2019 Exhibitions in Paris

Musee d'Orsay - Valentinsimon0
Centre Pompidou - Denys Nevozhai
Louvre - Candre Mandawe
Musee d'Art Moderne - Hermann
Musée d'Orsay
Fondation Louis Vuitton - Pamela Butler
Grand Palais - David Mark
Press release


Body and Sport at La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie - October 16, 2018 to January 5, 2020

Since the early 20th century, sports have taken on ever greater importance in our society. Athletes, amateurs or spectators, we are often attracted by sporting exploits and by the humanistic values that sport may transmit. Sporting activities have changed the way we see the human body. La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie presents Body and Sport, an exhibition that takes a historical, sociological and scientific look at the body sculpted by sport. It invites visitors to test themselves to gain a better understanding of the remarkable capacities of the body and its fragilities.

AQUA. Water From Top to Bottom. at Aquarium Tropical du Palais de la Porte Dorée - October 20, 2018 to August 18, 2019

The Paris Aquarium's exhibition AQUA. L'eau de haut en bas (Water from top to bottom) offers families a chance to learn some amazing facts about water. Bringing together three complementary chapters, this fun and interactive exhibition addresses all kinds of issues related to water: from the melting ice caps to water-related conflicts, including satellite photos and meteorology. Playful, educational, and immersive, this exhibition encourages awareness of issues, and of the importance of sustainable development and the protection of the environment.

Forts at La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie - December 22, 2018 to January 5, 2020

The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie presents Forts (Cabanes), an exhibition for children aged 2 to 10 . It was created with the help of specialists in early childhood development as part of the new temporary 'Petits Curieux' ('Curious Kids') programme. Kids can explore around 20 original forts, made up by artists and artisans. A range of materials are also provided so that they can build their own fort. It’s a creative and fun experience for the whole family!

February 12 to December 31, 2019 at Musée Yves Saint Laurent

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris exhibits a unique selection of approximately fifty haute couture designs throughout its entire exhibition space. In addition to the main themes that shaped the couturier’s body of work, the new display explores two of Yves Saint Laurent’s major creations: his well-known Mondrian dresses (autumn-winter 1965) and the gowns made in collaboration with the artist Claude Lalanne (autumn-winter 1969).

Exhibition Calder-Picasso at Musée National Picasso - February 19 to August 25, 2019

Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso – two of the most seminal figures of twentieth-century art – innovated entirely new ways to perceive grand themes. While the resonances between them are filled with endless possibilities, a key connection can be found specifically in their exploration of the void, or the absence of space, which both artists defined from the figure through to abstraction. The Exhibition Calder-Picasso will comprise approximately 120 works that explore how these two artists, each in his own very different ways, engaged with the void and all that it implies about a world where mass is unsettled by the absence of mass and where, at the center of anything and everything, what we discover is a vacuum.

The Collection of the Fondation. A vision for Painting at The Fondation Louis Vuitton - February 20 to August 26, 2019

The Fondation Louis Vuitton presents The Collection of the Fondation. A vision for Painting and displays a new selection of 70 works from the collection and gathers 23 international artists from the 1960s to the present day around one main theme: painting. This takes many forms: figurative or abstract, expressive or distanced. Relief pieces are contrasted with each other.

Franz Marc/August Macke. The adventure of the Blue Riderat Musée de l'Orangerie - March 6 to June 17, 2019

The Musée de l'Orangerie presents Franz Marc / August Macke. The adventure of the Blue Rider.. This exhibition presents two major figures of German Expressionism and the Der Blaue Reiter [The Blue Rider] movement, Franz Marc (1880-1916) and August Macke (1887-1914). These artists forged a friendship in 1910 based on their shared interest in French art and more specifically in Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Fauvism, who they discovered during their time in Paris. Both expressed the same spiritual fascination for landscapes and nature in their initial paintings, often painted "en plein air".

