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…starting on Friday evening with the Provencal celebrations of the ‘Feu de la Saint-Jean’ with dancing and music throughout the evening in the cours Mirabeau, culminating in the traditional bonfire at the Rotonde as darkness falls. 

Saturday sees the opening of the summer exhibition, Passion de l’Art, at the Musée Granet, this year showing 100 works from the Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger in Paris.    Have a look at their website for a taste: http://www.museegranet-aixenprovence.fr/expositions/prochainement/passion-de-lart.html

The big free concert, PARADE(S), takes place on the Cours Mirabeau, at 21:45 on 26th June; this year, extracts from Carmen are sur l’affiche.

And finally don’t forget the Flaneries d’Art Contemporain – open gardens which showcase the work of artists and craftspeople throughout the town.  A splendid opportunity to get a glimpse behind those high walls! Details:  https://www.aix-en-oeuvres.com/flaneries-2017/informations-pratiques/

 

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The latest in the series of ‘Les Dimanches de la Canebiere’ takes place  on Sunday.  These events have been created to bring people back to the town centre and seem to be getting more and more popular.  This time, there will be an Egyptian brunch at Nour d’Egypte while Toinou are offering Plancha de la Mer et Aioli on their terrace – Mediterranean feasts!  Lots of activities for the family too – dance, music, games, market – here’s the press release: Présentation-prog-juin-site-mairie-1-7

We normally park at the MuCEM parking which is really easy on a Sunday.  Here’s the poster for info:

 

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The ‘myprovence’ website has sent out an excellent piece on the relationship between Provence and the cinema, working its way from the original film shown at the Eden Cinema at La Ciotat back in 1895, through the many movies filmed in the region.

https://www.myprovence.fr/inspirations/la-provence-au-cinema?utm_source=My+Provence+2017&utm_campaign=efe98f3ef2-Myprovence-vacances-de-paques-08_06_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c72cda0555-efe98f3ef2-192003497

One of the films listed is ‘Cézanne et Moi’, which was released last year in French. I have just learnt the date for the English-version DVD release: June 26th.  I loved the ambiance of the film and now look forward to understanding a bit more of  the dialogue! What with Cézanne’s passionate outbursts and Zola’s false beard, I did find the French version tricky……..

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Brie, France, 1968, (C) Henri Cartier-Bresson Magnum Photos

The Musée Yves Brayer at Les Baux-de-Provence has an exhibition of photography by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who was a friend of Brayer in Paris.

Cartier-Bresson, from a well-to-do family in Seine-et-Marne was given a Kodak Brownie as a child, the beginning of his love for photography.  He studied art and worked in cinema, at one stage as assistant to Jean Renoir.

During WW2, he was imprisoned but managed to escape and join the resistance.  It must have been a wonderful experience for  him to photograph the Liberation of Paris.

Syphnos, Greece, 1961, (C) Henri Cartier-Bresson Magnum Photos

‘L’imaginaire d’apres nature’ is on daily until 28th September, 10-12:30 and 14-18:30. http://www.lesbauxdeprovence.com/fr/expositions/henri-cartier-bresson-l-imaginaire-d-apres-nature

Remember you can round off your visit to Les Baux at the Carrieres de Lumiere to see the ‘Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo’ son-et-lumiere which runs daily until January 7th.

 

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Meet Eddie Platt at MuCEM

Eddie is the British guy who is encouraging people in Marseille to pick up one piece of rubbish a day….read about him here:

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This is a must for your diary if you are in the Aix area on Friday 16th June….Les Grooms are appearing in Trets.  If you have seen them in Aix in past years, you will know how good this band is – and how amusing. (more…)

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…Not an artist I had ever heard of, but I came away impressed by this discovery  courtesy of the Musée Regards de Provence.

Joseph Inguimberty was born in Marseille back in 1896.  Here, one of his early works captured the scenes in the docks of his home town.  This muscular scene of dockers loading the boats took place right outside the Musée Regards de Provence, back  in 1923.

Halong Bay

The painter then moved to Vietnam to take up a teaching post, and the gallery has a wonderful room of his landscapes and lyrical views of rice-collectors, fishermen and elegant ladies in gardens of exotic vegetation.

War in 1945 forced his move back to France – to Menton his wife’s home town – and there are some nice landscapes of the town and of his family relaxing in the summer sunshine. 

Elsewhere, there are landscapes capturing the Alpilles, Provencal villages and (my favourite) views of the Calanque de Sormiou.

If you decide to visit this show – and I do recommend it – it might be a good idea to go after the 17th June, when there is a second exhibition starting in the musée, ‘Escales Mediterranées’.

Website here: http://www.museeregardsdeprovence.com/exposition/poesie-de-joseph-inguimberty

Dates on the poster below….

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