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May 2015
It’s Now

Béatrice Delamotte

Every week, PLUME VOYAGE Magazine offers you a selection of cultural news and international exhibitions. To finish off this month of may, we offer you an eclectic selection that will take you from Washington to Riehen and via Languedoc-Roussillon to discover several different sides to contemporary creation. Unless you would rather check out the classicism of the grand Velazquez in Paris. We also encourage you to head for Philadelphia and the chance to discover Scandinavian design, to take an interest in futures as envisaged by major artists in Marseille, to find out about contemporary creations at the first Triennial de Vendôme. Unless you would rather check out the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which exhibits work by Simon Denny.We also urge you to discover the work of Peter Kennard, which mixes art and politics in London, to immerse yourself in the talented and fantastical universe of Jean-Paul Gautier in Paris, to delve into the magnificence of Baroque in Rome or even stroll around the Domaine de Chantilly as part of Plant Day. We urge you to discover the world starting in Montpellier by checking out alternative textiles or even in Philadelphia with work by Shelley Spector. Or perhaps you would prefer to dive into the universe of Canaletto in Aix-en-Provence before heading to Venice, which hosts its biennale contemporary art festival. We also implore you to discover the world of Michel Leiris in Metz, to delve into 16th century England with the Tudors in Paris. Or why not share the Holy sights of monotheist religion in Marseille? Otherwise, familiarise yourself with the work of Charles Pollock, elder brother of Jason Pollock in Venice. Come on, it’s happening now!

  • « Intersections@5 » at the Phillips Collection, Washington DC.

    This spring, the Phillips Collection honours the 5th anniversary of its series dedicated to contemporary art with the inauguration of a retrospective.

    The work of twenty-one international artists will be on display during a presentation of the acquired works. This is also a celebration for the task that the Phillips Collection has set for itself to accumulate and present contemporary creation. All types of media are represented, from sculpture to digital photography, from projection videos to electrical installations. B.D.

  • 4th IN SITU Patrimony and Contemporary Art, Languedoc-Roussillon

    For its 4th edition, this exhibition expands its field of action, spreading itself this year over eleven sites, all classed or registered in the inventory of Historic Monuments of the four departments (Hérault, Aude, Pyrénées-Orientale and Gard).

    These welcome the works (including installations, sculptures, videos and paintings) of ten artists. This event aims to establish a dialogue between patrimonial architecture and contemporary art, which adds to patrimony in an original way through contemporary artistic creation. Certain sites exhibit unseen works designed especially for the occasion, created in situ. These installations are often spectacular, fleeting and adapted to the spirit their surroundings. From 20th September. B.D.

  • "Velazquez" the Grand Palais, Paris.

    Born in Seville in 1599, Velazquez is one of the most important figures in history of art, in every style and of every era. Leader of the Spanish schooling system,

    an artist appointed by King Philippe IV at a time when Spain ruled the world, he is one of the most famous and admired artists of his time as well as today. No monographic exhibition in France had ever shown the genius that Manet describes as “the painter of painters”. The rarity of his canvases (barely one hundred in total) and their legitimate focus on the Prado Museum in Madrid, made the organisation of a complete retrospective quite a test. This was the challenge overcome by the Louvre and the Grand Palais as they present this exceptional exhibition.
    Until 13th July.
    B.D. www.grandpalais.fr

  • "Marlene Dumas" at the Beyeler Foundation, Riehen.

    The largest modern retrospective dedicated to the work of (South African born) Marlene Dumas offers a unique insight into her creations since the middle of the 1970s.

    Having grown up in South Africa, the artist has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 1976. She is amongst the most influent painters of our era. At the crux of her creations, this artist focuses upon the human figure and themes such as identity, humanity, love and death, relating it to current events as well as history of art. In her vast archive of images, Marlene Dumas collects often disturbing and deeply moving model templates.
    Until 6th September. B.D.

  • "Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design" at the Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia.

    Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway…Their contribution to the triumph of universally exhibited Scandinavian design that we see today is exceptional.

    The exhibition focuses on middle of the 19th century, when interest in this particularly kind of design peaked in the United States and when designers such as Hans Wegner and Marimekko first designed now legendary ensembles. Across almost one hundred objects from furniture and ceramics to textiles and even locks, the exhibition explores the philosophy below and the aesthetic characteristics of Scandinavian design. Until 27th September. B.D www.philamuseum.org

  • « Futures, from the city to the stars: Matisse, Mirò Calder » at the Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille.

    In 20th century, the ascension of science and its hold over the industrial sector, technology and architecture inspired a number of artists and opened their imagination.

