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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  •  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

<P>Olafur Eliasson: <EM>The Gaze of Versailles</EM>&nbsp;Photo: Anders Sune Berg © 2016 Olafur Eliasson</P>

Olafur Eliasson: The Gaze of Versailles 
Photo: Anders Sune Berg
© 2016 Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson Versailles
VERSAILLES  •  Château de Versailles  •  7 June - 30 October 2016

Visual artist Olafur Eliasson (born in Denmark in 1967) investigates perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self.

"Historically, the royal court at Versailles was a place of constant observation – of oneself and of others; the strict social norms of the time were enforced through a web of gazes. The Baroque architecture of the palace served to heighten visibility, becoming a stunning instrument of power held exclusively by the king. Today, however, we look at Versailles differently, and when I visit the site, I ask myself: how do you, the visitor, view this iconic site? What does it do to you? Have we all become king? The Versailles that I have been dreaming up is a place that empowers everyone. It invites visitors to take control of the authorship of their experience instead of simply consuming and being dazzled by the grandeur. It asks them to exercise their senses, to embrace the unexpected, to drift through the gardens, and to feel the landscape take shape through their movement. For my exhibition this summer, I am doing a series of subtle spatial interventions inside the palace deploying mirrors and light, and in the gardens, I use fog and water to amplify the feelings of impermanence and transformation. The artworks liquefy the formal design of the gardens while reviving one of landscape architect André Le Nôtre’s original, unrealised visions: the placement of a waterfall along the axis of the Grand Canal. This waterfall reinvigorates the engineering ingenuity of the past. It is as constructed as the court was, and I’ve left the construction open for all to see – a seemingly foreign element that expands the scope of human imagination."

Olafur Eliasson


Château de Versailles Website

Contact: Château de Versailles
Place d'Armes
78000 Versailles
Tel: (33) 1 30 83 78 00

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  •  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

© Julie Cockburn: <EM>Disappointment</EM>, 2016Broderie faite main sur photographie trouvéeCourtesy Flowers Gallery, Londres.
© Julie Cockburn: Disappointment, 2016
Broderie faite main sur photographie trouvée
Courtesy Flowers Gallery, Londres.
L'autre visage: Portrait & expérimentations photographiques
ROUEN  •  Centre photographique – Pôle Image Haute-Normandie  •  11 June - 1 October 2016

This show documents current experiments with portrait photography, notably practices which blur the lines between painting and photography.

Works by Erwin Blumenfeld, Jonny Briggs, Julie Cockburn, Amie Dicke, Douglas Gordon, Sabrina Jung, Jean-François Lepage, Birthe Piontek, Stéphanie Solinas, John Stezaker, Lorenzo Vitturi, Hannah Whitaker

Centre photographique Website

Contact: Centre photographique
15, rue de la Chaîne
Tel: 33 (0)2 35 89 36 96

Persona, Strangely human
PARIS  •  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  •  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

Les Arts Florissants
PARIS  •  Philharmonie de Paris  •  27 September 2016

J. S Bach:

Cantata: "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" BWV 202
Sonata for two dessus BWV 1039
Cantata: "Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht" BWV 55
Suite in B Minor BWV 1067
Cantata: "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht" BWV 211

Les Arts Florissants
William Christie, conductor
Rachel Redmond, soprano
Reinoud Van Mechelen, tenor
André Morsch, bass


Cité de la musique Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Cité de la musique
221, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 44 84 44 84

Orchestre National de France: Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
PARIS  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  29 September 2016

Strauss: Die Liebe der Danae, excerpt
Berlioz: Les Nuits d’été op. 7
Debussy: Three Nocturnes
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels op. 28

Orchestre National de France
Fabien Gabel,  conductor
Anne Sofie von Otter,  mezzo-soprano
Chœur de femmes de Radio France
Direction, Sofi Jeannin

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

Africa Lyric’s Opera
PARIS  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  28 September 2016

Glinka: Rousslan et Ludmilla, Overture
Massenet: «Pourquoi me réveiller» (Werther)
Rossini:  «Non lasciarmi in tal momento» (Aureliano in Palmira)
Puccini: «O mio babbino caro» (Gianni Schicchi,  «Recondita armonia» (Tosca)
Purcell: «Cold song» (King Arthur)
Offenbach:  Barcarolle (Contes d’Hoffmann)
Verdi: «Brindisi» (La Traviata)
Lehár: «Heure exquise qui nous grise» (La Veuve joyeuse)
Donizetti: Rataplan, et « Par le rang» ( La fille du régiment)
Dvorák:  Slavonic Dance op.46 No.8
Gershwin: «Summertime»,  «I Got Plenty O’ Nothing», «Bess you is my woman» and «There a boat dat leavin’ soon» (Porgy and Bess)
African traditional songs Eding, Malaïka, A Tara, Thula Baba
Verdi: «Va pensiero»  (Nabucco)

Africa Lyric’s Opera
Jacques-Greg Belobo, Pumeza Matshikiza, Chauncey Packer, Marie-Laure Garnier, Serge Kakudji, Déborah-Ménélia Attal, Fabrice Di Falco, Axelle Fanyo, Sahy Ratianarinaivo Sébastien Billard conductor
Orchestre Symphonique de la Garde Républicaine
Chœur de l’Armée Française

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  •  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

Francesco Cavalli: <EM>Eliogabalo</EM>Opera National de Paris
Francesco Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Opera National de Paris
Eliogabalo: By Francesco Cavalli
PARIS  •  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

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  •  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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Versailles and the American Revolution
VERSAILLES  •  Château de Versailles  •  5 July - 2 October 2016

As the first country to recognise the United State of America as a new Nation, it was France’s duty to commemorate the event, especially in Versailles where this decision was taken, where the war of independance was supported, and where the peace treaty with England was signed in 1783. The exhibition aims to remind facts that are often forgotten but which bear testimony to the circumstances, scale ans consequences of France’s involement in the war.

The exhibition recounts the events and highlight the context of French and English rivalry after the seven years' war as well as internal divisions in the French side, the American side between “patriots” and “loyalists”, and the English side due to some opposition to the way the settlers were treated.

It recounts the decision-making process at Versailles, the personalities of key figures notably Benjamin Franklin and the exact locations in the palace where discussions were held.

Finally, it explains the international spread of the fighting, from India across the Mediterranean sea to the shores of America and the human losses due to the violence and scale of the battles, which were the largest of both the 18th and 19th centuries.

Château de Versailles Website

Contact: Château de Versailles
Place d'Armes
78000 Versailles
Tel: (33) 1 30 83 78 00

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