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5 summer exhibitions not to be missed!

This summer, exhibitions of particularly original and immersive paintings, drawings and photographs are taking place throughout France. Here is our selection, in foundations or wonderful places, often located a stone’s throw from ideal spots for holidays…

The Maeght Foundation, “At the heart of abstraction, collection of the Fondation Gandur pour l’art”

The exhibition opened its doors on July 2 in Saint-Paul de Vence and is already a great success. The collection explores the different expressions of abstraction in France during the four decades following the Second World War. Works by 51 artists including Hans Hartung, Jack Youngerman, Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis, Emilio Vedova, Martin Barré, SImon Hantaï, Arman, Jean Tinguely, Victor Vasarely, Joel Shapiro, Aurélie Nemours, Pol Bury, Gottfried Honegger or Pierre Soulages open thus the paths from gestural, even lyrical, abstraction to geometric abstraction.


Dinard celebrates British music all summer long

With the Dinard Opening festival from August 4 to 12, you can see the Rock Star #photosEvelyneCoutas exhibition until September 30 at La Villa les Roches Brunes.

This exhibition highlights the artistic approach of this photographer inspired by rock, who has been following the biggest names in rock on French stages since the 1970s (Patti Smith, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, etc.) , but also the explosion of this musical phenomenon from the 70s to the present day.

More than 100 photographs are presented, silver prints in black and white for the most part, digital prints, some of which are on a real scale, as well as vintage Cibachromes. Highlighted by exhibition curator Françoise Wasserman, they are accompanied by music, vintage photo equipment, collectible instruments and concert memorabilia.

Stacey Kent, internationally known jazz singer, closing the Dinard Opening festival. © Benoit Peverelli

The Dream of Ulysses at the Carmignac Foundation

The exhibition will take place from April 30 to October 16, 2022 at Villa Carmignac on the island of Porquerolles. This year, the Carmignac Foundation takes the public on an aesthetic and mythological adventure freely inspired by Homer’s Odyssey… The Villa is transformed for the occasion into a labyrinth. In a scenography aimed at disorienting him in the meanders of corridors and intersections which multiply the routes, the visitor will be constantly faced with choices: take this path or turn his back on it, see one work and not another. He will have to navigate by thwarting the traps and illusions – mirrors, trompe-l’oeil and other keyholes – scattered along the way by the scenographer Margherita Palli. Unlike classic labyrinths, devoid of any landmarks, this one has the particularity of being populated with works of art: for a complete and original artistic experience.


Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.)

Nocturnes on Thursday evenings in July and August until 9 p.m.

Tel: +33 4 65 65 25 50

Reservation recommended on


Make and Undo Penelope that’s the rule, 1966

Mobile elements in plexiglass – 200 x 580 cm

Carmignac Collection © Adagp, Paris, 2022

Ernest Pignon-Ernest at the Fund Helene and Edouard Leclerc

Ernest Pignon-Ernest has been working in the public space for more than fifty years. He presents in Landerneau from June 12 to January 15, 2023 his installations, his drawings, his photographs revealing his entire creative process. The exhibition bringing together more than 300 works demonstrates the creative power of this great artist, alerted by the summer of the world, lifted by his passion for art and poetry, sometimes considered a pioneer of urban art.

Practical information :


10 a.m. to 6 p.m. h

Open every day except the 1er november, 24, 25, 31 december, and the 1er January.


Full price : 9

Reduced price : 7 €

For more information, click here

Visual of the exhibition

© Photo Nicolas Guilbert

© Ernest Pignon-Ernest

© Adagp, Paris, 2022

© FHEL, 2022

The end is in the beginning and yet we continue at the Martell Foundation

From April 7 to November 6, this quote from Beckett in Game over is the title of an exhibition in Cognac where nine artists from various disciplines and of various nationalities each interpret a meaning and solicit those of the visitor, inviting him to connect with his own body. With the help of craftsmen, the artists created their installations on site in the Ateliers du faire.

With Julia Cima (dancer/ritualist) and Jeanne Vicerial (textile designer) who will discuss movement, Julie C. Fortier (performing artist) will deal with taste and smell, Marc Jeanson (botanist) and the Atelier Marietalexandre (founded by designers Alexandre Willaume and Marie Cornil) will raise awareness of vulnerability, Rachel Marks (visual artist) will invite people to touch her creations and Odile Soudant (visual artist) will discuss sight. This multisensory project is brought to you by the Martell Corporate Foundation.

Practical information :


From Thursday to Saturday of 2 p.m. at 8 p.m.

the sunday of 11 a.m. at 5 p.m.

Visits told the Wednesday

at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (7€ at 10€/pers.)

More information here

Exhibition poster

Visual: © Pierre Soulages, Painting 130 x 89 cm, August 24, 19581958 Oil on canvas, 130 x 89 cm

Photographic credit: Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Geneva. Photographer: Sandra Pointet © ADAGP, Paris 2022

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