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The Pompidou Center offers, apart from its activities as a Museum of Modern Art, debates on artistic and cultural issues. Students will find these of value.
Wandering across Paris : Within the city, signposted walks can join free ones to reveal aspects of historic Paris, its highlights and its unexpected secrets.
Comédie française : Plays from the classical French repertoire. Study of the texts in class (analysis of the work, consideration of aspects of production, performance, then criticism after the show.
Paris theaters, both public and private : A choice each semester of plays studied on the syllabus. Contemporary French theatre.
Carnavalet Museum : Visit the permanent collections of the Musée Carnavalet: history of Paris, chronological but also thematic approaches.
Musée national du Moyen Age: Visit to the “Thermes de l'Hôtel de Cluny” and the permanent collections of the Museum of the Middle Ages.
Musée du Petit Palais : Visit to permanent collections: French art, chronological and thematic approaches.
Musée d'Orsay : Visit to permanent collections and temporary expositions at the Musée d'Orsay: French art of the 19th century and beyond.
5 extramural cultural modules: each week or fortnight, as a complement to the classes given at the Institute, we offer groups of students to live the culture in practice. Our belief is that foreign students who have chosen Paris for one or more semesters expect to be guided through the riches of Parisian cultural life. Guided, focused visits to the capital’s great museums, shows (theater, concerts), and discovering historic Paris, and various cultural events: this page presents a series of activities, the outline of which may be consulted under the rubric Syllabi.
Tangible traces of these visits will naturally be collected in brochures provided and the computer tools available on the Institute website: ways of extending the value of these visits around the capital.
IFUPE students thus become more alert to their environment, visitors with a trained eye, knowing how to decipher the city and the historical and cultural landmarks of France that it conceals.
The approach to French theater and its development, made in the teaching module Evolution of artistic forms, cannot in our view dispense with a genuine immersion in the lived experience of a performance. We shall take advantage, throughout the session, of the wealth of theatrical activity in Paris, offering our students a whole range of French productions, from heritage material to the plays of today, the Institute enjoying partnership with several theaters.
Musée du Château de Versailles : Visit to the park and Château at Versailles: the 17th century, the reign of Louis XIV and classicism.
Château de Fontainebleau : Visit to the masterpiece of the French Renaissance: the château at Fontainebleau, built by François 1er.
Cultural life in Paris is similarly rich in intellectual activities in which it is sometimes hard to find one’s way. In close harmony with the teaching modules given at the Institute, we offer students a selection of cultural events throughout the session. Criticism, characteristic of the French mind, is manifested in the taste for debating, public lectures and even political meetings. We are keen to allow students to take account of these different meetings insofar as they relate directly to the guidelines to general culture taught at the Institute. The choice of these key moments depends largely on current events and responses to them, and will be presented as the study sessions progresses, but we indicate below some of the centers with which we have a partnership and which offer regular cycles of lectures and debates for the benefit of our students.
Thanks to all these extramural activities, IFUPE is proud to present itself not only as an autonomous teaching establishment but also as "nomadic", open onto the wealth of Parisian cultural life. Two complementary branches making the sessions followed by its students a uniquely mind-broadening experience.
These Paris Art Museums similarly offer a range of lectures and debates which will contribute to our program. Notably in conjunction with our teaching module on the Evolution of artistic forms, a dynamic addition will be proposed in this way regarding certain esthetic questions raised in class. Other museums which focus on historical questions offer debates from time to time which, when relevant, will be linked to the module on the History of France.
Other occasional events of all sorts which present special interest for an issue raised in class will be announced as they arise. Meetings with artists and intellectuals will be arranged to reflect specific sociopolitical events, enabling students to take advantage of an exceptional window onto particular aspects of the capital as a cultural hub.
The Musée du Louvre is also, with its Auditorium, an active cultural space, with its conferences and lectures on art history.
La Maison de l'Amérique latine (The Latin American Cultural Center) constitutes another well-known space for debates, especially focused on South American authors in France or the influence of French culture on latin America.
La Bibliothèque nationale de France (French National Library) and its cycles of thematic lectures, either linked to temporary exhibitions, or based on general cultural or scientific problems. The selection will allow students to attend, these lectures or substantial debates led by key figures in French cultural life.
To be a foreign student in Paris their stay can represent an important, even unforgettable, experience, if the time of this stay is also used to sharpen awareness of this city so rich in history. Knowing how to read the stone pages of the capital’s book can certainly be acquired through the practical training we offer to our students directly linked to the course work covered by such teaching modules as the History of France and the Evolution of arts.
Parisian concert halls : Specific concerts in some of these: Pleyel, Gaveau, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
The tradition of French music, from its beginnings to the 17th century, with its particular style, through Ravel in the 20th century, shapes a crucible of continuities and disparities that it is fascinating to trace across time. This development forms the basis of part of the teaching module Evolution of artistic forms. As for the theatre, it seems important to us to provide access, as a complement to the study of the history of French music, for our students to certain fine concerts, suitably "prepared" by the work done in the Institute.
Great single-artist museums : Visit to the permanent collections of some of the great individual museums in Paris: Musée Rodin, Musée de l'Orangerie, Musée Picasso.
Paris Municipal Museum of Modern Art : Visit to the permanent collections at the Musée d'Art moderne: questions of artistic modernity in France.
Musée du Grand Palais : Visit to temporary expositions at the National Galleries of the Grand Palais: major exhibitions focused on a single artist.
Throughout the session, as specified in the section marked Syllabi, our teaching modules on the Evolution of artistic forms and the Modern and contemporary history include the organization of guided visits to the most prestigious Parisian museums, thanks to agreements made in partnership with the IFUPE. These visits, prepared in class, will be led by qualified staff from Fine Arts or the Institute and will offer specific thematic tours through the permanent collections of the selected museums or through temporary exhibitions relating to the syllabus.
The Louvre Museum : Visit to permanent collections and temporary expositions: French art, from the end of the Middle Ages to the Romantics.