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Photographers Hector Mediavilla and Baudouin Mouanda at Musée Dapper in Paris: L’univers de la SAPE.

Photographers Hector Mediavilla and Baudouin Mouanda at Musée Dapper in Paris: L’univers de la SAPE.

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
75016 Paris
tel: 01.45.00.91.75
Metro: Victor Hugo, Charles de Gaulle - Etoile
RER: Charles de Gaulle - Etoile

M, Wed-Sun: 11am-7pm
Closed on Tuesday

Roumanian collage artist Ion Barladeanu in Paris at Galerie Anne de Villepoix: ‘Now I feel like a prince, says Barladeanu. A pauper can become a prince. But he can go back to being a pauper too.’

Roumanian collage artist Ion Barladeanu in Paris at Galerie Anne de Villepoix: ‘Now I feel like a prince, says Barladeanu. A pauper can become a prince. But he can go back to being a pauper too.’

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
75003 Paris
tel: 01.42.78.32.24
Metro: Arts-et-Métiers

Tu-Sat: 10am-7pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

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.

Broadcast 2000 at La Flèche d’Or in Paris

March 3, 2010 - 8pm
Broadcast 2000 at La Flèche d’Or
120 bis Rue de Bagnolet
75020 Paris
tel: 01.44.64.01.02
Metro: Porte de Bagnolet, Alexandre Dumas

Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Petit Palais in Paris.

Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Petit Palais in Paris.

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.

March 11 - August 29, 2010
Yves Saint Laurent at the 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 (Open until 10pm on Thursday)
(Ticket window closes at 5.45pm)
Closed on Monday

N.B: Tickets are €11 and can be bought online. You will have to select a day and a time slot.

Lisette Model at the Jeu de Paume in Paris.

Lisette Model at the Jeu de Paume in Paris.

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
75008 Paris
tel: 01.47.03.12.50
Metro: Concorde

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

Robert Doisneau at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris: From craft to art.

Robert Doisneau at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris: From craft to art.

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.

January 13 - April 18, 2010
Robert Doisneau at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2 Impasse Lebouis
75014 Paris
tel: 01.56.80.27.00
Metro: Gaité

Tu, Th, F, Sun: 1pm-6.30pm
W: 1pm-8.30pm
Sat: 11am-6.45pm
(Ticket window closes 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed on Monday

Elliott Erwitt at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris: “Personal Best”

Elliott Erwitt at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris: “Personal Best”

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.”

February 3 - April 4, 2010
Elliott Erwitt at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie
7 Rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
tel: 01.44.78.75.00
Metro: Saint-Paul

Wed-Sun: 11am-8pm
(Ticket window closes at 7.30pm)
Free on Wednesday from 5pm-8pm
Closed on Monday and Tuesday