Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Exhibitions

Get ready for a whirl­wind art voy­age through the city’s new and ex­cit­ing exhibitions

Where Paris - - Contents - By Pa­tri­cia Val­i­centi

Fine, well thought out exhibitions in and around the city of­fer a jour­ney into far­away places, myr­iad medi­ums and ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences. The highly unique and in­trigu­ing works in fab­rics by the Amer­i­can artist She­lia Hicks of­fer a new take on colour and space while a show pre­sent­ing hun­dreds of pieces of art jew­els signed by, among oth­ers, Pablo Pi­casso and Sal­vador Dali, re­veals the jewel as a work of art. Ex­otic jour­neys await in an ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings of far­away places as con­ceived by Euro­pean artists while another show re­veals the mu­tual in­flu­ences Dutch and French pain­ters had upon one another in cen­turies past. His­tory is on the agenda, too, with a show de­voted to black dolls of­fer­ing a glimpse into African Amer­i­can cul­ture in the 19th cen­tury and early 20th cen­tury while an ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to the ac­tivists Beate and Serge Klars­feld fo­cuses on the cou­ple’s fight for the mem­ory of the vic­tims of the Shoah. And never far from Paris are the masters with a show de­voted to the great Re­nais­sance artist Tin­toretto and another re­volv­ing around Rem­brandt. There is the whim­si­cal comb and watch brooch by Sal­vador Dali, an en­dear­ing pen­dant of a gold head of a faun from Pablo Pi­casso and an iconic Nana brooch de­signed by Niki de Saint Phalle. These are among the high­lights of the art jew­els on dis­play at the MAD, the mu­seum de­voted to the dec­o­ra­tive arts in an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled From Calder to Koons, Jew­ellery by Artists, the Ideal Col­lec­tion of Diane Venet. The show brings to­gether over 230 pieces by 150 artists from all over the world like Jeff Koons, Alexan­der Calder, Frank Stella, An­dré Derain and so many more em­a­nat­ing from the col­lec­tion of Diane Venet com­ple­mented by ex­cep­tional loans from gal­leries and pri­vate col­lec­tions. The jew­ellery pieces, which emerge as minia­ture works of art, are jux­ta­posed with larger works in the mu­seum’s col­lec­tions to evoke scale as the very small is joined with the very large. The show opens on March 7th and is run­ning through to July 8th. Mean­while, the Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou is pre­sent­ing a solo show de­voted to the Amer­i­can artist She­lia Hicks who has lived in Paris since the mid-1960s. The ex­hi­bi­tion, en­ti­tled Sheila Hicks. Life Lines, is an in­vi­ta­tion to discover art works made out of cot­ton, wool, linen and silk, medi­ums that of­fer a new take on colour and space. The tex­tiles are mal­leable by na­ture and so give life to works that are con­se­quently un­bound and adapt and trans­form them­selves to each new en­vi­ron­ment that they are dis­played in. Among her most iconic pieces are her soft sculp­tures, piled up pieces of wool and linen that can be re-in­ter­preted at ev­ery new show­ing. Some 100 pieces are dis­played in a fluid and non-chrono­log­i­cal cir­cuit un­der­scor­ing the di­a­logue be­tween the art­works with colour and space. Along­side the sculp­tures, some of them mon­u­men­tal, dozens of Min­imes, small A4­sized woven pieces or com­po­si­tions are be­ing ex­hib­ited. The show, which over­looks Paris, is run­ning through to April 30th. The Vene­tian Re­nais­sance is be­ing re­vealed through an ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to Tin­toretto, at the Musée du Lux­em­bourg lo­cated in the gar­den of the same name. The show marks the 500th an­niver­sary of the birth of Ja­copo Ro­busti, bet­ter known as Tin­toretto, re­garded as one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing artists of the Vene­tian Re­nais­sance. En­ti­tled Tin­toretto, Birth of a Ge­nius, the ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on the works of the first 15 years of his ca­reer from his ear­li­est known work, the Ado­ra­tion of the Magi on loan from the Prado, ex­e­cuted when he was just 20-years-old to the im­por­tant com­mis­sions of the early 1550s, which brought him into the lime­light. The show, which is run­ning from March 7th through to July 1st, brings to­gether 53 works in­clud­ing reli­gious and sec­u­lar paint­ings, painted ceil­ings and por­traits of fa­mous fig­ures and close friends, all painted with the rich­ness and au­dac­ity that stamped Tin­toretto’s work. The Musée du Quai Branly-Jac­ques Chirac is of­fer­ing a de­li­cious jour­ney into far­away places as it holds an ex­hi­bi­tion of some 220 paint­ings and graphic works from its per­ma­nent col­lec­tion in an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled Pein­tures des Loin­tains (Paint­ings of Afar). The works dat­ing from the 18th cen­tury to the mid­dle of the 20th cen­tury re­count en­coun­ters with else­where and un­der­score the no­tion of ex­oti­cism. From por­traits of Amer­i­can In­di­ans by Ge­orge Catlin to scenes of daily life in Cairo by Emile Bernard to draw­ings and en­grav­ings of Tahiti by Matisse and Gau­guin, the show run­ning

