End of this month of January in beauty with many new exhibitions: Paris: «Haiti» by Corentin Fohlen at the Fisheye Gallery., Venice: “Tancredi. A retrospective » at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. ,Washington DC: “Isamu Noguchi, Archaic / Modern” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum ,Landernau: “Hartung and the lyrical painters” at the Fonds Hélène and Edouard Leclerc. Hermann and Margrit Rupf’s collection at the Guggenheim in Bibao, Francis Picabia at the MoMA in NY, «Mirrors» at the Louvre in Lens, Australian Impressionism at the National Gallery in London,”Tenue correcte exigée !” , The garment makes scandal at the Museum of Decorative Arts.
at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Organized in partnership with the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum in Istanbul, this exhibition is presenting more than sixty of the most important Qur’an manuscripts ever produced in the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. Renowned for their superb calligraphy and illumination, these manuscripts cover nearly 1000 years of history, from the eighth century in Damascus to the seventeenth century in Istanbul. Most of these works, which come out of Turkey for the first time for the vast majority, are absolutely unique and exceptional.
Until February 20th. Www.asia.si.edu
The exhibition, the first posthumous retrospective of the artist who disappeared
in 2008 and the most complete, is presenting a panorama of the different chapters of Robert Rauschenberg’s work over more than sixty years. The first American artist to receive a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1963, Rauschenberg traced a new path for contemporary art in the second half of the 20th century. His work, at the crossroads between painting, sculpture, photography, engraving … has always avoided accepting the conventional boundaries between art and life. His quest for innovation and his openness to the world marked his work.
Until April 2nd. Www.tate.org.uk
On the occasion of its twenty years,
the Beyeler Foundation is dedicating a magnificent exhibition to one of the greatest artists of the world, one of the most appreciated also, Claude Monet. True festival of colors, it highlights the artistic evolution of the French painter, from impressionism to his famous late work. It is presenting his representations of Mediterranean landscapes, the wild Atlantic coast and the course of the Seine, his flowery meadows, his haystacks, his water lilies, his cathedrals and his bridges in the mist. Mixing reflections and shadows, Monet creates magical atmosphere to see and revisit without moderation.
Until May 28th. Www.fondationbeyeler.ch
Landscapes of Odilon Redon "at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts.
On the occasion of the national celebrations of the hundredth anniversary of the disappearance of Odilon Redon, the Museum of Fine Arts of Bordeaux pays tribute to the painter from Bordeaux. Although it is the most intimate and least known part of Redon’s production, the landscape was one of the essential sources of the artist’s dreamlike inspiration, whose dreamy, solitary childhood in the family property of Peyrelebade, in the Medoc, deeply marked his work. The wild and austere nature of the medoc landscape, between moors and swamps, echoes that of the Breton landscape the artist discovered in the 1870-1880 years during his stay in Finistère and Morbihan.
Until March 26th. Www.musba-bordeaux.fr
by Corentin Fohlen at the Fisheye Gallery.
Of Haiti, we know mainly the images of the earthquake of 2010, the population wandering on the streets devastated, the appalling health and humanitarian situation. This is also what Corentin Fohlen knew before coming back in 2012 and exploring the most surprising and unexpected aspects. For this exhibition, the Fisheye Gallery has extracted the most emblematic images, far from the miserabilistic imagery. The photographer preferred to turn his objective towards the reality of Haiti today: the emergence of wealthy classes, the full development of tourism, but also the ambiguous relations between humanitarian organizations and the local population. Images far from the stereotypes that have long made Haiti a place of misery and disaster.
Until March 1st. Www.fisheyegallery.fr
With a selection of more than 90 works, this retrospective marks the return to Venice of Tancredi Perggiani,
one of the most original and prolific Italian artists of the second half of the 20th century. Beginning with rare portraits and self-portraits of youth, as well as with the first works on paper, the route of the exhibition highlights this period of the early fifties, marked by the crucial meeting with Peggy Guggenheim of who he became the protected .
