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If you happen to be spending your summer on the Côte d’Azur, Whitewaller Riviera recommends paying a visit to some great foundations like Venet Foundation, Fondation Maeght, and more.
This year, for their summer exhibition, the Venet Foundation presents an exhibition entirely dedicated to the works of Lawrence Weiner. The New York-born artist is one of the key figures of Conceptual art and particularly known for his typographic text work. This show, created by the artists especially for the Venet Foundation, is only visible from the outside as it wraps around the foundation’s long, glassed-wall. This outdoor presentation permits visitors to discover the Foundation’s outdoor installation of scuopture by Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Bernar Venet, Phillip King, and more.
Fondation Marguerite et Aime Maeght
July 1 – November 22
Fondation Marguerite et Aime Maeght is presenting a monographic exhibition as a tribute to the late artist Jacques Monory, who passed in 2018. Known for using the color blue, the exhibition presents 60 years of work by the French painter. As part of the Narrative Figuration movement, Monory painted juxtaposed scenes with a haunting feel that questioned the world around him and the reality we all face. The show presents the photographs used from his private life, from the press, and from 1950s American cinema to create paintings in correlation with everyday urban life. On view are pieces like Death Valley n°1, (1974), Opéra furia « A » n°8, (1975), Couleur N° 1, (2002), La Voleuse n° 1, (1985), among others, creating something similar in feel to the artist’s diary.
Contemporary Sculpture Park
Domaine du Muy
In 2015, Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand and his son Edward opened Domaine du Muy, a large outdoor sculpture exhibition space. Every summer, the space welcomes the work of contemporary artists and showcases it on the outdoor trails. The area stretches out over several hundred hectares and is filled with cork oaks, pines, andm of course, artwork. The trail is redesigned every year with new sculptures to offer a unique space for some of the best contemporary artists to shine. This year, artists featured include Mark Handforth, Francisco Sobrino, Sol LeWitt, and Arik Levy.
The Commanderie de Peyrassol
In collaboration with Galleria Continua, the Commanderie de Peyrassol will end the summer with a special exhibition entitled “Cuba Talks.” The season will also welcome new artwork to the foundation, with a collection featuring new sculptures by Sol LeWitt and DeWain Valentine. During the months of July and August, Peyrassol will host weekly nocturnal guided visits of the park, which will allow visitors to observe the art under the light of the sunset.
June 27 – September 27
Started by Hans-Ulrich Obrist in 2019 in Denmark, “It’s Urgent” has now made its way to Luma Arles after having also been shown in Luma Westbau. The exhibition features over 100 artists that were prompted to answer the question of what they believe to be urgent in today’s society through their work. Recurring themes include the environment, inequality, solidarity, anti-racism, and social justice. The works were first presented in the streets of Copenhagen to make them accessible to a larger audience. Now at Luma Arles, the and art keeps coming in as the foundation continues to solicit artists to participate throughout Summer. Also on view is an exhibition in honor of the artistic duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss and “Le Réfectoire.”