Each month, PLUME VOYAGE Magazine offers you a selection of cultural news and international exhibitions. And to conclude this month of February, we invite you to travel the world, but also through time, between the gold leaf paintings of the Kano Japanese school and the first photographs printed onto paper in the United Kingdom. Or, if you’d prefer, you can ponder the interaction between book and artistic creation or discover the progression of Japanese art since Emperor Akihito ascended to the throne in 1989. Philadelphia, Paris, Brisbane or London. We also take you on a journey to St Barts, Bilbao, Amboise and Calais. This week, it is all about investigating the unknown or the act of creation in the world of textiles, gazing in awe at the works of Niki de Saint-Phalle or immersing yourself in the Renaissance era with the kids. And invite you to travel through Europe from Stockholm to Paris, and onto Madrid and Edinburgh. On the agenda: discover the world of Swedish beer, the surrealist work of painter Paul Delvaux, new portrait painters and explore all of art’s boundaries. Come on, it’s happening now!
This first exhibition consecrated to Kano painters from outside of Japan, “Ink and Gold…” presents a superb selection
of a handful of the most emblematic artists from the Japanese school of painting. Established in 15th century, the Kano school has perpetuated almost four centuries worth of the artistic excellence of its members. These works distinguish themselves through the astonishing use of the golden leaf and are considered genuine treasures in Japan, as evidence of the country’s cultural and artistic sophistication, before it opened up to the rest of the world.
Until 10th May
Both in permanent contact, what can a book offer the artistic movement, and how can art change according to the hardship of a book or a book translate the ordeal of art?
In order to explore this theme, the Calouste Gulbekian foundation assembles around forty pieces of work, dating from 16th to 21st century. The exhibition does not pretend to encompass the entire theme or prove a certain theory, but tries to demonstrate how the space of a book has been able to influence art and continue to do so.
Until 12th April. www.gulbekian-paris.org
at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. The art of Heisei – the current period during
the imperial Japanese calendar – delivers a sophisticated reflection on the social conditions behind the production of Japanese art and the anxieties of contemporary artists. In the wake of the collapse of the economic bubble and the financial and social tensions that ensued, the post-1989 period deeply affected Japan. But it has also been a prosperous era for the country, with an international infatuation with Japanese production. This exhibition has built up a panorama of 25-years worth of creation in this particular context.
Until 20th September
As the first major British exhibition dedicated to salt etchings – the first form of paper photography – “Salt and Silver” presents a number of the most rare and most mature photographs in the world.
Everyday activities and historic moments of the 19th century lead you on a journey through time. Developed during the 1840s and 50s in Great Britain, the technique of salt-printing has been a revolution in photo printing, allowing for an unknown level of clarity. A series of still-lives, portraits and landscapes have been transformed into soft images and luxurious chiaroscuros.
Until 7th June
The legendary St. Barts hotel presents a new collective exhibition in its very own gallery, but also beyond its walls, in public domains that prolong the experience. Original works by Liu Bolin, George Condo,
Jasper Johns, Robert Mapplethorpe and even Jack Pierson invite you to explore the idea of the unknown. By playing with the viewer’s subconscious, and the way that we perceive the world around us, these artists take you on an exploration, from the applied aesthetics to the study of a particular technique. These pieces blur the boundaries between photography and painting, the physical and the virtual, man and his environment.
Until 20th April
After a stint at the Grand Palais in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum now exhibits the major retrospective dedicated to Niki de Saint Phalle.
A member of the New Realists and globally renowned for her work, Niki de Saint Phalle is above all recognised for her “Nanas”. And yet, her work also distinguishes itself for its political and feminist engagements and its radicalness. But its feminism is just a single part of the fight against conventions and rigid mentalities. As an artist driven by her profound convictions, Niki de Saint Phalle uses her work to express an intense, often violent, social and political critique.
From 27th February until 11th June
As part of the 500th anniversary celebration
of the ascension of François I, the Château Royal in Amboise, as the childhood home of François d’Angoulême, offers little ones the chance to turn back time – back to the Renaissance. This is a chance for total immersion in the daily life of the period and to slip into the shoes of princes and princesses. Thanks to the authentic settings, children find themselves experiencing daily life of the time and can discovering the education once given to royal children: mastering the art of fencing, dressing up as knights and games played during the Renaissance.
Until 1st of March, then from 19th April to 10th May, 13th July to 23rd August and 18th October until 1st Nov. www.chateau-amboise.com
Cut straight to the central process of the art of creation: that is the aim of this exhibition.
