Ten cultural highlights in September

Published on 31.08.2017
Let yourself be seduced by a cultural walk this September in Paris and its region! With a schedule of more than 500 events, the output proposals should suit everyone's taste.
© Fonds de Dotation Maria Callas
Maria Callas, New-York (1961)

Le verre au Musée Cluny

Roy Lichtenstein au Musée Maillol

La Collection Monet au Musée Marmottan

Liu Bolin à la Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Fête de la gastronomie 2017

Journées du Patrimoine 2017

Maria Callas à la Seine Musicale

Les Traversées du Marais 2017

Festival d'automne 2017

Irving Penn au Grand Palais

Maison Européenne de la Photographie – Liu Bolin (6 September-29 October)

“I decided to melt into the environment,” explains Liu Bolin, the 44-year-old photographer and performer from China. “Some will say that I disappear into the background; I would say that it’s the environment that has taken a hold of me.” The artist known as the invisible man will exhibit photographs based around the four central themes that he has been exploring over the past ten years: politics and censorship, traditions and Chinese culture, the consumption society, and the freedom of the press.
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Les Traversées du Marais (8-9-10 September)

Dance by Yoann Bourgeois at the Carreau du Temple, a special concert by Franco-Moroccan artist Hindi Zahra in the gardens of the Picasso Museum, mime performers at the Forney library: these are just three of the hundred or so activities planned for the third edition of Les Traversées du Marais. This weekend-long event will feature concerts, banquets, arty brunches, walks, and tours of artists’ workshops. It will all take place across twenty iconic venues in the Marais district, deep in the heart of Paris.

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Festival d’Automne (13 September – 31 December)

As the project to embrace an ever Greater Paris pursues its course, the Festival d’Automne will explore different areas within the capital’s newly-broadened horizons, including Sceaux, Chelles, Noisiel, Saint-Germain-en-Laye and more. In total, 47 partner venues will take part in this 46th edition of the festival. In September, Noé Soulier’s exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (13–15 September) will offer visitors the opportunity to view works of art from the comfort of a theatre seat. Meanwhile, composer Rebecca Sanders is scheduled to perform a dual performance in two contrasting venues: the Kammermusiksaal at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Église Saint-Eustache in Paris (28 September).

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Monet Collectionneur at the Musée Marmottan – (14 September – 14 January)

Claude Monet, that most famous of all the impressionists, was also the most secret of art collectors. The Musée Marmottan is dedicating an exhibition to the artist’s personal collection, comprising works purchased or given to him by his friends within the world of art. As well as being a great artist in his own right, Monet was not averse to paying considerable sums in exchange for major works by his contemporaries, including Paul Cézanne’s Le Nègre Scipion (especially loaned for this event) and Madame Monet and Her Son by Auguste Renoir.

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Maria by Callas at La Seine Musicale – (16 September – 14 December)

La Seine Musicale’s first ever exhibition is held to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Maria Callas (1927-1977). Instantly recognisable as “the Voice of the Century” and the cover star of countless magazines, this image of public celebrity nonetheless contrasts sharply with that of the fragile and hardworking artist known to her inner circle. Featuring films shot in Super 8, previously unseen concert footage, and costumes and props belonging to the diva, this interactive audiovisual experience will immerse visitors in the world of a true star.
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Les Journées du Patrimoine (16 and 17 September)

The theme chosen for this 34th edition of Les Journées du Patrimoine is that of youth and the training of heritage professions. For a weekend, members of the public will be free to discover new street art, visit radio and television studios, and see their old schools and universities from a completely different angle, all thanks to guided tours led by passionate enthusiasts. In Paris and the surrounding region, people will also be able to take a seat on the benches at the most prestigious universities (including the Sorbonne School of Medicine and the Jussieu Campus) and hear the echo of France’s industrial heritage at the Paris-Diderot University, built within the walls of the former Grands Moulins industrial complex.

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Glass, an inventive Middle Ages at the Musée Cluny (20 September – 8 January)

From stained-glass windows to goblets, from glass rods to ampullas, from glass beads to enamel signs, and even optical lenses, the people of the Middle Ages had a truly fascinating relationship with glass. Over the course of that era, the glass industry developed increasingly refined production techniques, new and innovative creations, and varied uses. This dedicated exhibition at the Musée Cluny shows the extent to which glass revolutionised both everyday life and the arts in medieval times.

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Fête de la Gastronomie (22-23-24 September)

Did you know: the so-called “gastronomic meal of the French” features on UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity? This 7th edition of the Fête de la Gastronomie, subtitled “To the heart of the produce”, will showcase the natural products that serve as veritable symbols of regional culture. Taking place down at the Port du Gros Caillou by the Pont des Invalides, the event will feature tasters, restaurant stands, produce stalls and cookery classes.

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Irving Penn at the Grand Palais – (21 September – 29 January)

The year 2017 marks a century since the birth of Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the twentieth century’s most iconic photographers. The Grand Palais will pay tribute to the American, who was famous for the elegant simplicity of his work, which included portraits of major personalities such as Pablo Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent, Audrey Hepburn and Alfred Hitchcock. Unswervingly loyal to studio photography, Irving Penn’s unique gift was his ability to create genuine intimacy in each of his portraits.

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Pop Art at the Musée Maillol (22 September – 21 January)

“Pop Art looks out into the world; it appears to accept its environment, which is not good or bad, but different.” So declared American artist Roy Liechtenstein, one of the major Pop Art figures whose work will be exhibited at the Musée Maillol alongside contemporaries such as Warhol and Oldenbourg. Pop Art is all about belief in the power of images. Often using humour, the movement’s depictions of the American way of life were at once both critical and celebratory.

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