All current Paris exhibitions
A photographer with a keen eye, Eli Lotar has been given full recognition in an exhibition of rare beauty at the Jeu de Paume. Comprising one hundred photos, viewers are taken on a journey through the avant-garde, devilishly modern and surprisingly surreal work of this contemporary photographer, who can be compared to Germaine Krull, Luis Bunuel and Giacometti. A photojournalist for publications like Detective, VU and L’art vivant in the thirties, Lotar’s original prints, as well as press cuttings are on show. This Parisian was a product of his time, of his city and of the men who made it. His realism can also be seen in his cinematographic work, such as his twenty-four minute film about the Parisian ghetto of Aubervilliers. Politically committed, tenacious and dedicated, he lifted the lid on the awful conditions in which the residents lived, with a tender eye. Each photo is heartfelt and shows the talent of this insightful photographer, whose visionary avant-gardism brings to light the lives of the fragile, the poor and the creative. A much-needed retrospective, Jeu de Paume presents Lotar’s work as part of a wider history. Guaranteed to coax you back to the Paris of yesteryear. TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE
What’s France’s speciality? The baguette? Smoking? Wine? No, the true star quality of the French is rebellion. Or rather chronic dissatisfaction, tinged with cynicism, which leads them to criticise, blame and disapprove of everything. Impertinence and decadence is the French raison d’être. And La Maison Rouge’s L’Esprit français, Countercultures 1969-1989 looks at the formation of a critical, irreverent, dissenting ‘French spirit’ by proposing a multitude of crossovers and affinities. In a relatively chronological order, the exhibition is divided in themed sections – sex, austerity, exclusion, gender and the many faces of militancy are interspersed throughout. With a soundtrack including Renaud, Trust and Gainsbourg (singing a reggae version of the Marseillaise, naturally), you can trace socio-political events with a wall of Nouvel Observateur, Figaro and Charlie Hebdo covers – some of which seem strangely current. The post-May 68 and pre-nineties period is marked with the creation of the newspaper pamphlet L’idiot international, le « Manifeste des 343 », the assassination of the Maoist worker Pierre Overney and Jacques Mesrine’s famous escape from jail. It’s a little on the academic side but completely necessary before the full plunge into this melange of impassioned countercultures. Using newspapers, flyers, posters and extracts from films, videos and television shows, it considers other creative genres than those typical of contemporary art. Each of the works testifies t
The Gaîté Lyrique’s ‘Aéroports’ is a diversion from their typical topic choices; a theme universally known and rarely explored: air traffic and airports. Cross the boarding gate and pass the labyrinth of safety cords designed by Matthias Gommel, where you will start to feel distinctly as if you are in an airport. This is reality, with a heavy dose of quirk. From Jasmina Cibic's bulletin board indicating imaginary destinations to Marnix Nijs’ portico, it’s an intriguing mix. Although at times light-hearted, the works are poignant too, mirroring our society and current affairs. Adrian Paci's film addresses the issue of immigration and the Muslim Ban, while David Thomas Smith’s Google Earth screen shots of airports highlight the increasing destruction of the planet. Cécile Babiole’s aerial corridor confronts the visitor in real time with the painful sounds aeroplanes overhead, then birdsong to echo an anguish similar to that preceding the takeoff. Fanchon Bonnefois and Camille Demouge’s 'SexCloud' transforms a duty-free shopping area into a palace of pleasures, and we can make out neon models through faded architecture and fog. Proof that sex is just as much of a commodity as cheap liqueur and giant bags of candy. Expect new technologies, interactive exhibits (which we would have liked to see more of) and ironic lighthearted poetry like An Te Liu's Freudian message signs and the "All right, good night" flag (the last words of the captain of the MH370). 'Aéroports' is one of th
Where? Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris 7th When? March 28-July 23 2017 The Spanish master’s obsession with art from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas and even Asia is hugely prevalent in his work, in the ‘Demoiselles d’Avignon’ particularly. The Quai Branly exhibition sets out to demonstrate Picasso’s artistic relationship with the non-Western world.
Where? Cinémathèque française, 51 rue de Bercy, Paris 12th When? March 29-July 31 2017 From Hayao Miyazaki to Steven Speilberg, cinema lovers of all ages will have the chance to reminisce on their childhood memories of the big screen through a blend of showings, talks, workshops and interactive tours.
Where? Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin Tuilleries, Paris 1st When? April 5-August 21 2017 Founder of the Bridgestone corporation, Shojiro Ishibashi, lends his collection to the Musée de l’Orangerie, featuring everything from impressionism to Western abstract art: Monet, Renoir and Caillebotte to Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Pollock and Shiraga.
Where? Palais Galliera, Paris 16e When? April 27-August 13 2017 With her voluptuous, theatrical, fifties style, the French-Egyptian singer Dalida was deliberate in her wardrobe choices, leaving nothing to chance. Explore the pieces - featuring designs from Yves Saint-Laurent and Jean-Claude Jitrois - at the Musée Galliera.
Where? Palais de Tokyo, Paris 16th When? May 3-May 8 2017 His name might not be ringing any bells but you’ll almost certainly have heard talk of some of his stunts, most famously his stint sleeping inside a stuffed bear (pre-empting ‘The Revenant’…). The performance artist will be passing through the Palais de Tokyo for a new experiment in May.
Where? The Pompidou centre, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4th When? June 21-October 23 2017 After celebrating his 80th birthday at the Tate Modern and before continuing on with the party at New York’s MET, the English artist is coming to the Pompidou centre. This will be an important retrospective of his original work, coming nearly 20 years after his first Paris debut at the Pompidou.