Piercing Exhibition at Musée de l’Homme - March 13, 2019 to March 9, 2020

Discover the story of piercing, this practice dating back from Prehistory thanks to the Piercing Exhibition.

Computer Grrrls at La Gaîté Lyrique - March 14 to July 14, 2019

La Gaîté Lyrique presents Computer Grrrls. Twenty-three international artists and collectives offer sharp, critical perspectives on digital technology, revisiting the history of women and machines and outlining scenarios for a more inclusive future.

Black Models: from Géricault to Matisse at Musée d’Orsay - March 26 to July 14, 2019

Musée d’Orsay presents Black Models: From Géricault to Matisse. This multidisciplinary exhibition focuses on the relationship between the artist and the model. It combines the history of art and the history of ideas, and explores aesthetic, political, social, and racial issues as well as the imagery unveiled by the representation of black figures in visual arts, from the abolition of slavery in France in 1794 to today.

The Moon at Grand Palais - April 3 to July 22, 2019

Grand Palais presents The Moon. The 50-year anniversary of the first human step on the Moon is an opportunity to study and celebrate the long history that links humans with this familiar celestial body, through the artworks and objects that embody the countless visions and emotions it has inspired. This five-part exhibition is a journey to the Moon, through dimensions both real and imaginary. Each stage takes visitors on a voyage through time, revealing artistic creations from Antiquity to the modern day, produced mainly in Europe but also by African, Arab and Far Eastern civilisations.

Ocean, an unparalleled dive at Musée d’Histoire Naturelle - April 3, 2019 to January 5, 2020

With Ocean, an unparalleled dive, the Paris Museum of Natural History is presenting a peek into the most unknown and difficult to access part of our planet. Discover the ocean in the Jardin des Plantes, in the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution.

Electro, from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk at Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la Musique - April 9 to August 11, 2019

The Philharmonie de Paris presents Electro, from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk, a major exhibition on electronic music through the exploration of its imagination, innovations, mythologies and its correlations with the visual arts.

Romantic Paris, 1815-1848 at Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts - May 22 to September 15, 2019

The large-scale exhibition Romantic Paris, 1815-1848 plunges us into the effervescence of Paris in the romantic era. After Paris 1900: La Ville Spectacle, the Petit Palais is presenting Romantic Paris, a further episode in its overview of the great periods that have shaped the city’s identity. This is both an exhibition and a cultural event: a sweeping panorama of the French capital during the Romantic years from the fall of Napoleon in 1815 to the revolution of 1848.

Back Side – Fashion from Behindat Musée Bourdelle - July 5 to November 17, 2019

The Palais Galliera presents Back Side – Fashion from Behind, an off-site exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle which focuses on clothing seen from behind. In a society that is obsessed with people’s faces, Back Side – Fashion from Behind is an original and unexpected theme. By addressing our body’s relationship to clothing from a social and psychological point of view, the exhibition questions the perception we have of our own and other people’s backs.

Berthe Morisot at Musée d'Orsay - June 18 to September 22, 2019

Musée d’Orsay presents Berthe Morisot. A leading Impressionist figure, Morisot remains to this day less known than her friends Monet, Degas, and Renoir. Still, this exhibition traces the exceptional career of a painter who, at odds with the practices of her time and her circle, became a key figure of the Parisian avant-garde movement in the late 1860s up until her untimely death in 1895.


Bacon. En Toutes Lettres. at Centre Pompidou - September 11, 2019 to January 20, 2020

Centre Pompidou dedicates an exhibition to British artist Francis Bacon. Bacon. En Toutes Lettres. is a retrospective that insists on “the relationship between his paintings and his literary interests” since the artist claimed that “literature created a powerful stimulus of his imaginary”.

