Every week, PLUME VOYAGE Magazine offers you a selection of cultural news and international exhibitions. To finish this month of July, head for London to check out Alice Anderson’s mummified objects, canvases by Flemish experts in Paris, contemporary photography in Arles or even Warhol in Metz. We also suggest you experience life in a château: with a musical starlit stroll in Amboise, a nighttime wander through the gardens of Domaine de Chaumont, original visits to the Abbaye de Fontevraud or even illuminations at Vaux-le-Vicomte – magic is all around. Check out several extremely beautiful vineyards and exhibitions that are on show this summer, from Saint-Emilion to Tain l’Hermitage and even onto Margaux. And if you still haven’t yet managed to get away, escape with a lovely book about the fine links between Biarritz and fashion, the contemporary Chinese creation at San Francisco, the works of the Lebanese artist Mona Hatoum, or that of Jean – Michel at Bilbao. Unless you prefer the work or Céleste Boursiet-Mougenot at the Palais de Tokyo. Also discover « Playground – Maïa Flore » at the Grande-Motte, « Tatzu Nishi » at the HAB Galerie de Nantes, « Pavel Pepperstein – The Cold Center of the Sun » at the musée d’art moderne et contemporain in Saint-Etienne and « Migrations divines » at MuCEM Marseille. Come on, it’s happening now!
French-British artist Alice Anderson creates sculptures made in entirely mummified copper thread, envisaging glistening landscapes of glistening, beautiful and strange landscapes.
Each piece is an exploration of the ways in which we create, transform the present and imagine the future. More than 100 works are on display in the Wellcom Gallery in London. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in creating a new piece of art during the exhibition. Until 18th October. B.D. www.wellcom.ac.uk
Hans Rudolf Gerstenmaier is the owner of one of the most beautiful private collections of Flemish art.
His works are displayed alongside transversal and multidisciplinary hangings of the permanent collections of the Pinacothèque. Here is a chance to discover a remarkable series of paintings from the 15th to 17th centuries. From landscapes by Joost de Momper and Jan Brueghel’s floral canvases, an area in which Flemish artists excel, the collection reflects the different talents of artists during this ear. Until 4th October. B.D. www.pinacotheque.com
For its 46th edition, the Encounters with Photography of Arles is dedicated to Lucien Clergue, who passed away last year.
Spread out around the Parc des Ateliers, the Great Hall and the Forges, as well as the Magasin Electric, as loaned by the Acte Sud editions, the exhibitions offer an eclectic panorama of contemporary photographic creation. This year proposes a rereading of the history of photography and its grand masters, across undiscovered aspects of their work or by retracing the paths of their career, spotlighting certain parts of the world as a means of correspondence. And don’t forget foreign collectors who demonstrate their vision of individual subjects and question the vernacular. Until 20th September. B.D. www.rencontres-arles.com
Offering an original overview of work by the father of pop art, this exhibition spotlights the influence of the musical scene, underground cinema and New York avant-garde choreography.
It is also an occasion to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the meeting between Warhol and the Velvet Underground, to whom he became producer. Music is present throughout, accompanying a rediscovery of Warhol’s work across more than 150 photographs, films and some of his most emblematic pieces of art.
Until 23rd November.
As part of celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the ascension of François I, the Château Royal in Amboise offers a particular rich programme this summer, especially with a new musical rendezvous.
All summer, Adeline de Preissac and his new generation musical friends install themselves at the Château d’Amboise and in the cloisters of Psalette in Tours, proposing nighttime strolls, music rooms, quirky visits and harp-playing workshops for the young.
Until 16th August.
The International Garden Festival continues through the night!
Floodlit gardens offer special spotlights that allow poetic, mythical and mysterious strolls through the gardens. Shadows, reflections and plays with colour increase tenfold. The castle opens its doors as part of the Magic Nights, allowing you to discover rooms as they would have been lit during sumptuous feasts organised by Princess Marie-Charlotte de Broglie.
Until 31st August.
In order to discover the spectacular abbey in a different light, experts lead visitors on a stroll full of history and anecdotes revolving around different and unexpected themes.
For instance, cinema-mad manager Hervé, unveils backstage stories from movies filmed at the Abbey during his tour “Silence, we’re filming!” And why not extend your stay by stopping off at the hotel? A designer destination – which has recently won the European prize for designer hotel in 2014 – which brims with the architectural history of the place. B.D. www.fontevraud.fr
An architectural marvel of Le Brun and the gardener of Le Nôtre (who celebrates its 400th birthday this year), Vaux-le-Vicomte organises a candlelit party every Saturday night.
This 18th century masterpiece glistens by the flickering light of 2000 candles, illuminating the chateau and the French gardens. This year, the area reinvents its traditional fireworks with pyrotechnic plays of gold and bronze – the highlight of the evening!
Until 3rd October. B.D. www.vaux-le-vicomte.com
Passionate about the early Flemish race, François Peltier trained at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
On display in the cloister of the collegiate of Saint-Emilon, his Saint-Jean Apocalypse makes this text totally accessible. This 40m long fresco represents human attracted to God (in black and white on cloth with a touch of green, the colour of hope) while evil is symbolised only in black and white. As for the divine, he is painted in colour on wood. A long-term piece of work that continues across collaborations with various artists.
Until 30th September. B.D. www.apocalypse-saintjean.org
For the third year, the cellar of Tain l’Hermitage invites visitors to drink in the vineyard, using the inspiration of artists who create a connection between art and nature.
