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David Hockney recently left his beloved Yorkshire and his LA base to live in Normandy where he is currently in lockdown with his dog Ruby and two of his long-standing assistants.

He is in the garden most days, drawing the spring awakening – his favourite time of year – on his iPad. In a BBC exclusive, he is sharing 10 of his most recent images, nine of which have never been published before, for us all to enjoy at this difficult time, along with his thoughts on the role of art in life.

See his paintings of his new home and the first signs of spring: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52109901



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I have occasionally posted about the work of this exuberant Provencal painter and been surprised at the subsequent interest in these posts.  So here for all art-lovers is a heads-up on a forthcoming exhibition of his work at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nimes this summer. (more…)

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Aix Museums: Important Info

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Musée Granet will close its doors from Monday 16th March for an indefinite period.  At the Hotel Caumont Centre d’Art, where the lovely Japanese art exhibition ‘Les Grands Maitres du Japon’ is due to end on 22nd March, they have posted this notice: (more…)

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A Weekend for Art-Lovers

A quick roundup of news for art-lovers this weekend.  Let’s start with Martigues, a long-time magnet for painters drawn to the light, the water and the fishermen, with their boats, nets and cottages in this historic community.  The Musée Ziem is showing works inspired by the town; and after you have seen them, you can walk round the corner to the canal-side Miroir aux Oiseaux where the artists placed their easels.  Free; until 7th June.  Museum open 14-18:00, Wed-Sunday.  Cafes and patisseries nearby.

Details and downloadable flyer: https://www.ville-martigues.fr/information-transversale/publications/musee-ziem-exposition-andre-lambilliotte-entre-les-lignes-le-depliant-804

Off in the other direction to Toulon where local artists and writers are being celebrated at the newly opened Mediatheque Chalucet.  When I wrote my book ‘Art in the South of France’, I was surprised to find so many strong portraits and landscapes from local 19th century painters in Toulon;  the population was quite small at the time but it certainly had its creatives. ‘Peintres et Ecrivains Toulonnais’ is on until 31st May.  Details: https://toulontourisme.com/fiche/exposition-peintres-et-ecrivains-toulonnais-1800-1950-2/

In Aix, there’s a new exhibition of the work of Frederique Nalbandian at the Pavillion Vendome, starting on Saturday 14th, and a tour of the Musée Granet Highlights in English at 15:00 on Friday 13th.  Meanwhile, in Marseille, there is the Salon International de l’Art Contemporain which, as I write, is still going ahead despite this wretched virus.  They have announced that they will keep entries under the threshold of 1,000 allowed.

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Opening this weekend, a new music venue in Aix, called 6mic (pun on sismique maybe. Guessing here). When completed, it will be the largest in France – already it  has a salle for 2000, another for 800 plus studios and outside spaces.

It will be offering concerts including electro, reggae and rap.  Must be popular as the whole opening weekend is sold out!


Also opening tomorrow is the new show at the Carrieres de Lumiere at Les Baux de Provence, ‘Dali the Endless Enigma’ plus a short show on Gaudi. Music from Pink Floyd. Open daily until 3rd January 2021.

Closing this weekend – ‘Man Ray et la Mode’ at the Musee Cantini and at Chateau de Borely in Marseille.  And closed, sadly, Aix’s Anticafé, in rue Mignet.  A warm and friendly café with lots of workshops and activities. Wishing the proprietors well in their next venture.

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Musée Matisse in Nice
14th February  – 4th May 2020
It can be a surprise to find well-known painters were also sculptors : I for one was delighted by the sculptures by Chagall at the exhibition last year at Aix’s Hotel Caumont.


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A leading street artist is exhibiting in a gallery in Aix centre ville.

There’s Marseille’s first ever Oursinade

Museums are free in both towns on Sunday

……and Aix’s fun fair continues


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At last!  Regular and varied tours of the Musée Granet in English.  The museum’s médiatrice culturelle, Emilie, leads groups on Friday afternoons around the highlights of the main gallery, or the nearby Collection Planque, or whatever special exhibition is showing.  (more…)

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Chateau Lacoste has built a collection of world-class art and architecture over the past few years, a prestigious spot indeed for local students to show their work: the exhibition, ‘Briser La Glace’ has

The beautiful Tadao Ando restaurant at Chateau Lacoste. A memorable spot for lunch.

been created by young artists from the Aix School of Art.

“The works by these young artists are very avant-garde, not the usual pretty pictures to hang over the couch. Admittedly not everyone’s cup of tea but extremely interesting. They are beautifully installed in the gallery next to the wine tasting locale”, commented local art specialists who visited at the weekend.

Details here: EXPO_LA_COSTE_AIX_DP

Briser La Glace is open daily until 16th February

Thanks to J and B for sending this info to Aixcentric.

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Claude Monet, Soleil couchant sur la Seine à Lavacourt, effet d’hiver, 1880, huile sur toile, 101,5 x 150 cm, Petit Palais, musée des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris, CC0 Paris Musées / Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais / Claude Monet

The fourteen Musées de la Ville de Paris have just put online, for free use, 100,000 of their works, including some by Monet, Modigliani, Delaunay and Rembrandt.  For anyone teaching or studying or writing about French art, this high-definition digital access is a major step.

Certainly when I was writing my book ‘Art in the South of France’, getting permission to use any images in France was a major, major headache, source of frustration and big waste of time.  I couldn’t understand why often-empty museums couldn’t supply just one token image to help publicise their galleries.  The background to all this is that artists’ families own copyright until 70 years after their death (so includes Picasso, Leger, Matisse etc), then the copyright passes to either photographers or the state agency, both  of whom charge not inconsiderable fees. My salvation came in the form of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY which, with some other American institutions, adopted ‘Open Content’.  In Europe, the Rijksmuseum has followed suit, and now from this month these 14 Parisian galleries.  They are doing it to improve access to art and culture, but also to publicise their collections in France and internationally.  Good for them!

Details and link here: https://www.connaissancedesarts.com/peinture-et-sculpture/monet-modigliani-delaunay-plus-de-100%e2%80%89000-oeuvres-des-musees-de-paris-accessibles-en-ligne-gratuitement-11131285/?xtor=EPR-3228

Thanks to Liz for giving me a heads-up on this!



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