There is always a lot going on at the top museums in Paris and this year is no exception, so let's a calendar of the top Paris museum exhibitions for 2018-19. It's an exciting lineup at musées in every corner of Paris — the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Quai Branley, Petit Palais, and even the Picasso Museum.
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When the most popular museum in the world announces its new exhibitions art lovers sit up and pay attention. 2018-19 looks to be another good season at the Louvre with dynamic art exhibitions that will draw crowds.
Pastels are about as delicate as the wings of butterflies and must be kept in carefully monitored storage. They rarely see the light of day due to their fragile nature. This rare exhibition features 120 examples from the 18th century — the pastel golden age with works by Liotard, de La Tour, Boucher and Le Brun.
For the first time in 160 years, the 19th-century's largest private collection (by Marquis Campana) featuring 10,000 items from archeological artefacts, paintings, sculptures, and objets d'art to masterpieces like the Sarcophagus of the Spouses will be on exhibit thanks to the collaboration of the Louvre and the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. The exhibition will highlight the seminal role of Italian culture during the 19th century.
Culled from French collections and institutions abroad, this exhibition will showcase a panorama of color engraving from leading masters of the Renaissance. Color wood engravings, known as chiaroscuro in Italy (1500 to 1650), imparted a subtle nuance of color and were early explorations of light, shade, line, and chromatic values.
Once a Belle Epoque train station, in 1986 Musée d'Orsay was transformed into the world's greatest museum dedicated to Impressionism and 19th century art. A few years ago the museum underwent a facelift with a nifty reshuffling of the paintings and a new paint job (white walls are so 20th century) to better highlight the artwork.
Previously unseen works from Picasso's blue and rose periods are the result of the first large-scale collaboration between the Louvre and the Picasso Museum Paris. This is going to be great !
The exhibition explores the artistic relationship between Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his son Jean Renoir through paintings, film clips, photographs, drawings and documents — many on display for the first time.
He was a member of a circle of young artists who considered Paul Gauguin their leader. With Gauguin's encouragement, Sérusier painted The Talisman in 1888. It was groundbreaking as it suspended any link to natural representation. On his death the painting went into Maurice Denis's collection and is now considered a pivotal artwork
This powerful exhibition explores the representation of black models in art from the time of abolition of slavery in France in 1794 to the present day with works by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne.
One of the only woman Impressionist painters, Berthe Morisot was recognised by her peers as one of the most innovative artists of the time. The exhibition traces her career as a key figure in the avant-garde movement of 1860s. We're eagerly awaiting this one.
Throughout Degas' lifetime opera was an important influence. He painted dancers, singers, musicians, audience members and even ushers. This is the first exhibition to examine Degas' passionate relationship with the Paris Opera of the 19th century.
A key art critic beginning in the late 19th century, Joris-Karl Huysmans' contribution to the art world is unprecedented. He was the one to discover Edgar Degas' talents. See the artwork that was defined, discovered, and appreciated by this leading 20th-century art critic.
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It's been more than forty years since the opening of the Pompidou and, while not as magnificent as the 40th anniversary celebrations a couple of years ago, we're sure there are going to be fascinating exhibits for modern art fans in 2019.
More than 120 works, accompanied by a documentary, that cover the period from the 1920s to the opening of the Centre Pompidou — highlighting the acquisitions made by the National Museum of Modern Art (Pompidou) and its predecessor, the Musée des Artistes Vivants that was housed at the Musée de Luxembourg and the Musée du Jeu de Paume. This new sequence of works highlights the various styles of acquisition choices made by these museums.
An unprecedented presentation of one of the founding movements of modern art — Cubism from 1907 to 1917. There are 300 pieces by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Andre Derain, Henri Laurens, Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, and others, all arranged chronologically, highlighting the inventiveness and the proliferation of this movement, whose radical research and creative energy are at the source of all modern art.
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Dedicated to the study of mankind and the world, the Quai Branley museum showcases world cultures — African, Asian, Oceania, and the Americas. The museum is relatively new to the landscape of Paris museums, opening in 2006. It's very close to the Eiffel Tower.
