Ongoing Art Exhibitions
Starting in 2016 through 2017
September 14, 2016 to February 12, 2017
Best known for his still lifes and group portraits, Henri Fantin-Latour is a somewhat more complex artist than he appears to be. Very attached from his youth to the faithful reproduction of reality, as evidenced by his emblematic works, Fantin also explored a more poetic vein approaching that of the Symbolists. The exhibition will focus on the artist from a new perspective by shedding light on his creative process and unveiling, in particular, a corpus of unpublished photographs, a true repertoire of forms for the painter.
September 16, 2016 to January 23, 2017
As the uncontested master of Dutch art in the seventeenth century, Rembrandt was one of the greatest artists of his era. By exploring the key phases in Rembrandt’s career, the exhibition retraces the artist’s stylistic development and highlights the intimate side of his creative process. The exhibition comprises around twenty pictures and thirty graphic works by the late artist.
René Magritte – The Treachery of Images*
September 21, 2016 to January 23, 2017
This completely new exhibition reinterprets the entire work of the artist in the light of five “figures” to which Magritte made constant reference in his work: fire, shadows, curtains, words and the fragmented body.
Through an approach based on these themes, the exhibition reveals the artist’s thinking on questions of resemblance and realism, and highlights his works dealing with the deceptive representations of the world. The exhibition brings together Magritte’s paintings with antique images, illustrating mythological narratives of the invention and definition of painting.
September 28, 2016 to January 15, 2017
There is no longer any need to present the career of Georges Remi, known as Hergé, Belgian cartoonist best known for The Adventures of Tintin. Often referred to as “the father of the European comic strip”, he was one of the first French-speaking authors to use American-style comic strip with speech bubbles. The exhibition looks back on his creative approach, fed by the cinema, painting, photography and adventure novels and his passion for drawing. It shows how the universally recognised drawings of Hergé fit in with both his era and the history of art.
Winterhalter – Court Portraits Between Splendor and Elegance
September 29, 2016 to January 8, 2017
As the last great European court painter, Franz Xaver Winterhalter led an extraordinary life. Born in 1805 to a humble family in a small Black Forest village, he studied art in Munich before being appointed as painter to the court of Baden. Following a period of study in Italy, he settled in Paris in 1834, where he built his reputation in the Salons with his genre paintings. In 1837, his Decameron was a huge success, turning him into a fashionable painter. From that point on, commissions came thick and fast. From 1838, King Louis-Philippe commissioned a series of portraits of the Orleans royal family.
Eva & Adele – You Are My Biggest Inspiration
Musée D’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
September 30, 2016 to February 26, 2017
Eva & Adele, self-proclaimed as The Hermaphrodit (sic) Twins in Art, are an iconically atypical pair of artists on the current art scene. Making no secret of their transgressing of gender boundaries – always identically dressed in an improbably ultra-feminine vein, but with their heads shaven man-style – they are bent on demonstrating that sexual identity is no simple matter.
Picasso – Giacometti*
Musée Picasso Paris
October 4, 2016 to February 5, 2017
The exhibition “Picasso-Giacometti,” organized at the Musée national Picasso-Paris, in collaboration with the Paris-based Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, the exhibition will bring to light the formal, friendly or iconographic interactions that these two major artists of the 20th century. Illustrating the links between Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso – the exhibit is presented in the new exhibition space of the Fondation Giacometti – surveying the use of various mediums such as painting, sculpture and graphic art.
The Color Line – African American Artists and Segregation
Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac
October 4, 2017 to January 15, 2017
What role did art play in the quest for equality and the affirmation of black identity in segregated America? The exhibition pays tribute to the African-American artists and thinkers who contributed, during a century and a half-long struggle, to blurring this discriminatory “color line”.
Mexico – Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, JC Orozco and Vanguards
October 5, 2016 to January 23, 2017
Since its independence won from the Spanish monarchy in 1821, Mexico has never ceased to assert its willingness for change and its spirit of modernity. With painting, sculpture, architecture, urbanism, music, literature, film and the applied arts the country has forged its identity. The exhibition, which was desired by the highest French and Mexican authorities, is the largest event dedicated to Mexican art since 1953. Offering a panorama of famous artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo, the exhibition tour is a testament to the vibrant artistic creativity of the country throughout the twentieth century.
