My Provence is your must-have holiday guide, packed with ideas for weekend outings, cultural activities and outdoor leisure to help you live out a successful stay in Provence.
The rosé wine of Provence
The MEDITERRANEAN SEA
Time to eat outside
Picnics are a great way to escape from routine and spend some quality time with friends, family or your partner. Whether you opt for the seaside, a park or vineyard, they are an ode to simple pleasures and sharing.
Time to row
Fancy grabbing your paddle and swishing off to the translucent waters of En-Vau fjord? Test your biceps with a kayak tour of the myriad of fjords dotted along the coast between Cassis and Marseille.
Shops, restaurants, sights and exhibitions
Springtime in Provence, the May long weekends and Nicolas de Staël exhibition at Hôtel de Caumont are all great reasons to spend a weekend in Aix-en-Provence.
Go with the Flow in Provence
It's hot and everyone is looking for Provence's best bathing spots and refreshing waterside walks. The beach is an obvious choice, but hear this: Provence is also home to magnificent reservoirs, marshes, lakes and rivers where you can bathe, fish and stroll.
Top tips from a celebrity from Arles
Picasso - Picabia, la peinture au défi
Aix en Provence
The Musée Granet, a cultural landmark in the City of Aix-en-Provence, is playing host from 9 June to 23 September 2018 to one of the highlights of this summer's artistic calendar: “Picasso Picabia - Painting Defied”. This exhibition is part of the “Picasso Mediterranean 2017-2019” season launched by the Musée National Picasso, Paris. An unprecedented opportunity to compare and contrast works by two of the greatest names in modern art, founders of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century, it features key works from the museum's collections. This highly original show will also feature many exceptional loans from private owners and leading French and international museums and galleries in France. Organised chronologically and by theme, this exhibition compares masterpieces by an unexpected artistic tandem - “friendly enemies” who, despite their irreconcilable differences, shared an intriguing kinship apparent from the start of their careers. Spanning the decades from the early 20th century to 1973 - the year of Picasso's death - it explores the most outstanding experiments in modern art, from the original Cubism and its successors to the Dada mechanical aesthetic, from Ingres-inspired Classicism to “monster” surrealism, from representational painting to the portrait, and from the use of photography to the return to abstraction at the end of Picabia's life. Featuring more than 150 works - paintings, drawings, photographs, archive material and more - displayed in 800 sq.m of exhibition space at the Musée Granet, this exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the artistic movements of the last century. The common thread running through this unique exhibition, which aims to shed new light on modernity, is the extreme artistic freedom enjoyed by Picabia and Picasso. An extensive catalogue containing articles by leading international experts on both artists has been published to coincide with the show. This exhibition is jointly organised by the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence and the Fundación Mapfre, where it will be shown from 12 October 2018 to 13 January 2019. Curators : Aurélie Verdier, curator at the Musée national d'art moderne, MNAM-Cci, Centre Georges Pompidou Bruno Ely, ddirector of the Musée Granet, head curator. Guided tour in English (1h) : From June, 9 to September, 23 : on Friday at 3pm. And in July and August, on Wednesday at 3pm.
Nicolas de Staël en Provence
Aix en Provence
The Caumont Centre d'Art presents the ‘Nicolas de Staël in Provence' exhibition. This exhibition focuses on the development of the work of Nicolas de Staël painted in Provence between July 1953 and October 1954. It presents some 80 paintings and drawings. This year marked a turning point in the life and work of the painter: discovery of the light of the midi, intense experience of solitude and a frenetic output of paintings with a consciousness in the grip of a vision of the world to be accomplished.
Soleil chaud, soleil tardif
The collective exhibition of the year 2017 brings together a selection of works by contemporary and historical artists who highlight our designs of simplicity-oriented lifestyles. Playing the card of free associations, "The simple life - simply life" draws from the fantasies and nostalgic impulses called by its very title. This simple life takes its original Van Gogh in his first experiences as a pastor and the Borinage, the Walloon mining area. The ideal of life is also expressed in his unwavering admiration for the art and the person of Jean-François Millet, painter of French peasant life of the 19th century. If the two historical anchorages offer Millet and Van Gogh are a basis for exposure, they also allow to discuss the topic with cheerfulness. The image of the translation in movements and colors of the peasant scenes of Millet by Van Gogh, the majority of the collected works continues the wish of the Dutch painter: "to show that we can be simple with something else of gray, white, black and" brun1 "."Designed specifically for the exhibition or low exposure in France, the works of 'The simple life' - simply life evoke the different aspects of the term of "simplicity", such, for example, life forms and the report of man with nature and the esp ECE animal. The contributions of contemporary artists also to deconstruct the myth of a lifestyle oriented appeasement and pure.The animated film The Pure Necessity (the Pure need, 2016) of David Claerbout is an amazing adaptation of the the jungle book produced by Disney in 1967. The installation of Pawel Althamer creates conditions for a friendly between visitors and animals at feathers while the film O Peixe (The Fish, 2016) of Jonathas de Andrade, filmed in Brazil, called ambiguous feelings about the death of an animal. The series of photographs Iris Tingitana (2007, latin name of the native iris of Tangier) Yto Barrada us returns, with the flower very present in the iconography of Van Gogh, "Botany of power" while the xylographs of Andrea Büttner seem to be an anthem to humility. It is through a selection of santons of the 18th and 19th centuries that are questioned objects of popular piety and the representation of the "small trades" that can be found in the paintings of Van Gogh.