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Birthday Celebration: Gustave Courbet at the Musée Courbet in Ornans

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.

Atelier des Lumières: Starry Night in Paris

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

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.  

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.

Titanic: The Promise of Modernity at the Panorama XXL in Rouen

Jun 1, 2019 - May 1, 2020

Discover the Titanic like you've never seen it before! Come and discover the wreck of the most tragically famous boat of the twentieth century, at a depth of 3,800 metres beneath the sea.

Olivier Theyskens, in Praesentia at the Cité Dentelle Mode, Calais

Jun 15, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020

The Museum of Lace and Fashion marks its 10th anniversary by giving free reign to acclaimed Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens, once creative director for Rochas and Nina Ricci, to create an "unprecedented emotional experience" (the term for this is 'In praesentia') in which clothing takes centre stage.

7 Million! Soldiers who were prisoners in the Great War

June 26 - December 20

During the Great War, around 6.6 million soldiers were captured. What was life like for them? The Verdun Memorial presents a major exhibition with personal items, public archives and prisoners' own testimonies.

Art Nouveau at the National Gallery of Australia

July 1 - December 31

Art Nouveau took designs from the natural world and created flowing flora and fauna patterns. This fascinating exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia features lamps, posters and prints as examples of the endless decorative possibilities of the Art Nouveau style. Ongoing event. Image © National Gallery of Australia

The Art and times of the French Coachbuilders at the Mulin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA

August 20 - December 31

Elegantly-designed, handcrafted French cars from the 1930s are works of art on wheels. This fascinating exhibition at Mullin Automotive Museum takes a look under the hood, showcasing the beauty and artistry of France’s finest coachbuilders. Event ongoing.

Francis Bacon: Books and Paintings at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

Sep 11, 2019 - Jan 20, 2020

More than 20 years after his last monographic show (in 1996) a devotion to a vast exhibition to Francis Bacon, with paintings from 1971 to his final works in 1992. Exploring the influence of literature on his work this will be exhibited in Paris. Image © Francis Bacon, Centre Pompidou

The Golden Age of the English Painting at the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris

Sep 11, 2019 - Feb 16, 2020

This exhibition is a fantastic chance to rediscover the great classics of British art. Dedicated to a key period in the history of painting in England (namely the 1760s to around 1820), which are all too rarely exhibited in France.

Game of Thrones Tapestry at Hôtel du Doyen in Bayeux

September 13 - December 31

This autumn, Bayeux is set to play host to Ulster Museum's Game of Thrones tapestry. Modelled after the Calvados city's own embroidered epic of the Norman Conquest, the 90-metre medieval-style linen masterpiece charts the blood-splattered saga of the Seven Kingdoms in painstakingly vivid – and gory – detail.

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