The Body in Movement Dance and the Museum
Musée du Louvre
October 6, 2016 to July 3, 2017
For its second season, the Petite Galerie at the Louvre, dedicated to art and culture education, is offering an initiation into representation of “The Body in Movement.” Artworks are by nature static, but artists were trying to anatomize movement long before chronophotography came along and opened up new perspectives for them in the late 19th century. In their efforts to capture movement avant-garde artists like Degas and Rodin turned to the world of dance. Around 1900, drawing on antiquity and the work of dancers like Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, and Nijinsky, the discipline underwent its own revolution: an innovative gestural repertoire and a break with classical ballet that foreshadowed modern dance. Thus choreography and the visual arts intermeshed.
American Painting in the 1930’s
Musée de l’Orangerie
October 12, 2016 to January 30, 2017
The 1930’s were decisive in more ways than one for a modern art scene coming to the fore in the United States, at a particularly complex moment in its history when there could be no cut-and-dried definition of American modern art.From abstraction to “socialist” realism, the esthetic worlds of painters like Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, or Edward Hopper operated side by side, confronting each other in the same creative centers.
Bernard Buffet – Retrospective*
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
October 14, 2016 to February 26, 2017
The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is organising a retrospective of the work of Bernard Buffet (1928–1999), one of the most famous French painters of the 20th century, but also one of the most contentious. In a choice of a hundred paintings this exhibition takes a fresh look at an oeuvre which in fact remains little known to the public at large.
Ludwig Van Beethoven – The Myth
Philharmonie de Paris
October 14, 2016 to January 29, 2017
Beethoven’s stern face and stirring music are known across the globe. But beyond his importance as a historical or musical figure, the composer has swelled over the past two centuries into a character larger than life, with his heroic music, tragic life, astounding deafness and leonine head. More than any other artist, Beethoven has fostered a tremendously rich response in literature, the visual arts and music. From Gustav Klimt to Joseph Beuys, Romain Rolland to Milan Kundera, Franz Liszt to Pierre Henry and Jean-Michel Basquiat to Stanley Kubrick, the Beethovian aura continues to haunt artists. This exhibition examines Beethoven’s mythical dimension, and takes a close look at the construction of a genius.
L’Art des Studios d’Animation Walt Disney
Art Ludique – Le Musée
October 14, 2016 to March 5, 2017
With a selection of 350 exceptional art pieces, the exhibition – created and written by the Art Ludique museum in collaboration with the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, pays homage to the Studios’ incredible modernism and artistry over almost a century.
Hell According to Rodin*
October 18, 2016 to January 22, 2017
The exhibition Hell according to Rodin invites the public to take a fresh look at an iconic work of art: The Gates of Hell. Over 170 works – including 60 drawings that are rarely on public display, and numerous sculptures restored for the exhibition – will immerse visitors in the fascinating history of this masterpiece, which was so influential in the development of sculpture and the arts. With these mysterious, imposing doors that never open, Rodin presents a spectacular view of Hell – feverish and tormented.
Carl Andre – Sculpture as Place (1958 – 2010)*
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
October 18, 2016 to February 12, 2017
The Musée d’Art Moderne is presenting a tribute to the major 20th-century American artist Carl Andre (b. 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts). The exhibition Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010 covers the full spectrum and inner consistency of the Andre oeuvre, with 40 monumental sculptures, numerous poems and photographs, works on paper and various objects that defy pigeonholing. His iconic works appear alongside pieces never shown together before, such as his Dada Forgeries. A leading Minimalist figure together with Donald Judd and Robert Morris, Andre also has links with Conceptualism and Land Art and now stands out as one of the 20th century’s greatest sculptors.
Basim Magdy. No Shooting Stars
October 18, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Some of Basim Magdy’s films could be described as surrealistic visual essays that capture the absorbing space between hollow desires and delusions. They are humorous reflections of scepticism towards utopian states, suspicion of scientific facts and the expectation of dystopian outcomes. The narratives in his films are usually situated at the moment just before the failure of an idealized future becomes apparent.
Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
October 18, 2016 to February 26, 2017
This exhibition, that brings together some 200 pieces by Richard Avedon (1923- 2004), explores the unique relationship that the American photographer built up with France. Famous and celebrated throughout the world for his fashion photographs but also for his celebrity portraits, Richard Avedon had close ties with France. The exhibition focuses on the signs of this deep affection, from the 1940s when he came to photograph the fashion collections in Paris for the magazine Harper’s Bazaar to his collaboration with the magazine Egoïste, from 1985. Avedon’s France is told through an array of celebrity portraits taken by the photographer himself – Jean Cocteau, Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Genet, Jeanne Moreau, Yannick Noah,and Isabelle Adjani.
Vivre ! Agnès b.’s Contemporary Art Collection
Musée National de L’Histoire de L’Immigration
October 18, 2016 to January 8, 2017
For this project, the designer asked Sam Stourdzé, director of Rencontres d’Arles and curator of the exhibition, to select around one hundred works on eleven themes including childhood, love, writing and identity. Works by Claude Lévêque, Henri Cartier-Bresson and John Giorno will hang alongside others by Mona Hatoum, Kader Attia and Chéri Samba, thus offering a sensitive look at the stories of those who have arrived in France from elsewhere.
The Spirit of Bauhaus – L’Objet en Question
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
October 19, 2016 to February 26, 2017
The exhibition traces the periods and forms of art that forged the Bauhaus spirit: the Middle Ages and the construction of the cathedrals, the arts of the Asian and Islamic worlds, and the British Arts and Crafts movement that abolished the frontiers between art and craftsmanship. Works illustrating these sources will create a dialogue with historic Bauhaus pieces, but also with contemporary counterparts, including works by Székély, Matthieu Mercier, Karen Bisch, Sheila Hicks and Ulla von Brandenburg.
The Tessin Collection – A Swede in Paris in the 18th Century
Musée du Louvre
October 20, 2016 to January 16, 2017
Although not officially bearing the title, Count Carl Gustaf Tessin acted as Swedish ambassador in Paris from 1739 to 1741. A passionate collector of paintings and drawings during those three years, he became a friend of Pierre Jean Mariette and acquired works at the remarkable Crozat sale in 1741. Organized in tandem with the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, now home to the greater part of Tessin’s collection, the exhibition takes a combined chronological and thematic approach to his modus operandi. In doing so, it also provides an insight into the art market and Parisian taste in the mid-18th century.
Icons of Modern Art – The Shchukin Collection*
Fondation Louis Vuitton
October 22, 2016 to February 20, 2017
From the end of the 19th century, Sergei Shchukin, the leading Moscow industrialist, began to integrate himself into the Parisian arts milieu of the era, which tasked itself with defending the impressionist, post-impressionist and modern movements. Shchukin forged relationships with modern art dealers Paul Durand-Ruel, Berthe Weill, Ambroise Vollard, Georges Bernheim and Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, and celebrated artists Monet and Matisse. These friendships heavily influenced the formation of his collection, which remains one of the most radical art collections of its time.There will be a particular emphasis on the art of Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Rousseau, Derain, Matisse and Picasso, alongside works from Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh.
MUCEM – Marseille
October 26, 2016 to January 23, 2017
More than three hundred works of art, photographs, objects, engravings, drawings, rare books, letters, audiovisual archives and unpublished texts, spread over more than 1000 m², will illustrate coffee’s history throughout the world. The contemporary view of coffee is deeply rooted, and structured around human well-being, both individual and collective.
Jean Nouvel – Mes Meubles d’Architecte*
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
October 27, 2016 to February 12, 2017
An exhibition of furniture and objects designed by Jean Nouvel, one of the rare contemporary architects to have had more than a hundred of these creations published since 1987. Jean Nouvel has treated this unique invitation not merely as a retrospective but as an opportunity to create a dialogue with the museum, its history and its collections. The Jean Nouvel, mes meubles d’architecte exhibition reveals itself with the museum, from the Middle Ages and Renaissance galleries to the 17th and 18th century collections, but also in the graphic design and advertising spaces that Jean Nouvel designed in 1998, creating novel situations and interferences.
