The Impressionisms Museum – Giverny
Degas, an Impressionist artist – From 27th March to 19th July 2015
Although he was one of the most prominent figures of the Impressionist movement, Edgar Degas’s relationship with the other artists in the group was complex, as was his relationship with regard to painting in the open air, despite the fact that this practice characterized Impressionism. This exhibition which assembles around 80 works questions not only Degas’s position within the Impressionist group but also raises the question around how radically modern his last paintings were. This exhibition is being carried out in collaboration with the Orsay Museum in Paris.
Photographing Monet’s gardens – The five contemporary views of Elger Esser, Stephen Shore, Bernard Plossu, Darren Almond and Henri Foucault – From 31st July to 1st November 2015
Bernard Plossu – a secret garden
“It’s Winter. Not a soul. Not even a flower. Exactly what I was dreaming of: in other words being able to discover the garden’s bone structure and not its radiance!”
The photographer Bernard Plossu, who captures what’s “in between” and intermediary landscapes produced his first series of photographs of the Claude Monet House and Gardens during the Winter of 2010 within the framework of an initiative launched by the Upper Normandy Regional Contemporary Art Fund, (Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de la Haute-Normandie). In response to an invitation made to him by the Giverny Impressionisms Museum he returned here in the Spring of 2011, the museum afterwards deciding to exhibit his photographs the following year.
Guided by his manner of observing and his sensitivity, Bernard Plossu photographs in snapshot mode, whether it be an isolated flower, a colour, a dead leaf, a hidden path or a reflection. By applying the same aesthetic principles as those used by photographers at the beginning of the 20th century, Plossu, using the Fresson four-colour carbon printing process has produced photo prints which have brought back the absence/ presence of Monet in this garden he so much loved, the garden which converted onto canvas has become paintings reflecting infinite strokes of light and waves, such as those in his masterpiece, ‘The Water Lily Pond’.
Darren Almond – pictures coloured by the night
In 2011 and 2012 the English photographer Darren Almond took photographs of the Claude Monet Gardens on the nights of full moon (Full moon Impression) and at dawn (Civil Dawn), that is, at this magic moment just before the solar star appears on the horizon. These pictures which possess a strong poetic aura are the fruit of an experience which has been based on time and memory.
Darren Almond who is both a photographer and landscape gardener travels, explores makes videos and continues to carry out pilgrimages in artist territory (from that of Joseph Mallord William Turner to John Constable’s and from Caspar David Friedrich’s to that of Paul Cézanne) which, whilst on a detour during a monographic exhibition in Normandy, led him to Claude Monet’s house. And it is here, slowly, so as “to give the scenery more time to express itself”, that he captured the strange and delicate colours of the flowers hanging onto the light of dawn.
Henri Foucault, – interpreting light
After responding to an invitation made to him by the Giverny Impressionisms Museum in 2011, the photographer, sculptor and video maker Henri Foucault led a quest to explain what Monet’s water garden both means and evokes. Henri Foucault actually produced a series of still frames entitled ‘Vibrations’ of which the subject matter was plants and leaves given to him by the property’s gardeners.
. According to Foucault, these prints of shade and light which he produced using a process which goes back to the early days of photography reflect something of a divine revelation. He also created shapes on large photography paper which were inspired from his drawings and still frames and which he covered with thousands of Swarovski crystals. This work of art, entitled Green Light, which is made up of sixteen luminous panels, is neither a sculpture nor a photograph, just like Foucault’s Deep Blue, of which the undulating bright lines convey the sensations experienced during the phase of perception.
Around Monet – From 27th March to 1st November 2015
On parallel with the temporary exhibitions the Museum offers the opprtunity to view a structured concentrated study based on the influence Claude Monet’s art had on his contemporaries as well as on generations which have succeeded him
The A.G Poulain Museum – Vernon
Rosa Bonheur – From 25th April to 20th September 2015
What makes Vernon Museum stand out in particular from other town museum collections is that it has an outstanding collection of works produced by 19th and up to 21st century artists who specialized in painting animals. Some of the works housed here include those of the most well-known artists in this field, that is, Rosa Bonheur, Rembrandt Bugatti, Carlo Righetti, and François Pompon amongst others.
Vernon Museum has not yet devoted a monographic exhibition to the artist Rosa Bonheur ; however, it seemed vital that this great figure of animal-related Art should be made known to those members of the public who appreciate this type of art and who would like to study these sort of collections in more depth.
This exhibition provides an overview of the artist’s overall work by presenting various forms of her art including paintings, drawings, engravings and sculpture. Rosa Bonheur who was brought up in a family of artists excelled in several artistic domaines whilst she remained intimately attached to depicting animals in her art. The exhibition provides visitors with the opportunity to discover and to study the life and works of one of the greatest French 19th century animal artists, who was taught by her father , the artist Raymond Bonheur in an era when entry to the French School of Fine Arts (les Beaux Arts) was still forbidden to women. Rosa Bonheur, who was the first woman to be awarded the Legion of Honour, lived her life exactly in the way she wanted and enjoyed success during her lifetime which enabled her to live off her art.
Thanks to the way the exhibition is set out visitors will be able to study different aspects of her work and more particularly her observation work which attests both her technical mastery and her sharp eye. Thanks to the works which have been generously lent by the Bordeaux and Rouen Schools of Fine Art, the ‘Lille Palais des Beaux Arts’, the National Museum of the Château de Fontainebleau and also the Vire, Evreux, Courbevoie, Langres and Roubaix Museums as well as those collections kindly lent by private owners, it has been possible to enrich the exhibition’s content considerably.
The exhibition is being held during the Summer season (from 25th April to 20th September 2015) when visitors from all over the world attend the museum but more particularly by American and British tourists who are familiar with the artist and
in whose town museums the artist ‘s works are largely represented, namely thanks to major works such as the Le Marché aux chevaux which is conserved at the New York Metropolitan Museum.
Vernon Museum’s hidden treasures – From 8th November 2014 to 8th March 2015
Vernon Museum’s hidden treasures have decided to come out of storage ! The archeological objects dating back to the Paleolithic Age, the collection of African weaponry, a French World War I soldier’s helmet, a Napolean’s bust or a pair of 19th century ice-skates, which are usually conserved in the museum’s storage room and are each just as interesting as the other have been brought out to be displayed in the framework of the present exhibition. As its collection inventory had been completed, and in order to conserve the collection’s quality and diversity, the museum has offered visitors the opportunity to come and discover backstage the history of these premises right up to daily life within the museum’s team of present day collaborators.
The ‘Sur le vif’ exhibition (Real life observation) – From 5th December 2014 to17th May 2015
This is the second year running that Vernon Museum is taking part in the ‘hors-les-murs’ section of the Normandy Art exhibition program ‘Temps des Collections’ and is a unique opportunity to highlight and bring about discussions with regard to the rich nature of the collections housed permanently in the Region’s museums.
What made Vernon Museum stand out from other museums when it was opened in 1983 was its section dedicated to animal Art with works from the masters in the field such as Rembrandt Bugatti, Horace Vernet, François Pompon and Paul Jouve amongst others.
The collections on display here comprise a rich variety of paintings, sculptures, drawings dating from the mid-nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Although none of the works of the great Romantic artist Théodore Géricault (who is particularly known through his paintings representing horses, form part of the collection, this absence is richly compensed by the painting ‘Têtes de chevreuil et chevrette’ loaned especially for the occasion by the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts.
Added to this is a loan of three paintings produced by Pieter Boel depicting the importance of this 17th century Flemish artist who revolutionized animal-focused Art in so far as he painted animals in real life observation conditions and made them fully-fledged subject matter.