Enjoy the bright spots of color in the Tuileries Gardens this month as the Musée du Louvre — in partnership with the Gagosian Gallery — presents 15 floral “Flowers that bloom at midnight” sculptures by Yayoi Kusama to coincide with the celebrated Japanese artist’s retrospective at the Centre Pompidou. Corinne LaBalme
We’ve put together a special double issue for the end of the year. The changing Paris skyline leads us off, and then we return to our wildly popular “Best of” which rounds up the best and worst of 2012. The issue wraps up with the winter cultural calendar. A not-to-be-missed issue!
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Our September issue is online now and ready to tempt you with wonderful restaurants, hotels, and the much anticipated Fall Cultural Calendar for the provinces… Here’s where you find out what to do and when. You can hardly go to France without this in your suitcase! We also list our “Musts” of the season… another “must” read!
Dreaming of a fabulous summer vacation drifting quietly along the canals of Burgundy on a delightful barge trip? So were we. Check out our latest issue of La Belle France to read more about this, and:
-Les Enfants Terribles
-Bread & Roses: the perfect shopping break
-Paris’s Ecole Ferrandi cooking school
-The Ritz & the Crillon: renovations coming soon (some have already started)
-The Provinces Museum Calendar Summer 2012 (don’t go to France this summer without our cultural calendar on-hand!)
Time’s running out… if you haven’t yet seen “Mathématiques: Un dépaysement soudain” at the Fondation Cartier. This novel exhibit — pairing top scientists with artists like David Lynch and Patti Smith — proves that Algebra and Geometry can be beautiful mind-games. Through March 18. www.fondation.cartier.com Corinne LaBalme
Photo © Olivier Ouadah
No time to get to France? From now through July 19th, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington is featuring 77 paintings, prints, and sculptures by women artists from 1750 to 1850. Many of these works have never been seen outside of France. The exhibit reveals how women artists weathered this tumultuous period which encompassed the court of Louis XVI, the French Revolution, and Napoleon.
35 artists are featured, including Marguerite Gérard, Antoine Cecile Haudebourt-Lescot, Adélaïde Labille-Guillard, Sophie Rude, Anne Vallayer-Coster, and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun. This fascinating exhibit explores how the political and social dynamics of the time shaped the lives and works of these talented artists.
Through July 29th
Painting: Rose Adélaïde Ducreux
Portrait of the Artist, ca. 1799
Oil on canvas
69 3/8 × 50 7/8 in.
Musée des beaux-arts, Rouen
Paintings and sculpture by free-spirit Robert Raushenberg light up the Gagosian Gallery (4 rue de Ponthieu; www.gagosian.com) in the 8th arrondissement from September
An American in Paris. From September 28 to November 12, Paris’s Gagosian Gallery (4 rue de Ponthieu, 75008) presents sculpture and paintings by Robert Rauschenberg. Corinne LaBalme
MAYA! France’s “Year of Mexico” may have fizzled due to diplomatic disputes, but through October 2, the Musée du Quai Branly presents a rare collection of 160 Mayan artifacts from the ancient to the post classical period found in Guatemala, the heart of Mayan territory since 2,000 BC. Details: www.quaibranly.fr Corinne LaBalme
Mosaïque de coquillages
Classique récent © Guatemala, Museo Nacional de
Arqueología y Etnología, Photo Ricky Lopez
Louis XIV founded the Comédie Française in 1680 and this spring, the Centre national du costume de scène et de la scénographie opens a major exhibition devoted to the costumes worn on this legendary Parisian stage. This show runs from June 11 to December 31 but since Moulins is located deep in the Auvergne region, roughly 100 kilometers from either Bourges or Clermont-Ferrand, it’s a visit that requires some advance planning. For details and hours: www.cncs.fr Corinne LaBalme
Get the “General Idea” for one more month! The Canadian collective’s hit show at Paris’s Musée de l’Art moderne has been extended to May 29. (Pictured: “P is for Poodle”) More details at www.mam.paris.fr Corinne LaBalme
Credit: Courtesy of the Estate of General Idea