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February 2017
It’s Now

Béatrice Delamotte

In this month of february in beauty with many new exhibitions: “Utamaro and the Lure of Japan” at the Wadsworth Atheneum museum of Art Hartford, « Modernity in Brittany, from Claude Monet to Lucien Simon” at the Musée de la Ville in Pont-Aven, the only carnival registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in Granville, « Catherine Henriette. Winter tale, Summer tale “at the SIT Down Gallery Paris. “The universal museum. From the dream of Napoleon to Canova “at the Scuderie del Quirinale Museum Rome, “Henri Matisse, the interior laboratory” at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Lyon, “The spirit of the Bauhaus” at the Museum of Decorative Arts Paris, « Identities” at the Maison européenne de la photo Paris. David Hockney at the Tate Britain in London, “Extinct in the Wild” at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, “Mobile Cities” at Galerie 18 in Paris, «At your feet» at the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, “Hodler Monet Munch. Paint the impossible “at the Pierre Gianadda Foundation, «Abstract Expressionism» at the Guggenheim Museum, «François Mangeol – Ashes to Ashes» at the Mannerheim Gallery, «Chagall, color and music» at the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Come on, it is all happening now!

  • Hartford: "Utamaro and the Lure of Japan"

    at the Wadsworth Atheneum museum of Art.

    For the first time in 130 years, two monumental paintings of Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1803), one of the greatest artists of the ukiyo-e tradition in Japan, are united. The exhibition presents Fikagawa in the Snow, from the Okada Art Museum in Akone, and The Cherry Blossoms in Yoshiwara. Utamaro is particularly known for his portraits of beautiful women and the two exhibited paintings specifically celebrate the courtesans who lived in the pleasure districts, famous at this time. In addition to the two emblematic rolls, the exhibition features more than 50 objects, including paintings, prints, textiles, porcelain and weapons from the collection of a thousand Japanese artworks of the ‘Atheneum museum.
    Until March 26th. www.wadsworthatheneum.org

  • Pont-Aven: "Modernity in Brittany,

    from Claude Monet to Lucien Simon" at the Musée de la Ville

    Between 1888 and 1894, Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard initiated a major artistic revolution for the history of modern painting in Pont-Aven. Synthetism is a pictorial and determining innovation in the evolution of aesthetic criterias at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, but remains a geographically and temporally circumscribed movement. Between 1870 and 1920, many artists moved to Brittany to experiment with new artistic techniques, giving rise to innovative aesthetic styles. The museum of Pont-Aven offers a two-part exhibition dedicated to these influences and sources of inspiration that opens up a panorama of the masters who have drawn their inspiration from the wild and unspoilt nature of Brittany and their disciples. Through 92 works and some 45 artists presented, “Modernity in Brittany” explores all facets of art in Brittany.
    Until June 11th. www.museepontaven.fr

  • Paris: "Catherine Henriette.

    Winter tale, Summer tale "at the SIT Down Gallery

    Winner of the Academy of Fine Arts in 2013, Catherine Henriette traveled to a province in northeast China and captured the daily life of the inhabitants according to the seasons. A first series, depicting the great North which transports to Harbin, on the frozen edges of the Sungari river. From these white lines, frozen in time, she has brought back a series entitled “Winter Tales.” For her “Summer Tales”, it is always in China that the young woman takes us, on the beaches of Qingado, Beidaihe, Yantai and Dalian. Here, the skyline, confused between sky and sea, is lost on these seaside resorts from the sixties. For her work, Catherine Henriette is inspired by traditional Chinese paintings: “tiny characters who walk in the midst of the grandiose landscapes (…) where space is as important as material, where emptiness is as important as full. » Images full of poetry to be discovered by appointment only.
    From 1 to 31 March. www.sitdown.fr

  • Granville: the only carnival registered

    as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

    Since November 2016, the Carnival of Granville is the only French carnival registered on the representative list of the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A recognition for this popular festival that seems to have always existed. For five days, the Granvillais perpetuate the tradition and participate in intrigues, confetti battles, the king’s judgment and cremation, balls, cavalcade … More than 2000 carnivaliers and 120000 visitors enjoy this festive atmosphere to the sound of marching bands and orchestras. Some seven tons of confetti and kilometers of serpentine will fly to the delight of young and old and will greet the passage of about forty tanks along a cavalcade of more than 3 km long, one of the longest in Europe.
    From 24 to 28 February. Www.carnaval-de-granville.fr

  • Rome: "The universal museum.

