Phoenix are a French band who sell more records in America than in France. Winners of a Grammy Award in 2009, they are releasing their fifth album with accents of the 80s. The ever-changing David Bowie is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Aladdin Sane, another character from his collection of pseudonyms. And although his name doesn’t make it apparent, Hanni el Khatib is American and is putting out a new album which is pure rebel rock and roll.
Paris’ Museum of Modern Art is staging an exhibition on Keith Haring, the famous American street artist who died of AIDS in 1990, aged 31. The show, entitled "The Political Line", focuses on Haring’s radical fight against the oppression of the individual in whatever form it may take – state, religion, or social prejudice. He is an emblematic figure of 1980s New York.
In our cinema segment: "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" revisits the US government's ferocious determination to muzzle and destroy Angela Davis. Meanwhile, Wong Kar Waï devoted 10 years to making his Kung Fu epic "The Grandmaster." Maybe he should have spent eleven. And "Funny Face" (Drôle de frimousse) from 1957 combines Gershwin music, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Paris.
After Swiss artist Urs Fischer, who inaugurated last year this new cycle of one-man shows staged by the François Pinault Collection in Venice, the Palazzo Grassi graces Rudolf Stingel with the entirety of its exhibition space. Back across the Alps in France: Grenoble’s Contemporary Art Centre "Le Magasin" presents 'Ultracore', a show of German artist Anselm Reyle, a modern day version of Art Déco with a punk twist.