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september 2016
It’s Now

Béatrice Delamotte

End of this month of September in beauty with many new exhibitions: Hergé and his artistic universe at the Grand Palais, Francis Bacon at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or Magritte at the Centre Pompidou. Unless you prefer the ephemeral work by Les Nivaux duo which recreates the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing for the Nuit Blanche in Paris. And also full of new exhibitions with the one devoted to Picasso at the Château Palmer, the great retrospective dedicated to Fantin-Latour at the Luxembourg Museum, the representation of all forms of dream at the Cantini museum in Marseille or the African American art at the Quai Branly museum. And also, a fine selection of exhibitions in Europe: Wilmotte & Associés in Versailles, the movement of the Blue Rider in Riehen in Switzerland, the Open House Festival in Jerusalem and contemporary dance which invests the museum Confluence in Lyon, Claude Parent fashion illustrator and Parade at Mucem and those which open: Caravaggio in the Galleria Borghese and Edme Bouchardon at the Louvre, we head to Marseille to discover the paintings of Françoise Petrovitch, in Deauville to lock onto the Mondaine clocks on the famous wooden boards, in Beirut to explore the work of fifty artists before ending in Amsterdam for the last days of an exhibition dedicated to Japan.

  • "Hergé" at the Grand Palais, Paris

    This exhibition offers the opportunity

    to decipher the art of Hergé, cartoonist who uses all means available to him and never deprives herself to learn from other arts. The ancient and primitive civilizations fascinate him. He forever admires the great masters. He tries himself to painting in the 1960s it was at this time that he also has a passion for the most avant-garde artists of his time and collects Warhol, Lichtenstein, Fontana, Dubuffet, Raynaud. In his squares, as in the cinema, painting or photography, he multiplies plans, frameworks and perspectives. A whole set of processes that help him compose these scenes, these images whose strength has scored readers generations of Tintin.

    Until the 15th of January 2017. www.grandpalais.fr

  • "Cross The Scan / Abbey Road" place Igor Stravinsky, Paris

    Copy / paste the London Abbey Road zebra crossing made famous by the Beatles

    in the heart of Paris. This is the challenge held by Les Nivaux, a couple of guest artists who, for over five years, return their scanner glass against the floor. They are digitizing the mythical places around the world to then “photojournalising » them in other territories, inaugurating a new and unique concept of photography. For Nuit Blanche 2016, the Pompidou Centre welcomes their work Cross The Scan / Abbey Road last fruit of their artistic explorations. It reproduces the pedestrian crossing in actual size and exact orientation. The public only has to walk in the footsteps of the Beatles.

  • "Francis Bacon: from Picasso to Velazquez"

    At the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.

    Fervent Francophile, Francis Bacon was an avid consumer of classical French literature and passionate about the art of Picasso and Van Gogh settled in France, and painters who preceded them like Degas, Gauguin and Matisse. The exhibition of nearly 80 paintings brings together some of the most significant paintings and lesser-known of the British artist, with regard to the work of great French and Spanish masters who had great influence on his career. Transgressor in his life and in his work, Bacon achieved several hitherto difficult to break boundaries and set the human face in a mirror where he can contemplate in all its crudity and violence.
    Until the 8th of 8 January 2017. www.guggenheim-bilbao.es

  • "Magritte - The treachery of images" at the Centre Pompidou, Paris

    Bringing together emblematic and other little-known works by Belgian artist René Magritte,

    The exhibition offers a new reading of one of the major figures of modern art. Patterns are associated to his art (Curtains, Shades, Words, Flames, Fragmented bodies …) that the painter puts together and reconstructs over his work. The event replaces each of these patterns in the context of a story of invention of painting, commissioning philosophical question of our representations: the curtains, the ancient quarrel between realism that took the form of a contest between Zeuxis and Parrhasios. With words, the biblical story of the worship of the golden calf that confronts the written law and pagan images. Flames and confined spaces, the allegory of Plato’s cave. The shades, the story of the invention of painting recounted by Pliny the Elder.

    Until the 23rd of January 2017. www.centrepompidou.fr

  • "Perspectives"

    at the Château Palmer, Margaux.

    André Villers, Edward Quinn and Mart Engelen, three photographers who knew Pablo Picasso over the years and whose images deliver an intimate portrait of the painter. In 1953, André Villers met Picasso in Vallauris. He spent several years in observing and photographing him. Edwar Quinn, photographer of the jetset from the fifties on the French Riviera, met the painter in 1951 on the occasion of an exhibition of ceramics and has developed close links with the artist. He created a series of portraits in both a professional and personal level. Finally Mart Engelen, visited many places where Picasso lived and worked, from Vallauris to Cannes, via Vauvenargues and Mougins … looking for “Picasso mind.”
    Until the 20th of December. www.chateau-palmer.com

  • "Fantin-Latour on edge" at the Luxembourg Museum, Paris.

