At the same time as Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris begins (the famed Paris-wide photography fair), don't forget another unmissable art event: fotofever. From April 20 to May 1, make your way through the city to find the 30-odd galleries promoting young talent. Since 2011, fotofever has had a mission not only to support rising stars but young collectors too, who can begin their collection for less than €5,000. And audiences even younger aren't left out from starting their artistic education: there are guided visits for parents to explore with children from 7-12 years' old.
Where? La Philarmonie, 221 avenue Jean Jaures, Paris 19th When? April 4-August 24 2017 Often reduced to the legend of Bob Marley, Jamaican music – with its daring, creativity and innovation – has in fact led the way for contemporary urban sound. (Re)discover this current, important musical influence.
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
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
Galerie de l'Instant's latest photographic installment is dedicated to one of Hollywood's iconic couples: Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. From intimate scenes to the big screen, the photos trace the romance of the cinematic lovers in black and white, as well as colour. Orginially meeting in 1958 and quickly falling into a whirlwind romance before separating in 1964, the actors were reunited in La Piscine, by Jacques Deray in 1969. Complicated, passionate and dizzying, the mystery that surrounded their relationship captivated viewers and became a symbol of French cinema. As beautiful and crazy as Burton and Taylor, there's was a love that fascinated the audience, both on and off screen. Through a collection of mostly well-known (and some unseen) snaps Galerie de l'Instant traces the relationship of this inspiring couple. Find out about all the current exhibitions in Paris here.
Where? Musée Picasso, 5 rue Thorighny, Paris 3rd When? March 21, 2016-September 3, 2017 The Musée Picasso’s new exhibition looks at the relationship between the artist and his first wife, Russian dancer Olga Khokhlova (between 1917 and 1935), putting his masterpieces in perspective by highlighting their romantic context. Picasso's first wife and the mother of his first child, Olga met the painter in 1917 while on tour with the Russian Ballet, before marrying him a year later. During the early years of their relationship, Olga was the perfect model - her pensive, almost melancholy poses represented a return to clean, figurative portraiture for Picasso. The suffering portrayed in these paintings was reflective of Olga's personal life. Her family suffered great hardship during the economic and social decline of Russia during the Second World War. Her portrayal takes a change after the birth of the couple's son in 1921, with several scenes depicting a motherly softness. Another change to Picasso's style occurs when the painter meets the 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter - the woman that would soon become his mistress. Notably in the painting, Le Grand nu au fauteuil rouge, is a startling sight. The violent disfiguration relflects critical condition of the marriage. The couple separate for good in 1935 but remain legally married until Olga’s death in 1955. Musée Picasso takes us through these happy and sad years, offering a selection of paintings, drawings, written and photo
Eight years after landing on earth – on Parisian earth to be more precise – artist Space Invader’s works have a home to call their own. Whatever their colour, these little critters are instantly recognisable; mosaic creatures which look like they’ve jumped straight out of a vintage video game, landing on walls and in the streets in the late nineties. Just a few steps from the Louvre, the Musée en Herbe is celebrating this artist’s ability to instil a love of art in children and adults alike. These simple, colourful works will appeal to visitors from ages three to 103. The first room is nostalgia-themed, visitors play the role of video gamers, rediscovering the joys of Tetris, Pong or Pac-Man in the mini-arcade. The tables are made of screenshots of these timeless games and shoz the artist's sources of inspiration. Think Super-Mario, Asteroids and of course, Space Invader. The playful dimension of the Musée en Herbe is perfect for kids – expect them to remain fully occupied, while you take a big old trip down memory lane. There’s a giant map showing where all 3500 Space Invaders are hidden – look out for the crab in space and the Ninja Turtle on the side of a New York pizzeria. The last room is focused on the artist himself, including his studio and the masks he wears to maintain his anonymity. As usual the Musée en Herbe is far from game over.
Cité de la Mode et du Design presents more than a hundred photos, including some unseen, from great German photographer Erwin Blumenfeld. The softness of women’s bodies, boldly painted lips and nails, transparent veils shielding the faces of several femmes fatales or silver screen sirens. From Hitchcock to Wenders, here you can step into the magical world that Blumenfeld conveys in his photos. Women, skirts, and veils: experimental fashion The beginning of the 1930s marked when Blumfeld decided to dedicate himself entirely to professional fashion photography after having left the Dada movement. Dadaism allows play with reality, the audacious tone of experience and inventive curiosity, which gives fashion photography an experimental beauty that is daring and intriguing. The superimpressions reinforce women from immobile mannequins to alluring Hydra of Lerna, where the discontinuity of light creates an image of woman’s body that only Cubists could have imagined. Blumenfeld envisages photography as a screen which interposes in between us and reality. A feather-soft revolution With around 170 photos, the exhibition retraces the desire for permanent exploration that animates photography. The first photos or the inspiration of Man Ray was distinctly felt by the experimental colour pioneers, as his work is imprinted with more of a rich variety than a strong sense of coherency. The works are powerfully bold, photography’s crème de la crème. Busts, Greek statues, Italian wi
Where? Musée d’Orsay, 1 rue de la legion d’Honneur, Paris 7th When? March 14-June 25 2017 In collaboration with Toronto’s ‘Art Gallery of Ontario’, the Musée d’Orsay’s exhibition proposes a journey through the mystical aspect of the symbolist landscapes, featuring work from Gauguin, Klimt, Monet, van Gogh and Emily Carr.
Where? Musée Cognacq-Jay, 8 rue Elzevir, Paris 3rd When? February 25-June 25 2017 Set in parallel with the Carnival of Venice 2017, the floating city’s biggest party has been born again in Paris, illustrated by a collection of around 60 works from masters Tiepolo, Guardi, Canaletto or Longhi.