The Côte d'Azur and Provence still cultivate their taste for art and propose many exhibitions,
plays and other events all year long. Focus on our flourishing cultural activities.
Pursuing its exploration of the relationship between the body and fashion, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs focuses on shoes in this exhibition reviewing various ways of walking from the Middle Ages to the present day. In staging entrusted to architect Éric Benqué, almost 500 works (footwear, paintings, photographs, artworks, films and advertisements) give an extraordinary presentation of this piece of clothing, sometimes banal, sometimes amazing. Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Carrousel du Louvre, 107 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1 (01 44 55 57 50).
Whatever the starting-point, a yearning for sunlight or a dream of escapism, flight, wanderings or exile, travel has always been a source of inspiration for artists. The exhibition "Voyage Voyages" sets us on the trail of Paul Gauguin, Vassily Kandisky, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol... From January 22nd to May 4th. Mucem, 1 esplanade J4, Marseille 2 (04 84 35 13 13).
After exploring literature and nature, Chaumet unveils a new facet of its jewellery culture in this exhibition presenting a series of photographs by Julia Hetta. "Autrement" explores the art of making a piece of jewellery one's own by wearing it to reflect the fads of fashion and one's own imagination. Until November 2nd. Chaumet, 165 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 6 (01 75 64 26 20).
French fashion and publicity photographer Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) pursued his artistic career from the 1950's to 1980's. His work is still seen as a source of inspiration. This avant-garde creator is given a place of honour in an exhibition entitled "Zoom", highlighting his fascination for very elaborate graphic compositions, concepts, cropping and the narrative style. Until January 26th. Musée de la Photographie Charles Nègre, 1 place Pierre Gautier, Nice (04 97 13 42 20).
A prominent personality in 20th-century design, Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) is seen as a pioneer in modernity. On the 20th anniversary of her death, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is paying tribute to this visionary architect with a major exhibition revealing the links between art, architecture and design in her creations and works by Léger, Picasso, Braque, Miro, Le Corbusier, Soulages, Hartung, Noguchi, Delaunay... Until February 24th. Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris 16 (www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr).
In a double presentation at the Muséum Départemental du Var and in the Maison de la Nature des 4 Frères, the aim of this exhibition is to plunge visitors into the heart of the fabulous world of imagination of Jules Verne (1828-1905). It is a real voyage of discovery of an extraordinary author, a visionary who was also deeply anchored in the science of his time. Until February 9th. Muséum départemental du Var et Maison de la nature des Quatre Frères, Toulon (04 83 95 44 20).
A major player in the creation of the Maeght Foundation alongside Marguerite and Aimé Maeght and their friend, architect Josep Lluis Sert, Joan Miro is celebrated in this major summer exhibition. Focusing on the artist’s work process, it invites the public to discover an essential part of his production : his exceptional graphic work. Until November 17th. Fondation Maeght, 623 chemin des Gardettes, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (04 93 32 81 63).
Over 1,000 m2 are devoted to the eternal Marilyn, the star of 200 unique photos and documents hitherto unseen. For the first time in France, this event brings together shots taken by the four greatest names in American photography who immortalized Marilyn Monroe at different times in her life : Sam Shaw, Bert Stern, André de Dienes and Milton Greene. Until September 22th. Galerie Joseph. 116, rue de Turenne, Paris 3 (01 42 71 20 22)
After Beijing and Tokyo, Chaumet set sail for the most legendary of all principalities to unveil rare creations in this exhibition-event, some presented for the first time to the public : about 250 bejewelled pieces, artworks and historic gems on loan from museums, great families and royal courts. Until August 28th. Grimaldi Forum, 10 avenue Princesse Grace, Monaco.
Twenty-one years after she passed on, Jackie is as fascinating as ever. This photo retrospective consisting of about 100 images is devoted to the “Kennedy” part of her life. This woman with regal bearing and an innovative, modern look was seen as the “Queen of the USA”. A fine tribute. Until September 1st. Galerie Joseph Turenne, 16 rue des Minimes, Paris 3 (01 42 71 20 22).
