Exhibitions of Le French May 2015 [fr]

Theme of Le French May 2015

From the May 1 to June 30, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the French Renaissance which established a specific French style in architecture and art, Le French May 2015 will highlight the permanent spirit of Innovation and the strike for Excellence at the essence of French creation.

Under the title “Essentially French”, the new edition of Le French May will explore this spirit leading French painters, choreographers, sculptors, dancers, singers, film makers, to always challenge themselves. From heritage to contemporary arts, painting and photography to multimedia art, cinema and gastronomy, the festival will explore this balance between heritage and modernity, between classicism and innovation, between the past and the present.


Exhibitions of Le French May 2015

Ranging from Sound art creations to traditional porcelain, from interactive light installations to pictures of famous Paris monuments, from video installations to press illustration, the exhibitions of Le French May 2015 will embark the audience in an incredible journey in 500 years of creativity and art.

Do not miss some of the highlights of this year:

Master of the modern architecture, Le Corbusier is the perfect illustration of this renewal of the codes that is at the same time looking for the balance between the “beautiful” and the “useful”. The exhibition will offer an unprecedented overview of his creations, from furniture, paintings, sculptures to, certainly, architecture.

As there will not be French culture without elegance and style, Le French May will also browse 500 years of passion in the field of the shoe making! First the attribute of men, shoes promptly became THE accessories for the ladies to express their style and for the French creators to offer them the most iconic and fabulous shoes to enjoy!

A country of heritage, France is also a place filled with creativity! It is where the street arts developed particularly in the past years, with one iconic figure: Invader! Invading walls of every part of the world, Invader will come back to Hong Kong with an exhibition of his mosaics and unprecedented sculptures to question the established way to see – and do ! –art.

Design, Creativity and Craftsmanship

Le Corbusier – Modern Architect Giant


Dates: 5 - 28 May 2015
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm
Entrance Fee: free admission

As the first major retrospective about Le Corbusier in Hong Kong, this exhibition will present the modern genius in a new light. One of the most intriguing aspects of his life and work is the relationship between his engagement in art and his production as an architect. The exhibition will elucidate the way this complex relationship developed from his youthful study trips across Europe to his late work, suggesting resonances between artistic work and architectural design in three distinct sections. The exhibition will be presented in the iconic Hong Kong City Hall, designed and built in the “International Style” which Le Corbusier pioneered.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/programmes/event.aspx?name=Le-CORBUSIER


500 Years of French Passion for Shoes


Dates: 4 - 24 May 2015
Venue: Pacific Place
Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm
Entrance Fee: free admission

Le French May presents an exhibition about one of the most loved fashion item in history – Shoes. This exhibition will detail the historical evolution of French artistry for footwear, disclosing the richness of shoe history, creativity and know-how with a stunning selection of French vintage and contemporary shoes, documents and tools. Brought by Curator Anne Camilli with initiative from La Federation Française de la Chaussure, the exhibition will showcase an exclusive collection from Le Musée de la Chaussure of Romans-sur-Isère, and private collectors.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/Event.aspx?name=SHOES


Contemporary Art

Wipe Out – Famous Street Artist Invader


Dates: 1 - 17 May 2015
Venue: PMQ
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm
Entrance Fee: free admission

French artist Invader is internationally known for his pixelated mosaic “space invaders” which he has placed in over 60 cities around the world for almost 20 years. In January 2014, the artist launched the third wave of his “invasion” in Hong Kong 13 years after he first hit the city. The works showed a significant evolution, displaying characters from local culture and classic cartoons, but still in the artist’s signature pixel aesthetic. Nearly 90% of his artworks were wiped out from the walls of the city within a few weeks. Named after this strange undertaking, the exhibition will restore Invader’s creative universe with pieces from the recent Hong Kong invasion, along with never-before seen videos, new LED artworks, and new monumental sculptures.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/Event.aspx?name=Invader-WIPE-OUT


Climate Change: Artistic Dialogue between Nicolas Vial & Young Hong Kong Artists


Dates: 13 May – 10 June 2015
Venue: Experimental Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Opening Hours: 9am to 10pm
Entrance Fee: free admission

French illustrator Nicolas Vial’s first ever exhibition in Hong Kong, in collaborative dialogue with the works of several young artist from the city, will converge on the imminent subject of climate change and global environmental distress. The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Friends of the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Nicolas Vial is illustrator for Le Figaro (French magazine) and has been publishing satirical editorial cartoons on Le Monde (The World newspaper) for over 30 years. He is widely celebrated for his succinct political humor and his prescience on environmental issues, particularly ocean pollution and climate change. A series of outreach activities has been planned around the exhibition; to raise awareness about the severity of environmental decay and how art can play a crucial role in promulgating public awareness for critical social issues.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/Event.aspx?name=Nicolas-Vial


Yang Jiechang: Good Morning Hong Kong


Dates: 26 June – 10 July 2015
Venue: Exhibition Galleries 1 – 3, Hong Kong Central Library
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm
Entrance Fee: free admission

This exclusive exhibition features works by renowned Chinese artist Yang Jiechang, who have been living and working in Paris since 1989. Returning to the city after his last major exhibition at the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery in 2001, this new solo show will feature the artist’s signature pieces, such as his famous 100 Layers of Ink paintings, and video installations as well as a new, monumental 14 panel painting.

