LE GRAND ATELIER DU MIDI
AN EXHIBITION IN TWO PARTS
13 July - 13 October 2013
Ever since Renoir and Signac first visited the Midi, this crossroads open to the Mediterranean’s other shores has provided painters with an inexhaustible source of inspiration, like a large, open-air studio. This exhibition takes us through a maze of almost a century of exchanges between 1880 and 1960, illustrating the movements that have marked the 20th century, from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism by way of Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract art. This major two-part exhibition, held in tandem in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, brings together 200 hundred masterworks.
FROM CEZANNE TO MATISSE
Aix-en-Provence - Musée Granet
The Aix exhibition addresses the question of form, naturally explored through the work of Cézanne, considered by Braque, Matisse and Picasso as the “father” of modern art. The terms “form” and “colour” may seem opposed, but are closely linked and complementary, as Cézanne declared: “When colour attains its richness, form attains its plenitude.”
The Midi was also a place of leisure for artists from the Dada and Surrealist movements. The exhibition ends with a section devoted to the emergence of a new style leading to forms of lyrical or geometric abstraction: Miró, de Staël, Van Velde and others. Nearly 100 masterworks from leading modern art collections from around the world, public and private, will be presented at Aix-en-Provence.
FROM VAN GOGH TO BONNARD
Marseille - Musée des Beaux-Arts, Palais Longchamp
The Marseille section of the Grand Atelier du Midi focuses on the blazing, arbitrary nature of colour, from the works produced by Van Gogh in Arles to the Fauvists and Bonnard. It also explores imaginary lands, the pursuit of a hedonist dream and the quest for a golden age - a New Arcadia in which it is possible to revisit Antiquity, the “elsewhere” we dream of, where myths are relived in the beauty of landscapes and the intensity of light, and the shores of the Midi are populated by fauns and wood nymphs.
This exhibition in Marseille features around 100 masterworks by the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
With the support of Air France, official airline