France Ongoing and UpComing Exhibitions 2019

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• Through February 17, 2019: Frac Centre – Les Turbulences in Orleans (Center-Val de Loire) presents Architecture de l’errance. The new series of exhibitions devoted to the FRAC Center-Val de Loire collection invites visitors to explore the foundations and growth of architectural experimentation since the early 1950s.

• Through February 17, 2019: Musée Regards de Provence in Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) presents 20 ans de Regards de Provence. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Fondation et Association Regards de Provence, the Museum is displaying artworks emblematic of the major exhibits held there over the past two decades.

• Through February 24, 2019: CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain in Bordeaux (Nouvelle-Aquitaine) presents Alejandro Cesarco. The artist, born in Montevideo, Uruguay, lives and works in New York. Cesarco's work is a series of apparently random samplings that reveal a completely other setting, an off-screen experience so discontinuous it creates a reality.

• Through February 24, 2019: Musée des Beaux-Arts in Angers (Pays de la Loire) presents Splendeurs médiévales, la collection Duclaux révélée. This exhibit reveals the collection of Daniel Duclaux (1910-1999), an industrial engineer and art aficionado with an impressive collection of artworks and art history books, mostly from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

• Through February 24, 2019: Muséum d’Histoires Naturelles in Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) presents Muséonérique – Le réveil des collections. This unique exhibition aims to illustrate the behind-the-scenes of the Museum, focusing on the scientific techniques and numerous professions involved in the collection and conservation of works and artifacts. The creative Fabulerie collective organized the aesthetics and scenography for the exhibit.

• Through February 24, 2019: Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame in Strasbourg (Alsace) presents 1518: Dance Fever. In July 1518, dozens of men and women suddenly began dancing in the streets of Strasbourg. Nothing seemed able to stop this "epidemic", which lasted several weeks and shook the community so much so that the event was chronicled as municipal history from the 16th to the 20th centuries. 500 years later, this exhibition revisits the phenomenon, and looks at how the city administration, the clergy, and medical profession attempted to remedy it.

• Through March 3, 2019: Carré d’Art in Nîmes (Occitanie) presents Picasso: A period of conflicts. For this exhibit, the Picasso Museum has consented to an exceptional loan of thirty-seven works. The choice fell upon the creations of Picasso during the agitated political period of the Second World War through to his remarkable 1951 painting, Massacre in Korea. Ever since 1937, with the creation of Guernica, Picasso experienced a period of political commitment during which he lost all hope of seeing a free Spain. These troubled times were reflected in most of his subjects over the course of these years, be they portraits, still lifes, or landscapes.

• Through March 4, 2019: Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) presents Claude, un empereur au destin singulier. This exhibit shines the spotlight on the life and reign of this man with an exceptional destiny, whose reputation is still mostly unflattering, thanks in part to ancient literature and popular belief. Recently, however, historians and researchers have been presenting Claudius as a highly cultured man, a fine and efficient administrator and leader concerned with the wellbeing of his people.

• Through March 10, 2019: Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in Tours (Centre-Val de Loire) presents Ants. Whether one lives in the country or city, ants are a part of our immediate environment. These insects are a source of great curiosity for all, especially the young, and this new exhibition invites visitors to experience their fabulous diversity and social organization through various thematic and interactive modules. The presentation of numerous local and exotic colonies helps illustrate this visit, after which queen, workers, and soldiers will no longer hold any secrets.

• Through March 10, 2019: Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in La Rochelle (Nouvelle-Aquitaine) presents Pa-Hang, la montagne habitée. At the heart of a natural reserve in the province of Hua Pan, in the northeastern part of Laos, stands a mountain that has been inhabited by animals and men for hundreds of thousands of years. This exhibit recounts how ethnologists, archaeologists, paleontologists, paleoanthropologists, botanists and geologists are collaborating to piece together 100,000 years of history.

• Through March 10, 2019: L’Espace des Sciences les Champs Libres in Rennes (Brittany) presents Cyclops, explorateur de l'océan. Discover the species populating the oceans via a fun, immersive exhibit that explores the abyss, the poles and the tropics.

• Through March 24, 2019: Caumont Centre d'Art in Aix-en-Provence (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) presents Chagall, from black and white to color. Chagall's universe unfolds into a broad palette of colors, whether it's via ink wash, white marble, plaster and bronze sculptures, or ceramics.

• Through March 30, 2019: Fondation d’entreprise Bernardaud in Limoges (Nouvelle-Aquitaine) presents Sans les mains! This groundbreaking exhibition comes at an exciting time, when ceramics is entering a new chapter in its 25,000-year history. Digital technology is adding new tools to the artist’s toolbox and enabling the making of artworks previously impossible to produce. Sans les mains! showcases a selection of ceramics made by thirteen of the field’s leading international ceramic artists.

