Every week, PLUME VOYAGE Magazine offers you a selection of cultural news and international exhibitions. To round off the month of september, we recommend that you visit the Festival des illustrateurs and the 10th anniversary of the Young Illustrators museum in Moulins, unless you prefer to discover the work of the Chinese artist Xu Zhen in Graz, Austria, that of Alejandro Lodorowsky at the CAPC of Bordeaux, or to see the monumental works by major contemporary artists at the Metz Pompidou Centre. We also invite you to travel to Korea through the wonderful exhibition at the musée des Arts Décoratifs, to jump over to Saint-Tropez to discover the works of swiss artist Claudia Meyer, unless you prefer to travel to Brussels to see the work of indian born Rina Banerjee. Or even go to New York, to uncover the links which unite the works of South American and Eastern European artists, discover an exhibition dedicated to the Titan Tityus, Josef Koudelka’s photography in Madrid, the emerging french contemporary art scene in Lyon and the superbe Pop Art exhibition in London, the Meuser sculptures in Brussels, the work of Mazerolle at Roubaix, the works of neapolitan painters in Montpellier and the mysterious Osiris in Paris. Come on, it’s happening now!
For three days, Moulins plays host to the Festival des illustrateurs.
This event aims to promote and increase awareness of the art of illustration in all its forms. Artists of the graphic world are honoured through exhibitions and retrospectives in the towns histroric district. From Marion Fayolle’s surealism to Sempe’s humour, including the work of Claude Ponti, this festival is the chance to discover many talented artists. And to prolong the journey, its off to the musée de l’Illustration jeunesse (Young Illustrators Museum) to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
Until the 27th of september. B.D. www.festivaldesillustrateurs.com
Figurehead of a younger generation of chinese artists, Xu Zhen presents works that mirror a rapidly evolving Chinese art scene.
From his use of conceptual art up to Re-enactment, his works always offer a critique of the system whilst reflecting a craftsman’s precision. Sculptures, photographs and films confront Xu Zhen’s work with contemporary China without denying social-political and cultural taboos.
Until 10th of january 2016.
Alejandro Jodorowsky has impacted generations of actors, writers, film directors and visual artists by his striking and prolific work.
The CAPC, museum of contemporary art of Bordeaux, will present the first major retrospective of this internationally acclaimed Chilean artist. His anti-conformist and pluralist work has reached a large audience and also triggered a true cult through its symbolic, philosophical and sometimes esoteric dimensions.
For this project, The CAPC has provided the artist with the nave of the museum to exhibit his collection of work.
Until the 31st of october.
From Pablo Picasso to Anish Kapoor including Fernand Léger, Joan Mirò, Louise Nevelson and Julio Le Parc, the Beacons exhibition highlights a selection of masterpieces rarely shown to the public due to their size.
19 monumental pieces from the Centre Pompidou collection have been selected to illustrate the journey through the history of art from the 20th to the 21st century. Unfolding in the museum’s ‘Grand Nef’, the tour is complemented by a rich informative experience which allows visitors to slip behind the scenes of the creation of these masterpieces. Until the 15th of feburary 2016. B.D.
“Korea Now! Craft, Design, Fashion and Graphic Design Korea” at the musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
Under the title Korea Now! the exhibition brings together more than 700 works of art by 150 artists,
artisans, designers, fashion designers and graphic designers in almost all of the museum’s temporary exhibition spaces. The public will discover the eclectic mix of styles, tastes and creations and the contemporary brilliance of this astounding artistic heritage still little known in europe. Nowadays, Seoul is not only a cultural melting pot but above all a centre of creative effervescence whose trends are followed closely on the international design and fashion scenes.
Until the 3rd of January. B.D. www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr
This autumn at l’Hôtel de Paris, Swiss artist Claudia Meyer will be presenting a selection of 30 works, some of which are of monumental size and made using transparent materials and LED lights.
Through her creations, the young woman presents her original and magical interpretation of “The Sea World”. After training as a graphic designer in Lucerne, Claudia Meyer worked in Stuttgart before later moving to New York. Since then, she regularly exhibits her Artworks in Fine Art galleries, private collections, auctions and Art fairs.
Until the 12th of November. B.D. www.hoteldeparis-sainttropez.com
What parallels and connections can be drawn among arists active in Latin America and Eastern Europe in the 1960s and 1970s?
This is the question that Transmissions… aims to answer. Through its selection featuring 300 works, drawn from the museums own collection (some of which are on view for the first time), Transmissions… explores the experimentation and circulation of artisitic ideas during these decades which, in theory, were very far from one another.
Until the 3rd of january 2016. B.D. www.moma.org
For this exhibition, Indian artist Rina Banerjee has specifically produced a series of artworks (sculptures, wooden panels, large format drawings) which illustrate her reflections on the theme of movement, which she interprets in a positive
(journeys that generate a great cultural diversity and richness) as well as a more abrupt way, with the forced physical circulation of bodies due to war, terrorism and thereby implicating migrations of every kind. Hence colonisation, the uprooting of populations are dealt with in complex, colourful and powerful forms. Rina Banerjee has indeed taken an interest in the mobility of bodies, but under the guise of a fervent criticism of their commoditisation.
