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Two key events in Paris this May, Médusa and the French Open

Two key events in Paris this May, Médusa and the French Open

Like Charles Aznavour, you will love Paris in May. In 2017 this most beautiful of months offers two major events we would like to bring to your attention.


Médusa, an exhibition at the crossroads of adornment and sculpture


The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris presents a fascinating new exhibition called Medusa; Bijoux and Taboos, scheduled to run from May 19th to November 5th, 2017. In all civilizations and since the time of our earliest efforts at self-expression, mankind has created jewellery as a body adornment. And yet, somehow, it has rarely been considered as art. This latest temporary exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art addresses this by taking a look at jewellery that fascinates artists and the general public alike. It questions the taboos associated with jewellery; the way it stirs up various feelings depending on what it represents and who is wearing it.


Some 300 pieces are gathered around four themes; identity, value, body, and ritual. You will see jewellery that has sprung from the creativity of artists, designers, contemporary jewellers, fine jewellers, as well as ancient artefacts and some items reflecting aspects of modern culture. These pieces come from different periods and cultures and are made by creators hailing from extremely different artistic circles. Among the names whose creativity is represented in this remarkable exhibition are Dali, Niki de Saint Phalle, Man Ray, Lalique, Bless, Gijs Bakker, Karl Fristch, Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arpels.


During your visit, you will feel an inevitable attraction or a repulsion, as if you were contemplating the mythical face of Medusa.


The French Open; the great spring sporting event


The 2017 French Open tennis tournament at the Roland-Garros Stadium is set to be a classic edition. Taking place from May 28th to June 11th the competition brings together the world’s best players to fight epic battles on clay, the most challenging tennis playing surface. This tournament has been held in various forms since 1891. Today, several hundred players participate on 24 courts.

The start of the 2017 edition of this great sporting occasion officially begins at 10 am on May 22nd, when the qualifying rounds kick off. These run until the 26th, then the tournament begins in earnest! The start of the quarterfinals is on Tuesday, June 6th. The women's final takes place on Saturday, June 10th at 3 pm and the men’s final the following day at the same time. The doubles get underway on May 30th and the junior tournament starts on June 4th.


All tickets must be purchased online on the official Roland Garros ticketing website. The platform makes it possible to determine availability and, for the three big courts, to visualise seating locations in 3D and buy tickets in real time. If you’re a tennis fan, don’t delay, as the first to book will be able to make sure they get the best seats at key matches. Two important points to note: each order of tickets is limited to a maximum of four seats distributed among the four most requested days. Make your booking today!


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