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Events in Art and Archaeology

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

Seydou Keïta
Seydou Keïta
Seydou Keïta
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Galeries nationales du Grand Palais  •  31 March - 11 July 2016
 
Seydou Keïta (1921-2001) is now considered one of the greatest photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Showing off his subjects to best advantage, his mastery of framing and light and the modernity and inventiveness of his compositions all earned him a huge success. He retired in 1977 after having been the official photographer of a Mali that had become independent. His work constitutes an exceptional testimony to the Malian society of his time.

Galeries nationales du Grand Palais Website


Contact: Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
Tel: 33 (0)1 44 13 17 17

Miquel Barceló: Sol y sombra
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Bibliothèque nationale de France, site François-Mitterrand  •  22 March - 28 August 2016
 

The Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Musée national Picasso-Paris organize a joint event dedicated to Miquel Barceló. Numerous pieces, never-presented before, allow visitors to discover the Majorcan artist’s universe. Paintings and ceramics are presented at the Musée national Picasso-Paris while the engraved works are put on display at the BnF.

Miquel Barceló’s engraved works that stand as a major part of the artist’s production are rarely presented. The artist, painter, sculptor and ceramist, has also been trying his hand at printing techniques since the beginning of his career. Rich and deeply original, his printed works gather nearly 250 copper and wood engravings, lithographs, screen prints and stampings.

Visitors are invited to follow a thematic path built around a selection of 60 recent or very old prints accounting for the coherence and singularity of his artistic approach.

A monumental fresco made of soil and daylight was created in situ across the full height of the windows of the Julien Cain alley that the artist covered with a fine coat of clay before scraping the dried material. An outstanding introduction to the exhibition, this 190 metre-length over 6-metre high fresco immerses visitors in Barceló’s universe.



Bibliothèque nationale de France Website


Contact: Bibliothèque nationale de France, site François-Mitterrand
Quai François Mauriac
75013 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 53 79 59 59

Masterpieces of Budapest
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Musée du Luxembourg  •  9 March - 10 July 2016
 
The famous Museum of Fine Art (Szépművészeti Múzeum), currently being renovated, joins the Hungarian National Gallery to present the gems of their collections in Paris, from mediaeval sculpture to symbolism and expressionism. The exhibition brings together eighty paintings, drawings and sculptures by Dürer, Cranach, El Greco, Goya, Manet, Gauguin and Kokoschka and ten emblematic works of Hungarian art with an unexpected perspective on European art.

Musée du Luxembourg Website


Contact: Musée du Luxembourg
19 Rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
Tel: 33 1 40 13 62 00

Carambolage
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Grand Palais  •  2 March - 4 July 2016
 
 
Carambolage, or Cannon in English is a term used in the game of billiards. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other. fig.: double whammy, shot ricochet.
185 works of art from different eras, styles and countries are presented in an exhibition designed like a game of dominoes, where each work leads to the next by an association of ideas or forms. The creations of Boucher, Giacometti, Rembrandt, Man Ray, Annette Messager and other anonymous artists interact in a fun tour that revisits our traditional approach to art history. - See more at: http://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/carambolages#sthash.ASjxSH5a.dpuf

Carambolage, or Cannon in English is a term used in the game of billiards. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other. fig.: double whammy, shot ricochet.

185 works of art from different eras, styles and countries are presented in an exhibition designed like a game of dominoes, where each work leads to the next by an association of ideas or forms. The creations of Boucher, Giacometti, Rembrandt, Man Ray, Annette Messager and other anonymous artists interact in a fun tour that revisits our traditional approach to art history.
Carambolage, or Cannon in English is a term used in the game of billiards. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other. fig.: double whammy, shot ricochet.

185 works of art from different eras, styles and countries are presented in an exhibition designed like a game of dominoes, where each work leads to the next by an association of ideas or forms. The creations of Boucher, Giacometti, Rembrandt, Man Ray, Annette Messager and other anonymous artists interact in a fun tour that revisits our traditional approach to art history.
Carambolage, or Cannon in English is a term used in the game of billiards. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other. fig.: double whammy, shot ricochet.

185 works of art from different eras, styles and countries are presented in an exhibition designed like a game of dominoes, where each work leads to the next by an association of ideas or forms. The creations of Boucher, Giacometti, Rembrandt, Man Ray, Annette Messager and other anonymous artists interact in a fun tour that revisits our traditional approach to art history.

Carambolage, or Cannon in English is a term used in the game of billiards. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other. fig.: double whammy, shot ricochet.

