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William Blake retrospective at the Petit Palais in Paris

William Blake retrospective at the Petit Palais in Paris

This is France’s first William Blake retrospective since 1947. Major museums such as the British Museum, the Tate Britain, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Louvre Museum, as well as private collectors, have lent their works for this retrospective. The show gathers over 150 pieces by William Blake, including drawings, paintings, etchings and books. There’s also a little treat a the end of the show signed by Francis Bacon.

April 2 - June 28, 2009
William Blake at Musée du Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
tel: 01.53.43.40.00
Metro: Champs-Elysées - Clémenceau

Tues-Sun: 10am-6pm (until 8pm on Thursday)
(Ticket window closes 15 min before closing time)
Closed on Monday

Alexander Calder at Beaubourg: his Parisian years (1926-1933).

Alexander Calder at Beaubourg: his Parisian years (1926-1933).

During his first five years in Paris, Calder created and showed one of his most important works, the miniature Calder’s Circus. It is back in Paris for the first time since 1970. The figures and objects made for the Circus led Calder to make his first sculptures that used only wire, as seen in his series of animal figures and portraits of well-known personalities (Kiki de Montparnasse, Josephine Baker…) Calder’s encounter with Mondrian lead to a shift in his work: his paintings and wire sculptures turn to abstraction. It is the beginning of his mobiles: linear metal construction, simple geometrical shapes and colored spheres or motifs in sheet metal. Displayed over two levels, this show gathers over 300 sculptures, paintings, drawings, toys, photographs and films. It is the first show to be wholly devoted to Alexander Calder’s years in Paris.

March 18 - July 20, 2009
Alexander Calder at Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris
tel: 01.44.78.12.33
Metro: Rambuteau

M-Sun: 11am-11pm
(Ticket window closes at 10.30pm)
Closed on Tuesday

Eros vinyl records exhibit at the Musée de l’érotisme in Paris

Eros vinyl records exhibit at the Musée de l’érotisme in Paris

Lovers of sexy record covers, this show is for you. The Musée de l’érotisme in Paris tells the story of eroticism through 120 record covers that span 60 years.

April - October 9, 2009
“Eros Vinyles” at the Musée de l’érotisme
72 Boulevard de Clichy
75018 Paris
tel: 01.42.58.28.73
Metro: Blanche

7/7
M-Sun: 10am-2am

Salon du Vintage in Paris: an 80’s retrospective fashion fair.

Salon du Vintage in Paris: an 80’s retrospective fashion fair.

This year, the third edition of the Salon du Vintage in Paris will focus on 80’s fashion. Clothing and accessories of the new wave era will be what this fair is all about. Symbolic 80’s pieces by Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Azzedine Alaïa and Claude Montana, to name a few, will be for sale at this Salon du Vintage. The big names of Parisian vintage clothing merchants (Scarlett, Christian Daubanay, En Ville Vintage…) will be selling their wonders at this fair, as well as many others from all over the world.

April 4-5, 2009 from 10am-7pm
Salon du Vintage
La Cour du Marais
81 Rue des Archives
75003 Paris
Metro: Temple
Entrance fee: 5€

Mode de Vue: hip and hard-to-find sunglasses in Paris.

Mode de Vue: hip and hard-to-find sunglasses in Paris.

Mode de Vue is a Parisian boutique dedicated to the increase in crossover between eyewear and fashion. Owner and trained optician Mamou Michael, spotted a gap in the market for a shop devoted to the most interesting designer fashion frames, both for traditional optical glasses and sunglasses - and Mode de Vue was born. Mode De Vue opened in 2004 and is located on the edge of Paris’ hip Marais district. It stocks a comprehensive collection of hard-to-find and lesser-known designer frames alongside those from the big guns of fashion.”

Mode de Vue sells designer frames by Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Charles Anastase, Christian Roth, Cutler & Gross, Dior Homme, Eley Kishimoto, Ksubi, Marc Jacobs, Raf Simon, Tom Ford… Mode de Vue’s glasses are very carefully selected and definitely stand out for their elegance and tastefulness. And to add to its exquisite collection, Mode de Vue also sells vintage glasses by Emmanuelle Khanh, Courrege, Yves Saint-Laurent, Cebe and more.

*** Mode de Vue’s awesome vintage collection of eyewear will be at the upcoming Salon du Vintage in Paris, April 4-5, 2009, from 10am-7pm.

Mode de Vue
53 Rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
tel: 01.42.77.02.88
Metro: Chemin Vert

7/7
M,Sun: 2.30pm-7.30pm
Tu-Sat: 10.30am-7.30pm

Royksopp in Paris at Le Trabendo

Royksopp in Paris at Le Trabendo

Royksopp’s new album Junior is coming out in March 2009. They will be on tour across Europe and will stop in Paris at Le Trabendo, in the the Parc de la Villette, on April 8, 2009.

April 8, 2009—8pm
Le Trabendo
Parc de La Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaures
75019 Paris
tel: 01.42.01.12.12
Metro: Porte de Pantin

Tahiti 80 in Paris at the Alhambra

Tahiti 80 in Paris at the Alhambra

Tahiti 80. Here’s another French band who—thank you Jesus!—understands that pop needs to be sung in its native language, that is English. Vaguely reminiscent at times of the Beach Boys, with enough difference that it doesn’t actually sound like them, Tahiti 80’s upbeat and breezy pop is made by four boys who like to have fun when they play the music and it comes across pretty well. I can picture myself driving down highway 1 while blasting Big Day on the radio. It sounds a little bit like the last day of school.

April 10, 2009—8pm
Tahiti 80 at l’Alhambra
21 Rue Yves Toudic
75010 Paris
tel: 01.40.20.40.25
Metro: Jacques Bonsergent, République