This is vacation time. But does that entail a traditional cultural vaccum? Not really if we are to base ourselves on the exhibitions that will take us through the Summer. .From Patinir (at the Prado) to Richard Long (in Edinburgh), from Fantin-Latour (in Lausanne) up to the International situationist (in Basel), not forgetting the Biennale in Venice or Documenta in Kassel, it allows us to cover a large part of art history.
.And things are not about to calm down once everyone gets back to work in September. We are giving you our choice of key events. The Chinese clay warriors (at the British Museum), Arcimboldo (at the musée du Luxembourg), Giacometti (at the Centre Pompidou) will undoubtedly have the public queeing. But Rubens (in Brussels), Max Ernst (in Basel) or Lee Miller's photographs (in London) will be just as enticing at the top of the billboards …
CHINA UNDER COVER
BRUSSELS – While the tombs of the Chinese emperors unveiled the famous statuettes, those of their dignitaries were equally well fied, as we can see in this original exhibition. Indeed it brings together reduced models found in tombs, that were meant to welcome the souls of the deceased when they came back from the beyond. From palaces to pagodas, from theaters to fortified farms, the museum of Henanre has lent nearly 200 models in clay and in stoneware made over two thousand years.
Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, from 28 September 2007 to 20 April 2008
The website of the Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire www.kmkg-mrah.be
RUBENS, THE GENIUS' WORKSHOP
BRUSSELS – Given their collection of Rubens' work, among them huge altar pieces, the Musées royaux decided to organise a retrospective around the painter's activity at the time when, at the height of his glory, he led an important workshop in Antwerp (1614-1640). With loans from abroad, among them the Landscape with hunt of Atlantis from the Prado or a sketch of the Road to the Cross kept at the University of Berkeley, the exhibition presents 120 works. Some, among the most emblematic, such as Portrait of Helen Fourment, have been restored for this event.
Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts, from 14 September 2007 to 27 January 2008
The website of the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts www.fine-arts-museum.be
LONDON – With some sixty paintings as well as drawings and sculptures of which Model for a Sculpture, that created a sensation at the Venice Biennale in 1980, this retrospective of the German artist is the most important to be held in Great-Britain in the last twenty-five years. A defender of figurative art at a time when abstract art was king, Baselitz, born in Saxony in 1938, is represented by works from his first years as well as contemporary creations including the famous "backward" paintings.
Royal Academy of Arts, from 22 September to 9 December 2007
The website of the Royal Academy of Arts www.royalacademy.org.uk
THE CLAY WARRIORS
LONDON – The exhibition promises to be one of the «shows» of the Fall, with tens of thousands of tickets sold before opening. The clay army of the first emperor of China (Qin Shi Huangdi, who unified the country in 221 B.C.) will be visible for the first time (partially, of course!) in Europe. The discovery of these tombs in the Xi’an province in 1974 had been one of the culminating moments in archeological research in the XXth century.
British Museum, from 13 September 2007 to 6 April 2008
The website of the British Museum www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk
LONDON – We have been waiting for nearly one century for a complete retrospective of one of the leaders of the Pre-Raphaelite group. Next to Dante Gabriel Rossetti or Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais did indeed give shape to Victorian aesthetics. From Ophelia to the medieval heroins, his paintings are true classics on the other side of the Channel. This complete panorama also includes later landscapes and portraits.
Tate Modern, from 26 September 2007 to 13 January 2008
The website of the Tate www.tate.org.uk
LONDON – She lived a full life as a model, mistress and assistant to Man Ray, the muse of the Parisian avant-garde, and then photographer in her own right who never feared danger. Lee Miller (1907-1977) was one of the only women photographers authorised in the fighting zones and the first to photograph Hitler's blockhaus after the storming of Berlin. To commemorate the centennial of her birth, the Victoria & Albert Museum has brought together nearly 140 works, among them various vintage prints (Surrealist compositions, nudes, photograph reports in Rumania and Egypt) as well as satirical drawings or fashion images.
