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20 Cult Parisian Performers / Singers

Jeanloup-sieff-serge-gainsbourg-1970 1. Barbara
2. Edith Piaf
3. Jacques Brel
4. Serge Gainsbourg
5. Juliette Greco
6. Boris Vian
7. Alan Bashung
8. Henri Salvador
9. George Brassens
10. Charles Trenet
11. Marlene Dietrich
12. Grace Jones
13. Sarah Bernhardt
14. Joséphine Baker
15. Dalida
16. France Gall
17. Francis Cabrel
18. Charles Aznavour
19. Francoise Hardy
20. Léo Ferré

Photo: Jeanloup Sieff, Serge Gainsbourg, 1970

Russian Folk Costume

From March 18 to August 30th, 2009

HS396-0_1 In partnership with the Ethnographical Museum of Russia, the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent is presenting an exhibition of 19th and 20th century popular Russian dress.

Worn on the occasion of seasonal festivities or weddings, these Russian costumes are marvellous examples of popular tradition, emphasized by the subtle play of superimpositions and shades of colour.

A series of photographs from the Shabelskaya collection (late 19th and early 20th century) will also be on show. These photographs are an excellent illustration of the wealth of these costumes and their presentation.

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Coeur de Pirate

Will Hutchins writing for I V Y paris

49283_5 While the US and UK music scenes are currently awash with 80’s infatuated 20 year old girls playing synth and power pop, such as La Roux, Little Boots, Ladyhawke, Lissy Trullie etc. etc. etc., the girls singing in the language of Proust are going without the shoulder pads and keeping to rather more organic, new folk and pop sounds.

Recent (rather wonderful) releases from ‘Hexagon’ chanteuses Emily Loizeau and Olivia Ruiz may not contain the DeLorean driven force that the songs of their English speaking Stevie Nicks and Human League obsessed counterparts boast, but they achieve in writing enchanting pop ‘chansons’ and encompass a more interesting breadth of instruments. One wouldn’t put these two in exactly the same musical box though, as the music of the elegant Loizeau is perhaps more ‘mature’ and folk sounding whilst the pint-sized Ruiz’s bubbles with youthful energy.

They are both seemingly fans of Regina Spektor however, and in this similarity can now be joined by 18 year-old Montreal native Béatrice Martin, otherwise known as Coeur de Pirate. Her piano led soft pop songs have a Spektor-like thread running through them in the manner of Kate Nash’s first record, except self-titled debut album ‘Coeur de Pirate’ is much more sincere and delicate, not to mention considerably less irritating, than Nash’s chart conquering ‘Made of Bricks’.

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Home Grown, New Work from New Zealand

April 30th through May 30th, 2009

Homegrown Galerie Impaire is pleased to present Home Grown: New Work from New Zealand. Curated by artist/lecturer/researcher Stuart Shepherd, this exhibition will highlight the work of self-taught and contemporary folk artists from New Zealand (N.Z). 

As part of his ongoing effort to raise awareness about the extraordinarily rich artistic culture in New Zealand, Stuart Shepherd embarked on a nation-wide survey which resulted the collection of over 3000 slides of works from previously unknown  New Zealand artists.

As a result, the Stuart Shepherd Gallery (supported by the national N.Z. arts organization: Arts Access Aotearoa) was established as a means to showcase these works. 

It is with great pleasure that Galerie Impaire presents selections from this exciting collection. This will be the first time any of this work has been seen in France.

Opening Night Reception: Thursday, April 30th from 18h-21h

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20 Contemporary Constructions

