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January 2016
It’s Now

Béatrice Delamotte

To end this month of January, we head to Beauvais and Basel for two exhibitions devoted to landscape, one with the work of young designer Benjamin Graindorge and the other dedicated to Jean Dubuffet. Unless you prefer a journey in Venice to immerse yourself in the postwar art or strolling in Barcelona, ​​to discover the future of the human kind. And also at the Vanilla and Concrete exhibition in London, the Mannerist works by Parmigianino at the Louvre, the transmission of thoughts in art at the Centre Pompidou Metz or an experiential installation in Montreal, to Marseille to let you dive into the heart of panoramas, in Landerneau to (re) discover the work of Lorenzo Mattotti, and in London. For both marvelling at the jewels of the Al Thani collection, but also attending the first night of lights, to Switzerland to discover the engravings of Claude Mellan, in Maastricht to see the wide use of ceramics in contemporary art, in Madrid for a large retrospective of Ingres or to London for an exhibition that examines the legacy of the British Empire in the art. Go ahead, it is now!

  • "Living - Benjamin Graindorge"

    at the National Tapestry Gallery in Beauvais.

    First monographic exhibition dedicated to young designer Benjamin Graindorge, “Living” presents fifteen pieces edited by Ymer & Malta, between 2009 and 2015, including one exclusively designed to be exhibited at the Gallery and integrate the collections of the city of Beauvais. Indescribable with a strong lightness, Benjamin Graindorge’s poetic implication offers, without ever overstepping the fleeting vision of landscapes captured at a T time: terrestrial elements such as a tree lying on the forest floor, a suite of dunes that seems to undulate under the gaze, suspended elements in the atmosphere such as a clouds race … A lexicon of inspiration for objects, furniture from where “free » ornamentation is banned to leave room for that essential feature, translated by the gesture of the craftsman, reflecting the designer’s will.
    Until the 30th of April. B.D. www.culture.beauvais.fr

  • "Jean Dubuffet - Metamorphoses of landscape" at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel.

    Jean Dubuffet is one of the artists who have profoundly marked the mid-twentieth century.

    For the first retrospective of the twenty-first century that is dedicated to him in Switzerland, the Fondation Beyeler presents a hundred works by French painter and sculptor. True master of experimentation, he gave new impetus to the artistic scene of the second half of the twentieth century. This exhibition takes as its starting point its fascinating representation of landscape, that may also turn into body, face and object. In his works, the artist eager for new experiences has used novel techniques and new materials, such as sand, butterfly wings, sponges, bottom ash, creating a pictorial universe quite singular and of a great originality. Among the exhibited works, we can see the spectacular work of total art “Coucou Bazar”, a spatial installation with partially animated costumes.
    Until the 8th of May. B.D. www.fondationbeyeler.ch

  • "Postwar Era: A Recent History"

    at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.

    Tribute to Jack Tworkov and Claire Falkenstein, the exhibition takes a fresh and analytical look at the art in Europe and the United States from the post-war period until 1979, when Peggy Guggenheim passed away. Over ninety paintings and sculptures, some rarely exhibited, offer a non-exhaustive overview of sensibilities that express themselves beyond the avant-garde movements and historical trends.
    Until the 4th of April. B.D. www.guggenheim-venice.it

  • "Human + - The Future of Our Species" at the Contemporary Cultural Centre, Barcelona.

    Human+ explores the potential trajectories of our species taking into account both emerging technological advances, but also their cultural and ethical contexts.

    What does it mean to be a human today? From assisted reproduction to digital prosthetics, our lives are defined by our tools and scientific discoveries. The exhibition however is not a blind celebration of technology, but intends to present a range of imaginary possibilities or realities so that everyone can get an idea of ​​the future of humanity.
    Until the 10th of April. B.D.

  • "Vanilla and Concrete » at the Tate Britain, London.

    The exhibition, that brings together works by Marie Lund, Railou Panagiotou and Mary Ramsden, explores objects, spaces and everyday gestures.

    From fingerprints on a touch screen to the canvas curtain marked by the sun, these artists give a new shape and a new status to these seemingly trivial materials and incidental moments. Based on memory and the intimate observation of the contemporary world, the works draw connections between surface and essence of objects, between individual and cultural identity.
    Until the 16th of June. B.D. www.tate.org.uk

  • "Parmigianino, 1503-1540" at the Louvre, Paris.

