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Events in Art and Archaeology

Augustus (23 September 63 BC – 19 August 14 AD)
Augustus (23 September 63 BC – 19 August 14 AD)
Augustus, Emperor of Rome
PARIS  •  Grand Palais, Galeries nationales  •  19 March - 13 July 2014

First on view at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, this exhibtion at the Grand Palais in Paris marks the 2,000th anniversary of Augustus's death. The adopted son and great-nephew of Julius Caesar, Augustus was a man endowed both with exceptional charisma and with extraordinary political intuition.  Where even Julius Caesar had failed, he succeeded in putting an end to the decades of internecine strife that had brought the Roman Republic to its knees, and in inaugurating a new political era:  the Empire.

His reign, which lasted over forty years, was to be the longest in the city's entire history.  Under Augustus the Empire achieved its greatest expansion, spreading to cover the whole of the Mediterranean basin, from Spain to Turkey and from the Maghreb to Greece, and Germany.  The details of his life and dazzling career are known to us both from the emperor himself and from historians as Velleius Paterculus, Suetonius, Tacitus and Cassius Dio.  In fact there are very few other Roman emperors for whose life we have such a large number of written sources.

This allows us to reconstruct the stages of a political career in the course of which Augustus held all of the most important public offices, and at the same time to track the disastrous series of deaths in his family that robbed him, in the space of a few decades, both of Agrippa, his son-in-law and deputy, and of the heirs designated to succeed him:  his nephew Marcellus, the son of his sister Octavia, and Gaius and Lucius Caesar, the sons of Julia and Agrippa.

Thus on his death the Empire passed into the hands of Tiberius, the son of his third and much-loved wife Livia.

As in Rome. the Paris viewing will display a selection of works of art of the highest artistic quality including statues, portraits, household objects in bronze, silver and glass, golden jewellery and precious stones.

Grand Palais Website

Contact: Grand Palais, Galeries nationales
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris

Tel: (33) 1 44 13 17 17

Bill Viola: <EM>The Dreamers</EM>, 2012, (detail), Video/Sound Installation, seven channels of colour High-Definition video on seven 65" plasma displays mounted vertically on wall in darkened room; four channels stereo sound, room dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 3.5mPhoto: Kira Perov
Bill Viola: The Dreamers, 2012, (detail), Video/Sound Installation, seven channels of colour High-Definition video on seven 65" plasma displays mounted vertically on wall in darkened room; four channels stereo sound, room dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 3.5m
Photo: Kira Perov
Bill Viola
PARIS  •  Grand Palais  •  5 March - 21 July 2014

All four decades of the America video artist Bill Viola’s career are represented in the Grand Palais exhibition, from The Reflecting Pool (1977-79) to The Dreamers (2013): videos (Chott El Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat), 1979), monumental installations (The Sleep of Reason, 1988), portraits on plasma (The Quintet of the Astonished, 2000), sound pieces (Presence, 1995), video sculptures (Heaven and Earth, 1992), intimate works (Nine Attempts to Achieve Immortality, 1996) or super productions (Going Forth By Day, 2002). All the genres in Bill Viola’s oeuvre are there, and all his great emblematic series, from "Buried Secrets" of the US Pavilion, Venice in 1995 (The Veiling), to "Angels for the Millennium" series (Ascension, 2000), to the "Passions" series (Catherine's Room, 2001) to "The Tristan Project" (Fire Woman and Tristan’s Ascension, 2005), to "Transfigurations" (Three Women, 2008), to the "Mirage" series (The Encounter, 2012).

Grand Palais Website

Contact: Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
Champs-Elysées entrance
75008 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 44 13 17 17

Gustave Doré (1832-1883): The Power of the Imagination
PARIS  •  Musée d'Orsay  •  18 February - 11 May 2014

At barely fifteen years of age Gustave Doré (1832-1883) began a career as a caricaturist and then professional illustrator – which brought him international fame – before embracing all areas of creativity: drawing, painting, watercolour, engraving and sculpture.

Doré also applied his immense talent to different genres, from satire to history painting, delivering in turn, enormous canvases and more intimate paintings, flamboyant watercolours, virtuoso washes, incisive pen and ink drawings, engravings, fanciful illustrations, as well as Baroque, humorous, monumental and enigmatic sculptures.

As an illustrator, Doré set himself the challenge of the greatest texts (the Bible, Dante, Rabelais, Perrault, Cervantes, Milton, Shakespeare, Hugo, Balzac, Poe), which turned him into a real purveyor of European culture.

