- WEDNESDAY 12th February
IMPERIAL PROPAGANDA: "COMMS" IN THE TIME OF CAESARS
A presentation by Claude Sintes, Chief Curator, Honorary Director of the Musée Déprtemental Arles Antiques
With the birth of the Roman Empire in the 1st century B.C. the person of the Emperor became omnipotent because he concentrated all the administrative, military and religious powers: he is not really a god but he is no longer just a man. Augustus, the first Emperor, set up what we could call today a highly effective political communications programme, leaving nothing to chance in terms of image, official titles or symbols. This conference will examine how these iconographic or textual elements are intertwined and to what extent this cult of personality differs from what was done under the previous regime, the Republic.
Claude Sintes, Chief Curator, is Honorary Director of the Musée Déprtemental Arles Antiques. Trained as a medievalist, he worked at the Museum of London before being appointed at the Arles museum. Since 1995 he has significantly increased the museum's visitor numbers thanks to a policy of major exhibitions and partnerships with foreign countries. His research is marked by his participation in the French Archaeological Mission of Libya where he directed the maritime excavations of the Port of Apollonia. Now retired, many missions for the UNESCO have taken him to sites and museums around the Mediterranean, notably in Tunisia and Libya...
- WEDNESDAY 11th MARCH
DIVINE WORSHIPERS "HAND OF GOD"
A presentation by Maryse Imbert, Graduate in Egyptology from the Ecole du Louvre and President of the Friends of the MACM.
For nearly a millennium, from the beginning of the New Kingdom (about 1539 BC) to the end of the 26th dynasty (525 BC), about thirty women of the royal family assumed the title of « Divine Wifes » or "Worshipper of God" and were commonly designated as « Divine Adoratrice ». A relief in the collection of the Mougins Museum of Classical Art will allow us to reflect on the exceptional place of these women in Ancient Egypt.
- WEDNESDAY 29th APRIL
6:30 - 8pm
THE LEGENDARY HANGING GARDENS OF BABYLON
A presentation by Ariane Thomas, Doctor in Oriental Archaeology (Université de la Sorbonne-Paris IV) and Curator in charge of the Mesopotamian collections in the Louvre's Department of Oriental Antiquities.
Among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are said to have been created by the legendary Queen Semiramis for her own enjoyment, or by King Nebuchadnezzar II for his wife Amyatis, to whom the gardens would have reminded her country. In view of the importance and sophistication of the Assyrian royal gardens, some suppose a possible confusion of the Greeks between Assyrians and Babylonians. However, there is nothing to prevent the Babylonians from having built magnificent gardens in Babylon as well. The myth of the hanging gardens of Babylon also recalls the importance of the garden in Mesopotamia, a vital and precious space that required extensive irrigation works and constant maintenance.
Ariane Thomas has been teaching for several years at the Ecole du Louvre and has been involved in various archaeological excavations in the Middle East as well as in numerous research projects around Mesopotamia. Curator of several exhibitions in France and abroad, she is in charge of the rehabilitation project of the Mosul Museum in Irak.
- WEDNESDAY 9th OCTOBER
We are honored to announce that this season will be opened by Mr Pierre Rouillard, Emeritus Research Director at the CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research), Director of Maison René-Ginouvès, Archaeology and Ethnology, Nanterre, USR 3225 (2000-2012) and Scientific and Technical Manager of the labex "The past in the present".. Rouillard's presentation will also be an opportunity to pay homage to Picasso who lived in Mougins during the last 12 years of his life:
PICASSO AND HIS 'TASTE FOR THE OTHERS': THE "DEMOISELLES D'AVIGNON" BETWEEN SPAIN AND AFRICA
The link that Picasso himself established between Iberian sculptures and "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" has been a widely accepted position as well as a point of debate since the late 1930s. It is important to talk about the people Picasso met, the moments they shared, the intellectual climate in the years 1900-1907, because this subject is strongly intertwined with his "encounter" with African art.
- WEDNESDAY 13th NOVEMBER
An intermediary between men and divinities, a means of seduction or enchantment...perfume has always existed and fascinated!
THE FABULOUS HISTORY OF COLOGNE
presentation by world-renowned perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, curator of the exhibition currently presented at the Grasse International Perfume Museum
Jean-Claude Ellena was born in Grasse. His father was a perfumerr at at the age of 16, he started as an apprentice in one of the oldest perfume factories in Grasse.
World-renowned perfumer, he worked in the United States and in Paris where he created many successful perfumes for Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Yves Saint-Laurent, Cartier, among other prestigious names.
In 2004, he was named exclusive perfumer for Hermes and created the Hermessences collection, the Jardins collection, the Colognes collection and also Terre d'Hermès (2006), Voyage d'Hermès (2010) ) and Jour d'Hermès (2012), 40 perfumes in all.
- WEDNESDAY 11th DECEMBER
THE FRISON HORTA FOUNDATION: A DIALOGUE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST
A presentation by Nupur Tron, owner and president of the Frison Horta Foundation and ambassador of the Indian and European Cultural Heritage.
Nupur’s presentation will be followed by a book signing of her recent publication “Victor Horta and the Foundation Frison Horta in Brussels ” and a tasting of Belgian chocolates by Chocolatier Laurent Gerbaud inspired by Frison Horta's frescoes and spices from India.
Please note the conferences are in french
In the heart of the Sablon district, the house of Maurice Frison, a renowned Brussels lawyer, is one of the major works of the architect Victor Horta, Art Nouveau leader. This imposing house, built in 1894, is an extraordinary architectural realisation that has undergone the sufferings of time and the Second World War. But today, this property has been brought back to life thanks to the the impetus of Nupur Tron, a young Indian passionate about art and culture.
Listed as a historical monument, the Frison House offers an almost untouched vision of the modern dreams of the architect and his client. The Frison Horta Foundation is a cultural institution and art center, but also a platform for the exchange of artistic projects between India and Europe.
- WEDNESDAY 8th JANUARY
Living within a society comes with challenges that our ancestors already faced in Antiquity. The Greek philosophers and thinkers have paved the way for us with many guidelines that are still relevant today.
HOW THE THOUGHTS OF OUR ANCESTORS COULD HELP US NAVIGATE THIS NEW WORLD?
Good resolutions for 2020: a philosophy of life rather than empty promises!
Géraldine Crevat is a writer, a Communications Advisor & the founder of an original coaching method based on ancient philosophy.
Her passion for the great Mediterranean empires & more particularly for the ancient Greek culture, which she already apprehended during her childhood through its mythology, led her to dive early on into the foundations of today's social organisation.
Following the concept of the Mougins Museum displays which link contemporary artworks with ancient artefacts, Géraldine Crevat will invite us to step into the world of our Antiques & will share with us how one can benefit from ancient wisdom.
The Mercredis@MACM are monthly conferences to which we invite speakers to share with us on an array of themes attractive to all and linked to the collection on display in the Mougins museum.
Always in a friendly atmosphere, the presentations take place in the Egyptian crypt and are followed by a drinks reception at the museum.
Admission fee: 10 € (and 8 € for the Friends of the MACM