Welcome to the February 2018 issue of “What’s up in Paris”.
This monthly magazine is dedicated to everything you need to experience, see, listen to and do in Paris!
So stay with us and discover the “What’s up in Paris” selection of the events you shouldn’t miss in February 2018!
If spring seems a long way off during these wet, chilly months, head for the Jardin des Plantes. In the warm, humid atmosphere of the tropical greenhouse you’ll find 1000 orchids in bloom on display from 8 February to 5 March: enough to keep you going until the buds return. For its 6th event, “Mille & une orchidées” (A thousand and one orchids) has chosen Colombia as its theme with the aim of showing visitors some fascinating, unknown species of this delightful flower. In a setting that uses a “son et lumière” show to magnify the “grotte du grand rocher”, the installation by artists Claudia Isabel Navas and Ramon Laserna, entitled “Lumières d’Orchidées” (Orchid Lights) depicts a series of shadows of orchids from this South American country. However, France is not to be left out as four French orchid growers - Ryanne Orchidée, Vacherot & Lecoufle, l’Orchidium and La Cour des Orchidées – will also be exhibiting some original plants in flower-filled scenes at the heart of the greenhouse.
Practical information: www.jardindesplantes.net
Feel like dressing up as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Tom Thumb or Donkeyskin? Then disguise yourself for the Paris Carnival on Sunday 11 February. The theme for this, the 21st event, is “Tales by Perrault and others”. The ideal occasion for giving the children some fun and the adults a new lease of life. For the procession, meet in Place Gambetta, in the 20th arrondissement, from 1 pm.
And if you like to celebrate the traditional Saint Valentine’s Day, the Musée Rodin is taking a kitsch- and embellishment-free look back at the essence of this celebration by offering a “Love Night” on Wednesday 14 February, from 7 pm to 11 pm. Romanticism and sensuality are the theme for the evening, with a walk through the garden and the museum on the theme of love, of course, and against a background of jazz and soft lighting.
Bookings on www.musee-rodin.fr
Inventiveness is the order of the day at the Musée en Herbe! The museum, well-known for introducing children to the world of art, is offering a new, colourful, information-packed exhibition, with “Ateliers à la loupe, de Monet à Ai Weiwei” (Artists’ studios under the magnifying glass, from Monet to Ai Weiwei). From 25 January to 9 September 2018, this retrospective of forty paintings of artists’ studios and portraits, painted by Damian Elwes, will immerse youngsters in the world of the great painters from the 19th Century to the present day, including Picasso, Basquiat, Giacometti and Brancusi. Equipped with a magnifying glass, a hat and a set of clues, the children will have to put themselves in Sherlock Holmes’ shoes to bring their investigations to a successful conclusion. For the real geeks, augmented reality helmets, games and tablets will also be available.
Practical information: www.museeenherbe.com
Feel like escaping to another time and other lands? From 8 February to 31 March, the Galerie Agathe Gaillard is hosting a superb exhibition dedicated to the photographers Manuel Álvarez Bravo and Colette Urbajtel. “Songes mexicains” (Mexican Dreams) is an opportunity to discover the work of the founding father of Mexican photography, the first Latin-American to enter the prestigious MOMA New York collection, along with that of his French wife, Colette Urbajtel, who made Mexico her country of adoption. Vibrant, beautiful images of life.
The Musée Marmottan-Monet is hosting an exhibition entitled “Corot, le peintre and ses modèles” (Corot, the painter and his models) from 8 February to 8 July 2018, with over 60 paintings, often depicting women, which the painter kept secret. Through these figures, the exhibition takes the visitor behind the scenes in Corot’s studio, where the painter worked hard to master the anatomy of the human body and facial attitudes and expressions.
An artistic tutti-frutti at the Musée d’Orsay! Isadora Duncan will be the subject of an original musical experience - half-concert, half-reading - on 10 February. The concert will be devised by the Ensemble Calliopée, conducted by Karine Lethiec, with a reading by Clotilde Courau. “Isadora Duncan: Quand la musique se fait danse” (Isadora Duncan: when the music turns to dance) evokes the artiste’s life in the form of a thematic private diary and a reading illustrated by a video creation produced by Christian Boustani, using photographs and drawings of the dancer by Antoine Bourdelle, José Clara and Jules Grandjouan, and by musical compositions that the artiste particularly liked: Chopin, Scriabine, Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy, Fauré… A musical experience to savour!
Information and bookings: www.musee-orsay.fr
If you find winter gloomy, come and celebrate depression at the Folies Bergères de Paris on 12 February. A few days before Saint Valentine’s Day, Raphaël Mezrahi brings together the most depressing singers and comedians for a “Nuit de la Déprime” (Depression Night). André Manoukian, Marc Lavoine, Jean Luc Lahaye, Amaury Vassili, Grégoire, Cali, Laurent Baffie, Oldelaf and Redouanne Harjane will be accompanying us on a journey of despair. An evening in which you’ll simply adore being miserable!
On 23 February, the Australian “sensitive pop” singer RY X will be at the Trianon, with the French Pasdeloup symphony orchestra. Ry Cumin – his real name – produced his first album, “Dawn”, in 2016. Twelve songs that gave a full insight into the singer-songwriter’s sensitivity.
Come and celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 at the Musée Guimet on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February 2018! To celebrate the Year of the Dog, the programme includes visual artists and the Lion Dance, a traditional Asian dance during which dancers wearing lion costumes imitate the animal’s movements. The Lion Dance is supposed to bring luck.
As part of its “Soirées nomades” (Roaming Evenings) and in connection with the exhibition dedicated to the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, who loved capturing festive atmospheres, the Cartier Foundation is organising a large public dance on Saturday 17 February. For its first appearance in France, the group Taras, well-known in the popular bars in Bamako, will be taking us back to the crazy atmosphere of the dances of the 60s. Meet at 8.30 pm and dance to the rhythm of the salsa, rumba and twist.
Finally, from 24 February to 4 March, the “Salon de l'Agriculture 2018” returns to the Paris Exhibition Centre at Porte de Versailles. This year’s theme is “Agriculture, a collective adventure!”. The four themes proposed for nearly 650,000 visitors will focus on livestock farming and its distribution channels, crops and plant distribution channels, Garden and Vegetable Garden, products of the Regions of France, Overseas Territories and the World and agricultural services and professions.
The whole programme is on: www.salon-agriculture.com
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