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Cézanne at the Whitworth

Sat 24 Aug - Sun 1 Mar

The Witworth

This exhibition celebrates an extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne that has been gifted and placed on long-term loan to the Whitworth by gallerist, collector, author and publisher Karsten Schubert.

Visual Arts

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019

Sat 14 Sept - Sun 23 Feb

Various Venues

Since 1949, BNC has consistently supported contemporary visual artists to successfully transition from education into professional practice, by means of an annual touring exhibition, featuring French artist Camille Yvert. Supported by Fluxus Art Projects.

Visual Arts

French Politics: A Neighbour’s History of the Present

Thu 26 Sept - Tue 30 Jun

University of Westminster

This series of seminars is designed with the Foucauldian notion of “history of the present” in mind and will tackle some of the most pressing challenges of French politics and political theory today.

Talks

TV5MONDE

Mon 30 - Wed 30 Sept

For the love of culture, in French

Anyone in the UK can now enjoy TV5MONDE streamed live 24/7 in HD. From prime time films, hit drama series premieres, documentaries, travel, cuisine and kids programmes and news throughout the day, just click and watch for free.

Films & TV

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits

Mon 7 Oct - Sun 26 Jan

The National Gallery

The first ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin. Spanning the later years of his life and focusing solely on his portraits, this exhibition follows Gauguin’s move away from Impressionism towards Symbolism.

Visual Arts

L’Histoire des relations de l’Angleterre avec l’Europe

Wed 16 Oct - Mon 20 Apr

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle

En menant l’inventaire des relations des Britanniques avec le continent Européen de l’Antiquité à nos jours, ce cycle de conférences assurées par d'éminents universitaires vous invite à mieux comprendre la période actuelle !

Talks

Artificialis

Sat 2 Nov - Sat 2 May

Saatchi Gallery

French artist Cyril de Commarque presents a multi-media installation drawing from the Anthropocene era – the period when man first had an impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems – then meditating on the effect technology and scientific advancement will have on humankind and the environment.

Visual Arts

Dora Maar

Wed 20 Nov - Sun 15 Mar

Tate Modern

The largest retrospective of Dora Maar ever held in the UK. During the 1930s, Maar’s provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism. This exhibition will explore the breadth of Maar's long career in the context of work by her contemporaries.

Visual Arts

Cars Accelerating the Modern World

Sat 23 Nov - Sun 19 Apr

Victoria and Albert Museum

Over its short 130-year history, the car has become one of the most loved, contested and influential innovations in the world. It has revolutionised manufacturing, transformed how we move, forever changing our cities, environment and economies.

Visual Arts

La traviata

Tue 17 Dec - Mon 23 Mar

Royal Opera House

Richard Eyre's naturalistic production of Verdi's traviata contrasts the superficial glamour of 19th-century Parisian high life with intimate scenes for the main characters.

Classical Music

London International Mime Festival

Wed 8 Jan - Sun 2 Feb

Various Venues in London

The London International Mime Festival returns to venues across the capital with 18 of the best international contemporary visual theatre companies, featuring UK premieres from 3 French companies and a special visit by the famous Jacques Lecoq School.

Performing Arts

Julie Béna : The Jester and the Death

Fri 10 Jan - Sat 15 Feb

Kunstraum, London

Kunstraum has commissioned a new body of work titled The Jester & Death. Béna’s practice constitutes an eclectic set of references, combining contemporary and ancient literature, high and low art, joking, and seriousness, parallel times and spaces.

Visual Arts

The Living Days by Ananda Devi

Fri 10 Jan - Thu 13 Feb

Les Fugitives

A chance encounter on Portobello Road incites an unsettling, magnetic attraction between Mary, an elderly spinster, and Cub, a boy from Brixton, driving her crumbling world into heightened delusion.

Books

Christine Rebet Solo Exhibition

Tue 21 Jan - Sat 4 Apr

Parasol Unit, London

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art presents a solo exhibition of the work of French artist Christine Rebet, exploring trauma, illusion, revolt and the destruction of our shared history and environment through six diverse, hand-drawn animated films.

Films & TV, Visual Arts

Picasso and Paper

Sat 25 Jan - Mon 13 Apr

Royal Academy of Arts

Pablo Picasso rewrote the rules of painting, but he also tore up the rulebook for paper. Bringing together 300 of the artist’s works, both on and with paper, this exhibition spans his entire prolific career and represents a significant chapter in modern art.

Visual Arts

Lettres jamais écrites – Unwritten Letters by Estelle Savasta

Sun 26 Jan

The Cockpit Theatre

"Write the one letter that you've never written". This was the instruction given to Year 11 pupils in France. Each one of these letters was then answered by a writer. The result is a rich tapestry of voices and experiences which explore the world of today.

