitton Foundation unites a limited selection of masterpieces, founders of modernity,

    who helped to alter the course of art history in 20th century – from Mondrian and Malevitch to Rothko, Delaunay to Léger and Picabia, Munch and Dix and Giacometti, Matisse, Kupka and even Severini. This exhibition also endeavours to question the sense of the collection today, how the art market works and the impact of the market in this particular stake.
    Until 6th July. B.D
    www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

  • "Coffee, cotton, chocolate, 300 years of negotiations" at the musées d’Art et d’Histoire, Le Havre.

    Presented over three different sites (including the Dubocage and Bléville museum, the maison de l’Armateur and the Graville Abbey), this exhibition offers chocolate lovers a chance to find out more about the fascinating cocoa industry, from the 18th century to today in Le Havre,

    which alone feeds/supplies France’s chocolate consumption. Paintings, photographs, drawings, decorative and table art objects allow visitors a clearer understanding of the face behind the trading chocolate brands and their influence over the transformation of the port of Le Havre into what it is today. Workshops and conferences are organised in parallel, in order to enrich the course of your visit.
    Until 8th November. B.D www.lehavre.fr


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