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Events in Art and Archaeology

Anselm Kiefer: <EM>Varus</EM>, 1976Image courtesy of Jochen Littkemann
Anselm Kiefer: Varus, 1976
Image courtesy of Jochen Littkemann
Anselm Kiefer
PARIS  •  Centre Georges Pompidou  •  16 December 2015 - 18 April 2016
 
This exhibition provides a retrospective journey through the prolific career of the celebrated German artist Anselm Kiefer (born 1945) from the late Sixties to the present day. Around sixty paintings, brought together for the first time from major private and public collections throughout the world, dialogue with installations, showcases and books in an exhibition designed as a series of dramatic moments in the artist's career, with his entire approval.

Centre Georges Pompidou Website


Contact: Centre Georges Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris, France

Tel: (33) 1 44 78 12 33

Parmigianino: Head of a child
Parmigianino: Head of a child
Parmigianino (1503–1540): Drawings from the Louvre
PARIS  •  Musee du Louvre  •  17 December 2015 - 15 February 2016
 

From Parma to Casalmaggiore via Rome and Bologna, this exhibition provides a step-by-step account of the whirlwind career of one of Italy’s finest draftsmen. 

In the early decades of the 16th century, amid the political turmoil and confusion of Italy, a new style developed that would soon spread throughout Europe: Mannerism. Nothing of the like had been seen since Gothic art. From nation to nation, the same refined, elegant forms and feats of artistry emerged and interacted. The art of Michelangelo, Correggio and Raphael provided a solid springboard for this fragile, scholarly and skillful new aesthetic which demanded flair, requiring art to live up to its own high opinion of itself and insisting that the quest for the ideal should constantly be upheld.

Francesco Mazzola, born in Parma—hence his nickname Parmigianino (“the little one from Parma”)—was one of the very first practitioners of this exalted art form.  With his impressive and precocious skill as a draftsman, his personal elegance and charm, and the youthful genius that inspired him almost until his untimely death at the age of thirty-seven, he was seen by his contemporaries as a new Raphael… which he wasn’t. Or not only. Fired by a desire to equal Raphael, he strove for a worldly beauty (venustà), becoming radically nonconformist in his treatment of the most familiar subjects, but eventually abandoning his relentless quest for the subtleties of art in favor of vain alchemical research.



Musée du Louvre Website


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

Dance, kiss anyone you like: Parties and pleasure in the time of Madame de Pompadour
LENS  •  Musée du Louvre-Lens  •  5 December 2015 - 29 February 2016
 
 
Rustic decor, elegant young people and refined leisure pursuits: the 2015-16 winter exhibition at the Louvre-Lens celebrates the theme of the Fête galante and the Pastorale. Popularised in the first half of the 18th century, first by Antoine Watteau, then by François Boucher, these subjects achieved great success until the French Revolution. First adopted by painters, they spread quickly to other disciplines – in particular the Decorative arts – and became widespread throughout Europe. Thanks to exceptional loans from the Louvre Museum and around twenty prestigious institutions, this exhibition brings together 220 works. The bucolic design of the exhibition combines paintings, graphic arts, furniture, ceramics, tapestries and stage costumes. From the roots to the latest developments, the exhibition traces the fortunes of a delicate, seductive art, which enchanted Europe in the Age of Enlightenment.

Musée du Louvre-Lens Website


Contact: Musée du Louvre-Lens
Lens
France
Tel: 33 (0)3 21 18 62 62

Founding Myths. From Hercules to Darth Vader
PARIS  •  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

Jean-Michel Alberola: L’aventure des détails
PARIS  •  Palais de Tokyo  •  19 February - 16 May 2016
 
 
Jean-Michel Alberola (born in 1953 in Algeria, lives in Paris) is at once one of the best-known and most mysterious French artists of his generation. In February 2016, the Palais de Tokyo is inviting him to put on a large-scale solo show, the first in Paris since his retrospective at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, almost 20 years ago.  

Political, poetic, committed and profound, Jean-Michel Alberola’s oeuvre is a geography rather than a history, a panorama that allows him to act artistically on reality, feelings and the state of the world, through paintings, neon lights, films, texts, objects, installations, sculptures, murals, publications and tracts.



