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French Multimedia Artist at the Tate Modern

Nov 30, 2016 - Apr 2, 2017

Prepare to have your senses stimulated by a spectacular choreography of acoustics, lighting, flying objects and film, each connected to the other and playing their part in a far bigger score, as the Tate’s Turbine Hall becomes a universe of interrelated and connected events. The mastermind behind this performance is Philippe Perreno. For more information visit the Tate Modern website.

STANFORD: The Legacy of Surrealism

Dec 21, 2016 - Apr 3, 2017

Paris was the centre of the Surrealism movement when it began during World War One, then came of age with André Breton’s 1924 poetic declaration. It was a cultural movement aimed at resolving the contradictions of dream and reality. Artists began illustrating this new viewpoint through art which was said to require close scrutiny. There are more than 100 works from Magritte to contemporary artists Wangechi Mutu and Cindy Sherman in this exhibit, each providing a view of a conjured…

LOS ANGELES: Bouchardon, the Royal Artist of the Enlightenment

January 10 - April 2

The Getty Museum has scored with this exhibit in partnership with the Louvre, bringing to LA works ranging from masterpieces to medals of the sculptor Edmé Bouchardon. Bouchardon led the transition from the elaborate Rococo style to Neo-Classicism in the age of Louis XV. His first acclaimed masterpiece was a marble statue of Cupid carving a bow from Hercules’ club, and it was a sensation. He also designed fountains (the Fontaine des Quatre-Saisons on the Rue de Grenelle, 7th arrondissement,…

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.

Cy Twombly at the Centre Pompidou

January 18 - April 24

The Centre Pompidou is presenting a major retrospective of the work of American artist Cy Twombly. A key event of the season, this exceptionally vast exhibition is only shown in Paris, and features remarkable loans from private and public collections from all over the world. The retrospective covers the artist’s entire career in a chronological circuit of some 140 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs, providing a clear picture of an extraordinarily cerebral and sensual body of work. The selection includes…

Carnaval de Dunkerque

January 18 - April 29

The origins of this event go back to the 17th-century fishermen, for whom a big party was thrown before they set off on their lengthy and perilous voyages. Hugely popular, the carnival invites you to dance in the streets like nobody’s watching! 7 January to 29 April carnaval-de-dunkerque.info

Carnaval de Limoux

January 22 - April 2

Off the beaten track in this beautiful corner of the Languedoc on the weekends between January and Mardi Gras, it’s all about Occitan tradition, heritage, gastronomy and the delectable local sparkling wine. 22 January to 2 April carnaval-limoux.com

Toulouse-Lautrec and la Belle Époque: Washington DC

February 4 - April 30

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the cabaret and café-concert scenes of Parisian nightlife in his iconic lithography style. Shown for the first time in the US, the Phillips Collection presents one of the foremost collections of the artist’s prints drawn from his most prolific years – posters and proofs that provide extraordinary insight into his innovative, experimental and complex printmaking process. For more information visit the Phillips Collection website here. 

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…


February 22 - May 22

The event challenges our image of Vermeer as a loner and brings to light his role in a network of outstanding painters who specialised in the depiction of everyday life while they inspired and even competed with each other.

Caberet in La Folies Bergère

February 23 - May 21

Starting on 23 February, the acclaimed cabaret music hall in central Paris begins a run of the Les Choristes. The musical version of the hit 2004 French film is being adapted for the stage by its director, Christophe Barratier. For more information visit www.foliesbergere.com


February 25 - March 29

Like the early disruptor he was, Claude Monet tested a new way of painting light, the change of seasons and landscapes before the 1874 Salon de Paris where the Impressionist style was first displayed. This major US exhibition brings together 60 of Monet’s paintings to demonstrate his formative years as his style developed and emerged to shape the movement. Works are from the Musée d’Orsay, galleries in New York and Washington, DC, and private and public collections worldwide. It’s a…

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