Paris Exhibitions in 2020

Louvre Museum
Centre Pompidou
Musée d'Orsay
Musée de l'Orangerie
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Atelier des Lumières | February 28, 2020 to January 3, 2021
“Monet, Renoir... Chagall. Journeys around Mediterranean”

Monet, Renoir, and Chagall: Journeys Around the Mediterranean’ presents visitors with an itinerary that spans the period between Impressionism and modernism. After the exhibition devoted to Van Gogh, the new digital exhibition will highlight the link between artistic creativity and the Mediterranean shores, as the principal centres of the modernist movement. The exhibition will immerse visitors in the masterpieces of twenty artists, including Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Signac, Derain, Vlaminck, Dufy, and Chagall, amongst others.

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Musée d’Orsay | March 10 to June 29
“The land of monsters - Léopold Chauveau (1870-1940)”

As described by the Musée d'Orsay: "In addition to being a doctor - a profession forced on him by family obligations but which he himself did not enjoy -, Léopold Chauveau took refuge in a strange, self-taught artistic universe, both singular and original in equal measures. A sculptor, illustrator and author of books for adults and children, he long remained forgotten in the history of art, before a gift by his grandson to the Musée d'Orsay in 2017 (18 sculptures and 100 drawings) brought his name back into the limelight.

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Musée Jacquemart-André | March 13 to July 20, 2020
“Turner, Paintings And Watercolours From The Tate”

Mallord William Turner (1775–1851). Undoubtedly the greatest representative of the golden age of English watercolors, he experimented with the effects of light and transparency on English landscapes and the Venetian lagoons. Celebrated by his contemporaries, he still has many admirers. Thanks to exceptional loans from the Tate Britain in London, which houses the largest collection of Turner’s works in the world, the Musée Jacquemart-André will hold an exhibition of sixty watercolors and ten oil paintings, some of which have never been exhibited in France.

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

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 will wrap the Arc de Triomphe from September 19 to October 4, 2020 (no longer fApril 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.

Musée Maillol | April 2 to July 16,2020
“Spirit, are you there? The painters of the beyond”

The next exhibition that will be held in the Musée Maillol—after initially being presented in the LaM museum in Villeneuve d’Ascq—will enable the public to discover the work of the three most important ‘spiritualist painters’ who were active at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century: Augustin Lesage, Victor Simon, and Fleury-Joseph Crépin. The exhibition’s chronological, historical, and thematic itinerary will include more than one hundred works held in European public and private collections.

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Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme April 2 to August 23, 2020
« Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine… Paris pour École, 1905-1940 »

Fleeing the pogroms or seeking a free, modern context, these young artists who converged on Paris included Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine, Amedeo Modigliani, Jules Pascin, Jacques Lipchitz, Chana Orloff, Moïse Kisling, Louis Marcoussis and Ossip Zadkine, and also lesser known artists such as Walter Bondy, Henri Epstein, Adolphe Feder, Alice Halicka, Henri Hayden, Georges Kars, Léon Indenbaum, Simon Mondzain, Mela Muter and many others. The musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme is devoting an exhibition to this generation of artists who arrived in Paris between 1904 and 1914.

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Victor Hugo's House - Panthéon | From April 22 to August 30, 2020
“Victor Hugo, Freedom”

135th anniversary of the death of Victor Hugo - In partnership with Victor Hugo House / Paris and Paris Museums. On May 22, 1885, Victor Hugo died in Paris. On June 1, 1885, a procession of more than two million people escorted his coffin from the Arc de triomphe to the Pantheon. This pantheonization is the apotheosis of one of the most important literary and political figures of the nineteenth century. This exhibition, held in Hugo’s final resting place, will present the key moments of the funeral to highlight its importance in the history of France’s Third Republic and in that of the monument. The purpose of the exhibition is to show how Liberty guided the life and work of Victor Hugo. It is the main theme around which the three great parts of the poet's life are articulated: before the exile, 1820-1851; during exile, 1851-1870; after the exile from 1871 until his death on May 22, 1885, and the main reason for his pantheonization. The exhibition is chronologically structured and in which come themes related to freedom: the death penalty, freedom to love, exile.

