IAU Lecture series

The Institute for American Universities has just released details of its free spring lectures, all delivered by subject specialists.  The series kicks off 11th February.

Click here for details: lectures spring 20

British Humorist in Aix

Popular British stand-up comic Paul Taylor will be performing in Aix’s Jeu du Paume theatre on Wednesday 18th March.

Born in London and educated in France, his show delivers witticisms about both cultures, in perfect Franglais of course.

Tickets from 15€ : https://www.ticketmaster.fr/en/manifestation/paul-taylor-ticket/idmanif/484245

Lots of clips on YouTube.  Thanks to Fiona for the heads-up on this one.


Aix: Snack Attack

As the number of students seems to increase each year, so the number of outlets selling light lunches grows – and the trend to including vegetarian/vegan/sans gluten options grows too.  Last week, being a  fan of Middle East cooking, Continue Reading »

Tomorrow, 26 January, sees the return of Les Dimanches de la Canebière, Continue Reading »

Aix – At the Cinema

Windy weather right now with rain coming through – a good time to scurry into one of the Aix cinemas.  Quite a programme to look forward to.

  • Two classic adaptations from EM Forster novels showing at the Mazarin: ‘Room with a View’ and ‘Howards End’, both with excellent casts.  VO.
  • ‘Scandale’ in VF and VO, inspired by a controversial US TV news channel with Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron.  At the Cézanne
  • Awards nominated films continue: ‘1917’ and ‘A Couteaux Tirés’ or Knives Out.  Thanks to all the friends who recommended the latter to me, easy to see why it is Oscar-nominated for best screenplay.  ‘Little Women’ or ‘Les Filles du Docteur March’ continues too.

Coming up, two special events both at the Cézanne:

  • ‘An American in Paris’, 3rd Feb, preceded by dance from the juniors at the Pavillon Noir
  • ‘Le Prince Oublié’. This preview will take place in the presence of director Michael Hazanovicious, and actors Berenice Bejo and Omar Sy.

Details https://www.lescinemasaixois.com

There’s a programme of behind-the-scenes visits coming up next month which has been designed to introduce locals and visitors alike to activities and industries here in Provence.

You can visit the Airport and Museum of Aviation, soap manufacturers, Décathlon, the Grand Theatre de Provence, calisson makers,  an artisanal brasserie to taste the beer, vineyards of course, Centrale EDF at Martigues, Iter, Cadarache, or go backstage at the Silo in Marseille.  And lots more.

The events take place under the ‘Indus3days’ banner, organised by the tourist office in Gardanne.

Dates: 10-23 Feb: in previous years, events have been sold out quickly so time is of the essence for the popular visits.

Cost: 6€, free for the under 6s.

Details: https://www.indus3days.fr/

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!