    Interior scenes with striking realism,

    Still lives reinvented in real portraits of flowers and dreams made of enchanting body, the painting work of Henri Fantin-Latour reveals the many facets of a virtuoso artist who lived and experienced the consecration during his life. Named paintings « of imagination,” his paintings are reminiscent of Odilon Redon or even foreshadow Marc Chagall with these ill-defined shapes and these clouds of smoke dream. Long confined to a work of orders, Fantin-Latour “pleased” in his own words, once gained fame to work, on compositions that take him more to heart.
    Until the 12th of February 2017. www.museeduluxembourg.fr

  • "The Dream" at the Cantini Museum, Marseille.

    In history, different areas of knowledge were interested in the phenomenon of dreams,

    Trying to penetrate their secrets, to discover their hidden meaning or function. Since ancient times, Egyptians, Greeks and Orientals attach great importance to dreams and interpret the dreams they compare to the great collective myths and consider such omens, prophetic visions, came a warning from heaven. To explore this area, the exhibition is organized into seven parts dedicated to the moments of the night sleep, night, dream, fantasy, nightmare, hallucination and alarm by setting the resonance works of modern and contemporary artists in all disciplines.
    Until 22 January 2017. www.lereve.marseille.fr

  • "The Color Line, African-American artists and segregation in the USA"

    at the Quai Branly Museum, Paris

    Article title of the great black leader Frederick Douglass, the term The Color Line refers to the segregation of blacks appeared in the United States after the end of the Civil War in 1865. The ratification of the 13th Amendment would open a new period in American history and slavery gave way to a century of segregation. The exhibition examines the story from the perspective of artistic creation in all its forms by African-American artists, who were themselves victims of this “color line” discriminatory and almost always marginal in their time.
    Until the 15th of January 2017. www.quaibranly.fr

  • "Architecture Passions, 40 years of creation Wilmotte & Associés"

    at the Espace Richaud, Versailles

    Expert if requalification and “contemporary grafting » it has been promoting for ten years through the corporate foundation Wilmotte, the agency Wilmotte & Associés regularly intervenes on sensitive heritage sites such as the Maison Carree in Nimes or College Bernardine in Paris. At the heart of an old chapel of the eighteenth century renovated into cultural space in the heart of Versailles, this exhibition will be the first opportunity for the agency to present to the public exemplary architectural and entrepreneurial journey which for forty years, carries the colors of a certain art of building « à la française.”
    Until November 27. www.versailles.fr

  • "Kandinsky, Marc & Der Blaue Reiter" at the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen

    For the first time in thirty years, Switzerland

    is dedicating a large exhibtion to one of the most fascinating chapters of modern art, entered in history under the name of Der Blaue Reiter “The Blue Rider”. The Munich exhibition of 1911 and the artistic movement of the same name was originally an artistic experience of a revolutionary novelty. From the works of Wassily Kandinsky owned by the Beyeler Collection, one discovers the creation of a group of avant-garde artists, marked by principles of openness and internationality which the First World War came to an end.
    Until 22 January 2017. www.fondationbeyeler.ch

  • Open House Festival

    , Jerusalem

    Established in London in 1992 by Victoria Thornton, the Open House festival helps to honor the architectural heritage of major cities by inviting the public to discover the scenes of buildings which are usually closed to him. Since 2007, Jerusalem has organized this event by offering privileged access to a hundred places, from older remaining buildings to the most contemporary buildings. For three days, visitors will be able to follow a thematic tour or accompanied by a guide and immerse into the heart of the archive room of the Israel Museum, the Mount Zion Hotel or the Sephardic synagogue which became an orphanage, but also private homes and lush gardens.
    From 22 to 24 September. www.itraveljerusalem.com

  • "Rebels Corps » at the Confluence Museum, Bordeaux

    Both installation and work of art in itself, the exhibition is an invitation to understand contemporary dance as a universal language. rebel body is aimed at both beginners and insiders and question its aesthetic and social aims, shows the different approaches of the dancing body, illustrated by iconic choreographers. The scenography is designed to be immersive by a strong presence of the image and music. The exhibition will also tour with headphones for an intense experience.
    Until 5th of March 2017. www.museedesconfluences.fr

  • "The origin of the still life in Italy

    - Caravaggio and the Master of Hartford" at the Galleria Borghese, Rome

    As part of the Roman artistic life of the sixteenth century, the Borghese Gallery has a superb exhibition devoted to successive evolutions of Caravaggio’s painting. Around 1597, he painted the famous Canestra preserved at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan, which marks a real break in his work and the birth of a pictorial genre still little used in Italy. For the first time, the “natural things » come their way onto the canvas, as faithful representation of the liberated nature of the human figure. Whoever becomes the Master of Hartford, personality distinct from that of Caravaggio, will specialize in still life and give them their credentials.

