Top reasons to visit FRANCE in 2017
December 15, 2016
Opening of the Lascaux IV the complete facsimile of the most famous prehistoric cave in the world.
February 23 to May 22
Major Vermeer retrospective at the Louvre : “Tout contre Vermeer”, masters of genre painting in the Golden Age at Musée du Louvre.
Opening of the Cité musicale on the Seguin island to the West of Paris, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and French architect Jean de Gastines, then a plastic and visual arts portal “R4” designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, as well as serviced apartments.
Opening of a Yves Saint Laurent museum at 5 avenue Marceau in the 16th arrondissement, in the historical headquarters of the couture house.
Opening of Lafayette Anticipation, contemporary art foundation designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas at 9 Rue du Plâtre in the Marais. 2,500 m² of exhibition space in a historic building dated 1891 with 18-mt glass tower.
The 500th Anniversary of the founding of Le Havre by Francois 1er – The great Impressionist artist Claude Monet painted a picture of an impression of the sun rising through the industrial chimneys of Le Havre, in 1872. To this day, Le Havre offers a captivating mix of industrial and natural grandeur. Reaching the centre of town, though, where estuary and Channel meet, there’s a remarkable feeling of space and light in this port city almost completely rebuilt after the terrible destruction wrought through World War II. Just a handful of historic buildings made of fine stone survived the appalling devastation.
A modern architect with a big vision was put in charge of the post-war reconstruction. Auguste Perret was one of the world’s pioneers in employing concrete. Not only was it cheap, he also reckoned he could achieve many new effects with it, as he proved. The whole design, though altered many times, turned out to be bold and grand. Perret’s modern transformation of Le Havre helped the place become the first modern town in France recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The centennial anniversary year of WWI and the anniversary year of the entry of the United States into the conflict featuring the summer/fall of the Franco-American Museum at the Chateau de Blerancourt in Picardy, France will reopen after a significant expansion and re-organization of its large collection.
Opening of Cité du Vin in Bordeaux. Situated in Bordeaux, La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations.
The opening of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie in Aubusson – a cultural center created in response to UNESCO incorporating the craftsmanship of tapestry into its list of intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. The task of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie is to preserve, increase and highlight the great craftsmanship of tapestry in Aubusson.