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Yves Saint Laurent Museum

Oct 20, 2017 - Sep 6, 2018

From the timeless 'smoking' tuxedo to his daring foray into luxury prêt-à-porter, Yves Saint Laurent's deft eye and unparalleled flair redefined fashion. Fifteen years since his final runway show, his legacy will be immortalised at Paris's new Yves Saint Laurent museum. The impending opening at the label's former atelier is still very hush-hush but the haute couture temple's inaugural exhibition promises to live up to the hype with 50 original confections set to go on display along with sketches, videos…

Power Plays

Dec 5, 2017 - Jul 2, 2018

Emblematic portraits, equestrian statues and coronation regalia are among the exhibits on show in Power Plays at the Louvre’s Petite Galerie. On loan from the Musée du Louvre, Musée National du Château de Pau, Château de Versailles and Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, the 40 works explore the representation of political power and the use of art as a propaganda tool, from Antiquity to the modern day.  Until July 2 petitegalerie.louvre.fr

Guernica in Paris

March 27 - July 29

The Guernica is Picasso's most famous and most studied painting. The Musée national Picasso-Paris is celebrating this awesome painting with a full exhibition. "Following the 80th anniversary of the work’s creation, the Musée national Picasso-Paris in partnership with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is dedicating an exhibition to the story of Guernica an exceptional painting by Pablo Picasso and probably one of the most famous artworks in the world. The masterpiece can be seen in its permanent…

WRITINGS ON THE WALL

Apr 1, 2018 - Apr 1, 2019

From the scrawls carved by Nazi soldiers on the eaves of Vincennes to the initials chipped by shipwrecked sailors into La Rochelle’s mighty towers, graffiti is part of the very fabric of France’s monuments. And from April, the Centre des Monuments Nationaux will turn the spotlight on these scribbled mementos, offering an alternative history of the nation’s landmarks and an insight into the lives of the ‘vandals’ who altered them. The Château de Vincennes will lead the charge, charting its…

Chaumont in Bloom

April 24 - October 31

From a slumbering giant ‘feature’ and zen sandpit to a vertical veggie patch and the odd field of freshly-potted parasols, since 1992 the International Garden Festival in Chaumont-sur-Loire has regaled the masses with its zany flights of fancy, jumble of outlandish topiaries and highly-conceptual oases. A self-touted “laboratory for contemporary design”, over the decades the edgy gardens cornucopia on the sprawling grounds of the Château de Chaumont has earned kudos as a breeding ground for creatives and green-fingered mavericks –…

Spotlight on History

May 13 - September 23

A mini quake, blood 'splatter' trickling down the façades and a demolition scene worthy of any Hollywood blockbuster - the Chateau de Blois's new and improved light and sound show brings its gruesome history to life like never before. Refreshed - am amped up - for the VR generation thanks to video-mapping, immersive 360-degree film projections and other 3D jiggery-pokery. The Story of Blois is quite the hi-tech romp. From Joan of Arc's visit to the assassination plot hatched by Henri III…

Visitors to Versailles

May 14 - July 29

Bringing together works from The Met, the Château de Versailles, and over 50 lenders, this exhibition highlights the experience of Versailles's coterie of foreign guests between 1682 and 1789. Through painting, costumes and other precious items, Visitors to Versailles offers a glimpse into these esteemed guests' stays - and the souvenirs they took home with them.

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection

May 14 - July 8

Renowned as one of the great collectors and philanthropists of the 20th Century, Paul mellon's lifelong love of art resulted in a priceless hoard of paintings spanning genres, movements and centuries. Covering more than 150 years of French art, this exceptional exhibition features many never-seen-before works by the likes of Manet, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec as well as iconic paintings by such masters as Delacroix, Matisse, Picasso and Bonnard.

From Africa to the Americas: Picasso, Past and Present

May 14 @ 8:00 am - September 16 @ 5:00 pm

Tackling Primitivism's place and legacy in art history, From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present takes a fresh look at cultural appropriation in the works of such artists as Picasso. It also explores major works of art defined as "tribal", their inception and their status in the aesthetic pantheon.

Rodin And The Art Of Ancient Greece

May 14 @ 8:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm

Unbeknown to many, it is during a visit to the British Museum that Auguste Rodin first set eyes on the ancient Greek statues that would set him on a radical new course and inspire his own headlines, linbless sculptures. Showcasing these effigies alongside Rodin's masterpieces, this exhibit explores how the broken figures (re)shaped his aesthetic.

Art and Ballet

May 14 @ 8:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm

In Picasso and the Russian Ballet, Marseille's Mucem delves into the artist's brief dabblings as a costume and set designer and considers dance's enduring influence on his oeuvre.

La Gacilly Photo Festival

June 2 - September 30

Activism meets thought-provoking photography at La Gacilly Festival in Brittany. From climate change to the plight of sub-Saharan people, the open-air photo festival explores the often fraught relationship between humans and their environment.

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