Rendez-vous: The Best of Culture in Europe"

Rendez-vous: The Best of Culture in Europe"
By Frédéric Ponsard

Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards

Where: Florence, Italy – Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria
When: Until October 2, 2016

“Spiritual Guards” is an exhibition in Florence by Belgian contemporary and provocative artist Jan Fabre. It features roughly 100 of his works dating from 1978 to 2016, including bronze and wax sculptures, and two monumental sculptures on Piazza della Signoria. Palazzo Vecchio is also showcasing a series of Fabre’s sculptures coated in beetle shells. The “guards” in the title of the exhibition in fact refer to Fabre’s army of bronze beetles.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear’

Where: London, England – Victoria and Albert Museum
When: Until March 12, 2017

From the 18th century to today, from the functional to the fetishistic – it’s all on display at London’s Victoria and Albert museum. ‘Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear’ travels back in time with waist-constricting corsets, including one worn by burlesque artist Dita Von Teese.

The Douanier Rousseau. Archaic Candour

Where: Paris, France – Musée d’Orsay
When: Until July 17, 2016

A retrospective at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris explores the work and legacy of painter Henri Rousseau. Known as “Le Douanier” for his day job as a toll collector, he was often dismissed as a Sunday painter. But his influence on European modernism is now indisputable.

Moscow International Film Festival

Where: Moscow, Russia – Multiplex Cinema October
When: June 23-30, 2016

Thirteen movies are in official competition at this year’s 38th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival. The St George awards will be handed out on June 30th, when the festival will close with a screening of Woody Allen’s Café Society. The Festival is one of the oldest in the world and was held for the first time in 1935 – the chairman of the jury at the time was Sergei Eisenstein.