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Ingres and modern artists

Ingres and modern art

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres – Jupiter et Thetis (1811).
Huile sur toile, 347.03 × 257.18 cm. Musée Granet,
Aix-en-Provence, France

A conference
by Agnès Ghenassia

Tuesday 10th of January 2023 at 10h30

Considered classic in its time as opposed to the romanticism of Géricault and Delacroix, Ingres’ work is a repertoire of forms and ideas of such richness that modern and contemporary artists have drawn from it ad infinitum: tributes, borrowings, reformulations, absorption, irreverence… all these “citation” procedures have for generations contributed to renewing our gaze on this audacious “classic” great master.

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The conference will be held at the Théâtre 108 (Espace jeunesse), located at 37bis of the boulevard Aristide Brian in Aix-en-Provence. The nearby car parks are Bellegarde, Pasteur and Signoret..

Théâtre 108, Espace jeunesse
Espace jeunesse
37 bis boulevard Aristide Briand
13100 Aix-en-Provence

Hans Hartung & Anna-Eva Bergma, a constantly reinvented abstract painting

Hans Hartung & Anna-Eva Bergman

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Tuesday the 13th of December 2022 à 10:30 am at the 6MIC

German, he had chosen French nationality, she was Franco-Norwegian, they shared a tumultuous life made up of encounters and separations.
Their works are not alike but complement each other.
Beyond the simple qualifier of “gestural painting”, Hartung’s practice is made of constant innovations, indifferent to fashions. That of Bergman, silent and meditative, keeps the memory of the lights of the north of his native country.
A major exhibition was dedicated to Hans Hartung at the Museum of Modern Art in 2019, and in the spring of 2023 this same museum will exhibit Anna-Eva Bergman.
The Hartung-Bergman Foundation near Antibes allows today to see them reunited in the studio house they occupied for sixteen years.

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The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Art and war in the 20th and 21st centuries

Art and war in the XX° and XXI° centuries

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Tuesday the 15th of November 2022 at 10:30 am

While the art of the past is punctuated by “History paintings” documenting the great conflicts in a heroic or romantic way, we can consider in the 20th century that only Guernica can still be qualified as History painting.
However the war of 14-18 was well documented by painters, then the second world war upset the course of the history of art, so much the trauma could not be expressed by the classic plastic means. The Vietnam War, the war in the Balkans, all the great conflicts have found an echo in the practice of artists, up to the current war that Russia is inflicting on Ukraine.

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The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new district of Constance in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin Hawthorns.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

The mirror in modern and contemporary art, a reflection device, 12th of October 2022

The mirror in modern and contemporary art, a reflection device

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Wednesday the 12th of September 2022 at 10:30 am

An essential instrument for the realization of self-portraits before photography, the mirror in painting has long been used to evoke the notions of narcissism, the ephemeral, knowledge, precision, philosophical meditation.
But above all, the mirror opens up the space of the painting, questioning the mimetic power of painting.
What about the moderns who refuse illusionism? Are the contemporaries who seized on real mirrors still within the tradition?
We will try to reflect in images on these many questions.

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The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new district of Constance in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin Hawthorns.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Children and adolescents in modern and contemporary art, 27th of September 2022

Children and adolescents in modern and contemporary art

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Tuesday 27th of September 2022 at 10:30 am

The Impressionists took as models the children around them and their own children in scenes of family life or games which contrast with the fixed postures of the commissioned portraits of their predecessors.
Many artists who became fathers, Otto Dix, Paul Klee, Picasso, Gerhard Richter, have taken a very personal, tender look at childhood.
Balthus and Paula Rego are known for their enigmatic, disturbing little girls. Other artists like Boltanski or Bernard Faucon, express childhood nostalgia, and Marlene Dumas, like Claire Tabouret, paint children
serious, questioning, as well as Ron Mueck and Charles Ray in sculpture. Finally, by representing children, the painter Zhang Xiaogang and the artist Prune Noury ​​express the same concerns about the demography of China and Patricia Piccinini questions the future of the human race.

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The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new district of Constance in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin Hawthorns.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Venice Biennale 2022, 14th of June 2022

Biennale de Venise 2022

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

We are going to come back to the highlights of this Biennial dedicated to women of all cultures and to imaginary worlds, so for those who visited it to deepen their understanding of the works presented, and for those who are going to discover them through images, to share our emotions and our questions.
We will also see that many National Pavilions have chosen to entrust their spaces to artists from immigrant backgrounds or belonging to once despised minorities, demonstrating once again that the art world ignores geopolitical and mental boundaries and demonstrates with a healthy open-mindedness.

Conference on Tuesday the 14th of June 2022 à 10:30 am

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The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Georg Baselitz, 12th of April 2022 – 6MIC – 10:30 am

Georg Baselitz

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

If the term expressionist is appropriate to qualify the work of Baselitz, it does not take into account his extraordinary capacity for renewal. A single constant through many stylistic breaks: the artist always stands up “against”: against the dictates of the post-war GDR, against abstraction, against all the traditions linked to figurative painting.
Whether he draws on history, art history or his personal story, his work, both brutal and subtle, makes him a major artist who deserves our full attention.

Conference on Tuesday the 12th of April 2022 à 10:30 am

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The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Contemporary African art, 8th of March 2022

Africain contemporary art

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Qualified as “primitive art”, then as “first art” at the beginning of the 20th century, African art was a source of aesthetic inspiration for European artists, cubists and surrealists.
Today, after several decades of virtual invisibility, the African continent is well represented in our museums by the artists who live there and by those of the diaspora, and recent exhibitions in prestigious places have made us discover them.
In painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, all strive to express their identity, for some by evoking the difficulties and conflicts of which they have been victims, for others by putting their traditions at the service of contemporary creations. Humor and self-mockery are often present, as well as parodic quotations from Western art.
The women are very numerous, and among them some excel in textile practices that deserve their place in the museum.

Conference on Tuesday the 8th of February 2022 à 10:30 am

ENTRY FEE FOR MEMBERS : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Flowers in modern and contemporary art, 8th of February 2022

Flowers in modern and contemporary art

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

For centuries, the representation of flowers in painting was endowed with a precise symbolic charge.
The Impressionists ended this tradition by looking at flowers for what they are, a manifestation of the beauty of the world. A few modern artists have devoted themselves to it, but it is especially among contemporary ones, freed from the dictates of “modernism”, that flowers are once again the object of strong and unique practices.
So, a few days before Valentine’s Day, this conference will offer you a cheerful bouquet! (or rich and varied, as you prefer)

Conference on Tuesday the 8th of February 2022 à 10:30 am

ENTRY FEE FOR MEMBERS : 5€
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The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

David Hockney, solar painter, conference on Tuesday January 11, 2022 at the 6MIC

David Hockney, peintre solaire

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Faithful to his pungent palette, David Hockney has practiced oil painting, acrylic painting, photography, polaroids, computers and the iPad to explore various themes (portraits, family scenes, swimming pools, landscapes) and question, with the freshness that characterises it, the entire history of painting.
Exhibited at the Orangerie des Tuileries until February 14, its hedonistic and charming landscapes of Normandy appeal to all audiences.

Conference on Tuesday January 11 2022 at 10:30 am

ENTRY FEE FOR MEMBERS : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

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