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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…

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…

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.

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.

Victor Vasarely: The Birth of OP Art

June 5 - September 9

Hailed as the father of the Op Art movement, the Hungarian-French artist was a master illusionist. A pioneer of geometrical post-war abstraction, his head-spinning creations exploded staid notions of art. Showcasing works from the Vasarely Museum in Budapest, the Victor Vasarely Museum in Pécs, the Fondation vasarely in Aix-en-Provence and loans from private collections, the exhibition charts his career, from graphic designer to the prolific artist whose optical illusions continue to captivate and puzzle the world.

Fresh Perspectives

June 16 - September 23

Focusing on his 'transitional' works, Donner à Voir at Montpellier's Musée Fabre offers a new perspective on Picasso's aesthetic and his rich pictorial world.

Berthe Morisot, Impressionist

June 21 @ 8:00 am - September 23 @ 5:00 pm

One of the founding members of Impressionism, Berthe Morisot has all but vanished from the annals of art history, replaced instead by her brothers-in-arms Monet, Degas and Renoir. Shedding light on her contribution to the Parisian avant-garde Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist traces the exceptional path of a single-minded painter who, in opposition to the norms of her time and social background, paved the way for an audacious new movement - and generations of female artists.

Grand Opening of the Bibliothèque Humaniste in Sélestat

June 23 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm

Reopening on June 23, 2018! Discover a host of Renaissance treasures in a museum in the heart of Alsace and explore the secrets of some truly exceptional books at the new Bibliothèque Humaniste in Sélestat. In a gorgeous architectural setting created by award-winning architect Rudy Ricciotti, embark on a journey, taking in medieval manuscripts and rare printed works from the 15th and 16th centuries. The personal library of illustrious humanist Beatus Rhenanus is a treasure which features on the UNESCO…

Worth Fauning Over…

July 7 - October 7

Naking the long-awaited reopening of the Musée de Lodève, Faune fais-moi peur explores representations of its emblem, the mythical faun, from antiquity to Picasso.

Festival Sinfonia in Perigord 25th August to 1st September 2018

August 25 - September 1

From back to Vivaldi, the pioneers of Baroque Music are honoured every year at the festival Sinfonia en Perigord. More than 20 artists perform a selection of the era's most symbolic polyphonies and masterpieces and the "Cycle Jeunes Talents" programme showcases the best of his generation's own young talent. www.sinfonia-en-perigord.com

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