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…..is my new book which is being launched this week. (more…)

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‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ is the theme for the 49th Rencontres d’Arles photography exhibition.  ‘This year, you are invited to cross space and time with a breathtaking, celestial journey across the ages. Photography is often the best-placed medium for registering all the shocks that remind us the world is changing, sometimes right before our eyes’, they write.

It’s developed into one of the world’s largest photography shows, with exhibitions in every available space across town.  This year, it has sections such as ‘America Great Again!’ featuring various photographers including Raymond Depardon; then there is ‘Run Comrade, the Old World is Behind You’ to mark the anniversary of 1968.  Included in this is a show I saw in London – ‘The Train. RFK’s Last Journey’.  It features the small groups of people who lined the entire route of the train that took Robert Kennedy’s body to its final resting place in Washington and is a fascinating snapshot of life 50 years ago.

The programme is here: https://www.rencontres-arles.com/en/expositions.  Sorry don’t know why they always have upside-down images on their posters. 2 July to 23 September.

Also this summer  in Arles, British artists Gilbert and George are exhibiting at LUMA, the new arts campus.  (Post about LUMA here: https://aixcentric.com/2016/05/25/changes-to-arles-skyline/) Their exhibition entitled ‘The Great Exhibition, 1971-2016’ runs 2nd July – 6th January.

I like the sound of ‘Une Histoire avec Vincent’ which starts at LUMA on the same day.  Young photographer Lily Gavin was given daily access to filming of ‘A La Porte de l’Eternité’ by director Julian Schnabel.  It took place over 8 weeks around Arles so her pictures should be interesting.

So – 2nd July – trip to Arles sorted!

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First up is the wine and gastronomy festival, Bacchus, which has been running now for 20 years. For three days, 23, 24 and 25 March, the town centre will be filled with stalls, street entertainment and music.  Visitors can taste local Provencal wines of course but also those from other regions of France and Italy. (more…)

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It’s Renoir’s birthday today which has prompted me to write a little about his final home at Cagnes, now the Musée Renoir.  It’s easily do-able from Aix and a must once this wave of cold weather has ended.  A sunny day is ideal as the views from his terrace are lovely.

This post card shows the villa, newly-built for the artist and his family.  It looks much the same today except that palm tree is massive. (more…)

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This month’s ‘Dimanches de la Canebiere’ on Sunday 25th February will be dedicated to celebrating the Year of the Dog: there will be a ‘Dance of the Dragon and Lion’ as well as martial arts.

It’s the 10th such event, when Marseille’s famous thoroughfare La Canebiere is pedestrianized and dedicated to entertainment, street food and market stalls.  Each month there is a special theme, usually involving music and dancing with lots of community participation.  Organised by the local mairie, 1st and 7th quartiers, it’s going from strength to strength, with more shops specially open and visitors pouring in – all part of reanimating centre-ville, struggling somewhat with commercial competition from La Joliette. Programme on: http://marseille1-7.fr/canebiere/

Maybe combine this with the 2 newly-opened Picasso exhibitions? https://aixcentric.com/2018/02/13/plenty-of-picasso-in-provence-right-now/





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Authorities say they are 99% sure that the small pastel they have recovered is ‘Les Choristes’ by Degas, which was stolen from Marseille’s Musée Cantini on 31st December 2009.

It was found in an unusual place…. (more…)

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The Hotel de Caumont, Centre d’Art, in Aix’s Quartier Mazarin, has been sold by Culturespaces to investment group, Groupama, for 25,4m euros. (more…)

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