L’Œil and Beaux-Arts, generous magazines, make a thousand promises about the exhibitions that come to us…

We are talking about promises…

And treasures from the thousands that advance towards us – and which already tempt me as two equally pleasant magazines, the Eye and Artet e Bukura, invite me to the most beautiful exhibitions of the year… and as is every month in them – also museums that I browse… Beaux-Arts opens on the cover of a Vermeer, “the geographer”, a handsome man with bent hands over a map, a compass in his hand, and it is evident that in Amsterdam (it is very close ) in In February, the largest ever retrospective of the artist from Delft, who Van Gogh said was an eccentric painter, whose blue palette lemon yellow pearl gray black white was also characteristic rather than pink black white Velasquez’s gray, Proust considered. The view of Delft was the most beautiful picture in the world and led his Swann to make a study of Vermeer.

The Eye puts on its cover a 16th-century man of power, the doge Leonardo Loredan with steely blue eyes, a work by Bellini, and it is clear that in March in Paris, the Jacquemart-André museum will open the homage turned to the master of the renaissance… But the Eye takes us to Belgium to seek familiarity with the Belgian scene of our surrealist Marcel Duchamp, which we celebrate in Namur in the spring and also tells us about the Eye, the rediscovery at the institute. from the Arab world of a young Kabyle woman born poor, who in 1942 was adopted by a painter and became a great artist, then Baya, who painted a blue donkey that seemed to be dancing, musical birds , women with black eyes, André Breton -ah those surrealists- saw in her a queen of happy Arabia.

There is an abundance in these art magazines that one can drown in, but it is exciting at the same time – when the Beaux-Arts lists fifty exhibitions for the coming year, the Eye methodically delivers a calendar of exhibitions, tense, exhausting…

Where do we know that in Aix-en-Provence at the end of this month David Hockney is born, the collection of the Tate gallery; in Lens in March we will see an exhibition on landscapes, in Nantes in April, an exhibition on hyper-realistic sculpture because the Nantes art museum is the only museum in France that holds a sculpture by the master Duane Hanson, and now in Dôle. there is an exhibition on medical art, with a funny 17th century painting of the village doctor, where the doctor looks evil and the patient is worried…

We will also have Basquiat Warhol and Manet Degas duos this year, I stop but the list of what comes in itself is poetry.

The poem is also the announcement in Paris Normandie, of a trip by Annie Ernaux to her childhood town of Yvetot, which will pass through her parents’ grocery store, you can click on the QR codes in the explanatory panels…

We also talk about the fall…

And it’s the same theme, because it’s an art my friends to know how to fall well, “I’ve always liked to fall, it feels good to fall to the ground, it’s regenerating” says in Transfuge, another culture wizard, the actor. Denis Lavant, who learned so much from burlesque, from Buster Keaton, from Chaplin’s short films, who watching Children of Paradise was built between the mime played by Jean-Louis Barrault and the tireless actor played by Pierre Brasseur. .. Bathing the whole career exposed his body put his makeup in play, he drank a glass for a long time before going on stage, because it was his Dionysian way of being in the world. Lavant will resume in the Paris studio Becket’s “end-game,” “It is over, it will be over, perhaps it will be over”… We can, we must read, if we want to magically seek the essence of comedy, and you will learn that Beckett had played Buster Keaton…

Let’s go. He also tells Lavant that you should look for monstrosity in the nothing-like, and humanity in monsters.

And inevitably I carry these words in my dreams as I approach the Liberation an investigation into a madness, a mania, a myth… That of the arsonist – born in 1912 at the trial of Désiré Alexandre Pindavoine , who volunteered with dedication and courage to fight the fires he had started… Deliverance, skillfully, removes the fascination, brings the arsonists back to size and at the same time enlightens them… Arsonists, says psychiatrist Pierre Lamothe, is a man whose arousal management has been mislearned – boys who grow up repressing their emotions and irrationally venting their distress – some will scream in the woods, others will put the flame – and when arsonists are also firefighters, it is added, he says. the expert, or the desire to be caught, or else a narcissistic deficit, recognition… Lamothe saying this, enlightens us “A poor boy who does not know how to manage his illness and who will then light the fire”.

But the poor shelter the world.

I thought of those guys who don’t talk and make disasters out of them when I read on the Le Monde website a sad piece by a sociologist and anthropologist, David le Breton, who complains about the end of conversation, which is an availability, an attention to to the other, an exchange, a walk, an interior, the value of silence and the face, the uncertainty of the journey… Or the opposite of the ghost society we have created even on the road. , even at the table, we disappear in the hypnosis of our screen… We are poor types and types then, and what stupid things are we going to do?

And we are talking about technology…

And the opinion, which gives us the promises of technology first seen by the Wall Street Journal, tells us that in 2023 virtual reality and augmented reality headsets will come to us – for real – and that Meta avatars will be equipped with legs , I miss you, but at least we’re leaving on foot – I know, I read it in the old one.

But the old man who happily reads me on the Télérama page that the young Americans, oh not much, but there you go, give up the apps, disconnect from tiktok and the rest and sometimes abandon the smartphone for an old clamshell thing that is useless. speaking… They say that their parents gave them a toy that they didn’t have the key to, “I would have liked to grow up in a world where it’s still possible to get bored”, says a young student, Ema. Lembke in a phone conversation, yes, I said conversation.

At the same time, I read on the Le Monde site how in Kenya, a start-up country in Africa, young people are trained in technology, digital technology and coding from primary school and sign up for the world and their future… And in Le Monde again, I read – a miracle of technologies that reveal to us – how Israeli and American researchers establish the link between our cancerous tumors and microscopic fungi, which sometimes prevent our body from beating, whose presence in itself is a proof. of survival – and of course, these studies would not exist without artificial intelligence.

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