Sunday, March 22, 2015

Celebrating Van Gogh... La suite...

Fun and busy week on my side !
On Fiday I was in Mons (Culture Capital for 2015) attending a meeting with our partners of  Van Gogh Europe (site in maintenance, should reopen any days from now).

I had the chance to visit the great exhibition "Van Gogh in the Borinage", with nearly 90 works from Vincent (drawing, painting, etc) and including some of the Saint Remy ones....
The exhibition is split by theme around Van Gogh's work (people, reproduction, men at work, etc) and I found it most interesting.
Exhibition last until May 17th.
For more details

And on Saturday morning I was back to my Saint Remy attending the opening of the exhibition "In the foot steps of Van Gogh".
Much smaller but so nice and revigorating.
Organised by our local art "association" La cour des Arts with the University of Arts of Avignon, the project involved 7 students.
The timing was split in 4 weeks. One weeks of hike in the steps of Van Gogh from Avignon to Arles, les Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer and Saint Remy taking photos, making skectches, meeting people, experiencing the scenery and the landscape. The second week with a writer to compose text with a professional writer. And then they compiled a nice exhibition mixing skectches, video, drawing,etc...
Exhibition is on until April 7th.
Free entrance
La cour des arts - 13 Rue Michelet - Saint Remy de Provence

Van Gogh in the Borinage  - Mons 2015

In the foot steps of Van Gogh - Saint Remy de Provence

Ok, it is silly but I couldnt resist.... Loved the project. Van Gogh Room in Arles with Philippe

In the foot step on Van Gogh - La Cour des Arts Saint Remy

Saint Remy last wednesday morning

Montmajour Abbey

Guess this is the Arles cloister where Van Gogh was following his treatment.

Saint Remy streets are still getting a beauty treatment to welcome you.

La Cour des Arts - located in the former Chapel of the Blue Penitent.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Saint Remy de Provence 2015 What's new....

As we say in French Spring is pointing its nose.....

Almond trees were in bloom last week and we now can see the apple trees blossoming.... Soon the region will all be pink!

We can also see the season is coming with the reopening and the new attraction for the coming season.

Festivities started on Thursday March 5th with the opening of the Carrières de lumières (located in nearby Les Baux de Provence).
I've tried for years to explain what to expect when going to Carrières de lumières and never succeeded. All I know is that all the people I took there were amazed when leaving the place.
Picture this : You walk into an enclosed former limestone quarry.

- 5 000 m² (about 54 000 sq ft) total
- 14meters high  ceilings (46 ft),
- Projection on 7 000m² (75 000 sq ft) on walls, ceilings and floor.
- 100 videoprojectors

Once there, you are literally "walking in the picture" but mostly trying a unique and brand new experience.
The theme change every year and exhibition will go from Early March to Early January.
This year's theme is around the Italian Renaissance with Michel Ange, Léonard de Vinci and Raphaël.

More on info on the Carrières de Lumières site
Photos of the opening night bellow
Tips :
- You can walk in when you want,
- Dont forget to bring a sweater as it is always far cooler than the outside (in the 70s max in mid summer), come to the worth, you can always buy a blanket from the till,
- Do visit the outside part of the quarry (large corridor to your left) That's where the restrooms are,
- Go early morning to avoid the crowd.

Saturday March 7th  was the opening night of our Saint Remy Musée Estrine

Our brand new Musée Estrine also known as the "Van Gogh Centre" who reopened last year after 24 months of remodelling just reveiled its new exhibition VUES.
Part of the program "VAN GOGH 2015" comemorating Vincent Van Gogh 125th death anniversary, the show is dedicated to painting about our Alpilles moutain range seen by painters of the 20th Century.
Whether from local kids or reknown artists, the museum covers a wide range of approach of the nature discovered and made famous by Van Gogh.

More information on Musée Estrine
Photos of the opening night bellow.
From March 7th to May 24th.

