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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


Contact:

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

 

 


Tel: (33) 1 42 18 56 50

Dineo Seshee Bopape
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Dineo Seshee Bopape: UNTITLED (OF OCCULT INSTABILITY) [FEELINGS]
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Palais de Tokyo  •  23 June - 11 September 2016
 

For her exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Dineo Seshee Bopape (born in 1981 in South Africa, lives in Johannesburg) has conceived an installation reflecting on feelings, psychic dissolution and weight of context. The video of the song “Feelings” performed by Nina Simone (1976, live in Montreux Jazz Festival) together with a consideration of Bessie Head’s novel, A question of power (1974), are the starting points of her research. Dineo Seshee Bopape explores with her installation the subjective question of affects by bringing together videos and depictions of pieces focused on the body engulfed by emotion in personal and in socio political contexts.

“If [Dineo Seshee Bopape] were Ghanaian, her name would be Akosua/Akos for short. In the year of her birth, the Brixton riots took place; two people were injured when a bomb exploded in a Durban shopping centre. Bobby Sands dies, MTV is launched, the Boeing 767 makes its first air flight, Umkhonto we Sizwe performs numerous underground assault operations against the apartheid state. There was an earthquake in China that killed maybe 50 people. Hosni Mubarak was elected president of Egypt, there was a coup d’etat in Ghana. Princess Diana of Britain married Charles. Bob Marley dies. Apartheid SA invaded Angola. AIDS is identified/created/named. Salman Rushdie releases Midnight’s Children. In the region of her birth: Her paternal grandmother died. Julius Malema is born. Millions of people cried. Millions of people laughed! The world’s population was apparently at around 4,529-billion. Bopape spent her youth in Limpopo in varying social situations. At 12 years of age she began to follow a hunger for an elsewhere, beginning with Durban where she spent some years and studied painting and sculpture. (…)”



Palais de Tokyo Website


Contact: Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 81 97 35 88

Michel Houellebecq:<EM> Irlande</EM>
Michel Houellebecq: Irlande
Michel Houellebecq
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Palais de Tokyo  •  23 June - 11 September 2016
 
 

According to curator Jean de Loisy,  this is not a show “about” Michel Houellebecq, but a show “by” Michel Houellebecq, demonstrating how the writer has produced a form that contributes to the reinvention of exhibitions, by mixing up literature and photography, between fact and fiction

Poet, essayist, novelist and filmmaker, the highly controversial Michel Houellebecq has always had close ties with the cinema and the world of the visual arts, which have accompanied and extended his reflexions since the start of his career, as the frequent allusions to them in his novels attest.

This show is a scenario, leading visitors through the writer’s obsessions. Made up of sounds, photographs, installations and films he has conceived, as well as the presence of several guest artists (Robert Combas, Raphaël Sohier, Renaud Marchand and Maurice Renoma) it will offer an immersion into the world and mind of the protean creator who is Michel Houellebecq.



Palais de Tokyo Website


Contact: Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 81 97 35 88

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

Eva Jospin
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Musee du Louvre  •  12 April - 28 August 2016
 
 
Displayed atop the central fountain of the Louvre’s Cour Carrée, Eva Jospin’s Panorama is designed as an architectural artwork in itself. Its external steel mirrored walls reflect the stony aspect of Paris and the façades of the Louvre palace.

The public is invited to enter the structure to enjoy a 360° panorama that will plunge them into the plant realm, echoing the world of forests and caves.

Eva Jospin sculpts cardboard to create forests, places that have always fascinated her to the point of obsession. These imaginary landscapes devoid of any vanishing point give the eye the freedom of being lost. With Panorama, two hallmarks of the artist’s oeuvre, perspective and depth, are worked on a grander scale. The work is in line with traditional 18th-century panoramas. In creating this urban panorama, Eva Jospin fulfills her wish to create an immersive architecture dedicated to the wonderland that is her imagination.

Musée du Louvre Website


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

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

Events in Dance

Quicksand
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Theatre des Abesses  •  21 - 24 September 2016
 
 

Quicksand (creation)

Text written and recorded by Robert Ashley
Choreography, set design & costumes: Steve Paxton
Music direction: Tom Hamilton
Lighting: David Moodey

With Jurij Konjar and Maura Gahan



Théâtre des Abbesses Website



Detailed schedule information:
19h30

Contact: Théâtre des Abbesses
31 rue des Abbesses
Paris 18
Tel: (33) 1 42 74 22 77

Tanztheatre Wuppertal
PARIS, FRANCE  •  Théâtre de la Ville  •  3 - 12 September 2016
 

Viktor

The Fragrance of Italy

A play by Pina Bausch
Direction & choreography: Pina Bausch
Set design: Peter Pabst
Costumes: Marion Cito
Musical collaboration: Matthias Burkert
Dramaturgy: Raimund Hoghe
Music
popular music of Lombardia, Tuscany, South Italy, Sardinia, Bolivie recorded and collected by Luigi Cinque, f Middle ages, russians waltzes, New Orleans music, dance music of the 30's…

with
31 dancers
music by Tchaïkovski, Buxtehude, Dvořák, Khatchatourian, dance music



Théâtre de la Ville Website



Detailed schedule information:
20h

Contact: Théâtre de la Ville
2 place du Châtelet
Paris 4
Tel: (33) 1 42 74 22 77



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