... from Menton to Mandelieu and miles into the mountains ...


So many artists have been inspired by the light in Provence.

Jean Cocteau in Menton

During the Middle Ages the Schools of Avignon and Nice were flourishing. Puget was known as the Michelangelo of Provence in the 17th century. In the 18th century, Fragonard filled his paintings with the flowers of Grasse. Some of the most important painters from the 19th and 20th centuries were drawn to the region to capture the colours of the land and seascapes. From Monet, Cézanne and Renoir, Bonnard, Signac and Dufy to Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and Cocteau, the list of artists is outstanding.

In small galleries and important museums, the importance of art continues.

Encounters with Art

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Thursday 7 September

at 10.00

Summer Exhibition, Grimaldi Forum

The Court Life of Emperors and Empresses in China

The joint curators of this exhibition: Jean-Paul Desroches, Honorary General Curator, Chinese Department, Guimet Museum, Paris and Wang Yuegong, Director, Department of the Imperial Life of the Forbidden City, Beijing, have chosen nearly 200 exceptional pieces from the old palaces of the Chinese Emperors and Empresses as well as objects on loan from the great European and American collections: the Cernuschi Museum, the Louvre, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Royal Art and History Museum, Brussels and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington.

In 2001 a Grimaldi Forum exhibition honoured the lives of the first Chinese Emperors, whereas the 2017 Grimaldi Forum Summer Exhibition is focusing on the last Imperial Chinese Dynasty, the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), in order to celebrate its splendour, its tastes and its grandeur.

An English speaking guide will lead us through this emblematic exhibition allowing us to penetrate into the heart of a rich and invaluable heritage, renowned the world over.

This visit is fully booked and the waiting list has been temporarily closed. If there are any changes, members will be notified by email.

Thursday 5 October

at 10.00


Exhibition to mark the 70th Anniversary of the mythic Ecole de Nice

In 1947 three friends Yves Klein, Arman, and Claude Pascale founded an irreverent artistic group that came to be known as the Ecole de Nice. This exhibition is celebrating the 70th anniversary of this important and multi-faceted movement, showcasing its major artists, influences and themes.

This exhibition will also be an interesting source for comparison and contrast with American artists active at the same time, subject of our two lecture series in March 2018, also with Mary Lynn Riley.

The cost is €€22. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The entrance ticket will enable you to visit the same day the Musée des Beaux Arts, Nice and the Galèrie Ponchettes, Nice, possibly after lunch (details for the lunch will follow later).

Kindly send your booking form and cheque to Wieka by 1 October.

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