Ragnar Kjartansson, Seul celui qui connaît le desir – Palais de Tokyo, Until 10th January
Palais de Tokyo is presenting the first solo show in France of the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson (born in 1976, lives and works in Reykjavik) whose singular work is a cross between performance and cinema, sculpture and opera, plein air painting and music. In a poetic and surprising manner, the exhibition portrays everyday desires, longing for the transcendent, blurring the boundary between mundane and sublime.
“Sometimes you need to add a little theatre to life and vice versa.” — Ragnar Kjartansson
Belgique – Galerie Daniel Templon, Until 23rd December
A good way to get to grips with the influence of Belgian contemporary art, this exhibition at the Galerie Daniel Templon presents several works from many different genres and eras, and in all sorts of forms and materials. The curators – led by Templon – have chosen a select few works that represent the legacy of 20th century Belgian surrealists René Magritte and Marcel Broodthaers. Even if the chosen artists move in similar circles (Jan Hoet’s Musée S.M.A.K. in Ghent, for example), each of their pieces is very different and none can be ascribed to the same movement or school. All, however, demonstrate an underlying figurative simplicity.
Warhol Unlimited – Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Until 7th February
Another Warhol exhibition comes to Paris, this time focused on the overlooked “Shadows” series. Paris has had its fair share of Warhol exhibits, but that hasn’t stopped the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris from embarking on one of its biggest ever projects with the American pop art artist at the fore. The ‘Shadows’, a series of still relatively unknown Warhol paintings, clearly demonstrate why the New Yorker has exerted so great an influence on so many artists since the fifties.
Lola Alvarez Bravo: Photographies Mexique – Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Until 12th December
For the first ever time in France, an exhibition is devoted to the work of prolific Mexican photographer Lola Alvarez Bravo, who spent many years capturing her nation’s rural roads and tracks, and the modest peasant and farmer figures that roamed them. Very much aware of the importance of indigenous culture and the social transformations taking place in her country, her documentary work offers a subtle and nuanced look at the Mexican society of her time. The Maison de l’Amérique Latine – located in a stunning 18th centuryhôtel particulier – has brought together many of these artfully composed street shots and juxtaposed them with Bravo’s portraits of some of her most famous contemporaries (including Frida Kahlo, Diego Riviera and Octavio Paz).
Author of a filmography which dimension would make any second-class Hollywood filmmaker jealous, Im Kwon-taek (born on 2nd March 1936 in Changsong) represents all the qualities and particularities of South-Korean Cinema. Thanks to popular entertainment and propaganda based industrie, Im Kwon-taek is the author of personal and thoughtful work.
Winter Camp Festival – Paris et Ile-de-France, 8 – 12th December
The Winter Camp Festival injects a welcome December shot of quality live pop and rock into some of Paris’s coolest concert halls (plus venues in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Paris). Catch acts like Archie Bronson Outfit, Jay-Jay Johanson and Orval Carlos Sibelius at venues like the Point Ephémère, the Gaite Lyrique, the Travendo and the Trianon.
Africolor Festival – Around Paris, Until 24th December
he Africolor Music Festival is an annual concert series that takes place in Paris from mid-November to mid-December. Started in 1989, the festival features more than 25 music concerts spread throughout a number of venues in Paris and its surrounding suburbs. Other events at Africolor Music Festival include film screenings, exhibitions, poetry readings, and a circus. Concerts at Africolor Music Festival showcase both local and international musicians from all over the world. Past performances at Africolor Music Festival have included such internationally renowned artists as Lokua Kansa, Omar Pène, Noël Mandingue, Amazigh Kateb, and Toma Sidibé.
Other cool stuff to do:
Défense Christmas Market – On the square at La Défense, Until 27th December
For over a month, the Christmas market at La Défense makes the heart of the district come alive. The Christmas Village on the esplanade at La Défense is the biggest, most authentic one in Ile-de-France. Children and grownups alike will enjoy this truly enchanting seasonal event. Extending over 10,000 m², the village is filled with more than 300 chalets displaying crafts, 400 m² of festive decorations and a huge variety of stalls selling mouth-watering food.