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Miami: Julio Le Parc Exhibition

Pérez Art Museum

Nov 30, 2016 - Mar 19, 2017

Though he was born in Argentina, Julio Le Parc began his kinetic art career in Paris, and was a founding member of the artist collective Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visual. His innovations in using movement, light and perception led the way in kinetic art (art that contains movement perceived by the viewer or depends on motion for its effect). Using art as an impetus for social empowerment raised his oeuvre and influence. More than 100 works can be experienced visually…

French Multimedia Artist at the Tate Modern

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.

A Heaven-Scent Museum

Le Grand Musée du parfum

Dec 1, 2016 - Mar 1, 2017

It seems only appropriate that the latest perfume museum should be opening in Paris, the capital of fragrance. Situated on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris’s luxurious 8th arrondissement, Le Grand Musée du Parfum is a 1,400m2 mansion designed to answer questions such as: what was the first perfume known to mankind? How do master perfumers create fragrances? And how are smell and emotions connected? The museum incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, from projection mapping to a range of olfactory experiences, and…

STANFORD: The Legacy of Surrealism

Cantor Art Museum

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

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

Centre Pompidou Metz

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

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

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

The Phillips Collection

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. 

Pyrotechnic Art in Courchevel

Courchevel Tourisme

February 9 - March 2

Visit Courchevel, where past winners are due to compete for the grand final of the world-class firework demonstration competition. Could there be anything better after a day skiing than watching the world's best pyrotechnicians paint the night sky with artistic firework displays, against the majestic backdrop of the snow capped mountains? We didn't think so either. For more information visit the Courchevel website.

Nice Carnival: Cast off the winter blues in favour of this colourful event

February 11 - February 26

While most people are wrapping up against the grey winter weather and longing for the first signs of spring, the inhabitants of Nice are preparing for one of the biggest festivals in the world. From 11 to 26 February, the city plays host to a series of grand parades on a par with those held in Brazil and Venice. The annual event, now in its 133rd year, is known as the ‘King Carnival’ and features a regal theme: last year’s…

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