I came across this Paris Mairie advertising board in Paris in early April in the small public park behind the Bibliothèque de Thierry on rue de La Notre Dame de Lorette—the park has wonderful trompe l’oeil paintings on adjacent empty walls, which is the main reason we were in the park. So, finding this ad was a bonus. It sounded intriguing so I decided to find out more.
It turns out it’s a special co-operation called Paris-London Tandem 2015. These two world capitals of the arts and culture are going to share the richness and diversity of their cultures with audiences on both sides of the English Channel (La Manche).
The program was launched in Paris City Hall on February 5, by Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris), Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) and Antonin Baudry (President of the Institut Francais). The program is supported by the two cities, by the Institut Francais and the British Council.
I find it very interesting, as Paris and London have been linked in many ways for centuries, not always amicably, so this friendly cultural exchange is great. Boris Johnson pointed out that “London and Paris share astonishing historic cultural ties—from Monet painting the Palaces of Westminster to Richard Rogers designing the Pompidou Centre, and a whole lot more besides. Our cities are richer through shared and extraordinary connections of this kind….”
The Tandem will offer a wide range of artistic events including music, visual arts, theatre, literature, dance—all with a focus on emerging arts and young artists. The Barbican Centre, le Théâtre de la Ville, the Tate Modern Museum, and la Philharmonie de Paris will take part in hosting the events.
Here are some highlights to look out for if you are in either London or Paris at those times. I think a couple of those exhibitions look fascinating and I hope to catch at least one in early June!
—David Bowie at the Philharmonie
—London Symphony Orchestra at the Philharmonie
—“The Tudors” at Musée du Luxembourg (from March 18-July 19)
For the first time in France, an exhibition is devoted to the Tudor monarchy, the legendary dynasty that reigned over England from 1485 to 1603. The Tudors shaped the history of England from political, cultural and religious perspectives, as this was the time of the English Renaissance, a famous turning point in English history.
—“Silent Partners. Mannequin d’Artistes, Mannequin Fétiche” at Musée Bourdelle (from April 1-July 12)
Whatever its size, the artist’s mannequin with its articulated joints has been used since the Renaissance to develop the art of composition, to get the proportions of the human body correct, and to show drapery properly. The mannequin doll is also a substitute for a living model. Since the end of the 18th century, Paris has been the most famous centre for the manufacture of mannequins that faithfully reproduce the human body.
—Sonia Delaunay at the Tate Modern (from April 15-August 9)
—“Antigone” with Juliette Binoche, at Barbican Centre (April 22-May 14).
—There are also a number of other plays and other musical events.
See here for the full program