«Tsutsugaki, indigo textiles from Japan» at the Musée Guimet, Paris.
On the occasion of the Japanese season, the Musée Guimet wants to explore the unknown but exciting art of tsutsugaki
by exhibiting thirty textiles, presented for the first time outside Japan.
Tsutsugaki (from tsutsu, meaning “tube”, and gaki, “drawing”) is a technique of drawing designs on cloth with rice paste, before dyeing the material indigo. But also and especially the textile pieces that proceed, the earliest evidence of which dates back to the sixteenth century. The appeal of tsutsugaki comes from the almost invisible assemblage of the fabric, the incredible power of color and the quality of their designs, comparable to genuine tableaus which lack nothing but a signature.
Until October 7th
«Hiroshi Sugimoto: Revolution et Couleurs de l’ombre»
at Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles.
Between contemporary art and photography, the Japanese make minimalist installations that emphasise the basic elements of photography: time, light and color. In the Revolution exhibition
, he observes the path of the moon over the sea to create large abstract paintings. Within these huge images, against the deep black background, a star has printed the mark of its passage like a luminous trail, reflected in the sea. With Couleurs de l’ombre, he breaks down the light spectrum to create an ephemeral rainbow that he captured over the last Polaroid film he could find in Tokyo.
Until September 22nd
«Gary Hume» at the Tate Britain, London.
A member of the internationally renowned “Young British Artists” who studied at Goldsmiths College in London in the late 1980s, Gary Hume has grown to become recognized as one of the most respected artists in Britain.
It is for a veritable investigation that the Tate Britain is calling for with this exhibition on the scope and vitality of his work.
Alongside his most recent and best-known paintings, the event also presents works loaned by international collectors for the first time in London. It’s the opportunity to discover the innovative techniques that the artist employed with colors, lines and solids in his compositions.
Until September 1st
«Quartiers d’été de la Collection Bernard Magrez»
at the Villa des Roches Brunes, Dinard.
Bringing together forty-odd pieces of art by thirty different artists, this relocation of Bernard Magrez’s collection uncovers only a small part of the works belonging to the great Bordeaux proprietor, friend and patron
of contemporary artists. Engrained in its deliberate eclecticism, these works all reflect a vision, as well as a unique and passionate approach. This collection is oriented along the axes of acquisition and increasingly asserted control: beauty and resignation, the fabric of time, the structure of thought, travel, signs and symbols in a city… On both floors of the Villa Roches Brunes, the selection of works attempts to respond to this invitation in marrying intimacy with an iconic and spectacular oceanfront home, welcoming contemporary art for the very first time.
Until September 1st
«Multitude and Unity, Pascal Morabito» in Pavillon M, Marseille.
It is in the city where he made his debut alongside Caesar, that Pascal Morabito is returning by invitation to Marseille.
«Multitude and Unity» was created under the assumption that everything that seems scattered contains an origin, a common causality. Morabito breaks, burns, kneads, sculpts,
and upsets the raw material that he has gathered in Indonesian waters and caves – he now lives in Bali – and in doing so, endows it with a second life. A hand to hand battle with the passage of time, the discoloration of eras and especially natural disasters (tsunami, fires, earthquakes). Uprooted mangroves, cracked vases, and plates veer from the antique towards a sublimated present.
August 9 to September 15
«Design Espana» at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux.
Dynamic production, brilliant designers, innovative companies, and an international presence of Spanish modernity has exported itself and gained a place in the world.
The Museum of Decorative Arts in Bordeaux is offering a panorama of Spanish design.
The aim of this exhibition is to show the French public examples of Iberian inventiveness in the realms of furniture, graphics and design, with a retrospective review of the creativity that was largely ignored throughout most of the twentieth century. Industrial, graphic and contemporary designs are featured, based around emblematic objects of popular culture.
Until September 16
«Speedy Graphito» at the Maison Elsa Triolet-Aragon, Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines.
Precursory artist of the avant-garde, recognized as one of the pioneers of the movement of French Street Art, Speedy Graphito has established himself internationally as one of the major artists of his generation.
For him, all forms of expression – painting, sculpture, installation, photo
and video – are used for creating a universal language that is infused by the air of the times, through his work and throughout the ages. The summer exhibition is intended as an invitation to the campaign of an urban artist. He has elected to display his work in contrasting areas, by presenting works referring to urban areas in the Parc du Moulin, and displaying a series of landscapes in the showroom.
Until September 15
« J’arrive, j’aime, je m’en vais. Pierre Loti,
at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris.
Naval officer, dandy traveller, director of his own life, Pierre Loti is an aficionado of the paradox. Without presenting
all facets of his persona, this exhibition looks especially on those aspects relating more specifically to the Western gaze on other civilizations, the rapport between them and the rare figure of the exotic dandy. To paint a picture of this tireless traveller, the event is organized into seven themes: Loti the actor, his childhood and the immobile journey, the entry into exoticism, crowned friends, the myth of the sailor, Loti and the East and finally, the last trip.
Until September 29