    From Parma to Casalmaggiore, via Rome and Bologna, the exhibition follows step by step the feverish evolution of one of the most beautiful hands of Italian design.

    During the first decades of the sixteenth century appeared a new style that was soon imposing itself throughout Europe: mannerism. Francesco Marrola aka Parmigianino (the “little Parmesan”), was one of the leading players of this art. Early and incredibly skillful draftsman, a brilliant and charming elegance, endowed with the genius of youth until his death at 37 years old, he was seen as the new Raphael by his contemporaries … Which he was not or not only.
    Until the 15th of February 15. B.D. www.louvre.fr

  • "Cosa Mentale" at the Centre Pompidou, Metz.

    Unique in its kind, the exhibition proposes to reread the history of art from 1880 to nowadays through artists' fascination for straight transmission of thoughts and emotions.

    It invites the viewer to relive the unexpected adventures of modernity: the telepathic becoming of art in the twentieth century. The exhibition also explains how attempts to materialize and make visible the process of thought with experiments coincide with the artistic avant-gardes.
    Until the 28th of March. B.D. www.centrepompidou-metz.fr

  • "ÉTERREnelle? "At TOHU, Montreal.

    éTERREnelle? is an experiential installation designed by Michel Gautier that invites you to take a walk in the forest ... with your senses.

    Indeed, intoxicated by a soundscape, you become the master of the olfactory environment that is activated on your passage through a totem-tree path made from recycled materials. Combining printmaking, sculpture and installation, the exhibition challenges with great poetry our relationship with the ecosystem and the urgency to change our relationship with nature.
    Until the 20th of February. B.D. www.tohu.ca

  • "Infinite Mattotti" at the Hélène and Edouard Leclerc Funds, Alnderneau.

    The paintings and drawings by Lorenzo Mattotti illustrated the covers of many titles of the European and American press.

    The most famous publishers and musicians have used his illustrator talents for their books and posters. Each of its cartoons marked the history of the 9th art. Lorenzo Mattotti lent his art to the great texts of modern literature. His sense of color an lines earned him prestigious collaborations with great directors. Never before had Lorenzo Mattott enjoyed a retrospective in France letting us discover all facets of his art, a work both mysterious and beautiful.

  • "I like panoramas" at the Mucem, Marseille.

    Mountain ranges or Mediterranean coasts, some places have the ability to offer their visitors privileged views that give the feeling of dominating the world, owning it or dissolving into it.

    At the heart of the scenic phenomenon: the central role of the gaze, a certain ownership of the world that is flowing out, the feeling of dominating a situation just by the broad and complete vision that one can have … By giving the illusion of reality sometimes to the point of competing with it, the various forms of panoramas thus wonder about the construction of the gaze. The exhibition seeks to show how the panorama go beyond the usual categories of representation and asks the question of our relationship to the world, mass tourism, consumption of formatted points of view, picture as source of entertainment.
    Until the 29th of February.

  • First Festival of Lights in London.

    For the first time, the British capital will host its first festival of outdoor lights.

    For four nights, from January 14th to 17th, a series of light installations will shine in several places of the city’s from the iconic Carnaby Street to the trendy enclave of King’s Cross, through the stylish Mayfair area. An impressive range of artists from the UK and around the world will explore the urban landscapes and architecture of London. In total, thirty London sites will be transformed such as the Westminster Abbey, The Mall and the Bafta building in Piccadilly.

  • "Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection" at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

    First known example of jade on which are engraved the names of the Mughal emperors, gold tiger head from the the Sultan of Mysore's throne, dazzling brooch inspired by the "Ballets Russes" of Diaghilev ...

    The treasures from the Al Thani collection are among the most beautiful jewels of the world . Through a hundred spectacular pieces from a private collection, the exhibition evokes the royal treasures of India, particularly those from the seventeenth century Mughal emperors and court objects. A time travel that allows to see the major influence that had India on the pieces produced by the major European houses in the early twentieth century until today.
    Until the 28th of March 28. B.D www.vam.ac.uk

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