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Aix-en-Provence, the cultural

13 juillet 2016

Typically Provençal, Aix-en-Provence is visited for its authenticity. Those narrow pedestrian streets, where small boutiques stand alongside lively cafés are cherished by both the inhabitants and the tourists. Its cultural heritage, with a university created in 1409, the cathedral Saint-Sauveur, innumerable museums and galleries, is the pride of the residents of the city. As soon as you leave the center of the city and the Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence reveals another side of its glory: the wheat fields, the vineyards, the olive groves and the Mont Sainte-Victoire have inspired so many artists. Made worldwide famous by Paul Cézanne, the majestic Mont overlooks the city and hides a lot of wonders.

Following the steps of Paul Cézanne

If you are interested in discovering the secrets of Paul Cézanne, you must certainly visit the Molasse quarries! The painter rented there a small cottage facing the Sainte Victoire, where he painted some of his works. The Bastide du Jas de Bouffan also hosted the artist as he used it as a workshop from 1885 to 1899. The walls of this historic mansion remember his coming as they have been painted by Paul Cézanne himself! Finally, the workshop of Lauves stored various objects from the artist. It is certainly where we feel the presence of Paul Cézanne with the greatest intensity. City of art and of paintings, Aix-en-Provence houses many museums. Among them, the Granet Museum features more than 600 artworks, from the fourteenth to the twentieth century. Do not miss the Caumont art center which hosts two temporary exhibitions a year. This year, Turner’s genius and revolutionary technique is being celebrated. The famous English painter from the nineteenth century is exposed through September 18. When in Aix-en-Provence, you will surely be questioned by the intriguing building of the Vasarely Foundation, designed as a large construction game with hexagonal bases. The outside is a reflection of what is exhibited inside. Indeed, mysterious and majestic works created in different techniques (ceramic, metal, upholstery) are the highlight of the tour.

From Comics to Digital: Art is everywhere!

Enjoy the festival of comics Le meilleur des mondes at the The Decorative Arts Museum - Archbishop’s Palace - from June 8 to July 20. This colorful exhibition mixes different mediums like gouache, ecoline, watercolor. This summer, Aix-en-Provence still has many secrets to reveal. Visit the unconventional exhibition A corner of the world featured in the art center called “La non-maisonˮ. The corners of the house - including closets and drawers - have been customized by different artists, according to their tastes and it is worth seeing until 30 September. The Vasarely Foundation focuses on modern time with the exhibition Irisations devoted to digital arts and cultures. Until the end of September, it concentrates on visual art, colors, light radiation and perception. The young ones will be delighted to hear that a summercamp is dedicated to these disciplines all summer long. From June 30 to July 20, the streets of the city will live at the rhythm of the festival of Aix-en-Provence. A festival dedicated to opera, one of the most prestigious in Europe.

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