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Exhibits around the world > France December 13, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts.

CENTRE POMPIDOU > To Feb. 5: “Yves Klein: Corps, Couleur, Immatériel.”
Famous for the IKB, the deep blue he was first to mix, and his monochromes, Klein (1928-1962) was able to create a vast body of works in seven years only. The exhibition assembles 120 paintings (blue, gold, or pink, with some mixing the three colors) and sculptures (featuring the sponges), 40 drawings and manuscripts as well as films and photographs that trace his artistic creativity. The exhibition will travel to Vienna next year.  www.centrepompidou.fr

To Jan. 15: “Robert Rauschenberg: Combines, 1954-1963.” A versatile artist, Rauschenberg (born 1925) worked in painting, sculpture, collages, performances and choreography. The “Combines” are assemblages of abstract paintings and different types of materials covered with paint that blur the frontiers between painting and sculpture. Imagine a stuffed and painted goat, sticking out of a car tire and glued to an horizontal canvas covered with detritus! The works, seen earlier this year at the Met, New York, will travel to Stockholm.  www.centrepompidou.fr

GALERIES NATIONALES DU GRAND PALAIS > To Jan. 8: “Portraits Publics, Portraits Privés, 1770-1830.” The exhibition documents how, over 60 years, the art of portraiture ceased to be the privilege of the upper classes and broadened to representations of great men and women. About 140 paintings and sculptures attest to the talent of such international artists as Goya, Delacroix, Ingres and Reynolds, who captured the personalities of their models, when portrayed in their social context or in the intimacy of their private lives, with the help of large formats, expensive fabrics and immaculate hairstyles. The exhibits will travel to London and New York.  www.rmn.fr/portraits

To Jan. 15: “Il Était une Fois Walt Disney: Aux Sources de l’Art des Studios Disney.” The purpose of the exhibit is to pair original Disney drawings with the works and creations that inspired them: Aesop’s fables, Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” Perrault’s Tales. A section is devoted to the improbable collaboration between Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney that generated a film, “Destino,” that was never publicized. The short film is on view as well as drawings and paintings by Dalí. The last room documents how Mickey turned into a Pop Art icon and inspired works by Boltanski, Erró and Télémaque.  www.rmn.fr/disney/

INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE > To Feb. 18: “Venise & l’Orient.” Between the 9th century and the end of the Venetian Republic in the 18th century, the Serenissima established strong relationships with the Muslim dynasties (Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman). Venetian merchants traveling to the Near East met with sophisticated cultures who were more developed in such fields as education, medicine, hygiene and food. Glass and ceramics were imported and imitated; Venetian painters such as Gentile Bellini brought the art of portraiture to the court of the Sultan, while others incorporated orientalist features in their works at home. The display includes paintings, ceramics, and glassware, among others.  www.imarabe.org

MUSÉE CERNUSCHI > To Dec. 30: “Les Perses Sassanides: Fastes d’un Empire Oublié.” The powerful dynasty of the Sassanids reigned over Persia for four centuries. At the heart of the Sassanid artistic creation is the image of the king. His glorified image appeared on high reliefs dug out in cliffs, on stone seals and at the bottom of drinking cups. Legendary feasts were held at the court and the courtisans attempted to emulate the elegance of regal festivities, thus generating a flourishing of such art forms as silverware, glassware, textiles, decorative weapons and coins where hellenistic influences mingle with Persian tradition. The items displayed in the show are on loan from museums in the United States, Europe and Iran.  www.cernuschi.paris.fr

MUSÉE JACQUEMART-ANDRÉ > To Jan. 31: “L’Or des Thraces: Trésors de Bulgarie.” Documents the rich civilization of the Thracians, a multitude of tribes covering an area divided today between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. Focusing on the period between the 6th and 3rd centuries B.C., at a time when the Greeks were perfecting their classical style, the display features 100 artworks in gold and silver, including jewelry, tableware, weaponry and harnessing equipment, most of them excavated in Bulgaria.  www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

MUSÉE DU LOUVRE > To Jan. 8: “Rembrandt Dessinateur.” At the same time that Rembrandt’s (1606-1669) etchings are shown at Petit Palais, the Louvre is displaying his drawings. The Dutch artist drew all the time, developing his narrative talent and his imagination, and, like most painters, using drawings as preparatory sketches for his paintings. The themes he explored are well known to the public and yet lose none of their seduction: human figures and animals, biblical scenes, landscapes and genre scenes.  www.louvre.fr

