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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.

Garden Festival: Chaumont in the Loire Valley

April 20 - November 1

Henri II’s mistress Diane de Poitiers put Chaumont on the map when she was exiled to the Loire Valley castle by a peeved Catherine de’ Medici. Nowadays, it is known for an altogether more auspicious reason: as the stage of the International Garden Festival. April 20 to November www.domaine-chaumont.fr

Hubert de Givenchy: Fashion Exhibition Calais

June 15 - December 31

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

Bassin des Enfants Dorés at Versailles

August 1 - October 29

C'est pas trop tôt! After months of painstaking (and costly) renovations, the Bassin des Enfants Dorés has finally gushed into life – and just in time for a new season of the Château de Versailles's lauded Grandes Eaux Musicales display. Left to wrack and ruin for decades, the pool first graced Louis XIV's flamboyant jardins in 1709. At long last, it was restored to its former splendour over the winter thanks to a generous donation. Featuring a playful group of…

Cézanne Uncovered

August 4 - September 24

A founding father of modern art, Paul Cézanne was a shining beacon of Cubism and Fauvism. Portraits by Cézanne explores his shifting perception of identity and form. Until September 24th. www.musee-orsay.fr

African Routes

August 4 - November 12

Through more than 350 objects, African Routes offers a new perspective on the continent's influence on world trade and cultural exchanges. A fascinating journey of discovery... Until November 12th. www.quaibranly.fr

The Guggenheim Museum: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892-1897

August 4 - October 4

Joséphin Péladan, a Rosicrucian (mystics who studied the metaphysical laws they believed to be governing the universe) organised the first Salon de la Rose+Croix in 1892, at a time when religious and occult practices often intertwined. The annual salon showcased mystical Symbolist art featuring androgynous creatures, chimeras and incubi, along with femmes fragiles and fatales. This show captures a fascinating group of artists and provides a fresh look at the movement. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Until October 4…

Childen in Portrait: Paintings by Renoir, Sargent, Cassatt, Lepère

August 4 - October 8

Featuring works by the likes of Mary Cassatt, Auguste Renoir and Auguste-Louis Lepère, this is a must-see exhibit. Children in Paris includes Paul-Albert Besnard’s series of his young son Robert, who is also depicted with his mother and father in John Singer Sargent’s The Birthday Party (above). Minneapolis Institute of Art. Until October 8. new.artsmia.org

A children’s view of war: Kansis City

August 4 - October 15

When the Great War started in 1914, a school teacher in Montmartre asked his students to express in drawings and essays their feelings about how the conflict would affect them. Including depictions of food rationing and the welcoming of American troops at the end of the war, this is the first time this unique lens on Parisian life has been exhibited anywhere in the world. The National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City. Until October 15 www.theworldwar.org

Le Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes

September 16 - September 24

Granted, a stilted parade of giant marionettes commandeered by invisible strings may not be everyone's idea of light entertainment. If the mere thought of eerie papier-maché dummies roaming the streets sends shudders down your spine, we recommend steering clear of Charleville-Mézières's Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionettes (the largest puppet rally in the world). Dubbed the Mecca of Puppetry, every two years the humble town plays host to 350 acts from around the globe – and their floppy sidekicks. With…

Biennale de Lyon: Modern Art Exhibition

September 20 - December 31

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

Paris Techno Parade

September 23 - September 24

One for confirmed techno-heads, Paris's world-famous Techno Parade needs no introduction. Join the throngs and bob along as floats make their way through the packed streets of Paris pumping out rousing beats. www.technoparade.fr

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