Palais de Tokyo Website


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

Lucien Clergue: First Albums
PARIS  •  Galeries nationales  •  14 November 2015 - 15 February 2016
 
 
How did Pablo Picasso decide to sponsor this young man, not yet twenty, as he introduced himself to him at the end of a corrida in Arles to show him his photographs? The answer lies in Lucien Clergue’s first albums, which remained unknown until his recent death at the age of 80 on the 15th November 2014. They comprise advertising sample catalogues originally designed as support for fabrics, tiny colour pictures, blank white pages that the artist claimed and on which he pasted his black and white photographs instead. The unusual intensity and sensitivity that emanate from the whole are astonishing, blending solemnness, the staging of people, still lifes, documentaries, ruins and nudes. Through these three leading albums compiled over two essential years, Lucien Clergue’s entire career is already set. - See more at: http://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/lucien-clergue#sthash.re0yF1So.dpuf
How did Pablo Picasso decide to sponsor this young man, not yet twenty, as he introduced himself to him at the end of a corrida in Arles to show him his photographs? The answer lies in Lucien Clergue’s first albums, which remained unknown until his recent death at the age of 80 on the 15th November 2014. They comprise advertising sample catalogues originally designed as support for fabrics, tiny colour pictures, blank white pages that the artist claimed and on which he pasted his black and white photographs instead. The unusual intensity and sensitivity that emanate from the whole are astonishing, blending solemnness, the staging of people, still lifes, documentaries, ruins and nudes. Through these three leading albums compiled over two essential years, Lucien Clergue’s entire career is already set. - See more at: http://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/lucien-clergue#sthash.re0yF1So.dpuf
How did Pablo Picasso decide to sponsor this young man, not yet twenty, as he introduced himself to him at the end of a corrida in Arles to show him his photographs? The answer lies in Lucien Clergue’s first albums, which remained unknown until his recent death at the age of 80 on the 15th November 2014. They comprise advertising sample catalogues originally designed as support for fabrics, tiny colour pictures, blank white pages that the artist claimed and on which he pasted his black and white photographs instead. The unusual intensity and sensitivity that emanate from the whole are astonishing, blending solemnness, the staging of people, still lifes, documentaries, ruins and nudes. Through these three leading albums compiled over two essential years, Lucien Clergue’s entire career is already set.

Grand Palais Website


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

Events in Classical Music

Daniil Trifonov, piano
PARIS  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  7 February 2016
 

Bach/Brahms, Schubert, Brahms, Rachmaninov

Daniil Trifonov,  piano



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

Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
Wiener Philharmoniker: Valery Gergiev, conductor
PARIS  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  7 February 2016
 
Mozart:  Concerto No. 9 K. 271 « Jeunehomme »
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, op 58

Wiener Philharmoniker
Valery Gergiev, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

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

Behzod Abduraimov, piano
PARIS  •  Salle Gaveau  •  8 February 2016
 
 

Chopin, Mussorgsky

Behzod Abduraimov, piano



Salle Gaveau Website



Detailed schedule information:
20h30

Contact: Salle Gaveau
45-47 rue La Boétie
75008 Paris
Tel: (33) 1.49.53.05.07

Events in Dance

Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon
PARIS  •  Theatre de la Ville  •  20 - 27 February 2016
 

Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon

Programme:

Black box 2013
Choreography: Lucy Guerin
Music: Oren Ambarchi
Scenography: Ralph Myers
Costumes: Ralph Myers, Lucy Guerin
Lights: Benjamin Cisterne
with 10 dancers

Sunshine 2014
Choreography, lights & soundtrack: Emanuel Gat
Music: Georg Friedrich Haendel, Water Music, HWV 349
with 10 dancers
created in september 2014 for the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon

Xylographie creation
Choreography: Tânia Carvalho
Costumes: Aleksandar Protic
Lights: Zeca Iglésia
with 20 dancers

One flat thing, reproduced 2000
Choreography, costumes, scenography & lights: William Forsythe
Music: Thom Willems
with 14 dancers
Created by the Frankfurt Ballet in 2000



Théâtre de la Ville :Website



Detailed schedule information:
20h30

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

Events in Opera

Mithridate: By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
PARIS  •  Theatre des Champs Elysees  •  11 - 20 February 2016
 
 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mithridate
Opéra seria in three acts (1770)
Libretto by Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, after Mithridate by Jean Racine, in the Italian translation by Giuseppe Parini

Emmanuelle Haïm, conductor
Clément Hervieu-Léger, of the Comédie-Française:  mise en scène
Frédérique Plain  dramaturgy
Eric Ruf: sets
Caroline de Vivaise: costumes
Bertrand Couderc: lighting

Cast

Michael Spyres: Mithridate
Patricia Petibon: Aspasie
Myrtò Papatanasiu: Xipharès
Christophe Dumaux: Pharnace
Sabine Devieilhe: Ismène
Cyrille Dubois: Marzio
Jaël Azzaretti: Arbate

Le Concert d’Astrée



Théatre des Champs-Elysées Website



Detailed schedule information:
19h30

Contact:

Théatre des Champs-Elysées
15 Avenue Montaigne
70008 Paris


Tel: (33) 01 49 52 50 50

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Juliette Gréco
PARIS  •  Theatre de la Ville  •  7 February 2016
 

Legendary French chanteuse Juliette Gréco in concert.

Gérard Jouannest, piano
Jean-Louis Matinier, accordion

 

 



Théâtre de la Ville :Website



Detailed schedule information:
17h

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



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