Victoria & Albert Museum from 15 September 2007 to 6 January 2008
The website of the Victoria & Albert Museum www.vam.ac.uk
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI'S WORKSHOP
PARIS – Following years of legal procedures, the riches of the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation are finally shown to the public. Over 600 works, of which some 200 statues, will be presented. We will discover asoects rarely shown of Giacometti's work, such as the painted plasters, ou more original yet, fragments from the walls of his various workshops, among them the one rue Hippolyte-Maindron, in Paris.
Centre Pompidou, du 17 octobre 2007 au 11 février 2008
Le site du Centre Pompidou www.centrepompidou.fr
PARIS – He was one of the painters cherished by the Surrealists with his paintings in the shape of "cadavres exquis": faces made of a composition of fruit, leaves and fish. Born in Milano, Arcimboldo (1526-1593) settled in the court of Vienna with emperors Maximilian and Rudolph II, and was covered with honors throughout his life, to be easily forgotten as soon as he died. This exhibition of some one hundred paintings includes the famous composed heads as well as another aspect of his work that is less known: his portraits of princes of the court and projects of costumes and decors.
Musée du Luxembourg, from 15 September 2007 to 13 January 2008
The website of the Musée du Luxembourg www.museeduluxembourg.fr
NÎMES – The 8th edition of the international fair of contemporary art in Nîmes aims at being festive with a night of art, on 23 September, that wil allow us to enjoy the last, weening days of the Summer. Aside from many personal exhibitions (Tony Soulié, Jacqueline Taïb, a series on Fantômas by Eduardo Arroyo), there is a hommage to gallery owner Alain Matarasso, the leader of the Galerie du Centre in Paris since thirty years, as well as various events dedicated to sculpture (Jordi, Riba, Guy de Rougemont) or to the production of the graduates from the Ecole des beaux-arts.
from 21 to 24 September 2007
The website of Arténim www.artenim.com
ALBERTVILLE – The musée d’Art et d’Histoire d’Albertville has decided to temporarily empty its rooms to open them to an original artist: Colette Richarme (1904-1991). She was born in China, in Canton, but spent her youth in the Savoie region in France. Throughout her long life, spent mostly in Provence, Colette Richarme befriended a great number of creators of the XXth century, from Yves Brayer to Joseph Delteil and Louise Bourgeois. Her painting is strongly influenced by the light of the South, and it is now finally enjoying a complete retrospective, with nearly 150 paintings presented to the public.
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, from 15 September 2007 to 15 January 2008
The website of the town of Albertville www.albertville.com
PARIS – The national Union of Antique dealers has set up the third edition of its Salon du Collectionneur in a prestigious site, the Grand Palais. While alternating with the Biennale des antiquaires, this rendez-vous was launched in 2003 with a pedagogic vocation. It allows the public at large to buy a valuable object or simply to perfection its knowledge in art history. The 124 international exhibitors are grouped together by specialties: painting-drawing-sculpture, furniture, art objects, archeology, etc.
Grand Palais, from 15 to 23 September 2007
Read the article d'art-of-the-day.info
9th CONTEMPORARY ART BIENNNIAL IN LYONS
LYONS – For its 9th edition, the Biennale de Lyon closes a cycle dedicated to temporality that it began in 2003. What are current events when compared to history? How can we know what will survive among the accumulation of «news»? In order to know, the two curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Stéphanie Moisdon asked some fifty curators around the world to each present an artist. This staircase selection enables us to combine «stars» and «emerging artists». It also has the advantage of introducing creators one is not used to seeing in this type of of event such as Michel Houellebecq or architect Rem Koolhaas.
Various sites, among them the Musée d’art contemporain and the Sucrière, from 19 September 2006 to 6 January 2007
The website of the Biennale de Lyon www.biennale-de-lyon.org
DESIGN AGAINST DESIGN
PARIS – Starting from the extraordinary success of the word «design», the exhibition picks through two centuries of creation and organises unexpected confrontations between leading objects. For example, we will see face to face, a Dannhauser sofa from 1825 and a Bubble chaise longue by Frank Gehry, distant 150 years from one another. How des the historical context influence design? How did designers incorporate natural and organic forms? Staircases, chairs and radiators will bring an answer, accompanied by three monumental pieces by Zaha Hadid, Verner Panton and from the Van Lieshout workshop.
