NICE SHOWS SOME AMERICAN LOVE WITH NEW EXHIBIT

Nice se met à l’heure américaine cette année! Nice is showing some American love this year!

When US Congress declared war on Germany on 6th April, 1917, the Niçois city fathers decided to rename its famous « Quai du midi » to « Quai des Etats-Unis ».

A century later, it was thus natural for Nice, which has been commemorating the First World War with a series of yearly exhibitions since 2014, to celebrate the impact the American presence had, not only on the city, but also the entire French Riviera.

1917 Nice l'américaine expoEntitled « 1917: Nice l’Américaine », the exhibit starts in 1787 with Thomas Jefferson, who was the first known American to travel to the south of France, and follows with Uncle Sam’s soldiers on “rest and recreation” as they showed locals the pleasures of bathing and sunbathing. Soon after, with the region transforming itself from a winter to a summer resort, it was the turn of the crème de la crème of American high society to flock to the region’s villas, private beaches and night clubs, to rub shoulders with famous artists from the ‘Lost Generation’.

The region had by then earned its reputation as a hedonistic paradise, and became a mixture of opulence, glamour, joie de vivre, and jazz music. Cole Porter rented a house on Cap d’Antibes for two summers in 1921 and 1922 and played in American-owned cocktail bar le Pam Pam. The wealthy Murphys took advantage of the strong US dollar to escape Prohibition at home and to make the Riviera their home. There, they entertained their many friends from the artistic community. Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Man Ray, and John Do Passo were just a few of the A-listers who participated in their wild parties, while F. Scott Fitzgerald perfectly captured the atmosphere of the era in his famous novel ‘Tender is the Night’.

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While the roaring 20’s came to an abrupt end in 1929 with the stock market crash, the interest in the Côte d’Azur never really waned, and American money played an important part in the region’s development. Billionaire Frank Jay Gould opened the magnificent Palais de la Méditerranée right on the Promenade des Anglais, while American director Rex Ingram rescued the Victorine Studios from bankruptcy, giving them an international dimension.

The exhibition ‘1917: Nice l’Américaine’ is being held at the Archives Municipales in Nice until the 29th of September and will also include conferences, educational workshops, jazz sessions, and a cycle of American films held at the Cinémathèque de Nice.

photos © RIVIERA BUZZ

STEP INTO THE SECRET WORLD OF CHINA’S LAST EMPERORS THIS SUMMER IN MONACO

Un bel été en perspective à Monaco! A beautiful summer on the horizon in Monaco!

The Forbidden City comes to the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco this July, promising another spectacular summer exhibition to rival past editions.

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Each year the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco takes us on a wonderful journey through history and art with its summer exhibition:  Moscow, Splendours of the Romanovs, Queens of Egypt, The Grace Kelly Years, and Art Lovers Stories of Art in the Pinault collection are just some of the more recent triumphs.

The 2017 edition will be no different, offering visitors a unique chance to immerse themselves in China’s rich past and get a glimpse into the extraordinary life of the country’s imperial life, as more than 250 artifacts from the Forbidden City will be on display from the 14th of July to the 10th of September.

The exhibitionThe Forbidden City in Monaco. Life of the Court of Emperors and Empresses of China”, jointly curated by Jean-Paul Desroches, Honorary General Curator, and Wang Yuegong, Director of the Imperial Court Life Department at the Forbidden City, will shed light on the mysterious life inside the world’s largest imperial palace, which the last imperial Chinese dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911), called home but which was off-limits to all but the emperor, his family and thousands of servants, including concubines and eunuchs.

 Located in the heart of Beijing and named as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, the palace is a grandiose complex spanning approximately 727,000 square metres and made up of more than 980 buildings, as well as approximately 8,700 rooms. It became a museum in 1925, one year after Fu Yi, the Last Emperor, went into exile, and houses the largest collection of China’s imperial collections of paintings, ceramics, and decorative objects.

