Encore une autre expo à ne pas manquer…A Cannes cette fois! Another not-to-be-missed exhibit….In Cannes this time!


Le Centre d’Art la Malmaison in Cannes presents the exhibition ‘Alberto Magnelli – La Méditerranée retrouvée’, which runs until 25th October.

The exhibition ‘Alberto Magnelli – La Méditerranée retrouvée is the perfect occasion to discover, or rediscover, the works of a prolific artist, considered by many as the first Italian abstract painter.

An autodidact; Magnelli was a major figure of the concrete art movement that was popular during the 30’s and 40’s thanks to the influence of the Futurists in Florence and his contact with the Parisian avant-garde.

While the painter settled permanently in France in the early 30’s where he befriended Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger,Guillaume Apollinaire, Juan Gris and Max Jacob, he always remained somewhat loyal to his native roots and the masters of the Trecento and Quattrocento, which explains why his overall approach to form was more romantic than analytical.

Inspired by multiple artistic approaches throughout his life (Fauvism, cubism,…), the “pittore Fiorentino” (the Florentine painter) as he defined himself, created colourful and poetic artworks that are invariably harmonious, despite shifting from heavily outlined shapes at the outset to geometric abstraction later on.

When the Nazis invaded France in 1940, Magnelli moved to Grasse, managing to complete many works during his stay. He moved back to the French capital after the war and started traveling extensively around the world to show his paintings. He won second place at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1951 and held a big exhibition at the New York’sMuseum of Modern Art. Magnelli died in his house in Meudon, just outside of Paris in 1971, at the age of 82.

While the Magnelli Museum in Vallauris is home to the largest collection of works by the artist, this temporary exhibit in Cannes will be displaying nearly 200 paintings and drawings that are part of the collection held by the Gallerie Sapone in Nice.

Centre d’art La Malmaison
47 boulevard de la Croisette
06400 Cannes

Open every day from 11 am to 8 pm in August, from 11 am to 7 pm in September and from 11 am to 6 pm in October.



Des concerts gratuits et des grandes stars pour terminer l’été à Monaco!  Some free concerts and some big stars to end the summer in Monaco!


The Place du Casino in Monte-Carlo will once again be transformed into an open-air dance floor with free concerts this August.

This will be the third summer that Monte-Carlo SBM has opened up the Place du Casino for its Casino Nights à Ciel Ouvert. We can already safely bet that the upcoming event is not going to disappoint with two big names of the international music scene on the programme: Mika and Murray Head.

It all kicks off on Saturday the 29th August at 9pm with harmonica virtuoso Charles Pasi showing the audience why he was THE jazz sensation at this year’s Juan Les Pins festival. He will pave the way for one of the biggest star of the moment: pop sensation Mika who is scheduled to take the stage at 10pm.


After hitting the big time a few years ago with the multi-million selling debut Life in Cartoon Motion and subsequent albums The Boy who Knew Too Much and The Origin of Love, the flamboyant American-Lebanese singer has just released his fourth record No Place in Heaven, a well-crafted effort that has already reached No. 1 in France and Italy. Produced by Gregg Wells, the man behind Katy Perry, Adele, Pharrell Williams and Rufus Wainwright’s success, this more mature album is the perfect showcase for Mika’s amazing vocals and great song writing abilities.

And if that was not enough, the magical evenings under the stars continue a month later with English singer Murray Head on 26th September. Famous for his hit songs “Say it ain’t so”, “One Night in Bangkok” and “Lady in Red”, the singer and occasional actor who has always been hugely popular in France, will present his latest opus, My Back Pages.

Two international musicians playing for free under the stars in a beautiful location….the summer in Monaco is definitely glorious!

Casino Night Under the Stars Dance takes place on 29th of August and 26th of September 2015 with free concerts and animations in the Place du Casino in Monte-Carlo.

Casino Nights à Ciel Ouvert Dance
Place du Casino
MC 98000 Monaco


Une autre expo à ne pas manquer dans la région….Tous les détails dans Riviera Buzz! Another not-to-be missed exhibit in the region….All the details in Riviera Buzz!

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One city’s loss is another’s gain and this is no truer of the fabulous exhibition taking place in Aix-en-Provence, courtesy of San Francisco!

Back in 2013, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) temporally closed its doors to make way for a massive $610 million renovation and expansion. But rather than put its collection into storage, the museum decided to loan out some of its most famous artworks to other institutions, not only in the Bay area, but also around the world as part of its SFMOMA On the Go programme.

Earlier this year, the Grand Palais in Paris had the chance to host the exhibit American Icons: Masterworks From SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection. It is now the turn of the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence to host this great collection, on display until October.

Embodied by fourteen emblematic artists of the twentieth century, including the likes of Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder and Ellsworth Kelly, the exhibit is an exceptional display of pop art, abstraction and minimalism that includes iconic paintings and sculptures such as Roy Lichtenstein’s Figures with Sunset (1978) and Brice Marden’s Cold Mountain (1989-91). This is a great opportunity for people outside of the US to appreciate these 50 priceless works of art. It also gives an idea of what’s in store for us with the grand re-opening of SFMOMA’s expanded space scheduled for 2016, which will include for the first time many pieces from the Fisher collection alongside those of the museum.


Since 1970, Doris and Donald Fisher, founders of Gap Inc., have been gathering works in the family’s home in San Francisco and their ever-growing collection now numbers over 1,100 works by 185 American and European painters and sculptors, many of whom began their careers in the 60’s and 70’s and are still active today.

The exhibit American Icons: Masterworks From SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection focuses solely on the American artists, but as the Grand Palais stated in its press release, this partnership between two remarkable collections has “a complementary effect for many of these artists and some now consider that their work is better represented in this ensemble than in any other museum or public collection in the world.”

