Kyoto reveals treasures at Cernuschi Museum

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Cernuschi Museum is welcoming “Treasures of Kyoto: three centuries of Rinpa creation” from 26th October to 27th January. The mission is to bring beauty into everyday life through the exhibitions of the event, “Japonismes 2018: souls in resonance” to celebrate 160 years of diplomatic relations with Japan. The event will last until February 2019.

Rinpa is a Japanese art technique created in the 16th century and was developed until the modern period. The artists were looking for themes in the classic literatures, they especially tried to reproduce the culture of Heian (794-1185). French people respected these arts after the Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between France and Japan in 1858, but have little knowledge of them. The director of the museum said that he would like to remind people that the art of Rinpa is the best way to prove what the Japanese art is. The artists did not care about the relationship between the teacher and the disciple, but it is the esthetic and spiritual fellowship which tied them up.

For the exhibition, Kyoto sent a national treasure:  the painting entitled “Fujin Raisin-zu byobu” (The folding screens of Wing God and Thunder God) by Sotatsu TAWARAYA. It is the first time for this piece of art to be revealed in Europe.




Culture: Hockney’s painting sold for record price

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Hockney painting was sold for $90m at auction in New York.

A famous painting by artist David Hockney has been sold for 90.3 million dollars, a new record for a living artist.

The previous record was held by Jeff Koons for his painting “Balloon Dog”, which was sold for 58.4 million dollars in 2013. “Portrait of an Artist”, by David Hockney beat this record, on Thursday 15th, during an auctioning in New York. The auction started at 18 million dollars and in 30 seconds, the threshold of 50 million dollars was reached. The oil painting was finally adjuged at 80 million dollars after nine minutes. Adding costs and commissions, it finally costs 90.3 million dollars. This sale was the last of the autumn big sales in New York and it will be remembered!

David Hockney is now 81 years old and his previous record was owned by “Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica”, a painting, sold for 28.4 million dollars in May, during a sale organized by Sotheby’s.

On “Portait of an Artist”, a large-format painting, we can notice, in the foreground, a stylish man, standing-up alongside the pool. He is wearing a pink blazer with a pair of pale green pants. He is watching another man swimming in his direction under the blue water of a pool. In the background, there is a green landscape of woods, with blue mountains.

In 1972, Hockney sold this oil painting for 20,000 dollars. 46 years later, the painting’s value has been multiplied by four. Now more than ever, the painting is a cult piece of art.

Louise Amrhein, IEJ3E

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, dark, complex and spectacular

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The second part of the “Fantastic Beats” saga,  “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is being released today, exclusively in France and it really lives up to the hype.

After New York in 1926, it’s now time for Paris to rise. We are in 1927, and the story written under JK Rowling’s pen sees its main characters travelling through the French capital recreated in a spectacular way in studio. Every detail of the reconstitution is astonishing and gives a new lease of life to “les Années Folles”.

Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, emotionally recalls his first meeting with JK Rowling: “She’s impressive ! She directly gets to the heart of the matter telling me in a very absorbing way a lot of Scamander’s fact on his passed.”

Has Grindelwald a link to Dumbledore ?

It is not surprising to see Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) at the heart of the movie as he is aspiring to become the greatest dark Lord ever and to subjugate all human beings.

The movie delivers some information about Dumbledore’s relation with Grindelwald and it appears that both of them can’t fight each other after a non-agression agreement was made by them previously in their lives.

A bluffing episode

Once again, JK Rowling shows us all her fancy inventions in the sequel of the: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and reveals another, darker tale, dramatically and spectacularly superior to those we have been used to.


CULTURE : The 6th Kalypso Hip Hop Fest has been announced

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Mourad Merzouki and his hip-hop festival. Source: Le

Save the dates! The 6th Kalypso Hip Hop Fest will take place from November 9th to November 14th in La Maison des Arts, Creteil and from November 15th to November 18th in La Villette, Paris.

Directed by Mourad Merzouki, dancer, hip hop dance choreographer, but especially Creteil Choreography Centre current director, the dance festival introduces more than fifty heterogenous urban artists and companies.

Bruce Ykanji, the founder of the well-known dance competition Juste Debout will start the show this year. Blanca Li will follow the move with her show Electrik that illustrates her discovery of electro dance. It was first presented in 2017 in the Jean Vilar Theatre in Suresnes and met great success.

