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Updated 2017-04-25 10:11:01 China Daily
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This year's Croisements festival will be held from May to July. Highlights include the exhibition From Monet to Soulages: Paths of Modern Western Painting (1805-1975), the dance production Seeds, the theater play 2666 and the recital performances by French actress Isabelle Huppert.

This year's Croisements festival will be held from May to July. Highlights include the exhibition From Monet to Soulages: Paths of Modern Western Painting (1805-1975), the dance production Seeds, the theater play 2666 and the recital performances by French actress Isabelle Huppert.

A window into France, the annual Croisements ("crossing") festival has grown into one of the biggest foreign cultural events in China since its launch in 2006.

Every spring, music, dance, theater, movie, art and literature activities are held in some 30 cities across the country. The festival also boosts Sino-French relations. This year, the festival's 12th edition will be held from May 8 to July 9, featuring many more performances, exhibitions, film screenings and discussions as compared to last year.

The Croisements program attracted more than 4 million people last year, and some events were live-streamed as well, according to the French embassy in Beijing. This year's festival will highlight a lineup of performers and artists demonstrating the fine quality of French and European art.

Works dating to the 19th century as well as by contemporary artists will be on show at two exhibitions.

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This year's Croisements festival will be held from May to July. Highlights include the exhibition From Monet to Soulages: Paths of Modern Western Painting (1805-1975), the dance production Seeds, the theater play 2666 and the recital performances by French actress Isabelle Huppert.

This year's Croisements festival will be held from May to July. Highlights include the exhibition From Monet to Soulages: Paths of Modern Western Painting (1805-1975), the dance production Seeds, the theater play 2666 and the recital performances by French actress Isabelle Huppert.

The evolution of French art from realism to modernity will be marked at a touring exhibition, titled From Monet to Soulages: Paths of Modern Western Painting (1805-1975), in Beijing, Chengdu and Wuhan. On show will be 51 paintings from the collection of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint Etienne Metropole, sailing through impressionism, cubism, surrealism and abstract art.

Another exhibition, High Tension, will offer a glimpse into the vitality of French contemporary art by bringing together the works of eight winners of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, a high-profile French honor for artists, who show their critical approach to the advancement of technology and urban development.

Beijing will host a bulk of the events while important shows will also be held in Tianjin and other cities. The 12-hour play 2666 will be staged at the Tianjin Grand Theater over July 8-9. It is adapted from last novel of the same title of Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano (1953-2003).

Zhang Qing, the theater's program director, says she decided to bring the play to Tianjin after she saw it at last year's Avignon Festival, one of the world's leading contemporary performing arts festivals held annually in the French city of Avignon.

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