    From the dream of Napoleon to Canova "at the Scuderie del Quirinale Museum

    In 1798, Napoleon has requisitioned absolute masterpieces of Italian art to complete the collections of the nascent Louvre. A wound that quickly turns into a chance for renewal and allows Italy to become more aware of its heritage. It was not until 1816 that most of the confiscated masterpieces were returned to the nascent Italy and came to find the works, in the meantime rediscovered in the private collections and churches of the peninsula. This exhibition presents this extraordinary adventure and presents some of the works of Italian artistic culture at the dawn of independence and unity of the country.
    Until March 12th. Www.scuderiequirinale.it

  • Lyon: "Henri Matisse, the interior laboratory"

    at the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

    Throughout the life of Henri Matisse, drawing occupies a central place, both in the diversity of its means and its supports. This assiduous practice in the intimacy of the workshop was the laboratory of his work as a painter, as well as his sculpture. Matisse’s drawings surround, precede, accompany or extend the other artistic forms, and sometimes also constitute themselves in independent constellations. The exhibition presents 250 works and accounts for the main moments of this journey articulated in both thematic and chronological sequences, from the years of apprenticeship to studies for the chapel of the Rosary in Vence, the ultimate masterpiece and a lifetime culmination for Matisse. This exhibition is supported by the Center Pompidou as part of its 40th anniversary.
    Until March 6th. Www.mba-lyon.fr

  • Paris: "The spirit of the Bauhaus"

    at the Museum of Decorative Arts.

    “Architects, sculptors, painters, we all have to go back to crafts,” writes architect Walter Gropus in a Bauhaus manifesto. Founded in 1919 in Weimar, dissolved in 1933 in Berlin facing the rise of Nazism, the Bauhaus is a school of artistic education which has established itself as a reference in the history of art of the twentieth century. The Museum of Decorative Arts pays tribute to the spirit of the movement through 900 works, objects, furniture, textiles, drawings, models, paintings repositioned in the context of the school and testifying to the extreme richness of the fields of experimentation. Faced with success, the Museum of Decorative Arts will open until 9 pm the last two weekends before the end of the exhibition. So, quickly, we run there.
    Until 26 February. Www.lesartsdécoratifs.fr

  • Paris: "Identities"

    at the Maison européenne de la photo.

    Vincent Perez is known for his film career, but his passion for photography dates back to his adolescence and his apprenticeship at a portraitist. Since 2008, he has decided to go back to his first love and to use his equipment. He began to work on the dancers of the Bolshoi troupe before continuing with a series of portraits that possess unreal grace. Vincent Perez chose the identity issue through the Congolese in Paris and the Russians in their vast country. He also raises the question of his own identity. Actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, public man, what is the photographer’s place in this litany? In this exhibition he perfectly deciphers the dramatic art of life that unfolds in front of his eyes to capture an instant of truth that oscillates between the documentary and the staging.
    Until April 9th. Www.mep-fr.org

  • London:

    David Hockney at the Tate Britain

    For this great retrospective, Tate Britain looks back on six decades of David Hockney’s work. With works from private and public collections, some of which have never been shown to the public, this exhibition offers a broad panorama of the artist’s recognizable work that combines paintings, drawings, photos and videos. There are also new paintings made in the garden of Hockney in Los Angeles, which are paralleled with older works, thus showing the continuity in the work of the artist.
    Until May 29th. Www.tate.org.uk

  • Milan: "Extinct in the Wild" at the Fondazione Prada.