Soon to reopen : The Hôtel de Sade
After being closed for 10 years the Hotel de Sade is about to reopen next June (21st to be confirmed).
Most magnificient Mansion, built on the very birth place of the modern village of St Remy, the visit will take you through a journey in time:
- The Renaissance building,
- The roman ruins of the former spa (heating system),
- The ruins of the Saint Pierre Church, our local church in the middle ages.

More info about Hôtel de Sade (site not yet functionning on March 14th 2015)
or on my previous post
Tickets will not be available on site but will need to be bought from the Tourist Office, the Musée des Alpilles or The roman site of Glanum

Almond Tree Saint Remy de Provence
Sunday March 8th

Les Carrières de Lumières - Les Baux de Provence
The Quarries of light in Les Baux

The outside part

One of the producer of this year's program

Musee Estrine 
Opening night of "VUES" 
Saturday March 7th

The main stair case.

Ground floor Gallery

First floor Gallery

Van Gogh seen by Saint Remy school kids

Work from Mario Prassinos

The Van Gogh Interpretation Centre.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Van Gogh in Saint Remy de Provence. "Celebrating" the 125th anniversary of this death

It might sound like an unusual celebration but the partners of the European Van Gogh Route are celebrating the 125th year of the death of Vincent Van Gogh in 2015.

Vincent Van Gogh stayed in Saint Remy from May 8th 1889 till May 16th 1890. He then left for Northern France Auvers sur Oise where he unfortunatelly died on July 29th 1890 (will we ever know whether he comitted suicide or was killed by a couple of teenagers, the suspens is still hanging...)

All the Van Gogh Europe partners (click her to learn more) have compiled a comprehensive program covering all regions whereVincent Van Gogh lived.

Here is the Saint Remy program

In Saint Remy, the new digital route (available in English) is soon to be launched and I was attending the conference which took place Friday last, with details on what to expect....

The new digital route will enable you to add your eyes in Van Gogh's famous Saint Remy portrait and will also take you in Van Gogh's painting.....
The "physical route" is also to be "rearranged" and modernised so that you get to know more about Van Gogh and its works during this fruitfull year in Saint Remy.

Opening of the Conference with Saint Remy expert Elisa Farran  and Philippe Latourelle from the musée Estrine, Doctor Boulon from the Saint Paul de Mausole psychiatric Hospital and Catherine Galliot from Auvers Sur Oise Tourist Office.

Engrave yourself with Van Gogh, one of the apps .

For once I'm on stage....
Program of Activity in Provence for 2015

* March 7th to May 24th
Musée Estrine will present the works of 35 painters, sculptors or other artists who worked on the theme of our Alpilles mountain cherrished by Vincent Van Gogh.
The museum offers also a dedicated space to Van Gogh life and sojourn in Saint Remy de Provence (available in English)

July 4th to 22nd

Joint Photo exhibition with Van Gogh Brabant in the village centre.
Photos will be the result of the competition organised by the Village of Zundert in netherland (birth city of Vincent) and the "De Brabantse Hoeders"

September 19th to October 21nd
"Association Valetudo" at the Saint Paul de Mausolee Hospital
Exhibition Vincent Van Gogh from roots to stars.
Patients from the current Psychiatric Hospital will be showing their paintings or pictures in the Monastry.
Exhibition organized with the New York visual arts school.

Other activities, but mostly in French will be offered during the year.
Our local cinema will also show Vincente Minelli's movie Lust for life on May22 or 24th...

Soon to be released
Our brand new digtital Apps The French landscapes of Van Gogh  linked with the city of Auvers sur Oise.
The launch of the Apps is scheduled for next Friday Fev 20th and I will attend the conference of course.

In Nearby Arles :
June 12th to September 20th 
At the Fondation Van Gogh d'Arles 
Van Gogh's drawings : influences and innovation
With some of Van Gogh's work. (details to be released soon...)

And do not miss touring the Hospital while in Saint Remy and preferably with someone who can explain the spirit,Vincent's life in Saint Remy. My tours are rather good was I told! :):):)

My favourite Starry night in Saint Remy.

Alpilles Moutain as seen by Van ogh

The Saint Paul de Mausole Hospital garden

The door of the actual Hospital as it was in 1889