Sarah Arnett and Kim Hunt, from design office Modern Love, establish themselves as “digital pioneers” of art, as two people born and educated before the digital age but still integrate technology into their creative process. The exhibition explores the potential relationships between traditional practices and digital technology in the universe of textiles and contemporary clothing.
Until 31st December.
Whilst beer enjoys a steadily increasing success throughout the world, Swedish studio Form Us With Love holds an exhibition for the drink, highlighting the experimentation and culture that surrounds this quasi-universal beverage. The main theme of the display is the differentiation
between the various types of beer, in a country where the total number of breweries is doubling every year. In a narrative and lucid setting, visitors are invited to learn about what makes a beer a success, but also to travel through the history of the drink and discover the culture and practices of Swedish brewers.
Until 17th January 2016
Whilst present amongst its permanent collections, Belgian painter Paul Delvaux is now brought to the forefront in partnership with the Ixelles Museum.
The exhibition is presented as a thematic survey, spotlighting over fifty works from both public and private collections. After his realist, fauvist and expressionist encounters, Pau Delvaux discovered the work of Magritte and de Chirico. Surrealism proved a revelation for the artist, who was fascinated by its poetry and its simultaneously mysterious and iconoclastic side. This is what encouraged him, in the 1930s, to form his own universe, oscillating between the classical and modern worlds, between dreams and reality. From 24th February to 7th June
The BP Portrait Award honours the best contemporary portrait painters from around the globe. As part of the 33rd edition of the competition, organised by London’s National Portrait Gallery
and sponsored this year by BP, the exhibition gives an insight into the talent and innovative work created in this domain that is too often overlooked.
Until 12th April
Are there works that are not works of art? In an effort to answer this question, the Palais de Tokyo explores the worlds that border art, creation and invention. The exhibition unveils prodigious research and innovations by visionaries,
going beyond the realm of art’s traditional territory. From giant beach creatures by Theo Janson to Kawakami Kenji’s astonishing Chindogu, before passing onto poetic mist-traps by Carlos Espinosa, visitors are invited to discover forbidden pathways. In parallel with this, numerous chefs are invited to create a taste this “worlds’ edge”. An off-the-wall culinary class held in Paris is enriched every week by propositions created by chefs, who unveil their interpretation of these borders in their restaurant, allowing hungry visitors to savour these expected horizons. The first of these classes will begin with Pierre Gagnaire, followed by ten other chefs.
From 18th February until 17th May
This exhibition, created in partnership between the public establishment of the Palace of Versailles,
the Conseil regional Nord-Pas-de-Calais and the town of Arras, reveals several of the most emblematic works of the Versailles collections. With a ‘trompe-l’oeil’ staging, which invites visitors to intimately engage with the aesthetic and artistic world of the palace, this exhibition is all about reviving the luxury and artistic excellence of the Grand Siècle. As well as highlighting major works of art, the setting endeavours to relocate them in their context, envisaging life at court and its various atmospheres: the ambiance set against marble, bronze, gold and silver, wood panelling and marquetry, water and fountains, wood and forests, flowers and fields, parties and fires.
Until 28th March
After a stint at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Havane in 2014, Ricardo Brey establishes himself at the museum of modern art in Anvers.
Au Fond du Ciel presents a world first retrospective of the artist’s work, some of which have never been displayed in public. From some of his earliest pieces to certain works that have been specially restored for this display, this exhibition also allows the discovery of a series of 21 boxes, the majority of which have been created especially for the occasion. The installation, systematised by a specific ritual, enhances the performance. These exhibited boxes have been designed to interact with spectators/visitors who wish to discover the simultaneously scholarly and alien world of Ricardo Brey.
Until 10th May. www.muhka.be
"Man Ray-Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare" at the Phillips Collection, Washington DC.
This exhibition at the Phillips Collection explores the intersection between art and science, whilst also defining an important component of contemporary art from the early 20th century.
By highlighting the multimedia work of Man Ray, it offers an alternative point of view on the work of this surrealist artistic legend. Across 125 pieces, this exhibition is the first to favour pieces that make interesting use of wood, plaster, photography and canvas.
Until 10th May
Presenting the works of avant-garde artists from Europe, the Americas and Japan, this exhibition returns to consider the shaping of modern photography.
From the roaring 20s to the 1960s, The Modern Lens unveils a certain hint of the curiosity and experimentation that so many artists employed, using the existing technology at the time. This is also a chance to discover rare examples of photogrammetry, engraving and film sequences, but also the work of modern migrant photographers, including Iwao Yamawaki from Japan and Hungarian Judit Karasz.
Until 10th May