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May 2014
It’s Now

Every week, PLUME VOYAGE magazine chooses a selection of cultural news and international exhibitions for you to keep up with on your getaways or city breaks or just keep your mind open with a motionless journey.

To finish the month of May, PLUME VOYAGE invites you to discover the paintings of Xu Zhen at the Galerie Nathalie Obadia and the photos of Vanessa Winship at the Mapfre Foundation in Madrid. But also to go on a journey with the Orient Express in the Arab World Institute in Paris, to immerse yourself in the fantasy universe of Paul Smith at London’s Design Museum or to discover the many uses of wood at the Musée des Arts décoratifs. Enjoy the trip. Go on, it’s happening now!

  • « Hello, my name is Paul Smith » at the Design Museum, London.

    Over the last forty years, Paul Smith has created a fantastical universe in the world of fashion. From his humble beginnings in Nottingham to his global success today, this extensive exhibition traces his creative journey in a day. The different stages of the conception and creation of his designs are explored, combining craftsmanship and contemporary techniques. The exhibition has already been extended…Don’t miss its final days!
    Until June 22

  • « Vanessa Winship » the Foundation Mapfre, Madrid.

    On the occasion of the opening of its new space dedicated to photography, the Mapfre Foundation is hosting the first retrospective of the work of the British artist.

    This exhibition, produced in collaboration with the artist, presents a selection of photos from her various series, from her first pictures in the Balkans in 1990, to her more recent work in the United States, completed in 2013. Vanessa Winship has received several awards for her work, including the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation prize.
    Until 31 August.

  • « Il était une fois l'Orient Express » at the Arab World Institute, Paris.

    The Orient Express has set up in the forecourt of the Arab World Institute to host a major exhibition devoted to the most legendary of all train.

    Throughout the exhibition, one discovers life aboard this icon of Art Deco through the strange, almost unreal comfort of the cabins adorned with fine marquetry and glistening brass. This extensive exhibition allows us to understand the origins of the Orient Express, through the personality of its “inventor”, Georges Nagelmackers, but also the technical, social, cultural and geopolitical aspects.
    Until August 3.

  • « Sous pression, le bois densifié » at the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris.

    This exhibition explores the techniques used by iconic designers to transform wood and how it is used in fashion, furniture and everyday objects.

    With the discovery of wood bending in the 19th century, the uses for wood immediately multiplied. And with thermally treated wood in 21st century, the material has revealed itself to have more uses than ever before. Thanks to the work carried out by the EPFL + ECAL Lab in Lausanne, we discover the prospects offered by this reinvented material with the creations of Paul Cocksedge, Studio Normal and Big-Game.
    Until September 14.

  • « XU Zhen, MadeIn Company » at the Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris.

    For his third collaboration with the gallery, Chinese artist Xu Zhen is offering a selection of six large-format works.

    These paintings, from the Prey series, were made ​​using photographic records taken ​​by a team from the MadeIn Company of rundown housing in the provinces of Sichuan and Guizhou, China. With this series, Xu Zhen comments ironically on the aesthetic connections between art and poverty. Made with a perfect mastery of oil painting, traditional framing and Flemish chiaroscuro inspiration, the classical treatment of the images lends a certain majesty and nobility to these poor, rural interiors. Disturbing.
    Until July 25.

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris with the exhibition "Aujourd’hui, le monde est mort".

    A new facet of an exhibition that Hiroshi Sugimoto has been developing for ten years by juxtaposing his collections of objects from disparate

    eras and cultures and photographic works. The course consists of thirty scenarios, narrated by different fictional characters: a beekeeper, a specialist in comparative religion and a politician who are choosing whether or not to preserve their individual genetic heritage for the future. This exhibition is the largest in Europe made by the artist and reflects the broad scope of Sugimoto’s skills ranging from literature to architecture.
    Until September 7.

  • « Terres » at the Abbaye de l’Épau, Yvré l’Evêque.

    For their second outdoor exhibition, the Abbaye de l’Épau welcomes the works of six artist photographers, gathered around a common theme, the Earth.

    Each artist has approached this theme with a particular sensibility, immersing the visitor in various universes, from the majestic deserts of George Steinmetz to the abstract portraits of the Loire by Nicolas Lenartowski, through to the strange atmospheres of Sarah Martinet and even the tribute by Pierrot Men to his island, Madagascar.
    Until November 2.

  • « 2e Festival international d’art », Toulouse.

    For its second edition, the 2nd Festival international d’art in Toulouse is presenting mainly monographic projects designed for outstanding and unusual places, re-centred on a journey around the Garonne.

