13 May, 2006

french prints

"Amateurs for prints are still to be found

PARIS-The Employers' federation of prints says it loud and clear, France is the only country in the world that has known how to keep all of the printing techniques alive.

These include lithographs, line-engraving, xylography, lino-engraving, stencils, typography, silkscreen printing. Each one of these techniques has its followers.

A priori nothing has changed since Daumier! The Print Fair is the privileged place to control these assertions.

We will revel in checking this with some famous spreaders of the profession such as Maeght, Prouté (both parisians), Bellinzona (Milano), Boermer (Düsseldorf & New York), MMG (Tokyo), Laube (Zurich) or Sims Reed(London).

In total, some 25 exhibitors, making this an event more modest than the London Print Fair (the 21st edition was held in April), but nevertheless significant.

International Print Fair at the Tuileries Gardens, 12 to 14 May 2006, open until 9:30 PM on thursday.

We regret there is no website. But one can also look into the website of the recent London Print Fair to find the links towards some good houses."

from artof the day

more from paris

The Orangerie, walls included
PARIS – The principle that guided the renovation of the Orangerie museum was to return Monet’s Water Lilies to natural light. It took 6 years and 25 million € (of which a fourth were collected from the international tour of the master pieces of the Walter-Guillaume collection, the museum’s other treasure) to reach this point. The floor, built purposely to stage the collection (a superb group of Cézanne, Matisse, Derain, Soutine and Picasso), was demolished and the glass roof was reinforced. This allowed the museum to come back to its original f orm, which Monet himself wished to see done when he donated the White water lilies following the Armisice of 1918. But why did it take so long to implement the changes designed by the Lajus Pueyo Brochet firm? Actually, an unforseen obstacle got in the way during the heat wave of 2003, under the form of fortifications from the time of Charles IX. They were begun in 1566 and finished in 1637, and represent the last large circular wall in the history of Paris. The Ministry of Culture decided to keep them a nd the architects had to adapt their project consequently. Bringing together modern art as well as archeology and contemporary architecture shows the Orangerie museum has more than one asset to return to the attendance levels of the 90s.With peaks at 500 000 visitors per year, it was one of the most visited monuments in the capital.
The national Orangerie Museum (Tuileries gardens) will reopen on 5 May 2006 at 12:30 AM (free entrance on 5, 6 and 7 May). Open every day except tuesday from 9 AM to 7 PM (morning reserved for groups until 12 :30 AM), friday night open until 9 PM
The Orangerie website to appreciate the collection
On the EMOC website, photos and computer-generated images to understand the construction works

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