JUNE 5, 2014

Performing Arts Festivals in France 2014


From street performances to avant-garde dance and cutting edge theater, France's many performing arts festivals offer a glimpse into current performance in the country and beyond. In addition to world-renowned festivals such as the Festival d’Avignon now under the leadership of Olivier Py or the Festival International de Théâtre et de la Rue in Aurillac, June Events (Paris) also offers innovative programming this summer.

JUNE 4, 2014

Musée Picasso Welcomes a New President

By French Culture

The Musée Picasso has a new president. Laurent Le Bon, currently director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz has been chosen to succeed Anne Baldassari as president of the museum.

MAY 23, 2014

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot to Represent France at 2015 Venice Biennial

By French Culture

After an unprecedented open call for proposals, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has been chosen to represent France at the 2015 Venice Biennale. The choice was made by the French Institute, who oversee the French Pavilion at the Biennale, in concert with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture and Communication.

MAY 9, 2014

Hommage to Elaine Sturtevant (1930-2014)

By French Culture

Born in 1930 at Lakewood, Ohio, Elaine Sturtevant was one of the pioneers of appropriation and pastiche in postwar art. Sturtevant died on on May, 7th, 2014 in Paris. In her work, she reproduced the art of numerous great artists such as Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys or Franck Stella always with subtle, witty changes of her own.

MAY 2, 2014

An Homage to the French Choreographer Alain Buffard (1960-2013)

By French Culture

The contemporary dance and international artistic community lost a true visionary and friend with the passing of Alain Buffard late last year, on December 21st, 2013.

APRIL 28, 2014

The Next Wave of Poet-Rock: Jean-Louis Aubert & Michel Houellebecq's "Les parages du vide"

By Souen Léger I translated & readapted by Sophie Thunberg

Jean-Louis Aubert, the former singer of popular French rock band Téléphone (1976-1986) and Michel Houellebecq, the controversial award-winning French poet have joined creative quirky forces in collaboration of a sensational poetic rock project, Les parages du vide (The spaces of emptiness). Released on April 14th, the album features 16 songs composed by Aubert with lyrics from Houellebecq’s collection of poetry in Configuration du dernier ravage (Flammarion, 2013).

APRIL 9, 2014

Ron Agam - Living Among Lines: Video by a French Artist in NYC

By French Culture

Ron Agam, a New York City based abstract artist of diverse, innovative works characterized by geometric shapes, pure color, and lucid design, sees the city as an inspiration for his work.

APRIL 7, 2014

A Salute to Street Artist Bilal Berreni, aka Zoo Project

By French Culture

It is with tremendous sadness that we have learned of the death of young artist Bilal Berreni in Detroit this past summer due to tragic circumstances that have not been fully elucidated.

APRIL 4, 2014

A Meeting of Cultures at MoMA

By Charles Fawell

A group of French Heritage students from Bronx International High School set out for the Museum of Modern Art last Thursday, where they found more than the works of legendary modern artists. Also visiting the MoMA that day was a large class of seniors from the Lycée Français de Bamako, in Mali.

FEBRUARY 13, 2014

Robert Adams Photo Retrospective at the Jeu de Paume

By French Culture

American photographer Robert Adams is the subject of a large retrospective that opened this week at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. The exhibition is perhaps the most sweeping survey ever mounted of the 76-year old artist's work. Over more than two hundred and fifty prints from twenty one different series, will allow visitors to observe Adams' career long exploration of the American West.

FEBRUARY 3, 2014

French Heritage Students Shine on Stage

By Charles Fawell

Francophone students from across New York City, and from as far away as San Francisco, converged on the Lycée Français de New York last Friday night for the school’s annual theatre festival, Première Scène.

JANUARY 14, 2014

Cultural Sector in France : a Benefit for the Economy

By French Culture

On January 3rd, 2014 in France, both Ministries of Finance and Culture published a report about the benefits of the cultural sector on the French Economy. For the first time, the two institutions worked together to link Culture and Economy.