Toulouse. Niki de Saint-Phalle, Van Gogh…: here are seven exhibitions not to be missed this autumn

The Loch Ness Monster by Niki de Saint-Phalle is the largest of the 200 works on display at Les Abattoirs. (©Gabriel Kennedy / Toulouse News)

Do you want to go to the museum? The writing ofNews from Toulouse has selected eight exhibitions to visit this fall in Toulouse. And there is a lot to do! Follow the leader!

#1. Niki de Saint-Phalle in the slaughterhouse

Les Abattois is hosting an exhibition event dedicated to Niki de Saint-Phalle.
Les Abattois is hosting an exhibition event dedicated to Niki de Saint-Phalle. (©Gabriel Kennedy / Toulouse News)

It is the cultural event in Toulouse. By March 2023, Slaughterhouses organize a dedicated exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle. This exhibition is dedicated to the famous Franco-American artist (1930-2002), best known for her monumental and famous works. babeis devoted to the artist’s 1980s and 1990s and brings together nearly 200 works as well as photographs and archives.

“The idea was to show all aspects of Niki de Saint-Phalle and go beyond the image of Nana,” explains Annabelle Ténèze, director of the Musée des Abattoirs. She adds: “Often, we don’t look at the second half of women’s careers very much. When you grow up, be it a visual artist, be it an actress, you are looked at less. However, you are also much more liberated! Therefore, our idea was to show the artist, the company manager, the perfume designer, the site manager, the dedicated woman.”
A must see exhibition!

#2. Mummies in the museum

A new exhibition has just started at the Toulouse Museum.
A new exhibition has just started at the Toulouse Museum. (©Francois-Louis Pons))

Do mummies intrigue you? So run straight Toulouse Museum, which presents its new major exhibition entitled, “Mummies, Preserved Bodies, Eternal Bodies.” Mummification primarily evokes this ancient Egyptian practice of preparing the body of the deceased to ensure their preservation over time. But did you know that this funeral rite appears in other cultures and civilizations, especially in South America? That nature can also bring mummies?

Human or animal, whether artificial or preserved naturally thanks to special climatic conditions, mummies make us question our connection to death, our beliefs in an afterlife, our universal desire for eternity.

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So many themes explored by the exhibition through a wide range of scientific disciplines (archaeology, anthropology, embalming, forensic medicine, ethnology, biology, genetics, sociology, etc.), and thanks to new technologies used to explore mummies and preserve human remains.

#3. Van Gogh, comprehensive exhibition

his exhibition will be revealed until the end of 2022, in Toulouse.
his exhibition will be revealed until the end of 2022, in Toulouse. (©DR)

It is a somewhat special exhibition which is held in the spaces of EDF Bazacle. For several months, it has really been possible to admire work by Vincent Van Gogh…thanks to large-scale, floor-to-ceiling animated projections. About forty artists participated in the creation of these digital animations, which will be revealed in 360°.

Visitors can also discover the painter through a virtual reality journey in a special room and discover a drawing studio and a gallery that enable a better understanding of the Dutch painter’s work and techniques.

The exhibition will be visible until the end of 2022.

#4. Graffiti in Saint-Cyprien

An exhibition on view until the end of October 2022.
An exhibition on view until the end of October 2022. (©Gabriel Kennedy / Toulouse News)

There are only a few days left to enjoy… Throughout the month of October 2022, a graffiti exhibition is being held in a former Speedy garage, in the Saint-Cyprien district of Toulouse.

A 600m² building, with a beautiful exterior where around twenty graffiti artists from Toulouse and elsewhere were able to let their creativity be expressed on the walls or canvas. Garage by Layup – that’s what this transitional gallery is called – is also a living space. With a shop, but also a restaurant and bar area. The Crulottés food truck, with its 100% raw menu, will take care of the catering part.

On the bar side there will be a large offer of original cocktails. Animations will also be offered during the garage opening month by Lay up.

#5. Two exhibitions at Château d’Eau

Two exhibitions are presented at the Galerie du Château d'Eau, in Toulouse.
Two exhibitions are presented at the Galerie du Château d’Eau, in Toulouse. (©Marion Gronier “We were never meant to survive” and Gosette LUBONDO)

Top photo spot in Toulouse, Water Tower Gallery hosts until the end of December two exhibitions not to be missed on the issue of memory and identity.

“To question identity, to decipher the combination of layers that make it up, is also to question the nature and function of how we look at it. Hailing from France, Marion Gronier examines the situation of disabled and marginalized populations in the United States. In his country, the People’s Republic of the Congo, Gosette Lubondo recreates in a poetic and disturbing way the memories of his country’s history, from the colonial period to President Mobutu’s palace in the jungle”, deciphers Christian Caujolle, the artist. director of the Gallery.

#6. Flight of the Pioneers

the last few days to visit the exhibition dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the Flight of the Pioneers.
the last few days to visit the exhibition dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the Flight of the Pioneers. (©Flight of the Pioneers)

The temporary exhibition dedicated to the writer-aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ends on November 6, 2022 in Flight of the Pioneers. What is special about this exhibition? “It happens exactly in the places where Saint Exupéry worked. Because l’Envol des Pionniers tells the story of the airmail service, its aircraft and their crews, while connecting this history with the present and the future. That’s why we are exactly in the places where this history was written”, specifies Jean-Baptiste Desbois, general manager of Semeccel, structure that manages Cité de l’espace and Envol des Pionniers.

So there are only a few days left to (re)discover this unprecedented exhibition on this legendary man, which takes the visitor through sound and visual installations, unpublished documents, to discover another aspect of the creator of The Little Prince: that of the brave. aviator

7. The critical spirit on the Quai des Savoirs

The Détrompez-vous exhibition is on view until November 6 at the Quai des savoirs
The Détrompez-vous exhibition is on view until November 6 at the Quai des savoirs (© Emmanuel Grimault)

With the proliferation of fake news and conspiracy theories on social media, it is sometimes very difficult to tell the truth from the fake. To help see things more clearly, the Quai des Savoirs is offering a titled exhibition “Critical Spirit, Think Again”.

Visitors are invited to participate in workshops and conduct daily experiments, inspired by research in behavioral and social psychology, cognitive science, and sociology. The goal is to explore trap situations to unmask preconceived ideas, but also to play in controlling information.

An exhibition on view until November 6, 2022.

#8. Exhibition of original models

An exhibition of an original model will be unveiled on the site of the La Grave hospital.
An exhibition of an original model will be unveiled on the site of the La Grave hospital. (©Gabriel Kennedy / Toulouse News)

Until November 13, the Municipality of Toulouse organizes a original exhibition entitled “Toulouse-sur-Garonne. Architectural models and urban planning projects (1960-2022)”.

From the Pont des Catalanas to the Ile du Ramier, on both sides of its bed, the Garonne narrates successive, continuous, interrupted or complementary political and urban visions. Through five thematic axes – protect, transport, inhabit, enliven and revitalize – Toulouse-sur-Garonne returns to the turbulent relationship of a city with its river. The exhibition presents a selection of models produced at the initiative of the Municipality of Toulouse since 1960. Accompanied by archival and actual documents, the models show the city as it is, as it could be and as it is becoming.

This free exhibition is visible on the La Grave hospital websitewhich can also be an opportunity to visit the Saint-Joseph chapel, which has just been renovated.

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