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Events in Art and Archaeology

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
PARIS  •  Musée d’Orsay  •  24 June 2014 - 28 September 2013
French sculptor and painter, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux came from an unusual background: his father was a bricklayer and his mother a lacemaker in Valenciennes. He was to pursue an exceptional career closely related to the "imperial party" of the reign of Napoleon III. Although he set off on a dazzling path within the arts, he was also seen to incarnate the romantic idea of the "cursed artist". He died aged 48, and his fifteen-year career was marked by great violence and passion, as he tirelessly strove to capture the subjects of his choosing or which were commissioned (the Pavillon de Flore of the Louvre, La Dance for the Garnier Opera House). This retrospective is the first since 1975 to be dedicated to Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, sculptor, painter and designer, and the exhibition explores the work of this major figure of late nineteenth century French sculpture, whose work, according to Alexandre Dumas, was "more alive than the living."

Musée d’Orsay Website

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

Raymond Mason: Le Voyage
PARIS  •  Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris  •  7 March - 9 November 2014

To mark the acquisition of two major sculptures by Raymond Mason – the purchase of the bronze low relief La Place de l’Opéra (1957) and the donation by Madame Jeannine Hao of the painted work in plaster Le Voyage (1966–2010) – the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is paying tribute to this artist born in Birmingham in 1922. Raymond Mason moved to Paris in 1946 and lived there until his death in 2010.

This exhibition is one in a series of homages by the Museum to artists working in France whose work has not been widely shown. It comes in the wake of presentations of the work of Bernard Dufour (2008), Jean Dupuy (2009), Claude Garache (2012) and Pierre Henry (2013–2014).

The two works La Place de l’Opéra and Le Voyage by Raymond Mason are accompanied by a selection of seven sculptures and a number of drawings dating from 1950–2004, together with documentary photographs by Martine Franck and Henri Cartier-Bresson. All the exhibits come from the artist's Paris studio. This showing covers the main chronological stages in Mason's oeuvre with key works which for him were constant points of reference. It begins with the engraved bronze low relief street scene of Barcelona Tram (1953), a work praised by Picasso, which is followed by a series of drawn and sculpted Paris cityscapes.

Describing himself as a realist, Mason brings together passers-by from the streets in a dynamic, meticulously composed urban theatre. The glass-fronted box of St Mark’s Place, East Village, New York City (1972) offers an animated, colourful scene whose characters are transfigured by simple, vivid painting in the tradition of medieval statuary. He focuses our attention with a host of detailed facial expressions and varying emotions in the high-relief The Illuminated Crowd (1979-1980), of which poet Yves Bonnefoy would say, 'I look at The Illuminated Crowd and in it I see, first and foremost, the same empathy as ever with human affairs in all their most unglamorous manifestations.'

In other works the majestic beauty of the skyscrapers in the low-relief New York City (1987) is set off by Amazement (2003), with its hypnotic spectacle of the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11.

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

1964 - 2014: Fifty years of masterpieces at the Maeght Foundation
SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE (CÔTE D'AZUR)  •  Maeght Foundation  •  28 June - 11 November 2014
This exhibit showcases some one hundred masterpieces, from Pierre Bonnard to Bernard Moninot to Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and Pierre Soulages, Miquel Barceló and François Rouan.

Maeght Foundation Website

Contact: Fondation Maeght
623, chemin des Gardettes
06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence
Tel: (33) 4 93 32 81 63

Claude Viallat
MONTPELLIER  •  Musée Fabre of Montpellier Agglomération  •  28 June - 2 November 2014
Made up of nearly 200 works, paintings, drawings and objects, the exhibition surveys Claude Viallat’s cursus over more than a half century, restoring his ceaseless exploration of techniques and materials.