  • "Edme Bouchardon - An idea of beauty » at the the Louvre, Paris.

    Considered during his time as an exceptional artist, Edme Bouchardon became the king’s sculptor and the promoter of the revival in the arts,

    “the greatest sculptor and best designer of the century” according to Cochin. The aesthetics of Bouchardon, analyzed as a balance between the ancient reference and fidelity to nature, is beautifully transcribed by his numerous drawings, ardently sought by elite collectors of his time, as well as its earthenware models and sculptures. Artist virtuoso widely sought by the elite, he knew very early also to rely on a strong network of publishers, booksellers and influential fans in Europe to establish his reputation.
    From September 14 to December 5. www.louvre.fr

  • "Parade"

    at the Mucem, Marseille

    Barque, afters, bricks, tartans, cargo ships, passenger ships, tankers … All these boats, left the Marseille port to cross the Mediterranean and “beyond Suez” dear to Louis Brauquier are kept models reduced by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Marseille in Provence, in the secret corridors of the Palais de la Bourse. In the early twenty-first century, these fragile models have kept intact their fascination. They rekindle in us the love child of fabulous trips … They reflect the evolution of naval techniques … And they also reveal the incredible talent of designers, boat builders of the eighteenth century or simple “ship lovers” often realized after hundreds of hours of work, true works of art. Following the CCI Marseille Provence, Mucem wanted to get to the light these ships that sail in our collective unconscious. Here are a hundred models gathered on the mirror of the waves, all scales and eras, and staged by the contemporary artist Stephan Muntaner.
    Until October 24th. www.mucem.org

  • "Claude Parent: Drawing fashion"

    at the Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris

    It is a little known fact that the legendary architect (1923-2016), designer of the church Sainte-Bernadette of Nevers, practitioner and theorist of the oblique function, had performed his military service with André Courrèges and began his career as a fashion illustrator. In January-February 2016, the couturier Azzedine Alaïa devoted an exhibition to the dialogue maintained by the architect with his younger Jean Nouvel from unrealized museum projects – the last exhibition that saw Claude Parent, who died on 27 February, the day before the end of the exhibition. From the summer of 2015 to February 2016, Claude Parent had undertaken a series of fashion illustrations inspired by the creations of Azzedine Alaïa; these ink drawings, reworked with his little son Laszlo Parent, crossed a silver line marking the forward momentum of the garment, are attempts to understand an art he considered his neighbor – an art of living.
    Until 25th September. www.alaia.fr

  • "Françoise Petrovitch - Taking time off »

    at the FRAC PACA, Marseille.

    Françoise Pétrovitch reveals for the first time the extent of her practice of painting, which took a role increasingly important in her work so far mostly involving drawing and ceramics. Landscapes, portraits, gestures … with painting, formats enlarge, stretch, but the entire work remains underpinned by the same questions: double, cruelty, teen in what it announces about life. Painting as an area of ​​possible transformations, welcoming what is becoming. The exhibition presents a collection of over 100 works including many recent pieces and some never before exhibited.
    Until October 30th. www.fracpaca.org

  • Mondaine clocks punctuate the boards of Deauville.

    Strides in their time by artists and designers such as Coco Chanel and Josephine Baker, immortalized every year by the stars invited to the American Film Festival, the Deauville boardwalk constantly vibrate.

    Emblematic of the city, they are now adorned with two Swiss Mondaine clocks. The choice of these clocks is not random. Their story is itself remarkable. Inspired by the Bauhaus style, precursor of an international contemporary design, the Mondaine clocks are installed, since 1972, in over 3,000 Swiss train stations, but also in many legendary places such as Leicester Square, the MoMA in New York, Boston or San Francisco.

  • "Good Dreams Bad Dreams » at the Aïshti Foundation, Beirut.

    The exhibition brings together the work of over 56 artists and more than 160 pieces from the collection of Tony and Elham Salamé.

    By taking the title of an installation of Allen Ruppersberg, it presents the works of a multi generational group that engages in a complex analysis of American popular culture, playing a love / hate relationship with the founding myths of the American Dream . This exhibition at the Foundation is the second made from the collection of Tony and Elham Salame with over 2000 pieces.Until April 1st, 2017. www.aishti.com

  • "Japan: Modern" at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

    For the first time, the Rijksmuseum presents 170 works from the Elise Wessels collection testifying the fast modernization of Japan in the early decades of the twentieth century. The archipelago is now booming. Its modern urban centers offer a fertile climate for industry and give rise to new forms of leisure. As in Europe and America, women are pushing the old borders, forging a new model of “modern girl.” But along this optimism also is another sentiment where nostalgia dominates, fueled by uncertainty. In this era of profound change, the past is glorified as an ideal.
    Until September 11th. www.rijksmuseum.nl

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