Until the 24th of october. B.D. www.galerie-obadia.com
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Phildephia. The exhibition focuses on
one of the finest works by the great Flemish painter Rubens, Prométhée enchaîné. This ambitious, large-scale painting, described by the artist himself as “the flower of my stock,” will be presented alongside works by the Renaissance and Baroque masters who inspired Rubens’s dramatic treatment of the eternal torment to which the Titan Prometheus was condemned by Zeus for giving the gift of fire to humanity. These include Michelangelo’s famous drawing of the Titan Tityus, on loan from the British Royal Collection, and Titian’s large canvas depicting the same subject from the collection of the Museo del Prado.
Until the 6th of december. B.D. www.philamuseum.org
Joseph Koudelka, who was originally trained as an engineer, started his photography career in the mid 1960s and is one of the most influential photographers of his generation.
His work, which is midway between art and documentary, has made of him a living legend. This selection of more than 150 pieces by the french-nationalied Czech photographer covers his entire trajectory, covering his first experimental projects created in the late 1950s and 1960s, his historical series Gypsies, Invasion and Exiles, and his major panoramic landscapes of more recent years. The title of the exhibition depicts a sense of a missing homeland and a sense of uprooting which has been a feature of his work since his exile from Czechoslovakia following the Soviet invasion of Prague. The collection is also a reflection of his constant interest in regions in conflict.
Until 29th of November. B.D. www.fundacionmapfre.org
The 13th Lyon Biennial is an occasion for Palais de Tokyo to present “Le Parfait flâneur”, a collective adventure concieved as a stroll,
in the huge Halle Giraud, an industrial wasteland located next to La Sucrière. Loyal to its desire to promote the contemporary french art scene at major international events, Palais de Tokyo, through the means of this exhibition, showcases artists who are relatively unknown to the public. All the while allowing the artists to present their works in this immense and untouched space for the first time. The experience on offer is one where the public can discover an unstable scenery composed of installations (for some on a grand scale), videos, scultures and sounds. Inspired by the space they occupy, the art works radiate a baudelarian atmosphere specific to “la flanerie” or the art of wandering.
Until the 4th of October. B.D. www.palaisdetokyo.com
From Latin America to Asia, and from Europe to the Middle East, The World goes Pop aims to reveal how artists from all over the world grasped the Pop art movement.
Through an exploration of the artistic movements traditional historiography, the exhibition, of approximately 160 works created in the 60s and 70s and many of which are exhibited in London for the first time, highlights the approaches through which different cultures directly contributed to and responded to Pop art.
Until the 24th of January 2016. B.D. www.tate.org.uk
For his first solo exhibition, german artist Meuser presents a series of works created using objects collected from landfill sites.
Items which he recycles into sculptures rooted in his childhood in a working-class district of Essen, the bastion of the all-powerful steel-manufacturing industry of West Germany. Behind their abstract forms, the artists works are of autobiographical – but also social and collective – reality. The pieces of metal, whose past functionality we deduce but cannot identify, are remnants of our material culture, and symbols of the mechanization of production and widespread consumerism.
9th of september to the 24th of october.
Two hundred and fifty antiquities uncovered after seven years of underwater excavation, supplemented by around forty objects from museums in Cairo and Alexandria are presented at this landmark exhibition.
Under the auspices of archeologist Franck Goddio, who led the excavation, visitors have the opportunity to enter the mysterious universe of the legend of Osiris. Monuments, statues, ritual instruments, cultural offerings attest to the celebration of the divine founder of egyptian civilisation.
Until the 31st of january 2016. B.D. www.imarabe.org
Alexis-Joseph Mazerolle was one of the most popular artists of his generation and has decorated the private mansions of princes, politicians and leading industrialists.
Indeed, Theatre Baden-Baden, the Opera Garnier, the great theater of Angers, the Drama Conservatory and the Paris stock exchange all still have large compositions by the painter. Forgotten as a result of the loss of part of his work and because of his membership of the academic stream, which was highly criticised in the twentieth century, Mazerolle deserves to be paid tribute to. This retrospective shows the journey and working methods of an artist in accordance with his time and highlights his originality.
Until the 13th of september. B.D. www.roubaix-lapiscine.com
From the arrival of Caravaggio in 1606 until the triomphe of Solimena shortly before 1700, neopolitan painting has evolved from expressionist and tragic naturalism, to a baroque and sensual taste for colour and movement.
Religious and mythological topics, battles, still life and landscapes all reflect the fruitfulness and the imaginaiton of neapolitan painters, the most influential of whom can be discovered here. Through numerous french and foreign loans, this exhibition offers a vast window into one of the shining eras of italian art.
Until the11th of october. B.D. www.museefabre-montpellier3m.fr