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Painters who love beautiful colors - Lanskoy and Clavé - big historic frescoes - the Normands - serious subjects as much as the contrary, light ones -the images of Epinal.. Iin the North, Summer exhibitions offer a great diversity.

ANTONI CLAVÉ The red dot , 2004. oil and collage on canvas, 220 x 335 cm


CAEN- Right after year one thousand, on the road to the Holy Land, pilgrims and crusaders went through Southern Italy. Among them, there were the Normand Lords who were good warriors and quickly cut out their own domains. They kicked out the Arabs from Sicily and gave birth to an Arab-Normand civilization that would later be considered by many as the golden age of Sicily's history. The exhibition retraces these two centuries (from the middle of the 11th to the end of the 13th century, when the dynasty from Anjou took over) using pieces in ivory, manuscripts, sculpted décors. But it aso shows the persistence of myths in learned culture (the drawings by Viollet-le-Duc looking there for the roots of gothic art) or popular culture, with the carts decorated with the epic of the paladins from France, puppets and fireworks…All of this is experienced in Caen through documentaries.

  • The Normands in Sicily, at the Musée de Normandie, until October 15.
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    DUNKERQUE-This one could not be a roaming exibition, as is now often the fashion as well as a need (to amortize the costs). It is not because it lacks interest, but rather because its aim is quite specific. And rare enough for us to underline: the 40 images by William Eggleton -the star of color photography- are the result of a commission. The American creator, who for over half a century has had a neutral, cold, "clinical" look of the urban universe, responded to the invitation made by Vincent Gérard and the museum of contemporary art. Interested in measuring the distance between the myth (the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of soldiers by operation Dynamo in 1940) and reality, he strolled throught the streets, to the port, in the midst of the blast furnaces. Eggleston completed the exhibition with a choice of works in the permanent

  • William Eggleston, Spirit of Dunkerque at the LAAC, until October 29.
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    ÉPINAL - Inaugurated in 2003 by the city of Épinal, the Museum of Images is getting a facelift by presenting, renovated rooms, the opening of a little room that will allow for small exhibitions on a given theme and a modified hall for the comfort of the visitors. In 2006, placed under the sign of love of Images and ponctuated with various events will be a great opportunity for the museum to present a selection of the most remarkable popular Epinal images exceptionnally drawn from its reserves.

  • Musée de l’Image, until January 7 2007
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    LEWARDE - On 10 March 1906, in just a few seconds, an explosion followed by a huge fire of dust from the coal caused officially 1 099 deaths in three pits of the Courrières mining Company. This has been the biggest mining catastroph in Europe. Why did such an accident occur at this place, at this specific moment? What were the causes? What lessons have been learnt? How did the public react? What happened to the families of the victims ? At the end of an inquiry that lasted two years, with the help of various documents never seen before, film excerpts and reconstitutions in 3D, the exhibition tries to answer these questions.

  • Centre historique minier, until January 7 2007.
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    LEWARDE - The catastrophy of the mines of Courrières on 10 March 1906 marked the memory of a whole French generation. The press built its image through drawings, caricature and photography, and the event drew the interest of artists for a long time. Émile Morel published in 1907 "Les gueules noires", illustrated by Théophile Steinlen. Or – more surprising - Antoine-Louis Manceaux, a Corsican painter, did a large painting in 1921, called Mourning in the black country. In parallel to its Inquiry on the largest mining disaster in Europe, the Centre Historique Minier dedicates an original exhibition to the images that tell the history of this tragedy.

  • Centre historique minier, until September 3 2006.
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    NANCY- The exhibition presented at the Beaux-arts and the École de Nancy museums is original for more than one reason. It is dedicated to an art critic whose motto was Rien sans art (Nothing without art), and approaches the works of the innovating artists of his time from an original angle, whether looking at painting, sculpture, the decorative arts, medals or prints. The exhibition is the fruit of a collective work. The musée d’Orsay lent some one hundred pieces while other exceptional loans of unusual works were granted by Roger Marx’s descendants and private collectors. The exhibition draws a list of the aesthetic commitments that motivated Roger Marx’s career. Over 200 works illustrate the different currents of the French artistic scene from 1882 to 1913 through his eyes.

  • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, until August 28 2006.
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    NOYON - Ever since the round bumps from the 1960s, Madeleine Weber sculpts humanity and her relationship to space air and light. Her characters, "Femme advancing, Body, Birth", penetrated the proscenium of the cathedral of Noyon. Four other places in the Oise, the church of Saint-Jean aux Bois, that of Choisy-au-Bac as well as Montmille near Beauvais and Saint-Leu d’Esserent host artists for a project called Dialoguons avec le visible (Let us have a dialogue with the visible) initiated by the bishop of Beauvais who wishes to establish a contact between contemporary creation and places of cult.

  • 4 locations in Noyon :
    Cathédrale Notre-Dame: until 17 September; Museum of Noyonnais and Clostre of the former hôtel-Dieu: until 31 July; Galerie du Chevalet: until 3 September.

    Read the article (in French).onwww.artaujourdhui.info


    SAINT-LOUIS (Alsace) - This is the first time since 1978, when the last Clavé retrospective was held in the Paris Modern Art Gallery, that such a large selection of his monumental works has been presented in France. With 67 large canvases, produced between 1959 and 2005, some of which were included in the works shown in the Spanish hall during the 1984 Venice Bienniale, this exhibition provides a wide view of the painter’s artistic development...

  • Espace d'Art Contemporain Fernet Branca, until October 29 2006.
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    UNTERLINDEN - By bringng together an ensemble of works by Lanskoy and friends of his, not seen often and of which most come from private collections, this exhibition allows us to follow the evolution of his style and the process of his artistic creation in an environment of artists close to him. In their passage from figuration to abstraction, all the artists exposed have the same will to prime instinct and spontaneity over theory.

  • At the Unterlinden Museum, until October 1 2006
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