In a year celebrating the 60th anniversary of France’s Ministry of Culture, Artcurial is auctioning on June 19th the private and hitherto unseen collection of André Malraux, the first man to head the Ministry. Comprised of about 100 items, it includes paintings, sculptures, books, manuscripts, letters, furniture and “objets d’art”, testifying to his passions and friendships with great artists such as Braque, Miro and Picasso. June 19th. Artcurial, 7 rond point des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8 (www.artcurial.com).
This edition pays tribute to the proliferation of Italian creativity with a “Terra Italia” exhibition in partnership with the International Ceramics Museum of Faenza. Focusing on innovation, the Biennale offers demonstrations, studio visits, a workshop, and a presentation of the Magnelli Museum’s collection of works by Picasso. From june 29th to november 4th. Musée Magnelli, musée de la Céramique, place de la Libération. Vallauris (04 93 64 71 83).
Putting in perspective the life and work of Picasso in the Mediterranean by studying the deep bonds uniting the artist with this part of the world, this poetic and immersive exhibition invites visitors to explore this important chapter in the master’s destiny. From June 4th to October 6th. Musée National Picasso, 5 rue de Thorigny, Paris 3 (www.museepicasso.fr).
The final chapter of the exhibition entitled “Vis-à-vis 3. Fernand Léger et ses ami.e.s”, this event places works from the National Fernand Léger Museum face to face with those of other artists, either painters or sculptors, with whom Fernand Léger (1881-1955) became friends or developed artistic relationships in the course of his career. This chapter explores two very classic subjets : the landscape, and portrayal of the human figure. Until November 23rd. Musée national Fernand Léger, chemin du Val de Pôme, Biot (04 92 91 50 30).
Chosen by French President Emmanuel Macron to orchestrate the dinner honouring Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beaulieu-sur-Mer in March, 3-star chef Christophe Bacquié is creating a new buzz. He has invited Chef Sébastien Vauxion from the world’s N°1 gastronomic restaurant for desserts, Le SarKara in Courchevel, to compose a unique dinner “prepared by four hands” on May 17th. By reservation only. 260 € excluding drinks. Hôtel du Castellet, 3001 route des Hauts du Camps, Le Castellet (04 94 98 37 77).
More than 50 years after the “Exhibition of the Century” drawing over 1,200,000 visitors to Paris in 1967, this event offers a unique chance to rediscover the tale of the most famous of all the Pharaohs. Visitors are immersed in Ancient Egypt where they accompany Tutankhamun on his journey towards immortality and admire the artistic perfection of each objet on display. Not to be missed. Until September 15th, Grande Halle de la Villette, 211 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. (01 40 03 75 75).
On the occasion of Monaco Art Week to be held in the Principality from April 24th to 28th, the famous Parisian auction house specializing in artworks and luxury items will inaugurate a gallery with an exhibition of sculptures by artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Takis, César, Arman, Bernar Venet, Hans Arp, Wang Du and Richard Deacon are on the prestigious list for this event which will end on July 19th with an auction at the Hôtel Hermitage. Artcurial, 3 - 9 boulevard des Moulins, Monaco (www.artcurial.com)
Plants, minerals and the human body are highlighted in about 50 works demonstrating an open dialogue maintained by artist Frédérique Lucien with the work of Henri Matisse for over 30 years. A multifaceted undertaking in both the techniques and mediums employed. Until June 2nd. Musée Matisse, 164 avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, Nice (04 93 81 08 08).
Encounters, concerts, master classes… Classical music in all its excellence lies at the heart of the “Printemps des Arts” which daringly opts for original venues, sometimes grandiose, like the Opéra Garnier, sometimes more unexpected. This high-flying event aims to offer audiences rare moments with extraordinary performers such as violonist Renaud Capuçon, who will be on stage both solo and with his quartet. From March 15th to April 14th Monaco (www.printempsdesarts.com).
Such is the title of this exhibition devoted to the work of two artists, Aam Solleveld of Holland and French-born Joséphine Kaeppelin. They both participated in transforming the site to reconfigure the space in ephemeral style. A disconcerting exhibition in which fictional decor offers reality hitherto unseen. Until March 24th. Suquet des Artistes, 7 rue Saint-Dizier, Cannes (04 97 06 45 21).