AIX-EN-PROVENCE – AN ART LOVER’S SUMMER PARADISE

L’expo à ne pas manquer cet été à Aix. The  not-to-be missed exhibition this summer in Aix.

Each summer, the musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence invites an art gallery to present the masterpieces it has acquired throughout its existence, and this year it is turn of Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger.

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After the Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation and the Doris and Donald Fisher collection from the MoMa in San Francisco, this year sees the Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger being celebrated at the musée Granet with the exhibition « Passion de l’art – Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger depuis 1925 ».

As one of the oldest contemporary art dealers in Europe, this avant-gardist gallery has brought the likes of Nicolas de Staël, Pablo Picasso, André Masson, Piet Mondrian and many others to attention of the public.

It all started in 1925 when a young woman originally from Alsace, Jeanne Bucher opened her own place in Paris to display works by Cubist Surrealist, primitivist and pre-war artists, many of whom had become close friends. After her death in 1947, her great nephew, Jean-François Jaeger took over the management of the space and following along the same artistic lines, displayed post-war abstract works from Europe and the U.S., as well as pieces by the new figurative and realist painters of the 1970’s.

Today, the gallery’s spirit of discovery and adventure remains very much alive with Jaeger’s great granddaughter, Véronique, whose golden rule is to always look at “the mystery of the creative act with a fresh eye and a sense of wonderment”. “As gallery owners”, she says, “we’re necessarily the first to collect our artists and we have an intrinsic relationship with them”.

Ordered chronologically and divided into three main sections to reflect the artistic criteria of the gallery’s three successive owners, the exhibition present more than 100 priceless masterpieces that include André Bauchant’s Bataille des Eléphants, an early tapestry by Jean Lurçat, and Vassily Kandisky’s Communauté.

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The exhibition “An Art Lover’s Collection – the Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger since 1925″runs until the 24th of September.

The museum is opened every day from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 7pm. A full-price ticket costs €8 and the reduced admission is €5.

CONTACT DETAILS
Musée Granet
18, rue Roux-Alphéran
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Tél: +33 (0)4 42 52 88 44/43

 

All images courtesy musée Granet

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WILLIAM KLEIN – TOAST OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA THIS SUMMER

Les villes de Moscou, Tokyo et Nice sont les stars de la nouvelle exposition organisée cet été par le Musée de la Photographie Charles Nègre.  Moscow, Tokyo and Nice are the stars of the new exhibition organised this summer by the Musée de la Photographie Charles Nègre.

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For the public at large, he may not be as famous as the likes of Cartier-Bresson or Robert Capa, yet for his peers, photographer and filmmaker William Klein is nothing short of a living legend, having revolutionized the art of modern photography.

Now, the Niçois have a chance to admire the works of an artist who has been capturing the rough and tumble of daily life for more than 60 years, thanks to the exhibit, Bises de Nice, Moscou et Tokyo, that is currently being held at the Musée de la Photographie Charles Nègre until the 2nd of October.

Born in New York in 1928 to a Jewish family, Klein was introduced to Europe while doing his military service. After his demobilization, he stayed in Paris to take classes at La Sorbone and to study art with Fernand Léger. He started taking pictures of the people and street fashion around the French capital, using strong contrasts and blurred contours to produce brutally honest images that stood in direct contradiction to the aesthetical and technically perfect photographs of the times.

 

Strongly interested in social issues, this “anti-photographer” as he likes to call himself became famous in 1956 with the publication of his first book, “Life is Good and Good for You in New York: Trance Witness Revels which showed the Big Apple bas a booming and vibrant city, but also as a harsh and oppressive metropolis.

This was the beginning of a string of expressive portraits of cities. After Rome in 1958, he went to Moscow between 1959 and 1961 at the height of the Cold War, where he was able to go largely unnoticed to paint a picture of a lively, thriving Moscow at odds with the much greyer image the West liked to portray.

William Klein expo NiceThen it was Tokyo in the early 1960’s, where Klein managed to capture the great mutation of a city that was still teetering between tradition and modernity.

While most of his pictures are black and white prints, the artist also occasionally adds a touch of colour to celebrate life, as was the case when he photographed the Nice carnival in 1984, its centenary year.

But Klein is not just a photographer, he is also a filmmaker and the audience can watch his 2005 movie Messiah, which includes performances of Handel’s oratorio by a gay and lesbian gospel choir, as well as inmates of the Sugarland Prison in Texas, over images of contemporary life.

Throughout his career, William Klein has received many distinctions like the Prix Nadar (1957) and the rank of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres de France (1991), but he remains first and foremost an unconventional artist who likes to take risks and experiment with lots of genres. As he once said: “Sometimes, I’d take shots without aiming to see what happened. I’d rush into crowds—bang!bang!…It must be close to what a fighter feels after jabbing and circling and getting hit, when suddenly there’s an opening, and bang! Right on the button. It’s a fantastic feeling.”

The exhibition, “William Klein: Bises de Nice, Moscou et Tokyo”, runs until 2nd of October, 2017 at the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image, from 10am – 6pm daily (closed Mondays). Admission is free for residents of Nice.

CONTACT DETAILS
Musée de la Photographie Charles Nègre
1, place Pierre Gautier
06300 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 97 13 42 20