“Their canon of saints reads: Pierre Cardin, Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Fendi, Ferré, Gaultier, Gucci, Jourdan, Miyake, Prada, Saint Laurent, Versace, Yamamoto. A typical ballad runs: “Listen my love. On our wedding day/The label will be Torrente/The label will be Giorgio Armani/The label will be Daniel Hechter/The label for the shoes will be J. M. Weston.” Brussels, their shopping mecca, is referred to in Congolese as Lola, meaning paradise.
These are sapeurs, acolytes of a 25-year-old movement called la SAPE—La Societé des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (aka Kitendi, the religion of the cloth)—that revolves around the possession of the most expensive, most luxurious, most extravagant fashion in the world. Followers of SAPE wear $10,000 jackets and $500 shoes, but these mostly young Congolese men otherwise barely eke out a living in the rubble of Kinshasa and Brazzaville or the ghettos of Paris and Brussels, washing dishes or washing bodies, and sometimes selling their own.” -Anna Weinberg
October 15, 2009 - July 11, 2010
L’univers de la SAPE at Musée Dapper
35 bis Rue Paul Valéry
Metro: Victor Hugo, Charles de Gaulle - Etoile RER: Charles de Gaulle - Etoile
“Ion Barladeanu is on his way to becoming an important contemporary artist, but in May 2008 he was still an anonymous tramp on the streets of Bucharest.”
“He created many of his collages from scraps of discarded magazines during and after the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu.” “His collages are being hailed as politically brave and culturally irreverent.” “Barledeanu describes himself as a ‘director’ of his own films and considers each collage to be a movie in itself.”
February 27 - April 10, 2010
Ion Barladeanu at Galerie Anne de Villepoix
43 Rue de Montmorency
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
M-Sat: 10am-7pm (will open at 1.30pm only on March 2 and March 30)
Closed on Sunday and holidays.
Organized by the Fondation Pierre Berger and the Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, this is the first comprehensive retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent’s work. 307 pieces taken from his haute couture and prêt-à-porter collections, ranging from his early days at Dior in 1958 to his final collection of evening gowns in 2002, will be on display. Films and photographs illustrating Yves Saint Laurent’s 40 years of creation within its historical context will complete this exhibition.
“This exhibition of some 120 of Lisette Model’s most representative photographs illustrates the very bold and direct approach to reality that made her one of the most singular proponents of street photography, the particular form of documentary photography that developed in New York during the 1940s, through the camerawork of such as Helen Levitt, Roy de Carava and Weegee.
Alongside the photographs, archive film and sound recordings of Lisette Model will evoke the photographer’s life, and there will be copies of magazines to which she contributed (Regards, Harper’s Bazaar, etc.)”
February 9 - June 6, 2010
Lisette Model at the Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde
(Ticket window closes 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed on Monday
The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson is exhibiting over one hundred original prints by Robert Doisneau, all of them taken in Paris and its suburbs between 1930 and 1966. While most of the photographs in this show are from the artist’s studio, some come from public and private collections.
“This show retraces Elliott Erwitt’s 60-year long career through more than 130 of his favorite photographs, including some rarely seen original prints. A photographer since 1948 and a member of Magnum Photos since 1953, he is a sharp, sometimes mischievous, observer of everyday life. Among his favorite subjects are children, dogs, beaches, politics and celebrities. A witness to the major events of the 20th century, this master of the instant is also a tireless wit, a subtle and poetic humorist whose work combines satire and melancholy. Elliott Erwitt has also made documentary films, some of which can be seen at the video library of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.”