If you are planning a trip to Paris during the next few months, there are a few exhibitions you may be interested in:
Watteau to Fragonard les fêtes galantes.A time of insouciance: Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard 18th century paintings
until July 21st
where: 158 boulevard Haussmann – Champs-Élysées
I August, Emperor of Rome, a celebration for the 2000th anniversary of the emperor death.
until July 13th
where: 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower – Champs-Élysées
Once Upon The Orient-Express, exhibition: to learn about the legendary train – it started in 1883 and was called the Orient Express in 1891. The voyage goes from Paris to Istanbul (3050 km).
until August 31st
where:1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard – Quartier Latin
“Impressionist Works from Private Collections, 100 Masterpieces: artworks from Manet, Monet, Pissaro, Bazille, Jongkind, Boudin, Sisley and others
until July 6th
where. 2 rue Louis Boilly – Trocadéro – Passy
Joséphine: to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of the Empress Josephine, married to Napoleon Bonapartre.
until June 29th
where:19 rue de Vaugirard – Jardin du Luxembourg
Gustave Doré. The Power of the imagination: 19th century drawings, watercolours, painting, illustrations and sculptures of the artist.
Until May 11th
Vincent Van Gogh/Antonin Artaud. Suicided by society: It shows some letters and drawings of Van Gogh and some graphic works of Artaud.
until July 6th
where: rue de la Légion d’Honneur -Musée d’Orsay – Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Paris 1900, la Ville spectacle, Musée du Petit-Palais, 1 April-17 August. Paris relives its glory days, ringing in the 20th century with the Universal Exhibition, which brought the city the Eiffel Tower, several impressive railway stations and the first line of the Métro. The transformation of the city is shown in painting, photography and early film, there are Art Nouveau artefacts and a look at the art scene of the age, ranging from Gérôme to Cézanne, not forgetting Rodin.
Summer 1914 – The last days of the old world, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 25 March-3 August. As the British argue about whether World War I was a good thing or a bad thing, France is marking the centenary of the beginning of the conflict in a number of ways, including this look at the summer before the slaughter at the library built by former president François Mitterrand.
Martial Raysse, Centre Pompidou, 14 May-22 September, One of the artists who brought Pop to continental Europe, Raysse went on to experiment with film, neon, sculpture, multimedia and play with the Old Masters, famously giving Ingres’s Odalisque a make-over in the acid colours of the advertising age. Unlikely to cause much of a stir outside France. Also at the Pompidou Henri Cartier-Bresson, 12 February-19 June. The first major retrospective of the great photographer, who recorded France and the world through most of the 20th century, since his death 10 years ago.
Lucio Fontana Retrospective, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 25 April-24 August. The master of the slashed canvas gets a retrospective on the banks of the Seine – also includes sculptures, ceramics, installations, starting in the late 1920s and going on to his death in 1989.
Robert Adams – The Place we live, Jeu de Paume, 11 February-18 May. The photographer tracks banality and beauty in the American west, recording humanity’s effect on a landscape that was sublime. There are 250 photos, so take a sandwich. Also at the Jeu de Paume, Mathieu Pernot La Traversée (The Crossing)11 February-18 May. More photos, starting with documentary and moving on to series that aim to give accounts of themes, such as migration, “in several voices” and the use of archive images. A new work, Fire, has been specially created for the show.
Negro Anthology: l’Atlantique Noire de Nancy Cunard (1931-1934) 4 March-18 May Musée du Quai Branly. Shipping heiress Nancy Cunard didn’t stick with her family’s values, becoming an anti-racist and anti-fascist activist as well as hanging out with the French and American artistic avant-garde. The show looks back 80 years to 1934, when she used her contacts to produce a historic anthology of black culture across the globe. Also at Quai Branly, Plains Indians, 9 April-20 July. Objects and artworks produces by Native Americans going back to the 16th century. Plus Bois sacré: initiation dans les forêts guinéennes 4 March-18 May. Masks, statuettes, photographs and documents look at initiation ceremonies in west Africa.
La tentation de l’Orient: Georges Clémenceau et l’Asie, Musée Guimet, 12 March-16 June. France’s leader in World War I was nicknamed The Tiger. That was due to his aggressive handling of his opponents rather than any specialised knowledge of the Asian wild cat but Clémenceau did visit the Far East and was affected by its culture, amassing a collection of Asian art that forms the basis of this exhibition – another part of the WWI commemoration.
Objectif Vietnam, Musée Cernuschi,14 March-29 June. Photographs dating back to France’s colonial rule of Vietnam record pagodas, other monuments and customs, including the last performance of the Nam Giao or Giao Le – the ritual that linked the court to heaven – by the Emperor Bao Dai.