• Through March 31, 2019: Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) presents Traverser la lumière. In 2018-2019, this traveling exhibition defends a group of French painters and friends, who after WWII preferred that their work be referred to as "non-figurative" rather than "abstract." This bold move was an opposition to the masters of pure abstraction, namely Kandinsky and Mondrian, as well as the likes of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, from the school of American "abstract expressionism" just then starting to make its mark on Europe.

• Through April 8, 2019: Musee des Beaux-Arts in Tours (Centre-Val de Loire) presents L’invention musicale de Leonard de Vinci. In association with the Viva Leonardo da Vinci, 500 ans de RenaissanceS commemorations, the Museum is curating an exhibit on all of da Vinci's music-related affairs, from his quotes about music to sketches of instruments. A new documentary on his musical creation process will be shown, along with paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

• Through April 15, 2019: Centre Pompidou-Metz in Metz (Grand Est) presents Painting the night. This exhibition explores a major theme in art history: the night in 20th century paintings. Bringing together the works of historical avant-gardists and of younger generations along with spectacular installations by contemporary artists, the exhibit theme takes on a double meaning: both to paint the night and to paint at night.

• Through April 21, 2019: Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in Saint-Etienne (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) presents Design et merveilleux, de la nature de l'ornement. Like a digital cabinet of curiosities, this exhibit recounts a never-before-told history of design through a hundred major pieces by French and international designers. Most of the works come from the MNAM/CCI and the Centre Pompidou collections.

• Through April 22, 2019: Château de Pierrefonds in Pierrefonds (Hauts-de-France) presents Le Roi Arthur: Une légende en images. This exhibit, a journey to the heart of the legend, evokes the wonderful world of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. During the Castle's restoration by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, the architect drew on medieval literary tradition and painted a fresco of King Arthur and his Knights in the Empress' room. From 2008 to 2012, Pierrefonds was also the main location for the BBC series, Merlin.

• Through April 29, 2019: Musée du Petit Palais in Avignon (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) presents Le triptyque de Venasque, Renaissance of a Masterpiece. After more than 40 years spent in the archives, this late 15th century masterpiece, and one of the most beautiful achievements of the School of Avignon, is making its way to the public again. The restoration of La triptyque de Venasque is being displayed along with a complete dossier on the historical, artistic, and material elements of the work itself. It’s a veritable plunge into pictorial production in Provence at the end of the Middle Ages.

• Through May 1, 2019: Musée des Beaux-arts in Rennes (Brittany) presents Histoires et legendes bretonnes. As part of an exceptional exchange with the Musée d'Orsay, La Légende bretonne, the masterpiece by Symbolist painter Edgard Maxence (1871-1954), will be at the heart of the journey exploring the Museum's collections on Breton history and legends.

• Through May 26, 2019: Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg (Alsace) presents FAILE, from the air we share. The artistic duo, FAILE, has transformed the museum itself as a challenge to create a new outlook on life. The two 40-somethings have produced a colorful masterpiece that's pop, monumental, and anti-consumerism, in line with the works of Hamilton, Warhol, and Lichtenstein.

• Through May 26, 2019: Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg (Alsace) presents Joana Vasconcelos – I want to break free. For its 20th anniversary, the Museum is offering visitors an exhibit by an international star of the contemporary art world: Joana Vasconcelos. The acclaimed Portuguese artist participated at the Venice Biennial in 2005, and in 2012 she was the youngest and first female to exhibit at Château de Versailles. Vasconcelos is known for breaking boundaries and stereotypes via her Baroque style artworks marked by references to Portugal, as well as for inciting debates and even censorship.

• Through June 30, 2019: Musée de Toulouse in Toulouse (Occitanie) presents Easter Island. Lost in the vast Pacific, Easter Island is one of the last islands colonized by humans, around the year 1000. The 165 km2 piece of land is fascinating not only for its location, but for its unique sculptures that continue to inspire the collective imagination of the Western world, evoking fantasies and the strangest of tales. Explore the island's natural, cultural, and societal dimensions through this exhibition.

• Through July 22, 2019: Centre Pompidou-Metz in Metz (Grand Est) presents The Adventure of Colour. This exhibit tells the story of color in modern and contemporary art through a selection of flagship works from the Centre Pompidou’s collection. It explores the recurrent urge to experiment with the chromatic spectrum, both as a powerful vector of emotions and sensations, and as an infinitely rich support for reflections on the materiality and spirituality of the medium of painting.

