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Women Fashion Power

Designed by the world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, this exhibition offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.

Sat 29 Nov - Sun 26 Apr

Design Museum

Visual Arts

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Of Hearts and Minds: The Films of Eric Rohmer

The pursuit of happiness, according to a true original of the modern cinema. Don’t miss the BFI’s reassessment of one of film’s most consistently rewarding artists.

Fri 2 Jan - Tue 31 Mar

BFI

Talks

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Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015

The exhibition will re-stage Daniel Buren and Fernand Léger’s work – examining geometric abstraction around the world since the early 20th century – to ask how the universal visual language of geometric abstraction has been inflected by different societies.

Thu 15 Jan - Mon 6 Apr

Whitechapel Gallery, London

Visual Arts

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Isabelle Cornaro

The South London Gallery and Spike Island, Bristol, present a two-part solo exhibition by French artist Isabelle Cornaro. The SLG hosts an existing large-scale installation while the presentation at Spike Island focuses on new and recent work. Sat 24 Jan – 29 Mar (Spike Island) and 5 Apr (SLG).

Sat 24 Jan - Sun 5 Apr

Spike Island (Bristol) & South London Gallery (London)

Visual Arts

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Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. It provides insight into their inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions. Featuring Bresson, Arman, or Gautier d’Agoty.

Thu 12 Feb - Mon 25 May

Barbican Art Gallery, London

Visual Arts

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Inventing Impressionism

This ground-breaking exhibition lifts the veil on art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel who discovered Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir in the early 1870s, immediately buying their works when they were still largely ignored or ridiculed.

Wed 4 Mar - Sun 31 May

The National Gallery

Visual Arts

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Antigone

Celebrated Stage and Screen actress Juliette Binoche takes the title role in Sophokles’ tragedy, adapted in a new version by Anne Carson, directed by Ivo van Hove.

Wed 4 - Sat 28 Mar

Barbican

Performing Arts

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Book of the month: “Birth of a Thoerem” by Cédric Villani

What goes on inside the mind of a rock-star mathematician? Where does inspiration come from? With a storyteller’s gift, Cédric Villani takes us on a mesmerising journey as he wrestles with a new theorem that will win him the most coveted prize in mathematics.

Wed 4 - Tue 31 Mar

UK

Books

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“Columbidae” at the Cell Project Space

Conceived by Laura McLean Ferris, this group show will feature the work of Paris-based rising star Mélanie Matranga. TKTKTK takes bureaucratic labour as a starting point to address the physical and psychological impact of the office as a construct.

Thu 26 Mar - Sun 17 May

Cell Project Space

Visual Arts

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Colloquium: Les Immatériaux: towards the virtual

The exhibition curated principally by Lyotard at the Centre Pompidou is a pioneering combination of technological experiment, involving the first ‘personal’ computers, art works, a pick-up literary sound-track following the installation and electronic music.

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Mar

Courtauld Research Forum

Talks, Visual Arts

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Roland Barthes at 100

Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Roland Barthes, this two day symposium offers to tackle the work and legacy of the French mythmaker. The conference will be hosted by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University.

Mon 30 - Tue 31 Mar

School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University

Talks

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The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay

This first UK retrospective devoted to Sonia Delaunay will show how she dedicated her life to experimenting with colour and abstraction, bringing her ideas off the canvas and into the world through tapestry, textiles, mosaic and fashion.

Wed 15 Apr - Sun 9 Aug

Tate Modern, London

Tandem, Visual Arts

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Looks

This group show brings together international artists Juliette Bonneviot, Andrea Crespo, Morag Keil, Wu Tsang and Stewart Uoo to explore how sexual and gendered identities are increasingly constructed, performed and challenged via mass digital culture.

Tue 21 Apr - Sun 21 Jun

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Visual Arts

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Plaza Francia

Latin music festival La Linea features Plaza Francia, a project combining the talents of Les Rita Mitsouko’s iconic singer Catherine Ringer and Gotan Project’s Eduardo Makaroff and Christoph H Müller. An album, A New Tango Song Book, is out in the UK in April.

Thu 23 Apr

Koko

Contemporary Music

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The Jerusalem Quartet at Southbank Centre

The Israeli String Quartet juxtapose the first of six quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn with Janácek’s musical confession of a forbidden love and Schubert’s farewell to love in the wake of discovering his terminal illness.

Fri 24 Apr

Southbank Centre – Queen Elizabeth Hall

Classical Music

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Ensemble Intercontemporain / Boulez at 90

Ensemble Intercontemporain offers a 90th birthday homage to its founder Pierre Boulez, with music by Debussy, Robin, Pintscher – and Boulez himself.

Tue 28 Apr

Barbican Centre

Classical Music, Tandem

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Gallic presents French writers Caroline Vermalle and Antoine Laurain

To celebrate the launch of Gallic Books’ new Spring titles, Caroline Vermalle, author of “George’s Grand Tour” and Antoine Laurain, author of “The Red Notebook and The President’s Hat” will be at Belgravia Books. Come for a chat and get your copies signed!

