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Events in Art and Archaeology

Caravaggio: <EM>Boy bitten by a lizard</EM>
Caravaggio: Boy bitten by a lizard
From Giotto to Caravaggio: The Passions of Roberto Longhi
PARIS  •  Musée Jacquemart-André  •  27 March - 20 July 2015
The exhibition presents the great names in Italian painting, from the 14th to the 17th century, rediscovered by one of the major figures in the history of Italian art, Roberto Longhi (1889/1890-1970). Giotto, Masaccio, Masolino, Piero della Francesca, Ribera, and Caravaggio are among the leading artists highlighting the exhibition.

Musée Jacquemart-André Website

Contact: Musée Jacquemart-André
158 Boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris, France
Tel: (33) 1 45 62 11 59

Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
PARIS  •  Musée d’Orsay  •  17 March - 19 July 2015
This retrospective highlights all of Pierre Bonnard's creative periods. Practicing art in its multifarious forms - painting, drawing, prints, decorative art, sculpture, photography - Bonnard advocated a basically decorative esthetic, fuelled by sharp, humorous observations drawn from his immediate surroundings.

Musée d’Orsay Website

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

The Tudors
PARS  •  Musée du Luxembourg  •  18 March - 19 July 2015
Of all the dynasties that have succeeded one another on the English throne, the Tudors, who reigned between 1485 and 1603, are certainly one of the most popular. Apart from the legend largely inspired by their private lives, the sovereigns left a deep imprint on the history of the kingdom: politically, by giving it a strategic position in Europe; spiritually, by breaking away from the Catholic Church; and culturally, by welcoming the Renaissance. Artists from Italy, Flanders and Germanic countries entered the service of the court to meet the new need for Royal portraits. It was at the confines of all these influences, in a country undergoing great upheavals, that the original forms of the English Renaissance were developed. This exhibition is the first in France on the subject.

Musée du Luxembourg Website

Contact: Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 40 13 62 00

Diego Velazquez; <EM>Portrait of the Infanta Maria Marguerita,</EM> c. 1654Musée du Louvre
Diego Velazquez; Portrait of the Infanta Maria Marguerita, c. 1654
Musée du Louvre
PARIS  •  Grand Palais  •  25 March - 13 July 2015

Born in Seville in 1599, Velázquez is one of the most important figures in the history of art, all styles and periods together. The leader of the Spanish school, official artist to King Philip IV at a time when Spain dominated the world, he was a contemporary of van Dyck, Bernini and Zuberan, although his art gave him a timelessness that is rivalled only by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio and Rembrandt.

An exhibition produced jointly by the RMN-Grand Palais and the Musée du Louvre, in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

Grand Palais Website

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

Carol Rama: Appaionata, 1944Private Collectioin
Carol Rama: Appaionata, 1944
Private Collectioin
The Passion According to Carol Rama
PARIS  •  Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris  •  3 April - 12 July 2015

The Passion according to Carol Rama offers an overview of a multi-faceted body of work by the Italian artist. This is a hybrid oeuvre in which subject and medium coalesce, from mouth/watercolour to penis-breast/rubber and eye/bricolage. A seeming jumble of themes and materials, Rama's different series in fact come together as a coherent whole, tackling notions like madness, fetishism, ordure, abjectness, pleasure, animality and death.

Born into a traditional Catholic bourgeois family in Turin in 1918, this self-taught artist has said, 'I've never needed a model for my painting; the sense of sin is my teacher.' Beginning with the early 1930s watercolours that caused censorship clashes, she developed a distinctive visual system at odds with normative, male-dominated modernism. In 1950 her work took an abstract turn, moving towards a personal, organic vision of Concrete Art. Twenty years later she began using strips cut from bicycle tyres as sensual, minimalist 'image material'. In 1980 she reverted to figuration with watercolours painted on architectural illustrations. Her most recent major series, dating from the 2000s, takes its inspiration from mucca pazza (mad cow disease) and consists of provocative rubber compositions that could be termed 'queer Arte Povera'.

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

Events in Classical Music

Modigliani Quartet
AIX-EN-PROVENCE  •  Auditorium, Conservatoire Darius Milhaud  •  14 July 2015
Beethoven, Rvel, Ernö Dohnány

Modigliani Quartet

Festival d'Aix-en-Provence Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Auditorium, Conservatoire Darius Milhaud 380 avenue Max Juvenal
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Tel: 33 (0) 434 08 02 17

Events in Dance

Peeping Tom Compagnie: <EM>Vader</EM>
Peeping Tom Compagnie: Vader
Peeping Tom Compagnie
PARIS  •  Theatre de la Ville  •  7 - 11 July 2015

Peeping Tom Compagnie: Vader
Directed by Franck Chartier
Gabriela Carrizo, direction & dramaturgy assistant
Sound composition & arrangements: Raphaëlle Latini, Ismaël Colombani, Eurudike De Beul, Renaud Crols
Audio mix: Yannick Willox
Lighting: Giacomo Gorini
Costumes and  Peeping Tom set concept: Peeping Tom, Amber Vandenhoeck

Theatre de la Ville website

Detailed schedule information:

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

Events in Opera

Alcina: By Georg Friedrich Haendel
AIX-EN-PROVENCE  •  Grand Théatre de Provence  •  2 - 20 July 2015
Georg Friedrich Haendel: Alcina
Dramma per musica in three acts
Anonymous libretto after l'Alcina delusa da Ruggiero by Antonio Marchi, inspired from L’Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto

Andrea Marcon, conductor
Mise en scène: Katie Mitchell
Sets: Chloe Lamford
Costumes: Laura Hopkins
Lighting: James Farncombe


Alcina: Patricia Petibon
Ruggiero: Philippe Jaroussky
Morgana: Anna Prohaska*
Bradamante: Katarina Bradić
Oronte: Anthony Gregory*
Melisso: Krzysztof Baczyk*
Oberto: Elias Mädler, Lionel Wunsch (members of the Tölzer Knabenchor, en alternance)

Actors: Juliet Alderdice (Alcina âgée), Jane Thorne (Morgana âgée), Ian Hallard (père d'Oberto et serviteur), Zoé Aldrich, Josephine Arden, Sarah Northgraves et Anna Martine (servantes)

Chœur MusicAeterna (Chœur de l'Opéra de Perm)
Chef de chœur Vitaly Polonsky

Orchestre Freiburger Barockorchester
Continuo Théorbes: Daniele Ciminiti, Maria Ferré; Violoncelle: Guido Larisch; Clavecins: Andrea Marcon, Johannes Keller

Festival d'Aix-en-Provence Website

Detailed schedule information:


Grand Théatre de Provence
380 avenue Max Juvenal
13100 Aix-en-Provence

Tel: 33 (0) 434 08 02 17

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Murray Head
PARIS  •  L'Olympia  •  5 March 2015
Murray Head

L'Olympia Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: L'Olympia
28 boulevard des Capucines
75009 Paris
Tel: (33) 0147 42 25 49

Blackmore’s Night
Blackmore’s Night
Blackmore’s Night
PARIS  •  L'Olympia  •  8 July 2015
Blackmore’s Night

L'Olympia Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: L'Olympia
28 boulevard des Capucines
75009 Paris
Tel: (33) 0147 42 25 49

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