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…
A mini quake, blood 'splatter' trickling down the façades and a demolition scene worthy of any Hollywood blockbuster - the Chateau de Blois's new and improved light and sound show brings its gruesome history to life like never before. Refreshed - am amped up - for the VR generation thanks to video-mapping, immersive 360-degree film projections and other 3D jiggery-pokery. The Story of Blois is quite the hi-tech romp. From Joan of Arc's visit to the assassination plot hatched by Henri III…
Bringing together works from The Met, the Château de Versailles, and over 50 lenders, this exhibition highlights the experience of Versailles's coterie of foreign guests between 1682 and 1789. Through painting, costumes and other precious items, Visitors to Versailles offers a glimpse into these esteemed guests' stays - and the souvenirs they took home with them.
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.
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.
Focusing on his 'transitional' works, Donner à Voir at Montpellier's Musée Fabre offers a new perspective on Picasso's aesthetic and his rich pictorial world.
An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of July, repeating indefinitely
Fe up with the same old military parade, firemen's ball and fireowkrs? We give you the Mât Incliné - hands down one of France's zaniest Bastille Day revels. Held in Honfleur, Calvados, every July 14, the kooky challenge sees speedo-clad (for the most part) patriots run up a soap-lathered pole poised at a 30-degree angle over water. Pourqoui? We hear you ask. Why, to grab the flag at its tip, of course.
Every year San Francisco's Fête Populaire treats Francophiles to a fun-filled day, culminating in the hotly-anticipated Bal des Pompiers.
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