Charles Filiger in full light at galerie Malingue

Countryside in Brittany, 1890-1891, private collection, features the back of the hamlet of Kernévenas in Pouldu

It is rare enough to find a private gallery which organises an exhibition where nothing is for sale, that one should applaud André Cariou, former curator of Musée des Beaux Arts in Quimper, for his perseverance and his hard work. Maurice Malingue, father of the actual owners, was fascinated by Charles Filiger whom André Breton had brought out in full light, and he organized an exhibition “Gauguin and friends” in the late 1940’s at galerie Kléber. This is another story of a forgotten genius who lived and died in utter poverty and is now considered as one of the leading symbolist and Nabis artists. His double fascination for religious subjects and landscapes in Brittany is beautifully illustrated at Galerie Malingue, avenue Matignon. And it opened on the eve of the 28 th Salon du Dessin which is at Palais Brongniart.Read More

“The art market under the Occupation” at Mémorial de la Shoah

Emmanuelle Polack, author of the book, of the dissertation and curator of the exhibition

It is ironical that the remarkable exhibition on the collaboration between some French art experts and Nazi collectors “Le Marché de l’art sous l’occupation 1940-1944” opened the exact same day as the Bührle collection at Musée Maillol. German Swiss collector, Emil Bührle, typically profited from the extraordinary art market during the war at Hôtel Drouot and through private sales, and bought his exceptional collection with the money he made selling arms to the German army. The large amount of beautiful paintings and furniture seized from the Jews (collectors and gallery owners alike) and later auctioned or confiscated for Hitler’s and Göring’s art collections, enriched many middle men who were often French. A book by Art historian Emmanuelle Polack is well illustrated and is the inspiration for the exhibition at Mémorial de la Shoah which she curated. This is not to be missed!Read More

“Red” brings Soviet art at Grand Palais

Georgi Roublev, Portrait of J.V. Staline, 1935, Moscow, Tretiakov National Gallery

This is not an uplifting exhibition, but “Red, Art and utopia in the land of Soviets” has enough striking paintings, designs and films that you might want to visit it any way. There are two parts in the exhibition as Nicolas Liucci-Goutnikov, the curator, was telling us, ten years from 1917 of intense activity by Russian artists and at the end of the 1920’s,  Stalinist supremacy. Centre Pompidou and major Russian museums lent enough works to give us an idea of the art scene in the USSR and Rodchenko and Malevitch justify the visit. Read More

The Emil Bührle Collection at Musée Maillol

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Mademoiselle Irène Cahen d’Anvers (La petite Irène), 1880 © SIK-ISEA, Zurich (J.-P. Kuhn)

What is fascinating in a private collection is to discover the taste of the owner. In the case of Emil Bührle’s fascinating acquisitions, one is overwhelmed by the quality of each painting. And seeing them in the intimate premises of Musée Maillol on rue de Grenelle, is a bonus. Fifty seven masterpieces are lent by the Bührle Foundation, while the Kunsthaus Zürich is getting ready to host the collection of over 200 works, bought between 1936 an 1956.Read More

Château de Chantilly is in full swing !

The purple drawing room lined with Tassinari silk, in Duc d’Aumale’s private apartments,  photo Sophie Lloyd

Château de Chantilly is going through fascinating times and the official inauguration of the  Petits appartements was a true family event with very prestigious good fairies. First, the new director of the Foundation, Fériel Fodil, is a beautiful young woman who worked on the Louvre Abu Dhabi for eight years and she conducted the ceremony with authority and great charm. Then Xavier Darcos, chancelier of the Institut and former Education minister, spoke with optimism and energy about the evolution of all of the Institut’s castles and properties which include Giverny and Jacquemart André. Third, Prince Amyn Aga Khan expressed his passion for Eugène Lami‘s talent in decorating Duc d’Aumale’s private wing. His brother, the Aga Khan, has created a Foundation to develop the Domaine de Chantilly.Read More

Hammershøi, a resurrection, at Musée Jacquemart André

Sunshine in the drawing room III, 1903, Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, photo Erik Cornelius

 

If you have time for only one exhibition this week, just rush to Musée Jacquemart André to see “Hammershøi, Master of Danish painting”, a complete discovery for many art lovers. Born in Copenhagen, in 1864, Vilhelm Hammershøi died young of a throat cancer in 1916. And disappeared from the art world until he was rediscovered (in France) in the 1990’s when le Petit Palais and  Musée d’Orsay each had a retrospective of his work. He is considered by some art historians as the Vermeer of the 20 th century.

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Prix Bob Calle du livre d’artiste, a grand occasion

Laureate Jean-Marie Krauth with his Strasburg publisher, Ju Young Kim and his book “0…103”

For the second time, the  5 000€ Bob Calle Prize for an artist’s book was awarded at Ecole des Beaux Arts in the magnificent Amphithéâtre d’Honneur. This year’s laureate is Jean Marie Krauth with a miniature book, “0…103” in a print of 100 at Editions Ju Young Kim in Strasbourg. Laurence Dumaine Calle conducted the ceremony in the presence of Bob’s daughter, Sophie Calle and artists Christian Boltanski and Jean Michel Alberola, two of Bob Calle’s closest friends. A film, “Page 1” directed by Valérie Mréjen showed the importance of artist’s book collectors while all fifty competing books were beautifully exhibited in the library. It was a very special evening, celebrating the talent of Doctor Robert Calle, an avid art collector and friend of the artists.Read More

The tragic destinies of Franz Marc and August Macke

August Macke, Three young girls with yellow straw hats, 1913, © Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Musée de l’Orangerie always shows original painters. After Paula Rego this winter, Cécile Debray, director of the museum, has curated a beautiful and tragic show, “The adventure of the Blue Rider” about two German painters, Franz Marc and August Macke, who were both killed in the first years of World War I. At 36 and 27, they hardly had time to prove their genius. But their friendship and the very strong relationships they entertained with Kandinsky, Delaunay, Apollinaire and Klee are riveting and the exhibition makes us discover the German followers of Gauguin and Van Gogh.Read More