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June 2015
It’s Now

Béatrice Delamotte

Every week, PLUME VOYAGE Magazine offers you a selection of cultural news and international exhibitions. To round off this month of June, we invite you to immerse yourself in Paul Durant Ruel’s impressionist exhibition in Philadelphia, to discover the work of English sculptor Barbara Hepworth at the Tate Britain, or explore the bittersweet criticism of Markiewcz from Luxembourg at the Venice Biennale and the work of André Putman for the CAPC in Bordeaux. We recommend an adventure in Brittany to discover the work of Alberto Giacometti, a journey to Amsterdam to find out about the pioneers of fashion magazines and their illustrators: unless you would rather head for Lens to marvel at gold and ivory work from the Middle Ages. And for those lovers of design, set out to Germany to immerse yourselves in contemporary African design. And discover also « Europe, The Future of History » at Kunsthaus in Zurich, « American Moments » at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, « Travellers’ Gardens » at the Saline Royale in Arc-et-Senan and « Dolce vita? From Liberty to Italian Design » at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, see the work of Belgian artist Lili Dujourie in Gand and French painter Valérie Jouve in Paris, to follow in the footsteps of migrants to Frac Lorraine or even to unearth pieces by Chinese artists in BerlinCome on, it’s happening now!

  • « Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World » at Tate Britain, London.

    For the first London retrospective dedicated to sculptor Barbara Hepworth (who passed away in 1975), Tate Britain highlights the prominent role that this artist played at the heart of the international art world throughout her career.

    Across over 70 works, the exhibition unites major works in stone or bronze, less well-known pieces and those by other artists. An opportunity to discover the work of this figurehead of modern art in the United Kingdom since the 1930s and he would become globally recognised in the 50s and 60s.

  • « Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting »

    at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.

    Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel has played a preponderant role in the reputation of impressionists. He took part in the early struggles and triumph of artists who revolutionised contemporary painting. Having already presented his collection at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris, the exhibition now moves to Philadelphia. A chance to rediscover various artworks from prominent figures of the movement: Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro or even Marie Cassatt. The diversity and quality of the work on display testifies to the close relationship between Durand-Ruel and some of the greatest artists of his time and his unshakeable belief in modern painting…and his own business acumen.
    Until 13th September. B.D. www.philamuseum.org

  • « Eternal in the moment – Andrée Putman » at CAPC, Bordeaux.

    Andrée Putman has endorsed this definition of modernity borrowed from Charles Baudelaire: “eternal in the moment”.

    Thus, this designer reminds us that for a poet, modernity “is not to deny the past, but to look at it in a different way”. For the CAPC, Bordeaux’s contemporary art museum, Andrée Putman devised, between 1983-1990, the entirety of interior design and furniture of the Lainé Warehouse, a former industrial building. Envisaged as a parade, the exhibition offers a wander through this wonderfully rich universe where rigor, elegance and emotion capture the making of this eminent design figure.
    Until 10th January. B.D.

  • « Paradiso Lussemburgo by Filip Markiewicz » at the Ca’del Duca, Venice.

    Plasterer, performer, filmmaker and musician: the creations of Filip Markiewicz mix different genres and mediums that reveal the violence of real life in politics and moral.

    As part of the Venice Biennale at the Ca’ del Duca, he presents the equivalent of a documentary “portrait”, which is critical and sentimental towards his motherland: Luxembourg. The work takes the form of a vast theatre that acts as a museum, invention lab and place of cultural entertainment. “Paradiso Lussemburgo” focuses upon Luxembourg in a European and global context, such as national samples that mix numerous nationalities and cultures that comprise the identity of this country.
    Until 22nd November. B.D. www.mudam.lu

  • "Alberto Giacometti" at the Fondation Hélène & Edouard Leclerc, Landerneau.

    This project unites more than 150 pieces, assembled in partnership with the Giacometti Foundation in Paris.

    This vast ensemble of sculptures, paintings, drawings and lithographs allow visitors to embrace the diverse work of the artist. Between pieces from the pre-surrealist and surrealist eras to maturity and up to his final works, this exhibitions presents the entirety of a prolific artistic career, produced in the legendary setting – Giacometti’s studio in Montparnasse.
    Until 25th October.

  • "The origin of fashion magazines" at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

    Editors of fashion publications have done everything to make their products as appealing as possible.

    This is how they attracted renowned illustrators, some of which have even become specialists in this area, portraying these models as skilfully as possible, with a strong sense of elegance. The printmaker was responsible for transferring the design sketches onto an engraving that could reproduce the design. This exhibition presents prints created by Paul Poiret, amongst others. The concept of “fashion is art” marked the start of a new era. His illustrations served as inspiration for a number of current magazines.
    Until 27th September. B.D. www.rijksmuseum.nl

  • "Gold and Ivory" at the Louvre, Lens.

    Although it was brief, the period 1250-1320 was marked by decisive evolution in Europe, especially the political, economic and social landscapes as well as intellectual and artistic spheres. The renewal of thought altered the understanding of

    the world and therefore the ways in which it was presented. In parallel, art witnessed important technical innovations and the emerging of major personalities. Over time, creators were considered not only as artisans representing the Church but also as artists for society. Thus, the second half of the 8th century also plays a role in the history of art: as a complex apogee, which is very different according to the perspectives it offers.
    Until 28th September. B.D. www.louvrelens.fr

  • "Making Africa, a continent of contemporary design" at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil-am-Rhein.

