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January 31, 2017
November 12, 2017
African routes

PARIS. Through ancient and contemporary art works, religious rituals objects, crafts, ivory and gold pieces this exhibition explains how cultures spread around the African continent following river, land and sea routes. It shows how certain towns became art hubs, how each region and country contributed to the artistic melting pot and how rare resources like ivory, gold and copper helped encourage artisitic exchanges. Musée du Quai Branly. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm. Admission : €10 / €7. Information : 0156617000
www.quaibranly.fr
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April 15, 2017
January 07, 2018
Venenum

LYON. «Venenum, a poisonous world» is an interdisciplinary exhibition looking at the roles played by poison in history, culture, science, belief, medicine and criminology. Whether it is a form of defence or of power, a threat or a hope for the medicine of tomorrow, poisons have always stimulated fear and fascination as they have both a pharmaceutical power that gives them unsuspected medicinal virtues and can also be toxic, leading to death. Works of art, historical and ethnographic objects, audio-visuals and interactive displays mix and dialogue with the natural-science collections as well as with venomous and toxic animals displayed in an aquarium or a vivarium to illustrate the uses of poison over the centuries. Musée des Confluences. 86 quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 7pm, Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 10am to 7pm. Admission : €9 / €5. Information : 0428381212
www.museedesconfluences.fr
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April 20, 2017
September 24, 2017
Auto photo

PARIS. This exhibition presents hundreds of pictures of automobiles taken from 1900 to the present day. It shows vehicles have been a source of inspiration for many photographers either as the primary or secondary element of the image composition. Pictures on display include works by famous photographers such as Robert Doisneau, Seydou Keita, Bruce Davidson, Weegee, Lee Friedlander, Raymond Depardon and Robert Franck. Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain. 261 boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 8pm, till 10pm on Tuesday. Admission : €10.50 / €7 Information : 0142185650
www.fondationcartier.com
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April 26, 2017
August 28, 2017
Contemporary African art

PARIS. The Louis Vuitton foundation offers a focus on contemporary African art through three exhibitions. A selection of works from Jean Pigozzi’s collection presenting fifteen artists including Congolese Chéri Samba and Bodys Isek Kingelez, Benin-born Romuald Hazoumé, Senegalese septuagenarian Seni Awa Camara and photographer Seydou Keita from Mali. Works from South Africa’s contemporary art scene encompassing three generations and ranging from leading old figures like William Kentridge, David Goldblatt, Sue Williamson and Jane Alexander to young artists born in the 80s such as Zanele Muholi and Kristin-Lee Moolman. A display of works by artists from Africa and from African backgrounds owned by the Louis Vuitton Foundation such as Wangechi Mutu and Rashid Johnson. Fondation Louis Vuitton. 8 avenue Mahatma Gandhi, 75016 Paris. Open every day except Tuesday from noon to 7pm, till 9pm on Friday, from 11am to 8pm on weekends. Admission : €14 / €10. Information : 0140699600
www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr
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May 06, 2017
October 14, 2017
Gardens on stage

PICARDY. “Jardins en Scène” is a festival where music, visual arts, theatre, dance and circus shows slip into more than forty gardens. Perched in a tree or floating on water, artists are not where we expect to find them. They give unusual performances offering visitors snatches of poetry, humor and enjoyment in the midst of natural settings sculpted by other artists excelling in a discipline of their own. For this ninth edition more than eighty shows are scheduled in gardens scattered around the Picardy region. Admission : free or from €2 to €12 depending on the garden and the show. Information and bookings :
www.jardinsenscene.fr
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May 27, 2017
November 04, 2017
Jazz in the vineyards

VAUCLUSE. Ten jazz concerts are held in vineyards or in wineries. Afterwards, spectators are offered wine tasting and toasts. Concerts are given by the Pierre Christophe Quartet at the Domaine Colline Saint Jean in Vacqueyras (May 27th), the Drom Blanchard Quartet at Domaine Berthet Rayne in Cairanne (June 24th), the Tipo Combo Quartet at the Domaine Brusset in Cairanne (July 15th), the Nora Kamm Quartet at the Domaine Rabasse Charavin in Cairanne (August 5th), several bands in the frame of the Jazz dans les Vignes Festival in the vineyards of Visan (August 24th), the Alfio Origlio Quartet in the vineyards of Cairanne (August 25th), the O.Hutman Trio in the vineyards of Sérignan (August 26th), the Mariannick Saint-Ceran Quintet at the Cave Cooperative of Roaix Séguret (September 16th), the Jean-Philippe Bordier Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Vacqueyras (October 14th) and the Philippe Duchemin Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Cairanne (November 4th). Admission : €15 per concert. Information and bookings:
www.jazzdanslesvignes.fr
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June 04, 2017
October 01, 2017
Ephemeral gardens

