‘Marilyn I Wanna Be Loved By You’ is the new exhibition at Aix’s Caumont Centre-d’Art.  marilyn

Sixty images from top photographers will highlight her career – most of them are from private collections.

1_c_the_cecil_beaton_studio_archive_at_sothebysThe narrative will focus on her relationship with photography and ask how they – Marilyn and the photographers – constructed her image.  How did photography transform Norma Jean Baker into  worldwide star and icon?

The exhibition begins on October 22nd and runs until 1st May.

During the Toussaint holiday, there will be a daily guided tour, 22nd Nov – 2nd Nov, 16:00, 19 Euros.

In some ways this is an unusual choice for the gallery which had announced its intention to focus on 18th and 19th century art.  But it promises to be an interesting show.  And they will be back on track with their next summer exhibition, ‘Alfred Sisley Maitre de l’Impressionisme’ beginning on 10th June.

Details: http://www.caumont-centredart.com/fr/marilyn

La Navette Maritime

…or Batobus as it used to be called.  Just a note to say that this service  has nowlaNavetteM(3) ended for the winter months. 

Back in March.

Another date to note is that the Aix tourist train – le petit train – ends its service in the town on November 1st.  The one in Marseille on the other hand keeps on chugging albeit less frequently!


Tour de France 2017

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I wonder if you have heard of Galerie Pentcheff?  I just stumbled across it on the internet and was amazed to read about the scale of their enterprise.

It’s a commercial gallery and bookstore which mounts exhibitions. The current one is ‘Seyssaud, Verdilhan, Chabaud’, focusing on three very colourful painters who worked in Provence over 60 years ago.

by René Seyssaud

Les ramasseuses, 1897, by René Seyssaud

The gallery was created by Alexis et Giulia Pentcheff in 2009 and can be found at 131 rue Paradis.

The exhibition is on until Saturday 29th October.  If you can’t make it, they have very sportingly put the whole thing online: http://www.galeriepentcheff.fr/galerie-art-marseille/

Hotel du Tertre, 1907, by Auguste Chabaud

Hotel du Tertre, 1907, by Auguste Chabaud

pumpkinsIt’s suddenly very chilly and autumnal so warming dishes are very welcome, and this especially so as it makes use of some of the colourful pumpkins that are brightening market stalls in Aix.  For this, I used a shiny red potiron but any sort of squash would work.

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guide_12The 2016-2017 edition of Sésame is now available, free, from tourist offices – they certainly have copies in the OT in Aix. Continue Reading »

Fascinating to learn that, from early next week, an American will be the new mccoourtowner of the famous Olympique de Marseille football club.

Frank McCourt Jr, the son of a wealthy Boston property company, also worked in the construction and property business in the Boston area.  He moved to LA in 2004 where he bought the LA Dodgers, team, stadium and all.  Following its sale in 2012, he took over the LA Marathon which he still owns. Very much into sport, he used to row for his university and was then a hockey and baseball coach for his 4 boys.

But why l’OM?

He and his new wife love Europe and had wanted to move here – then they attended a wedding in Aix.  He met the owner of l’OM and found out that she wanted to sell….

It means a lot to  him as his father landed in Provence in 1944 and was one of the troops involved in the liberation of Marseille.  ‘Each time I walk by the Vieux Port’, he said, ‘I think of him’.

omLet’s hope he can work some magic in Marseille.