through to Oc­to­ber 18th of­fers a jour­ney into myr­iad and mem­o­rable des­ti­na­tions. La Mai­son Rouge is tak­ing us on another jour­ney, a jour­ney into the world of African Amer­i­cans, pri­mar­ily women, be­tween 1850 and 1940, a pe­riod when these women cre­ated and fash­ioned dolls for their own children or the children they took care of. En­ti­tled Black Dolls, the ex­hi­bi­tion dis­plays the Deb­o­rah Neff col­lec­tion, an ex­cep­tional en­sem­ble of 150 black dolls cre­ated by anony­mous African Amer­i­cans. Fash­ioned in cloth, wood or leather, their beauty and di­ver­sity tell a cul­tural his­tory of Black Amer­i­cans. The Neff col­lec­tion, which is be­ing shown for the first time out­side of the United States, is made up solely of unique pieces all crafted by hand and at times trans­mit­ted from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. The show also fea­tures some 80 vin­tage pho­tographs of Amer­i­can children pos­ing with their dolls taken from just be­fore the Amer­i­can Civil War to the mid­dle of the 20th cen­tury. The show is run­ning through to May 23rd. On a con­tem­po­rary his­tor­i­cal note, the Mé­mo­rial de la Shoah, the Holo­caust mu­seum in Paris, is hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to Beate and Serge Klars­feld, trac­ing their com­bats for the mem­ory of the vic­tims of the Holo­caust and his­toric ac­cu­racy and against the im­punity of for­mer Nazi lead­ers in Ger­many. En­ti­tled Beate and Serge Klars­feld. Or the Fights for Mem­ory (1968-1978), the show through doc­u­ments, archives, pho­tographs and ob­jects takes a chrono­log­i­cal look at the cou­ple and their re­spec­tive lives and fo­cuses on their ac­tivism. The ex­hi­bi­tion, which is run­ning through to April 29th, takes a spe­cial look at the pe­riod from 1968 to 1978 when the cou­ple was par­tic­u­larly ac­tive, no­tably in track­ing down for­mer Nazi war crim­i­nals. Be­tween 1789 and 1914 over 1000 Dutch artists came to live and work in France, among them Vin­cent van Gogh, Kees van Don­gen and Piet Mon­drian. They and their French coun­ter­parts would make ties and mu­tu­ally in­flu­ence and en­rich one another’s work. To­day, the Petit Palais, in con­junc­tion with the Van Gogh Mu­seum of Am­s­ter­dam and the Nether­lands In­sti­tute for Art His­tory in the Hague, is pre­sent­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to this pe­riod through 115 works on loan from lead­ing Dutch and in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions. The show, en­ti­tled The Dutch in Paris, 1789-1914 and which is played out in a chrono­log­i­cal fash­ion, takes a look at this pe­riod through nine Dutch pain­ters whose works are jux­ta­posed with their French con­tem­po­raries. Among the Dutch artists on dis­play are Ary Sch­ef­fer, Jo­han Jongkind, van Gogh, van Don­gen and Piet Mon­drian while Géri­cault, Corot, Monet, Cézanne, Signac and Braque are among the artists in France whose works are in the show, which runs through to May 13th. Mean­while, in the Condé Mu­seum of the Château of Chan­tilly an ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to the works of the Dutch painter, draughts­man and printer Rem­brandt and his en­tourage is be­ing played out. The ex­hi­bi­tion, en­ti­tled Rem­brandt at the Musée Condé and which is be­ing held in the mu­seum’s new graphic arts space, brings to­gether 21 orig­i­nal etch­ings by the Dutch mas­ter and a few by some of his stu­dents as well as

draw­ings at­trib­uted to Rem­brandt and his en­tourage from the col­lec­tions of Chan­tilly. The Rem­brandt en­grav­ings are part of a ma­jor col­lec­tion of Dutch en­grav­ings built up by the 19th cen­tury owner of Chan­tilly, the Duke of Au­male, Henri d’Or­léans and son of the last king of France Louis-Philippe, and have never been shown to the pub­lic be­fore. The duke ac­quired, in the sec­ond half of the 19th cen­tury, in­taglios by Rem­brandt in­clud­ing ma­jor works like the highly de­tailed Christ Heal­ing the Sick known as the Hun­dred Guilder Print. Beg­gars, land­scapes, por­traits, in­clud­ing one of the mother of Rem­brandt, and reli­gious scenes are among the sub­jects de­picted in the works. Ac­cord­ing to Dr Jaco Rut­gers, the Dutch spe­cial­ist on Rem­brandt, the col­lec­tion of Rem­brandt en­grav­ings at Chan­tilly is the fifth most im­por­tant in France. The show is run­ning through to June 3rd.

This page, top to bot­tom: Pi­casso’s faun pen­dant at the Jewellery of the Artists ex­hi­bi­tion; Christ Heal­ing the Sick known as the Hun­dred Guilder Print by Rem­brandt at the Musée Condé ex­hi­bi­tion; A sculp­ture in fabric by Sheila Hicks at the Cen­tre...

Op­po­site page: Judith in the Tent of Holofernes by the Vene­tian Re­nais­sance pain­ter Tin­toretto and his en­tourage; A doll made of leather, glass and pa­per from the Deb­o­rah Neff Col­lec­tion from the Black Dolls ex­hi­bi­tion

Por­trait of a Fula woman circa 1920-1930 by Fer­nand Lan­toine at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jac­ques Chirac (op­po­site page) and Vincent Van Gogh’s Mar­ket gar­dens and wind mills in Mont­martre at the Dutch in Paris ex­hi­bi­tion (above)

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