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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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Pablo by Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie

Pablo takes in Picasso’s early life among the bohemians of Monmartre, his turbulent relationship with Fernande, and the development of a career that began in penury and reached its climax with the advent of Cubism and modern art.
Published on 23 April 2015.

Tue 14 Apr - Sun 14 Jun

Recommended by London Book & Screen Week

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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The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, which only contains a small red notebook. With handwritten thoughts and jotting notes, it reveals a person that he would very much like to meet. But how to find this woman?

Wed 22 Apr - Mon 22 Jun

UK

Books

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Flirting with French by William Alexander

William Alexander is not just a Francophile, he wants to be French. Among the things that stand in his way is the fact that he can’t actually speak the language. He sets out to conquer the French he loves but which, amusingly, does not seem to love him back.

Thu 30 Apr - Tue 30 Jun

UK

Books

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The African Equation by Yasmina Khadra

Kurt Krausmann, a recently bereaved Frankfurt doctor, is persuaded to join his friend on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros. The journey helps him begin to confront his loss, but soon misfortune strikes again: the boat they are travelling on is hijacked.

Wed 6 May - Mon 6 Jul

Recommended by European Literature Night

Books

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The Father

Florian Zeller’s five star award winning production in a new translation by Christopher Hampton, is an intriguing and compelling outstandingly performed black comedy.

Thu 7 May - Sat 13 Jun

Tricycle Theatre, London

Performing Arts

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Communal Luxury by Kristin Ross

The Commune is back on the agenda. This original analysis of the event brings to life the Parisian workers who became revolutionaries, the significance they attributed to their struggle, and the elaboration and continuation of their – still vivid – thought.

Fri 15 May - Wed 15 Jul

Books

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The Mother

This play by Florian Zeller, winner of a Moliere Award in 2011 and adapted by Christopher Hampton, tells the story of a lonely and capricious mother who – living in a past that no longer exists – waits for her children to return home.

Thu 21 May - Sun 21 Jun

Theatre Royal Bath

Performing Arts

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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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Sonia Delaunay: Art, Industry and Everyday Life

As part of the EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay, this talk will focus on her fusion of avant-garde practice with design.

Sat 6 Jun

Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium

Talks, Visual Arts

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Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud

French artists Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud will perform at Block Universe, a festival bringing together a new wave of cutting edge performance art at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music.

Mon 8 - Sun 14 Jun

Throughout London

Performing Arts

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Moriarty

Moriarty have won plaudits outside France for their storytelling and warm blend of folk, blues, country & cabaret. New album Epitaph finds them at the top of their game.

Mon 8 Jun

Oslo Hackney

Contemporary Music

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d(ARE) / Here Be Lions by Sandrine Buring & Stéphane Olry

Inspired by a residency at the Hôpital de la Roche-Guyon in France, a hospital for children with multiple and severe neurological difficulties, this piece fuses dance and immersive theatre to explore with beauty and subtlety the experiences of young people.

Tue 9 - Sat 27 Jun

The Print Room, London

Performing Arts

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Hollysiz

Breaking through in France with Come Back To Me – pitched midway between Kylie and The Gossip – Cécile Cassel, from the talented Cassel family, is now unleashing debut album My Name Is on the UK.

Tue 9 Jun

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Contemporary Music

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Gregynog Festival 2015: Révolution

Artists making Wales debut at Gregynog Festival include Xavier de Maistre, Anne Queffélec, Les Talens Lyriques, Les Folies françoises, Ensemble Variances.

Fri 12 - Sun 28 Jun

Gregynog Festival, Wales

Classical Music

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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

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Celebrated by Aldeburgh Festival: Boulez at 90

A film, a multimedia retrospective and 3 concerts celebrate Pierre Boulez, ‘a towering icon of the avant garde’ according to Pierre-Laurent Aimard, artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival.

Tue 16 - Fri 19 Jun

Aldeburgh Festival, Snape/Aldeburgh

Classical Music

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Stendhal and the battle of Waterloo

Celebrating the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, this event focuses on the French writer Anthony Beyle, otherwise known as Stendhal, famous for his descriptions of Waterloo in his novel The Charterhouse of Parma.

Thu 18 Jun

Somerset House - Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Talks

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Dévoration at Be Festival

As unpredictable as humans are in moments of passion, Dévoration is a hard hitting and highly visual theatre piece by Théâtre du Balèti exploring how pain and pleasure meet.

Thu 25 Jun

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham

Performing Arts

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Le Concert Spirituel / Hervé Niquet: Venetian Splendours

Don’t miss Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel’s vibrant, full-blooded interpretations of baroque masterworks, including a mass by Campra and sacred works by Vivaldi.

Thu 25 Jun

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music

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The Montagus and the Huguenots

As part of a ‘Huguenot Summer’, from July to September 2015 Boughton House is hosting a special exhibition to celebrate the extraordinary French legacy of the Huguenot artwork preserved there.

Wed 1 Jul - Wed 30 Sep

Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire

Visual Arts

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Nacera Belaza & Radhouane El Meddeb at Shubbak Festival

London’s biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture invites French choreographers Nacera Belaza (“Into the Night”) and Radhouane El Meddeb (“When The Arabs Used to Dance”/) to present their work, at Sadler’s Wells and The Place.

Sat 11 - Sun 26 Jul

Sadler's Wells & The Place, London

Performing Arts

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Larmer Tree Festival

The bucolic setting of the Larmer Tree festival is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the Afrobeat sounds of Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, reggae masters Dub Inc and L’Orchestre National de Barbès.

Tue 14 - Sun 19 Jul

Salisbury

Contemporary Music

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Womad

The UK’s iconic world music festival once again features a rich line-up of top-tier talent, including desert rock titans Tinariwen, Franco-Cuban twins Ibeyi, Souad Massi, Ester Rada, L’Hijaz’Car, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Tigran.

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Jul

Malmesbury

Contemporary Music

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Quatuor Voce: Beethoven and Schubert

Quatuor Voce makes its Wigmore Series debut with two works of great substance by Beethoven and Schubert.

Sun 26 Jul

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music