American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection runs until 18th October, 2015.

Musée Granet
Place Saint Jean de Malte
13100 Aix en Provence

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm


– Lead image courtesy Pieterjan Blondeel on foursquare

– Andy Warhol, Silver Marlon, 1963; silkscreen ink, spray paint, and silver paint on linen; 69 3/4 x 79 1/2 in. (177.17 x 201.93 cm); The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York (courtesy of SFMOMA)

– Roy Lichtenstein, Live Ammo (Tzing!), 1962; oil on canvas; 69 1/2 x 57 1/2 in. (176.53 x 146.05 cm); The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein; photo: Ian Reeves (courtesy of SFMOMA)


Rencontre avec la talentueuse artiste Lea Van Sky pour Riviera Buzz. Meeting with the talented artist Lea Van Sky for Riviera Buzz.


Meet singer-songwriter Lea Van Sky, a very promising talent based on the French Riviera, who is currently working on her first album.

If you haven’t yet heard of Lea Van Sky, you’ve been missing out. She is to be found regularly performing around the region and will be next in concert at L’Entrepôt in Nice at 7:30pm on Friday, the 7th of August. So, to help you get to know Lea better, we sat down with her and asked her a few questions.

Thank you Lea for meeting with us. First of all, could you describe your background a little for our readers? We understand that you are from Riga but moved to London at a young age and now live in Nice.

I am of Russian Ukrainian and Greek origin and I was born in Riga. Both of my parents are cardiologists and I have an older sister who is a marketing director and yoga instructor. They all still live in Riga.

I went to London when I was 17; it was meant to be for a summer break only. I was instantly smitten with the place and begged my parents to let me stay. I still don’t understand how it all happened as I was yet to finish my A levels and my parents are very strict. I studied for my A levels by distance learning, and went on to study Law in London. What was meant to be a summer break lasted 9 years!

Towards the end of those 9 years and shortly after I had started teaching myself French following a last-minute trip toProvence, I met my boyfriend, Bruno. He was working in London at the time but chose to move back to Nice for professional reasons. Meeting Bruno has changed my life and, despite concern expressed by people surrounding me, I did not hesitate to move to Nice with him.

And what made you decide to drop everything to start a musical career?

I have dreamt of a musical career ever since I was little. My parents had gone to great lengths to buy a piano and I enrolled at a conservatory to study piano at the age of 6. I began writing poems and composing tunes around the same time.

I was captivated by the beauty of music and fascinated by its capacity to move, uplift, and inspire. I loved going to concerts and would be the first to dance and sing along.

However, it was strongly ingrained in my mind that a musical career was not for me. It was a realm for a chosen few, who were significantly more talented, creative, and special than me.

So I went to study Law because I was lost and it seemed a safe bet. Throughout my legal career, I felt unfulfilled and sad as I was convinced that there must be more to life and that one should not be spending the majority of their time on something that, to them, has no meaning.

Bruno once asked me what I would do if anything was possible. To me the answer was blatantly clear, and so I started taking singing lessons, bought a piano, and the rest is history… Around the same time I witnessed a dear friend’s unsuccessful battle with cancer and it further pushed me in the direction of living my life to the fullest and on my own terms.


How would you describe your music?

In line with my personality there is a clear dichotomy to it. It is playful and serious, luminous and melancholic, fragile and powerful…all at the same time! One can discern influences from pop, pop rock, folk, jazz, classical music, Slav and Andalucía/Argentinean music. I have also been told that it bears a resemblance to the songs of Suzanne Vega,Sting, Coldplay, Regina Spektor.

If you could collaborate with one musician or band, who would it be and why?

It would be Sting, without a doubt. I love his music – it is moving, soothing, beautiful and very melodic. To me Sting is an epitome of beautiful music, pretty much like Chanel is an epitome of elegance and style. And in addition, I admire his extensive charity work and his devotion to music.

What has been the most memorable moment of your musical career so far?

Going to MIDEM in June and being offered a record deal and a publishing deal by two record labels. It shows that following your dreams is a viable approach. And I guess it also goes to show that a musical career might in fact be for me…

What’s next for you? Are you working on an album and can people see you perform on stage here on the Côte d’Azur?

I am currently working towards my first record and I spend as much time as I can find writing new material and working on the existing songs. I am extremely lucky to be collaborating with my multi-talented friend Frank Brody (of the F&V duo). He is a guitarist, producer, photographer, and cinematographer. Our collaboration is hugely fruitful, inspiring and enjoyable. In addition to music, we did a photo shoot in London at the beginning of May, and we are preparing to do another one in Nice at the beginning of August.

I am performing on the Côte d’Azur and preparing for a series of concerts in London and Paris. Something that I am really excited about is organising my concerts at art galleries. My next art gallery concert in the region is on August 7th. I will be accompanied by Frank and Papy Mallo, an excellent multi-instrumentalist. The concert will take place atL’Entrepôt – a stunning art gallery next to the beautiful Cours Saleya in Nice. Tickets for the concert are available to purchase online. The best way to stay updated is by subscribing to my newsletter.


Do you only write and sing in English?

I do write in English only for now, even though I have dabbled in writing in French and Russian, as well as translating my lyrics into Russian and Spanish. I sing in English, Russian and French.

Finally, what do you like about the French Riviera?

I like its climate and the scenery, the charm of the little villages, the beauty of the sea, the location (one can fly or drive pretty much anywhere from the Nice airport) and the fact that it is fairly cosmopolitan. In summer, I love the music festivals and open air concerts. The quality of life is very good. It is a privilege to be living here.
Many thanks to Lea for taking the time to talk to us, and we wish her the very best of luck with her upcoming concert. To find out more about Lea’s work, you can visit her website.

All photos courtesy Lea Van Sky, © Frank G. Brody