A summer of pure Picasso in Provence

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A summer of pure Picasso in Provence

This summer, explore the south of France on a trip that takes in four Picasso exhibitions. A captivating contemplation of Cubism, this immersive journey promises to be a glorious getaway.

A summer of pure Picasso in Provence

A journey with Pablo Picasso

Start your cultural getaway in Marseille, where two exhibitions sharing the same name, “Picasso, Voyages imaginaires sans frontières” (Picasso: imaginary journeys without borders) will help you discover the artist's work based on his memories of travelling in Europe, but also imaginary expeditions to Africa, the East and even Bohemia… This collection of artistic creations consisting of paintings, sculptures, drawings and assemblages, is spread over two sites, the Centre de la Vieille Charité and the Mucem, until 24 June 2018. This event will immerse you in the wide cosmopolitan world of the Spanish master.

Centre de la Vieille Charité
2 rue de la Charité
3002 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 14 58 56
vieille-charite-marseille.com/expositions/picasso-voyages-imaginaires

Mucem
7 promenade Robert Laffont
13002 Marseille
+33 (0)4 84 35 13 13
www.mucem.org/programme/exposition-et-temps-forts/voyages-imaginaires-picasso-et-les-ballets-russes

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A summer of pure Picasso in Provence

Artistic showdown between Cubism and Dadaism in Aix-en-Provence

A short trip from the Phocaean city of Marseille takes you to Aix-en-Provence and the Musée Granet, the stage for a showdown between the artistic visions of Picasso and Picabia. Comprising several universally acclaimed masterpieces by these two geniuses from over the Pyrenees, the exhibition “Picasso/Picabia, Histoire de peinture” (Picasso/Picabia, A history of painting) chronologically traces the keys periods in their careers. Above all, it focuses on their relationship, a relationship built on conflict and rivalry, but also on the two artistic genres, Cubism and Dadaism, of which they were, respectively, the main protagonists. It is a surprising exhibition to be enjoyed from 7 July to 23 September 2018.

Musée Granet
Place Saint-Jean de Malte
13100 Aix-en-Provence
+33 (0)4 42 52 88 32
www.museegranet-aixenprovence.fr/en/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/picasso-picabia.html

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A summer of pure Picasso in Provence

Digital immersion in Baux-de-Provence

Would you like to discover famous paintings in a completely different way? Then, until 6 January 2019, you can immerse yourself in a startling digital exhibition in Baux-de-Provence featuring the work of Picasso, of course, but also that of other major Spanish painters such as Goya, Sorolla, Rusiñol and even Zuloaga. Designed as a stroll through a century of Iberian art, this unconventional retrospective, transforming the limestone quarry walls into digitised works of art, invites you to discover or rediscover these masterpieces from a different angle. You will be amazed by the thousands of moving images brought to life before your very eyes. The way they are projected onto the white walls of the quarry makes the visitor feel less of an onlooker and more an actual figure in the paintings themselves. As you move through the exhibition, a vibrant selection of music written by great composers such as Bizet and Debussy helps to enrich this memorable experience.

Les Carrières de Lumières
Route de Maillane
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence
+33 (0)4 90 49 20 03
carrieres-lumieres.com/en/node/856

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A summer of pure Picasso in Provence

Paintings of the sun given pride of place in Arles

Next stop is the town where Van Gogh lived and the foundation of the same name for a thematic exhibition called “Soleil chaud, soleil tardif” (Hot sun, late sun) which runs until 28 October 2018. The event focuses on the relationship that artists have with the Mediterranean Sea and the sun. Admire paintings by Picasso and Van Gogh, but also those by modernist and post-modernist masters, from Sigmar Polke to Giorgio de Chirico, from Alexander Calder to Etel Adnan.

So many exciting exhibitions to whet your appetite as you wait for the opening of the Musée Picasso planned for 2022 in a former convent, the Couvent des Prêcheurs in Aix-en-Provence, near Marseille. When it opens, it will be the largest collection of the Spanish artist's work in the world.

Fondation Van Gogh
35 ter rue du Docteur Fanton
13200 Arles
+33 (0)4 90 93 08 08
www.fondation-vincentvangogh-arles.org/en/expositions/hot-sun-late-sun/