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Poissy | Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier | From April 30 to August 30, 2020
“Carte blanche to Françoise Pétrovitch”

In 2020, the Center of National Monuments invites visual artist Françoise Pétrovitch for a carte blanche at Villa Savoye. She will create new works nourished by the evocation of the personality of Eugénie Savoye, for whom the villa was built in 1928, and in dialogue with the chromatic research of Corbusier. Françoise Pétrovitch, an artist born in 1964, visual artist working in drawing, painting, ceramics, video, is particularly famous for her wash, dilution of colors on paper.

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Musée du Louvre | May 6 to August 17, 2020
"Exposition Le Corps et l’âme Sculptures de la Renaissance en Italie de Donatello à Michel-Ange"

The exhibition shows the extraordinary and innovative nature of the works of these Italians artists about the interpretation of the human being, both in its external appearance and in its intimate feelings.

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Centre Pompidou | May 13 to August 31, 2020
“Exposition Matisse”

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Matisse (1869-1954), the Centre Pompidou pays tribute to him through an exhibition bringing together essential pieces of art that explore the intricacies of text/image within his work and offer a singular reading of his creation.

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Centre Pompidou | June 10 to August 24, 2020
"Exposition Alice Neel : un regard engagé"

The retrospective devoted by the Centre Pompidou of Alice Neel (1900-1984), one of the most important North-American artist highlights the political and social commitment, long ignored in her lifetime, of this painter. Structured in two thematic parts, the class struggle and the gender struggle, the exhibition includes about seventy paintings and drawings, as well as numerous documents, since the first works of the late 1920s, until the last paintings made shortly before her death in 1984.

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Musée du Quai Branly | November 5, 2019 to June 28, 2020
"Helena Rubinstein’s collection"

The Musée du Quai Branly devotes a wonderful exhibition to Helena Rubinstein’s art collection. Including 60 primitive sculptures, portraits and art objects, this exhibition offers an original approach of art as seen by a passionate woman who was interested in what others considered to be ugly.

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Musée Picasso – Musée Rodin | September 15, 2020 to March 21, 2021
“Exposition Picasso-Rodin”

The exhibition "Picasso-Rodin" presents an unprecedented encounter between two extraordinary artists whose formal inventions mark a turning point in modern art. Presented simultaneously in both institutions, the exhibition will highlight unexpected convergences in the creative processes that mark the work of the two artists. While at the Rodin Museum, will be studied the plastic solutions invented by the two artists to figure the real, the exhibition of the Picasso Museum, will present the private sphere of creation in the laboratory of the work room.

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Musée de l’Orangerie | October 7, 2020 to January 25, 2021
“Exposition Soutine / De Kooning”

The exhibition will put in dialogue the singular worlds of these two artists through fifty works articulated around essential themes: tension between the figure and the formless; painting of the flesh; figure and landscape; the work room …, but also key moments of this history: the Soutine’s retrospective at the MoMa in 1950 and the visit of De Kooning to the Barnes Foundation in 1952.

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Musée du Louvre | October 29, 2020 to February 8, 2021
“Exposition Moi, Taharqa, pharaon des deux terres"

In the eighth century B.C. in Nubia, a kingdom was organized around its capital Napata. Around 730 B.C. the sovereign Piankhi set out to conquer Egypt and inaugurated the dynasty of the Kuchite pharaohs. His successors will rule for more than fifty years over a kingdom extending from the Mediterranean to the confluence of the White and Blue Niles. The most famous of them is undoubtedly Taharqa. The exhibition highlights the leading role of this vast kingdom, located in what is now the centre of Sudan.



Marion Fourestier
Atout France-The France Tourism Development Agency