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Edme Bourchardon: <EM>Charles Fre&#769;de&#769;ric de La Tour du Pin, Marquis de Gouvernet</EM>Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN - Grand Palais/Daniel Lebée et Carine Deambrosis
Edme Bourchardon: Charles Frédéric de La Tour du Pin, Marquis de Gouvernet
Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN - Grand Palais/Daniel Lebée et Carine Deambrosis
Bouchardon (1698–1762): A Sublime Idea of Beauty
PARIS  •  Musée du Louvre  •  14 September - 5 December 2016

The Musée du Louvre and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles pay tribute to Edme Bouchardon, a renowned French sculptor and draftsman, who was considered an exceptional artist in his own time.

The son of an architect-sculptor, he trained at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris before spending a productive period at the French Academy in Rome (1723–32). Learning of Bouchardon’s great reputation, the director of the King’s Buildings summoned him back to France, where he quickly received a studio and lodgings at the Louvre. Accepted into the Academy in 1735, he thus became Sculptor to the King.

Listed in the Encyclopédie—Diderot and d’Alembert’s encyclopedic dictionary of the sciences, arts, and trades—as the continuator of Puget and Girardon, Bouchardon was regarded by his contemporaries as the advocate of artistic renewal, “the greatest sculptor and the best draftsman of his century” (Cochin).

Musée du Louvre Website

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

Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection
PARIS  •  Fondation Louis Vuitton  •  22 October 2016 - 20 February 2017
Fondation Louis Vuitton presents the exhibition Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection. The show pays tribute to one of the greatest art patrons of the early 20th century, Sergei Shchukin, the visionary Russian collector of French modern art. From 1898, Sergei Shchukin, a leading Moscow industrialist, quickly became an integral member of the Parisian arts milieu of the era, forging relationships with modern art dealers Paul Durand-Ruel, Ambroise Vollard, and Berthe Weill, then Georges Bernheim and Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. His friendship with celebrated artists like Henri Matisse heavily influenced the formation of his collection, one of the most radical of its time.

130 works are exhibited in this exhibition including works by Picasso (29), Matisse (22), Gauguin (12), Monet (8), Cezanne (8) and Malevich (8).

Fondation Louis Vuitton Website


Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi,
75116 Paris, France

Tel: (33) 1 40 69 96 00

Diego Rivera: <EM>Río Juchitán</EM>, 1953-1955&nbsp;Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA Asignación al Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes a través del Sistema de Administración y Enajenación de Bienes de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, 2015©Jorge Vertíz Gargoll
Diego Rivera: Río Juchitán, 1953-1955 
Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA Asignación al Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes a través del Sistema de Administración y Enajenación de Bienes de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, 2015
©Jorge Vertíz Gargoll
Mexico (1900–1950): Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, JC Orozco and vanguards
PARIS  •  Grand Palais  •  5 October 2016 - 23 January 2017
The Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, the Secretaría de Cultura / Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes / Museo Nacional de Arte, México (MUNAL), have joined together to organise an exhibition that traces a vast panorama across modern Mexico, from the first stirrings of the Revolution to the middle of the 20th century, complemented by a number of works from contemporary artists. The exhibition features works by José Vasconcelos,  Ángel Zárraga, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Francisco Eppens, Nahui Olin, Rosa Rolanda, Tina Modotti, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Germán Cueto, Robert Montenegro, Gerardo Murillo "Dr. Atl", Rufino Tamayo, Marius de Zayas, Miguel Covarrubias, Carlos Mérida, José Horna, Leonora Carrington, Alice Rahon among others.

Grand Palais Website

Contact: Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 44 13 17 17

René Magritte: La trahison des images
PARIS  •  Centre Georges Pompidou  •  21 September 2016 - 23 January 2017

The exhibition Magritte: La trahison des images aims to offer a completely new approach to the work of the Belgian artist René Magritte. Featuring both well-known masterpieces and other less familiar works, all drawn from leading public and private collections, it offers a fresh look at one of the key figures of Modern art.

The latest in the series of monographic exhibitions the Centre Pompidou has devoted to major figures in 20th-century art ¬– “Edward Munch: L’œil moderne”, “Matisse: Paires et séries” and “Duchamp: La peinture, même” – this exhibition brings together around one hundred paintings, drawings and documents offering a fresh approach to the painter. “Magritte: La trahison des images” explores the artist’s interest in philosophy, an interest that would culminate in the publication of Foucault’s Ceci n’est pas une pipe (1973), born out of the writers discussions with the artist.

Centre Georges Pompidou Website

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

Tel: (33) 1 44 78 12 33

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

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: <EM>Madame Moitessier</EM>© The National Gallery, LondonDist. RMN-Grand Palais / National Gallery Photographic Department
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: Madame Moitessier
© The National Gallery, London
Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / National Gallery Photographic Department
The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870
PARIS  •  Musée d’Orsay  •  27 September 2016 - 15 January 2017
A regime denigrated in its time and held in contempt after its fall, the Second Empire was, for a long time, associated with the decadence and superficiality of the "fête impériale". Against a background of social unrest, this prosperous era was a time of splendour and of economic euphoria, of ostentation and numerous lavish celebrations that are worth revisiting.
It was also a period of moral and aesthetic crisis, torn between the old cultural frameworks and the new practices, between increasingly excessive decoration and the quest for the real - conflicting currents that determined much of French artistic creation in the 1850s and 1860s.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary in autumn 2016, the Musée d’Orsay is looking at the entertainments and festivities of the Second Empire and at the different "stages" on which our modernity was invented. The exhibition’s thematic lay-out, with paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings, objets d’art and jewellery side by side, creates a portrait of this prolific and brilliant era, so rich in contradictions.

