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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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Tomorrow, Friday 31st, sees the last of the summer evening markets ‘Les Nuits d’Aix 2018’ in the cours Mirabeau – it’s from 17-23:00 and a wonderful way to spend a warm evening in Provence. (more…)

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This looks to be an interesting starlit trail around the galleries of Aix, perfect for an after-dinner stroll.  All 15 are open until 22:00hrs on Friday night. 

More details on: https://www.facebook.com/LaNuitdesGaleriesAix/

 

 

 

 

 

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  1.  The newly-created arts and cultural centre , LUMA, based in the old railway sheds, has a handful of shows starting tomorrow.  Headlining them is Gilbert & George : THE GREAT EXHIBITION (1971-2016), an 80-work retrospective which will be taking place until 6th January. http://www.arles-agenda.fr/index.php?id=19685.  I also like the sound of ‘Une Histoire Avec Vincent’.  Young photographer Lily Gavin has been given access to the set of a new film ‘At Eternity’s Gate’, based on 8 weeks in the life of Van Gogh. Shot at Saint-Rémy by Julian Schnabel, her photos show the daily evolution of the story.
  2. The massive ‘Rencontres d’Arles’ photographic show enters its 49th year.  There are exhibitions all over town. The best starting point is the tourist office who will sell you a large map with details of every one of them – and go where your fancy takes you.
  3. Moisson en Provence, by Vincent Van Gogh

    SOLEIL CHAUD, SOLEIL TARDIF. LES MODERNES INDOMPTÉS (HOT SUN, LATE SUN. UNTAMED MODERNISM) can be seen at the Fondation Van Gogh until 28th October.  It includes work by Van Gogh, plus of course Picasso who is everywhere this summer, and, Adolphe Monticelli, Sigmar Polke, Giorgio De Chirico, Germaine Richier, Alexander Calder, Joan Mitchell, Etel Adnan, Sun Ra.

 

So much to see in Arles right now.  Lunch will of course be necessary.  We enjoyed the medieval ambiance at Le Jardin des Arts ( details here: https://aixcentric.com/2014/04/13/lunch-in-arles/ or you could try the restaurant who served a meal to Daniel Craig aka James Bond, and family, when he had been turned away elsewhere! – great story here: https://aixcentric.com/2018/01/07/when-james-bond-visited-provence/

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French fashion designer Christian Lacroix can be relied on to bring a stylish rather Baroque flourish to everything he does.  A proud Arlésien, he has transitioned to Avignon to curate their new show, Mirabilis, for which he has chosen 350 to 400 works, documents and collections, from prehistory to ethnic collections to modern art, all from five Avignon museums. ‘Je suis comme un enfant le jour de Noel,’ he said. (more…)

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There seems to have been a deluge of work by Picasso recently, in Marseille, in Aix, in Les Baux, in Cannes….but the small exhibition at Aix’s Pavillon Vendome, ‘Villers Picasso – Coup de Soleil’ really is worth investigating. (more…)

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