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Paris Events Calendar 2005-2006

Art / Music / Dance

Art Exhibitions


David Lynch's "The Air is On Fire"

David Lynch: "The Air is On Fire"
Through May 27

The notorious American director David Lynch, who won the Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival in 1990 for his movie "Wild at Heart," and who has recently released "Inland Empire," does more than make movies. He is also a photographer, designer, musician and author, as Parisians will discover at his exhibition titled "The Air is On Fire."

The Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain
261 Boulevard Raspail
Paris 14ème arrondissement
01 42 18 56 50
www.fondation.cartier.com


CÉZANNE AND PISSARRO
HOW TWO ARTISTS INFLUENCED EACH OTHER
Through March 28

Musée d’Orsay, 62, rue de Lille, 75007 Paris
www.musee-orsay.fr

The objective of this comprehensive exhibit of over 60 works of art is to study the relationship between the paintings of Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro from 1865 to 1885. It is a refreshing perspective, often portrayed in vivid tones of green, of the bucolic landscape of Impressionist-era Paris and its outskirts.


THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
FROM THE HOME OF DUNCAN PHILLIPS
Through March 26
Musée du Luxembourg, 19, rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
www.museeduluxembourg.fr


Son of American bankers, Duncan Phillips was always passionate about art. With some 2,000 works that he collected from 1921 to 1966, the date of his death, Duncan Phillips built his own private museum which he presented to the public in 1921 in his family home in Washington. A graduate from Yale with a major in ancient art, Duncan Phillips became very interested in the art of his time. His collection evolved after spending time in Paris and also thanks to the collaboration of his artist wife. The Phillips collection is neither thematic nor chronological; rather it plays on contrast and analogy with fine pieces from artists ranging from de Greco and Goya to Klee, Kandinsky and Rothko.

"VIENNA 1900"
KLIMT, SCHIELE, MOSER, KOKOSCHKA
Through January 23, 2006

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Entrée Square Jean Perrin, 75008 Paris
www.rmn.fr/galeriesnationalesdugrandpalais

The first large-scale exhibit in France showcasing four major artists of Vienna, capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which, at the beginning of the 20th century, experienced a cultural and artistic explosion. With fifty paintings and close to 100 drawings, the exhibit covers three main themes of traditional painting: the allegory, the landscape and the portrait. Not to be missed!


MELANCOLIE
GENIUS AND MADNESS IN THE WESTERN WORLD
Through January 16, 2006

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Entrée Clémenceau, 75008 Paris
www.rmn.fr/galeriesnationalesdugrandpalais

No other state of the soul has been so deeply ingrained in the Western world as that of melancholy. Traditionally the cause of much suffering and madness, this «disease» is also a powerful motor behind artistic creations in Europe. With over 200 works of art, this exhibit introduces the spectator to the rich yet still somewhat unknown underworld of well-known artists such as Goya, Delacroix, Rodin, Munch, Picasso and many more.


CENTRE G. POMPIDOU
DADA
Through January 9, 2006

Centre Pompidou, Galerie 1, Niveau 6, 75004 Paris
www.cnac-gp.fr

A collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, collages and documentaries have been assembled for this retrospective of the major avant-garde movement of the first half of the 20th century. Europe, the United States and Japan are all represented here through the modernistic creations of artists such as Arp, Haussmann, Schwitters, Ernst, Duchamp, Picabia, Aragon, Eluard, Breton and Man Ray. This is the first exhibit of its kind in France since 1966.


JACQUES - LOUIS DAVID
GREATNESS AND INTIMACY
Through January 31, 2006

Musée Jacquemart-André 158, bd Haussmann, 75008 Paris
www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

The Jacquemart-André museum is a splendid private residence containing a permanent collection of Renaissance and 18th century French painting. A temporary exhibit features exceptional portraits by the ultra-talented French portraitist, David.


LE FEU SOUS LES CENDRES (FIRE UNDER THE ASHES)
FROM PICASSO TO BASQUIAT
Through February 13, 2006

Musée Maillol-Fondation Dina Vierny, 61 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
www.museemaillol.com

This exhibit presents a panorama of works by major 20th century artists from Picasso to Basquiat with pieces by Dubuffet, Bacon, Hopper, Giacometti and De Chirico.


LOUVRE
GIRODET 1762-1824

Through January 2, 2006

Musée du Louvre, Hall Napoléon, 75001 Paris
www.louvre.fr

The paintings of Girodet reflect the political events that occurred during his lifetime from the Ancien Régime through the coronation of Louis the 18th. Girodet is eccentric and not easily classified, as he is both a historian and a portraitist using symbols and allegory to convey his message. A student of the celebrated French portraitist, Jacques-Louis David, Girodet is not loyal to any one genre of painting. His passionate, flamboyant style often gives way to excess, and he was virtually forgotten after his death in 1824, only to be rediscovered a mere 40 years ago for the bicentennial of his birth.