    It is time to give a voice to the “Black Continent”. This exhibition shines a new spotlight upon the contemporary design emerging from Africa.

    Based upon various examples, “Making Africa” shows how design accompanies economic and political change on the continent and the tight engagement between relevant disciplines, such as beaux-arts, graphics, illustration, cinema, photography, architecture and urbanisation. In this highly effervescent setting, new media has heavily influenced this change in perspective.
    Until 13th September. B.D. www.design-museum.de

  • "Europe, The Future of History" at Kunsthaus, Zürich.

    What specific image symbolises Europe? The fall of the Berlin wall?

    Universal human rights, the European football championships or winning the Eurovision song contest? Since Antiquity, there has never been a single European image, as a continent that has become a multidimensional mosaic. Such is the theses that this exhibition develops through the most diverse artistic explorations. Across utopias, dreams and realities, it attempts to convey the different forms of representation behind this vision, which may seem slightly abstract: that of a passive Europe. From the 19th to 21st centuries, this exhibition focuses upon the period stretching from the construction of the United States to the post-national interdependence that characterises our continent today. Until 6th September. B.D. www.kunsthaus.ch

  • "American Moments" at the Phillips Collection, Washington DC.

    Across more than 130 photographs taken from permanent collections, the Phillips Collection presents a portrait of America.

    More than thirty well-known artists are on show, including Burce Davidson, Louis Faurer and even Arnold Newman. The exhibition highlights the force and variety of points of view through this selection of superb images dating back to the middle of the 20th century. Recent donations also allow visitors to discover the place that the city holds in the representation of America. The abstraction of buildings and modernist compositions prove the ever increasing importance of industry in the daily life of Americans.
    Until 13th September. B.D. www.phillipscollection.org

  • "Travellers’ Gardens" at the Saline Royale, Arc-et-Senan.

    The years 1775-1559, during which the Saline royale was built, are synonymous with the exceptional era of major travellers, filled with this desire to discover and understand, to master this knowledge and to share it in order to contribute to the progress and happiness of humanity. As part of the gardens’ 15th festival,

    here are a dozen plots that develop themes such as imaginary voyages, the writer’s Orient, spiritual paradise, motionless travel and even the quest of Eden on earth.
    Until 18th October.

  • « Dolce vita? From Liberty to Italian Design » at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

    Since the start of the 20th century in Italy, decorative arts have been the inheritors of a major artisanal and artistic tradition, and they fashion themselves as the interpreters of this desire for progress in a nation that has recently found unity.

    Cabinetmakers, ceramicists and glass experts often work in collaboration with top artists, thus creating a genuine “Italian style” destined to encourage the birth of modern design. It is all about a period of “paradoxical optimism”, the objective of which is to highlight decades of intense creativity based upon a currently mutating society that has known the trauma of the First World War and the tragic repercussions of the Mussolini regime.
    Until 13th September. B.D. www.musee-orsay.fr

  • "Lili Dujourie, Folds in Time" at Mu.Zee | S.M.A.K, Gand.

    Since the end of the 60s, the work of this Belgian artist has oscillated between painting and sculpture.

    After a beginning defined by steel and coloured objects, her practice evolves into fixed photography and video. Through these new medias, Lili Dujourie looks not only at pictorial and sculptural questions, but also debates relevant to the era in terms of genre and identity. She converts physical and cultural specifications into materials. Motifs from the worlds of art, literature and music act as a crucial source in Dujourie’s artistic practice.
    From 6th June to 4th November. B.D.

  • "All roads lead to Schengen" at FRAC Lorraine, Metz.

    This particular exhibition focuses, through the means of propositions of artists and archives, upon the links between our settled society, withdrawn into itself, and the movements of the population which, for different reasons, wishes to re-join the rest of Europe.

    Centred around the figure of the Warwalker – from the roaming Jew to Calais migrants, including the community of travellers -, this exhibition revolves around the work of ten contemporary artists and a wide selection of historic archives are eternalised through various marches organised between Metz and Schengen.
    Until 4th October. B.D. www.fraclorraine.org

  • "From a Poem to the Sunset" at the Daimler Contemporary, Berlin.

    In 2013, the Daimler art collection acquired pieces of work by Chinese artists.

    It is these works, as well as more recent acquisitions that are presented today. Representatives of abstract and conceptual trends and new forms of media, these shape a distinctive cultural movement. These current trends in contemporary Chinese art are confronted with those by Western artists as pat of a series of conferences and shows.
    Until 30th August.

  • "Valérie Jouve" at Jeu de Paume, Paris.

    Merging art and documentaries, both political and poetic, the work of Valérie Jouve takes the liberty to confirm the resistance of individuals in the face of social and urban normalisation.

    Since the end of the 80s, her photos have relentlessly explored the relationship that we have with cities and how we live in these spaces. The two classic subjects of landscape and portrait are combined in a way that, in the density of urban locations, takes on highly choreographed scenes.
    Until 27th September.
    B.D. www.jeudepaume.org

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