lowry in london

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London

This last time in London I programmed to visit the Lowry exhibition at the Tate Britain

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I chose a rainy morning as it was the perfect weather for a museum visit but I really couldn’t have made a better choice as when I came out and found myself in front of the Thames under the falling rain I felt as I was walking inside a Lowry painting.

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I really fell in love with this british artist that catched in his paintings all the poetry of the urban daily life of the industrial britain: be sure not to miss this great exhibition that is going on until the 20th October

//images: Littlelulu _ //1 ‘An accident’, 1926 [ Manchester City Galleries Collection © The estate of L.S.Lowry ] _ //2 ‘A street scene/St.Simon’s Church’, 1928 [ The L.S. Lowry Collection © The estate of L.S. Lowry ] _ //3 ‘Piccadilly Circus’, 1960 [ Private Collection © The estate of L.S. Lowry ]
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paper art

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On my London days I went back to visit the Saatchi Gallery, which currently host an exhibition called “Paper” (going on until the 3rd of november)

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the paper was the support or the main constructing material for the young artists artworks

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What I love about this place is that sometimes you get catched by the artworks themselves

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and other times by watching the people who move around the gallery big spaces.

London_Saatchi Gallery _”Bust of Emanuel Augustus” by José Lerma & Héctor Madera / “L-R” by Annie Kevans / “Fragments del tiempo” by Miler Lagos / “Pianos-pipas n17” by Marcelo Jacome / “Dumbstruck” by Rebecca Turner

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monet’s church

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Still in Giverny: the church of Sainte Radegonde hosts the little cemetery were Claude Monet and his family are buried. The rain made it look even more melancholic.

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The interior of the Romanesque church is beautifully simple: here below a close-up of a wall painting and the statues of Saint Quentin and Saint Louis d’Anjou.

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Giverny_Cimetière de Giverny / Eglise Sainte Radegonde

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giverny is a living painting

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I went to visit the village that became famous as the location of Claude Monet’s garden and home on a rainy day of summer a couple of years ago. Then this post has been procrastinated for so long because I couldn’t choose between the thousand of pictures I took there: everything in this place is so aesthetic that it looks like a photographic setting,

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it really breathes art and beauty.

I was invited by a parisian girl I just met the day before to join her and an art-loving couple of friends for a birthday-surprise picnic in Giverny: isn’t this more than welcoming after just a month in Paris? We shared this wonderful day (the rain didn’t bother us much) and became friends: I feel so lucky to have met such great people here :)

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These below are some corners of the Clos Normand, Monet’s garden.

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I really can’t imagine how much gardening work it may demand keeping all these plants and flowers in such perfect condition.

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The Water Garden host the famous water lilies that are captured on so many Monet’s paintings.

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Walking through Monet’s house and garden made us feel like we were becoming part of an impressionist artwork,

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then on the way back home we realized how even the little streets around the village are invaded by flamboyant flowers: there must be some magic going on in Giverny.

Giverny

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marie laurencin in paris

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‘Femmes au chien’ by Marie Laurencin

Probably my favourite exhibition of these last months is the one that pay homage at Marie Laurencin and that is going on at the Musée Marmottan Monet until the end of this week*: absolutely not to be missed!

Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to take pictures, so up here is a close-up of a painting hosted in the beautiful Musée de l’Orangerie, where I first discovered and fell in love with her paintings. In the Marmottan exhibition most of the artworks are coming from Tokyo, where there is a whole Museum dedicated at this french artist: no wonder why she is so loved in Japan…

*edited: good news! the exhibition has been prolonged until the 21th july

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a glimpse into the G.P. permanent collections

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trough the Contemporary Collection hosted on the 4th level of the Centre Pompidou

//1_a friend interacting with wall artwork

//2_at the end of the main corridor, the installation “We Stopped Just Here At The Time” by Ernesto Neto has replaced the giant mushroom by Carsten Holler

//3_I love the simplicity of these paintings… unfortunately I lost all my little notes and I can’t remember the artist’s name: please let me know if you recognize it!

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simon hantai at the pompidou

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From the “Tabula” series: simple geometries born within the canvas folding. Despite its dramatic vibe this massive painting here below makes me think of a overused makeup palette…

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A close up of my favourite one from the “Blanc” series, where the empty space gets as alive as the colours.

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The Simon Hantai retrospective will go on until the 2nd of september 2013

//images: Littlelulu