Until March 13th. Www.guggenheim-venice.it
Archaic / Modern" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Isamu Noguchi is one of the most inventive American sculptors of the twentieth century, striving to achieve timelessness by pushing abstraction of the objects, places and ideas. With 74 works, this exhibition gives a new interpretation of this modern master by exploring how Noguchi explored the old world to shape his own vision of the future. Even with works far ahead of their time, Noguchi has frequently found inspiration in ancient art and architecture, from Egyptian pyramids to Zen gardens.
Until March 19th. Www.americanart.si.edu
at the Fonds Hélène and Edouard Leclerc.
In the twentieth century, Hans Hartung emerged as one of the central figures of a painting freed from classical rules as well as the temptation of a new academicism: an abstract painting, in which a very expressive form prevails. This painting, while emancipated, remains inhabited by a keen sense of control, a chosen adhesion to mastery. This exhibition seeks to show the vision of an artist whose consistency of project is absolutely remarkable, but whose journey remains rhythmic by surprising variations of execution. Better still, thanks to exceptional loans, this exhibition brings Hartung into resonance with other artists, those historically linked to the “lyrical abstraction” of the early 1950s: Georges Mathieu, Gérard Schneider and the first Hantaï.
Until April 17th. Www.fonds-culturel-leclerc.fr
Rupf's collection at the Guggenheim
The Guggenheim Museum is presenting an exhibition of 70 works by leading artists from the first half of the 20th century, such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Ruan Gris, Fernand Léger and Vassily Kandinsky, in dialogue with the work of contemporary designers from the second half of the 20th century until nowadays. Hermann and Magrit Rupf were the first Swiss private collectors to focus their attention on abstract art. This exhibition highlights the coherence and evolution of the Collection as a reflection of the art of their time.
Until April 23rd. Www.guggenheim-bilbao.es
There are no fewer than 41 paintings, some of them never exhibited in the United Kingdom,
which are exhibited at the National Gallery to understand the influence of the European impressionist movement on Australian artists. The exhibition focuses on the work of four major artists: Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and John Russel, and shows how their work has embodied a growing sense of Australian national identity. All the artists presented studied or worked in Europe at different points in their careers. Inspired by their counterparts such as Monet and Whistler, the Australian impressionists are distinguished by their canvases made outdoors. Their works show a constant concern for lights and colors effects to represent scenes of everyday life.
Until March 26th. Www.nationalgallery.org.uk
Among the great modern artists of the last century,
Francis Picabia remains also one of the most mysterious. Avoiding any singular style, his work encompasses poetry, painting, publishing and cinema. Although he was known as one of the leaders of the Dada movement, his career led him from Impressionism to radical abstraction, from Dadaist provocation to pseudo-classicism and from realism to informal art. The exhibition, headed “Our heads are round so that our thoughts can change direction” offers a comprehensive study of Picabia’s audacious, irreverent and deeply influential work on his contemporaries. It is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to the French artist.
Until March 19th. Www.moma.org
Between mystery, truth and illusion, the mirror is a complex object.
Emblematic tool of painting imitating the real, it is also the indispensable accessory of the painter realizing his self-portrait or the artist in search of varied points of view on his subject. Perfect imitator, deceiver, revealer, object of reflection, mise en abyme, even of divination, the reflection of a mirror is never univocal. From works dating from antiquity to nowodays, the exhibition invites the visitor to sharpen his gaze, to wonder about what he sees or thinks he sees.
Until 18 September. Www.louvrelens.fr
The garment makes scandal at the Museum of Decorative Arts
From the Bible and its first clothing bans in western culture to blogs advising this or that outfit, each one illustrates the permanence of dressing rules over the centuries from Adam and Eve’s nudity to the clothes related to the life events of, from power to parties… Not to mention mixes between masculine and feminine wardrobes which sometimes aroused violent reactions over the centuries. Between conformisms and various excesses, fashion has always played rules, conventions and trends to create its own history. So finally, the only big question that remains is simple: how should one dress? The exhibition attempts to answer this by shedding new light on the issues raised by clothing choices and revealing values and taboos. Exciting.
Exhibition until April 23rd, 2017 at the Museum of Decorative Arts, 107 rue de Rivoli