Subodh Gupta at the Bon Marché, Danton at the Comédie-Française, Himalayas by Matthieu Ricard… our 5 cultural highlights
Exhibitions, theater, books… Every two weeks Mistress Figaro provide cultural choices.
Sangam by Subodh Gupta at Le Bon Marché
After Ai Weiwei and her mythological creatures in the form of kites, Chiharu Shiota and her 150 wool boats, Prune Nourry and her targets and arrow shots, Le Bon Marché invited artist Subodh Gupta to take over her exhibition space . The work of this internationally renowned Indian artist explores daily rituals through Indian cultural icons. His favorite material is kitchen utensils made of stainless steel which he assembles in the form of installations. For Le Bon Marché, he designed Sangam which in Hindu mythology is the confluence of three rivers, the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. Pilgrims come to immerse themselves in water to purify themselves. Comments from plastic surgeons:Sangam is a cascade of mirrored and sculptural facets formed from household objects. Installations that question viewers about their pilgrimage in a consumer-driven society.
Sangamuntil February 19, 2023, lebonmarche.com
Danton’s death entered the Comédie-Française repertoire
The most famous play about the French Revolution, written by the German Georg Büchner in 1885, entered the repertoire of the Comédie-Française. This new production, Salle Richelieu, was directed by Simon Delétang, director of the Bussang People’s Theatre. There is no historical reconstruction here as in 1789 by Ariane Mnouchkine or It’ll be fine, Louis end by Joël Pommerat but a theatrical juxtaposition, a lyrical work. documented mural, Danton’s death explores the lives of the men and women involved in the fights that will lead to their downfall. Simon Delatang chose a unique flourish space that allowed to follow the movements of the seventeen actors on set, all in a bold 18th-century aesthetic.e. A play about an important moment in history in the form of a reflection on the human condition.
Danton’s death from January 13 to June 4, 2023, comedie-francaise.fr
Jeanne Vicérial, first solo show at Galerie Templon
The 30-year-old former resident of Villa Medici (2020) is known for his futuristic practice which questions contemporary wardrobe, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear concepts, which in turn questions his place. women and women’s bodies in society. For this exhibition, tailoring researchers created an “Armor” neologism, a kind of contraction of love and armor. Fifteen textile sculptures in small, medium, and large format invest the ebony covered space. “Like soldiers, these presences erect and reveal their suture scars. decorated with them armor, they walk proudly towards the future and thus tell us the story of their femininity”, warns Jeanne Vicérial. A pilgrimage journey around the feminine.
Jeanne Vicérial, “Armors”, until March 4, 2023, templon.com
Matthieu Ricard: Himalayas, my love
Since 1967, Matthieu Ricard has lived in the Himalayas. Buddhist monk, interpreter of the Dalai Lama, photographer, recently published amazed (2019), Contemplation (2019) and Motionless Travel (2021) published by Editions de La Martinière. bestseller, Half a century in the Himalayas (2017), appeared in a collector’s version. The 350 images depict the ceremony, the intimacy of a Buddhist monastery, the vastness of the Tibetan plateau, the wild nature of Bhutan, the peaks of Nepal… The text accompanies the photos, conveying spiritual witness, full of wisdom and compassion. All of Matthieu Ricard’s royalties are donated to humanitarian projects in Asia supported by the Karuna Shechen association.
Matthew Richard, Half a century in the Himalayas (2017), delamartniere.com edition
Nathalie Rheims, All day
The twenty-third book for Nathalie Rheims that digs into the plot, going back in time. The writer likes older men and doesn’t hide it. He has written a book in which he talks about his favorite actor Charles Denner. He recently recounted his romantic initiation, as a teenager, by a member of the Comédie-Française at Place Colette (2015). This time, a Polaroid taken by his sister, photographer Bettina Rheims, is found in a box, which brings up another memory. Passion between a young girl and a grown man. The singer’s name with dark hair and charming smile is never spoken, but the title of the novel takes on a certain Mouloudji song. And his enigmatic, tormented presence fills every page of this novel.
Nathalie Rheims, All dayreleased on January 11, 176 pages, Leo Scheer Edition.