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Events in Art and Archaeology

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Aujourd’hui le monde est mort: [Lost Human Genetic Archive]
PARIS  •  Palais de Tokyo  •  14 February - 7 September 2014
 
Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, lives and works between New York and Tokyo) explores the nature of time and perception, and the origins of consciousness. Among his most famous photographic series, mention may be made of Dioramas (1976-), taken in natural history museums, these photographs depict stuffed animals displayed in artificial habitats, Theaters (1978-), photographed by exposing the photographic film throughout the entire projection of a film, and Seascapes (1980-), which capture the essence of marine landscapes throughout the world, retaining only their crucial elements, air and water.

Aujourd’hui le monde est mort [Lost Human Genetic Archive] is a new facet of a series of exhibitions Hiroshi Sugimoto has been elaborating for about ten years, juxtaposing his collections of objects, coming from a range of periods and cultures, and his photographic works.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Earliest Human Relatives, 1994
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Earliest Human Relatives, 1994
Courtesy Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo

Drawing on references to Albert Camus’s novel L’étranger [The Stranger] and Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades, the artist has staged a world after human beings have ceased to exist: a personal vision of history, seen from the future. The exhibition consists of around thirty scenarios, narrated by different fictitious characters: a bee-keeper, a specialist in comparative religion, and a politician, who choose to preserve (or not to preserve) their individual genetic information for the future. 

Imagining the worst conceivable tomorrows gives me tremendous pleasure at the artistic level. The darkness of the future lights up my present, and foreknowledge of a coming end guarantees my happiness in living today. In this exhibition you will find the worst scenarios created by my imagination regarding the future of humankind. It is up to the younger generations to take every possible step to prevent them from becoming a reality. Where I am concerned, I choose to give completely free rein to my intuitions as an artist. That does not mean that we should not continue to hope for the future. I leave it to the last survivor to record the actual course of the end of the world, and to preserve the genetic information of the human species, either by metamorphosing into a mummy, by preserving his genes in a test tube, or else by handing on a DNA map of his genome. 

Hiroshi Sugimoto



Le Palais de Tokyo Website


Contact: Le Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
France
Tel: (33) 1 47 23 54 01

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
PARIS  •  Musée d’Orsay  •  24 June 2014 - 28 September 2013
 
French sculptor and painter, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux came from an unusual background: his father was a bricklayer and his mother a lacemaker in Valenciennes. He was to pursue an exceptional career closely related to the "imperial party" of the reign of Napoleon III. Although he set off on a dazzling path within the arts, he was also seen to incarnate the romantic idea of the "cursed artist". He died aged 48, and his fifteen-year career was marked by great violence and passion, as he tirelessly strove to capture the subjects of his choosing or which were commissioned (the Pavillon de Flore of the Louvre, La Dance for the Garnier Opera House). This retrospective is the first since 1975 to be dedicated to Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, sculptor, painter and designer, and the exhibition explores the work of this major figure of late nineteenth century French sculpture, whose work, according to Alexandre Dumas, was "more alive than the living."

Musée d’Orsay Website


Contact: Musée d’Orsay
62, rue de Lille
75343 Paris Cedex 07
Tel: (33) 1 40 49 48 14

Raymond Mason: Le Voyage
PARIS  •  Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris  •  7 March - 9 November 2014
 
 

To mark the acquisition of two major sculptures by Raymond Mason – the purchase of the bronze low relief La Place de l’Opéra (1957) and the donation by Madame Jeannine Hao of the painted work in plaster Le Voyage (1966–2010) – the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is paying tribute to this artist born in Birmingham in 1922. Raymond Mason moved to Paris in 1946 and lived there until his death in 2010.

This exhibition is one in a series of homages by the Museum to artists working in France whose work has not been widely shown. It comes in the wake of presentations of the work of Bernard Dufour (2008), Jean Dupuy (2009), Claude Garache (2012) and Pierre Henry (2013–2014).

The two works La Place de l’Opéra and Le Voyage by Raymond Mason are accompanied by a selection of seven sculptures and a number of drawings dating from 1950–2004, together with documentary photographs by Martine Franck and Henri Cartier-Bresson. All the exhibits come from the artist's Paris studio. This showing covers the main chronological stages in Mason's oeuvre with key works which for him were constant points of reference. It begins with the engraved bronze low relief street scene of Barcelona Tram (1953), a work praised by Picasso, which is followed by a series of drawn and sculpted Paris cityscapes.

Describing himself as a realist, Mason brings together passers-by from the streets in a dynamic, meticulously composed urban theatre. The glass-fronted box of St Mark’s Place, East Village, New York City (1972) offers an animated, colourful scene whose characters are transfigured by simple, vivid painting in the tradition of medieval statuary. He focuses our attention with a host of detailed facial expressions and varying emotions in the high-relief The Illuminated Crowd (1979-1980), of which poet Yves Bonnefoy would say, 'I look at The Illuminated Crowd and in it I see, first and foremost, the same empathy as ever with human affairs in all their most unglamorous manifestations.'

In other works the majestic beauty of the skyscrapers in the low-relief New York City (1987) is set off by Amazement (2003), with its hypnotic spectacle of the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11.



Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris Website


Contact: Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris

Tel: (33) 01 53 67 40 00

1964 - 2014: Fifty years of masterpieces at the Maeght Foundation
SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE (CÔTE D'AZUR)  •  Maeght Foundation  •  28 June - 11 November 2014
 
 
This exhibit showcases some one hundred masterpieces, from Pierre Bonnard to Bernard Moninot to Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and Pierre Soulages, Miquel Barceló and François Rouan.

Maeght Foundation Website


Contact: Fondation Maeght
623, chemin des Gardettes
06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence
France
Tel: (33) 4 93 32 81 63

Claude Viallat
MONTPELLIER  •  Musée Fabre of Montpellier Agglomération  •  28 June - 2 November 2014
 
 
Made up of nearly 200 works, paintings, drawings and objects, the exhibition surveys Claude Viallat’s cursus over more than a half century, restoring his ceaseless exploration of techniques and materials.

Born in 1936 in Nîmes, trained at the School of Fine Arts in Montpellier, then in the School in Paris, Claude Viallat at the start queried the great tenets of figurative painting. The war in Algeria proved an important step with his first explorations on poor materials. The abandonment of figuration was the first radical change in his production. Claude Viallat invented, in 1966, a neutral shape, close to that of a palette, of a bean or a small bone. The affirmation of his style, with the invention of that, immediately recognizable, shape, was the departure point for an infinite exploration of the potentialities of color and of materials. A founding member of the Supports/Surfaces group in 1970, Viallat and the artists he saw at the time (Bioulès, Devade, Dezeuze…) sought to split open the space even as they assumed the precariousness of the new materials.

Musée Fabre of Montpellier Agglomération Website


Contact: Musée Fabre
39 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
34000 Montpellier
France
Tel: (33) 04 67 14 83 17

Events in Classical Music

Yo Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
PARIS  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  8 September 2014
 
Yo Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble Yo Yo Ma
John Zorn, Pipa solo, Osvaldo Golijov, Colin Jacobsen,Sandeep Das, Giovanni Sollima, Kinan Azmeh, David Bruce

Théatre des Champs-Elysées Website


Contact: Théatre des Champs-Elysées
15 Avenue Montaigne
70008 Paris

Tel: (33) 01 49 52 50 50

Events in Dance

National Ballet of Norway: Jiří Kylián, choreography
PARIS  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  22 - 24 September 2014
 
FUTURE MEMORIES
Jiří Kylián, choreography

Bella Figura
Music: Foss, Pergolèse, Marcello, Vivaldi, Torelli
Jiří Kylián, décor
Joke Visser, costumes
Kees Tjebbes, lighting

Gods and Dogs (French première)
Music: Beethoven, Haubrich
Jiří Kylián, décor
Joke Visser. costumes
Kees Tjebbes, lichting

Symphonie de Psaumes
Music: Stravinsky
William Katz, décor
Joop Stokvis, costumes
Kees Tjebbes, lichting

National Ballet of Norway

Théatre des Champs-Elysées Website



Detailed schedule information:
20h

Contact: Théatre des Champs-Elysées
15 Avenue Montaigne
70008 Paris

Tel: (33) 01 49 52 50 50

TAO Dance Theater
TAO Dance Theater
TAO Dance Theater
PARIS  •  Theatre des Abessess  •  1 - 4 October 2014
 
 
TAO Dance Theater

Choreography: Tao Ye
Music: Xiao He
Llights: Ma Yue, Tao Ye
Costumes: Tao Ye, Li Min

with Lei Yan, Wang Mingchao, Fu Liwei, Mao Xue

On stage is one of China’s most celebrated dance companies.

Theatre des Abessess Website



Detailed schedule information:
20h30

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

Events in Opera

Roméo et Juliette : By Hector Berlioz
PARIS  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  18 September 2014
 
 
Hector Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette
Symphonie dramatique (1839)
Paroles d’Emile Deschamps, d’après Roméo et Juliette de Shakespeare
Daniele Gatti, conductor
Marianne Crebassa, mezzo-soprano
Paolo Fanale, tenor
Alex Esposito, bass
Orchestre National de France
Chœur de Radio France
Howard Arman, chorus director

Théatre des Champs-Elysées Website



Detailed schedule information:
20h

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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Mother Courage and her Children: By Bertolt Brecht
PARIS  •  Theatre de la Ville  •  17 - 26 September 2014
 
Bertolt Brecht: Mother Courage and her Children
Music: Paul Dessau
Directed by Claus Peymann
Scenography: Frank Hänig
Costumes: Maria-Elena Amos
Dramaturgy: Jutta Ferbers

In German with French subtitles

Berliner Ensemble
< BR> In September 1939, Europe descends into conflict. In less than six weeks, Bertolt Brecht makes of the legendary Courage the heroine of a dramatic chronicle with a small band and numerous songs. In the autumn of 2005, under the direction of Claus Peymann, Carmen-Maja Antoni writes down the name of Mother Courage again in the repertoire of the Berliner Ensemble. And today the play comes back to Paris, 60 years after its triumph with Hélène Weigel and Bertolt Brecht.

Théâtre de la Ville Website



Detailed schedule information:
20h30

Contact: Théâtre de la Ville
Place du Chatelet
Paris
Tel: (33) 1 42 74 22 77



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