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.
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
Every two years the entire city of Lyon becomes a contemporary art mecca. For each event that the artistic director and chosen curator explore a speciﬁc theme such as history, globalisation and temporality. In this edition the keyword is: Modern. For more information visit labiennaledeeelyon.com
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…
Delve into the turbulent life of La Callas on the 40th anniversary of her death, guided along by the soprano's sultry lilt at La Seine Musicale's inaugural exhibit. Until Dec 14. laseinemusicale.com
Combining art, fashion, science, and conservation, Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures at Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art brings together for the first time 14 of Jean-Honoré Fragonard's “fantasy figures” paintings. The figure series – several rapidly-executed, brightly-coloured paintings of lavishly costumed models – are some of the artist’s most beloved works. The masterpieces pushed the boundaries of figure-painting in the 18th century. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC October 8 – December 3 www.nga.gov
Degas exhibited just one sculpture during his lifetime. However, in the privacy of his studio, the painter modelled in wax and clay throughout his career, producing hundreds of small-scale studies of horses, dancers, and bathers that were seen only by close friends. Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor explores the improvisational nature of Degas’s artistic practice through the Norton Simon’s collection of modèles; the first and only set of bronzes cast from the original wax and plaster statuettes. Norton Simon Museum,…