France Exhibitions in 2020

Monet - Sur la plage à Trouville
The Death of Leonardo da Vinci in the Arms of François I by Ménageot
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Lille, Northern France- December 6, 2019 through 2020

The great Northern capital Lille is the first French City to be named Lille World Capital of Design. The kick-off will be December 6, 2019 and followed through 2020 by the display of hundreds of innovative design projects affecting every facet of modern-day life. Just one hour from Paris by TGV

Opera as the World - The quest for a total work of art - Through January 27, 2020:

The Centre Pompidou-Metz in Metz (Grand Est) presents Opera as the World For the first time on such a scale, the “Opera World" exhibit offers an in-depth examination of the history of opera in the last two centuries from the angle of its relationship with the visual arts. Exploring these often fruitful and sometimes impassioned dialogues, the project shows how artists influenced the course of opera history through scenographic creations as spectacular as they are varied. Revealing a lesser known aspect of these interactions, it will also shed light on opera’s impact on the creations of visual artists: the sensorial, aesthetic and sometimes political power that this total art inspires in numerous contemporary artists.

Normandy Impressionist Festival - April 3 to September 6, 2020

Lovers of Monet, Degas, Manet, Pissaro and great artists of the time, will be drawn to Normandy for the 4th edition of the Normandy Impressionist Festival. It will take place throughout the region from April 3 to September 6, 2020. There will big exhibitions in Caen, Rouen and Le Havre and other cities - Click here for a full exhibition list

Poissy, Paris Region - Carte blanche to Françoise Pétrovitch at the Lecorbusier Villa Savoye - From April 30 to August 30, 2020

In 2020, the Centre des monuments nationaux 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.

Rennes, Brittany - Summer of 2020

Contemporary art extravaganza during the Summer of 2020 in Rennes, capital of Brittany, featuring an exhibition of works from the acclaimed Pinault Collection

Marseille, Provence - June 7 to November 1, 2020

Top French City Marseille will be a focal point for contemporary art by hosting the roving European biennial known as MANIFESTA, also a first for France. A dialogue between art and the community, Marseille will be alive in installations, out-door happenings and exhibitions

Orléans, Loire Valley - Museum of History and Archeology - Witnesses of history, 20 years of archaeological discoveries in Orleans - Until March 8, 2020

Through objects spread across ten major chronological sequences, prehistoric origins to modern times, the exhibition aims to highlight the specificities of the city of Orleans over time.

Le Havre - Musée d'Art Moderne André Malraux - A Summer in Le Havre - From June 29 to September 22, 2020

A serie of events orchestrated by Jean Blaise to discover and rediscover all the artists who have taken over the city with the sole purpose of shedding a new light on Le Havre.

Château de Versailles - Musée d'Art Moderne André Malraux - The taste of Marie Leszczynska - From April 16, 2020

During the 42 years she spent at Versailles, Marie Leszczynska had a profound impact on both the layout of the Palace and artistic life at the time. Her influence has inspired this dedicated exhibition presented in the Dauphine’s Apartments.

Strasbourg - MAMCS - "Eye" Manet, Degas, Moreau - From April 3 to July 19, 2020

A wide-ranging exhibition devoted to the writer and art critic Joris-Karl Huysmans, fruit of extensive cooperation with the Musée d’Orsay. With some 270 works, the exhibition shows some of the finest Impressionist and Symbolist works.

Nantes - Musée d'Arts - "Charlie Chaplin in the Eye of the Avant-Guarde - Until February 3, 2020

The exhibition offers new perspectives on avant-guarde worls through the lens of the films of Charlie Chaplin. From Fernand Léger to Marc Chagall, some 200 works from collections worldwide will offer perspectives on Charlie Chaplin’s films.


Marion Fourestier
Atout France-The France Tourism Development Agency