Architect Jean Nouvel gets around. After he designed the controversial Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris, he went onto to create Musée du Quai Branley. The museum is a jumble of forms that also features tranquil gardens with a natural aesthetic — no formal French gardens, no lawns, no lavish entrance staircase. Instead, the garden is a series of small landscapes with native French plants.
200 never-before-seen works demonstrate the evolution of the Western perception of distant and not-so-distant populations, societies and territories.
An examination of how French popular culture has portrayed foreign societies to the youngest members of society.
This exhibition explores the life and work of Paul Robeson, an African-American personality famous for his international career as a baritone singer, theatre, and film actor as well as his links to the avant-garde world.
If you're in the mood for a small museum, make your way to the impossibly adorable Petit Palais, found directly across the street from big brother Le Grand Palais on Avenue Winston Churchill in the 8th Arrondissement (easy walking distance from Place de la Concorde). Built for the 1900 Universal Expo, the Petit Palais is now the home to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Paris, the fine arts museum. There's a pretty interior courtyard and a cafe to relax in before or after viewing the museum. We always stop in when we're in the area, especially since it's free!
During the political upheaval of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune, a number of French artists sought refuge in London. Their artwork, purchased by London collectors, infused fresh air into the British art world. Their experience in exile also brought a new influence to French art. See works by Carpeaux, Tissot, Daubigny, Legros, Dalou, Pissarro, Monet, and Sisley.
For the first time in France, you can see the masterpiece created by Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800). Important during the Edo period, Jakuchu was an eccentric artist not tied to any artistic movement. The Colorful Kingdom of Living Beings is his most ambitious work, painted over a decade. It is a short exhibit due to the fragile nature of the painting.
This rare exhibition features the work of Belgian symbolist painter, Fernand Khnopff, who has not been featured for forty years. It brings together one hundred works by Khnopff, who excelled as a painter, draftsman, engraver, sculptor, and a stage director.
Just months before he died in poverty, Jean-Jacques Lequeu donated his most important graphic oeuvres to the French National Library. His set of several hundred drawings are on exhibit for the first time and is a powerful testimony to the downward spiral of his tragic life as an artist.
You can't miss this iconic monument and display space set in the heart of Paris just off the Champs-Elysées. Like its little brother, the Grand Palais was built for the 1900 Universal Exposition and was dedicated to the glory of French art. Designated an historic monument in 2000, today it is an important hub of grand artistic events.
Eighteenth-century Venice was ripe with artistic Renaissance pleasures. This tribute traces its vitality with paintings of musicians, dancers, and comedians.
150 works trace the technical and style evolution of Spanish iconic painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miro. Peek inside Miró's mind and discover the artistic world he created from his poetic dreams.
Explore the world of the King of Pop through songs, choreography, and videoclips. The multi-media exhibitions shows Michael Jackson's inspiration on many other artists including Andy Warhol, Lorraine O'Grady, and Isaac Julien.
The Musée Picasso is a jewel in the Marais, set in the historic and grand Hotel Salé. There are over 5,000 works that cover Picasso's paintings, sculptures, engravings, drawings, studies, drafts, notebooks, etchings and letters. If you are a Picasso fan, this is a must-see destination in Paris.
Explore the last commission of Swiss designer Diego Giacometti, which was for the furnishing of the Hotel Salé, home of the Picasso National Museum. View the unique chairs, benches, tables, and lamps he created exclusively for the museum, just before his death in 1985.
This exhibition brings together Picasso's greatest works, some shown in Paris for the first time. Thanks to generous loans, Picasso's masterpieces from around the globe will be displayed alongside pieces from the permanent collection.
It's one of our favorite spots in Paris. Formerly a tennis court for royalty during the reign of Napoleon III set right on the edge of Jardin des Tuileries, it's now a museum dedicated to photography and modern media art. Like most things in Paris, it has a long history. In between its time from tennis court to photography museum, Jeu de Paume is where the Nazis stored the art they plundered from France. After the war and until the Musee d'Orsay opened in 1986, it's where the overstock of important Impressionist paintings was kept. In 1991, after a serious renovation, the Jeu de Paume opened as France's first national gallery of contemporary photography.
The major works of American photographer Dorothea Lange are collected in this outstanding exhibition, including her most powerful Depression-era work. This is one who you don't want to miss.
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