185 works of art from different eras, styles and countries are presented in an exhibition designed like a game of dominoes, where each work leads to the next by an association of ideas or forms. The creations of Boucher, Giacometti, Rembrandt, Man Ray, Annette Messager and other anonymous artists interact in a fun tour that revisits our traditional approach to art history.



Grand Palais Website


Contact:

Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris


Tel: (33) 1 44 13 17 17

Bentu, Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Fondation Louis Vuitton:  •  27 January - 29 August 2016
 
 

Bentu: The native soil. In contemporary Chinese art, this term does not connote nationalism. Rather, it represents a dialectical concept that aims to reconcile the “local” and the “global” in a universalist and critical rediscovery of identity. This notion is central to the research of artists, curators and academics in China today.

This exhibition brings together 12 artists of different generations who live on mainland China. Using a wide variety of techniques and media, drawn from both local tradition and culture, as well as newer cutting edge technologies – sometimes associating with or confronting these – the artists reveal the complexities of a society that is in permanent mutation. The works highlight the current state of economy and ecology, and most notably, the transformation of the relationship between the city and the countryside. Questions relating to identity are also addressed.

The choice of works does not seek to show a panorama of the artistic scene in China, but aims to draw attention to the multiform character of the production in the country, which undergoes rapid development and which affirms itself through outstanding individuals, rather than through specific movements.

List of artists:

Cao Fei, Hao Liang, Hu Xiangqian, Liu Chuang, Liu Shiyuan, Liu Wei, Liu Xiaodong, Qiu Zhijie, Tao Hui, Xu Qu, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong



Fondation Louis Vuitton Website


Contact: Fondation Louis Vuitton
8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi Bois de Boulogne
75116 - Paris
Tel: (33) 1 40 69 96 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

Founding Myths. From Hercules to Darth Vader
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Musee du Louvre  •  17 October 2015 - 4 July 2016
 
 

Presented in the Petite Galerie throughout the school year, the exhibition “Founding Myths” tells how illustrators, sculptors, painters, puppeteers, filmmakers, and musicians around the world have drawn inspiration from myths, given them form, and brought them to life.

The exhibition displays some 70 artworks, grouped into four sections. The first gallery invites you to discover the tales told by different civilizations in an effort to explain the creation of the world. Then find out how the cycles of nature are recounted in Greek, Egyptian, and Islamic civilizations. Meet mythological heroes such as Gilgamesh, Orpheus, Hercules, and Icarus, and see how they have been portrayed by classical and contemporary artists. In the final gallery, ponder modern-day interpretations of myths and metamorphoses: from Jean Cocteau to Star Wars, Japanese manga to Fantômas, do the mythologies of popular culture not still draw from the same repertoire of stories and tales?



Musée du Louvre Website


Contact: Musée du Louvre
75001 Paris
Tel: (33 ) 1 40 20 53 17

BangwaCameroonPhoto: Hughes DuboisMusée Dapper
Bangwa
Cameroon
Photo: Hughes Dubois
Musée Dapper
Masterpieces From Africa: In the collections of the Musée Dapper
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Musée Dapper  •  30 September 2015 - 17 July 2016
 

Notable characteristics of the collections of the Musée Dapper are the diversity of their geographic origins and their antiquity. The exhibition presents around 130 of its most important pieces. Some are unique and without any equivalent in the world, such as the sculptures from Gabon (Fang, Kota, Punu), Cameroon (Bangwa), Benin (Fon) and Mali (Dogon, Soninke).
Long-awaited by the public, Masterpieces from Africa will enable visitors to discover keynote works of art whose significance is rooted in the cultures of Central and West Africa.

The different pieces exhibited have been chosen for their sculptural qualities but also for the roles they played in the societies within which they were created: masks, statues, statuettes, altars, headdresses, weapons and other artefacts are closely linked to specific practices and forms of knowledge. They had multiple functions, for example, some were used in initiation rituals, such as those of adolescents or of men developing esoteric and/or technical knowledge. Others, though sometimes the same pieces, were employed in cults that worshipped the ancestors or ensured the fertility of women and the land, or for purposes of cures.



Musée Dapper Website


Contact: Musée Dapper
35 rue Paul Valéry
75116 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 45 00 91 75

Events in Jazz

Dee Alexander Quartet
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Sunset Jazz Club  •  25 June 2016
 
 
Dee Alexander Quartet

Sunset Jazz Club website



Detailed schedule information:
21h30

Contact:

Sunset Jazz Club
60 rue des Lombards
75001 Paris


Tel: (33) 1 40 26 46 60



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