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The works of Chagall are the inspiration for a series of workshops for children in the school holidays 9-24th Feb.

At the Hotel Caumont Centre d’Art; ages 6-11; 13€.

Details: https://www.caumont-centredart.com/fr/visite-atelier-autour-lexposition-chagall

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Meanwhile there is a new series of Saturday workshops over at Chateau Lacoste in what looks like an interesting programme.  25€ for child and parent:  https://www.billetweb.fr/ateliers-arts-archi

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Visiting the Musée Regards de Provence last week, I saw this painting by Edouard Cremieux, and wanted to remember him as we approach World Holocaust Memorial Day.  This painter was born in Marseille on January 21st 1856 (today’s date as chance would have it) and died in May 1944 in Auschwitz.


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This foundation, dedicated to Provencal art, has been exhibiting in different venues in Marseille for 20 years.  Its final home is the superbly renovated gallery in the old maritime sanitary station (opp MuCEM) where it has room to spread out and show its unique collection.

The current exhibition gives us tastes of many previous shows: there are the rural painters of Provence; those working in Marseille, along the coast and during exotic north African visits; artists like Jean Cocteau who relocated south; right up to modern days with some interesting abstracts. 

It’s well worth catching before it ends next month.

The Musée Regards de Provence is open Tues-Sun, 10-18, and don’t forget its rooftop restaurant for lunch or just a quick coffee.  Maritime views guaranteed!

Worth going just to see this lovely picture! ‘Cerisiers en Fleurs’ by L Verdilhan

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2019 at MuCEM

Popular MuCEM reveals its programme for 2019

Some local institutions are rather discreet about letting us all know their future plans….so bravo to MuCEM for publishing chapter and verse on their exhibitions for the whole of this new year! (more…)

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Don’t forget the lovely Swedish celebration of  Santa Lucia tonight, 13th Dec, at the Cathedral –  Young Scandinavians process down the darkened aisle creating pools of flickering light with their candles.  Unmissable! 18:00hrs.  Afterwards, spiced wine is served at the Mairie.

Tomorrow sees nationally-renowned Aix pottery Atelier Buffile open a show of their work together with Poteries de Sejnane from Tunisia.  This is a group of 100 potteries, mainly Berber women who have been making kitchen pots and decorative items for generations.  Vincent Buffile went to work with them.  Both his work, their work, and collaborative projects will be on show.  The expo is at the beautiful medieval Cave aux Huiles, another reason to visit!Fri 14-18:00hrs, Sat and Sun 10-18:00hrs.  It is featured in the current issue of Coté Sud – read here: cs-12-2018

And finally there’s the Bravade Calendale on Sunday 16th: This is a Provencal traditional offering ‘la pompe de Noel’ (festive bread) to the town authorities.  Lots of traditional music, Provencal dancers and for some reason Italian flag-throwers. General Instagrammable melée. 11:00 in the cours Mirabeau; 14.30 at Mairie followed by procession through centre ville.


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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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