To Jan. 8: “William Hogarth, 1697-1764.” An artist of the Enlightenment, Hogarth detached himself from the then popular historical genre to work on portraits of everyday, and sometimes low, life and conversation pieces in which he satirized those he depicted. His engraved and painted satirical narratives such as “Marriage-à-la-Mode” and “The Rake’s Progress” brought him international fame. British museums have lent 120 paintings and engravings for the show.  www.louvre.fr

MUSÉE DU LUXEMBOURG > To Jan. 21: “Titien: Le Pouvoir en Face.” Tiziano Vecellio, better known as Titian (1488/90-1576), came to fame when Charles V of Spain appointed him as his own portraitist. Orders from popes, Venetian doges, aristocrats and intellectuals started flowing. The portraits capture the face and posture of the model, and illustrate his or her social status. This display of 35 works includes some of the best known portraits: Francis I (Louvre), Charles V (Museo di Capodimonte), Isabel d’Este (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna), Pietro Aretino (Palazzo Pitti), Doge Nicolò Marcello (Musei Vaticani). Expressive depictions of women and about 20 paintings by early 16th-century artists complete the show.  www.museeduluxembourg.fr

MUSÉE NATIONAL PICASSO > To Jan. 8: “Picasso/Berggruen: Une Collection Particulière.” This is the first of a series of exhibits devoted to private collections. It pays homage to the art dealer, Heinz Berggruen, who settled in France in 1947 after fleeing his native Germany and becoming an American citizen. Berggruen assembled a vast collection that included Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klee and Picasso, to name a few. The show features 39 paintings and more than 70 drawings by Picasso, along with documents and objects, all of them on loan from the Berggruen Museum in Berlin.  www.musee-picasso.fr

MUSÉE DE L’ORANGERIE > The Orangerie in the Tuileries Gardens, that had housed Monet’s “Nympheas” since 1926 and the rich collection of Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume since the end of the 1960s, was made obsolete in recent decades by the emergence of new museums and exhibition spaces, Grand Palais, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou. An extensive renovation program of the Second Empire building now allows the public to fully appreciate the permanent display of Monet’s panels and the works by Cézanne, Renoir, Modigliani, Derain, Utrillo and Picasso, among others, from the Walter and Guillaume collection.  www.musee-orangerie.fr

MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY > French presidents, like the monarchs of the old regime, are eager to leave their marks on the artistic scene. In the last few decades, Paris has been graced by Centre Pompidou, the Louvre pyramid and a new national library under François Mitterrand, and now a museum devoted to “the dialogue between cultures and civilizations” encouraged by President Jacques Chirac. Jean Nouvel, the architect of the Institut du Monde Arabe, designed the innovative building to house 300,000 artworks from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. About 3,500 are on permanent display and complemented by multimedia tools. The first three temporary exhibitions feature:

To Dec. 17: “Ciwara: Chimères africaines.” A selection of Ciwara, or carved, engraved and painted sculptures worn by dancers in Mali. www.quaibranly.fr

To Dec. 17: ” Nous avons mangé la forêt …” An ethnological log by Georges Condominas, who lived in the High Plateaux of Vietnam in the late 1940s, complemented by daily objects, costumes and photographs. www.quaibranly.fr

PETIT PALAIS > To Jan. 14: “Rembrandt, Eaux-Fortes.” And yet another celebration of Rembrandt’s birthday! About 180 etchings have been selected from a donation of 400 to the museum in 1902. The Dutch artist (1606-1669) produced a body of engraved works, self-portraits, portraits, biblical scenes, genre scenes, nudes and landscapes, that reflect the same diversified interests that he showed in his painted work. Some works are, for the viewer’s benefit, presented in several versions.  www.petitpalais.paris.fr

MUSÉE D’ART MODERNE ET CONTEMPORAIN > To Dec. 31: “Utopie et Révolte: La
Gravure Allemande du Jugendstil au Bauhaus.” A rarely offered display of German prints created between 1890 and 1930 features about 160 works running the gamut of the various artistic movements: Jugendstil, Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter, New Objectivity (represented by Gross, Dix and Beckmann) and Bauhaus.  www.musees-strasbourg.org

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