Musée d'Orsay Website

Contact: Musée d'Orsay
62, rue de Lille
75007 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 40 49 48 14

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Palerme, Italie, 1971&nbsp;
Henri Cartier-Bresson: Palerme, Italie, 1971 
Henri Cartier-Bresson
PARIS  •  Centre Pompidou  •  12 February - 9 June 2014
Ten years after the artist's death, the Centre Pompidou is staging Europe's first major retrospective dedicated to this iconic figure in modern art, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson – an event eagerly awaited within the world of photography. Bringing together over three hundred and fifty prints, films, documents and archives, this completely new exhibition highlights some key moments in the 20th century as seen through the eyes of the man dubbed ”the eye of the century“, including Surrealism, the Spanish Civil War, World War II, decolonisation and the Cold War. While most of the
photographer's masterpieces appear in the exhibition, there is also a spotlight on lesser-known aspects of his work: Cartier-Bresson's political commitment and his in-depth work on some of society's most pressing issues during the second half of the 20th century, together with a more intimist side, and his passion for painting and drawing.

Centre Pompidou Website

Contact: Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris

Tel: (33) 1 44 78 12 33

<SPAN class=pie _extended="true">Jamie Okuma, b. 1977, Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock, California. <EM>Horseshoes,</EM> 2014. Commercial shoes, glass and 24k gold beads30 ½ x 20 ¼ x 7 5/8 inches. Collection of Ellen and Bill Taubman, AI.1403.001, Photo: Cameron Linton</SPAN>
Jamie Okuma, b. 1977, Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock, California. Horseshoes, 2014.
Commercial shoes, glass and 24k gold beads
30 ½ x 20 ¼ x 7 5/8 inches.
Collection of Ellen and Bill Taubman, AI.1403.001,
Photo: Cameron Linton
The Plains Indians
PARIS  •  Musée du quai Branly  •  7 April - 20 July 2014

More than 130 works of art from 57 European, Canadian, and American institutions and private collections are on view in a continuum from pre-contact to the present-day. Featured works include numbers of the great early Plains Indian robes, and other masterworks collected in the eighteenth century by European explorers and taken back to the continent never to return to America until now.

The show is organised by the musée du quai Branly, Paris in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. It is curated by Gaylord Torrence, one of America's leading scholars of Plains Indian art and the Fred and Virginia Merrill Senior Curator of American Indian Art at the Nelson-Atkins.

After Paris, the exhibition travels to the  Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City, Missouri  (19 September 2014 - 11 January 2015) and then to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2 March 2015 - 10 May 2015).

Musée du quai Branly Website

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

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

59th Salon de Montrouge
MONTROUGE  •  Le Beffroi  •  30 April - 28 May 2014

Founded in 1955 and free of charge, The Salon de Montrouge aims to presents an overview of contemporary artistic creation with a spotlight on emerging trends. For its 59th edition 73 artists from 15 countries have been selected out of a total of 3,100 applicants who have developed strong ties with France.

Over a surface of 1,500 m2, photography, sculptures, drawings, videos, digital art projects and installations are displayed in individual exhibition modules, thus giving visitors the possibility to view a coherent, significant range of each artist’s work. 

Three Salon de Montrouge prizes are awarded and give winners the opportunity to be exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo and the Biennale JCE (Jeune Création Européenne / Biennal of Young European Creation).

The average age of the selected artists is 32: the oldest is 67 and the youngest, 25.

Curator: Stéphane Corréard
Guest of honour: Julien Salaud
Set designer: matali crasset

59th Salon de Montrouge Website

Contact: Le Beffroi
2, place Émile Cresp
92120 Montrouge

Sky Under the Roof...: Drawings for Parisian Ceilings in the Grand Siècle
PARIS  •  Musée du Louvre  •  20 February - 19 May 2014
Through 80 drawings and prints from the museum's holdings and several Parisian collections, the exhibition presents the formal evolution of civil decoration in the French capital over the course of the century, then examines the relationships between drawn projects and engraved repertoires, and concludes with a view of four major undertakings: the Hôtel Lambert, the Mazarin palace, and the Louvre and Tuileries palaces under Louis XIV. It features a mix of quick sketches and more painstaking figure studies; presentation drawings intended for patrons and models for subcontractors or printmakers.

Musée du Louvre Website

Contact: Musée du Louvre
75001 Paris

Tel: (33 ) 1 40 20 53 17

Events in Classical Music

Yo Yo Ma
Yo Yo Ma
Yo Yo Ma, cello: Kathryn Stott, piano
PARIS  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  23 April 2014

Stravinsky, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Guarnieri, De Falla, Messiaen, Brahms

Yo Yo Ma, cello
Kathryn Stott, 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 Dance

Wim Vandekeybus : Booty Looting
PARIS  •  Théâtre de la Ville  •  14 - 25 April 2014

Wim Vandekeybus : Booty Looting, 2012
Ultima Vez Compoany

Direction, choreography & scenography: Wim Vandekeybus

Lighting: Davy Deschepper, Francis Gahide, Wim Vandekeybus
Sound design: Antoine Delagoutte
Stylist: Isabelle Lhoas
Assisted by Frédérick Denis
Motion assistant: Máte Mészáros

Created with & performed by
Jerry Killick,
Birgit Walter,
Elena Fokina,
Dymitry Szypura,
Luke Jessop,
Kip Johnson
original live music
Elko Blijweert
live still-photographie
Danny Willems

Théâtre de la Ville Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Théâtre de la Ville
2 place du Châtelet
75004 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 42 74 22 77

Events in Jazz

Jeremy Pelt Quartet
PARIS  •  Sunside Jazz-Club  •  26 - 27 April 2014
Jeremy Pelt Quartet featuring Danny Grisset.