This summer in Monaco, visitors will be able to admire these national treasures, including portraits, ceremonial costumes, furniture, precious art objects and scientific instruments, straight from the Emperors’ former palace, as well as other masterpieces on loan from major European and American collections, including the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

16 years after the Grimaldi Forum’s successful exhibit “China of the First Emperor”,the Principality is getting ready to once again celebrate all the splendour and magnificence of a civilization that still fascinates centuries later.

The Forbidden City in Monaco. Life of the Court of Emperors and Empresses of China”will take place from the 14th July to the 10th of September. Pre-sale tickets are currently available for purchase online for just €5.

CONTACT DETAILS
Grimaldi Forum
10, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 99 99 20 00

 

MAMAC CELEBRATES GUSTAV METZGER, THE FATHER OF AUTO-DESTRUCTIVE ART

Dernier article en date pour Riviera Buzz. Latest article to date for Riviera Buzz.

The Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain in Nice (MAMAC), presents a retrospective of the work of Gustav Metzger, running until the 14th of May.

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Gustav Metzger, best-known for his auto-destructive art and left-wing activism, was born in Nuremberg in 1926 to Polish-Jewish parents. For more than six decades, he has been using everyday materials like newspapers, cardboard, and paper bags to address issues close to his heart, such as extinction, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, terrorist bombings, climate change and environmental pollution.

The art, architecture and design world needs to take a stand against the ongoing erasure of species – even where there is little chance of ultimate success. It is our privilege and our duty to be at the forefront of the struggle. There is no choice but to follow the path of ethics into aesthetics. We live in societies suffocating in waste. Our task is to remind people of the richness and complexity in nature; to protect nature as far as we can and by doing so art will enter new territories that are inherently creative, that are primarily for the good of the universe.” – Gustav Metzger

Metzger’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions around the world, from The New Museum in New York (2011), to the Serpentine Gallery in London (2009), but calls for public participation are really what lies at the core of his artistic practice.

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In 1961, for instance, wearing a gas mask, Metzger performed one of the most famous acts of auto-destructive art when he threw hydrochloric acid at a sheet of nylon on London’s South Bank.

This is why, in parallel with MAMAC’s main exhibition, Remember Nature, the public were invited to witness the reenactment of two are Metzger’s main creations. Aside from the aforementioned South Bank demonstration which was recreated earlier this month, students from the École de Condé also recreated Mobbile, a sculpture placed inside a clear Plexiglas box, affixed to the roof of a car that was driven through the streets of Nice for a week at the end of January.

Remember Nature runs daily from 11am to 6pm until the 14th of May (closed Mondays).

CONTACT DETAILS
MAMAC
Place Yves Klein
06364 Nice cedex 4

 

TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS AT MUSÉE JEAN COCTEAU IN MENTON

Pour sa réouverture, le musée Cocteau à Menton présente 2 nouvelles expositions. For its reopening, the Cocteau museum in Menton presents 2 new exhibitions.

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The Musée Jean Cocteau collection Séverin Wunderman recently reopened its doors and is celebrating this “re-inauguration” with two new temporary exhibitions, running until mid-March.

The first exhibition, “Démarche d’un poète” (A Poet’s Approach), based on Cocteau’s eponymous essay, focuses on the mythological itinerary of the multi-talented artist who believed that “the secret of poetry is to take things from the places in which habit has set them and reveal them from a different angle as though we see them for the first time.”

Cocteau’s career, which encompasses novels, plays, poems, films, essays, autobiographical writings, journalism, painting, and a voluminous correspondence, is marked not only by its profusion and diversity, but also by its creativity. As James P. Mc Nab wrote in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, “Cocteau’s willingness and ability to turn his hand to the most disparate creative ventures do not fit the stereotypical image of the priest like—or Proust-like—writer single-mindedly sacrificing his life on the altar of an all-consuming art. But the best of his efforts, in each of the genres that he took up, enriched that genre.”

