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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

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

Sophie Ristelhueber at the Jeu de Paume

Sophie Ristelhueber at the Jeu de Paume

Sophie Ristelhueber (French, b. 1949) traveled to Kuwait at the end of the Gulf War to record the physical traces of the conflict. Entitled Fait or Fact, the resulting series of photographs—aerial and ground-level, in color and black-and-white—depicts trenches and tank tracks, bomb craters, dense smoke rising from blazing oil wells, battle detritus scattered in the sand. Ristelhueber hangs the large prints in an expansive grid that at first reads as a beautiful abstract field, then reveals itself to be a reconstitution of the battlefield on the gallery wall.”
The series “Beyrouth”, “Vulaines” and “Eleven Blowups” as well as two videos made for this show, are also exhibited at the Jeu de Paume until March 22, 2009.

January 20-March 22, 2009
Sophie Ristelhueber at the Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde
75008 Paris
tel: 01 47 03 12 50
Metro: Concorde

Tu-F: 12pm-7pm (until 9pm on Tuesday)
Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm
(Ticket window closes 30 min before closing time)
Closed on Monday

Girl Talk in Paris at La Maroquinerie

Girl Talk in Paris at La Maroquinerie

Mash-up artist Greg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, will be filling up the air with his awesome remixes at La Maroquinerie next month. Trying to identify where each one of his hundreds of sample come from—anywhere from Grizzly Bear to OutKast—is the new game. You will travel in time and in space!

March 23, 2009—8pm
Girl Talk at La Maroquinerie
23 Rue Boyer
75020 Paris
tel: 01.40.33.35.05
Metro: Gambetta, Menilmontant

General Elektriks in Paris at La Maroquinerie

General Elektriks in Paris at La Maroquinerie

His skills and growing collection of keys quickly garnered him attention as the go-to Parisian for “vintage sound,” scoring him session work with Femi Kuti, Lifesavas, Lateef & The Chief, DJ Mehdi, Lyrics Born and Blackalicious.” Quannum.com

General Elektriks’ new album “Good City for Dreamers” is coming out this month and will be in stores on February 23, 2009. It sounds really good. RV Salters’ master keyboard playing will never cease to mesmerize. He will also be playing with The Mighty Underdogs—Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Headnodic—February 17th 2009 at the New Morning in Paris.

March 17, 2009—7.30pm
General Elektriks at La Maroquinerie
23 Rue Boyer
75020 Paris
tel: 01.40.33.35.05
Metro: Gambetta, Menilmontant

Socalled in Paris at Café de la Danse

Socalled in Paris at Café de la Danse

The “Mahatma Gandhi of hip hop” as he once described himself. When klezmer music meets hip hop you get Socalled, and when he comes to Paris you might want to seize that one-night opportunity to go see him.

March 10, 2009—8pm
Socalled at Café de la Danse
5 Passage Louis Philippe
75011 Paris
tel: 01.47.00.57.59
Metro: Bastille

Robert Frank in Paris: exhibit at the Jeu de Paume.

Robert Frank in Paris: exhibit at the Jeu de Paume.

Paris / Les Américains. All the photos from Robert Frank’s book The Americans will be on display at the Jeu de Paume - Concorde, along with some prints from his Paris series. Two of his films will be screened, his first one and his last one: Pull My Daisy (1959), True Story (2004).

Jan. 20 - March 22, 2009
Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde
75008 Paris
tel: 01 47 03 12 50
Metro: Concorde

Tu-F: 12pm-7pm (until 9pm on Tuesday)
Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm
(Ticket window closes 30 min before closing time)
Closed on Monday

David LaChapelle 2009 retrospective in Paris

David LaChapelle 2009 retrospective in Paris

Don’t miss the David LaChapelle retrospective at the Musée de la Monnaie in Paris, starting February 6th. It is the biggest David LaChapelle exhibition ever organized in France. This retrospective puts an emphasis on his more recent work, the life size 3D collage series. Some of his earlier work relating to the Star System series such as “Pamela Anderson: Over Easy, 1998”, “Elton John, Never Enough, Never Enough, 1997” , “Leonardo DiCaprio Nostalgic Styling, 1996” or “David Bowie Eyes that cannot see, 1995” will not be part of this show as originally planned. David LaChapelle changed his mind about showing those pieces right before the opening of the show. He wanted the retrospective to be more about his new work Auguries of Innocence, and more recent series such as Recollections in America, Meditation or Destruction & Disaster.

The exhibition will be open seven days a week and until 10pm on Monday and Friday.

Feb. 6 - March 31, 2009
David Lachapelle at the Musée de la Monnaie
11 Quai de Conti
75006 Paris
tel: 01.40.46.56.66
Metro: Pont Neuf, Odéon

M-Sun: 10.30am-7.30pm (until 10pm on Monday and Friday)
Ticket window closes 30 min before closing time.