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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

Poussin and God
PARIS  •  Musée du Louvre  •  2 April 2014 - 29 June 2015

To mark the 350th anniversary of the artist's death in 1665, this exhibition at the Musée du Louvre sets out to review possible Christian readings of Poussin's painting and one of his signature features: his merging of the antique and Christian notions of the sacred.

Nicolas Poussin is the absolute embodiment of the painter-philosopher, but the Christian aspect of his painting has been too often ignored and even called into question. A rethinking of the Poussin oeuvre in religious terms seems all the more necessary today in that recent studies have provided a convincing picture not only of his immediate entourage—markedly less raffish than has been generally recognized—but most of all of the originality of his religious painting as the source of a personal meditation on God.

Organized by Nicolas Milovanovic, Musée du Louvre, and Mickaël Szanto, Paris Sorbonne University.

Musée du Louvre Website

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

Nicolas Régnier (circa 1588-1667)<EM>La Farce</EM> (circa 1623-25)Oil on canvas - 97 x 131 cmStockholm, NationalmuseumPhoto : Nationalmuseum
Nicolas Régnier (circa 1588-1667)
La Farce (circa 1623-25)
Oil on canvas - 97 x 131 cm
Stockholm, Nationalmuseum
Photo : Nationalmuseum
The Baroque Underworld: The Rome of Vice and Misery
PARIS  •  Petit Palais  •  24 February 2015 - 24 May 2014
The aim of this exhibition is to give the public a glimpse behind the scenes for the first time, to reveal not the Rome of ideal beauty, but the "crude and common" Rome, that of vices, misery and excess which inspired a previously unseen and stunning artistic production. The exhibition presents some 70 major paintings created in Rome during the first half of the 17th century, from Simon Vouet to Claude Lorrain, and from Bartolomeo Manfredi to Valentin de Boulogne.

Petit Palais Website

Contact: Petit Palais,
Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 53 43 40 00

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

Carlos Espinosa: Mist Trap&nbsp;
Carlos Espinosa: Mist Trap 
Carlos Espinosa
PARIS  •  Le Palais de Tokyo  •  18 February - 17 May 2015

Carlos Espinosa (b. 1924, lives and works in Antofagasta, Chile) is the inventor of atrapanieblas, or “mist traps,” disseminated by the physicist throughout the Atacama Desert in Chile where his invention became a model in the field before spreading to the most arid regions in the world.

Able to capture humidity, these traps can channel water in order to direct it towards areas where it doesn’t flow. These inventions thus help the development of organic life in places where the mineral world was predominant. Developed in the 1960s after a terrible year of drought, Carlos Espinosa’s research consisted in “finding lasting cohabitation solutions for man and his environment while the whole of humanity was already embarking on the conquest of space.”

Thanks to his mist catchers, Espinosa succeeded in meeting an almost Promethean challenge: capturing an invisible material omnipresent and fleeting and offering it to men. The invention was patented in 1963 and its system offered for free use to UNESCO.

Le Palais de Tokyo Website

Contact: Le Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 47 23 54 01

Events in Jazz

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
PARIS  •  Sunside Jazz Club  •  6 May 2015

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

Sam Harris, piano
Harish Raghavan,– bass
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet
Justin Brown. drums

Sunside Jazz Club website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Sunside Jazz Club
60 rue des Lombards
75001 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 40 26 46 60

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

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