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Centre Pompidou 40th Anniversary: Events All Around France

Jan 18, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018

The iconic (and to some, infamous) Centre Pompidou is 40 years old this year. To celebrate the brutalist building's birthday, the Pompidou president Serge Lasvignes has organised a programme of exhibitions, shows, concerts and meetings across 40 French cities. The full programme of events can be found here at the special 40th anniversary website.

Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams

February 14 - July 31

Flowers have been a focus of artists worldwide throughout history. Rarely, however, is the artwork by one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists displayed in a garden setting while showcasing paintings never before publicly displayed. At Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, an exhibition of Marc Chagall’s nature-inspired artwork will be on view in an immersive exhibition that introduces a new way of examining the work of this prolific artist. Included in the exhibition will be the masterwork…

100 Years of Rodin: Exhibition at the Grand Palais

March 22 - July 31

To mark the centenary of Rodin’s death, the exhibition pulls in the collectors of his work and fellow artists of the time: Carpeaux, Bourdelle, Claudel, Brâncus¸Picasso. 22 March to 31 July For more information visit www.grandpalais.fr

JAMAICA JAMAICA!: Jamaican Music Festival in Paris

April 4 - August 13

Since the ’50s, Jamaican music has set the foundation for our contemporary urban music styles. Visitors to the exhibition at the Philharmonie de Paris will pierce the secrets of this popular genre. 4 April to 13 August For more information visit philharmoniedeparis.fr

Le Havre’s 500th Birthday

April 19 - September 2

Chronically underrated, not least by its own, for decades Le Havre has been harshly dismissed as a drab concrete jungle. All but razed by Allied bombs, the former Napoleonic naval port rose from the rubble as a crisscross of uniform fl atroofed blocks – courtesy of architect Auguste Perret’s Brutalist vision – to earn World Heritage Site status. Not bad for a so-called eyesore. On the eve of its 500th anniversary, the resilient city is preparing to put its chequered…

Garden Festival: Chaumont in the Loire Valley

April 20 - November 1

Henri II’s mistress Diane de Poitiers put Chaumont on the map when she was exiled to the Loire Valley castle by a peeved Catherine de’ Medici. Nowadays, it is known for an altogether more auspicious reason: as the stage of the International Garden Festival. April 20 to November www.domaine-chaumont.fr

Eighteenth-Century French Paintings from Across America On View in Washington DC

May 21 - August 31

When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon I, fled to America in 1815, he put his 18th-century French paintings on public display, causing a sensation and inspiring a new American fascination with French art. America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from May 21 through August 20, 2017, is the first survey of American taste for French painting of the period. Presenting 68 of the finest examples found in American museums today, the exhibition tells…

Hubert de Givenchy: Fashion Exhibition Calais

June 15 - December 31

Presented by Hubert de Givenchy himself, the Museum of Lace and Fashion unveils the work of the doyen of haute couture through 70 priceless outfits sourced from prestigious private wardrobes, archives of the House of Givenchy and the collections of museums across Europe. cite-dentelle.fr

Maison Caillebotte Reopens

June 19 - July 31

The reopening of the Maison Caillebotte after an extensive restoration is scheduled for June. Located just 20 minutes from Paris, the home, studio, vegetable garden and parkland reflect the environment of Impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte; and were a source of inspiration for over 90 of his artworks. www.proprietecaillebotte.com

Nantes Unleashed

June 19 - August 27

Hitch a ride on an elephant or play peekaboo with a sinking pile, it’s all par for the course at Le Voyage à Nantes... With a giant tusker stomping about the quays, and jumble of wondrous creations poking from every last nook of the city, you would be forgiven for thinking you’ve been sucked down a Tim Burton-esque vacuum… That’s the sheer magic (and lunacy) of Le Voyage à Nantes art festival. Tongue-incheek installations lie at every turn of the…

Chambord 2.0: A Royal Makeover

June 20 - August 31

It certainly had us fooled! Imagine our surprise when it transpired the Château de Chambord’s manicured lawns were nothing more than the sorry remnants of 18th century jardins à la française. Thanks to a £3.5m donation, archaeological studies and seven months of painstaking landscaping, Louis XIV’s majestic gardens have now been restored to their former glory; ripe for reverie and contemplation. The jardins fell into disuse after the Revolution only to be relegated to mere gazon in 1970. Dearth of…

Tour de France 2017

July 1 - August 23

Roll up, roll up. The Tour de France takes places every year from the first week of July for 22 days. Visit the official Tour website to find out where the stages will be.

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