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Laura Owens & Vincent van Gogh

from 19 June to 31 October 2021

Opening next weekend, the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles will present an exhibition bringing together new works by the American artist Laura Owens with seven paintings by Van Gogh, most made in and around Arles.

Van Gogh hardly needs an introduction but here’s what the gallery writes about Laura Owens:

“Owens is one of the most celebrated American artists working today. For twenty-five years she has asked probing questions about the parameters of painting. She has expanded painting’s possibilities by breaking through the boundaries between painting and other fields of visual and material culture such as embroidery, design, children’s illustrations and digital drawing. In this exhibition, Owens’s works will host and respond to Van Gogh’s paintings. Owens spent most of 2020 living in and around Arles, and her new work comes out of meticulous research into the history of the city and of Van Gogh’s connections here”.

The seven Van Gogh paintings to be shown at the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles include loans from museums with which Owens has a deep connection. Hospital at Saint-Rémy (1889) comes from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the city where she lives when not in Arles. Other key loans include The Fields, painted in Auvers-sur-Oise shortly before Van Gogh died.

“Laura Owens has often addressed the spaces where she has exhibited. For this exhibition she has created a vast painting, in the form of a unique hand-painted and silkscreened wallpaper installation, which will cover the entire walls of the rooms where the Van Gogh works will be exhibited.

Van Gogh’s interest in setting up an artists’ community in Arles is echoed in Owens’s career-long efforts to create spaces for other artists to exhibit. In collaboration with Maja Hoffmann and LUMA Arles, Laura Owens has also started a parallel project in Arles. She has turned an apartment building, located in the town centre, into a studio and living quarters for artists who will spend short residencies there; this space will slowly be filled with their, and her art.”

Details: http://www.fondation-vincentvangogh-arles.org/en/expositions/laura-owens-vincent-van-gogh/

Vincent van Gogh, Hospital at Saint-Rémy,
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, October 1889
Oil on canvas, 92.2 × 73.4 cm (36.3 × 28.9 in)
Gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation
Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles
© The Armand Hammer Collection

 

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…have come from the work being done to renovate the burnt-out brasserie in Aix’s Cours Mirabeau. (more…)

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Hotel Caumont in Aix is participating

The Bouches du Rhone tourist office has just launched a voucher scheme to help the local tourist industry; Tickets My Provence.

These vouchers can offset your bills at restaurants, museums, festivals and so on, whether you are a local or are on holiday.

To profit from 100 euros of vouchers:

  1.  Look at the list of partners on the website
  2. Enter your mobile number
  3. You will receive 100€ in ‘bons d’achats’ ie. 10 tickets of 10€, valid for a week
  4. For each 30€, you give a ticket of 10€ so you just pay 20€.

The scheme runs until the end of 2021.

Details and interactive map of participating organisations: https://www.myprovence.fr/tickets?utm_source=My+Provence&utm_campaign=d80328d05f-vacances-responsables-01-06-2021-tickets&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c72cda0555-d80328d05f-192001881&ct=t(vacances-responsables-01-06-2021-tickets)

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Provençal water jousting consists of a battle on the water between two people in different boats – the opponents try to push each other in the water with a lance. Lots of fun for spectators, as well as the participants most of whom will end up pretty wet.

 

It’s an ideal outdoor spectator sport for those who prefer to remain in the fresh air as much as possible.

The programme, officialised by la Ligue Paca, kicks off on Sunday 13 June at Martigues when young people from across the region will have practice sessions.  The competition proper starts on 20th June at Cassis.  Details:

CRITÉRIUM NATIONAL DES JEUNES

13/06/21​ à Martigues

CHAMPIONNATS DE PROVENCE

20/06/21​ à Cassis

27/06/21 à Martigues

04/07/21 à La Ciotat

11/07/21​​ à Port-Saint-Louis

14/07/21​​ à Istres

18/07/21​ à Fos-sur-Mer

01/08/21 à l’Estaque

08/08/21 à Martigues (finales)

CHAMPIONNATS DE FRANCE

15/08/21 à Istres (quarts de finale)

22/08/21​​ à Théoule (demi-finales)

29/08/21​ à Saint-Mandrier (finales)

COUPE DE FRANCE

25/07/21 à l’Estaque

COUPE DE PROVENCE

05/09/21 à l’Estaque

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Sometime around the year 340, a boat carrying gold coins, silver ingots, medals and other precious metals sank in 20m of water very close to its destination in Arles.  It was heading for one of 3 workshops in the Roman port to discharge its cargo.  The gold coins bore the head of the late emperor Constantine II and were to be melted down on the orders of his brother Constans I who preferred to have his own head on the coinage. (more…)

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Wise communities are shifting their emphasis on to the outdoors this summer – here are two current shows you might enjoy. (more…)

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Just found out that the annual wine festival is ON tomorrow in the Bouches-du-Rhone.

Lots of vineyards around Aix have tastings and special activities.  Good open-air activity if the weather holds.

Programme here:Dépliant-comité-13-2021

It’s not on their website so worth forwarding on to friends to enjoy the activities tomorrow?

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If you are in Paris right now, you may have caught the unexpected sight of some of the 240 4m x 3m ads pasted in metro stations advertising the delights of Aix-en-Provence. There are two visuals, with the same strapline: La Provence a Un Prenomet Mon Prenom C’est Aix and here they are: (more…)

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Eleven years.  That’s how long the Musée Arlaten has been closed for renovation but with the input of a leading architectural agency and the fabulous Arlesien designer Christian Lacroix, it certainly has style – just see the staircase.

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Easter Sunday Mass was celebrated at ‘La grotte de Sainte-Baume’ at the weekend to formally re-open the cave of Saint Mary Magdalene after its being closed for 10 months’ work. (more…)

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