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Illuminating Women: Photographs by Mayotte Magnus

Sat 8 Sept - Sun 24 Mar

National Portrait Gallery

This exhibition celebrating creative women revisits key portraits from Magnus including artists Liliane Lijn and Glenys Barton, authors Marina Warner and Margaret Drabble, actresses Glenda Jackson and Judi Dench or Nadine Gordimer.

Visual Arts

Renzo Piano – The Art of Making Buildings

Sat 15 Sept - Sun 20 Jan

Royal Academy of Arts

From The Shard in London to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the buildings of Renzo Piano have enriched cities across the globe. This exhibition reveals the vision and invention behind his pioneering work, showing how architecture can touch the human spirit.

Visual Arts

Courtauld Impressionists: from Manet to Cézanne

Mon 17 Sept - Sun 20 Jan

National Gallery

This exhibition traces the development of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings through a selection of over forty masterpieces from the collection of the Courtauld Gallery, including famous works by Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Manet and Seurat.

Visual Arts

Now, Now, Louison by Jean Frémon

Wed 19 Sept - Wed 19 Dec

Les Fugitives

Progressing by image and word associations, Frémon evokes Bourgeois's history and inner life, bringing a sense of fascinating and moving proximity to the internationally renowned artist... This is a phosphorescent account of Bourgeois’s life.

Books

Ulla von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast

Thu 20 Sept - Sun 31 Mar

Whitechapel Gallery

Ulla von Brandenburg takes previous Whitechapel Gallery exhibition Sweets (1973) as inspiration for this new commission. Von Brandenburg re-enacts this show with local children in a new immersive and colourful seating structure. With the support of Fluxus Art Projects.

Visual Arts

Pierre Huyghe

Wed 3 Oct - Sun 10 Feb

Serpentine Galleries

Pierre Huyghe, one of the world’s leading conceptual artists, presents a major new exhibition transforming the Serpentine Gallery into a porous and contingent environment, housing different forms of cognition, emerging intelligences, biological reproduction and instinctual behaviours. Exhibition supported by Fluxus Art Projects.

Visual Arts

Pin-Ups: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Arts of Celebrity

Sat 6 Oct - Sun 20 Jan

Scottish National Gallery

This exhibition focuses on Toulouse-Lautrec’s lithographic posters, portfolio prints and illustrations which made stars of Montmartre’s venues and their entertainers such as Yvette Guilbert, Jane Avril and Aristide Bruant.

Visual Arts

Modern Couples – Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde

Wed 10 Oct - Sun 27 Jan

Barbican Art Gallery

Explore modern art and modern love; this major exhibition reveals how relationships can become a playground for creativity.

Visual Arts

The Life Intense: A Modern Obsession by Tristan Garcia

Wed 24 Oct - Mon 24 Dec

Edinburgh University Press

Our lives today are oppressed by the demand that we feel and experience with ever greater intensity. Garcia argues that such intensity rarely lives up to its promise. It always comes at a price: one that defines the ethical predicament of contemporary life.

Books

For the Love of Corals

Sat 27 Oct - Sat 19 Jan

Obsidian Coast (Bradford-on-Avon)

Obsidian Coast presents its inaugural exhibition, For the Love of Corals by artist Sonia Levy, a cinematic inquiry that focuses on the daily labour of caring for endangered beings to resuscitate them from their imminent human-induced extinction. Supported by Fluxus Art Project.

Visual Arts

Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants by Mathias Enard

Wed 31 Oct - Mon 31 Dec

Fitzcarraldo Editions

In 1506, Michelangelo is invited by the sultan of Constantinople to design a bridge over the Golden Horn. The sultan has offered the promise of immortality, since Leonardo da Vinci’s design was rejected. Then begins his epic project in the Ottoman Empire...

Books

The Mental Load by Emma

Wed 7 Nov - Mon 7 Jan

Seven Stories Press

In her first book, Emma reflects on social and feminist issues by means of simple line drawings, dissecting the mental load, i.e. all that invisible and unpaid organizing, list-making and planning women do to manage their lives, and the lives of their family.

Books

Drawing Europe Together by Forty-Five European Illustrators

Wed 14 Nov - Mon 14 Jan

Pan Macmillan

Are we still United in Diversity? Forty-five illustrators exhibit their powerful illustrations of the European Union's shared past and our unsure future. From Brexit bees to wall-jumping bulls, it is a unique collection portraying the European community...

Books

Ascension by Victor Dixen

Wed 21 Nov - Fri 21 Dec

Bonnier Zaffre - Hot Key Books

Six girls, six boys in the two separate bays of a single spaceship. They have six minutes each week to seduce and to make their choices, under the eye of cameras. They are the contenders in the Genesis programme, the world's craziest speed-dating show ever.

