Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Rue Loubon is one of those tiny, picturesque streets in Aix that are pure Provence. It’s here that German artist Miriam Hartmann has chosen to establish her gallery which is just celebrating its first birthday.


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Here’s the list for all art-lovers out there……

‘Traverser La Lumiere’.  10 Nov 2018 – 31 March 2019

The works of Roger Bissiere, Jean Bazaine, Elvire Jan, Jean le Moal, Alfred Manessier and Gustave Singier.  The organisers tell us that this is a post-war group who called themselves non-figurative artists rather than abstract; they  have been, apparently, ‘injustement négligé’ at the expense of American artists since the 70s.  So let’s see…..

Harry Callahan: French Archives, Aix-en-Provence, 1957-1958. 16 March – 21 July 2019

This photographer was the director of the Photography Dept at Chicago’s Institute of Design; he received a grant and chose to spend his time in Aix, Sept 1957-July 1958.  So we will get an insight into Aix in the late 1950s. Little taste here: http://www.museegranet-aixenprovence.fr/expositions/prochainement/harry-callahan-french-archives-aix-en-provence-1957-1958.html

Fabienne Verdier. Summer 2019

She has designed posters for the Festival d’Aix 2017 and Rolland Garros 2018; she will be exhibiting Cezanne-themed work.

Good to see a woman headlining here for a change…she uses giant paintbrushes to create her pictures.  Watch her work on her tennis poster!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyHx5h0YUXA

Egypt. From December 2019

Musée Granet will be presenting items from its Egyptian collection. These were last shown in 1995.  They have around 150 items of which many they say are exceptionelles. The curator for this show will be Christophe Barbotin, conservateur en chef au Department des antiquities egyptiennes du musée du Louvre.

It seems museums are increasingly turning out their basements – MuCEM, Avignon, Aix’s municipal museums with their current green-theme – and coming soon, a haul of Egyptian pieces at the Granet.  What next will they come up with?


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I recently posted about both MuCEM and the museums in Avignon wheeling out  items from their archives, and now it looks like the three municipal museums in Aix are getting in on the act:  their theme is vegetation. (more…)

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Most museums have massive amounts of ‘stuff’ filed, heaped, mounded away in archives, basements and

warehouses.  The question is: what do they do with it all?

It really is an issue: Marseille’s MuCEM inherited the contents of the Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires in Paris and now has around one million items.  Over in Avignon, the town’s museums can only show 10% of their treasures at any one time.

Both, right now, are exhibiting items from their reserves, but in very different ways.  MuCEM have introduced a programme based on the alphabet, choosing one item per letter, and based on a theme.  In the spring it was ‘Amour’ and from this week, ‘Animaux’.  Meanwhile, in Avignon, the very creative local designer Christian Lacroix has been given the run of the basements to choose whatever appealed to his discerning eye. (more…)

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Pablo Picasso, Le Baiser, 1925
Huile sur toile, 130 x 97,7 cm
Musée national Picasso, Paris
© Agence photo RMN-GP
© Succession Picasso, 2017

Works by Picasso and Picabia were on show over the summer weeks at Aix’s Musée Granet while a few blocks away, the enigmatic Nicholas de Stael had a solo exhibition at the Caumont Centre d’Art.

Both were popular with summer visitors – but which one had the edge? (more…)

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Before the A8 autoroute came along with its thundering heavy traffic, it was easy for Paul Cezanne to wander across to the plateau at La Constance from the family bastide at Jas de Buffan, to paint the Sainte-Victoire, the Pilon du Roi and the new viaduct taking the railway line into Aix.  Even more reason to visit was when, in 1886, his young sister Rose and family moved to the 18th century Bastide Bellevue, perched on the slope.  He enjoyed the views from her property so much that he produced 8 paintings here, and brought his friend Renoir, too, to paint alongside him. (more…)

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This brand new art centre at Porquerolles is simply stunning and I heartily recommend a visit.  But time is of the essence….

  • It closes for the winter on November 4th, not reopening until April
  • The fascinating temporary exhibition, which fills most of the gallery, will go back to the Fondation Carmignac in Paris in November.


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