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<P><SPAN class=irc_su dir=ltr style="TEXT-ALIGN: left">Charles Le Brun: Portrait équestre du chancelier SéguierOil on canvas, circa 1660, ParisMusée du Louvre</SPAN><SPAN class=irc_su dir=ltr style="TEXT-ALIGN: left">© RMN-GP (musée du Louvre)&nbsp;</SPAN></P>

Charles Le Brun: Portrait équestre du chancelier Séguier
Oil on canvas, circa 1660, Paris
Musée du Louvre
© RMN-GP (musée du Louvre) 

Charles Le Brun : The Painter of the Sun King
LENS  •  Musee du Louvre-Lens  •  18 May - 29 August 2016

The painter Charles Le Brun (1619–1690) is being given pride of place at the Louvre-Lens. Like Delacroix for Romanticism and Monet for Impressionism, Le Brun stands out as the embodiment of an epoch: the age of Louis XIV. Son of a humble sculptor of tombstones, he was the King’s First Painter for almost thirty years; it is to him that we owe the decoration of the Hall of Mirrors in the Château de Versailles.

France’s most important artist in the second half of the 17th century, he was also the director of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture and of the Gobelins tapestry works.

The Louvre-Lens exhibition does ample justice to Le Brun’s multifaceted talent, which found expression not only in large-format works—tapestry, for example, and the scale cartoons for the Hall of Mirrors—but also in his more intimate sketches,

Musee du Louvre-Lens Website

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

Dineo Seshee Bopape
Dineo Seshee Bopape
PARIS  •  Palais de Tokyo  •  23 June - 11 September 2016

For her exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Dineo Seshee Bopape (born in 1981 in South Africa, lives in Johannesburg) has conceived an installation reflecting on feelings, psychic dissolution and weight of context. The video of the song “Feelings” performed by Nina Simone (1976, live in Montreux Jazz Festival) together with a consideration of Bessie Head’s novel, A question of power (1974), are the starting points of her research. Dineo Seshee Bopape explores with her installation the subjective question of affects by bringing together videos and depictions of pieces focused on the body engulfed by emotion in personal and in socio political contexts.

“If [Dineo Seshee Bopape] were Ghanaian, her name would be Akosua/Akos for short. In the year of her birth, the Brixton riots took place; two people were injured when a bomb exploded in a Durban shopping centre. Bobby Sands dies, MTV is launched, the Boeing 767 makes its first air flight, Umkhonto we Sizwe performs numerous underground assault operations against the apartheid state. There was an earthquake in China that killed maybe 50 people. Hosni Mubarak was elected president of Egypt, there was a coup d’etat in Ghana. Princess Diana of Britain married Charles. Bob Marley dies. Apartheid SA invaded Angola. AIDS is identified/created/named. Salman Rushdie releases Midnight’s Children. In the region of her birth: Her paternal grandmother died. Julius Malema is born. Millions of people cried. Millions of people laughed! The world’s population was apparently at around 4,529-billion. Bopape spent her youth in Limpopo in varying social situations. At 12 years of age she began to follow a hunger for an elsewhere, beginning with Durban where she spent some years and studied painting and sculpture. (…)”

Palais de Tokyo Website

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

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><A><EM>Seeking</EM></A><EM> to Belong, Stranger in Familiar Land</EM> series, Kibera, 2016.© Sarah Waiswa. Part of the "Discovery Award" exhibition. Courtesy of the artist and Rencontres d’Arles 2016. </P>

Seeking to Belong, Stranger in Familiar Land series, Kibera, 2016.
© Sarah Waiswa. Part of the "Discovery Award" exhibition. Courtesy of the artist and Rencontres d'Arles 2016.

Les Rencontres d'Arles 2016
ARLES  •  various venues  •  4 July - 25 September 2016

The Rencontres d'Arles (formerly known as the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d'Arles) is a summer photography festival founded in 1970 by Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, author Michel Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette.