Meanwhile, the second exhibition, “De aquis confusis (Mingled Waters), is dedicated to the work of Frédérique Nalbandian, an artist who uses plaster and soap to create pieces that oscillate between sustainability and ephemerality, a balance that bodes well with the spirit of the museum. Opened in 2011 and located in a striking building which evokes a labyrinth, the goal of the Jean Cocteau Museum is to present the different aspects of the artist’s genius, but also to show the man behind the myth.

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The works, which include some 1,190 drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics, tapestries, jewellery, books and manuscripts by Cocteau himself, as well as photographs relating to the artist and works by fellow artists such as Picasso, Modigliani, and Di Chirico, are arranged based on seven specific themes that each correspond to an important stage in the artist’s career: the topic “Blood of the Poet” for instance, is connected with Cocteau’s most renowned literary works, such as “Les Enfants Terribles” and “La Machine Infernale”, while another one, “Mysteries”, features the poetry and films Cocteau created post-WWII, such as “La Belle et la Bête”.

Moreover, since Cocteau is considered to be one of the fathers of modern art, it is fitting that these temporary exhibitions serve to highlight the works of current contemporary artists.

Admission to the museum also includes access to the Bastion, the abandoned Fort Menton’s “adopted son”, restored and decorated with mosaics and tapestries to house some of Cocteau’s own artworks.

CONTACT DETAILS
Musée Jean Cocteau collection Séverin Wunderman
2, quai de Monléon
06500 MENTON

Tel: +33 4 89 81 52 50

All images courtesy Musée Jean Cocteau collection Séverin Wunderman

ALL ABOUT PINAUD THIS YEAR IN MUSEUMS ACROSS THE REGION

Cette année offre la chance de découvrir le travail de l’artiste local Pascal Pinaud dans les musées de la région PACA. This year offers the chance to discover the work of local artist Pascal Pinaud in museums across the PACA region.

With no less than three exhibitions of his works taking place in the region, 2017 is definitely going to be the year of Pascal Pinaud.

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The first two exhibitions are currently underway at the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence, and at the Espace de l’Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux, both running until the 5th of March. The third one will take place this summer at the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC PACA) in Marseille. Recognition indeed for one of the major artists of the Côte d’Azur of our time!

Born in Toulouse in 1964, Pascal Pinaud has been living and working in Nice for over 20 years, proving that after Yves Klein, César, and Arman, the South East of France remains a prime location for creativity and research in arts.

Having exhibited from early on in his career, the graduate of the Villa Arson is known for reinventing abstract painting in a quest for new directions, replacing frames and brushstrokes with technical originality and humour. Through his paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations, he likes to blend the history of our creative and transformative capacities with the origins of art, as well as questioning the possible future of his creations. He also brings a certain poetry to his works and likes to make the spectators experience “a thousand lives”.

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If his art bears some similarity to that of Gérard Gasiorowski, Bertrand Lavier, John Armleder, Noël Dolla, or with certain American painters from the 1980s such as Philip Taaffe or Jonathan Lasker, Pinaud has become one of the leading figures of post-modern painting. He has been granted solo exhibitions in numerous museums and art centres around the world, from the Museum Ludwig in Vienna and the Verrière Hermès in Brussels, to the Busan Biennal in South Korea and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Santiago, Chile.

The retrospective exhibition at the Fondation Maeght “Sempervivum retraces his practice through several series such as Tôles and Diptyques, but also presents some unique works such as Arbre à fèves and Tel Quel,while “C’est à vous de voir…” at the Espace de l’Art Concret offers an instropective look at his already long career.

All photos by François Fernandez

MARILYN MONROE PHOTO EXHIBITION UNDERWAY IN AIX

Eternelle Marilyn! Eternal Marilyn!

Between glamour and tragedy, a new photo exhibition in Aix-en-Provence shows how Marilyn Monroe fashioned her legendary image.