WESSERLING. ALSACE. A reminder of the textile industry in Alsace, the former Wesserling factory boasts one of the finest gardens in this region. Here, visitors can discover an English-style garden, Mediterranean terraces, a French-style garden and a kitchen garden. Every summer, the park hosts the "Festival des Jardins Métissés" (Mixed Gardens Festival), which invites experienced artists and students to create temporary plant-based works of art and to keep to a theme that is closely linked to the history of the Wesserling site. This year, the chosen theme is “At the Earth’s Core” and visitors discover short-lived gardens made up of vegetables, fruits, textiles, aromatic plants and of course flowers. Parc de Wesserling - Musée Textile. Rue du Parc, 68470 Husseren-Wesserling. Open every day from 10 am till 6 pm, till 6.30pm on Sunday and in July - August. Admission : €8.50 / €4. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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June 08, 2017
August 25, 2017
Wine tasting and more

DROME DEPARTMENT. Meals prepared cooked by winemakers, tapas party, picnic, after works, jazz and rock concerts,…. During summer many events take place in the vineyards and wineries of the Grignan-les-Adhemar appellation, all of them featuring wine tasting. In addition, every Thursday winemakers from this appellation welcome tourists at the Caveau des Vignerons de Grignan and offer a commented tasting of 5 wines accompanied by local delicacies. Information :
www.grignan-adhemar-vin.fr/instants-vins
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June 13, 2017
September 24, 2017
Cézanne portraits

PARIS. For the first time ever an exhibition focuses on portraits by French Post-Impressionist Cézanne better known for his still life and landscape paintings. Organized by the London’s National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, it features more than 50 works depicting his wife, relatives, friends and gardener as well as self portraits on loan from collections all over the world, about a quarter of the 200 portraits Cézanne is known to have painted in his career. Musée d’Orsay. 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris. Open every day except Monday from 9.30am to 6pm, till 9.45pm on Thursday. Admission : €12 / €9. Information :
www.musee-orsay.fr
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June 16, 2017
September 09, 2017
The Marriage of Figaro, open-air opera

FRANCE. One of Mozart’s most famous pieces, “The Marriage of Figaro” will be performed at six exceptional venues around France in June, July and September. Performances will take place at the Parc de Sceaux near Paris (June 16th and 17th), the Chateau du Champ de Bataille in Le Neubourg, near Evreux (June 24th), the chateau de Vincennes, near Paris (June 30th), the Cité of Carcassonne (July 13th), the chateau de Haroué, near Nancy (September 1st) and the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris (from September 7th to 9th). Tickets are already on sale and to secure a seat it is better to book well ahead of time. Tickets prices ranges from €39 to €95. Information and bookings :
www.operaenpleinair.com
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June 21, 2017
October 02, 2017
Japanese landscapes

PARIS. Presenting a hundred or so prints and several vintage photographs, this exhibition shows the evolution of landscape paintings in Japan from 1820 to the early 20th century and highlights it was an essential source of inspiration for artists of the Ukiyo-e aesthetic movement. Works on display include paintings by famous artists Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige but also by lesser-known ones from the early 20th century. Musée Guimet. 6 place d’Iéna, 75116 Paris. Open every day except Tuesday from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €9.50 / €7 giving access to the permanent collection. Information :
www.guimet.fr
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July 01, 2017
August 31, 2017
Art & Wine

VAR DEPARTMENT. For two months, dozens of independent winemakers from the Var department host exhibitions by sculptors, painters, photographers, drawers and others artists or works of they produced in-situ inside the wineries or in the vineyards, Information :
www.art-et-vin.net
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July 01, 2017
January 07, 2018
Modernity in Britanny

PONT-AVEN, BRITTANY. Through 111 works by dozens of artists, this exhibition looks at the innovative aesthetic styles that developed in Brittany between 1920 and 1940 when many artists moved there and experimented new techniques. It highlights their influences and sources of inspiration. Musée de Pont Aven. Place Julia, 29930 Pont-Aven. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, every day from 10am to 7pm in July and August. Admission : €7 / €5 Information :
www.museepontaven.fr
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July 05, 2017
January 07, 2018
70 years of Dior Fashion

PARIS. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Dior house, the exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” presents a selection of over 300 haute couture gowns designed between 1947 and the present day. Alongside the dresses is a wide-ranging display of atelier toiles and fashion photographs, as well as hundreds of documents, including illustrations, sketches, documentary photographs, letters and notes and advertising documents, and fashion accessories, including hats, jewellery, bags, shoes and perfume bottles. The exhibition opens with the story of Christian Dior’s life. Then it examines the inspiration he drew from all forms of art by intermingling his creations with classical busts, Renaissance paintings and surrealist sculptures. It also features models designed by the creative directors who followed after his death in 1957: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and the current holder of the post, Maria Grazia Chiuri. The visit ends with a large gallery housing a selection of some of the most beautiful and shimmering gowns created by Dior that were worn by actresses and princesses such as Elizabeth Taylor, Grace de Monaco and Charlize Theron. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, till 8.30pm on Thursday. Admission : €11 / €8.50 Information : 0144555750
www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr
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July 14, 2017
November 05, 2017
Manguin, the Joy of Colour

