Posts Tagged ‘Rencontres d’Arles’

‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ is the theme for the 49th Rencontres d’Arles photography exhibition.  ‘This year, you are invited to cross space and time with a breathtaking, celestial journey across the ages. Photography is often the best-placed medium for registering all the shocks that remind us the world is changing, sometimes right before our eyes’, they write.

It’s developed into one of the world’s largest photography shows, with exhibitions in every available space across town.  This year, it has sections such as ‘America Great Again!’ featuring various photographers including Raymond Depardon; then there is ‘Run Comrade, the Old World is Behind You’ to mark the anniversary of 1968.  Included in this is a show I saw in London – ‘The Train. RFK’s Last Journey’.  It features the small groups of people who lined the entire route of the train that took Robert Kennedy’s body to its final resting place in Washington and is a fascinating snapshot of life 50 years ago.

The programme is here: https://www.rencontres-arles.com/en/expositions.  Sorry don’t know why they always have upside-down images on their posters. 2 July to 23 September.

Also this summer  in Arles, British artists Gilbert and George are exhibiting at LUMA, the new arts campus.  (Post about LUMA here: https://aixcentric.com/2016/05/25/changes-to-arles-skyline/) Their exhibition entitled ‘The Great Exhibition, 1971-2016’ runs 2nd July – 6th January.

I like the sound of ‘Une Histoire avec Vincent’ which starts at LUMA on the same day.  Young photographer Lily Gavin was given daily access to filming of ‘A La Porte de l’Eternité’ by director Julian Schnabel.  It took place over 8 weeks around Arles so her pictures should be interesting.

So – 2nd July – trip to Arles sorted!

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Two hundred and seventy-one festivals!

That’s the number taking place in local town centres, villages, parks and open-spaces this summer as  colourful programmes of music, dance, historical enactment, stand-up, tribute bands burst into life.  Here is an excellent website which lists them all – a total of 1869 separate events:  http://www.terredefestivals.fr/ 

Photographers will be flocking to Arles from tomorrow for the annual Rencontres d’Arles Festival which this year has 60 expos celebrating 30 years of the Arles-based ENSP – Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Photographie. 90-minuted guided tours of the exhibition sites can be organised through the ticket outlets. Until 23rd Sept. www.rencontres-arles.com

Réné Seyssaud – L’Ivresse de la Couleur is a retrospective of this Marseillais painter (1867-1952).  He worked in many of the seaside towns in the Var and from his final home and studio on the Etang de Berre. He painted landscapes, sea-scapes and still-lifes with bright colours using paints he made himself.  14th July – 18th November. At the Fondation Regards de Provence, palais des Arts, Cours Julien, Marseille.  Open daily 10-18:00hrs, exc Aug 15th.  Admission 5€. www.museeregardsdeprovence.com

Across town, the Fondation Monticelli has an exhibition of work by another Marseille-born artist Charles Camoin.  A colleague of Matisse and Manguin, he was a very successful painter, his colourful works influence by the Fauves and by his acquaintance Cézanne.  For more info, click here: http://www.fondationmonticelli.com/expositions

Doesn’t this still-life by Camoin look like the perfect Provençal table?

The summer evening markets – Les Calades – in the cours Mirabeau will be  starting later this month and will run throughout August – the TO should soon have dates.

‘Les Instants d’Ete 2012’ is a programme  bringing big-screen films to parks throughout Aix for the next 2 months of warm evenings – you just have to bring a blanket and picnic!  Click for details: http://www.mairie-aixenprovence.fr/Instants-d-ete-2012

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