The exhibitions, often co-produced with both French and foreign museums and institutions, are given on various heritage sites, suitably stage-designed for the purpose. Some sites (for example, 12th century chapels or 19th century industrial buildings) are open to the public only for the duration of the festival.

Many photographers have been discovered as a result of the Rencontres; a sure sign of the festival’s importance as a springboard for photographic and contemporary creative talent.

Photographers are storytellers. Examples include Laia Abril, who, in the first chapter of her chronicle of misogyny, focuses on abortion; João Pina, who spent over 10 years investigating Operation Condor and the disappearance of 60,000 political prisoners in six South American dictatorships; and Yan Morvan's imposing encyclopaedia of battlefields.

The study of popular culture also offers a huge iconographic repertory—often, anonymous images whose initial purpose was primarily utilitarian: illustrating a magazine, publicising a film or documenting daily life. Today, collectors, artists, historians and institutions are increasingly interested in these low-quality images, this other photography. Examples include director Sébastien Lifshitz and the astonishing pictures of transvestites he collected over a 30-year period (the "Sincerely Queer" exhibition); Thomas Mailaender and Marc Bruckert’s contrasting perspectives on the stupid and nasty archives of "Hara Kiri"; and the history of the Camarguais Western, from Joë Hamman holding up the train between Arles and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (1910) to a galloping, singing Johnny Hallyday in "Pour Moi la Vie Va Commencer" ("D’où Viens-tu Johnny?", 1963). We tell the story with the Musée de la Camargue.

This year, talented photographers and curators showcase an unexpected, surprising, funny, pop Africa at the 47th Rencontres. Aida Muluneh, the artistic director of Addis Foto Fest—the Addis Ababa photo festival—joins the Discovery Award nominating team and defends the work of Sarah Waiswa and Nader Adem. Through works by approximately 10 artists, Azu Nwagbogu, director of the LagosPhoto festival, looks into the Nollywood film studios’ influence on African photography. In Maud Sulter's photomontages, however, African and European cutures collide. Lastly, Richard Minier, Thomas Mondo and Madé Taounza tell us the amazing story of Las Maravillas. The Malian music group becomes a wonderful pretext to revisit the swinging ambiance of 1960s Bamako immortalised by the great Malick Sidibé.

Les Rencontres d'Arles 2016 Website


34 rue du docteur Fanton
13200 Arles, France


Tel: 33 (0)4 90 96 76 06

<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

Miquel Barceló: Sol y sombra
PARIS  •  Bibliothèque nationale de France, site François-Mitterrand  •  22 March - 28 August 2016

The Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Musée national Picasso-Paris organize a joint event dedicated to Miquel Barceló. Numerous pieces, never-presented before, allow visitors to discover the Majorcan artist’s universe. Paintings and ceramics are presented at the Musée national Picasso-Paris while the engraved works are put on display at the BnF.

Miquel Barceló’s engraved works that stand as a major part of the artist’s production are rarely presented. The artist, painter, sculptor and ceramist, has also been trying his hand at printing techniques since the beginning of his career. Rich and deeply original, his printed works gather nearly 250 copper and wood engravings, lithographs, screen prints and stampings.

Visitors are invited to follow a thematic path built around a selection of 60 recent or very old prints accounting for the coherence and singularity of his artistic approach.

A monumental fresco made of soil and daylight was created in situ across the full height of the windows of the Julien Cain alley that the artist covered with a fine coat of clay before scraping the dried material. An outstanding introduction to the exhibition, this 190 metre-length over 6-metre high fresco immerses visitors in Barceló’s universe.

Bibliothèque nationale de France Website

Contact: Bibliothèque nationale de France, site François-Mitterrand
Quai François Mauriac
75013 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 53 79 59 59

Bentu, Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation
PARIS  •  Fondation Louis Vuitton:  •  27 January - 29 August 2016

Bentu: The native soil. In contemporary Chinese art, this term does not connote nationalism. Rather, it represents a dialectical concept that aims to reconcile the “local” and the “global” in a universalist and critical rediscovery of identity. This notion is central to the research of artists, curators and academics in China today.

