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October 2015
It’s Now

Béatrice Delamotte

Every week, PLUME VOYAGE Magazine offers you a selection of cultural news and international exhibitions. To end this month of October, we take you to Washington, to admire the paintings of Staechelin and Im Obersteg collections, to Versailles in the heart of Louis XIV’s life, to Vienna, to discover the work of Joseph Cornell or to Paris to admire Philippe Halsman photographs. We also invite you to discover “Alex Katz. Here and now “at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, “Istanbul-Antwerp. Two harbours. Two Cities « at MAS | Museum Aan of Stroom in Antwerp, “Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington and “Joaquin Toerres-Garcia: The Arcadian Modern” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Meyer photographs about the world of polo in Deauville, in Vienna to focus on the Russian avant-garde during the October Revolution and in Düsseldorf to marvel at the paintings of the Spanish painter Zurbaràn. And for those who prefer nature, Royaumont Abbey invites you to a weekend in its gardens, the New National Museum of Monaco and the work of Fausto Melotti. Unless you prefer the works inspired by Ovid at the Louvre Lens or Edvard Munch retrospective at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. Or yet, the very beautiful exhibition of Japanese prints of Kuniyoshi at the Petit Palais. We also take you to Basel to discover the works of russian painters which survived the revolution, to Paris in search of Florentis at the time of the Medici, to Venice to discover indian artist V.S. Gaitonde’s masterpiece and finally Versailles for the bicentenary of the Toile de Jouy. Come on, its all happening now!

  • "From Gauguin to Picasso" at the Phillips Collection, Washington.

    With the paintings of Swiss Staechelin and Im Obersteg collections, the Phillips Collection presents a unique exhibition of the greatest paintings of the greatest modern artists.

    More than sixty works are thus united – paintings by the greatest names of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – from Van Gogh to Picasso, Chagall to Gauguin. The exhibition helps distinguish the various movements that have marked the history of modern art and compare the two approaches of the two major collectors, Staechelin and Im Obersteg.
    Until the 10th of October. B.D. www.phillipscollection.org

  • "Louis de Versailles, a king, a city"

    at the Gallery of Foreign Affairs of the library, Versailles.

    Municipal library, municipal archives, School of Fine Arts in Versailles and Lambinet museum combine their collections – precious manuscripts, celebrations books, paintings and sculptures, posters, prints … – supplemented with exceptional pieces loaned by the public establishment of Versailles, the Forney library (Paris), the Army Museum and the town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, to trace the life of the King, illustrate the events of his reign and highlight the special position he is still owning in this century.
    Until the 16 January 2016.

  • "Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust" at the Kunst Historisches Museum, Vienna.

    Following the exhibition devoted to Lucian Freud, "Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust" continues to explore the work of the museum modern masters.

    One of the most original artists of the twentieth century, Cornell has never received artistic training, but his work has inspired and influenced many artists in the world, including Americans, from Rauschenberg to Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol and even current minimalist artists. Although he barely left the Queens, in New York, his knowledge of Europe is particularly amazing. His creations reflect those metaphorical journeys, both in time and space.
    Until the 10th of January 2016. B.D. www.khm.at

  • "Philippe Halsman, astonish me! » at Jeu de Paume, Paris.

    During forty years, Philippe Halsman led a distinguished career since his debut in Paris in the 1930s until the huge success of his New York studio between 1940 and 1970. The exhibition highlights all of his works through nearly 300 photographs.

    Far from only being a celebrity photographer, Halsman has continued throughout his life to experiment and push the boundaries of his medium. Portraits, fashion, reporting, advertising, personal projects, private and institutional requests, he tried everything with this straight approach that characterizes him, perfect technical skills and attention to detail.
    Until the 24th of January 2016. B.D. www.jeudepaume.org

  • "Alex Katz. Here and now "at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.

    Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the exhibition presents a collection of 35 works,

    some monumental that illustrate the importance of landscape in the practice of the artist, known for his portraits, and what Katz calls “the representation of time”, resulting at the same time the simultaneity of seeing and perceiving, here and now. Figurative painter Alex Katz’s career began in the 1950s at a time when abstraction was reigning. Opposing the contemporary critic, who rejected any depiction in art, especially figurative art, Katz was part faux facing the formal research of abstract expressionism. Looking to capture “anything that occurs”, his work is characterized by a sober pictorial space, virtually devoid of depth, composed of intensely descriptive, clear and clean lines.
    Until the 7th of February 2016.