    Another series of original exhibitions curl like an echo around the main building. An international program designed by an international selection committee with, in addition to Jean-Marc Bustamante, the director of the festival, representatives from the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Tate Britain London, MOCA in Los Angeles, the Pinchuk Art Center in Kiev and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation of New York, who will chair the committee for this second edition.
    Until June 22.

  • « Nan Goldin, Scopophilia » at the Gagosian Gallery, Rome.

    For her first major exhibition in Rome, the American photographer Nan Goldin presents a series of her work produced since 2010, when she gained access to the Louvre every Tuesday, the day it is closed to the public.

    With her wanderings from this rare privilege us at the heart of this collection, she realized a complex and multifaceted portrait of love and desire in the form of a slide show in which personal and lively interpretations of historical works come to be associated with images from her collection personal, dating back to the late 1970s.
    Extended until June 27

  • « American Design » at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture, Paris.

    The exhibition presents both young and independent designers, recognized as promising publishing houses or young companies.

    Pharrell Williams with his Tank Chair, the unknown furniture collection of Richard Neutra, Emeco celebrating seventy years of the Navy Chair, Rick Owens, François Chambards, Bec Brittain (photo with Helixes lamp) and the young tandem Ladies & Gentlemen are only some of the stars, with more talents and iconic brands to discover in this lavish exhibition. An overview of contemporary American creation to coincide with D’Days.
    From May 19 to 25

  • « Martial Raysse, retrospective 1960-2014 » at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

    The Centre Pompidou has devoted a never-before-seen retrospective to Martial Raysse, one of the most important living French artists.

    Here we find the richness and variety of the work of this visionary artist with a fascinating and unique trajectory, since his first creations from the 1960s to today. Bringing together over 200 works, some of which have never been shown before – paintings, sculptures, films, photographs and drawings – the exhibition offers, for the first time, a generous look at fifty years of creation.
    Until September 22.

  • « Estefania Penafiel Loaiza – l’espace épisodique – et Benoît-Marie Moriceau - Rien de plus tout du moins » in Credac, Ivry.

    The two concurrent solo exhibitions of Estefania Penafiel Loaiza and Benoît-Marie Moriceau reconnect with the "dual" exhibitions organized by the Credac d’Ivry.

    In the work of both artists, a rapport with the visible, drawing, and memory resonate closely with the spatial and political context that welcomes them. The idea of these exhibitions is not to find a common denominator, but to allow them to present a new production. Benoît-Marie Moriceau is interested in landscape as a subject, as concept and an idea. The urban landscape, structured, but also the great American outdoors is sometimes modified by the artists of land art. For her part, Estefania Penafiel Loaiza invites the visitor to enter through the last door and to visit her exhibition against the current of the habitual use of the site.
    Until June 22

  • « Moustache, Half decade beast » at the Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris.

    On the occasion of its 5th anniversary, Moustache is presenting Half decade beast, ten new projects that open and explore the paths of edition and production.

    A living embodiment of the commitments of the French publishing house of contemporary objects and furniture for projects that are not only dictated by the needs of the market, the exhibition presents a series of projects by Scholten & Baijings, Formafantasma, Bertjan pot, Raw-Edges, Constance Guisset, Dimitri Bähler and Jean-Baptiste Fastrez. All in their way question the way we produce and consume the objects we surround ourselves with today. The installation will also present a selection of objects designed by several designers since 2009 who have marked the history of Moustache and helped to build its identity.
    Until June 21

  • « Gimhongsok, Bearlike Construction » in Tribeca Park, New York.

    The Tina Kim Gallery presents the sculpture Bearlike Construction, by Gimhongsok in Tribeca Park, in the heart of New York.

    The work is presented as a stack of trash bags, a common sight in the city. It is only when one pays close attention that the figure of a bear reveals itself, a strange apparition in this urban milieu. An artist known for his critical observation of contemporary society, here Ginhongsok presents a piece of work that combines serious questions with a carefree representation.
    Until November 21.

  • «Fairy Tales, Marion Davout et Emilie Bazus» at the Galerie Laure Roynette, Paris.

    The Galerie Laure Roynette presents "Fairy Tales”, the collaboration of two young artists.

    Marion Davout painted vertiginous forests over walls and ruins, crumbling staircases, and collapsed or partial railings. For her part, Emilie Bazus imagined characters on the run, running through abandoned balls, turning their backs to plunge into the intrigue. The close-ups in tight frames show segments of drapery and bodies and in turn become abstract landscapes, unfinished stories that question the wonderful and the disturbing.
    From May 17 to June 21.

