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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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

 

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).

 

RARELY BEFORE SEEN AMERICAN MASTERPIECES ON DISPLAY IN AIX

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.

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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.

CONTACT DETAILS
Musée Granet
Place Saint Jean de Malte
13100 Aix en Provence

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm

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– 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)

Le Camp des Milles, a Unique Remembrance Site for Future Generations

Cet article a été publié dans FR2DAY en 2012 (this article was published in FR2DAY in 2012)

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French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, is inaugurating today near Aix-en-Provence the “Camp des Milles Memorial”, an ambitious commemorative and educational project dedicated to the internments and deportations that took place during World War Two.

Opened in 1939 in a former tile factory in the little provencal village of Les Milles, the “Camp” was initially an internment camp for all the Austrian and German nationals living in the South of France who had fled the Reich after 1933. Following the French defeat in June 1940 however, it was turned into a transit station before becoming a Jewish deportation camp. In August and September 1942, around 2,500 Jewish men, women and children were deported to Auschwitz by the Vichy government.

In total, nearly 10,000 people from 27 different counties were incarcerated in the camp, among whom many politicians, literary figures (Fritz Brugel, Lion Feuchtwanger, William Herzog, Alfred Kantorowicz, Golo Mann, son of Thomas Mann…), scientists (Nobel prize-winner Otto Meyerhof…), musicians and painters (Erich Itor Kahn, Hans Bellmer, Max Ernst, Herman Henry Gowa, Gustave “Gus” Herlich, Max Lingner, Ferdinand Springer, Franz Meyer…). All those intellectuals and artists developed an active cultural life creating and leaving behind many works that can still be seen there.

Of the 200 internment, transit and deportation camps that once existed in France, the Camp des Milles is the only one that is still in good condition today. From now on, it should become an important memorial site whose main goal is to strengthen the visitors’ vigilance and responsibility, especially the young visitor, constantly faced with threats of racism, anti-semitism, fanaticism and totalitarianism.

The “Camp des Milles Memorial” is one of the flagship projects for the “Marseille-Provence, European Capital of Culture 2013” initiative, decided by the European Union and it is estimated that around 100,000 persons per year will visit this exceptional historical monument.