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January Culture Round-Up

We know, we know - the happy holidays are over, and after all of that partying and running around, all we would like to do is curl up on the sofa. But, if you want to get inspired and fired up for the new year, take a look at the following things-to-do this first month.

by Siska Lyssens
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Paris

To kick off the new year, world-famous auctioning house Sotheby’s stages a Pierre Cardin exhibition in its Parisian outpost. And though, yes, we are talking about the renowned futuristic couturier Pierre Cardin, this exhibition puts a different aspect of his oeuvre in the spotlight. In the Seventies, Cardin was a talented designer of lacquered furniture as well as a successful fashion designer, objects he dubbed ‘sculptures utilitaires’, or ‘functional sculptures’. This exhibition gathers 25 chairs, lamps and other objects in materials such as ebony, Macassar, rubber, steel and polyurethane.

17 January until 24 January
Champignon cabinet in lacquered wood, 1979, Collection "Sculptures Utilitaires” - Wave table in lacquered wood decorated with strips of lapis lazuli, Around 1978

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Paris

Also in Paris, at the recently unveiled Yves Saint Laurent Museum, the textile conservationist of the Denver Art Museum, Florence Müller, is popping by to expound her knowledge on the French fashion master to whom the museum is dedicated. Müller can be considered an expert on all things YSL, proof of which are the many Yves Saint Laurent retrospectives the fashion historian has curated and books on the subject she’s written and edited. For a chance to hear more on her take on Yves Saint Laurent style, sign up for her lecture, scheduled for the 10th of January at 7:30 pm.
Jumpsuit from a formal ensemble, worn by Maria Lisa. AW 1969 haute couture collection. Rue Spontini, Paris, July 1969.© Droits Réservés - Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech.

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Venice

For a few exhibitions, this first month of the year is your last chance to see them. In the Italian city of love, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is wrapping up an exhibition that takes as its theme one of its founder’s favourite Picasso paintings, 'On the Beach' ('La Baignade'). Shown next to its preparatory sketch for the very first time, the exhibition celebrates the relationship between Picasso and this outdoor Mediterranean theme, in its many variations. Dive in before it closes on the 7th of January.
Study for On the Beach (Etude pour La Baignade), 12 February 1937 © Succession Picasso, by SIAE 2017

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Bilbao

The various Guggenheim institutions seem to be the place to be at the beginning of 2018, with yet another must-see show in the Spanish city of Bilbao. In ‘David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life’, the museum gathers a unique collection of works from the British painter. Hockney’s intimate circle of family, friends and their children are the central theme here, in this joyful series of portraits, created in 2013, that are an ode to the people he crossed paths with during his life, and personalities from the Los Angeles art scene.

Until the 25th of February
Left: John Baldessari, 13th, 16th December 2013 © David Hockney - Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt - Right: Fruit on a Bench, 6th, 7th, 8th March 2014 © David Hockney  - Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

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