Sunside Jazz-Club Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Sunside Jazz-Club
60 rue des Lombards
75001 Paris

Tel: (33) 1 40 26 46 60

Events in Opera

Persée: By Jean-Baptiste Lully
VERSAILLES  •  Château de Versailles: Opéra Royal  •  23 - 25 May 2014

Lully : Persée
Tragédie en musique en cinq actes avec prologue
Music: Jean-Baptiste Lully
Libretto: Philippe Quinault

David Fallis, conductor
Marshall Pynkoski, director
Choreography: Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg
Sets: Gerard Gauci
Lighting: Bonnie Beecher


Chris Enns: Persée
Peggy Kriha Dye: Merope
Mireille Asselin: Andromède
Olivier Laquerre: Céphée and Méduse
Carla Huhtanen: Cassiope
João Fernandes: Phinée
Lauwrence Wiliford: Corite and Mercure
Aaron Ferguson: Euryale
Curtis Sullivan: Grand Prêtre, Cyclope, Sténon and Triton Meghan Lindsay: Nymphe, Guerrière and Vénus
Vasil Garvanliev: Proténor, Idas and Divinité Infernale

Chœur Les Cris de Paris
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Danseurs de l’Atelier Ballet
Opera Atelier Toronto

Château de Versailles Website

Detailed schedule information:

23, 24, May 2014 at 20h30
25 May 2014 at 16h30

Contact: Château de Versailles
Place d'Armes
78000 Versailles

Tel: (33) 1 30 83 78 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Orient Express: Restaurant carriage
Orient Express: Restaurant carriage
"Once upon a time the Orient Express"
PARIS  •  Institut du monde arabe  •  4 April - 31 August 2014

Made possible by the collaboration of the SNCF, this major exhibition comprises two parts:

The first part consists of a train: a locomotive followed by three exceptional carriages that are being displayed on the Institute’s forecourt. Visitors begin their tour of the train on a platform that has been reconstituted next to the train; they then are able to enter the train and visit the various carriages, where they discover the great luxury in which the travellers lived during their journeys, which culminated in the discovery of the Orient.

Questions relating to the geopolitical dimension of the Orient-Express also are addressed, through the train’s various routes and rail links that enabled the passengers to travel from Istanbul to Aleppo, Damascus, Beirut, Baghdad, Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and so on.

The Orient-Express was developed by Georges Nagelmackers, a daring visionary who wanted to create a luxury train that could span Europe, from Paris to Istanbul, at a time when border crossings were difficult and train journeys were particularly uncomfortable. After its launch in 1883, the Orient-Express became a legendary line and came to represent the quintessential art of travel—which is now a thing of the past—until just after World War II.

Institut du monde arabe Website


Institut du monde arabe
1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard
Place Mohammed V
75236 - Paris Cedex 05

Constantin Joffé: <EM>American Vogue</EM>, September 1945© 1945 Condé Nast
Constantin Joffé: American Vogue, September 1945
© 1945 Condé Nast
Coming into Fashion: a century of fashion photography at Condé Nast
PARIS  •  Palais Galliera /| Musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris  •  1 March - 25 May 2014

The exhibition Papier glacé, un siècle de photographie de mode chez Condé Nast  ("Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast" ) draws on the archives of Condé Nast New York, Paris, Milan and London, bringing together some 150 mostly original prints from leading fashion photographers from 1918 through to the present day.

The Editors in chief and Artistic Directors of Vogue, Glamour and, more recently, W, have always had a nose for immense talents, playing a decisive role in renewing fashion photography. The very first photographer employed by the group was Baron Adolf de Meyer, to be followed by Edward Steichen, George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld and Irving Penn. Then, from the 1950s onwards, Guy Bourdin, William Klein, David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Miles Aldridge...

The photographs are accompanied by some fifteen haute couture items from the collections of the Palais Galliera. There are also two reading rooms with fifty or so magazines in display cases and a number of screens where one can “leaf through” some features from the publications of the Condé Nast group.

Palais Galliera /| Musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris Website

Please click here for a Culturekiosque archive book review of Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine.

Contact: Palais Galliera
Musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
75116 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 56 52 86 00

Nicole Willis and The Soul Investigators
PARIS  •  New Morning Jazz Club  •  24 April 2014
Nicole Willis and The Soul Investigators in support of their new album, Tortured Soul

New Morning Jazz Club Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: New Morning Jazz Club
7 & 9 Rue des Petites Ecuries
75010 Paris

Tel: (33) 0145 23 51 41

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