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Events in Art and Archaeology

Hiroshi Sugimoto: <EM>Alaskan Wolves</EM>, 1994Gelatin silver printCollection of the artist© Hiroshi Sugimoto
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Alaskan Wolves, 1994
Gelatin silver print
Collection of the artist
© Hiroshi Sugimoto
The Great Animal Orchestra
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain  •  2 July 2016 - 8 January 2017

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presents The Great Animal Orchestra, inspired by the work of American musician and bioacoustician, Bernie Krause. The exhibition brings together the work of artists from all over the world and invites the public to enjoy an aesthetic meditation, both aural and visual, on the animal kingdom, which is increasingly under threat in today’s modern world.

With: Pierre Bodo, Cai Guo-Qiang, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Raymond Depardon et Claudine Nougaret, Bernie Krause, JP Mika, Manabu Miyazaki, Moke, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Christian Sardet, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Shiro Takatani, TALLER Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo, Tara Océans, Cyprien Tokoudagba, United Visual Artists, Agnès Varda, Adriana Varejão.

Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain Website


Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain
261 Boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris, France



Tel: (33) 1 42 18 56 50

Mask of the Japanese demon Ôbeshimi, late 18th century
Mask of the Japanese demon Ôbeshimi, late 18th century
Jacques Chirac or the Dialogue of Cultures
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Musée du quai Branly  •  21 June - 9 October 2016
The exhibition Jacques Chirac ou Le Dialogue des Cultures presents the cultural portrait of the former President of the French Republic, who was at the origin of the Musée du quai Branly, or how the strands of a personal destiny intersect those of the history of non-European civilisations.
Jacques Chirac’s cultural stances bear witness to the revolution that led Europe in the 20th century to unravel little by little its ethnocentrism and consider the cultures of the world with more interest and respect. This cultural portrait on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the museum makes it possible to (re-)discover the passion of the former French President for Asia, and Japan in particular, or his interest, little known by the public at large, for Pre-Columbian Art which led to the exhibition Taino in 1994 at the Petit Palais in Paris.
There are about 60 dates highlighted along the route of the exhibition, about 60 major benchmarks connecting French, European, or global political and cultural history with the French politician’s stances and decisions, both professional and personal. And, in order to illustrate the issues specific to each of these events, 200 works from international public and private collections – paintings, photographs, documents, sculptures and objects – come together, creating a dialogue between the man and his time.

Musée du quai Branly Website

Contact: Musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 56 61 70 00

Persona, Strangely human
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Musée du quai Branly  •  26 January - 13 November 2016

Many objects have a status more similar to that of a person or a creature than that of a simple object. Works of art – Western or non-Western, popular or contemporary –, or high-tech products – robots, machines, etc. – are regularly endowed, in their use, with unexpected capacities for action, which render them almost people. Like a child devoted to its cuddly toy or someone who curses their computer or mobile accusing it of being incompetent or stubborn. Like the shaman who calls on the spirits through a statuette resembling the gods.

This transfer or confusion that exists between human and non-human, and the specific and personalised relationship that connects them, in a wide variety of cultures, is the vast subject of this anthropological exhibition. A foray into robotics, through the pioneering work of Masahiro Mori, will provide an insight into the role of anthropomorphism in diverse artefacts, and what unfolds when a robot with an all too human appearance - or any work of intimidating realism - comes under our gaze, unsettling the beholder.

Some of the works in this exhibition may be inappropriate for younger visitors.

Musée du quai Branly Website

Contact: Musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 56 61 70 00

Events in Classical Music

Jonas Kaufmann
Jonas Kaufmann
Jonas Kaufmann, tenor: Helmut Deutsch, piano
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  13 October 2016
Schumann, Duparc, Liszt, R. Strauss

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Helmut Deutsch, piano

Théatre des Champs-Elysées Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Théatre des Champs-Elysées
15 Avenue Montaigne
70008 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 49 52 50 50

Events in Opera

Actéon, Dido and Aeneas: By M.-A. Charpentier, H. Purcell
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  1 October 2016

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Actéon
Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Two miniature chamber operas, in which the sense of emotion and tragedy are a perfect illustration of "Love Unto Death.

Cyril Auvity  Actéon / A Sailor
Vivica Genaux  Juno / Dido
Daniela Skorka  Diane / Belinda
Anat Edri  Daphné, Aréthuze / First Witch, second woman
Valérie Gabail  Hyale / Second Witch
Mathieu Montagne  haute-contre
Paul Cremazy  taille / tenor
Jean-François Novelli  taille / tenor / A Spirit
Yair Polishook  basse-taille / Aeneas
Etienne Bazola  basse-taille / A sorceress

Christophe Rousset  conductor
Les Talens Lyriques

Théatre des Champs-Elysées Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Théatre des Champs-Elysées
15 Avenue Montaigne
70008 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 49 52 50 50

Giacomo Puccini: <EM>Tosca</EM>Opera National de Paris© Charles Duprat / OnP
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Opera National de Paris
© Charles Duprat / OnP
Tosca: By Giacamo Puccini
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Opera Bastille  •  17 September - 18 October 2016

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Melodramma in three acts (1900)
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica after Victorien Sardou
Sung in Italian
French and English surtitles

Dan Ettinger, conductor
Pierre Audi, director

Floria Tosca: Anja Harteros, Liudmyla Monastyrska
Mario Cavaradossi: Marcelo Alvarez
Il Barone Scarpia: Bryn Terfel
Cesare Angelotti: Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Sergey Artamonov
Il Sagrestano: Jean-Philippe Lafont
Spoletta: Carlo Bosi
Sciarrone: André Heyboer
Un carceriere: Pierpaolo Palloni

Set design: Christof Hetzer
Costume design: Robby Duiveman
Lighting design: Jean Kalman
Dramaturgy: Klaus Bertisch
Chorus master: José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Chœurs de l'Opéra national de Paris
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine/Chœur d'enfants de l'Opéra national de Paris

Opera National de Paris Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Opera Bastile
120, rue de Lyon
Tel: (33) 0 892 89 90 90

Francesco Cavalli: <EM>Eliogabalo</EM>Opera National de Paris
Francesco Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Opera National de Paris
Eliogabalo: By Francesco Cavalli
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Palais Garnier  •  14 September - 15 October 2016

Francesco Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Opera in three acts (1999), posthumous creation
Music: Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)
Libretto: Anonymous
Sung in Italian
French and English surtitles

Leonardo García Alarcón, conductor
Thomas Jolly, director
Artistic collaboration: Alexandre Dain
Choreography: Maud Le Pladec
Set design: Thibaut Fack
Costume design: Gareth Pugh
Lighting design: Antoine Travert
Dramaturgy: Corinne Meyniel


Eliogabalo: Franco Fagioli
Alessandro Cesare: Paul Groves
Flavia Gemmira: Nadine Sierra
Giuliano Gordio: Valer Sabadus
Anicia Eritea: Elin Rombo
Atilia Macrina: Mariana Flores
Zotico: Matthew Newlin
Lenia: Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Nerbulone, Tiferne: Scott Conner

Chorus master: Thibault Lenaerts
Orchestre Cappella Mediterranea
Chœur de Chambre de Namur

Coproduction with the Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

Opera National de Paris Website

Detailed schedule information:


Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe
75009 Paris



Tel: (33) 0 892 89 90 90

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