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La Venus Noire

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Unless you're dying to purchase some second-hand books, there isn't much in the Saint-Michel area to detain you – with the exception of the unjustly overlooked Rue de l'Hirondelle. The street had its heyday in the heady interwar years of art and absinthe, when the likes of Baudelaire and Rimbaud would flock to La Venus Noire (then named Le

  1. 25 rue de l'hirondelle, 6e
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Cecily Brown

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Cecily Brown burst onto the scene in the late ’90s with a string of bold, visceral canvases composed of chaotic colours and sensual shapes. Sex is the essence of her work: human bodies are her building blocks, and a fleshy beige dominates her palette à la Francis Bacon. Yet the New York-based Brit never gives away too much – to look at one

  1. 4 rue de Ponthieu, 8e
  2. Sun Oct 19 - Sat Dec 20
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Mark Lewis: Invention au Louvre

For some years now, the Louvre has regularly extended invitations to artists to conceive a work that somehow incorporates its vast collections. Jan Fabre, Wim Delvoye, Walid Raad, Loris Gréaud and Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami have all had their turn; this year's artist of choice is Canadian videographer Mark Lewis.Having started out in

  1. The Louvre Rue de Rivoli, 1er
  2. Thu Oct 9 - Mon Jan 5
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Sonia Delaunay: Les Couleurs de l'Abstraction

For too long, the art world has pigeonholed Sonia Delaunay as 'the wife of Robert Delaunay' – as if her work were some kind of inferior facsimile of his. Three cheers, then, for the curators of this hefty new retrospective, who have finally redressed the imbalance. Emerging at the tail end of the Fauvist movement, Delaunay gradually rid her work

  1. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 16e
  2. Fri Oct 17 - Sun Feb 22
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Roland Topor

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Author of a bookshelf's worth of darkly hilarious novels? Check. Co-founder of the Panic Movement? Check. Mastermind of the world's weirdest kids' TV programme, 'Téléchat'? Check. Set designer for Jérôme Savary and György Ligeti? Check. Animator on 'Fantastic Planet'? Check. Actor in films by William Klein and Raoul Ruiz? Checkmate.Trying to

  1. Galerie Anne Barrault 51 rue des Archives, 4e
  2. Sat Oct 18 - Sat Nov 29
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William Eggleston: From Black and White to Color

Trolleys piled up in a supermarket car park. Cadillacs hooked to petrol pumps. Fridge shelves lined with innumerable milk cartons. And above all, people: people buying, spending, consuming. People living the American Dream.Welcome to the southern American states circa 1950. When photographer William Eggleston started out snapping his homeland at

  1. Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson 2 impasse Lebouis, 14e
  2. Wed Sep 10 - Sun Dec 21
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Nuit

  • Rated as: 4/5

Does the thought of stumbling around in the night, arms outstretched and ears pricked up to detect the smallest untoward sound, fill you with dread? If so, then you can take comfort in the fact that most animals are as useless in the dark as you are. Take the male kakapo parrot: to attract a mate after hours, he's obliged to sing for up to four

  1. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle 36 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 2 rue Buffon et 57 rue Cuvier, 5e
  2. Until Mon Nov 3
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Lauryn Hill

The former Fugee and acclaimed singer-songwriter makes her first Paris live appearances in years. Her comeback album – which will be her first since her classic 1998 record 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' – was delayed last year after Hill was sentenced to prison for tax evasion, but now she's out and back on tour. Expect new tracks, a few

  1. Le Zénith 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Sat Sep 13
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Two Cigarettes in the Dark

A cubic apartment decked out in white velvet. Men in black tuxes. Women in sleek wedding dresses. Such are the stylistic parametres of Pina Bausch's minimalist chamber piece, which takes its name from a Bing Crosby song about lost love. A product of the German choreographer's most austere phase, 'Two Cigarettes in the Dark' channels a melancholic

  1. Palais Garnier Place de l'Opéra, 9e
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Sun Sep 7
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Marcel Duchamp: La peinture, même

It's easy to forget that the man whose work sounded the first death knell for painting was himself, at the outset, a painter. Here's a reminder, then, from the Centre Pompidou: an exhibition of Marcel Duchamp's early paintings, including some very rare works on loan from the States. Keep an eye out for his epochal 'Nude Descending a Staircase'.

  1. The Centre Pompidou Rue Saint-Martin, 4e
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Mon Jan 5
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Philippe Ramette at Galeries Lafayette

See the legendary store with new eyes during a gravity-defying installation under the famous dome, August 14-30

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