Performing Arts

Orchestre National de Lille – UK Tour

Tue 28 Jan - Sat 1 Feb

Various Venues in the UK

Under the inspirational conductor Alexandre Bloch, the Orchestre National de Lille performs in 5 cities for the biggest UK tour of a French orchestra in 2020, featuring the 1st prize of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, pianist Eric Lu.

Classical Music

Orchestre National de Lille – French Landscapes

Wed 29 Jan

Cadogan Hall

The Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Alexandre Bloch, promises to shine in this programme of evocative melodies from the very best of the French composers: Ravel and Debussy. American pianist Eric Lu will also perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

Classical Music

London International Mime Festival – Optraken by Galactik Ensemble

Wed 29 Jan - Sat 1 Feb

Sadler's Wells

Five daredevil acrobats, all graduates of the famous circus school at Rosny sous Bois, try to survive a set that seems to be going out of its way to hurt them. Firecrackers explode, sandbags drop from the flies, walls shift and move and nothing stays still.

Performing Arts

Europeans: Dora Maar

Wed 29 Jan

Rich Mix, London

Join Dash Arts in their 100th café, as they delve into the world of French photographer, painter and poet Dora Maar. An icon of Surrealism, Maar is best known for her photography and photomontages depicting post-war anxieties and internal horrors of the mind.

Talks, Visual Arts

French Politics; A Neighbour’s History of the Present

Thu 30 Jan - Thu 13 Feb

University of Westminster

The seminar focuses on topical works of contemporary French social scientists. Silyane Larcher (CNRS) will speak in January on Afrofeminism and the French universalism, and Sébastien Chauvin (University of Lausanne) on LGBTQI struggles in France in February.

Talks

Elsa Dreisig & Jonathan Ware

Sun 2 Feb

Wigmore Hall

Multi-award-winning Franco-Danish soprano Elsa Dreisig explores works by Duparc, Strauss and Rachmaninov in tandem with pianist Jonathan Ware.

Classical Music

Benoît Peeters, The Obscure Cities – Between Utopia and Dystopia

Mon 3 Feb

Institut français d’Ecosse

Benoît Peeters will be giving a talk on his famous comics Les Cités Obscures at the Institut français d’Ecosse, as part of DELC Research Seminar Series of the University of Edinburgh, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Talks, Visual Arts

Valentine in Paris

Fri 14 Feb

Southbank Centre

For Valentine's Day, French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Emmanuel Krivine, will stop by Humperdinck’s enchanted German forest to access masterpieces of the French repertoire such as Ravel's Piano Concerto.

Classical Music

Cédric Tiberghien

Sun 23 Feb

Wigmore Hall

Cédric Tiberghien will intersperse some of the Beethoven's Variations written between 1782 and 1803 with works by 20th-century American experimentalists such as John Cage.

Classical Music

Christian Louboutin

Tue 25 Feb - Tue 28 Jul

Palais de la Porte Dorée

Thought as an invitation to dive into the prolific universe of Christian Louboutin, the exhibition explores all the aspects of his multiple referenced inspirations, in a place dear to the creator and which has seen his vocation grow.

Visual Arts

Jean Féline and Joshua J. Leon: Habitat

Sun 1 Mar - Thu 30 Apr

Platform Southwark, London

Artists Joshua Leon and Jean Feline, tackle the subject and concept of Habitat, intending to investigate the social issues relating to the home in contemporary culture, treating the domestic as an unsafe ground and navigating the meaning of “making a home".

Visual Arts

Camille Yvert: How I Naturally Improve

Sun 1 Mar - Thu 30 Apr

Gibberd Gallery

New and developing work by Camille Yvert taking its starting point from the relationship between bronzage culture & bronze sculpture and examining the quest for body optimisation and the motorcycle industry will be presented at the Harlow Art Trust.

Visual Arts

Anne Gillis & XT Duo: a new collaborative work

Sun 1 Mar - Sun 31 May

Café Oto, London

Bringing together three explicitly ‘radical’ artists of different generations in a unique Anglo-French collaboration featuring Anne Gillis and composers XT, the show operates at the boundaries of sound-making/music, visual arts and performance.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

The Oboist Entertains: Leleux Interprets Mozart

Mon 2 Mar

Southbank Centre

Oboist extraordinaire, François Leleux explores Austria, Poland and Italy with three pieces by three great composers (including Mozart) with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Classical Music

Lise Berthaud & David Saudubray

Mon 2 Mar

Wigmore Hall

With her pianist partner David Saudubray, widely admired French viola player Lise Berthaud will perform two major pieces by Schubert and Brahms, originally written for other instruments.

