In this month of march start in beauty with many new exhibitions: “Raoul Dufy, the happiness of living” at the Palais Lumière in Evian, “The American Watercolor at the time of Homer and Sargent” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art of Philadelphia, Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt at the Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais Dunkirk, “Versus Rodin” at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide. Come on, it is all happening now!
the happiness of living" at the Palais Lumière.
The exhibition celebrates the ease, profusion and brilliance of the work of an artist in love with nature and freedom. Without refusing the achievements of classical culture, Dufy freed himself from the hierarchies that academism had endeavored to establish between the arts considered as major and those decreed as minor arts. He affirms a “modern conception of Art, Beauty and Joy” that escapes the dogmatic constraints of the history of the 20th century art by sharing the renewed pleasure of painting and its rich applications in the field of fashion and decorative arts. More than 200 works document Raoul Dufy’s work as a decorator.
Until June 5th. www.ville-evian.fr
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Tracing the development of the watercolor movement adopted by a small group of painters in the 1860s, until modernism, the exhibition investigates the remarkable transformation of this medium. Between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, it focuses on two of the most influential artists in watercolor: Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. With more than 170 works presented, the exhibition tells the extraordinary history of the medium and replace it in the history of American art.
Until May 14th. www.philamuseum.org
at the Art Gallery of South Australia
Auguste Rodin broke the sculptural mold by rejecting academic attitudes to develop a creative mode of expression that is specific to him in his representation of the body. On the occasion of the centenary of the artist’s death, the Art Gallery of South Australia presents twenty bronzes and a canvas from his collections, to which respond the 200 works of Australian and international artists who were inspired by the work Of Rodin.
Until July 2nd. www.artgallery.sa.gov.au
at the Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
This retrospective, filled with people and animals, pays tribute to a bright, humorous photographer who grasped the importance of the moment in a straight relation to reality and to its dramaturgy. The exhibition brings together over sixty black and white photographs of the Belgian photographer who died in 2015. They all focus on the troubling representations of animals that have made his reputation. At once touching and funny, his images play on contrasts. “A certain amount of ambiguity, I like it, » used to say Michel Vanden Ecckhoudt. Humor and pain, lightness and anxiety: these two facets are always present in my work.” During the same time, the Zoology series will be presented in different partner locations in the region, from Calais to Cassel via Bourbourg.
Until April 30th. www.fracnpdc.fr