Born in 1936 in Nîmes, trained at the School of Fine Arts in Montpellier, then in the School in Paris, Claude Viallat at the start queried the great tenets of figurative painting. The war in Algeria proved an important step with his first explorations on poor materials. The abandonment of figuration was the first radical change in his production. Claude Viallat invented, in 1966, a neutral shape, close to that of a palette, of a bean or a small bone. The affirmation of his style, with the invention of that, immediately recognizable, shape, was the departure point for an infinite exploration of the potentialities of color and of materials. A founding member of the Supports/Surfaces group in 1970, Viallat and the artists he saw at the time (Bioulès, Devade, Dezeuze…) sought to split open the space even as they assumed the precariousness of the new materials.

Musée Fabre of Montpellier Agglomération Website

Contact: Musée Fabre
39 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
34000 Montpellier
Tel: (33) 04 67 14 83 17

Events in Classical Music

The Cleveland Orchestra: Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
PARIS  •  Salle Pleyel  •  21 September 2014

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Jörg Widmann: Teufel Amor Hymne symphonique d'après Schiller (French premiere)
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

Salle Pleyel Website

Detailed schedule information:


Contact: Salle Pleyel
252, rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 42 56 13 13

Nikolaj Znaider
Nikolaj Znaider
The Cleveland Orchestra: Nikolaj Znaider, violin
PARIS  •  Salle Pleyel  •  20 September 2014
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Nikolaj Znaider, violin

Salle Pleyel Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Salle Pleyel
252, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris, France
Tel: (33) 01 45 61 53 00

Yuja Wang, piano
PARIS  •  Salle Pleyel  •  7 October 2014

Albéniz, Granados, Balakirev, Chopin, Liszt, Franz Liszt / Richard Wagner

Yuja Wang, piano

Salle Pleyel Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Salle Pleyel
252, rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 42 56 13 13

Events in Dance

National Ballet of Norway: Jiří Kylián, choreography
PARIS  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  22 - 24 September 2014
Jiří Kylián, choreography

Bella Figura
Music: Foss, Pergolèse, Marcello, Vivaldi, Torelli
Jiří Kylián, décor
Joke Visser, costumes
Kees Tjebbes, lighting

Gods and Dogs (French première)
Music: Beethoven, Haubrich
Jiří Kylián, décor
Joke Visser. costumes
Kees Tjebbes, lichting

Symphonie de Psaumes
Music: Stravinsky
William Katz, décor
Joop Stokvis, costumes
Kees Tjebbes, lichting

National Ballet of Norway

Théatre des Champs-Elysées Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Théatre des Champs-Elysées
15 Avenue Montaigne
70008 Paris

Tel: (33) 01 49 52 50 50

TAO Dance Theater
TAO Dance Theater
TAO Dance Theater
PARIS  •  Theatre des Abessess  •  1 - 4 October 2014
TAO Dance Theater

Choreography: Tao Ye
Music: Xiao He
Llights: Ma Yue, Tao Ye
Costumes: Tao Ye, Li Min

with Lei Yan, Wang Mingchao, Fu Liwei, Mao Xue

On stage is one of China’s most celebrated dance companies.

Theatre des Abessess Website

Detailed schedule information:

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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Mother Courage and her Children: By Bertolt Brecht
PARIS  •  Theatre de la Ville  •  17 - 26 September 2014
Bertolt Brecht: Mother Courage and her Children
Music: Paul Dessau
Directed by Claus Peymann
Scenography: Frank Hänig
Costumes: Maria-Elena Amos
Dramaturgy: Jutta Ferbers

In German with French subtitles

Berliner Ensemble
< BR> In September 1939, Europe descends into conflict. In less than six weeks, Bertolt Brecht makes of the legendary Courage the heroine of a dramatic chronicle with a small band and numerous songs. In the autumn of 2005, under the direction of Claus Peymann, Carmen-Maja Antoni writes down the name of Mother Courage again in the repertoire of the Berliner Ensemble. And today the play comes back to Paris, 60 years after its triumph with Hélène Weigel and Bertolt Brecht.

Théâtre de la Ville Website

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Contact: Théâtre de la Ville
Place du Chatelet
Tel: (33) 1 42 74 22 77

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