Cinematheque-elisabeth-karolyi 1. Cinématèque Française (Frank Gehry)
2. Centre George Pompidou (Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers)
3. Parc de la Villette (Bernard Tschumi)
4. Maison de Verre (Pierre Chareau)
5. Cité de la Musique (Christian de Portzamparc)
6. Stade de France (Michel Macary, Aymeric Zubléna, Michel Regembal et Claude Constantini)
7. La Tour Montparnasse (Roger Saubot, Eugène Beaudouin, Urbain Cassan et Louis Hoym de Marien)
8. La Grande Arche (Johann Otto von Spreckelsen)
9. La Géode (Adrien Fainsilber, Gérard Chamayou)
10. Pyramides du Louvre (Ieoh Ming Pei)
11. L'Opéra Bastille (Carlos Ott)
12. Musée Quai Branly (Jean Nouvel)
13. Bibliothèque Francois Mitterand (Dominique Perrault)
14. La Grande Halle de la Villette (Jules de Mérindol)
15. La Fondation Cartier (Jean Nouvel)
16. Académie Fratellini (Patrick Bouchain)
17. Maison La Roche (Le Corbusier)
18. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Henry Van de Velde)
19. Cité de la mode et du design "Docks en Seine" (Dominique Jakob et Brendan Mac Farlane)
20. Maison de Radio France (Henry Bernard)

Photo: Elisabeth Karolyi

ARTYDANDY

Picture 11 ARTYDANDY, a gallery newly opened in St Germain, offers a selection of art books & magazines, surprising fashion accessories and decorative design objects.

Sublime, kitsch, baroque, graphic or political, the objects are neither tools defined by their function nor necessities of modern life, but “a social metaphor” as Ettore Sottssas has once said about Design.

ARTYDANDY aims to unite these unique contemporary pieces in an exclusive location. New exclusive drawings to be discovered every week at the gallery and online.

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Paris Project 2009

248989026_44be8fb5e8 Paris Project is a co-production and development platform of the Paris Cinema IFF. Paris Project  brings together around twelve selected international projects looking for French and European partners.

The ambition and success of Paris Project is to bring together key players in the French film industry - a few high quality international production projects that are not yet finalised.

What makes Paris Project so special is that it aims at encouraging French professionals to get involved in foreign projects and films in development in order to promote financial arrangements, co-productions and networking with potential French partners.

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William Blake Retrospective at Petit Palais

The British poet, painter, and "Romantic visionary" is now at the Petit Palais through June 28th, 2009.


William Blake : le génie visionnaire au Petit Palais

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Snapshots from Robert Storr's lecture at the inaugural Yale Arts Arena Lecture last night

Richter-cage Thanks to everyone who attended the lecture last night at the American University of Paris. Our Vingt meet-up drew a good group of people eager to hear Robert Storr and they weren't disappointed.

Storr, who is arguably one of the seminal art critics, curators and thinkers of the past 50 years, spoke about John Cage's influence over the great American painters of the 20th century. 

In a time when many (though not all) artists were struggling with the transition from modernism to post-modernism, Storr points out Cage's ability to let go of formal structures and explore other methods of expression.

He draws connections to Gerhard Richter, Philip Guston and Ellsworth Kelley, where Cage is a clear influence as seen in the play of random color blocking and chance process.

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20 Fontaines

Medicis 1. Jets d'Eau Parc Andre Citroën, 15e
2. La Fontaine des Innocents, 1er
3. La Fontaine des Fleuves et des Mers, 8e
4. La Fontaine Médicis, 6e
5. Les Fontaines aux Lions de Nubie, 19e
6. Wallace fountains
7.  La Fontaine du Rêve du Poète, 8e
8. Les Fontaines Spherades du Palais Royal, 1er
9. La Fontaine Saint Michel, 6e
10. La Fontaine de la Place de la Contrescarpe, 5e
11. La Fontaine de la place du Québec, 6e
12. La Fontaine aux Lions du Jardin des Plantes, 5e
13. La Fontaine des Automates, 4e
14. Les Fontaines de Sainte Trinité, 9e
15. La Fontaine Louvois, 2e
16. La Fontaine de l'Ancien Reservoir, 18e
17. La Fontaine de la Square de la Butte de Châpeau Rouge, 19e
18. Les Fontaines du Palais de Chaillot, 16e
19. Les Fontaines des Arts et Métiers, 3e
20. La Fontaine des Quatre Saisons, 7e

Photo features the Fontaine Médicis and Lotta Hanerz's 2006 "De part de Vénus" installation, located in the Luxembourg Gardens, Slexip

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