Degas at the Opera at Musée d'Orsay - September 24, 2019 to January 19, 2020

Musée d’Orsay presents Degas at the Opera. Throughout his entire career, the opera was the focal point of Edgar Degas' artwork, offering us a portrait of the Paris Opera in the 19th century. This is the first exhibition to consider the Opera as a whole, examining not only Degas’ musical tastes and his passionate relationship with the House, but also the infinite resources of this marvelous ‘toolbox’.

The Supermarket of Images at Jeu de Paume - October 15, 2019 to January 12, 2020

Jeu de Paume presents The Supermarket of Images. Art and economics have entertained a complex and decisive relationship since ancient times. But for over a century, what is at stake goes far beyond the mere art market: what we face now is the commodification of all that is visible.

Daisuke Kosugi, Satellite 12 programme at Jeu de Paume - October 15, 2019 to January 12, 2020

Jeu de Paume presents Daisuke Kosugi, Satellite 12 programme. In film, sculpture, performance and text, Daisuke Kosugi constructs seductive scenarios that entail an underlying conflict between personal freedom and systems. Whether by portraying how creativity is mined by the creative industry in a Post-Fordist labour market, or through a narrative of creativity that is not convertible to economic or cultural measures of productivity, Kosugi unpacks these struggles through the lives of individuals. His semi-autobiographical films guide audiences through intimate experiences where the conflict is rendered bodily and emotional. Through layers of fiction and non-fiction he constructs a self-reflective mode of viewing, a method of storytelling developed from his interest in empathy and the incommunicability of pain.

Félix Fénéon (1861-1944) at Musée de l’Orangerie - October 16, 2019 to January 28, 2020

Musée de l’Orangerie presents Félix Fénéon (1861-1944). This is the first exhibition paying tribute to Félix Fénéon (1861-1944), an important figure in the artistic world in the late 19th and early 20th century. Anarchist, art critic, editor, gallery director, and collector, Fénéon espoused an open-minded vision of creation at a time when art was on the verge of the shift to modernity. The relevance of the eye and choices of this discreet man is illustrated through a selection of major works that he appreciated, advocated and collected throughout his life.

Marie-Antoinette: Metamorphoses of an Image at The Conciergerie - October 16, 2019 to the end of January 2020

Haughty queen, fashion icon, woman of culture, foreign traitress, teenage heroine, caring mother or martyr of the French Revolution... who was the real Marie-Antoinette? Former royal prison and magnificent palace on the banks of the Seine in Paris, the Conciergerie is set to host the exhibition Marie-Antoinette: Metamorphoses of an Image.

Vinci Exhibition at Louvre Museum - October 24, 2019 to February 24, 2020

The Louvre presents Vinci Exhibition, a unique group of artworks that only the Louvre could bring together, in addition to its outstanding collection of paintings and drawings by the Italian master.

Boltanski at Centre Pompidou - November 13, 2019 to March 16, 2020

Paris Centre Pompidou will house a retrospective around French artist’s work: Christian Boltanski. A dive into the rites of our society and the memory that remains after our death. A retrospective around the all-rounder artist’s work who experimented a galore of formats and arts. Whether he’s a plastic artist, a photographer, a sculptor, a painter or even a moviemaker, Christian Boltanski keeps on exploring these varied art expressions and the boundary between “absent and present”.

Pierre Soulages at Louvre Museum - December 11, 2019 to March 9, 2020
Pierre Soulages from every angle… Louvre will dedicate a retrospective to the king of the dark. An exceptional tribute for the painter’s 100th birthday (he was born on December 24, 1919) through a unique and private exhibition in the prestigious Salon Carré set between the Galerie Apollon and the Grande Galerie.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Paris at Centre Pompidou - March 18 to June 15, 2020

With the Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Paris exhibition scheduled from March 18 to June 15, 2020, Centre Pompidou wants to highlight the work of the 83-year old contemporary artist who planned to wrap the Arc de Triomphe from April 6 to 19, 2020. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day in 1935 and they met there in Paris in 1958, when Christo moved to the city after his studies in Bulgaria. They lived and worked there until 1964, then settled in New York.


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