This year, plasterer Georges-Pascal Ricordeau invents his work by using plastic bags collected from across the world. Recycled and manufactured, it becomes beautiful and highlights one of its most precious cultures: the vine. On the Hermitage hill, these magnificent flowers sway, looking like enormous roses that links to the Dorvibla rose, which was created in 2013 in honour of the Tain l’Hermitage cellars. Until 12th October.
A full-fledged and invested autodidactic arists, Sophie Pigeon expresses herself through sculpture, etching, ceramics and drawing, revolving around the reoccurring theme of the founding links between mankind and nature.
In the Chateau d’Issan’s wine barrel storehouses, you can discover bronze sculptures created by lost-wax casting, as well as a selection of etchings and drawings. This is the first time that Emmanuel and Virginie Cruse, co-owners of the Chateau, have had sculptures on display in their estate. Until 30th July.
Since its “discovery” by Queen Eugénie, Biarritz has been a focal point for glamorous people around the world.
Over the centuries, no fewer that twenty-five couture houses have set themselves up in the centre of this imperial city, creating fashion and demonstrating a constantly renewed creative energy. Worth, Paquin, Poiret, Chanel, Lanvin, Hermès, Balencienga and Courrèges are just a few that have dressed insatiable clientele for luxury parties – notably that hosted by the Marquis d’Arcangues – but also sporty chic daytime outfits and nighttime glamour. Nathalie Bau de Loménie, granddaughter of couturier Germaine Long-Savigny who set up her own couture house in Biarritz, has written a book detailing the extremely rich iconography that spans three fashion centuries, even including surfer outfits.
Liu wei, ll Xiangyu Xu Zhen, Zhang Hyan, Ai Weiwei… 28 Chinese artists are honoured in this exhibition. What they have in common?
They have all had a significant impact in the art world and in helping define modern art. With almost 50 pieces of work between them, the exhibition offers a panoramic view of contemporary Chinese creations and an insight into its evolution thanks to the work of Don and Mera Rubell. In the space of 10 years, they visited the work places of artists in china and acquired pieces from undiscovered artists. Their collection expresses the diversity of mediums, from painting to installation and photography, expressions and provides inspiration for other artists. B.D.
Until the 16th August. www.asianart.org
For the first major monograph on the work of Mona Hatoum, the Pompidou center exposes more than a 100 pieces to grasp the scope of one of the most significant artists of our time.
The intensity of the piece of mona Hatoum evokes the disorientation that the viewers feel. It leaves them to make their path in this unstable universe that of a world driven by contradictions, of stories from different times, defined by these tensions. She often puts the viewer at the heart of the work and engages in a conversation, sometimes even putting them to test.
Until the 28th september. B.D.
This pioneering exhibition in Europe includes hundreds of large format paintings and drawings from various American and European museums
and private collections. Famous for 20 years thanks to its destructive work against all norms, Basquiat disrupted the Newyork art scene in the beginning of the 1980’s. It owes its international reputation to its hard-hitting works and incredible sensitivity, which incorporated timeless themes such as racism, politics or social hypocrisy. Although his career was brutally interrupted by his premature death at the age of 27, his work continues to exert a huge influence.
Until the 1st November.
L’acquaalta is this annual flooding affecting the Venetian lagoon. The same phenomenon has taken over the area in the Palais de Tokyo.
Celeste Boursier-Mougenot created in effect, a lake side landscape resulting in a visual experience, tangible and audible changing ones perception of the place. By crossing the flooded space, the visitor is introduced to a stream of images creating the start of a hallucinatory journey that leads him to navigate through his own psyche. This is a completely type of new type of exhibition. Until the 13th September. B.D. www.palaisdetokyo.com
In the same line as “La Grande Motte” by Oxyo furniture design collection, whose inspiration stems from the architecture of the city of sands, Maïa Flore presents an outdoor photographic exhibition.
The artist exhibits in three symbolic locations around the city, taking over natural areas as well as space. Thirty large format boards are also exemplified by the poetic universe of a new generation photographer. From one surprise to the next, both sweet and absurd, these photos invite you to discover the intense world of Maïa Flore like a genuine “terrain de eu”, leading us to reflect upon man’s place in the world.
Until 31st August.
It is creator of the Villa Cheminée in Cordemais who invests his provocative and original sense of humour in the HAB Galerie.
This first personal exhibition by the Japanese artist on display in France takes a particular interest in the way in which Tatzu Nishi plays with the conventions of our societies in relation to traditionally opposing notions: the public and the private, the beautiful and the ugly, good and bad taste, the serious and the caustic. Until 30th August. B.D.
Across a collection of exceptional archaeological works and objects, loaned by the Fondation Grandur pour l’Art and the Musée d’Art et d’histoire in Geneva, MuCEM takes a fresh look at the dynamic of great polytheistic antiques.
Far from being isolated and frozen religious expressions, these cult pieces collide and respond to one another in the heart of the Mediterranean. The exhibition creates a dialogue between Greek, Egyptian and Roman pantheons, in their practices, representations and in the answers they give to questions relating to success and the finality of existence.
Until 16th November. B.D. www.mucem.fr
"Pavel Pepperstein – The Cold Center of the Sun" at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Saint-Etienne.
An Moscow-born painter, Pavel Pepperstein is one of the most influential artists of the new Russian generation.
His works mixes references to the iconography of supremacy, the Russian avant-garde movement with images from Russian folklore, Hollywood movies, science-fiction and his own imagination. Pepperstein endeavours to create a new plastic vocabulary centred around contemporaneity, simultaneously integrating Russian historic, eclectic and cultural references.
Until September. B.D. www.mam-st-etienne.fr