Virginie Herz on photography, Amobe Mevegue on music, Sean Rose on exhibitions, Jessica Michault on fashion, Lisa Nesselson on cinema and Sylvia Whitman on literature... Every evening, our culture critics give you the lowdown on the latest trends. Monday to Friday at 8.50 pm.
Laura Mvula released her debut album a few months ago. Critics have hailed her as being at the forefront of a new musical genre – “gospeldelia” - blending pop soul and jazz with orchestral classical music. We also take a look at the Paris hip hop festival, which has a whole host of international artists performing until July 7th.
The fashion department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To commemorate the event, Walter van Beirendonck, the head of the school, held a reunion with five other former students who together, 30 years ago, were dubbed the "Antwerp Six" and put Belgium style on the fashion map.
In the spirit of fête de la musique, a night of free concerts across France and the world held every year on the summer solstice, Sylvia Whitman discusses three books that bring music to life. From The Boss to the beats to the années folles.
Guggenheim Bilbao’s new exhibition shakes up the Old Masters. Curator Bice Curiger has devised an iconoclastic exhibition trail mixing works by 17th century painters with sculptures and videos of 21st century visual artists.
Dr. Feelgood's pub rock blues is rereleased by EMI. 'The Queens of the Stone Age' are back after a 6 year absence with their 6th album and their music is covered by 11 female singers imagined by Olivier Libaux, the frenchman behind 'Nouvelle Vague'.
Part of the joy of browsing in a bookshop is finding unusual titles jostled together. In that spirit, our book critic Sylvia Whitman combines a tribute to the late, great Scottish writer Iain Banks with a few other eclectic recommendations.
The 44th edition of Art Basel opens today and is on till Sunday16th. Representing over 300 galleries from across the globe, Art Basel is the world’s biggest contemporary art fair. And an Italian, Giuseppe Penone from the Arte Povera movement, is the guest artist of Versailles’ contemporary art program after Jeff Koons, Murakami or Joana Vasconcelos. He has planted his poetic bronze trees in the gardens of the Sun King.
Coming up in our Culture segment, our film critic Lisa Nesselson is
here to tell us whether the best way to obtain luxury goods is to shop
in stores or to shop in the homes of celebrities when they're away.
Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" is one of our topics today.
Lyon’s La Sucrière stages "Emotions", a solo show of Dutch artist Erwin Olaf. Olaf combines photographic works and videos. His aesthetic deals with notions of the bizarre and the the quirky. His images look like stills from a David Lynch movie. The visitor is often thrown into the middle of a scene, and is forced into the position of a voyeur spying on somebody else’s action. The idea of peeping through a keyhole is very much at the heart of Erwin Olaf’s work.
Cities have been inspiring great literature for centuries – and continue to do so today. Today our book critic, Sylvia Whitman, looks at four recently published titles that explore the ways we engage with, represent, and understand our urban environments.
Venice, the most Serene City, is not so serene at this time of the year! The 55th Venice Biennale that has just opened is a little like a Cannes festival of contemporary art – there are openings and parties galore and plenty of red carpet rolled out. Visual artists representative of the four corners of the earth are present. This year’s Golden Lion was awarded to the Angolan Pavilion.
Lebanese-born filmmaker Ziad Doueiri's involving screen adaptation of the novel "The Attack" displeases Arab nations because he shot the Israel-set story in, of all places, Israel. Meanwhile, the recently restored 1982 drama "Sophie's Choice" stars Meryl Streep as a Polish woman whose experiences during WWII still infuse every aspect of her life. It will be shown as part of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival.
The masked French duo, Daft Punk, is back with a new album and a worldwide hit, "Get Lucky". Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers of Chic and the father of electro pop, Giorgio Moroder, were onboard. Next, after a difficult journey, Scottish band Texas and their charismatic lead singer, Sharleen Spiteri, are back with their first album in eight years, and it's pure Texas.
We take one last look at the best of the red carpet gowns of the Cannes film. Which brand dominated the croisette and which new comers shined. Also we profile some of the top cruise shows of the past month and take a quick tour of the Chanel exhibit at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. in the sun for the Borromean Islands...