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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…

Power Plays

Dec 5, 2017 - Jul 2, 2018

Emblematic portraits, equestrian statues and coronation regalia are among the exhibits on show in Power Plays at the Louvre’s Petite Galerie. On loan from the Musée du Louvre, Musée National du Château de Pau, Château de Versailles and Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, the 40 works explore the representation of political power and the use of art as a propaganda tool, from Antiquity to the modern day.  Until July 2 petitegalerie.louvre.fr

Before The Incas

January 19 - May 1

Drawing on recent archaeological breakthroughs, the Musée du Quai Branly offers an insight into the organisation of power within Peru's ancient societies before the rise of the mighty Incas. Until April 1 www.quaibranly.fr

Guernica in Paris

March 27 - July 29

The Guernica is Picasso's most famous and most studied painting. The Musée national Picasso-Paris is celebrating this awesome painting with a full exhibition. "Following the 80th anniversary of the work’s creation, the Musée national Picasso-Paris in partnership with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is dedicating an exhibition to the story of Guernica an exceptional painting by Pablo Picasso and probably one of the most famous artworks in the world. The masterpiece can be seen in its permanent…

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 –…

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

May 19

With crowds expected to start forming orderly queues from mid-afternoon – for a 6pm start(!) – it’s fair to say this Nuit des Musées business is for confi rmed (and patient) culture vultures. Every year, the fleeting event sees close to 1,200 monuments, flagship museums and châteaux up and down the nation fl ing their gates open after-hours free of charge, with behind-the-scenes access to exhibits and workshops thrown in (all until the last stroke of midnight). As usual, a…

Franco Scottish Festival: Aubigny sur Nere

July 13 - July 15

From 13th to 15th July. Located between Sologne and Sancerre, Aubigny-sur-Nere, has been awarded the Petite Cite de Caractere status (Little Town of Character).  

HAIL TO DEBORAH

Mar 1, 2019

She broke through the Germans’ supposedly impenetrable Hindenburg Line during the Battle of Cambrai only to be summarily buried after WW1. Now, after being unearthed by a local hotelier some 19 years ago, Deborah – one of the last surviving Mark IV tanks – has been unveiled as the centrepiece of the new Cambrai Tank 1917 museum in Flesquières. Come and pay your respects to the hefty Iron Lady who hastened the end of trench warfare. www.tourisme-nordpasdecalais.fr

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