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To discover badly known cultures, from Africa to Slovakia, or to look into mysterious know-hows suh as that of the locksmith: the North offers beautiful journeys through space and time.

MUSÉE ARCHÉOLOGIQUE DE DIJON . The Castle in construction, ca 1478-1480 Still from a film made for musée archéologique de Dijon by l'Atelier 3D de Dijon ; Estelle Jeangrand, scientific adviser


CAEN - The Musée de Normandie, in Caen and the Ensemble Conventuel des Jacobins, in Toulouse, confront the everyday and artistic production of peoples with the aim of making European cultural history better known. The framework in which this exhibition can be shown gives preference to the Middle Ages, a period in which the strong originality of artistic production is expressed through the embellishment of places of worship. It therefore seemed very natural to collaborate with the museum of Eastern Slovakia in Kosice. It was created 130 years ago, when Slovakia was part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, but the greater part of its collections were transferred to the Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum in Budapest in 1919. Yet what was kept in Kosice and is presented in Caen and then in Toulouse remains one of the most important collections of sacred art in Eastern Europe.

  • Musée de Normandie, until November 4
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    CLAMECY - The musée d’art et d’histoire Romain Rolland dedicates its new exhibition to subsaharan Africa. The objects that come from the museum's ancient funds, left in reserve for a long time, rub elbows with the paintings from the François Mitterrand donation. A series of cultural demonstrations is organised in parallel to this exhibition to encourage exchanges and debates with the aim of opening and awaken curiosities. Films will be shown, documentaries, stories, concerts, litterary encounters, conferences are all programmed and will allow visitors to enrich and share their knowledge.

  • Musée d’art et d’histoire Romain Rolland, until September 17
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    DIJON - The city has a remarkable architectural heritage, from the palais des Etats to the private town houses from the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries - but unfortunately Dijon has lost an important monument, the royal castle, ordered by Louis XI, which was on the North East side of the medieval wall, near the Porte Guillaume. It included four massive towers linked by small courtyards over ditches, by boulevards and draw-bridges. The imposing fort was an exceptional monument, a proof of the mutation between the traditional fortifications of the Middle Ages and the definitely more modern ones from the Renaissance, in which the artillery pieces had a major role. The monument was not loved by the citizens of Dijon who had financed it and saw it as the symbol of the submission of the Bourgogne region to the kingdom of France, expensive to maintain and uncomfortable. The castle was destroyed by pieces during the XIXth century.

  • Musée archéologique, until September 24
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    The Oulmont collection. Drawings, paintings and pastels from the XVIIIth century

    EPINAL - The collection doctor Paul Oulmont left at the beginning of last century to the city of Épinal, meant for the museum of the departement, includes major masterpieces. The drawings by Tiepolo, Guardi, Greuze and Boucher presented to the public during this exhibition are among their most remarkable compositions. The collection – eighty drawings and twenty paintings - holds some marvelous discoveries. The ensemble is also charming due to its coherence. Due to its preference given to seduction over erudition, to beauty over what is serious, the Oulmont collection appears as a perfect example of the taste of collectors from the Belle Époque for that moment of grace that was art in the XVIIIth century in France, in England and in Italy. The exhibition is organised with the support of the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles, the Conseil Général des Vosges, the Conseil régional of Lorraine, of te city of Epinal, the BNP Paribas, and Arches-Arjowiggins.

  • Musée départemental d’art ancien et contemporain, until October 1
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    images d’enfance 1954-1965

    EPINAL - Guided by the themes of the books by Gilbert Delahaye and Marcel Marlier published by Casterman, from Martine en voyage, to Martine en avion, the musée de l'Image explores ten years of children's images. Images on paper, as well as mental or imagiary images, to draw up a chosen portrait of a society in the midst of change.

  • Musée de l’Image, until November 11
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    ELSEWHERE, HERE Retrospective of François Hilsum's painted work

    LA ROCHE-GUYON - The Château de La Roche-Guyon presents, from 16 June to 14 October, the major painted works, old and recent, by François Hilsum, a disciple of lyrical Abstraction and of the School of Paris. A painter of color and light, of landscapes and water, of what is human and of happiness, François Hilsum is also one of the painters of the Vexin. Indeed he lives and works just a few feet away from the Château de La Roche-Guyon. It was therefore natural that the latter, located on a road in the Val d’Oise region marked by the history of painting - between Pontoise, Auvers-sur-Oise, Vétheuil and Giverny - dedicate a retrospective exhibition to the painter .