    Through anticipation and evasion, artistic representations drove a visionary aesthetic, imagining what the future might be or what it could have been the present. From the first representations of new metropolises to the fascination with spatial conquest, the exhibition highlights an artist’s fascination with innovation to do with architecture, robotics and spatial imagery. It focuses upon an upward progression inspired by three great founding titles from the world of literature and cinema of the utopian city in Metropolis, to the robotic universe of The War of the World, and onto the cosmos depicted in The Odyssey of Space.
    Until 27th September. B.D www.marseille.fr

    See also a Wander Around in Marseille, a design capital of the world?

  • First Vendôme Triennial.

    For the first time, this contemporary art triennial will offer a panorama of current creation from the Centre-Val de Loire region.

    Works by 25 sculptors, who are all from the area or work their on a regular basis, will invest in the city of Vendôme, in Manège Rochambeau, but also the city’s museum and its public spaces. Sculptures, installations, videos, photographs, paintings, drawings, most of which have been produced especially for the occasion, will be displayed in an original way at the heart of an innovative setting, giving artists the freedom to build in an adequate space, bringing out the best in their creations. The Manège Rochambeau will thus be transformed into a sort of multi-coloured mini-city, a labyrinth of shapes and volumes, all expertly constructed to form a surprising journey.
    Until 31st October. B.D www.triennale-vendome.fr

  • "Simon Denny, Secret Power" at the New Zealand Pavilion at the International Art Biennial, Venice.

    Shared between the contemporary space of the Marco Polo airport and the prestigious Biliboteca Nazionale Marciana, the New Zealand Pavilion at the 56th International Art Biennial in Venice gives a blank canvas to Simon Denny.

    With this double project, entitled Secret Power, the artist aims to highlight the key challenges of the ownership of knowledge and its geographic distribution in the background of the current “post-Snowden” era. He particularly endeavours to show the importance of certain types of language, both new and obsolete, in order to map out geopolitical spaces and the roles played by technology and invention.
    Until 22nd November.

  • "Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist" at the Imperial War Museum, London.

    Images by British artist Peter Kennard have become synonymous with political activism and have inspired a large number of other artists, from Mark Wallinger to Banksy.

    As the first major retrospective on his work, this exhibition, retraces half a century of creativity with more than 200 works including the “Boardroom” installation, created especially for the occasion. From the end of the 1960s, Peter Kennard abandoned painting in search of new forms of expression, bringing together art and politics among the general public. This desire led him to devise photomontages that show the “hidden reality” behind the image. B.D
    Until 30th May. www.iwm.org.uk

  • "Jean-Paul Gaultier" at the Grand Palais, Paris.

    After Montreal, Dallas, San Francisco, Madrid, Rotterdam and new York, this exhibition dedicated to couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier makes its tenth stop in Paris, further enriched by pieces that have been designed especially.

    Curious about every culture and counterculture, Jean-Paul Gaultier grasps current trends, advocating the right to be different, thus constructing new ways of making and wearing fashion. Diversions, transformations, transgressions and reinterpretations: he breaks down barriers between cultures, but also between sexes. He creates a new androgyny, playfully reversing the codes of an overly sexualised fashion. The exhibition gathers together more than 180 accessorised ensembles, mostly from haute couture collections, but also prêt-à-porter designed between 1976 and 2015. Numerous archive objects and documents are also displayed for the firs time and illustrate his most legendary artistic collaborations. B.D
    Until 3rd August. www.grandpalais.fr

  • "Barocco a Roma" at the Foundation Roma Museo, Palazzo Cipolla, Rome.

    Since its conception in the early 17th century to its apogee under Pope Urbain VIII, until the intervention of Pope Alexandre VII Chigi, who gave the Italian capital a new face, this exhibition charts the artistic and intellectual revolution that has made Rome the irrefutable capital of baroque.

    Especially and only during this event, certain places including the Magi Chapel, Borromini Church and even the curiosity cabinet of Athanasius Kircher, restored for the occasion, are open to visitors.
    Until 26th July. www.mostrabaroccoroma.it

  • The Courson Plant Day, Domaine de Chantilly, Chantilly.

    Organiser of the Plant Day, Domaine de Chantilly hosts the 62nd edition of this indispensable rendezvous. From the parc de Courson to Chantilly Park, the osmosis between the place where the history of gardens

    and landscaping was written and the world of ornamental plants will be on display at the foot of the castle for three days. Under the theme “Plants and Transmission”, this 2015 edition is a chance to experience a meeting of nursery owners who select plants that best respond to the transmission criteria. It is question of beauty, of course, but also of rusticity, adaptability, lands and exhibitions. An elaborate inventory through the work of landscapers who open up botanical and historical gardens.