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In the mind of many people around the world, she was the ultimate sex-symbol, and decades after her death, it is undeniable that her image still remains closely linked to the golden years of Hollywood and the American Dream. And because Marilyn Monroe loved the camera and was loved in return by photographers, the Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence is now celebrating the glamorous icon with a beautiful exhibition entitled ‘Marilyn – I Wanna Be Loved By You’. The exhibition runs until next Spring.

 

Curated by Sylvie Lécallier, head of photo collections at the Palais Galliera in Paris, and Olivier Lorquin president of the Musée Maillol in Paris, this event presents some sixty photographs, mostly on loan from private collectors. The photographs were taken by some of the most famous artists of her day, such as André de Dienes, Milton Greene, Eve Arnold, Cecil Beaton, Sam Shaw, and George Barris, as well as numerous multimedia materials, showing how the actress skillfully managed to create her own legend.

From a very young age, Marilyn had developed a strong interest in photography, devouring movie magazines to escape her sad childhood, and through the lens, we see her transforming herself from a shy starlet named Norma Jean to the sex goddess that so perfectly captured the collective imagination.

As for the blonde bombshell, posing for photographers was not only a way to enter a fantasy world in which she played a role, it also became, towards the end of her life, her only mean to set aside the fictional character she had created and show her true self. For a long time, she was seen as the embodiment of the ideal woman, beautiful beyond words and seductive, but also slightly dumb and uneducated. But through the years, she started cultivating her interest in poetry, art, and literature, reading many books, and marrying writer and intellectual Arthur Miller. And at the same time, thanks to the trustful relationship she had with photographers, she came to give a glimpse of who the real Marilyn was; a seductive and playful diva, yes, but also a fragile and vulnerable woman.

This will to control her image is clearly evident at the end of the exhibition, when on the contact sheets of “The Last Sitting”, the photo shoot the star did with Bert Stern just six weeks before her death, the pictures she did not like are simply crossed out.

‘Marilyn, I Wanna Be Loved By You’ runs until the 1st of May, 2017 at l’Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence. Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Regular ticket costs 13€, and reservations may be made online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Hôtel de Caumont
3, rue Joseph Cabassol
13100 Aix-en-Provence

Tel: +33 4 42 20 70 01

 

LUCKY LUKE TURNS 70 THIS AUTUMN

Une étape importante à célébrer!  An important milestone to celebrate!

Lucky Luke is turning 70 this year, and with nearly 80 adventures under his belt, he’s definitely looking good for his age!

The lonesome cowboy Lucky Luke is back this November with a new addition to the classic series, La Terre Promise (The Promised Land), which sees the comic strip hero help a Jewish family settle in the Wild West.

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Created by Belgian cartoonist Maurice de Bevere (aka Morris), Lucky Luke first appeared in the Almanach issue of the famed comic book Spirou,before shifting to Pilote magazine after Asterix’s legendary father, René Goscinny, started collaborating on the albums. Since then, many big names of the 9th Art have been carrying out the work of Morris and today, it is French illustrator Achdé who is at the helm of the series with, for the first time this year, the help of scriptwriter Jul.

Despite all those changes, our cowboy remains a true legend in the world of comics. Known as “the man who shoots faster than his shadow” because of his tremendous speed with the gun, Luke has been cruising through the Far West all those years with his faithful companion, Jolly Jumper, the brightest horse in the world, and his somewhat way less intelligent canine friend, Rantanplan, fighting crime. His most recurring foes are the Dalton Brothers who he has put behind bars countless times, but our hero has also run into Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill, Jack London, Abraham Lincoln, and many other well-known historical personalities.

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This time, in La Terre Promise, our hero is being asked by his friend, Jack, to look after his family since he doesn’t want to confess to them that he is a cowboy and not a New York lawyer. So Luke has to travel with a very religious grandfather, a mother who insists on feeding him stuffed fish, a daughter in search of the ideal husband, and a young boy more interested in the game of poker than in his bar mitzvah.