• Through July 28, 2019: Muséum de Grenoble in Grenoble (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) presents Les mondes inconnus. Explore the universe and its mysteries from aboard different vessels before continuing your adventures around the university campus.

• Through August 25, 2019: L’Espace des Sciences les Champs Libres in Rennes (Brittany) presents Les vies d'une ville. What exactly is our city, the one of yesterday, today and tomorrow? This family-friendly exhibit takes a historical and anthropological look at this question, from the city's foundation around 10BC to the 2000s. It offers a multidisciplinary outlook and includes interactive, audiovisual and mechanical devices to help us better understand the territory's transformations.

• Through September 1, 2019: Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in La Rochelle (Nouvelle-Aquitaine) presents Dinosaurs, Giants of the Vineyards. Are you ready for a journey over the past 140 million years? Hidden under the vineyards are a series of unique paleontological sites, spanning from Oléron Island to Angeac-Charente. Discover the area through its skeletons, landscape reconstitutions, and a 3D movie.


• From February 8 to May 5, 2019: Musée Angladon in Avignon (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) presents François Aubrun: L’absolue peinture. This series, painted by Aubrun between 1980 and 2008, evokes the themes of erasure and fullness, of waiting and concentration. The exhibit is paradoxically realistic, a quest for the absolute, where only the sound of that which barely speaks can be heard, and where only that sound of air's vibration can at last lead to the absolute.

• From March 13 to June 11, 2019: LaM in Lille (Hauts-de-France) presents Alberto Giacometti - Rétrospective. Through more than 150 works of art, including some of Giacometti's most important sculptures, paintings and drawings, the exhibit reveals the essential and sometimes little-known confrontations that lined the artist's career. From his passion for Ancient Egypt, a constant source of inspiration and replenishment, to his intellectual friendship with his first biographer, writer Jacques Dupin.

• From April 27 to December 6, 2019: The city of Lille (Hauts-de-France) presents Eldorado: Lille 3000. The agenda features over 500 events in Lille and more than 80 neighboring towns, including opening festivities, urban metamorphoses, and major exhibits at emblematic venues like the Tripostal and Gare Saint Sauveur. Artists from Mexico and the world are preparing insightful installations and shows in outdoor spaces, balls on public squares, gardens, lights, designs, new technology, fireworks, debates, and more. Learn More.

• From May 11 to September 16, 2019: Musée des Beaux-Arts in Angers (Pays de la Loire) presents Alexis Mérodack-Jeaneau. One hundred years after his death, this exhibit shines the spotlight on Alexis Mérodack-Jeaneau (1873-1919), the little-known artist from Angers that was unjustly forgotten after his premature death at 46. He thrived amidst the different avant-garde artistic movements of the early 20th century, frequenting artists including Matisse, Marquet, Rousseau, Toulouse-Lautrec and Kandinsky, whom he helped become famous.

• From June 7 to October 27, 2019: Caen Memorial in Caen (Normandy) presents Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. This museum for peace will host the traveling exhibition of 70 iconic Norman Rockwell paintings, including the emblematic Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

• From June 22, 2019 to January 27, 2020: Centre Pompidou-Metz in Metz (Grand Est) presents Opéra et arts visuels aux XXe et XXIe siècles. For the first time on such a scale, the “Opera World" exhibit offers an in-depth examination of the history of opera in the last two centuries from the angle of its relationship with the visual arts. Exploring these often fruitful and sometimes impassioned dialogues, the project shows how artists influenced the course of opera history through scenographic creations as spectacular as they are varied. Revealing a lesser known aspect of these interactions, it will also shed light on opera’s impact on the creations of visual artists: the sensorial, aesthetic and sometimes political power that this total art inspires in numerous contemporary artists.

• June 2019: ZAT 2019 in Montpellier (Occitanie) presents 100 Artists in the City. In anticipation of the opening of MoCo (Musée des Collections) at the end of June 2019, Montpellier Contemporary is organizing “100 Artists in the City”, a major exhibit taking place in the city's exhibition spaces, shops, cafes, walls, public places, and more. To emphasize the contemporary axis being developed, La Panacée is also organizing an artistic trail between the train station and Montpellier’s Ecole des Beaux-Art. The neighboring coastal towns of Sète and Palavas will also be involved in the event.

• From July 2019 to December 2019: Centre-Val de Loire presents 500 ans de RenaissanceS. Throughout 2019, the Loire Valley region will celebrate the artistic, scientific, and intellectual effervescence of the Renaissance in France. A cultural program is currently in development, composed of different highlights including a large traveling digital show mixing contemporary artistic and musical creation, an international architecture competition, guided tours, banquets, many exhibitions, international symposiums, and more.


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