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Parcours Lumiere in Tours

Dec 1, 2018 - Nov 17, 2019

Who says son et lumière season has to end at the first whiff of daylight savings? Keen to prolong the fun, the city of Tours has unveiled France's first (as far as we can make out) year-round nightly light show: the Parcours Lumière.

Birthday Celebration: Gustave Courbet

January 1 - December 31

On the bicentenary of his birth, Courbet's native Ornans is poised to lift the veil on the provocateur behind the world's most reviled, and revered, painting. His artworks were  nothing if not controversial, L'Originie du Mondre is statement example.

Science Village

Jan 1, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020

This area is a unique space for actively experimenting and exploring offers a series of fun and educational activities divided into five thematic areas. The three major themes focus on the development of the child and their physical, cognitive and spatial skills. Image credit: S.Sonnet-EPPDCSI

Christian Dior: Designer Of Dreams

February 2 - September 1

'Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams' traces the history and impact of this influential couturier and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. Based on the recent Musée des Arts Décoratifs exhibition, it explores the designer’s fascination with British culture, from the Queen Mary ocean liner to Savile Row suits.

Calder – Picasso

February 19 - August 25

Both Picasso and American sculptor Calder were fascinated with emptiness and dreamt up fresh new ways to capture the void. A deep-dive into the artists' bid to represent 'non-space'. IMAGE © www.museepicassoparis.fr

Atelier des Lumières: Starry Night

February 22 - December 31

Blending eye-popping digital collages and projections of Van Gogh's key works, this exhibition is a spellbinding (and eminently snappable) journey into the star-crossed painter's pictorial world and incredible mind. Image credit: Atelier des Lumières

Inhabiting time: Lee Ufan

February 27 - September 30

This monographic exhibition traces the artist’s career from his early works in the 1960s to his most recent creations, showing how his aesthetic has evolved over more than five decades.

The Adventure of Beauty

March 20 - August 25

Rubinstein was not only the founder of a cosmetics empire but a firm believer that beauty should go hand in hand with female emancipation. Featuring 300 exhibits from her storied art collection, ‘The Adventure of Beauty’ charts the life of the “impératrice de la beauté”.

Viva da Vinci 2019 Anniversary

March 22 - December 31

In case you hadn't heard (unlikely with all the hullabaloo surrounding the anniversary), it's been 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci breathed his last at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise. And the Loire Valley town (and the rest of the region for that matter) is not about to let the milestone go by without a full year of events, concerts and light shows. Enter the Viva da Vinci! 2019 festival, an anniversary celebration of epic scale.  

The Nature of Arp

April 13 - September 2

From curving, organic sculptures to abstract paintings, Arp was one of the most important artists of the modern era. Founder of the Dada movement and pioneer of abstraction paved the way for generations of mavericks and rule breakers.

International Garden Festival 2019

April 25 - November 3

France's answer to the Chelsea Flower Show (with an extra sprinkling of whimsy), Chaumont's Festival International des Jardins is a breeding ground for green-fingered mavericks. This year's 'Gardens of Paradise' edition is sure to be heaven on earth.

Lille Eldorado

April 27 - December 1

Riding its 'European Capital of Culture' high, Lille is poised to seal its rep as a cultural gold mine with the lille3000 Eldorado festival. Borrowed from Mexican folklore and South America legend, Lille will treat locals and visitors to the Latin Fiesta of the decade.

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