So, Happy Birthday cowboy, and here’s to many more wild adventures to come!

 

All images courtesy Lucky Luke Comics on Twitter

FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE: MONACO CELEBRATES ITS BALLET COMPANIES

Deux expositions pour le prix d’une cet automne à Monaco. Two exhibitions for the price of one this fall in Monaco.

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Two exhibitions currently underway at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco highlight the important role played by dance in reinforcing Monaco’s standing on the international cultural scene.

It is undeniable that the history of Monaco is closely linked to that of dance. From Serge Diaghilev’s famed Ballets Russes, which revolutionized ballet at the beginning of the 20th century with its fusion of art, movement and music, to the modern-day Ballets de Monte-Carlo who are in high demand worldwide thanks to the avant-gardist works of his artistic director Jean-Christophe Maillot, the tiny principality boasts a long tradition of excellence and innovation in the field of choreography.

Two exhibitions currently underway at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco serve to reiterate the influence of dance on the Monegasque cultural scene.

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The first one “Designing Dreams, a celebration of Leon Bakst”, which is running until the 15th of January at the Villa Sauber is bringing into focus the creations of stage-designer Leon Bakst who designed sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes in the 1910’s and early 1920’s. Drawing his inspiration from the ancient cultures of Greece, Persia and Siam but also from Russian folk art, Bask managed to perfectly combine the atmosphere of Slavonic orientalism with a more modern style. Famous for his love for bright colours and his extravagant designs with refined details, the artist’s sets and designs were definitively a huge part of the success of Diagilev’s productions, such as Cleopatra (1909), Scheherazade (1910); Narcisse (1911) andDaphnis and Chloé (1912).

In total, more than 150 drawings, models, and costumes from the collection of the museum itself and from the permanent repository of the Société des Bains de Mer, as well as works by artists such as Jean Cocteau, Valentine Hugo and George Barbier, who contributed to the diffusion of the famous “Art Décoratif de Leon Bakst”,are displayed in a unique scenography inspired by the concept of dreams.

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Simultaneously, the Villa Paloma is plunging visitors into the exciting world of choreographic creations. Inaugurated last September by H.R.H. Caroline of Hanover, the “Dance, Dance, Dance exhibit is a three-phase projects that focuses on body movements and different rhythms, from rehearsal to public performances. It thus includes various live performances but also a workshop that brings together dancers, choreographers and stage designers as well as many debates on the multifaceted aspects of this art.

Designing Dreams, a Celebration of Leon Bakst runs until the 15th of January, 2017.
Dance, Dance, Dance runs until the 8th of January, 2017.

 

The museum is open every day from 10am until 6pm. Closed on the 1st of January, 2017. A ticket for both villas costs 6€.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

NMNM – VILLA PALOMA
56, boulevard du Jardin Exotique
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 98 98 48 60

 

NMNM – VILLA SAUBER

17, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 98 98 91 26

 

All images courtesy NMNM

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER MARCO GLAVIANO THE TOAST OF MONACO

Belle expo photo actuellement en cours à Monaco. Beautiful photo exhibit currently under way in Monaco.

Renowned fashion photographer Marco Glaviano is the subject of an exhibition currently underway in the Principality.

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He has photographed some of the world’s most famous supermodels of the roaring 80’s, such as Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Claudia Schiffer and Paulina Porizkova. His work has been published in some of the most important fashion magazines around the globe, such as Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, and American Vogue. He has also shot glamourous campaigns for the likes of Gorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Revlon, l’Oréal and Valentino, as well as founding Pier 59 in New York, still recognized today as the most well-known studio in the world.

Now after 50 years producing stunning fashion images, iconic photographer Marco Glaviano is being celebrated by the Principality of Monaco with an exhibition co-produced by Space SBH Contemporary Art Gallery and Muse Cultural Consulting, that runs until the 2nd of October at the Monaco Modern Art gallery.