Thu 30 Apr

Belgravia Books - 59 Ebury Street, London SW1W 0NZ

Books, Talks

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Cher Trésor

Francis Veber’s smash-hit play in which Mr François Pignon (Gérard Jugnot), eternal loser, will make you die laughing with his new adventures. Extremely funny!

Wed 6 May

Bloomsbury Theatre

Performing Arts

Magma

Magma set the cat among the pigeons in the 70s with their thundering sound, an invented language (Kobaïan), and the unflinching vision of drummer and band-leader Christian Vander. Now, as their catalogue is reissued, they’re playing very rare UK dates.

Fri 8 May

Rich Mix

Contemporary Music

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Chinese Man

A funky French collective formed in 2004, they made their name thanks to jazzy hit ‘I’ve Got That Tune’. They always pull a crowd in London, from serious hip-hop heads to those who just like a party. And now they’ve added percussion and a horn section too.

Sat 9 May

The Forum

Contemporary Music

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European Literature Night

Presented in partnership with EUNIC London, the ELN will celebrate its 7th edition at the British Library with 6 of the best writers from around Europe. Among them is one of the giants of francophone writing of our time: Yasmina Khadra.

Wed 13 May

The British Library

Books, Talks

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The Great Escape

The UK’s crucial, seaside showcase festival is focused on the UK this year but there’s still plenty of room for international artists. The hip French acts already announced this year are Andrea Balency, Ibeyi, C.A.R and Forever Pavot, with more to follow.

Thu 14 - Sat 16 May

Brighton - Various

Contemporary Music

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If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse?

This new collaboration between Tate Modern and the Musée de la danse in Rennes, France, directed by dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz, offers a fictional 48 hours transformation of the art museum via the prism of dance.

Fri 15 - Sat 16 May

Tate Modern, London

Performing Arts, Tandem

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Flavia Coelho

The Brazilian performer has found the perfect UK home on the Mr Bongo label, who will be releasing latest album ‘Mondo Meu’ here in May. It’s the perfect opportunity for Coelho to return and demonstrate her full range, from subtly expressive to explosive.

Mon 18 May

Rich Mix

Contemporary Music

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Manger

For this new work, Boris Charmatz (Musée de la Danse) investigates how to set bodies in motion not with the eyes or with the limbs, but with the mouth, choosing to challenge the role that the mouth and eating play in choreography, dance and performance.

Tue 19 - Wed 20 May

Sadler's Wells, London

Performing Arts, Tandem

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The Forgotten / L’Oubliée

In this epic work fusing circus, theatre and dance, Raphaëlle Boitel plunges us into a dreamlike world of flight and fantasy to tell a tale of yearning & discovery. As part of Brighton Festival

Tue 19 - Wed 20 May

Brighton Dome, Brighton

Performing Arts

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Chassol

Having introduced UK audiences to his unique talents at the London Jazz Festival and Gilles Peterson’s Meltdown, the uncategorisable Chassol is following up his Indiamore project with Big Sun – a new show and album exploring the sounds of the Antilles.

Wed 20 May

Rich Mix

Contemporary Music

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Partita 2

What happens when choreographers Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Boris Charmatz, rejoice in their love for their own dancing? Named for its score, from JS Bach, ‘Partita 2′ reflects on structures and forms in the choreography of two contemporary icons.

Fri 22 - Sat 23 May

http://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2015/partita-2/

Performing Arts, Tandem

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Images Moving Out Onto Space

The first major show by French artist Nicolas Deshayes, culmination of a 3-month residency, will feature works drawn from Tate St Yve’s classical sculpture collection, displaying them like contemporary objects on custom-made anodized tables, plinths, etc.

Sat 23 May - Sun 27 Sep

Tate St Ives

Visual Arts

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Trio Baptiste Trotignon: Cassard, Grimal, Gastinel

Philippe Cassard and his long-time chamber music partners, David Grimal and Anne Gastinel, begin this recital with a new work by French composer Baptiste Trotignon, dedicating then the concert’s second half to Schubert’s all-encompassing Piano Trio in E flat.

Thu 28 May

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music

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Cie Non Nova: L’après-midi d’un Foehn – Version 1

Prepare to be blown away: this rare & thought-provoking performance of ballet, juggling, pirouetting, in which ordinary plastic bags are magically brought to life, is an enchanting experience of true wonder.

Fri 29 - Sat 30 May

The Place, London

Performing Arts

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Contact

Philippe Decouflé (Compagnie DCA) rewrites what the musical means for him, borrowing from cabarets, musicals and even flirting with Bollywood. With “Contact”, he creates a musical and visual comedy, a tale of our human – and sometimes superhuman – passions.

Tue 16 - Thu 18 Jun

Sadler's Wells, London

Performing Arts