«Keith Haring, The Political Line» at the Centquatre, Paris.
Icon of pop art, subversive artist Keith Haring has used the street to convey his message and ignite consciences.
The Centquatre extends the retrospective of the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris by presenting the large format works by the artist in its halls, including one of his most important, The Ten Commandments (1985). This monumental piece, consisting of ten, seven meter high panels, inspired by the Bible and reinterpreted by the creator: Ten Commandments revisited as flat red solids, the signs of the devil and hell, dollar signs and snakeheads. This exhibition allows us to understand the art of Keith Haring
from a historical and political perspective.
Until August 18th
Chartres en Lumières.
In 2013, Chartres, bathed in light, celebrates the tenth anniversary of this magical event.
From the moment the sun sets, the emblematic places of the city are dressed in visual and audible realisations by contemporary artists. This unique show features a series of 29 sites accompanied by light and music every night. New this year: the “nave light”, a highlighting of the Royal portal of the cathedral, the theatre, illuminated by the works of the nine finalists of the first edition of Chartres Video
Mapping Contest launched in 2012, and “Raconte-moi Chartres en lumière”, a unique theatrical tour aimed at young people.
Until September 21st
«L’arbre qui ne meurt jamais» at the Theatre des Sablons, Neuilly.
The first show of the new theatre space the Théâtre des Sablon in Neuilly-sur-Seine, the exhibition is bringing together some forty international artists and fifty pieces of work including four productions
focused around the question of the representation of the tree in contemporary creation. Whatever the urban transformations, the tree never really disappears. It highlights its resilience as well as the permanence of its image and its place in the artistic field. The show thrives on this idea and focuses on the permanence of artistic representation of the tree,
and the renewal of these forms in current creation.
Until June 30th
Hong Kong welcomes the French arts and culture during ‘the French May’.
Established in 1993, the French May is an event that aims to promote French art and encourage creativity, developing exchanges between France and Hong Kong.
The French community is particularly important in Hong Kong and it is the second largest European community after the British. For nearly two months, more than 500 visual arts events such as opera, ballet and contemporary dance, music, theatre and even the circus and film will feature
in the French May. For its 21st edition, the event will focus on the Roaring Twenties.
Until June 23rd
Red Ball Project arrives in Paris.
In honor of its continued commitment to art and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Martini, Bacardi France is supporting the work of American artist Kurt Perschke, the founder of the “Red Ball Project”. After exhibiting in Taipei, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Sydney and London,
it is in Paris that the artist will exhibit his work in the most unusual places. The “Red Ball Project” is an art form traveling through the world that has earned its designer international awards. It consists of an installation adopting cities around the world as a giant canvas. For his project, Kurt Perschke exploits the architecture of each city, its landscape and its history
while allowing creativity emerge from passersby.
Until April 27th.
«Pieter Schoolwerth, Shadow Past» at the Galerie Obadia, Brussels.
For his first solo exhibition, the American artist
presents his recent work, which bear witness to the fruitfulness of his latest research. These pieces come from the double descent of the The Z-Axis Cycle of Paintings and Portraits projects,
presented respectively in New York and Brussels in recent years. Inside a vast repertoire of images, ranging from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century, from painting to still life, Pieter Schoolwerth revisits the art of the old masters according to a very personal and original synthesis. Between abstraction and figuration, tracing and compression, his paintings apprehend and redeploy the forms of the past that inspired him to address the contemporary world. Until June 1st.
«Magic Brazil» at the Hotel Lutetia, Paris.
The Hotel Lutetia and Artidot agency – founded by Cristina Pedrosa Cataldi and Francesca Pavesi Guez – have decided to once again put Brazil in the spotlight through an exhibition of original artists
from the “continent country” that they always dreamed of. For the exhibition, Artidot has selected a group of young designers who translated the current variety and artistic wealth in Brazilian art: high in color, but also full of charm and sensitivity. Having celebrated its centenary in 2010, the Hotel Lutetia continues its role as a place where art and culture constantly come together. Major events and quality collaborations will lead to surprising and original artistic rendez-vous. Many travel enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and art lovers have left their mark here, such as Matisse and Picasso, and more recently, Arman, David Lynch, the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz
and designers Humberto and Fernando Campana.
Until April 30th.
400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty a the Nice Opera.
On this occasion, the Nice Opera will host an exceptional event of literary and musical performances, reflecting the historical friendship between Nice and Russia.
Diplomat and writer Vladimir Fédorovski will open the evening with a lecture on his new book, Le Roman des Tsars. Mikhail Rudy, the internationally renowned pianist, will replace him with a recital delivering his talent and Russian soul. The program also includes works by Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky. April 23rd to 18th.
«Nomadismi» at the Altai Gallery, Milano.
Trend forecasters Lidewji Edelkoort and Raffaele Carrieri are hosting an exhibition that celebrates the return of nomadism.
A new lifestyle that allows improvisation as necessary, with small accessories that promote life, nomadism from one place to another is accompanied by avant-garde design objects. Furniture, carpets, but also the Parfum de Valise from Capsule de Plume are exposed during the Milan Design Week
So that everyone can create his own nomad style , at home or while traveling.
Until April 14
«Hope» by Benedetta Borrometi at the Howtan Space, Roma.
Both message of hope and journey behind the apparent lightness of the drawing, the exhibition celebrates the Japanese-related and reinvented drawing lines in a colorful language of the Italian artist.
Borrometi Benedetta, who lives between Italy and Japan, reinterprets in her own artistic and delicate language some of the specific elements of the Japanese culture. With her european eyes, but who knows how confusing this culture sometimes is , she combines tradition and modernity in a perfect balance. Her work shows the relationship almost invisible between the other peoples and us and thus reflects a concept of global humanity in the best sense of the term.