Of Sound and Fury – Bourdelle, Sculptor and Photographer
October 27, 2016 to February 26, 2017
This exhibition is designed to reveal a novel aspect of the sculptor, whose real interest in photography remained unknown. Bourdelle indulges in effect in photography from a young age, probably under the influence of his first master Montauban, the photographer Achille Bouis – former curator of the Musée Ingres.
Frédéric Bazille – The Youth of Impressionism*
November 15, 2016 to March 5, 2017
How should we consider the work of Frédéric Bazille, who died in combat in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian War aged just 28? Although his early paintings are clearly those of a budding painter, influenced by Realism and by his friend Monet, he nevertheless went on to complete numerous masterpieces in which he gradually asserted his unique talent.
Ocean Explorers – From Sinbad to Marco Polo
Institut du Monde Arab
November 15, 2016 to February 26, 2017
Guided by the legendary Sindbad the Sailor, the geographer al-Idrīsī, the explorer Ibn Baṭṭūṭah, and many others, set sail—with the Arabs, the masters of the seas, and the great European sailors who sailed on their maritime routes—on a wonderful voyage of discovery extending from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. From the beginning of Islam to the dawn of the seventeenth century, it is a maritime adventure that visitors can see and experience in an exceptional immersive itinerary that combines sound effects, images, and optical devices.
November 30, 2016 to April 24, 2017
Organized around three major cycles – Nine Discourses on Commodus (1963), Fifty Days at Iliam (1978) and Coronation of Sesostris (2000) – this retrospective covers the artist’s entire career in a chronological circuit of some 140 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs, providing a clear picture of an extraordinarily rich body of work which is both intellectual and sensual. The selection includes many of Twombly’s iconic works, several of them never previously exhibited in France.
The Banquet of Marseille in Rome: Pleasures & Power Games
December 3, 2016 to June 30, 2017
This exhibition aims to reveal the importance of symposion and reconstruct the course of an ancient banquet: of food and beverages consumed, with the role of “banqueters”, and practiced activities.
To do this, a virtual 3D reconstruction (mapping) will discuss the progress of an ancient banquet.
Sounds, music, games and discussions will give life to this educational restitution.
2017: Art Exhibitions
Palais de Tokyo
2017 Sam Art Projects resident
2015 Sam Prize For Contemporary Art
Sous le regard de machines pleines d’amous et de grâce
[All watched over by machines of loving grace]
Anne Le Troter
winner of the Grand Prix du Salon de Montrouge 2016
Up Close with Vermeer, Masters of Genre Painting in the Golden Age
Musée du Louvre
February 20 to May 22
The Musée du Louvre, the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the National Gallery of Art in Washington are co-organizing the first exhibition of its kind to explore the network of relationships between the Dutch genre painters during the 1650–1675 period.
This carefully developed exhibition entitled “Up Close with Vermeer, Masters of Genre Painting in the Golden Age” (tentative title) will give visitors and art experts a better understanding of how Johannes Vermeer and contemporary painters of scenes from everyday life admired one another, mutually inspired one another, and competed with one another.
The Mystical Landscape*
March 14, 2017 to June 25, 2017
Organised in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the exhibition aims to look at the mystical aspect of the Symbolist landscape. In the West, since the Renaissance, and even more so since the age of Romanticism, the landscape has been recognised as the pictorial genre that can give expression to inner feelings through form – a genre that conveys immediate spiritual experiences that cannot be put into words, yet is based on the representation of a natural environment that is stable, measurable and familiar. The selection of works includes landscapes by Gauguin, Denis, Monet, Hodler, Klimt, Munch and van Gogh, as well as by the leading figures of the Canadian school of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Lawren Harris, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr.
MUMA Andre Malraux Museum
Le Havre also boasts France’s second Impressionist collection at the MUMA Andre Malraux Museum: ‘Impression, soleil levant’ (Impression Sunrise,) Claude Monnet’s masterpiece which gave Impressionism its name will be temporally exhibited there in September 2017 for the city’s anniversary. The famous painting can be seen at other times at the Marmottan Museum in Paris.
Masterpieces from Africa
Through September 2017
Approximately 130 of the world’s most important works of African art – pieces of outstanding form and beauty representative of the great cultures of Africa – have been brought together for the first time. Some have no equal, like certain sculptures from Gabon, Cameroon, Benin and Mali.