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Painting The Night

February 21 - April 15

The theme of night has been a constant focus for artists, whether it's a case of literally capturing images of the dark or exploring darkness as a representation of our subconscious and fears. Featuring depictions of the night in modern and contemporary painting, this much-awaited exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz revisits the vast topic... delving into the realms of nocturnal perception, the show is set up to tease the senses as visitors step into the exhibit as if they were…

Black Models: Géricault to Matisse

March 26 - July 21

Many artists have immortalised black people in their work, often going against the typical representations of their respective periods. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, the Musée d'Orsay's Black Models: From Géricault to Matisse explores the portrayal of black figures in visual arts, from the late 18th century to the modern day. This eye-opening exhibition examines artists' crucial role in the challenging perceptions - and pre-conceptions - of race and 'otherness' across the centuries.

Annual Gala: Royal Opera of the Chateau of Versailles

March 31

ADOR - the association of the Friends of the Royal Opera – is organizing its third annual Gala for the benefit of the Royal Opera of the Château of Versailles. On the program: the ballet "Marie-Antoinette", a ballet for 22 dancers choreographed by Thierry Malandain backed by Haydn and Gluck’s symphonies, with a champagne reception in the sumptuous neo-Gothic setting of the Crusades Room and a grand dinner in the majestic Gallery of Great Battles. You can be part of…

220th anniversay of Balzac’s birth

May 1 - May 20

The 220th anniversary of Balzac’s birth leads his hometown of Tours to give the prolific wordsmith a big party (his Comedié Humaine series counts 91 novels penned in less than 20 years!). It is a year of non-stop celebrations, all culminating in a bumper birthday weekend in May alongside a reveal of a commemorative art installation.

Loire Valley – 500th Anniversary of the Renaissance

May 25 - September 1

As the Loire prepares to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance, Gillian Thornton fi nds out what's in store

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