GIVERNY, NEAR PARIS. Through some ninety works, this exhibition traces the career of this artist nicknamed “the voluptuous painter” by Apollinaire. A friend of Matisse, he demonstrated an exceptional talent for the inventive use of colour harmonies and produced nudes, Mediterranean landscapes, family scenes and still lifes. The exhibition focuses on the period when he worked closely the Fauves. Musée des Impressionnismes. 99 rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny. Open every day from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €7 / €4.50 Information : 0232519465
www.mdig.fr
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August 07, 2017
August 26, 2017
Circus in Limousin

NEXON. HAUTE-VIENNE DEPARTMENT. Home to a circus school, the small town of Nexon hosts a circus festival focusing on contemporary creation. Named “La Route du Sirque”, it gathers together companies performing shows mixing acrobatics, dance, juggling, comedy, humor, tightrope walking and so on. A meeting between artists and spectators follows some of them. During the day there are circus workshops aimed at old and young alike, tales for kids, screenings of circus themed films, concerts, exhibitions and a temporary bookstore offering a selection of books about circus. Admission : €6 to €20 per show. Information and bookings : 0555581079
www.sirquenexon.com
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August 12, 2017
September 30, 2017
Luminessences

AVIGNON. Using cutting-edge sound and image technologies, this light show reviews the dramatic history of the Avignon Popes and the central role of the Palace. Accompanied by music, monumental images cloak the four wings of the palace and surround the audience that in taken back to medieval time. There are three shows a week in English – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Shows every day at 9.15pm in French and at 10.15pm in English. Admission : €12 / €10. Information and bookings :
www.lesluminessences-avignon.com
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August 18, 2017
September 03, 2017
Berlioz festival

ISERE DEPARTMENT. One of the few symphonic music festivals in France, the Berlioz Festival takes place in several places venues throughout the Isere department, the main one being the Château Louis XI in La Côte Saint-André, birthplace of the great musician. It features symphonic and chamber music concerts as well as recitals and musicians and orchestras perform works by Berlioz and other composers such as Britten, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, Haendel and Beethoven. Admission : €12 to €75 per concert Information and bookings : 0474202079
www.festivalberlioz.com
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August 18, 2017
August 26, 2017
Piano Folies

LE TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE. PAS DE CALAIS DEPARTMENT. A music festival dedicated to piano, “Piano Folies” brings together about hundred and fifty musicians from all over the word including famous pianists such as Alexis Goribol, Arcadi Volodos, Nikolaï Lugansky, Boris Berezovsky and Dmitry Masleev. Concerts take place all day in various venues throughout the town and there are free ones every morning and early afternoon. Admission : from €10 to €40 per concert. 3 to 8 concerts pass from €68 to €280. Information and bookings :
www.lespianosfolies.com
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August 20, 2017
August 25, 2017
Fun for kids

LE GRAND BORNAND. ALPS. “Au Bonheur des Mômes” (Fun for Kids) is a week-long festival where little ones call the shots and are kings. It features dozens of French and international companies offering around 300 shows and activities such as puppet shows, theatre, circus acts, mime, juggling, improvisations, workshops, exhibitions, giant games areas and merry-go-rounds. Prices : Pass Festival : €5 per day, shows from €3 to €12, workshops from €10 to €15. Information and bookings : 0450027800, 0450027904
www.aubonheurdesmomes.com
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August 22, 2017
August 27, 2017
Baroque music festival

SABLE. SARTHE. The Festival de Sablé
 is a top event for baroque music. It consists of fourteen concerts, sometimes performed along with ballets and plays, given in halls, churches and chapels located in and around Sablé sur Sarthe. This edition features concerts of works by famous composers such as Lully, Rameau, Bach, Couperin, Vivaldi and Teleman, a focus on 17th – 18th centuries works inspired by Orientalism as well as exhibitions, conferences and lunches on grass. Admission : €18 to €35 per concert. Information and bookings : 0243622222
www.lentracte-sable.fr/festival.html
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August 24, 2017
August 27, 2017
Kids Festival

MONTBELIARD. DOUBS. The “Festival des Mômes” is a festival entirely dedicated to kids. During four days children 6 months to 13 years old are offered a wide range of shows and activities especially created and designed for them. The program features puppet and circus shows, concerts, musicals, one-man show, plays, one hour workshops to learn prehistoric painting, dance, magic, scrap booking, … and short activities lasting between 10 and 30 minutes where kids can paint on glass, make pottery, adorn t-shirt and purses, etc…. Lastly, there are also specific workshops for babies and parents. Advance booking is required for most activities and shows. Information and bookings : 0381918626
www.festivaldesmomes.fr
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