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March 2012

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Marie Le Fort

 

“Lucian Freud, Portraits” at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The National Portrait Gallery in London is paying tribute to the famous British painter Lucian Freud (grand son of Sigmund Freud) through a series of portraits by the artist. An ambitious exhibition that brings together 130 paintings and covers seven decades of his work. Loaned by private collectors and galleries from around the world, these portraits of family, friends and people he met and just wanted to paint have been described as “people in [his] life” by Lucian Freud himself. An attentive approach which aimed to enable the artist to “get to know” his subjects beyond their mere surface.
Until May 27
www.npg.org.uk

 

The 16th Festival de l’Imaginaire, Paris. An open stage for all people and civilizations of the modern world and their most unknown and rare forms of expression, each year the Festival de l’Imaginaire invites young creators and great masters in the fields of music, dance, theatre and traditional performances. For this 16th edition, many places in Paris and other regions are hosting the festival performances. The Louvre and the Quai Branly, the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Opéra Bastille, the equestrian Zingaro theatre, the Operas of Lyon and Lille, the Théâtre du Soleil, the Maison des Métallos, as well as many places to discover Korean theater, popular Vietnamese opera, Arab-Andalusian Moroccan music and the musical rhythms of the Bahamas. Don’t miss discorving new horizons trough these cultural and spiritual journeys.  March 9 to June 12.
www.festivaldelimaginaire.com

“Minimal and Beyond” at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Berlin.
The emergence of Minimal Art in the 1960s
radically changed the very definition of a work of art. Using basic shapes, arrangements in series and industrial materials, this trend that originated in the U.S. was detached from any form of illusion, symbolism and metaphor in order to create visible objects as what they were. Here, we recognise the work of Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Robert Morris, who forge a special bond with the space that surrounds them. In this tradition, the exhibition “Minimal and Beyond” – assembled by curator Brigitte Kölle – explores the contemporary heirs of the founding movement through sculptures, objects, paintings, photographs and videos by Hanne Darboven, Isa Genzken, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, On Kawara, Kitty Kraus, Bruce Nauman, Cady Noland, Gregor Schneider and Andreas Slominski.
Until June 24, 2012.
www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de

« Ai Weiwei : Entrelacs » Jeu de Paume, Paris. The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has photographed his surroundings daily since the early 1980s, from New York to Beijing. His images reflect the anarchic capitalism that thrives in his country and contradictions of modernity. An architect, sculptor, photographer, blogger and a new media enthusiast, Ai Weiwei is one of the most important artists on the independent scene in China, producing a prolific, iconoclastic and provocative body of work. Through the richness of its iconography, “Ai Weiwei: Entrelacs” – the first major exhibition in France dedicated to this artist – tends to show the diversity and complexity of his character and his way of being in constant contact with the world. Detained for a few months in 2011 and released on bail, Ai Weiwei is still banned from leaving the country.
Until April 29, 2012
www.jeudepaume.org

“Maurizio Galante & Tal Lancman – Transversal Design, Haute Couture, Design, Architecture” at the Mudam de Luxembourg. Here is an exhibition that covers fashion, design and interior architecture(s). A playground created by stylist Maurizio Galante and trendsetter Tal Lancman at the Mudam. In a space entirely painted in red, the exhibition explores the world of these fantastic artists who push the limits of creation: a tiger cloud, a “coussin de belle-mère” pouf (similar to a cactus), alongside haute couture pieces of incredible technicality. Maurizio and Tal have opened the doors to their highly creative poetic universe wide and unashamedly.
Until May 13, 2012.
www.mudam.lu

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