Dance battles will also be allowed on the open stage in order to promote and encourage artistic expression.

Four plays will be performed, offering an immersion in the Hip Hop culture. The play Syn, by Johanna Faye enlightens the power and importance of improvisation.

Carte blanche has been given to each artist, the only rule given is to stamp from norms of genre, origins and social background.

This annual festival is expecting no less than 16,000 spectators and 4,000 dancers.

The ticket only costs 8 euros so you must hurry before they sell out!

Célia AMRANE – IEJ 3F1

French series: “10%” is back for a third season!

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10% season 3 is out. Source: numérama

Good news for series lovers! On Tuesday, France 2 launched the third season of its well-known TV series “10%”, on its platform.

If the series was supposed to be broadcast on TV on November 14th, the network decided to surprise its fans with an anticipated airing of the first episode of the show. Jean Dujardin, winner of an Academy Award in 2012, is the main lead of this first episode, supported by Camille Cottin, Gregory Montel and Thibault de Montalembert.

“10%” tells the story of Andrea, Mathias, Gabriel and Arlette who work in an artistic agency called ASK after the death of its creator: the comedy series juggle between laughter and tears. The characters of the show are really well developed; in particular Camille Cottin’s role of an atypical lesbian: “10%” has been well-received by the press and the audience. For the third season, the public service TV channel asked Isabelle Huppert, Monica Bellucci, Béatrice Dalle and Gérard Louvin to make an appearance in the show.

Only four months after its diffusion on France 2, the season 2 of “10%” was quickly available on Netflix. The third season is expected on the American platform for February or March 2019.

The actors are playing their own roles and it works: they succeed the self-mockery exercise!

You can watch the first episode of the show here.




Prince Charles turns 70 on November, 14th

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The heir to the throne is celebrating his 70th birthday on November, 14th. The Queen will organise a party at Buckingham Palace to mark this moment. He is also expected to attend a tea party where he will meet 70 other septuagenarians.

The Prince of Wales will be surrounded by friends from his public and private life, European royalty and people who have played an important role during these past 70 years.
Her Majesty is hosting the private party at her official London home, in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, tonight. The reception will be followed by a sit-down dinner.

The Royal Family releases two official birthday photos which were taken in the garden of his London home, Clarence House, in September. The pictures officially mark the prince’s 70th birthday. Charles is encompassed by his closest family, including his wife, children, and grandchildren for the occasion.

Born on 14 November 1948, Prince Charles has been heir to the throne since 1952, when he was only three years old, after his mother became Queen following the death of her father King George VI.

As Britain’s longest serving heir, he has redefined the role, championing causes, including protection of the environment, architecture, supporting young people and inter-faith work. He is patron or president of more than 420 charities.

Applauded by some as a visionary, he is criticized by others for straying into political matters.

But on this special day, let us wish him a happy birthday!

Anne-Sophie Détriché IEJ 3F G2

Marvel comics icon, Stan Lee dies at 95

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Stan Lee, one of the most creative authors of the comics industry died on Monday, November 12th in Los Angeles. The cause of death was an acute pneumonia, he was 95.

“Marvel and the entire Walt Disney Company salute Stan Lee’s life and career and present their eternal gratitude for the unparalleled achievements he has made in their walls. Every time you open a comic-book, Stan will be there,” said The Marvel Company in a statement.

A huge loss especially right now with the promotion of movies adapted of the heroes he has created. Next March will be “Captain Marvel”, the twenty-first film in the Marvel film universe, which began in 2008. Stan Lee appeared in all the films of his heroes and many actors like Robert Downey Jr or Samuel L. Jackson speaks of a “genius” and an “endearing person”. Stan Lee created more than 300 characters like Spider Man and Thor in 1962 or Iron Man in 1963. It is thanks to him and others like Jack Kirby and Steke Ditko that the publishing house Marvel enjoyed its “golden age” and is today the largest comics book publishing house in the world. In 2007 he was among the people responsible for creating the Marvel film universe, which is today the most profitable film franchise of the past 10 years. He inspired many comic book authors like Brian Michael Bendis who worked on Daredevil, a character created by Stan Lee.

Despite the loss of this great genius, the comics market will continue to grow and readers will still be able to enjoy new stories.