One show, two exhibitions: What you need to cultivate yourself by Christmas in Paris

Our selection? The Théâtre du Chatelet, the Bourse du Commerce Pinault Collection and the Centre Pompidou, 3 places less than 1000 meters from the Relais du Louvre, where to experience great emotions at the end of the year. We have selected for all tastes and audiences: musicals, paintings, video art.

42ND Street at the Chatelet from December 7, 2022 to January 15, 2023

This musical takes us behind the scenes of the Broadway show business of the 1930s. Love affairs, money, the whims of the stars and all the excitement of the artistic world are on the agenda in this production that is staged with a bang. All the means are gathered to make us vibrate, as our American friends know how to do: 300 costumes, 16 scenes, music, dance, tap dancing and a shower of glitter are all there.

42ND Street was born on Broadway in 1980. “It was the first time so much money was put into a musical,” says Stephen Mear, the choreographer and director. “People had never seen so many people on stage, and that’s what made it successful.

It’s a show for the whole family that will make you dream before, during and after! Don’t delay in booking. The box office is online and there are child and youth rates under 28.

See the 2016 version in this long clip:


Théâtre du Chatelet
1 place du Châtelet – 75001 Paris
6 categories of seats from 12 to 109€ – In English – with French surtitles

Gérard Garouste at the Centre Pompidou until January 2, 2023

Gérard Garouste is one of the most important French contemporary painters. The artist was born in 1946. Paintings, engravings, sculptures, works centered on figurative painting that often express a tumultuous anguish originating in the family origins of the artist.

Gérard Garouste says he learned nothing at the Beaux-Arts but confides that he was lucky enough to know the restorers at the Louvre Museum.

This exhibition brings together 120 paintings, often of large format, installations and graphic works.

It is beautiful in the forms, colors and non-quiet expressions.  We feel a taste for tales, legends, myths and biblical references. It flirts with madness.

Pinocchio and the dice game – oil on canvas, 160 × 220 cm
Phlegyas, Dante and Virgil – Oil on canvas – 200 x 235 cm

Gérard Garouste says: “The very subject of Dante is the Bible. But it’s a tale with Dante and Virgil going through this dark forest. To be involved in the divine comedy was for me a pleasure to represent the very strong moments. In the underworld, what I like is that Dante, the more precise he is in the tortures and torments of the damned souls, the more we don’t understand anything and the more we enter into abstraction. For me that’s what painting is all about. My painting is very figurative but in the end, it gives nothing. What is most important is the void between the paintings…/…In the Bible, it is not the verses that count but the spaces between the words…/…What is important is to find the missing meaning between each painting.”

So I invite you to walk through this exhibit, pay attention to the void, and find “the missing dominoes.”

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Every day from 11am to 9pm – Closed on Tuesday

Anri Sala, “Time non longer” at the Bourse du Commerce until January 16, 2023

The work “Une seconde d’éternité” (video) was created for the exhibition.

Anri Sala est un artiste Albanais connu pour ses vidéos. Il propose un regard où la temporalité est le catalyseur d’une évolution, d’une déformation, d’un pliage du matériel qu’il emploie, à travers une variation de l’espace, des volumes, des sons.

Resting Spells

As Anri Sala explains, his exhibitions are an experience where the path, the spaces, the visitors and the works interact. This is quite spectacular in this sublime place that is the Bourse du Commerce.

19, rue des Prêtres-Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois
75001 Paris

+33 (0)1 40 41 96 42

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