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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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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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“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

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), French writer, 1917.

“Apollinaire in the Great War, 1914-18″ by David Hunter

An unusual combination of intimate biography, military history and literary analysis, this major new work on Apollinaire is a vivid portrait of the artist – in the epicentre of Parisian Bohemia, in love and in the cauldron of war.

Fri 27 Mar - Thu 30 Apr

UK

Books

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All This Has Nothing To Do With Me by Monica Sabolo

Highly original, extremely funny, and darkly moving, this is an unputdownable glimpse into the depths of one woman’s psyche.

Tue 31 Mar - Thu 30 Apr

UK

Books

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On The State by Pierre Bourdieu

What is the nature of the modern state? How has it come to play such a central role in the shaping of all spheres of social, political and economic life? In this major work the great sociologist Pierre Bourdieu addresses these fundamental questions.

Tue 7 Apr - Thu 7 May

UK

Books

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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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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

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

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

Sadler's Wells

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