Fri 10 Feb - Sun 7 May
Ashmolean Museum (Oxford)
In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism.
Tue 28 Feb - Fri 28 Apr
Beguiled by the figure of German physicist Werner Heisenberg, who disrupted the assumptions of quantum mechanics with his notorious Uncertainty Principle, a young philosopher attempts to take the measure of the evil at work in the contemporary world.
Thu 2 Mar - Sun 21 May
Artistic engineers HeHe have turned the gallery space into an experimental drilling site, and the environment of the gallery is transformed into an industrial landscape where boreholes are drilled and waste chemicals are treated.
Thu 2 Mar - Sun 21 May
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Speak at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery brings together contemporary artists – Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost and Cally Spooner – whose diverse practices expand John Latham’s ‘open toolbox’ for artists.
Wed 15 Mar - Mon 15 May
Phoenix, Arizona. 1962. Scott Hatford is a young dreamer who lives with a loving mother and tries to escape the violence of a broken father. One night, the father's fury leads mother and son to flee to New Mexico. Their fates are sealed on Route 66.
Wed 22 Mar - Mon 22 May
On a quiet mountain road near Barcelona, a woman steps out in front of a car. When the driver, a well-known artist, stops to come to her aid, he finds she is alive, but without any memory of who she is or where she has come from.
Wed 29 Mar - Mon 29 May
A compact but kaleidoscopic fable of Venezuela from a stunning new voice in the magical realism tradition. Shortlisted for the Goncourt first novel award, this short but epic parable is both a hymn to Venezuela and the magical story of an extraordinary hero.
Wed 29 Mar - Mon 29 May
"I want to make clothes that can be kept for a lifetime." agnès b. has since the beginning, been creating timeless pieces for every collection, defining her own vocabulary while mixing classic fashion codes with streetwear style. For the 40th anniversary of her brand, she samples in a book 40 years of creation, inspiration, art, music and encounters, all things that made the agnès b. universe.
Thu 30 Mar - Fri 30 Jun
Paris, near the turn of 1932-33. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking…
Wed 5 Apr - Sat 6 May
Now, 70 years later, multi-award-winning director Neil Bartlett retells Camus’ classic for our own dangerous times. His frank and gripping new stage adaptation puts chaos under the microscope, and plants the germ of hope in the power of our common humanity.
Wed 5 Apr - Mon 5 Jun
As night falls over Vienna, Franz Ritter, a musicologist, takes to his sick bed with an unspecified illness and spends a restless night drifting between dreams and memories, revisiting the important chapters of his life in the Middle East. Goncourt Prize 2015.
Mon 10 Apr - Sat 24 Jun
Charing Cross Theatre
The Braille Legacy tells the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world.
Mon 10 - Sun 23 Apr
Featuring dangerous flying, fighting and dancing, this gripping show sees French acrobatic troupe Compagnie XY effortlessly catapulting each other through the air, performing jaw-dropping circus stunts including the rarely-seen four-high human tower.
Wed 12 Apr - Mon 12 Jun
What would you do if your closest friend tried to steal your life? Based on a True Story is a chilling novel of suspense that will leave you questioning the truth and its significance long after you have turned the final page.
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Apr
Gallery S O
Philomène Hoël’s Keep It Longer is a site-specific project, occupying two spaces in Gallery S O for two weeks. It includes two screens, two curators and two texts in an immersive installation, featuring contemporary jewellery and object display.
Tue 25 - Sat 29 Apr
Two performers – one Greek, one French – dance and shout, cry and sing, agree and disagree, about life in the Eurohouse. A darkly comic look at the EU’s founding ideals and what got lost along the way.
Tue 25 Apr - Sat 20 May
The Yard Theatre
A play set in WW II about the moment when love confronts extremism. Elodie is 17. She’s French. Otto is 15. He’s a German soldier. Fusing youth with old age, the past with the present, pop tunes with Stalingrad, This Beautiful Future is mainly about love.
Tue 25 Apr
The French star drops into London for a one-off show. The Kinshasa born rapper first came to attention with the group Les Frères Lumière, but stepped up another level with his solo career. Four hit albums later and he's in French hip-hop's premier league.
Wed 26 Apr
Her have been making waves outside their base in Rennes since the release of their first EP and the instant anthem Five Minutes. Their subtly funky, modern take on blue-eyed soul will be showcased on their first full-length release in May in Island Records.
Wed 26 Apr
Jesus College (Oxford)
Conversation with French bestselling author Delphine de Vigan, whose novel Based on a True Story was recently published by Bloomsbury. The event will be moderated by Henriette Korthals Altes (Maison Française d'Oxford) and Catriona Seth (All Souls College).
Tue 2 - Sat 27 May
When work has no borders, what’s the cost? Alexandra Badea‘s captivating drama is a powerful and disturbing portrait of globalisation and its far-reaching effects on our lives.
Wed 3 - Sun 7 May
Six characters emerge in a strange fairy-tale lair. A woman transforms into a lizard, a piano plays itself, and plates magically appear and disappear. In the middle of it all James Thierrée works his magic with the aid of a squat servant.