Musée d’Orsay Website

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

Rodrigo Braga
Rodrigo Braga
Rodrigo Braga: Inland Sea
PARIS  •  Palais de Tokyo  •  1 October - 18 December 2016

For his first solo exhibition in France, which opens as part of Nuit Blanche 2016, Rodrigo Braga (born in 1976 in Manaus, Brazil, lives in Rio de Janeiro) is occupying the ornamental pond on the esplanade between Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. His monumental installation reveals tangible traces of the prehistoric sea that covered the French capital some 45 million years ago.

Invited to make use of the mineral landscape of the esplanade of Palais de Tokyo, Rodrigo Braga has created an enclaved sea, from which limestone rocks emerge. These sandy-coloured stones, with their familiar appearance, come from quarries used for the construction of a large number of buildings in Paris. Crisscrossed with concave and convex fossil markings, they bear witness to the teeming aquatic life that thrived in the basin of Paris, several million years ago.

“I work on the capacity of human beings to create systems that relate, modify or extract from nature, and thus I realize that, even when in contradiction with it, we are part of its changing cycle.”

Rodrigo Braga

Palais de Tokyo Website

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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

<P>Molière: <EM>Les Femmes Savantes</EM> </P> • <P>&nbsp;</P>

Molière: Les Femmes Savantes


Theatre: Les Femmes Savantes: By Molière
PARIS  •  Théâtre de la Porte St. Martin  •  23 September - 15 December 2016

Molière: Les Femmes Savantes

Catherine Hiegel: mise en scène

Décors: Goury
Costumes: Renato Blanchi
Lumières: Dominique Borrini
Créatrice maquillage, coiffure: Véronique Soulier-Nguyne

Avec Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Evelyne Buyle, Philippe Duquesne, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Catherine Ferran, Benjamin Jungers, Chloé Berthier, René Turquois, Baptiste Roussillon

Théâtre de la Porte St. Martin Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Théâtre de la Porte St. Martin
18 boulevard Saint-Martin 
75010 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 42 08 00 32

Sylvain Creuzevault: <EM>Angelus Novus, AntiFaust</EM>
Sylvain Creuzevault: Angelus Novus, AntiFaust
Theatre: Angelus Novus: By Sylvain Creuzevault
PARIS  •  La Colline – théâtre national  •  2 November - 4 December 2016

Sylvain Creuzevault: Angelus Novus, AntiFaust
in French

Directed by Sylvain Creuzevault

With Christian Benedetti, Antoine Cegarra, Éric Charon, Pierre Devérines, Evelyne Didi, Lionel Dray, Servane Ducorps, Michèle Goddet, Arthur Igual, Frédéric Noaille, Amandine Pudlo, Alyzée Soudet

Musical creation, Pierre-Yves Macé
Stage and sound manager, Michaël Schaller
Stage design, Jean-Baptiste Bellon
Lighting, Nathalie Perrier
Lighting and video operator, Gaëtan Veber
Masks, Loïc Nébréda
Costume design, Gwendoline Bouget
Paint work, Camille Courier de Méré
Production and distribution, Élodie Régibier

Faust is born from a feudal organization of society in a human being, and bearer of encyclopedia-like knowledge, encompassing theology, philosophy, law, medicine, botany and astronomy, to name but a few. The illusory myth of universal knowledge steers the main character towards melancholy, and he deals with the devil in an effort to drive away his dark thoughts.

But what becomes of the myth of Faust in a society given over to the production of merchandise, and its sophisticated notions of social division through labour? Market value is such that knowledge means power, and solitude. It is the no.1 commodity, way ahead of guns and weapons.Is it possible, here and now, to discover a new territory, or construct a place, a common ground, in which the use of an area of knowledge does not end up in bitterness and corruption. In writing this piece, our aim will be to try to find a “yes” answer... though everything points to a resounding no. According to the myth, the Pact enables Faust to become everything that he is not. We have turned this around, because, conversely, in today’s world this Faustian source of wealth is like an order for us to remain what we are. “Become yourself” is not only a recruitment slogan for the French Army, it is also the means of subordination. “Keep yourself to YOURSELF” has become the all-too rational motto for governments and their peoples.What we are lacking in is demons, these “others-of-us”. Their absence is palpable. The times we live in are void of them. Everywhere we look are Idols, and their war of toothy grins. From out of their midst comes the unbearable silence of the Demons. Our own demon is not Mephistopheles, we have given him the name of Baal, Lord of the Flies. Our task is to write a Faust which works against its own myth, an AntiFaust. And then give the work’s title to its own demon, an Angelus Novus. It is a tribute to our most unwanted evening visitor, a tenant of ours very who does not even pay his rent, and who tells us “I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.”

Sylvain Creuzevault

La Colline – théâtre national Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: La Colline – théâtre national
15, rue Malte-Brun
75020 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 53 45 17 17

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