    Imagined by the American artist Michael Wang,

    the exhibition unites flora and fauna that are no longer found in nature but persist only in artificial habitats or thanks to the care of man. Described by the term “extinct in the wild”, extinct in nature, these species have been forced to leave nature, entering the chain of human culture. These plants and animals are transplanted into the exhibition and a cultural space. A series of 20 photos, taken by Michael Wang between 2014 and today, portrays these extinct species in the wild and their original habitat where they were living before their extinction.
    Until April 9th. Www.fondazioneprada.org

  • Paris:

    "Mobile Cities" at Galerie 18

    The vision offered by Mobile Cities reveals the eyes of four photographers (Jean-Fabien Leclanche, Richard Volante, Denis Bourges and Patrick Tourneboeuf) on metropolises or emblematic cities. It’s about delivering an intimate, subjective vision, the opposite of a tourist guide. Only constraint: photographs taken with a smartphone. Thus, each volume published by Editions de Juillet, which is composed of 12 books to date, offers an original narration and aesthetics, guided by the vagrancy of the authors. The exhibition focuses on four cities: Seoul, Kimberley, London and Montreuil.
    Until February 26th. Www.editionsdejuillet.com

  • Lyon: «At your feet» at the Musée des Confluences

    Shoes are gossiping and reveal a lot about who is wearing them.

    Whether sandals, boots, moccasins, slippers or others, from here or elsewhere, yesterday, today and to come, shoes are intimately linked to human stories. It is therefore not surprising that they are so close to us, whether we are aware of it or not. They act as witnesses to various lifestyles, as objects of desire, and often as a sign of belonging to a group. Under the gaze of who knows the decipher, they reveal codes and symbols. These multiple facets thus reinforce us in the idea that there is nothing insignificant in the shoes that we choose to wear. The exhibition takes us step by step to the discovery of pairs from all continents, from the 16th to the 21st centuries, from the delicate Chinese footbeds to the current sneakers.
    Until April 30th. Www.museedesconfluences.fr

  • Martigny: "Hodler Monet Munch.

    Paint the impossible "at the Pierre Gianadda Foundation.

    Why bring together the time of an exhibition the Swiss Ferdinand Hodler, the French Claude Monet and the Norwegian Edvard Munch? The composition of the trio may seem strange. They did not even meet and, if there is no doubt that Hodler and Munch often looked at Monet, the reciprocal is not demonstrated. Moreover, the history of art has made the habit of classifying them into different categories: impressionism, postimpressionism or symbolism. It is this very classification which the exhibition calls into question by showing that their works have much more to say to each other than one thinks.
    Until June 11th. Www.gianadda.ch

  • Bilbao: «Abstract Expressionism» at the Guggenheim Museum

    Bringing together a selection of over 130 paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs

    by Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt and Willem de Kooning… the exhibition tends to offer a new vision of the abstract expressionism movement, often mistakenly perceived as a homogeneous whole. As a diverse, complex, protean phenomenon, abstract expressionism had to radically change painting in the New York of the 1940s. Unlike Cubism or Surrealism that preceded it, it nevertheless escapes any pre-established formulation while relying on a celebration of diversity and freedom of individual expression. The immense size of the works, the spontaneity of the gesture, intensity and expressiveness are the characteristics that often unite these works, sometimes also invested with a contemplative dimension with large areas of color.
    Until April 6th. Www.guggenheim-bilbao.eus

  • Paris: «François Mangeol

    - Ashes to Ashes» at the Mannerheim Gallery

    The notion of time is at the heart of the work of François Mangeol, a French artist passionate about semantics and philosophy. How to experience duration? What do we do with the time we have? Through various plastic systems, he produces a collection of mysterious figures which are so many avenues of answers. In this new exhibition, he proposes to travel through time and works in an attempt to discover their secret, to find meaning and to invite himself to become an actor in his own interpretation. The superposition of paint and material, more or less perceptible, offers different levels of reading. And the meaning, which is not always sketched, is set back to leave room for the emotion of the observer and the one who has taken the time to seek and discover.
    Until February 25th. Www.mannerheimgallery.com

  • Montreal: «Chagall, color and music» at the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

    The largest exhibition devoted to the artist in Canada, Chagall,

    Color and Music, deals for the first time with the omnipresence of music in the life and work of the artist through 340 works and an important documentary corpus. This unprecedented approach shows how this musicality has impacted the aesthetic and artistic universe of Chagall, from his paintings, works on paper, costumes, sculptures, ceramics, stained glass and tapestries to his creations for stage and major decorative and architectural projects .
    Until June 11th. Www.mbam.qc.ca

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