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Past exhibitions

IXELLES : Jules Cheret and the Belle Epoque – from posters to decor
1 March to 20 May 2012
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Proof before letters for The Hippodrome, 4 clowns, 1882
Colour lithograph
© Les Arts Décoratifs, photo: Jean Tholance

The Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels, founded in 1892 as a result of an important legacy of art objects from the painter-cum-collector Edmond de Pratere (1826–1888) and from the Brussels lawyer Octave Maus (1856–1919), posseses a collection of paintings and posters nearly 13,000 strong, the oldest pieces dating back to the 14th century. Enlightened management soon enabled the museum to make a name for itself and actively develop an ambitious policy of temporary exhibitions thanks to successive enlargements between 1973 and 1994.

Jules Cheret and the Belle Epoque – from posters to decor can be seen at the Musée d’Ixelles from 1 March to 20 May 2012. The exhibition was previously on view in the Advertising Galleries of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 23 June to 7 November 2010. Curated by Réjane Bargiel, head curator of the Advertising Collections at Les Arts Décoratifs, and Ségolène Le Men, Professor at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, the exhibition enables us to rediscover the work of Jules Chéret. Nearly 240 of the artist’s original works have been brought together for the first time for this exhibition, made possible by a partnership between three European institutions: the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich in Germany, the Musée d’Ixelles in Brussels and the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi.

MUNICH: Jules Cheret and the Belle Epoque – from posters to decor

The Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, former residence and studio of the Symbolist and Expressionnist artist Franz von Stuck (1863-1928), was restored to its former glory after seven years of major renovation work, from 1998 to 2005. It now holds regular exhibitions of the art of the Belle Epoque, as well as of modern and contemporary art.
Jules Chéret and the Belle Epoque – from posters to decor has been displayed at the Musée d’Ixelles from 1 March to 20 May 2012. The exhibition was previously on view in the Advertising Galleries of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 23 June to 7 November 2010. Curated by Réjane Bargiel, head curator of the Advertising Collections at Les Arts Décoratifs, and Ségolène Le Men, Professor at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, the exhibition enables us to rediscover the work of Jules Chéret. Nearly 240 of the artist’s original works have been brought together for the first time for this exhibition, made possible by a partnership between three European institutions: the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, the Musée d’Ixelles in Brussels and the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi.

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Vase meiping Chine, début de la dynastie Ming (1368-1644); base, probablement XVIIIe siècle
Emaux cloisonné sur alliage cuivreux Marque : Jingtai (1450-1457)
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Don David David-Weill, 1923
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NEW YORK: Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties

This exhibition was on display at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, from 26 January to 17 April 2011. It was organised in collaboration with Les Arts Décoratifs and regrouped nearly 170 Chinese cloisonné enamels from the Mongol Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) to the end of the Manchu Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Half of these pieces came from the outstanding collection at Les Arts Décoratifs, notably those donated by D. David-Weill in 1923. The other half came from public collections in the United States – the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Springfield Museums in Massachusetts, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago – and from the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England. This exhibition, curated by Béatrice Quette, head of education and cultural activities at Les Arts Décoratifs, displays a panorama of Chinese cloisonné production from the 14th century to the beginning of the 20th century as seen through the eyes of well-known collectors in the West. A Book, co-published by Yale University Press, Bard Graduate Center and Les Arts Décoratifs, accompanies the exhibition.

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Affiche de l’exposition
[Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Lithographie couleur. 1892]
© DR

LJUBLJANA: Toulouse-Lautrec, Master of the Poster

Toulouse-Lautrec, Master of the Poster was shown at the Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s main cultural institution, from 17 March to 25 August 2011. It was a continuation of the exhibition Homage to Toulouse-Lautrec, poster designer originally held at the Musée de la Publicité in Paris from 17 June 2009 to 3 January 2010, Together with works from the Paris show, a selection of contemporary posters created for the new Salon des Cent in 2000 were on display in the Llubljana exhibition.

SINGAPORE: Valentino Retrospective – Past/Present/Future

Valentino Retrospective – Past/Present/Future retells the history of the famous Italian fashion house through a selection of 100 haute couture creations selected by Pamela Golbin, head curator of the Fashion and Textile Collections at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. This exhibition, held in Singapore from 22 December 2010 to 13 February 2011, was an example of Singapore’s policy of cultural openness towards France and the rest of the world.

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Vue de l’exposition
Avec la permission de la Queensland Art Gallery. _ Photographe : Natasha Harth.

BRISBANE: Valentino Retrospective – Past/Present/Future

Valentino Retrospective – Past/Present/Future was on show at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia, from 6 August to 14 November 2010. It consisted of 100 haute couture and prêt-à-porter creations from the Valentino fashion house selected by Pamela Golbin, head curator of the Fashion and Textile Collections at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The Queensland Art Gallery, one of Australia’s most important museums, regularly hosts major international exhibitions.

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Vue de l’exposition
Avec la permission du Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, R.O.C.

TAIPEI: Jean Paul Gaultier/Régine Chopinot. The défilé

Jean Paul Gaultier/Régine Chopinot. The défilé, curated by Olivier Saillard, was originally shown in the Fashion and Textile Galleries at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 21 March to 23 September 2007, and subsequently at the Centre National du Costume de Scène et de la Scénographie in Moulins, France, from 1 December 2007 to 11 May 2008. It was inaugurated at the Taipei Fine Art Museum in Taiwan on 29 May 2010 in the presence of Béatrice Salmon, Director of Les Arts Décoratifs, running until 15 August 2010. The exhibition presented nearly 70 ballet costumes created by Jean Paul Gaultier in collaboration with Régine Chopinot for her ballets during the 1980s. The majority of the costumes came from Les Arts Décoratifs’ own collections, with 18 from the collections of the Centre National du Costume de Scène in Moulins. The exibition also included 22 original drawings by the illustrator Pauline Binoux and 24 photographs by Stéphane Sednaoui.

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