June 13, 2021

Tour de France exhibitions to see this summer


Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Guingamp, Fontevraud… To experience a cultural summer, the critics of World offer you their selection of eighteen unmissable exhibitions throughout France.


Jeff Koons at MuCEM

Within the exhibition dedicated to the work of Jeff Koons, at MuCEM, in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), on May 5, 2021.

The American star of contemporary art at MuCEM, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations? The rapprochement between some of the most expensive works in the world – moreover on loan from the Pinault Collection – and pieces that sometimes have no real market value is surprising. But don’t the artist, like the institution of Marseille, each treat in their own way of popular art? Objects of pop culture or of mass consumption sublimated for the New Yorker, those of everyday life and traditions through the ages collected for the institution. However, the dialogue, mirrored, turns out to be as subtle as it is amusing, and traces the outlines of common questions: what are the boundaries between art and crafts, kitsch and beauty, what imaginaries are hidden behind the forms? ? Emmanuelle Jardonnet

MuCEM, 7, promenade Robert-Laffont, Marseille 2e. Until October 18. From € 7.50 to € 11. Mucem.org

“Surrealism in American Art”, at the Center de la Vieille-Charité

Peter Saul:

On the one hand the surrealists, a group of European poets and artists founded in Paris in 1924, on the other young artists living in New York. The meeting took place from 1941, when the surrealists had to go into exile far from the IIIe Reich. It is extremely fruitful: the works of Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman bear traces of it for a few years. As nationalism and a superiority complex grew, American artists and historians later ignored this history. The exhibition, rich in rare works and very well constructed, returns to the subject, and extends the investigation until the 1960s, with supporting evidence – evidence named Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse or Robert Rauschenberg. Philippe Dagen

“Surrealism in American Art”, Center de la Vieille Charité, 2, rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille. Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: 3 to 6 €. Until September 26. Vieille-charite-marseille.com

Villeneuve d’Ascq

Giorgio Griffa and Guillermo Kuitca, au LaM

Guillermo Kuitca: “Untitled”, 2003-2015 - oil on canvas - Private collection.

The luminous LaM of Villeneuve-d’Ascq makes us rediscover two somewhat forgotten figures of contemporary art. Rarely exhibited in France, descendant of a Jewish family from Eastern Europe, Argentinian Guillermo Kuitca has always refused to play on the exoticism of the exile or the fashion of Latino artists. Stuffed with maps and secret rooms, tense with implicit references to the Shoah and the dictatorship, his work cultivates paradoxes. It feeds on references to Futurism and Cubism, in immense canvases. Particularly striking are his collaborations with theater and opera, born out of his fascination with choreographer Pina Bausch.

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