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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…

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…

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection

May 14 - July 8

Renowned as one of the great collectors and philanthropists of the 20th Century, Paul mellon's lifelong love of art resulted in a priceless hoard of paintings spanning genres, movements and centuries. Covering more than 150 years of French art, this exceptional exhibition features many never-seen-before works by the likes of Manet, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec as well as iconic paintings by such masters as Delacroix, Matisse, Picasso and Bonnard.

From Africa to the Americas: Picasso, Past and Present

May 14 @ 8:00 am - September 16 @ 5:00 pm

Tackling Primitivism's place and legacy in art history, From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present takes a fresh look at cultural appropriation in the works of such artists as Picasso. It also explores major works of art defined as "tribal", their inception and their status in the aesthetic pantheon.

Rodin And The Art Of Ancient Greece

May 14 @ 8:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm

Unbeknown to many, it is during a visit to the British Museum that Auguste Rodin first set eyes on the ancient Greek statues that would set him on a radical new course and inspire his own headlines, linbless sculptures. Showcasing these effigies alongside Rodin's masterpieces, this exhibit explores how the broken figures (re)shaped his aesthetic.

Art and Ballet

May 14 @ 8:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm

In Picasso and the Russian Ballet, Marseille's Mucem delves into the artist's brief dabblings as a costume and set designer and considers dance's enduring influence on his oeuvre.

La Gacilly Photo Festival

June 2 - September 30

Activism meets thought-provoking photography at La Gacilly Festival in Brittany. From climate change to the plight of sub-Saharan people, the open-air photo festival explores the often fraught relationship between humans and their environment.

Victor Vasarely: The Birth of OP Art

June 5 - September 9

Hailed as the father of the Op Art movement, the Hungarian-French artist was a master illusionist. A pioneer of geometrical post-war abstraction, his head-spinning creations exploded staid notions of art. Showcasing works from the Vasarely Museum in Budapest, the Victor Vasarely Museum in Pécs, the Fondation vasarely in Aix-en-Provence and loans from private collections, the exhibition charts his career, from graphic designer to the prolific artist whose optical illusions continue to captivate and puzzle the world.

Cabourg Film Festival

June 13 - June 17

Dedicated to 'romantic' cinema (in the broadest sense, this is no chick-flick bonanza) it has quite the track record unearthing fresh talent. Marion Cotillard was awarded best actress at Cabourg long before anyone knew her name. Best of all, screenings are open to the public!

Berthe Morisot, Impressionist

June 21 @ 8:00 am - September 23 @ 5:00 pm

One of the founding members of Impressionism, Berthe Morisot has all but vanished from the annals of art history, replaced instead by her brothers-in-arms Monet, Degas and Renoir. Shedding light on her contribution to the Parisian avant-garde Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist traces the exceptional path of a single-minded painter who, in opposition to the norms of her time and social background, paved the way for an audacious new movement - and generations of female artists.

Avignon Festival

July 6 - July 24

The big kahuna of performing arts, the Avignon Festival doesn't shy away from controversial or left-field drama. From genre-bending shows to headline-grabbing political satire, the art fest doesn't do light and fluffy.

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