  • "Textile Architecture" at La Nef, Montpellier.

    For its second exhibition, La Nef lends itself to a series of spectacular demonstrations. The size of the Chapelle de la Visitation play host to textile creations that,

    taken from the apparel sector and fashion accessories, take on an architectural dimension. From panels designed to structure the area to hanging pieces or posed work and monumental installations…through works that flood the space like semi-immaterial landscapes, eight designers invite visitors to discover the world of alternative textiles.
    Until 30th May. B.D

  • "Shelley Spector: Keep the Home Fires Burning" at the Museum of Art, Philadelphia.

    Philadelphia-based artist Shelley Spector creates a sculptural environment with independent and even hanging works. Her use of wood, old textiles, pieces of furniture and other recycled materials bring a precise touch to large structures.

    Flowers, birdcages, tomatoes made of wool balls, wood and fabrics are united with embroidery to create a unique, particularly poetic universe. Shelley Spector explores the ways in which aspects of traditional American folklore translate themselves universally.
    Until 5th September. B.D www.philamuseum.org

  • "Canaletto, Rome-London-Venice" at Caumont Centre of Art, Aix-en-Provence.

    Recognised as the emblematic figure of the veduta painting movement, an 18th century Venetian artistic creation, Canaletto draws particular attention to the use of light. Around fifty canvases and drawings, from international public and private collections,

    illustrate the different phases of his artistic career in Rome, London and Venice. A selection of the exhibition is dedicated to experimental techniques pioneered by this artist. Canaletto established a systematic and scientific approach to reworking open-air drawings, aided by a camera oscura. Until 13th September. B.D

  • "Personal Strucutres – Crossing Borders" at the Palais Mora and Bembo, Venice.

    As part of the Biennale di Vienezia 2015, the European Cultural Centre presents a compilation of both famous and less well-known artistic pieces.

    Originally from Europe but also other parts of the world, these express their reflections of time, space and existence is a variety of different ways. Sometimes presented individually, sometimes in a collective fashion, these works offer a wide range of work by one hundred different artists, including video, sculptures, paintings, drawings, photos and installations. Until 22nd November. B.D

  • "Leiris & Co." at the Centre Pompidou, Metz.

    An intersection of art, literature and ethnography, this Michel Leiris exhibition is the first dedicated to this major intellectual in the 20th century.

    Forcefully rallied by the questions and ideals of his era, Leiris was simultaneously poet, writer, biographer, ethnographer and intimate friend to the greatest artists and authors of his time. Across almost 350 works, including a number of masterpieces by his nearest and dearest (Mirò, André Masson, Giacometti, Picasso, Francis Bacon…), artistic objects and African or West Indian works of arts, as well as original archives and documnts, this exhibition accurately reflects numerous sides of Leiris’s talent, his passions and his engagements, whilst also highlighting the innovative character(istics) of his work.
    Until 14th September. B.D

  • "The Tudors" at the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris.

    Of all the dynasties that have ascended to the throne of England, the Tudors, who reigned from 1485 until 1603, are certainly amongst the most popular. Behind the stories heavily inspired by their private lives,

    these monarchs have deeply marked the history of their kingdom, regardless of political, religious or cultural views. Artists from Italy, Flanders and Germanic courts leant their services to the English court, responding to a new desire for royal representation. And it is within the confines of these influences that original forms of the English Renaissance were developed. This exhibition is the first in France dedicated to this subject.
    Until 19th July. B.D

  • "Shared Sacred Sites" at Mucem, Marseille.

    The question of religious identities is a highly sensitive one, amongst those raised by ‘living together’ in the Mediterranean. From this point of view,

    the inner seas seem to represent a space of separation and conflict. Shaking certainties, destroying prejudice and questioning what we all share, in every sense of the word; this is the ambition of the exhibition that, through contemporary accounts and historic pieces, immerses visitors in the heart of shared sacred sites as perceived by followers of different religions. A necessary reminder in these troubled times.
    Until 31st August. B.D

  • « Charles Pollock: A Retrospective » at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.

    Italy’s first exhibition and major retrospective dedicated to Charles Pollock, older brother of Jackson Pollock gathers together over 120 paintings, drawings, photos and documents, including several that have never been exhibited previously.

    The story of Charles Pollock bears witness to the “American century”. From New York, where he studied art to Paris where he died, this retrospective retraces the footsteps of an artist, who represents a testament to the cultural richness of America during 1930s. From regionalism to abstraction, different periods of Pollock’s work recount the artistic revolution of a sensitive man, in the midst of an unfolding revolution.
    Until 14th September. B.D. www.guggenheim-venice.it

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