Books

Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures

Fri 23 Nov - Sun 17 Mar

Tate Liverpool

Enthralled by the vibrancy of modern life, Fernand Léger's paintings, murals, film and textiles were infused with the bustle and rhythm of the metropolis. (Re)discover his work in this first major exhibition to him in the past 30 years.

Visual Arts

Édouard Glissant, A Poetics of Resistance by Sam Coombes

Wed 28 Nov - Mon 28 Jan

Bloomsbury

Sam Coombes offers an analysis of Glissant's thought, setting out the reasons why his vision for a world of intercultural interaction reflects and seeks to provide a correction to some of the leading tendencies associated with contemporary theory today.

Books

The Arab of the Future III by Riad Sattouf

Wed 5 Dec - Tue 5 Feb

Hodder & Stoughton

After having followed her husband to Libya and then to Syria, Riad's mother can't take any more of village life in Ter Maaleh: she wants to go back to France. Young Riad sees his father torn between his wife's aspirations and the weight of family traditions...

Books

Lévi-Strauss, A Biography by Emmanuelle Loyer

Wed 12 Dec - Tue 12 Feb

Polity

In this award-winning biography, historian Emmanuelle Loyer recounts Lévi-Strauss’s childhood in an assimilated Jewish household, his promising student years as well as his first forays into political and intellectual movements.

Books

Quatuor Arod – Haydn and Beethoven

Sun 23 Dec

Wigmore Hall

Newly appointed to the ECHO Rising Star for the 2018-2019 season, the young French string quartet, Quatuor Arod will perform Haydn’s late set of six quartets and the last of Beethoven’s set of three commissioned by the Russian ambassador to Vienna.

Classical Music

London International Mime Festival

Wed 9 Jan - Sun 3 Feb

Various Venues

This Festival spans the spectrum of contemporary visual performance. Watch out for French artists Olivier de Sagazan, Les Antliaclastes, Theatre de l'Entrouvert and Plexus Polaire. As part of En Scène!

Performing Arts

Léonie Pernet

Thu 10 Jan

The Waiting Room

The DJ and drummer has created a debut album, Crave - arriving three years after her first EP releases - that is as multi-layered and complex as its creator, combining liturgical chants, new wave pop and minimalist techno production.

Contemporary Music

Nash Ensemble

Sat 12 Jan

Wigmore Hall

Depicted as “a chamber music group beyond compare”, the Nash Ensemble, a resident chamber ensemble at London’s Wigmore Hall will offer two performances, interpreting pieces by Schumann, Brahms, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn.

Classical Music

Ensemble Dialogos

Thu 17 Jan

British Library

Created and directed by Katarina Livljanić, the Ensemble Dialogos are outstanding in the field of medieval music. They will be performing a programme in which the rich polyphonic tradition of the Winchester Troper meets virtuosic improvisations.

Classical Music

Beatrice Gibson: Deux sœurs qui ne sont pas sœurs

Fri 18 Jan - Sun 31 Mar

Camden Art Center

This film takes inspiration from the 1929 unrealised script by American Novelist Gertrude Stein. Beatrice Gibson uses Stein' script as a talismanic guide through a contemporary moment of social and political unrest. With the support of Fluxus Art Projects.

Visual Arts

Etienne Daho

Sat 19 Jan

Electric Brixton

Blitz, the most recent, psych-influenced album from the godfather of the current French pop scene, is one of the most acclaimed of his stellar career. It was also heavily inspired by London, so it's fitting that it's finally getting a live airing in the UK.

Contemporary Music

Borderline & Welcome to the UK

Tue 22 Jan - Sat 16 Feb

The Bunker Theatre

The Borderline company presents the world premiere of their new show Welcome to the UK. They will also be performing their first show, Borderline, a satire of Calais Jungle devised and performed by a mixed ensemble of refugee and European performers.

Performing Arts

Notre Dame de Paris

Wed 23 - Sun 27 Jan

London Coliseum

After touring in 23 countries worldwide over the last 20 years, the smash-hit French musical based on the novel Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo returns to London with an international team of singers, dancers, acrobats and music composed by Richard Cocciante.

Performing Arts

Pierre Bonnard, the Colour of Memory

Wed 23 Jan - Mon 6 May

Tate Modern

The exhibition concentrates on Bonnard's work from 1912, when colour became a dominant concern in his work and his unconventional use of it.

Visual Arts

BETT 2019

Wed 23 - Sat 26 Jan

ExCeL London

BETT is the first industry show in the education technology landscape. Visit the French stand to meet French leading companies and exciting new start-ups.

Talks

Calogero

Tue 29 Jan

02 Shepherds Bush Empire

Following the release of his latest album, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, Calogero’s Liberté Chérie tour began in March and has seen him performing to sold-out audiences in France and Asia. He is now bringing his French pop-rock melodies to London for a one-off show.

Contemporary Music