  • "Istanbul-Antwerp. Two harbours. Two Cities « at MAS | Museum Aan of Stroom, Antwerp.

    As part of the Europalia Turkey art festival, the exhibition brings together works by ten artists who examine the critical role that water held in the rise of Istanbul and emphasize the similarities with Antwerp.

    Where water and land meet, civilizations also encounter . Where men do business, have access to other worlds, they exchange ideas and absorb the differences. These human interactions, combined with harbour infrastructure and new materials such as steel and concrete, have played a major role in the development of cities such as Antwerp and Istanbul, and their environment. The exhibition includes videos, films and installations by contemporary Turkish artists and a selection of unique treasures illustrating the past of these two harbour cities.
    Until the 24th of” January 2016.
    B.D. www.mas.be

  • "Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington.

    Known for its iconic way of making portraits and fashion photographs, including for Vogue, Irving Penn ranks as one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century.

    For this first retrospective dedicated to his work, we rediscover all stages of his career, street scenes from the late 1930s to celebrity portraits, fashion photos and still lifes. Each of them reveals a modernist instinct that primarily puts the stress on simplicity and elegance.
    Until the 20th of March 2016.

  • "Joaquin Toerres-Garcia: The Arcadian Modern" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

    The exhibition dedicated to the art of Joaquin Torres-Garcia, one of the most complex and iconic modern masters of the first half of the twentieth century, embraces the whole work of art.

    Drawings, paintings, objects, sculptures and original notebooks of the artist provide insight into his creative journey. A large part focuses on the 1923-1933 period, when Torres-Garcia participated in various avant-garde movements of European modernism, while establishing his own constructivist signature but also the 1935-1943 period, when he produced one of the most striking directories of synthetic abstraction, when returning from Uruguay.
    Until the 15th of February 2016. B.D. www.moma.org

  • "Polosuperpose" Deauville.

    As part of the "Planche (s) Contact» festival in Deauville, the Nîmes photographer Meyer focused on the world of polo.

    As part of the “Planche (s) Contact» festival in Deauville, the Nîmes photographer Meyer focused on the world of polo. Photojournalist of the new generation, Meyer is a founding member of the Tendance Floue collective that draws its inspiration in a social and humanistic approach. For this exhibition, Meyer spent several weeks in residence, a work that allows him today to present this series about the tough world of polo.
    Until the 29th of November. B.D. www.deauville-photo.fr

  • "Love in Times of Revolution" at the Kunstforum, Vienna.

    Equal status of production and living environment, the Russian avant-garde put men and women at the same level.

    The October Revolution of 1917 does not therefore highlight the image of the “loner genius” artist , but establishes an interconnection between art and life, public and private. Artist couples such as Varvara Stepanova and Alexandr Rodchenko, Natalia Goncharova and Larionov connect all kinds of artistic creation with the training of theories and aesthetic actions, the political aspiration for a life change.
    Until the 31st of January 2016. B.D.

  • "A weekend in the Gardens" at the Abbey of Royaumont.

    Highlight of the season, the weekend at the Gardens bring together all outdoor enthusiasts around shows, danced walks, dance courses and workshops for children and adults.

    The opportunity to (re) discover the Cistercian abbey of Royaumont – cultural center for meetups – and the exceptional framework of the park and its three gardens: the cloister, the medieval garden of nine squares and the new contemporary allegorical garden will be the scenes of many entertaining activities.
    On the 17th and 18th of October. B.D. www.royaumont.com

  • "Zurbaràn, the master of detail" at the Kunstpalast Museum, Düsseldorf.

    After the exhibitions dedicated to Caravaggio (2006) and Greco (2012), the Kunspalast Museum is interested in the work of Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbaràn.

    With over 70 masterpieces from around the world, this retrospective scans his work, performed mainly in Seville. His sculptural figures seem illuminated by faith and reveal a great craftmanship of light and modelling. Contrasting with his portraits of monks in ascetic austerity, his holy paintings express the charm of Sevillanas. Dubbed as the “Spanish Caravaggio” Zurbaràn demonstrates a strikingly modernity in the expression of these personalities.
    Until the 31st of January 2016. B.D. www.smkp.de

  • "Fausto Melotti" at the New National Museum of Monaco

    The new Monaco National Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to the multifaceted polmorphous work of one of the greatest artists of the interwar and the post-war periods in Italy. It brings together twenty metal sculptures by over 70 of its ceramics.