  • « Babylon, Harri Koskinen » at the Institut finlandais, Paris.

    Designerbox.com presents the work of Finnish designer Harri Koskinen, as part of the exhibition Promenons-nous dans les Bois.

    A tribute to architecture, Babylon is a testimony to Koskinen’s art that transforms simple materials into sleek and stripped-back creations, a nod to the masters of 1950s design. A star designer in Scandinavia, Harri Koskinen works for the biggest names in design (Alessi, Cassina, Swarovski etc.). His creations are made up of a touch of austerity, great simplicity and great care taken in the choice of materials.

  • « A book between two stools » at the Villa Empain – Fondation Bogossian, Brussels.

    The Villa Empain is presenting an exhibition dedicated to books and the chair.

    These two everyday objects have been used to support inspiration and creation for a great number of artists who have reinterpreted them according to their inspirations. The foundation proposes an interactive course featuring two hundred works as objects of dialogue. Sometimes serious and moving, sometimes funny and unexpected, these works of art gathered together on this occasion create a surprisingly stunning ensemble.
    Until September 7.

  • « Francis Morellet & Tadashi Kawamata » at the Espace Muraille, Geneva.

    The inaugural exhibition of the Espace Muraille in Geneva gave carte blanche to Parisian gallerist Kamel Mennour who has initiated a dialogue between François Morellet and Tadasho Kawamata.

    And so, this new space dedicated to contemporary art is hosting the Cruibes series by Morellet – a selection of square canvases, some of which are accompanied by neon lights – alongside the work of Tadashi Kawamata, specifically a set of models and paintings on plywood. Certain pieces directly evoke the cabins he designed during the FIAC 2013 for the column and the buildings of the Place Vendome. Grafts and analogues of swallows’ nests quietly nestled under the frames.
    Until July 12.

  • « I luoghi della creatività » at the Villa Médicis, Rome.

    Every Sunday, the Villa Medici offers a guided tour of the Lieux secrets de la création, to meet the artists in residence.

    Since the creation of the institution in 1666, many renowned artists have frequented this magical place in the Italian capital: Fragonard, Ingres, Berlioz, Bizet and Debussy. These tours allow you to become familiar with the work of the residents of the Académie de France in Rome and to visit the site of the villa they visited, to discover their work.
    Every Sunday at 15:30.

  • « De Natura Fossilium bu Studio Formafantasma's » at the Gallery Libby Sellers, London.

    The Gallery Libby Sellers presents for the first time in London Studio Formafantasma's work on the lava of Mount Etna and Stromboli.

    Created by a duo of Italian designers, Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi, the studio, recognized as one of the most influential of its generation, worked on the preservation of endangered techniques, the use of natural materials and the exploration of the concept of craftsmanship in contemporary production. De Nature Fossillium thus consists of pieces made from molded molten hot lava. Studio Formafantasma’s is able to express all the creative potential of this raw material into refined objects, using brutal geometry.
    Until June 12.

  • « Chen Zhen, Purification Room » at 104, Paris.

    Team 104 and the Galleria Continua present an installation by Chen Zhen.

    The Chinese artist showcases a space wherein all the objects are covered with clay mud. In a world that loses daily balance and in which the consumer society continues to constantly generate pollution, thus distancing us from the harmony of nature to lead us to disaster, Chen Zhen reveals the traces of a blocked active presence, as a kind of monochrome tomb in which the earth, according to Chinese tradition, operates a rite of transition and of purification which purifies objects and, by extension, the world.
    Until August 10.

  • « Chourouk Hriech » at Galerie L’Atelier 21, Casablanca.

    The Galerie L’Atelier 21 presents recent works by visual artist Chourouk Hriech.

    After a first exhibition in 2001, where she exhibited a series of drawings based on urban areas in Morocco, the artist continues her research on the observation of changing landscapes. Her pieces mix interstitial zones, no man’s land and saturated landscapes. A free and spontaneous path at the heart of the Moroccan archéopaysage, which corresponds to a sequence of our time. By multiplying the reliefs, Chourouk Hriech also gives volume to her drawings and her pieces gain in intensity.
    Until June 6

  • « Martin Parr Paris » at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.

    After Edouard Boubat, Ralph Gibson, Mimmo Jodice...it is Martin Parr’s turn to share his vision of Paris.

    For thirty-five years, the British photographer has been interested in scenes of ordinary life with have a knack of catching us off guard. Today, he gives us his vision of Paris, its people, events he has attended over two years. In total, sixty new images and the oldest clichés illustrate Paris as seen through the eyes of the most English of photographers.
    Until May 25.

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