Anselm Kiefer – Centre Pompidou, Until 18th April
Born in 1945 in a little town in Bade-Wurtemburg, Anselm Kiefer is a child of post-war Germany, indelibly marked by his country’s defeat and national silence on the legacy of Nazism. From these beginnings grew an artistic obsession with the framing of historical events in memory, from the Hitlerian salute to Germanic myths of origin, with a determined fixation on the theme of ruins. Here, through a hundred or so paintings and sculptures, the Centre Pompidou traces an artist’s search for sense in history.
Renzo Piano, Le Méthode Piano – Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Until 29th February
The Renzo Piano Workshop – which now boasts over 130 staff and has worked on hundreds of international projects – is the fascinating subject of this exhibit at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. Curated by Piano himself, this panoramic overview of the architect’s career since 1977 – when he first made his name collaborating with Richard Rogers on the Centre Pompidou – takes in all his boldest and most ambitious works, from the Palais de Justice in Paris to London’s the Shard.
Agnès Varda, Varda/Cuba – Centre Pompidou, Until 1st February
In 1962, as the diplomatic crisis between the United States and the Soviet Union was fully underway, pioneering Nouvelle Vague director Agnès Varda – like so many French intellectuals before her – opted to relocate to Havana, Cuba. Equipped with a small Leica camera, she photographed everyday life in the city and collated material for a future film. At this exhibit, the Centre Pompidou unveils those images for the every first time and juxtaposes them with the resulting film, ‘Salut les Cubains’.
George Shiras, L’Intérieur de la Nuit – Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature , Until 14th February
Take L’Intérieur de la Nuit (‘Inside the Night’), showcasing the work of American photographer George Shiras (1859-1942). A hunter who swapped his gun for a camera, Shiras spent four decades capturing his former prey on film at night, racking up an impressive 2,400 shots at no detriment to the wildlife concerned. The selection here is disappointingly small, but the photos allow the visitor an intimate glimpse of the animal kingdom.
Claustrophobia – Bibliothèque Levi-Strauss, 9th January from 3pm to 5pm
The South Korean cinema enjoys international recognition in the field of genre film. Thriller, horror, suspense, gore, zombie movies, vampire or exorcism: all topics are a pretext for unbridled expression and talented contemporary Korean filmmakers. CLAUSTROPHOBIA is a selection of five representative films of this vitality and virtuosity of a little-known cinema in France.
Events and Festivals
The Peacock Society, Music festival – Parc Floral de Paris, 30th January
The daylong event will take take place in the same spot, Parc Floral de Paris , where organisers have been hosting their annual summer festival for three years. A few names have been confirmed, including Theo Parrish, Andrew Weatherall, DJ Koze, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Etienne Jaumet’s band, Zombie Zombie. Danny Daze, who was recently profiled on RA, has also been locked in.
Fête du graphisme – Around Paris, Until 7th February
For 5 weeks Paris becomes the capital of graphic design with a dozen of graphic designers all around the city for a wide range of events. Each year, the event proposes to graphic designers a creation topic. The objective was to imagine a new theme to present for 2016: I choose the space theme for its great variety of interpretations. For this poster, the chosen idea addresses the notion of space within a blank page which offers an infinity of creation.
Paris Fashion Week – Around Paris, From 20th to 29th January
Paris is a fashion capital every day of the year, but especially when Fashion Week arrives each year. While the shows are by invitation only, many events take place at the Carrousel du Louvre. Although you can’t buy tickets to the fashion shows, if you hang out in the trendy bars around the Carrousel du Louvre you might have a celebrity sighting. Be on the lookout for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld and a collection of tall, thin models. Fashion is in the air!