Until April 14
«Au pays du Matin calme» at L’Atelier. L’Atelier is putting the sophistication and modernity of Korean craftsmen into the limelight.
In these creations, one can clearly appreciate all the finesse and modernity of Korean art through ceramics, a particularly emblematic discipline in Korea, but also in jewelry, metal, glass, textile, paint and paper.
The pieces selected for the exhibit are designed for everyday use. An elegant testimony, they show us the resolutely contemporary aesthetic of otherwise traditional objects. Between shadow effects, art and crafts, this exhibition highlights the pieces where the interior is just as significant as the outside. Nature comes across as a vital power and source of inspiration,
bringing together tradition and the use of modern technology.
Until June 8th
Opening of La Chapellerie in Chazelles-Sur-Lyon.
A new atelier-musée of hats has just opened its doors in the form of La Chapellerie, a renovated factory,
in Chazelles-sur-Lyon, cited as the main production location of luxury fedoras in France.
Resolutely focused on the development of savoir-faire, this unique space dedicated to fashionable and luxurious hats will be a real area of discovery that will serve as a backdrop to the iconic and refined creations of the great French luxury houses (Nina Ricci, Saint -Laurent Paris, Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dior, Givenchy, Lanvin…), but also to the companies that put Chazelles-sur-Lyon on the map, the international capital of felt. To mark the launch of La Chapellerie, an exhibition is being devoted to Willy Maywald, a photographer of haute-couture. Through nearly 60 shots, it sets out a retrospective of headgear fashion from 1930 to 1960.
“Willy Maywald, hommage aux chapeaux 1936-1968”, exhibition until September 15th.
«Les arts de l’effervescence, Champagne!» at the musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims.
A recognized national interest, this exhibition invites visitors to discover champagne in all its facets.
A multidisciplinary experience and somewhat of an initiation around 370 pieces of work that evoke the genesis of this elixir. From its origins to Mucha, Severini, Picasso, Masson, Fujita and Lurçat, champagne is not only a symbol of luxury and brands, but also a vector of dreams, happiness and rebirth that transcends the chaos of the history of men. Linked with aristocracy, drunken parties, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and the avant-gardists of the twentieth century – four different sections discuss all the uses of champagne. Paintings, posters, sculptures, glassware, silverware, fans, wallpaper, but also movies and music…no less than 85 private and public lenders in Europe and overseas have enriched this ode to the famous beverage.
Until May 26th
Auction of a selection of wines from the Crillon.
While the famous Parisian hotel will close its doors for major renovation, part of its prestigious
winery will be auctioned off on April 22nd. The selection, carried out by the experts from Artcurial, is quintessentially representative of the wine and spirits known to be offered by the Crillon.
The 452 lots, around 2,000 bottles in total, are to be the showcase of the great tradition of French wine tasting: great wines of each French appellation, fine champagnes and rare and prestigious spirits. Each bottle will carry a label from the Crillon. This auction will be run under the hammers of Mes Briest, Poulain, and F. Tajan, allowing everyone to afford a little bit of the history of the hotel as lots start at 25 euros (n°4055).
April 22nd at 2pm, 10 Place de la Concorde – Paris 75008
First edition DDessin (13) at the Atelier Richelieu, Paris.
From the 12th to the 14th of April, DDessin (13) will be holding court at Atelier Richelieu.
Twenty French and foreign galleries will be honoring drawing and work on paper. Under the leadership of Miss Chat-Chat, a fashion illustrator, the exhibition will also feature a special corner dedicated to fashion, press, dream-like and realist illustrations. Seven French and Belgian illustrators are invited to bring a very personal point of view that does not subscribe to the narrative.
And a black box, dedicated to drawing in motion, will be showing five videos by contemporary artists, while a carte blanche at the Ménilmontant library-gallery, le Monte-en-l’air, will allow guests to discover a wide selection of drawings and publications.
The Caravan of love on the roads of India.
For 25 years, the pianist Marc Vella has travelled the world in the service of peace, solidarity and the awakening of environmental consciousness.
After crossing the Middle East, the Love Caravan is starting up again, with the support of UNESCO, on the roads of India.
Two months of expeditions at the heart of the subcontinent regions. An initiative from the pianist, this Caravan travels like a bus, with musicians, clowns, dancers and artists. The objective: to explore the depths of the human soul through concerts and exposés on ecology and wellness. To date, twenty countries have been “lovingly conquered”. It returns to Paris on April 7th.
«Le fruit est défendu» at the Galerie Cortex Athletico, Paris.
The new space of the Galerie Cortex Athletico is proposing an original exhibition of Benoît Maire, the first solo exhibition of the artist in Paris,
thought in resonance to Weapon. This important personal exhibition is also dedicated to the David Robert Art Foundation of London (until May 11th). Built on different mediums – from painting to collage, as well as sculpture, film and book – the work of Benoît Maire universally apprehends as an attempt to give form to singular aesthetic systems.
The artist manipulates concepts and artistic and literary references in order to ultimately query the affective value of a theory.
From April 6th to May 25th
A new FRAC PACA in Marseille.
As part of Marseille Provence 2013, the FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is implementing a new building.
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and the Toury Vallet agency, this stands as a flagship project for the region. A place of resources, the FRAC is proposing that the preservation and dissemination of works, exhibitions and projects, mediation and documentation will be carried out on this singlular site.
Aside from a program of solo and collective exhibitions, there will also be a broad thematic project entitled Ulysses, covering the entire territory of Marseille Provence that will run throughout the year.