Thu 4 May - Sun 30 Jul
The Wallace Collection
This exhibition brings together outstanding gilt-bronze objects from the time of Marie-Antoinette. Comprising of beautiful yet functional objects including clocks, candelabras and firedogs, it introduces a significant art form that is frequently overlooked.
Thu 4 May
London Review Bookshop
Laurent Binet, who won the Prix Goncourt du premier roman for his first novel HHhH, will be at the shop to discuss and read from his second, The 7th Function of Language. This new book is a global conspiracy thriller encompassing the death of Roland Barthes.
Sat 6 May
The Enemies Project presents European Poetry Night: a collaborative celebration of contemporary European experimental and literary poetry. This event is a unique coming together of some of this generation's brightest talents.
Tue 9 May
This year's Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture 'Rereading Proust in 2017', has partnered with the School of Advanced Study’s Living Literature series to present a lecture given by Professor Antoine Compagnon (Columbia/Collège de France) on Proust's writings.
Wed 10 May
Join us for the launch of the Tour at the British Library in a special evening with Scottish Author A. L. Kennedy and guests. She will be joined on stage by Clemens Meyer from Germany and Francesca Melandri from Italy. Conversation chaired by Arifa Akbar.
Sat 13 May
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
La Messe de Liverpool had been commissioned to Pierre Henry in 1967 for the opening of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, but was never played. The work will be premiered on the occasion of the 300th birthday of the Bluecoat building.
Sat 13 May
St Peter's Eaton Square
Rising virtuoso Jean Rondeau explores the flamboyant, poetic and compelling fantasy world of the late-flowering French harpsichord repertoire, with character pieces, preludes and dance music by its exponents Jean-Philippe Rameau and Pancrace Royer.
Sat 13 May
St John's Smith Square
An inspirational meeting of European Baroque and traditional Persian musical worlds, as three talented improvising musicians juxtapose 16th and 17th-century masters such as Scarlatti, Purcell and Dowland with Persian compositions of sublime rhytmic richness.
Sat 13 May
A young group from the Alsace region, Last Train have been staking their claim as one of the most exciting rock groups in France and earning comparisons with Queens of the Stone Age and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Mon 15 May
The British Library
Leading lights of French fiction come to the British Library to showcase their newly translated works and show us why they are so loved in France. Join the crème de la crème of French fiction for an evening of author readings and short performances.
Tue 16 May
Hailing from the outskirts of Paris and signed to hip French label Cracki, techno pop duo Agar Agar combine exquisite melancholy, sensuality and aggression, both in Armand Bultheel's production and the captivating voice and lyrics of singer Clara Cappagli.
Wed 17 May
Joining the line-up of the Serious Space festival, bright young soul star Naas has a modern, soulful sound with touches of James Blake and The XX but also with classic soul and R&B influences (from Nina Simone to Lauryn Hill) coming through strongly.
Wed 17 May
Oui Love is a club night shedding light on the most exciting new music and cult acts coming out of France. The French music scene has never been as exciting or diverse, and the evening's entertainment will feature a dazzling array of styles and performers.
Thu 18 May
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
A rap superstar in France (and beyond), the erstwhile member of Sexion d'Assaut has - like cohorts Maska and Black M - had a glittering solo career so far. Now he's bringing anthems like Sapés comme jamais and Bella to a London audience.
Fri 19 May
The Waiting Room
Livewire gang from Paris who play with infectious energy, serving up electronic pop that flirts with hip hop and punk-ish R&B. This London date is timed as a warm up for their trip to this year's Great Escape festival in Brighton.
Sun 21 May
The master of Baroque music performance, Christophe Rousset, and his extraordinary ensemble Les Talens Lyrique bring their rare powers of interpretation and insight to Monteverdi’s riveting masterpieces.
Thu 25 May
The Franco-Malian kora-and-cello duo's second album, 2015's Musique de Nuit, draws on the well of West African troubadour songs and the heritage of baroque music but has a clearly modern sensibility. Support comes from contemporary pianist Koki Nakano.
Sat 27 May - Sun 4 Jun
The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival showcases 2 wonderful performances by French companies. Bounce, a dance piece exploring how we react to the unexpected and Nosferatu, the story of Dracula, humorously told through light bulb puppets.
Tue 6 Jun - Fri 1 Sep
Into the Unknown is a festival-style exhibition bringing together artists, designers, filmmakers, SFX specialists, musicians and writers, all testing the boundaries of reality through some of the most experimental works of all time.
Films & TV, Talks, Visual Arts
Thu 15 Jun
The pioneering jazz-funk group formed in France in the 1970s and their Troupeau Bleu LP went on to become the holy grail of French groove, sampled by the likes MF Doom, Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross. This rare show features the original 1970s lineup.
Fri 16 - Sun 18 Jun
Each year, ELCAF invites a selection of artists from across the world for talks, workshops, books, screenings, signings and music. This year's edition features a lof of French artists: Anouck Boisrobert, Louis Rigaud, Antoine Cossé, Icinori... Take your pick!
Talks, Visual Arts
Mon 26 - Fri 30 Jun
The EU Commission Representation in the UK is pleased once again to be supporting City University's literary translation summer school, Translate at City. The course's aim is to train translators to make literature in other languages accessible to the UK.