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Cultural Updates for Aix

A little rag-bag of info from the cultural world… (more…)

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is ‘Mondes magiques, mondes libérés’ which celebrates the work of



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Aix – Ad Campaign

Finally found visuals for the new campaign to publicise Aix. (more…)

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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition brings 34 life-sized photos of his Sistine Chapel ceiling, one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements, up-close for what organisers call ‘a never-before-seen perspective.’

I’ve often wondered why organisers of photo-based shows don’t duplicate them for multiple locations…well this one has.  There are 9 ‘kits’ and they are showing in cities globally.

The location in Marseille is the Palais de la Bourse down at the bottom of the Canebière  It is the headquarters of the Marseille-Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a lovely building to be able to visit.

The photos were taken post-renovation in the 1980-90 timeframe and so the colours are very bright, true to the originals. The technology used for repro is by Silicon Edge Graphics which ensures you can see detail down to brushstrokes.

Admission is daily, 13.50 euros for adults.

Details here: https://chapelsistine.com/exhibits/marseille/#

I’m sorry not to be able to find an end-date for this one.



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Just found out that there is another immersive art centre in Europe, this time in Amsterdam. Culturespaces has created the ‘Fabrique des Lumières’ which opened in April  in the former gas plant of Westergasfabriek.

As we know from the Carrieres des Lumieres at Les Baux, it’s a successful formula. For instance since opening in Paris in 2018, the Atelier des Lumières has attracted more than three million visitors to experience digitised works of art created by artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, and Salvador Dalí.

The Westergasfabriek was built in 1885 by the Imperial Continental Gas Association, before being converted in 1993 into a cultural space. Located in Westerpark, ten minutes from the historic city centre, the Fabrique des Lumières has a surface area of 2,800m² and their shows will be designed to complement the unique architecture of the site with its seventeen-metre-high walls.

The current show is Klimt (30 mins) + Hundertwasser (15 mins), until 5 Feb 2023.

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On 13 November 1872, from the window of his hotel in Le Havre, Claude Monet painted a view of the port through the mist.

When, two years later it was shown under the title ‘Impression, soleil levant’ at the Musée Marmottan Monet, critic Louis Leroy coined the term “Impressionist”, so giving a name to the group formed by Monet and his fellow painters.

Claude Monet
Impression, soleil levant, 1872, Huile sur
toile, 50 × 65 cm. Paris, musée Marmot-
tan Monet © Musée Marmottan Monet,
Paris / Studio Christian Baraja SLB

In 2022, Paris’s Musée Marmottan Monet, celebrates the 150th anniversary of this painting through the exhibition “Facing the Sun”.  

The sun of course has been a motif for artists from Antiquity which is where the show starts.  It goes on to include works by Dürer, Rubens, Joseph Vernet, Turner, Boudin, Camille Pissarro, Paul Signac, André Derain, Maurice Denis, Munch, and Sonia Delaunay. These are just some of the artists shown in this exhibition, in honour of Monet’s illustrious sunrise.

Paul Signac
Le Port au soleil
couchant, opus 236
(Saint-Tropez), 1892,
Huile sur toile, 65
× 81 cm. Potsdam,
Hasso Plattner
© Hasso Plattner
Collection / Recom
Art, Berlin

Details: The show is running in Paris from 21 September 2022 to 29 January 2023 and in Potsdam, from 25 February to 11 June 2023 under the title “Sonne. Die Quelle des Lichts in der Kunst”.  Website: https://www.marmottan.fr/expositions/face-au-soleil/


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David Hockney for Musée Granet

The long-awaited exhibition of David Hockney’s work is finally coming to Aix after its pandemic postponement. (more…)

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A couple of ideas here for the coming weekend. (more…)

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