Past exhibitions

Picasso and dance

© Succession Picasso,2016 BNF

From 13 June to 16 September 2018 

Widely recognised as a major painter of the 20 th century, Picasso, a highly versatile artist, produced an extraordinarily rich oeuvre, as diverse as it is prolific, and one that constantly affords new discoveries. Well before his marriage with the ballerina Olga Khokhlova, it was for popular dance that the young Pablo showed an interest, sketching street and cabaret life alike in numerous drawings. Whilst we often evoke his work between 1910 -1920, alongside Cocteau, Stravinsky and Massine, designing costumes and sets for the Ballets Russes, who remembers that he worked hand in hand at the Paris Opera with the choreographer Serge Lifar on the 1962 revival of Icarus? If the nymphs of the stage curtain for Le Train bleu (1924) seem familiar to many, how many of us have ever had the opportunity to admire the dancers, satyrs and fauns celebrating Dionysus in the mythological‑inspired prints produced by the master in the forties and fifties? To accompany the event “Picasso‑Méditerranée”, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Paris Opera propose to explore the different facets of Picasso’s relationship with dance through a series of works and documents rarely to be seen in France.

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Patrice Chéreau

November 18, 2017 – March 1, 2018
Palais Garnier, Library-Museum of the Opera

To coincide with the revival of From the House of the Dead by Janáček, in November 2017, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Paris Opera celebrate the work of Patrice Chéreau for the operatic stage. The exhibition is an invitation to explore Chéreau’s processes of creation for the opera and looks closely at specific aspects of the work he carried out for the operatic stage : the direction of singers, dialogues with conductors, lighting and costume designers and the choice of sets.

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Mozart, a French passion

From June 20 to September 19, 2017

As the Paris Opera launches a new Mozart-Da Ponte cycle, the exhibition organised by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Paris Opera sheds light on the impact of the Salzburg-born composer on French musical life, from his early visits in France to his posthumous glory in the nation's opera houses.

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Bakst : from the Ballets russes to haute couture

From 22 November 2016 to 4 March 2017 at the Palais Garnier

On the occasion of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the artist’s birth, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Opéra National de Paris have organised a retrospective exhibition presenting the work of a man anchored in a fairy-tale creation, in spite of the hardships of time and the violence of history.

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American Choreographers at the Paris Opera

From 16 June to 25 September 2016 at the Palais Garnier

A true phenomenon in the history of the choreographic arts, American dance is regarded as “an art of change”. It
developed quickly at the beginning of the 20th century and asserted its creative strength during the middle years of that century, whilst becoming immediately recognisable around the world. Characterised by great diversity, American dance cannot be limited to a stylistic or geographical definition.

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Virtual exhibition

Samson et Dalila: Spaces & matters

The partnership between ESAA Duperré and Paris National Opera/Opéra-Université, was initiated during 2012-2013 season and lead to several projects one of which was A Ring in images. Works of the students in BTS Space Design were exhibited in the public areas of the Bastille Opera in 2013.

Students in BTS Space Design, DMA (Diplôme des Métiers d’art) Arts Textiles option broderie and DSAA (Diplôme supérieur en Arts appliqués), Mention Mode – Majeure Mode et Environnement have produced works based on the opera of Camille Saint-Saëns, Samson et Dalila, scheduled at the beginning of this season.

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