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