Exhibition : “The Great Masters of Japan” at the Hôtel de Caumont

The Edo period in the spotlight

From 8 November 2019 to 22 March 2020, the Hôtel de Caumont-Centre d’Art presents the Japanese customs and culture of the Edo period (second half of the 18th and first half of the 19th century), through nearly 200 ukiyo-e prints and other remarkable objects unveiled to the French public for the very first time.

Most of them come from the collection of Georges Leskowicz, one of the most important collections of Japanese prints in the world.

In addition to ancient objects and manuscripts, Georges Leskowicz’s collection today includes 1800 ukiyo-e prints, signed by the great masters Harunobu, Utamaro, Sharaku, Hokusai, Hiroshige, including masterpieces such as “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (1832-1833) by Hokusai, “The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Road Kisokaidō” by Hiroshige and Eisen and a unique ensemble in France by Surimono. All these masterpieces will form the heart of the exhibition.

Through a themed tour, the exhibition also presents handicrafts from the Edo period, carefully selected from public and private collections.

Writing desks, utensils and everyday objects as well as photographic reproductions and film extracts immerse you in the daily life of ancient Japan.

The exhibition will be an opportunity to discover the culture of the country of the Rising Sun and to learn about its traditional technique of xylography.

After the exhibition, you will be able to discover the charming garden of the Hôtel de Caumont, and why not enjoy a hot drink and a delicious pastry on the terrace or in the tea room.

The county district finally finished !

A long-awaited renovation

After almost three years, the work to reunite the Place des Prêcheurs created in the 15th century, as well as the Madeleine and Verdun squares are finally finished and welcome again every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the great Provencal market, with its hundred or so exhibitors.

Around the majestic Palais de Justice, the vast and bright site is now pedestrian. The excavations uncovered during the works can be admired through the glass panes protecting them. These are the remains of the foundations of the Palais Comtal and the dwellings that were around. This building dates from 1227 and was already a place of power and justice, as it still is today.

A new itinerary is thus offered to the people of Aix and to the many tourists, you can go from the farmers’ market, fruit and vegetables and regional specialities Place des Prêcheurs, to the craftsmen Rue Thiers, then join in the continuity the textile market Cours Mirabeau, to finish at the Rotonde and on the Cours Sextius by the Brocante.