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, from 26 September 2006 to 7 January 2007
The website of the Grand Palais www.rmn.fr/galeriesnationalesdugrandpalais
GOLD FROM THE GOLDEN FLEECE, Treasures from Georgia
PARIS – Pearls shaped like melons, pendants, necklaces, bracelets or signet rings: dated from the first millenium before our time, they are all entirelly in gold and come from tombs recently dug out in Georgia, on the Phase river so dear to the Antiquity (called today the Riomi). Such a collection is not surprising, as current Georgia is the Colchide that attracted Jason and his companions wen they were in search of the Golden Fleece…
Monnaie de Paris, du 11 septembre au 7 novembre 2007
Le site de la Monnaie de Paris www.monnaiedeparis.fr
JAPANESE PAINTERS IN PARIS
PARIS – The best known is Foujita, one of the stars of the School of Paris in the period between the two wars. But there are many Japanese artists who went through a Parisian period and some of them such as Seiki Kuroda are equally well-known in their own country. The exhibition presents ten of them and shows how they contributed to the birth of a true genre, yôga painting, which transcribes traditional concerns in a Western style.
Maison de la culture du Japon, from 24 October 2007 to 26 January 2008
The website of the Maison de la culture du Japon www.mcjp.asso.fr
BIENNALE OF THE ANTIQUE DEALERS
FLORENCE – The Tuscan capital will host the 25th Biennale of antique dealers in its usual setting over the last decade, at palazzo Corsini (it used to be held at palazzo Strozzi). Staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi, it will welcome some one hundred exhibitors, mot of them Italian. The central exhibition is dedicated to the manufacture of Montelupo earthenware.
Palazzo Corsini, from 28 September to 7 October 2007
The website of the Biennale www.mostraantiquariato.it
ROME – One of the key moments of Mark Rothko's career was the presentation of his work at the Venice Biennale in 1958.The exhibition at Palazzo delle Esposizioni will focus on recreating a part of that Rothko room but it will also draw a general line of the artist's itinerary, from the figurative and surrealist paintings from his beginnings up to the large, monochrome compositions from the 1950s.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, from 6 October 2007 to 6 January 2008
The website dedicated to the exhibition www.rothko.it
BASEL – The Tinguely museum, dedicated to one of the main members of the movement of New Realists, will present a monumental work by Max Ernst, Pétales et jardin de la nymphe Ancolie. It is 5 meters wide, includes 18 panels, and had been painted in 1934 for a dance hall in Zurich. The property of the Kunsthaus Zurich, it will be lent on a long term basis to the musée Tinguely, where the public will be able to assist to its restoration. This special piece will be accompanied by nearly 150 other works by Max Ernst.
Musée Tinguely, from 12 September 2007 to 27 January 2008
The website of the musée Tinguely www.tinguely.ch
THE OTHER COLLECTION, Hommage to Ernst and Hildy Beyeler
BASEL – He is one of the most important art dealers of the XXth century. His gallery is celebrating its 60th birthday and the foundation its 10th. It will soon be directed by Samuel Keller, the guru from Art Basel, which alone gives an idea of its importance. To celebrate these anniversaries, Ernst Beyeler and his wife Hildy will unveil not a part of their personal treasures but some of the 16 000 works that went through the now mythical address at 9 Bäumleingasse. From Braque to Bonnard, from Van Gogh to Gris, Mondrian and Picasso, these exceptional pieces have almost all gone to the major museums in the world.
Fondation Beyeler, from 19 August 2007 to 6 January 2008
The website of the Fondation Beyeler www.beyeler.com
THE QUEST FOR WHITE GOLD
PRANGINS – The castle of Prangins, a beautiful French style building from the 1730s that looks on to lake Léman, organises temporary exhibitions. By picking in the collections of the Musée national suisse, it will offer this Fall a retrospective dedicated to the porcelain from Zurich and Nyon, two production centers that were active in Switzerland at the end of the XVIIIth century.
Château de Prangins, from 21 September 2007 to 24 February 2008
The website of the castle of Prangins www.musee-suisse.com/f/index_prangins2.html