Classical Music

Eva Jospin: Among the Trees

Wed 4 Mar - Sun 17 May

Hayward Gallery - Southbank Centre

Among the Trees brings together artworks, including Eva Jospin’s Forests, that explore our relationship to trees. The exhibition focuses on artworks that re-imagine traditional genres and develop trees representations to shift our conventional perceptions.

Visual Arts

Stéphane Degout & Simon Lepper

Sun 8 Mar

Wigmore Hall

One of the world’s leading baritones Stéphane Degout returns to Wigmore Hall with pianist Simon Lepper, taking part to the song recital series.

Classical Music

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: Beethoven & Ives

Tue 10 Mar

Southbank Centre

Beethoven was a humanist and musical revolutionary, Charles Ives became known as a radical modernist of his day. Pierre-Laurent Aimard gives voice to the two great composers, revealing Beethoven’s influence on the avant-garde.

Classical Music

Modern Art and the French Riviera

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Mar

Royal Academy of Arts

This weekend-long art history course by the leading authority on French modernism, Dr Nicholas Watkins, explores the many modern artists who lived and worked along the French coast in the first half of the twentieth century.

Visual Arts

Harpsichord en fête

Fri 20 - Fri 27 Mar

Institut français d'Ecosse & St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh

For its Harpsichord en fête festival's 2nd edition, the Institut français d'Ecosse invited the artists to select and perform on historical harpsichords from St Cecilia's Hall. The festival will also celebrate historical dances with a Baroque ball.

Classical Music

Anna Zoria’s Residency at Maison Touchard

Sat 21 Mar - Sat 25 Apr

Maison Touchard, London

Maison Touchard presents Anna Zoria’s first exhibition in the United Kingdom. Building on themes of interiority and infra-ordinary, it collapses the site of production & exhibition into one porous setting responding to the domestic context of Maison Touchard.

Visual Arts

Lise de la Salle: Liszt, Debussy & Beethoven

Tue 31 Mar

Southbank Centre

Lise de la Salle returns to the Wigmore Hall on the occasion of the International Piano Series, which present the most prestigious pianists on the concert platform and showcases the grand masters alongside the best of a current generation of rising stars.

Classical Music

The Swap Project : Elodie Merland and Bachir Boussandel

Wed 1 Apr - Tue 30 Jun

River Garage, Kent

River Garage invites in a three-week residency French artists Elodie Merland and Bachir Boussandel, living in Northern France and whose work is linked to notions of borders, languages and spaces through sculpture, performance, installation and photography.

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Le Concert d’Astrée

Tue 14 Apr

Wigmore Hall

Under Emmanuelle Haïm’s direction, Baroque specialist group Le Concert d'Astrée brings a rich selection of pieces from the 16th and 17th Centuries to the Wigmore Hall.

Classical Music

1920s Paris, The Crazy Years: Pulcinella & Paris

Tue 28 Apr

Southbank Centre

In their Worlds Colliding series, City of London Sinfonia explore the blurred lines between classical and popular culture. With conductor and pianist David Greilsammer, they will give voice to 20th Century French composers.

Classical Music

Les Talens Lyriques

Fri 8 May

Wigmore Hall

Harpsichordist Christophe Rousset’s Baroque ensemble welcomes German tenor Julian Prégardien for a programme of love songs by some of the leading lights of the French Baroque period.

Classical Music

Varèse & Debussy: Dreamscapes

Sat 9 May

Southbank Centre

Young conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra dedicate their programme to Varèse and Debussy, who share a preoccupation with the texture, physicality and sensuality of sound itself.

Classical Music

Varèse and Debussy: Microcosms

Sun 10 May

Southbank Centre

This time with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla combines 4 works by Varèse with pieces by Debussy and contemporary composers Rebecca Saunders and Gérard Grisey.

Classical Music

La Serenissima

Tue 12 May

Wigmore Hall

The UK’s leading Venetian-specialist ensemble La Serenissima celebrate Vivaldi's women student-performers in the company of soprano Julia Doyle, mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić and contralto Hilary Summers.

Classical Music

Jimmy Robert : A Review

Fri 22 May - Mon 31 Aug

Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

Nottingham Contemporary presents a major survey exhibition by the French artist Jimmy Robert, spanning two decades of practice, as well as the UK premiere and tour of his most ambitious performance to date, Joie Noire (2019).

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Memory / Hélène Grimaud

Sun 7 Jun

Barbican Centre

Hélène Grimaud matches Schumann's virtuosity with pieces by Satie, Silvestrov, Debussy and Chopin to ‘conjure atmospheres of fragile reflection, a mirage of what was – or what could have been’, as she says.

Classical Music