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Izis: Paris des Rêves at the Hotel de Ville in Paris.

Izis: Paris des Rêves at the Hotel de Ville in Paris.

In 1951, Izis was one of the five French photographers, along with Brassaï, Doisneau, Ronis and Cartier-Bresson, to be exhibited at the MoMA in New York. Today Paris City Hall is paying tribute to Izis with a major retrospective showcasing 270 photographs, books, magazines and documentary footage. This show focuses on his Parisian work.

January 20 - May 29, 2010
Izis at the Hotel de Ville
5 Rue Lobau
75004 Paris
tel: 01.42.76.40.40
Metro: Hotel-de-Ville

M-Sat: 10am-7pm (will open at 1.30pm only on March 2 and March 30)
Closed on Sunday and holidays.

Le Petit Nicolas: a comic book’s anniversary in Paris.

Le Petit Nicolas: a comic book’s anniversary in Paris.

Fifty years ago, René Goscinny (writer of Asterix and Lucky Luke) and Jean-Jacques Sempé (illustrator) created Le Petit Nicolas. Le Petit Nicolas is a French iconic comic book whose protagonists are main character Nicolas, a nine-year old boy, and his classroom friends. The adventures of Nicolas are told from his point of view and often involve some kind of drama. Le Petit Nicolas exhibition in Paris commemorates the fifty-year anniversary of the comic book, and pays homage to its creators. Over 150 original drawings by Sempé and 10 unseen manuscripts by René Goscinny who died in 1977 are being shown here. At its opening, the exhibit has drawn over 3000 people in two days! It smells like adult nostalgia in Paris. Francophiles will not want to miss this.

March 6 - May 7, 2009
Le Petit Nicolas at the Hotel de Ville de Paris
5 Rue Lobau
75004 Paris
tel: 01.42.76.40.40
Metro: Hotel-de-Ville

M-Sat: 10am-7pm
Closed on Sunday

Dance finals at the Dance Conservatory of Paris

Dance finals at the Dance Conservatory of Paris

Keep an eye out for the finals at the dance conservatory of Paris: the CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Dance de Paris.) You can attend a free two hour performance—the Certificat d’Interprétation exam— with the judges on the premises. The final grades are posted an hour and a half later. The Certificat d’Interprétation en Danse Contemporaine is the fifth year exam and it takes place over two days: first day is the contemporary dance session and the second day is the classical dance one. The representations are divided in two parts: first the duos in which one or both students are being graded and then the final part gathering all the students in one piece.
This a student show and it is free and open to the public. Reservations need to be made at the time of the examination, early May, by email at: resadanse@cnsmdp.fr


Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris

209 Avenue Jean-Jaurès
75019 Paris
tel: 01.40.40.45.45
Metro: Porte de Pantin

Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s art collection at the Grand Palais in Paris

Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s art collection at the Grand Palais in Paris

The legendary collection of Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé will be open to the public for three days at the Grand Palais before it is auctioned off. Impressionist and modern paintings (Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Léger, Cézanne, Duchamp…), old masters’ paintings (Ingres, Géricault…) and drawings, 19th century paintings, silver miniatures and objects of virtue, 20th century furniture and decorative arts, sculptures and works of arts, over seven hundred pieces gathered by the two men over 50 years will be shown at the Grand Palais. This is a first in the history of the Grand Palais’ exhibition program. The proceeds from the auction, estimated between €200 million and €300 million, will go to the Pierre Bergé -Yves Saint Laurent Foundation to help the AIDS medical research.

February 21-25, 2009
The art collection of YSL and Pierre Bergé at the Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston-Churchill
75008 Paris
Metro: Champs-Elysées - Clémenceau

February 21, 22: 9am-12am
February 23: 9am-1pm
Auction schedule:
February 23 at 7pm: Impressioniste and Moderne Art
February 24 at 2pm: Old masters’ paintings and drawings, 19th century paintings
February 24 at 3pm: Silver miniatures and objects of virtue
February 24 at 6pm: Decorative arts and tribal art
February 25 at 1pm: Sculptures
February 25 at 7pm: Asian art, Islamic art, ceramics, furniture