Hans Hartung, the constantly renewed abstract painting, the 19th of March at 6 pm

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia, organized by the Franco-German Center of Provence in cooperation with the Vasarely Foundation and the Association of Friends of the Vasarely Foundation

The exhibition that the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris devoted to Hans Hartung until March 1 allowed to discover all the richness of a work too often reduced to the qualifiers of “gestural painting”. Hartung, born in Leipzig in 1904, had chosen France from 1935, without rallying to any movement of modernity, skeptical of all artistic theories, with a single objective, as a man and as an artist: do not betray yourself, do not accept any compromise, whatever the price. Until his last days in 1989, he explored the effects of the gesture in the space of the painting, between tachism, calligraphy, lyricism, spontaneity and mastery, varying tools, colors and formats until the last incredibly fresh and bold explorations.

Thursday the 19th of March 2020 at 6 pm

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Fondation Vasarely
Jas de Bouffan

1 avenue Marcel Pagnol
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Art and Nature, season 2, December 3rd 2019 at 10h30am

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Lecturer of Modern and Contemporary Art

Among the proliferation of postures and contemporary artistic practices, painters revisit the tradition of landscape and the gaze on the garden, sculptors imagine hybrid poetic man / nature and ecologically engaged artists try to mobilize the public or react to our collective concerns.

© Philippe Echaroux 2016
Philippe Echaroux went in 2016 to meet a tribe of Indians from the Amazon. By mixing street art and photography, he captured portraits of members of this tribe and projected their faces onto the trees of their forest.

Tuesday December 3rd 2019 at 10h30am

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Fondation Vasarely
Jas de Bouffan

1 avenue Marcel Pagnol
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Art and nature, the 5th of Novembre at 10:30am

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Lecturer of Modern and Contemporary Art

Long present in Western art in the form of landscape painting, nature had been somewhat absent from the preoccupations of the “avant-gardes”. It made a spectacular comeback in the 1970’s in different forms: Land Art is manifested in the landscape and many artistic interventions take nature both as support and as material. Painting also confronts nature, earth, forest, rocks, garden …
As the history of art is intimately linked to the history of ideas, our relationship to nature has been transformed into a century of romantic contemplation and vigilant anxiety. The new awareness of the fragility of the natural beauties that surround us and their possible disappearance finds an echo in the most recent artistic practices.

Tuesday November 5th 2019 at 10h30am

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Fondation Vasarely
Jas de Bouffan

1 avenue Marcel Pagnol
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Science and conscience among the Shadoks, conference of the 17th of September 2019

A conference by Gérard Berry

Regent of Deformatics at the College of Pataphysics
Computer scientist, professor emeritus at the College de France, member of the Academy of Sciences, Academy of Technology, laureate of the CNRS gold medal.

The name of Shadoks is known throughout France, but not the details of their strange existence. After having gossiped about their birth and their presence in the universe, we will study the immense progress of their science, which goes from the elementary probabilities to the understanding of the phenomenon of gravitation, via the systems of numeration, the theory of the sets and that of transport. We will see how modern imagery has made it possible to understand the original functioning of their brain, which has led to a form of culture from which we can draw a lot if we look at it more closely.

Tuesday Septembre 17th 2019 à 18h30 pm

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Fondation Vasarely
Jas de Bouffan

1 avenue Marcel Pagnol
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Modern art and design, conference of the 25th of June 2019

In the twentieth century, being modern meant chasing ornament. So the exclamation “it’s decorative!” Described with contempt a superficial painting, without a real artistic dimension.
How, after having dreamed of a fusion between major and minor arts, have painters managed to deny the decorative dimension of painting? Who resisted this separation and played “on both counts”?
From this conflictual relationship, contemporary artists have often taken with humor putting the decorative, ornamental, even kitsch in the heart of their practice.

Tuesday June 25th 2019 at 10:30 am

Salle Armand Lunel, Bibliothèque Méjanes,
Aix-en-Provence

Monochrome, a twists and turns adventure, conference of the 28th of May 2019

Nothing is more disturbing to an uninitiated than a monochrome painting, a painting of the absence of representation.
However, the monochrome adventure started in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century, then embodied by Yves Klein, has continued to develop, between nihilism and sense of the absolute, to the point of becoming a genre in its own right that is surprisingly rich in plastic and conceptual possibilities.

Tuesday May 28th 2019 at 10:30 am

Salle Armand Lunel, Bibliothèque Méjanes,
Aix-en-Provence