MUSÉE D'ORSAY
L’ART RUSSE EN QUETE D’IDENTITE (RUSSIAN PAINTING)

Through January 8, 2006

Musée d’Orsay, 62, rue de Lille,75007 Paris
www.musee-orsay.fr

The true identity of Russian painting was developed during the period from the coronation of the Czsar Alexandre II, in 1885, to the revolutions of 1917. This era signals the end of conventional historic painting, traditionally taught by the academies of art. Instead, a new wave of expression washed over Russia, revealing a startling social reality. The exhibit opens with nostalgic paintings that exalt the earth, representing large expanses of desert from which emanate a certain sadness and distress. Religious painting by Repine is tormented while the works of Vastenov are mainly irrational and highly symbolic. Vroubel is also exhibited here with haunting, Christ-like figures dominating his painting, as well as a ceramic fireplace that was displayed at the 1900 World's Fair.


LA CINEMATEQUE FRANCAISE
JEAN RENOIR
Through January 9, 2006

La Cinémathèque Française, 51 rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris
www.cinematheque.fr

This event examines the influence that united the talented members of an artistic family that exploited almost all forms of art including painting, film, photography, ceramic and music. Close to 35 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir are on display here along with a retrospective of his son’s films. It's impossible not to notice the Impressionist-themed subjects in Jean Renoir’s work.


MUSÉE DE L'HOMME
GROENLAND, AMMASSALIK
Until January 2, 2006
Musée de l'Homme - Palais de Chaillot 17, place du Trocadéro 75016 Paris, 01 44 05 72 72

The history of the Inuits of Greenland from pre-history to the present.


IDENTITIES IN PLAY AT JEU DE PAUME
CINDY SHERMAN RETROSPECTIVE

Through September 3
Jeu de Paume
1, Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris
www.jeudepaume.org


One of New York's greatest art stars, Cindy Sherman has always defied labels—literally. Through her photographic self portraits, Sherman has reinvented herself as Raphael’s famous lover La Fornarina, a malaised Italian film star, and as a seductive centerfold. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes grotesque, her photographs are always an important and enlightening look at female stereotypes. A retrospective of her work developed over the last 30 years is on view at the Jeu de Paume through September 3.


Music

THE LOVE OF THREE ORANGES by Sergei Prokofiev
December 1-29

Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille, 120 rue de Lyon, 75 012 Paris
www.opera-de-paris.com

Prokofiev (1891-1953) left his native Russia after the October Revolution and emigrated to the United States. There he wrote the opera "The Love of the Three Oranges," based on a tale by Carlo Gozzi. Prokofiev wanted to reinvigorate the old Italian commedia dell'arte form with modern means and created a surrealistic patchwork with three different storylines: the fairy-tale subject, the magical forces of the underworld, and the participation of the audience, which unabashedly voices its opinions about what is going on. While the goal is to make the hypochondriac prince laugh, Prokofiev also succeeds in making us laugh with his witty and petulant music.

Dance

RUDOLF NUREYEV
LE LAC DES CYGNES
December 12, 2005-January 12, 2006

Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier, 8 rue Scribe,75009 Paris
www.opera-de-paris.com

Set to the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake was first performed in 1877 in Russia where it did not prove to be an immediate success. After the composer’s death, the ballet was reworked numerous times and the ending now exists in several versions. Star dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev became director of the ballet of the Opéra de Paris in 1983 and in 1984 he completely readapted Swan Lake to be performed at the Palais Garnier. The intelligent, emotional choreography coupled with the pure geometrical forms of the swan’s snow-white costumes makes this romantic ballet, rife with symbolism, a long-standing classic.

FORGET SPRINGTIME IN PARIS
PARIS PLAGE PROJECT
July-August

Right bank of the Seine, Paris
www.parisinfo.com

Palm trees, sizzling sand and throngs of thong-clad Parisians idling beachside just minutes from the Eiffel Tower? Is this the Paris of the future—a horrific effect of a global climate change? No way; it’s the fifth incarnation of the Parisian Plage project. For one month a year, the harried motorists and exhaust fumes of a busy street along the Seine are replaced with 2,000 tons of sand, palm trees and beach blankets. Grab your bloc du soleil and get to the Seine fast. By September, the mirage will be gone, leaving only the memories to ease you along the once-again gridlocked roadway.


LA COMEDIE PARISIENNNE
The Treteaux Nomades Festival
Through September 10
Throughout Paris
www.mysterebouffe.com

Through the first ten days of September, Paris will host the “Treteaux Nomades,” an outdoor theater festival featuring a dozen companies of actors, directors, musicians and dancers. Outdoor stages all around the city will host commedia dell’arte, a lively type of street theater that combines pantomime, music, song, masks and improvisation. Works by Molière as well as contemporary authors share the spotlight throughout the festival.

Outdoor

Skating Rinks
Through March 4

 

Enjoy a dose of winter fun and show off your skating skills "en plein air" at two rinks in the heart of Paris. If you need help with your triple toe loop, head to the rink at Raoul Dautry, situated next to the Gare Montparnasse. Free group lessons are offered every weekend from 10 a.m.-noon. Professional instructors are also available. Another rink is just outside Hôtel de Ville, centrally located along the Seine and Rue de Rivoli. There is one huge rink for leisurely skating, one small rink for beginners and a slide for children. Admission is free and skates can be rented for five euros. Don’t forget to bring your gloves or mittens, which are required when skating at this rink.

Hôtel de Ville
4, place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
75004 Paris
011-33-01-42-76-50-49
Place Raoul Dautry
75015 Paris
011- 33-01-43-36-89-81
www.pari-roller.com

(Updated: 06/08/07 LH)


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