    The idea of ​​this event began with a statement on the relationship between Leotti and Domus magazine, founded in 1928 by Gio Ponti. The exhibition shows works mainly through photographs that have been published in Domus between 1948 and 1968 and articles devoted to the artist in the magazine and those written by Melotti himself. 
Until the 17th of January 2016.
    B.D. www.nmnm.mc

  • "Metamorphoses" at the Louvre Lens

    Tremendous source of inspiration for artists since antiquity, Ovid suggested many works to great artists: paintings by Van Dyck and Delacroix, Carpeaux and Rodin sculptures, furniture, art objects or book illustrated by Picasso.

    Thirty works from museums in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais are thus gathered for this exceptional exhibition. They offer a fascinating insight into the world of the beautiful Narcissus, the dark Medea or the intrepid Icarus.
Until the 21st of March.

  • "Edvard Munch Archetypes" at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum, Madrid.

First exhibition of the Norwegian artist in Spain since 1984, Archetypes makes us (re) discover a selection of eighty works by the artist who marked his time such as Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin.

    Although Munch has never abandoned figurative art, he broke with the visible world and explored the hidden spiritual dimension of reality to capture the universal themes of life, love and death through an innovative art language, which evolved from symbolism to expressionism.
 Until the 17th of January 2016.

  • "Fantastic! Kuniyoshi, demon of prints "at the Petit Palais

    For the first time in France, the works of the extraordinary artist, Kuniyoshi, are exposed.

    Through significant Japanese loans, supplemented by those from French institutions, the 250 works on display testify of his great dramatic force and expressive beauty. The exhibition also tells the role of this high-quality imaging and its importance in Japanese society. The work of Kuniyoshi, once admired by Monet and Rodin, has greatly influenced the art of manga and the tattoo since then.

    Until the 7th of January, 2016.

  • “In search of 0,10 - The last futurist painting exhibition”

    at the Beyeler Foundation, Basel. With this exhibition, the Beyeler Foundation celebrates a memorable moment in the evolution of modern and contemporary art.

    100 years ago, in 1915, 14 artists of the russian avant-garde collectively exhibited their work in Petrograd (now known as St. Petersburg). This revolutionary exhibition prompted the end of the Cubism and Futurism trends which dominated the pan-European art scene at the time, and marked the birth of Suprematism and Costructivism. Only one third of the 154 works from the original exhibition along with 2 photographs, a few orginal posters, and copies of the unillustrated catalogue survived this turbulent period. These works and original documents were recovered after many years of research.
    Until the 10th of january 2016.

  • “Florence, Portraits at the court of the Medicis” at the Jacquemart-André Museum, Paris.

    In the 16th century, the art of portraiture became increasingly common among the Florentine elite, who had found in it a means of capturing their facial characteristics and social status for posterity.

    The exhibition unites the great Florentine portrait painters, around approximately 40 works of art. Through the eyes of the painters experimenting with new ways of representing their contemporaries, the exhibition allows visitors to appreciate the style developments of the Cinquecento, a particularly eventful century in cultural and religious terms. The early 16th century portraits of the republican period in all their gravitas gave way to heroic representations of men at war, symbols of military and political conflicts that led the Medici to seize power in Florence in 1530.
    Until the 25th of January. B.D. www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

  • « V.S. Gaitonde : Painting as Process, Painting as Life »

    at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venise.

    Comprising over 40 paintings and works on paper from across the world, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection puts on the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of the Indian painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde. Gaitonde’s work explores modern indian art and revists a 20th century far from the euro-american paradigm. Known for his uncompromising artistic integrity, Gaitonde developed his own non-objective style towards the end of the 1950s.
    Until the 10th of january 2016. B.D. www.guggenheim-venice.it

  • « La fibre des héros » at the Lambinet museum, Versailles.

    Through works on printed canvas, this exhibitions allows visitors to rediscover the ideas and events which fascinated society at the end of the 18th century and in the first half of the 19th century.

    The character based canvases, loyal to the neo-classical canons fashionable at the time, often represent ancient heros whilst others depict literary, military or scientific heros and scenes from the contemporary world. They also show the flight of the first hot air-balloons and even historically significant naval battles. These ultra-narrative paintings were primarily produced by the Jouey-en-Josas manufacture which was founded by Christophe-Philippe Oberkamps in 1760.

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