giant roses by Nick Knight, digital bouquets by David Hockney and floral prints

giant roses by Nick Knight, digital bouquets by David Hockney and floral prints

Ten museums and a gallery take part in this Biennial dedicated to flowers in all their forms in Nice. Painted, ceramic, printed, photographed or digitized flowers. A way to recall the rich floral past of the city.

A bouquet of artistic flowers, this is what the Biennale de Nice offers visitors.

These colorful petals have inspired artists for centuries.

The curator of this Biennial, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, links this theme to the floral past of Nice, its greenhouses, its carnations, to the flower parades of the famous Carnival.

Ten Nice museums and a gallery participate in this Biennial, canceled due to Covid last year.

The Museum of Photography, located on Cours Saleya, offers a rose festival!

Nick Knight, the famous British photographer of stars and haute couture, exhibits 40 shots of “Roses from my garden”.

As soon as you enter, the visitor is struck by these gigantic roses in pastel tones, with delicately worked composition and light. Nick Knight photographed the roses in his London garden with his iPhone.

He then enlarged and reworked them by filling in the pixels and highlighting certain details with a pencil.

At the Palais Lascaris, located in the old town, floral motifs are found everywhere.

Just look up to admire the frescoes on the ceilings of the 17th century.

Eve Pietruschi, an artist from Nice who works in her studio in La Trinité, was invited by the director of the Palace, Elsa Puharré to disseminate her floral compositions everywhere.

In the lounges, the visitor discovers frozen ceramic hydrangeas, in the chapel a hanging with prints of floral motifs or even dried flowers in a former apothecary’s shop.

The artist wanted to bring wild nature into these apartments once occupied by one of the most important families of the Nice nobility. A floral ode that contrasts with the baroque decoration, or sometimes underlines it.

The Matisse museum declines this theme by inviting David Hockney, a British painter who currently lives in France, in Normandy.

He exhibits his “FreshFlowers”, bouquets of flowers created on his iPad, during confinement. A technique he has been perfecting for 10 years.

A video traces the artist’s creative process. Hockney starts with the petals, before adding the green stems and adding the blue tiles of his kitchen tablecloth.

The line is different from the painting even if from afarthe visual effect matches modern paintings.

David Hockney wanted to reproduce flowers after seeing works by Matisse, one of his favorite painters from whom he likes to borrow his palette of bright colors.

A way for him to update this centuries-old theme of still life. In the 80s, he also used the photocopier to reproduce his works.

At 84, Hockney proves that you can have fun at any age and succeed in composing an original and dazzling digital bouquet.

But since these “Fresh Flowers”, he got tired of his digital tablet, he simply took up his brushes. The desire to create is always there.

  • Matisse Museum, Matisse-Hockney. A Rediscovered Paradise, from June 9 to September 18, 2022
  • Masséna Museum, Nice, Queen of Flowers, from June 10 to October 9, 2022
  • Archeology Museum of Nice / Cimiez, Flos Vitae. Natural history of flowers, from June 10 to October 9, 2022
  • International Museum of Naïve Art Anatole Jakovsky, The Flowers of the Male, from June 11 to September 19, 2022
  • Musée de la Photographie Charles Nègre, Nick Knight – Roses from my Garden, from June 11 to September 25, 2022
  • Palais Lascaris, Artemisia, from June 11, 2022 to January 9, 2023
  • Palais Lascaris, Baroque Blooms, from June 11, 2022 to January 9, 2023
  • Gallery of the Museum of Photography Charles Nègre, Catherine Larré – Anthèses, from June 17 to September 11, 2022
  • Le 109, Power Flower, from June 17 to September 3, 2022
  • Museum of Fine Arts Jules Chéret, Flowers of artifices. The Fine Arts bouquets, from June 18 to October 30, 2022
  • MAMAC, Devenir Fleur, from November 10 to April 30, 2023.

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