Pierre Bonnard loved his home at Le Cannet – he painted his wife Marthe in the bath, the cats in the dining room, the splendid colours of his garden and naturally his view of the sparkling Mediterranean.  Le Cannet now has the world’s only museum dedicated to the artist, and since its inception, it has been reaching out to the public creatively and pro-actively.  Admirable in fact.

The current exhibition, ‘Bonnard en tout intimité’, runs until 23rd April and has a host of spin-off activities.

  • One hour guided tours for adults.  Entry +3€
  • Opportunities for 5-12 year-olds to see the exhibition and then try out different techniques in a workshop + 5€
  • Family visits, 12 and 19 April – lots of stories and anecdotes to inspire youngsters 8+
  • Weekend 18-19 March free entry for 4 with a voucher from Télérama (this is part of the Weekend Musees Télérama)
  • Atelier 3 Generations – children 5+ with their parents and grandparents.  Visit exhibition then all can roll their sleeves up and create!.  April 13 and 20.  +5€.
  • Two dance events in the gallery – one illustrating the life of Marthe Bonnard his mysterious muse
  • Tie up with Festival des Jardins (see last post).  An expert will be on the museum terrace with lots of seeds, helping people plant their own miniature garden.  Free.  Hourly April 14.

As well as all this, the museum has a downloadable 45 minute guide to the gallery and also a free downloadable ‘balade’ so you can walk around the main sites relevant to the artist after your visit.

What a great museum – just what they all should be!

Too much detail to include in this short post so please have a look at their website for more. http://www.museebonnard.fr/

The ‘Festival des Jardins de la Cote d’Azur’ looks to be an interesting new venture.  It runs every day from 1st April to 1st May in Nice, Cannes, Grasse, Antibes and Menton.

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Another in the popular ‘National Theatre Live’ productions will be aired in Aix next Sunday.  It’s the all-new Peter Shaffer production  of Amadeus.  The critics have raved, not just about the stunning performances of the actors but at the freshness and creativity of the production.
Vienna, music capital of the 18th century world.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash.  Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it.  Seized by obsessive jealousy, he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.
The production assembles and reassembles itself – a virtuosic whirl of bits of scenery, fantastic singers, excerpts from the operas that, in their aesthetic, become wittily and pointedly ahead of their time.
Says organiser Karen Wildau: ‘You get the picture; come join us.  The production is three hours long and during its interval of 20 minutes will feature a Viennese Cafe Gourmand: Sacher Torte and strudel, coffee or tea—for only 13 euros (in addition to your ticket cost).  Tickets must be purchased on line at https://www.weezevent.com/amadeus.     
Please print out your tickets and bring them along’.
Time: 14:30, Sunday 19th March
Venue: Hotel Renaissance, 320 Avenue Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Aix (and how cool is that address!)

Here is a great opportunity if you are a rat de bibliotheque as the French call book-worms (I love that one!).

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Le Petit Palais. Credit: Directphoto collection/Alamy

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The week-long celebration of owls and other nocturnal birds culminates tomorrow evening (Saturday March 11th) with a special event for nature-lovers.

There will be a one-hour presentation from 17:30 at La Maison de la Sainte-Victoire, followed by a ramble outdoors to listen for owls.  Great for kids – should be a hoot!

La Maison de la Sainte-Victoire is at Saint-Antonin, at the foot of the mountain. I was about to say it’s a good place to have a daytime coffee in such lovely surroundings but its website is saying that the café is closed right now.  Investigation needed…..

But in the meantime, enjoy the night with the birds!


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