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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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)