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If you feel like life hasn’t been surrealistic enough recently and are up for an immersive art show of Dali and Gaudi, then the happy news is that the Carrieres de Lumieres at Les Baux opens again tomorrow.  (The chateau which dominates the nearby village has already re-opened).

Visits to the Carrieres though are not as we knew them in the pre-Feb 2020 world:

  • Entry by internet booking only
  • Masks to be worn throughout the visit
  • Temperature check on entry
  • Hand-cleansing gel available
  • One-metre distancing to be maintained
  • No groups
  • No audio-guides available.

 

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Feeling like some exercise?  Here’s news of a 10-day hiking trail with culture included!  Perfect for the post-lockdown list.

Works by British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, known for creating outdoor installations from natural materials found nearby, form part of a new 150km “art” hiking route which stretches across the north of our region.  Named the Refuge d’Art, in the Unesco Geopark reserve in collaboration with the Gassendi Museum in Digne-les-Bains and the Réserve Géologique de Haute-Provence, it is the largest public collection of his work.

Visitors to Chateau Lacoste near Aix will be familiar with Goldsworthy’s work. ‘Oak Room’ was installed in 2009 – it’s the one where steps lead down into a subterranean bird’s nest of wood. (more…)

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One here for all Aix book-lovers and a message for us all from Phil Shaw, a brilliant digital artist who has recreated real book titles in this display.

He designs the book spines on his computer and then places them in order to make a narrative.  ‘I became so tired of the doom and gloom,’ Shaw told The Times. ‘So I thought: Let’s try to do something positive about it’.

Ten per cent of the proceeds from the sales are going to the NHS and Medecins Sans Frontieres.  £1,500 a pop – but 100 sold in first 24 hours. https://rebeccahossackartgallery.tumblr.com/

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A series of half-hour programmes, each dedicated to one painting with a commentary by art critic Waldemar Januszczak, finishes tomorrow with a detailed analysis of ‘The Card Players’.  Cézanne painted the subject 5 times – this one is part of the Courtauld collection. (more…)

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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!

https://www.tellerreport.com/life/2020-03-04—6mic–an-xxl-current-music-room–opens-in-aix-en-provence-.H14Im4fpNL.html

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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MATISSE MÉTAMORPHOSES
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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