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To discover: Caumont art center in Aix-en-Provence

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Hervé Hôte

Caumont art center opens its doors and hosts an exhibition dedicated to the painter Canaletto until September 2015. The opportunity for Côté Sud to present this mansion located in Aix-en-Provence, in the Mazarin district.

In the heart of the Mazarin district, in Aix-en-Provence, the renaissance of the Hôtel de Caumont, eighteenth masterfully restored jewel made this summer, event figure. After long months of work and the intervention of an armada of high-flying craftsmen, the mansion which knew the splendor under the reign of Louis XV, the resistance during the Second World War, the music and the dance in housing the former Darius Milhaud National Conservatory in its premises, reopened in May 2015 to become a new Art Center. Under the aegis of Culturespaces, the place now puts the fine arts in the spotlight with two major annual events, dedicated to the masters of ancient art and modern painting.

"A living, vibrant and open sharing institution", explains its president Bruno Monnier, "where each set design is called to offer a plural reading using sound, images, video, interactive technologies." For his inaugural exhibition, the dazzling work of Canaletto, painter of Venice and master of the veduta. At the same time, Cezanne projects his palette every day in the auditorium for a film inspired by his passion for the country of Aix.

Rendered to their brilliance and revived by the expert eye of Didier Benderli, head of the Parisian agency Kérylos Intérieurs, the heritage volumes are articulated around a monumental staircase and its glass roof, the alchemy between past memories and breathing presents place. The roses, the Parma, the pale blue and other fresh and joyful colors which formerly dressed the salons of the Age of Enlightenment, thus parent walls and hangings.

Visit historic lounges furnished and gilded with leaf, bookstore-shop bringing life to the old library in the wake of the mimosa, a sweet, powdered, slightly honeyed eau de parfum that pays tribute to the Marquise de Caumont, café and open terrace on the French gardens. In Caumont, you can also have a quiet lunch, brunch on weekends, taste a pastry at tea time, have a drink in the evening ... Three hundred years after the laying of its first stone, the listed building opens a new page of its history.

Caumont art center, 3, rue Joseph-Cabassol, 13100, tel. 04 42 20 70 01,

www.caumont-centredart.com

Open every day of the year.

To see until September 13, 2015, "Canaletto, Rome, London, Venice, the triumph of light."

Break cool in-out at Caumont cafe.

Hervé Hôte

Hervé Hôte

Hervé Hôte

Immersion in the work of Canaletto ...

Hervé Hôte

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