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Léger and the New Realists The MAMAC collections in Biot

15 June 2024 18 November 2024

An exhibition organised at the Musée national Fernand Léger, Biot by the Musée national du XXe siècle des Alpes- Maritimes and the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais in partnership with the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC), Nice.

From June to autumn 2024, the Fernand Léger national museum in Biot and the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice will be celebrating artistic creativity with an exhibition bringing together the joyful and colourful work of the painter Fernand Léger (1881-1955) and key works from the MAMAC.

Picasso Consuming images

11 June 2024 15 September 2024

The Body in Motion

15 May 2024 17 November 2024

On the occasion of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Petit Palais is celebrating "The Body in Motion" starting on 15 May 2024. This exhibition connects art and sport within its collections.

The exhibition, with a scenography design reflecting the colours of the Olympics, presents fifty works from the collections of the Petit Palais, ranging from antiquity to the early twentieth century, some of which have been specially taken out of the reserves. These paintings, sculptures, and art objects, as well as drawings and prints from the museum, were chosen for the way in which they highlight the body, anatomy, and sport. The exhibition is divided into eight sections.

Curators:

Annick Lemoine, Petit Palais Director and Head Curator.
Anne-Charlotte Cathelineau, Chief Heritage Curator, Head of the Sculpture Department.
Fabienne Cousin, Head of the Cultural and Educational Department.
Laurène Dupuy, Head of Cultural Mediation.

Olympism Modern Invention, Ancient Legacy

24 April 2024 16 September 2024
Among the cultural events designed to accompany the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris is an exhibition at the Louvre on the creation of the first modern Olympic Games. Visitors will discover how the Games came into being in the late 19th century: the political context of the time, the iconographic sources on which they were based, and how the organisers set out to recreate the sporting competitions of ancient Greece.

The Lady and the Unicorn

Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing and Sight... and a sixth piece symbolizing the sixth sense, with a blue tent and the inscription To my only desir. The tapestries that make up the Lady and the Unicorn hanging are among the most famous works in the Musée de Cluny collection.

Fun & Learn

Discover the world's greatest museums and their collections, inviting young and grownups to enjoy.

The Louvre Constellation, Jean-Marie Appriou
Contemporary Engravings

Engraving The Louvre Constellation - Jean-Marie Appriou

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The work of Jean-Marie Appriou (born in Brest in 1986, lives and works in Paris) plays with the blurring of temporalities, plunging into the archaic depths of sculpture to create new, futuristic chimeras rooted in history and myth. His creations have been exhibited in numerous institutions, from the Palais de Tokyo (2014) to the Château de Versailles (2017) to the Consortium de Dijon (2019-2020) and Lafayette Anticipations (2021).

The artist's studio is located just a few minutes from the Ateliers d'art de la Rmn-GP in Saint-Denis, so he was able to explore the printmaking techniques he had developed in the past. Passionate about engraving, he wanted to explore the technical heritage of this work by combining several aquatint and etching methods. Over a period of several weeks, the plate was used to experiment with where etching could prevail.
Jean-Marie Appriou drew on all his experience as a sculptor to transform the plate into a physical reality where each line, each point, would be the result of a mixture of chance and decision, while respecting the formal constraints of a plate designed to print unlimited editions, following the model of the Chalcographie du Louvre.
In this, the anniversary year of the Musée du Louvre, which opened in 1793, the artist is going back to the origins of the museum and, through his work, intends to create an animal fable of the museum. He has sought to identify animal emblems in the history of the Louvre in order to create a mythical portrait of the museum. In keeping with the title of his work, he invites us to discover the Constellation of the Louvre.

In this constellation, the She-wolf embodies the possible etymology of the name "Louvre";
the salamander refers to Francis I, who launched the work on the Cour Carrée and acquired the group of works by Leonardo da Vinci now in the museum's collections; the lion recalls Rubens and the cycle of the Galerie Médicis; the horse echoes Bernini's equestrian sculpture of Louis XIV, facing south-east in the direction of Versailles; the jackal of Anubis, a sign of Denon and the Egyptian Campaign that launched the Napoleon Museum; the dove, a symbol of peace, present in the ceiling by Georges Braque that marked the arrival of modern artists to the Louvre.
These animals make up a narrative of the Louvre, but the work is not just narrative: it creates a blurring of time, where all the emblems respond to each other, and emerge from the background of the image. In his childhood and early years as a young artist, Jean-Marie Appriou often came to museums to develop his eye. With Constellation du Louvre, he invites viewers to do the same, to continue developing the acuity of their eye, and to return to the museum to discover the collections.

Etching, aquatint on copper.
Engraved by the artist with the technical assistance of Lucile Vanstaevel and Marius Tessier, craftsmen from the Rmn-GP's Chalcographie workshop, and printed on a taille-douce press from the same workshop in Saint-Denis.

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