“Nice”

Klein continues to conquer

After the immersive installation featuring Gustav Klimt at the Atelier des Lumières in Paris, it’s Yves Klein’s turn to get the augmented-reality treatment. See you this summer in Nice for a digital dive into the “blue Revolution”. A real eyeful!   Yves Klein was born in Nice… in 1928. So it comes as no surprise that the 90th year since his birth is being celebrated this year on the French Riviera. Where things get a bit more unforeseen is that the exhibition-homage in his honour is being held… in the middle of a shopping centre: Nicetoile, in other words 19,600 m² wholly devoted to blatantly consumerist desires. But the most hair-raising detail about the venture is the hanging: an immersive installation that flirts with augmented reality! In short, from the art of shopping to the art market, Yves Klein, the eternal apostle of the intangible, returns in a digital version. Here, original works have been digitised and transformed into 3D ultra-HD format by the company LEXPO Augmentée, in collaboration with Artcurial Culture. Titled “La vibration de la couleur” (The vibration of colour), this first module of a digital retrospective set to travel around for a period of ten years is an absolute wonder. But let’s first take a step back in time…   We’re at the start of the 1960s. Castro has just come into power in Cuba, while in New York, economist John Kenneth Galbraith is on the verge of publishing The Affluent Society. Against this backdrop, in Europe, the Nouveaux Réalistes (New Realists), led by art critic Pierre Restany, offer their take on seeing objects. As distant cousins of the American Pop Art movement, the members of this somewhat hazy collective set to work in earnest. Exaltation of the object, a sense of performance, appropriation of reality…...

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Sylvester Stallone retrospective in Nice

On 15 and 16 May 2015, Sylvester Stallone attended the opening of the exhibition “Real Love: paintings 1975/2015”, a retrospective of the actor, director, and painter’s work which took place at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice. The exhibition was accompanied by a press conference at which the artist, along with Mathias Rastorfer of Zurich-based Gmurzynska Gallery, Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, and Daniel Moquay, the curator of the exhibition took questions from the large group of journalists and fans present. The press conference was followed by a celebratory dinner which took place at the nearby Villa Massena. Born in 1946, Stallone is best known for his lead roles in the Rocky and Rambo film series. His paintings deal principally with his persona as an actor, and his on-screen...

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“Ah, the war is Cubist! F. Léger and the Great War” exhibition in Nice

Until 2 February, the Fernand Léger National Museum in Nice, France, is hosting an exhibition entitled “Ah, the war is Cubist! F. Léger and the Great War”. This exhibition traces the artist’s work during the First World War, showing how it changed radically between the years 1914 and 1925 due to a variety of influences which he experienced throughout the period. 450 works will be displayed at the exhibition, portraying a wide variety of works which reflect the different stages of his artistic career between 1905 and 1955. Born in 1881, Fernand Léger was a French painter, sculptor and filmmaker. His early works show his development of a personal form of cubism, but after his move to the United States during the war, his artistic style became more populist, was characterised by his use of vivid colours. His later work is often seen as a forerunner of Pop...

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The future of the Maeght Foundation is at risk

The Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation is struggling to raise its annual budget of €3 million, of which 80% is generated through ticket sales.  Oliver Kaeppelin, who took over as the foundation’s director in 2011, is to start fundraising for a €5.5 million underground extension project that is to feature a drawing and video art gallery, a café-restaurant and most importantly, a multipurpose space intended for rental — with the potential to generate as much as a third of the foundation’s yearly budget.  A further proposal is to sell part of the foundation’s collection. Currently the museum does not have the right to sell its works, however there are numerous lithographs and sculptures that exist in doubles or multiples that could be sold without affecting the overall quality of the collection. The month marks the foundation’s 50th anniversary — an institution that still features many traces of the artists who initiated the project, including: Joan Miró, Georges Braque, and Fernand Léger. The 12,000-piece collection, housed in the hills of Nice, France; features 35 Giacometti sculptures, as well as masterpieces by Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, Miró, Léger and Alexander Calder, amongst others. If the funds cannot be raised, the Maeght family or the French State, will have to step in to ensure the safety of the foundation’s...

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Alleged Rembrandt painting discovered 15 years after its theft

Nice, 21 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). A painting “attributed to” Rembrandt (1606-1669), stolen in 1999 from the Draguignan Municipal Museum of Art and History, has been discovered in Nice by the Central Office for the Fight against Traffic in Cultural Goods (OCBC). This information was stated by the french daily paper Libération. Officers of the OCBC arrested two men during their attempt to sell the painting entitled Child with a Soap Bubble. At the time, it was valued at 20 million francs, the equivalent of €3.9 million. However, doubts have surfaced relating to its authenticity — thus also its price. Dating from the 17th century, it has been revealed that the painting may not in fact be entirely the work of the Dutch master, or even at all. An authentication led by an expert in Dutch Golden Age art is underway. Child with a Soap Bubble was donated to the museum in Draguignan in 1974 by the French state, and was one of the first paintings in the museum’s collection. Almost two centuries earlier, the painting had been on display in the Château de Tourves, before being seized during the French Revolution in...

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