As always Paris is bursting with creativity and it’s not difficult to find inspiration in this beautiful city. But if you really are struggling on what to do in Paris this month, then ÉCU is here to give you the-must-experience for this month in cinema, fashion, art and music. Some are forward looking others are retrospective, but all unique constellations you won’t find in any other places of the world.

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Mark Cohen – Photography:
American photographer Mark Cohen’s work is showcased at Le Bal, which is the first major exhibition with him ever held in Europe . The exhibition shows his photography from 1969 – 2012, pictures he has been taking of different people on the streets. His visual style is very atmospheric with pictures of fragmented bodies showing human vulnerability in a very modern way.

When: 27th September – 8th December, 2013
Where: Le Bal, 6, Impasse de la défense 75018 Paris
More: http://en.le-bal.com/fr/category/mh/les-expositions/current-exhibition/

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Ellen von Unwerth – Photography:
”Little Beast” is the name of the photography exhibition by German model-turned-photographer Ellen Von Unwerth. Unwerth photographs mostly women and as the title of the exhibition suggests – she portraits women in a raw but still very beautiful way.

When: 26th September – 9th November
Where: Acte 2 Galerie, 41 rue d’Artois – 75008
More: http://www.acte2galerie.com/expositions/ellen-von-unwerth-little-beast/

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Exposition: Alaïa – Fashion:
Musée Galliera, an historic fashion museum, just opened after 4 years of renovation with the first ever exhibition in Paris to have a retrospective on the Tunisian couturier Alaïa. His take on designing his black dresses has been described as ”sculptorous” as well as incorporating Parisian elegance. Who says museums can’t be chic?

When: 28th September 2013 – 26th January, 2014
Where: Musée Galliera, 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie – 75016
More: http://www.exponaute.com/expositions/7868-alaia/

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Jean Cocteau Retrospective – Cinema:
It’s 50 years since the surrealist poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau died, Cinémathèque Francaise is organizing screenings of all his cinematic works. In addition the cinémathèque’s museum is exhibiting Cocteau’s personal belongings as well as props from his filmmaking. An amazing opportunity to explore his macabre world thoroughly.

When: 2nd October – 27th November, 2013
Where: La Cinémathèque Française, 51, rue de Bercy – Paris 75012
More: http://www.cinematheque.fr/fr/expositions-cinema/cocteau.html

works_diegoandiFrida Kahlo/ Diego Rivera. L’art en Fusion:
The two Mexican lovers Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are brought back together in this art exhibition. Rivera’s paintings of the Mexican revolution is put side by side with Kahlo’s surrealist self portraits; without a doubt an interesting combination. You don’t want to miss out on this “pas de deux” art-lovers!

When: 9th October, 2013 – 13th January, 2014
Where: Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tulleries, 1er, Paris
More: http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/

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Jazz sur Seine Festival:
Jazz first came to Paris with the performances by American dancer Joséphine Baker– today you can experience it with Jazz sur Seine Festival. With 115 concerts in 13 days at 18 venues, the Festival showcases a broad aspect of jazz, embracing all the different styles as well as supporting upcoming artists. Give yourself a chance to become a real jazz connoisseurs in 13 days or drop in for just a single show.

When: 12th – 24th October, 2013
Where: 18 venues – see the program for specific information
More: http://www.jazzsurseine.fr/

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Pitchfork Music Festival:
The New York based internet magazine’s yearly festival in Paris is the proper way to end October and enter to November. The three day long music festival gives you a taste of the independent music scene right now – from hip-hop to indie rock. Don’t miss out on Swedish electronic duo, The Knife, the lo-fi American Ariel Pink nor the Danish post-punk sweethearts, Iceage.

When: 31st October – 2nd November
Where: Grande Halle de la Villette, 211, Avenue Jean Jaurès – 75019
More: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.fr

So put on your warm jacket and go out and explore!

Marine Morel

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