Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (History and Program)

Have you ever heard of The Théatre des Champs-Elysées ? Despite the name, it is not on Les Champs-Elysées but not far at all, Avenue Montaigne. I must say that I did not know much about the place (despite being a Parisian !) and I was so pleasantly surprised when I visited it. It is a hidden gem with a rich history and a fantastic program.

The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées opened in 1913. It was constructed by those who contributing to his financing. Later, Ganna Walska, a rich American, financed the theatre for decades. The building is remarkable for having been designed by a group of very well-known artists : architects Henry Van de Velde, Auguste Perret; the painter and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle; the painter Maurice Denis, and the crystal maker René Lalique amongst others. It was the first building to be made entirely out of reinforced concrete. The Théâtre is a jewel of 20th century French architecture and it wa…

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Le Musée de la Vie Romantique

Article by Iasmina Iordache who loves to discover the quiet contemplative spots of Paris.

The Musée de la Vie Romantique in the 9th arrondissement of Paris is one of those little-known yet fascinating places that played an important part in the history of Paris.

The museum is set in romantic painter Ary Scheffer's former house and workshop, a beautiful and quaint Restoration-style residence in a neighborhood that used to be known as the “New Athens”, home of many of Paris’s romantic artists during the 19th century.

The 1820s, when the neighborhood was built, were a time of great population growth in Paris. Many of those who wanted to get away from the crowded and unsafe center of Paris made for the slopes of Montmartre, previously occupied by orchards and guinguettes (open-air drinking establishments).

“New Athens” refers to the classical architecture that inspired the…

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Malala Andrialavidrazana – Carte Blanche at Citéco, Paris

Cité de l’Economie, first interactive museum dedicated to economics, opened in June, at 1, Place du Général-Catroux, 75017 with a space for temporary shows.

The inaugural show, the work of photographer Malala Andrialavidrazana, born in Madagascar in 1971 and based in Paris, features her series Figures begun in 2015. Here she explores the link between her personal history and cultural identity. Malala invents a kind of poetic imagery of decolonialization using visual allusions.

2. Figures, 1850, Various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics, 2015, Pigment Print on Hahnenmuhle Cotton Rag, 110x138,5 cm

Malala Andrialavidrazana graduated from the Parisian Ecole d’architecture de La Villette in 1996, specializing in photography. The artist creates colorful collages with her collection of bank-notes, fragments of images, old maps, record covers, stamps and various papers, then uses delicate photomontage to fix the images on Hahnenmuhle cotton rag, cre…

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Dorothea Lange – The Politics of Seeing

“I never steal a photograph. Never. All photographs are made in collaboration, as part of their thinking as well as mine.” -- Dorothea Lange The Politics of Seeing features major works by the world famous American photographer Dorothea Lange (1895, Hoboken, New Jersey–1966, San Francisco, California). This is the first exhibition of Dorothea Lange’s work in France in twenty years.  The exhibition focuses on the extraordinary emotional power of Dorothea Lange’s work and on the context of her documentary practice. It features five specific series: the Depression period (1933-1934), a selection of works from the Farm Security Administration (1935-1939), the Japanese American internment (1942), the Richmond shipyards (1942-1944) and a series on a Public defender (1955-1957). Visitors to this exhibition will be able to discover the strength of her vision and her social engagement with the world she was living in. She used the camera as a tool, combining images with the written word…
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The War to End all Wars, The Great War, La Der des Ders*

This is 2018, one hundred years after the end of World War I (and 74 years after the end of WWII). I realized how little I knew about this war that changed the course of history, redrew the borders of Europe and the Middle East, advanced technology and women's status and made great strides in medicine. This war marked a distinct change from the past and was the real beginning of the 20th century. Thinking that it was time to improve my knowledge of this time period I decided that a kid’s book would be a good place to start. The book 50 clés pour comprendre la grande guerre (Castor Doc, Flammarion) written by a French junior high teacher named David Dumaine is an excellent summary of the war. The level of French is for junior high and so it easily readable for those with imperfect French. Dumaine gives a clear overview in 50 key points each on a double page with images and side bars. He covers causes, results, battles, the trenches, women and children. I finally understood the r…
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Gustav Klimt – THE ATELIER DES LUMIÈRES (Until 11 Nov)

Located between Bastille and Nation, in a former foundry in Paris’s eleventh arrondissement, the ATELIER DES LUMIÈRES, which opened in April 2018, holds monumental immersive exhibitions. Using 140 video projectors and a spatialised sound system, the highly unique multimedia equipment can cover a total surface area of 3,300 m2, extending from the floors to the ceilings and over walls up to ten metres high. As Bruno Monnier,  the President of Culturespaces, explains: ‘The role of an art centre is to decompartmentalise, and that is why digital technology is so important in twenty-first-century exhibitions. Used for creative purposes, it has become a formidable vector for dissemination, and is capable of creating links between eras, add dynamism to artistic practices, amplify emotions, and reach the largest possible audience’. To mark its opening, the ATELIER DES LUMIÈRES presents an immersive exhibition devoted to the main figures in the Viennese art scene, of which Gustav Kli…
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American WWI Museum opens for centennial

American WWI Museum opens for centennial By Gary Lee Kraut The museum, like the monument above it, is the work of the American Battle Monuments Commission. A presentation space was created along with the monument in the late 1920s but it wasn’t furnished until now, as part of the overall restoration of the monument. As it had at the Normandy American Cemetery on the eve of the 60th anniversary of D-Day in 2004 with respect to the Second World War and the Battle of Normandy, the ABMC saw the need provide American visitors with an overview of the American intervention in the First and battles in the Aisne region of France on the 100th anniversary of our participation in major combat during that war. After all, pristine cemeteries and imposing monuments and pristine cemeteries aren’t intended merely to serve as dramatic backdrops for the occasional speech by a government official but are to be visited, honored, understood, questioned and contemplated year-round. Despite its mod…
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The American Dream: POP TO THE PRESENT

The American Dream: POP TO THE PRESENT The exhibition presents a major selection of American prints from the renowned collection of the British Museum. It is a collaboration between the Fondation Custodia, the Terra Foundation for American Art and the British Museum. The American Dream: pop to the present. Prints from the British Museum features more than 100 prints by 42 American artists, providing an exciting overview of the development of printmaking in the United States since 1960. Many of America’s greatest artists are presented, including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha, and Kara Walker, all of whom have engaged with printmaking to create some of the most enduring images of recent years. Visitors explore the expressive potential of printmaking in a variety of powerful images created over the past six decades – a dynamic and turbulent period in the history of the United States. Artists responded to social and political situations – from JFK’s assassinat…
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