The Sicilian-born artist started out his career by taking shots of jazz musicians, but quickly turned his attention towards the fashion world to become one of the most sought after photographers in the industry, thanks to his mostly black and white pictures which oozed with sensuality and femininity.

His impressive portfolio includes many nude images of beautiful women captured in extraordinary landscapes, portraits of jazz icons, as well as many shots taken in St. Barth. Most of them are on display at the exhibition, but what makes it particularly special is that two new limited collections are also presented. The first one contains 12 pieces that reproduce the famous Cindy Crawford kiss in all the different pop art colours, while the second one is comprised of 12 pieces representing the most famous top models Glaviano has worked with during his extensive career.

When looking at those pictures, it is easy to understand why the Italian artist’s work is highly collectable and found in some of the world’s leading museums and private collections.

The Marco Glaviano exhibition at the Monaco Modern Art gallery runs until the 2nd of October 2016. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.

CONTACT DETAILS
Monaco Modern Art Gallery
27, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: + 377 92 16 71 17

 

All images courtesy Monaco Modern Art gallery; Supermodels photo – Cindy Crawford St Barth, 1991, Paulina Porizkova New York, 1982, Olga Serova St Barth, 2006

VICTOR VASARELY CELEBRATED WITH THREE EXHIBITIONS

Ce n’est pas encore trop tard pour découvrir les 3 expositions consacrées à l’artiste franco-hongrois Victor Vasarely. It is still not too late to discover the three exhibits dedicated to Hungarian-franco artist Victor Vasarely.

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Three exhibits are currently underway in the region, celebrating the 110th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian-Franco artist Victor Vasarely.

Hungarian-Franco artist Victor Vasarely, the father of Op-Art, is being celebrated with a triptych of exhibitions in three Provençal sites: the Vouland Museum in Avignon, the Château de Gordes in Gordes, and the Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence.

Entitled “MultipliCité”, the summer event has been designed to present the creative process of Vasarely’s work, thanks to rarely seen original artworks that take the visitor on a journey through the work and life of the artist.

My art transposes nature thus one more time, this moment right now, the one of physics that renders the world physically comprehensible”, Vasarely once said, and it is undeniable that his work has had a major impact on the way we now look at things.

Greatly influenced by the Bauhaus movement, where there was no hierarchy between the artistic disciplines of painting, sculpture and the applied arts, the painter, sculptor, and graphic designer started experimenting with shapes and shades in the late 1940’s, giving birth to a hard-edge and geometrical form of abstract art. Later on, in the 1960’s, he played with the distortion of lines, resulting in forms that appeared to be bulging out from the pieces, creating optical images that became part of the popular culture.

The first exhibition at Musée Vouland, “Victor Vasarely in motion”, compares the museum’s 17th and 18th century decorative arts to Vasarely’s own plastic universe.

The second exhibition at the Château de Gordes, focuses on the plastic alphabet that the artist invented, using circles, squares and triangles with contrasting colours to create an infinite number of units. The goal was to design a universal language understandable by all, as the third exhibit at the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence, “Art for everyone”, clearly shows. It was with the idea of bringing together urban planners, artists and architects that Vasarely established the foundation that now bears his name. Placing art at the heart of the city, it is a unique interdisciplinary experimentation centre where “ the future takes shape in this new geometric polychromatic and solar city” and where plastic art is “kinetic, multi-dimensional and collective … most definitely abstract and inseparable from science.”

All three Victor Vasarely exhibits run until the 2nd of October. The Vouland Museum is Avignon is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, the Château de Gordes in Gordes is open every day from 10:00am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 6:00pm, and the Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

The entrance fee varies between 7 € and 12 € and a pass for all three exhibitions can be purchased for 21 € (15 € for people under 26 years old and 9 € for children 5 to 15 years).