  • Château de La Roche-Guyon, until October 14
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    FROM NAÏF TO SINGULARS, the show of bodies
    6th international biennale of naïve art of Laval

    LAVAL - At the end of the sixties, when the ashes of Douanier Rousseau had come back solemnly twenty years earlier to Laval, his native town, and that the first museum dedicated to naive art was opening, the latter would disappear to leave space to Art brut, which in turn would be replaced by Art singulier. These new, increasingly savage forms of artistic expression, seen as slightly figurative, not only seemed very distant from the "academic" canons of naive art, but seemed to fit better into a renewed thought on personal "expression". Since 1997, the international Biennale of naive art shows the amazing vitality of these popular and selftaught artistic practices. The edition of 2007 offers to explain, on the subject of the body, the "liaisons dangereuses" kept up between naive and singular artists. This is an opportunity to think in general of Art naïf.

  • Musée du Vieux-Château et Ecole de La Perrine, until September 30
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    LE HAVRE - Le Havre, Chandigarh and Brasilia were three monumental construction sites of the middle of the XXth century. These three cities, signed by famous architects and their teams (Auguste Perret for Le Havre, Le Corbusier for Chandigarh and Oscar Niemeyer for Brasilia), located on three different continents, are now seen as major works in the history of architecture and town planning. This exhibition aims at showing them from the plural point of view of photographers from different countries.

  • Musée Malraux, until September 16
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    LEWARDE - Prints from the mines of the past, current questions on our environment: these are the themes of th two exhibitions this Summer at the Centre Historique Minier.
    The largest museum on mines in France focuses on its duty of memory and offers a new look – an aerial one through the photographs of Pierre Cheuva – on the built heritage and the traces left by the centuries of mining. But it also participates in the debate on the state of our environment by presenting an installation by Japanese artiste Shigeko Hirakawa, in which a tree mimes photosynthesis in a spectacular way.

  • Centre Historique Minier, until September 30
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    IN PRAISE OF NATURE or the example of Courbet

    ORNANS - The exhibition of 134 works by the master of Ornans, praises nature – vegetable, animal or human nature - in the production of Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) and of his emulators or admirers. In each of the 14 rooms themed ensembles are presented, associating paintings as well as drawings, sculptures, photographs or Courbet's personal souvenirs. Aside from the loans from private collections as well as from museums such as the ones of Besançon, Dole, Mulhouse, Le Havre and Orsay, the pieces exhibited come from the collections of the museum of Ornans. Created in 1971, it groups together the funds given to it a century ago by Juliette Courbet, the painter's sister, the one gathered by Les Amis de Courbet since 1937 and the purchases made by the departement of the Doubs since 1976.

  • Musée départemental Gustave-Courbet, until October 21
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    THE FAITHFUL OPENING or the art of the locksmith

    ROUEN - One of the great treasures of the musée Le Secq des Tournelles, whose 14 000 pieces document the art of wrought iron work, is its collection of locks: locks of all ages and times, since the XVth century, from all origins - France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Flanders - and of all sorts, from the gate lock to the purse lock. The exhibition «The faithful opening or the art of the locksmith» confronts all the locks from the museum to exceptional pieces from various French and foreign collections. It gives life to a discipline that Dante referred to in his Divine Comedy as one of the liberal arts.

  • Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, until 28 October 28
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    THE WOOD OF THE MISSIONS, Baroque sculptures from Paraguay

    SARREBOURG - For the first time in Europe we can admire sixty XVIIth, XVIIIth and XIXth century statues and altarpieces in polychrome wood, from the sites of the Franciscan and Jesuit missions in Paraguay. The exhibition is exceptional not only for its theme but for the quality and originality of the works shown as well. It will be presented in Sarrebourg, a well known site of Latin-American baroque music, then at the Musée du Mans, where the collections of baroque art allow for very relevant parallels to be made, and finally at the Musée d'Art sacré de Lyon-Fourvière.

  • Musée du Pays de Sarrebourg, until September 9
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