This exhibition brings together 12 artists of different generations who live on mainland China. Using a wide variety of techniques and media, drawn from both local tradition and culture, as well as newer cutting edge technologies – sometimes associating with or confronting these – the artists reveal the complexities of a society that is in permanent mutation. The works highlight the current state of economy and ecology, and most notably, the transformation of the relationship between the city and the countryside. Questions relating to identity are also addressed.

The choice of works does not seek to show a panorama of the artistic scene in China, but aims to draw attention to the multiform character of the production in the country, which undergoes rapid development and which affirms itself through outstanding individuals, rather than through specific movements.

List of artists:

Cao Fei, Hao Liang, Hu Xiangqian, Liu Chuang, Liu Shiyuan, Liu Wei, Liu Xiaodong, Qiu Zhijie, Tao Hui, Xu Qu, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong

Fondation Louis Vuitton Website

Contact: Fondation Louis Vuitton
8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi Bois de Boulogne
75116 - Paris
Tel: (33) 1 40 69 96 00

Eva Jospin
PARIS  •  Musee du Louvre  •  12 April - 28 August 2016
Displayed atop the central fountain of the Louvre’s Cour Carrée, Eva Jospin’s Panorama is designed as an architectural artwork in itself. Its external steel mirrored walls reflect the stony aspect of Paris and the façades of the Louvre palace.

The public is invited to enter the structure to enjoy a 360° panorama that will plunge them into the plant realm, echoing the world of forests and caves.

Eva Jospin sculpts cardboard to create forests, places that have always fascinated her to the point of obsession. These imaginary landscapes devoid of any vanishing point give the eye the freedom of being lost. With Panorama, two hallmarks of the artist’s oeuvre, perspective and depth, are worked on a grander scale. The work is in line with traditional 18th-century panoramas. In creating this urban panorama, Eva Jospin fulfills her wish to create an immersive architecture dedicated to the wonderland that is her imagination.

Musée du Louvre Website

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

© 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

Michel Houellebecq:<EM> Irlande</EM>
Michel Houellebecq: Irlande
Michel Houellebecq
PARIS  •  Palais de Tokyo  •  23 June - 11 September 2016

According to curator Jean de Loisy,  this is not a show “about” Michel Houellebecq, but a show “by” Michel Houellebecq, demonstrating how the writer has produced a form that contributes to the reinvention of exhibitions, by mixing up literature and photography, between fact and fiction

Poet, essayist, novelist and filmmaker, the highly controversial Michel Houellebecq has always had close ties with the cinema and the world of the visual arts, which have accompanied and extended his reflexions since the start of his career, as the frequent allusions to them in his novels attest.

This show is a scenario, leading visitors through the writer’s obsessions. Made up of sounds, photographs, installations and films he has conceived, as well as the presence of several guest artists (Robert Combas, Raphaël Sohier, Renaud Marchand and Maurice Renoma) it will offer an immersion into the world and mind of the protean creator who is Michel Houellebecq.

Palais de Tokyo Website

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

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 Dance

Tanztheatre Wuppertal
PARIS  •  Théâtre de la Ville  •  3 - 12 September 2016


The Fragrance of Italy

A play by Pina Bausch
Direction & choreography: Pina Bausch
Set design: Peter Pabst
Costumes: Marion Cito
Musical collaboration: Matthias Burkert
Dramaturgy: Raimund Hoghe
popular music of Lombardia, Tuscany, South Italy, Sardinia, Bolivie recorded and collected by Luigi Cinque, f Middle ages, russians waltzes, New Orleans music, dance music of the 30's…

31 dancers
music by Tchaïkovski, Buxtehude, Dvořák, Khatchatourian, dance music

Théâtre 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

PARIS  •  Theatre des Abesses  •  21 - 24 September 2016

Quicksand (creation)

Text written and recorded by Robert Ashley
Choreography, set design & costumes: Steve Paxton
Music direction: Tom Hamilton
Lighting: David Moodey

With Jurij Konjar and Maura Gahan

Théâtre des Abbesses Website

Detailed schedule information:

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

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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