«Monet, Renoir…Chagall. Journeys around the Mediterranean» at the Carrières de Lumières, les Baux-de-Provence. The monumental Carrières de Lumières des Baux-de-Provence is presenting a new show. Known as Marseille-Provence 2013, the European Capital of Culture, this show brings multimedia to the service of emotion and invites visitors to move freely in quarries to follow the variations of sixteen great artists on the theme of the Mediterranean. The seven sequences invite you to dive into the world of Impressionism with Monet and Renoir, Pointillism with Signac and Cross, Fauvism with Camoin, Derain, Vlaminck, Friesz, Manguin, Marquet, and Valtat…without forgetting Matisse, and even discover the vibrant colour palette of Bonnard and Dufy.
Until 5th January 2014
El Pradino at the Galerie Raphael Imbert, Paris. The amazing urban montages of El Pradino urge you to look at the world from a different perspective. A major source of inspiration, cities fascinate the artist who is returning with new destinations. New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Budapest and London and Paris have all been reinvented. El Pradino points the finger at these hallucinatory places and the consumer society that serves as their base. He approaches them, with his urban montages teeming with details and paradoxes, in some form of protest. El Pradino illustrates, through his photographs, the contrasts which haunt our cities.
From April 3rd to 29th
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«Robert Arnoux» in the Parc de Bagatelle, Neuilly-sur-Seine. The sculptor has chosen to engage the idealised framework of Bagatelle with poetry and humanist pieces of work. Thirty of his “small human societies” infiltrate the water features and the various gardens of this iconic romantic park of the eighteenth century. He evokes, in this place of fun and freedom, the pursuit of happiness and shared love, or the art of living together in a peaceful society, respectful of nature. An exhibition he designed as a tribute to photographer Edouard Boubat and with reference to the book “L’Homme Joie” by Chrisitian Bobin.
Until June 2nd
«An English Spring» at the Elsa Vanier Gallery, Paris.To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Elsa Vanier Gallery is organising several events the first of which is devoted to ten jewellers and goldsmiths from around the world, based in the United Kingdom and exhibited for the first time in France. Selected to illustrate the diversity of styles in the art of jewellery and silverware across the Channel, the featured pieces testify to the broad range of inspirations. Whether you find yourself before the Gothic black and gold pieces by Jacqueline Cullen or the exquisite figurines of Rie Taniguchi inspired by ancient legends, the overriding feeling is that you’ve never seen it before. This exhibition has received the support of the Goldsmiths’ Company which has guaranteed the quality of precious metals used in jewellery and silverware in the United Kingdom for 700 years.
Until April 30th
«Peter Vos. Métamorphoses» at the Institut Néerlandais, Paris. One of the most important illustrators in the Netherlands during the post-war years, Peter Vos was devoted to plastic questions as well as universal and timeless themes. The pieces of work selected for this exhibition, in collaboration with the Fondation Custodia, have metamorphosis as their common element. Those of the Latin poet Ovid first of all, especially those who see man change into a bird. But also the metamorphoses of certain figures from classic fables, or even a mythology that is uniquely personal to the artist.
Until May 26th
«Peplum. L’Antiquité spectacle» at the Musée Gallo-Romain in Lyon.We know the influence that Antiquity – an antiquity more imaginary than real – had on the painting style of the second half of the nineteenth century. Some artists, like Gérôme and Cabanel, were incidentally designated as the direct ancestors of film epics. One of the merits of this exhibition is, if not to deny this influence, but to gain perspective. Because alongside the big machines of the cinema, the theatre played an important role and probably an even more direct role in the birth of Antiquity being put on film.
Until April 7th
«L’âge du faire» at the Cité du Design, Saint-Etienne. The association Particule 14 is presenting, at the Biennale de Design in Saint-Etienne, its fourth exhibition. Following the collective theme of the biennale, «Empathy and experience of the other», they have chosen to explore urbanity with objects, pieces of furniture and installations that develop techniques involving steel and lightweight concrete. Twelve designers (architects, graphic designers, plant designers, writers, chefs and culinary designers) will present their work at the exhibition that they have created through collaboration with Tôlerie Forezienne (fine sheet metalwork) and LCDA concrete.
From March 14th to 31st
« Charlotte Perriand et le Japon » at the Museum of Modern Art, Saint-Etienne. The mission of Charlotte Perriand in Japan from 1940 as well as the relationship that endured until the control of the Maison de Thé (1993) have inspired never-before-seen design proposals. The evocation of her first exhibition “Tradition-Sélection-Création”, precedes the reconstitution of “Proposition pour une synthèse des arts”, held in Tokyo. Some of her personal creations and post-war collaborations with Steph Simon are also being presented, as well as some missing pieces that have been recreated for the occasion at the request of Pernette Pierriand par Cassina, the brand that exclusively edits the models of Charlotte Perriand the world over.
Until May 26th
«Les androïdes rêvent-ils de cochons électriques ?» at the Cité du Design, Saint-Etienne.
Throughout the cohabitation between man and animal, the uses of animals for the benefit of man have been transformed. Most utilitarian roles assigned to animals – hunting, agriculture, mobility, communication – has been abandoned in favour of technology. The animal continues to be exploited and even overexploited for its meat, skin and organs even when, at the same time, it is absent from our lives. At a critical time for large industrial systems, human-animal relationships are being re-examined. Can we rethink the animal condition? What is its place and status in the contemporary world? How does design question this relationship? Through a selection of artefacts, the exhibition engages visitors in a reflection on the complex relationship that unites us to the animal. From March 14th to 31st
«Transversality Middle East» at the galerie BSL, Paris. Dedicated this year to the Middle East, the “Transversality” exhibition is showing works edited by the Galerie BSL featuring pieces by invited designers and producers. A way for Béatrice Saint-Laurent, founder of the gallery, “to offer a cross-talk with other players on the design scene, by presenting an exhibition made of multiple voices, but thought as one world.” Among the works presented: the new Tessera Series by Marc Baroud edited by the Carwan Gallery (Lebanon), the Auction table and the Palm line by Khalid Shafar (Dubai), the aluminum lighting pieces by Cyrille Najjar (Lebanon), the luxurious home ware collections edited by Gaia&Gino (Turkey) and the precious collection of Loupe pendants by Lebanese architect Dina Kamal.
Until March 28th.
«Cold Sun» at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. After «Imagine the Imaginary», the new season at the Palais de Tokyo explores the surface of a strange world where, as the writer Raymond Roussel wrote, «nothing real must enter”». The selfsame Raymond Roussel who wrote Nouvelles impressions d’Afrique [New Impressions of Africa] without ever having set foot on that vast continent inspires this season which takes a paradoxical sun as its dominant theme, a sun that, as Michel Foucault puts it, “does not move, is equitable to all things, raised for all time above everything”, and which illuminates a world where “everything is luminous. But nothing tells us about the day: there is neither time nor darkness.” The artifices of such a world give rise to the existence of “undreamt-of spaces”, which the many artists invited to participate in this season explore, each in his or her own way.
Until May 20th.