In a time of conflict and unpredictable change, where feelings of insecurity and disorientation prevail, Yang wishes to bring positivity to Hong Kong through this exhibition with auspicious images.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/Event.aspx?name=Alisan-Fine-Arts-Yang-JieChang

Multimedia Art

Beyond The Sound: New Media Art Exhibition


Dates: 8 May – June 8 2015
Venue: Comix Home Base
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm
Entrance Fee: free admission

Le French May presents its first sound art exhibition, “Beyond The Sound”, curated by Anne-Laure Chamboissier. The exhibition will feature works of 14 French and Hong Kong artists, including Pascal Broccolichi, Joe Chan, Jasper Fung, Pierre-Jean Giloux, Eddie Ladoire, the Talec Cécile, Cédric Maridet, Edwin Lo, Samson Young, Pierre Bastien, Pierre Laurent Cassière, Bertrand Lamarche, Phoebe Hui, and Rainier Lericolais.

Living in a metropolis, we are constantly bombarded by sound but most of which is washed off beyond our attention. This exhibition explores the concept of “Soundscape”, “the object of the sound/sound of an object”, and the element and materiality of sound. Expect to encounter a new sensory space through this journey.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/Event.aspx?name=Beyond-the-Sound


Water Light Graffiti


Dates: 7 May – 7 June 2015
Venue: Open Piazza, Hopewell Center
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm
Entrance Fee: free admission

Inspired by the fluidity and possibility of water, the French artist, Antonin Fourneau conceived and created Water Light Graffiti. The installation celebrates the matter that we are all made up of and embraces the possibilities that lie within nature and propose to the public an unexpected interactive experience.

Water Light Graffiti is a LEDs wall that reacts when exposed to the water and thus allows us to draw on it with the lights. So we could draw or write with a paintbrush, a water atomizer, your fingers or anything damp. This innovative surface proposes another approach on the practice of graffiti going beyond traditional spray can and 2D imagination.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/Event.aspx?name=Waterlight


Traverse: video Installation by Robert Cahen


Dates: 27 June – 20 September 2015
Venue: 2/F, Macao Museum of Art
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm (closed on Mondays)

Robert Cahen is one of the most renowned French video artist in the world, pioneering both in the field of electronic musical instrument and video art.

Cahen coordinates and transforms music, the art of time, in his videos. He explores through the interaction of sound and graphics, and experiments with time, space and vision using super slow motion and sound processing, creating a poetic and lyrical atmosphere and illustrating a unconventional visual variation. Cahen’s works are ethereal, refreshing with a unique charm.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/Event.aspx?name=Robert-Cahen



Paris My Dream


Dates: 1 - 31 May 2015
Venue: Avenue Of Stars
Entrance Fee: free admission

This series of photographic works of 16 sequences illustrates the story of the city of lights. Setting his stage through the emblematic monuments that have graciously withstood the ravages of past centuries, and those who come into sight of late, photographer Michel EISENLOHR captured the musical of the lights and the shadows, the glitter and the mystery. Under Michel’s lens, these 16 cinematic portraits of France not only captured the city’s romantic fineries, rich history and culture, but also transcribed its intimate and monumental poetry in these stolen moments.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/Event.aspx?name=CMN-Paris-my-dream


Sèvres: Porcelain of the Kings


Dates: 10 June – 16 August 2015
Venue: Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery
Opening Hours: 9:30am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday, 1pm to 6pm on Sunday (closed on public holidays)
Entrance Fee: free admission

The exhibition will invite visitors to discover the extraordinary quality of the productions of the National Manufactury of Sèvres as well as the sophistication of its traditional craftsmanship. Since the 18th century, this quest for perfection in ceramics manufacture has seduced as prestigious as the Emperor of China; even today their meticulousness is still the absolute requirement which guides the choices of its artists and contemporary works. With more than 120 pieces, the exhibition will lead us through a discovery of the remarkable know-how of the Sèvres Manufactory over more than three centuries.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/Event.aspx?name=Sevres


From Lorient to the Orient
Port Cities of China and France on the 18th Century Maritime Silk Route


Dates: 30 May – 30 August 2015
Venue: Macao Museum
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday)
Entrance Fee: MOP15 for adult, and MOP 8 for children, students and seniors

Obligatory port of call for several centuries, Macao was a hub at the beginning of world trade in the 18th century. From the story about the first French vessel that made the voyage to Canton and returned to Lorient with its precious cargo of goods from China, to how Lyon became the silk capital and dealt with all the European royal families in the mid 18th century, this exhibition illustrates how Chinese style influenced design, textile and fashion.

The items on display, including textiles, costumes, oil paintings, prints and porcelain, are on loan from famous French museums such as Musée de la Compagnie des Indes de Lorient, Musée des Art Décoratifs Paris. Le Château de Versailles and Musée de la Toile de Jouy.

For more information: http://www.frenchmay.com/Event.aspx?name=Cecileleon
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publié le 21/04/2015

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