Art, Visit & Exhibition

The 10 exhibitions to see if you stay in Paris this summer

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Now that the confinement – and the virtual exhibitions that go with it – seem far behind us, the museums are reopening little by little, strictly respecting the health measures decided by the government… To the delight of Parisians, who take the opportunity to get a shot of culture, IN REAL LIFE! Small summary of the best exhibitions of the moment, to see if you stay in Paris in this month of August. 


'Harper's Bazaar, first fashion magazine' at the Museum of Decorative Arts 

On the occasion of the reopening of its "fashion galleries", the Museum of Decorative Arts offers a retrospective in the history of the very first American fashion magazine: the Harper's Bazaar. Since its creation in 1867, this legendary title has positioned itself as a leader in the middle. Led by (among others) Mary Louise Booth, Carmel Snow, Nancy White and Diana Vreeland and a true witness to the evolution of style over the centuries, it is revealed today in the corridors of the famous museum. Interrupted by the coronavirus crisis, the exhibition resumes from June 23, 2020, until January 4, 2021. 

'Harper's Bazaar, first fashion magazine' from February 28 to July 14, 2020 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. 107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris 75001.


'James Tissot the Ambiguous Modern' at the Musée d'Orsay 

Tissot James (known as), Jacques Joseph (1836-1902). United Kingdom, London, Tate Collection. N04847.

For its reopening after the coronavirus crisis, the Musée d'Orsay is offering an unprecedented exhibition on James tissot, a 'trendy' artist of the 23th century. Since June XNUMX, this one immerses us in the daily life of the high society of its time. Very attached to the customs of French and English companies, James Tissot depicted the scenes of Victorian life but also the portraits of aristocrats, Parisiennes… Sublime and very varied works to discover until next September 13th. 

'James Tissot the modern ambiguous' from June 23 to September 13, 2020 at the Musée d'Orsay. 1 Rue de la Legion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris.


'Christian Louboutin: The Exhibition(nist)' at the Palais de la Porte Dorée

A key figure in the fashion world, Christian Louboutin lifts the veil on his universe with this very first exhibition at the grandiose scene. Within the Palace of the Golden Gate, you will then discover a large number of creations, rich in patterns and colors, inspired by his love of the arts and other cultures. Iconic shoes from his personal collection will be presented to the public. You will also see, exclusively, pieces that have never been exhibited! Good news for those who didn't have time to make the trip before the coronavirus crisis, the exhibition has been extended until January 3, 2021.

Christian Louboutin: The Exhibitionist, from February 25 to January 3, 2021, at the Palais de la Porte Dorée. 293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris.


'Pompeii' at the Grand Palace 

Dedicated to the last excavations carried out at Pompéi in 2010 and every works of art discovered on this occasion, the immersive “Pompeii” exhibition at the Grand Palais finally started just a month ago, on July 1st. One immersive journey will immerse you in the heart of the archaeological site, at the time of its splendor and during the tragedy of its destruction, through 360° projections in very high definition, sound creations and 3D reconstructions of streets and homes. Combining technology and archaeology, the exhibition tells the fascinating story of this buried city... An opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of this ancient Roman city.

'Pompeii' at the Grand Palace from July 1 to September 27, 2020. 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris.


'Monet, Renoir, Chagall, trips to the Mediterranean' at the Atelier des Lumières

The Atelier des Lumières has finally reopened and for the occasion, it presents thethematic exhibition 2.0 'Monet, Renoir, Chagall, voyages in the Mediterranean' to be discovered again from May 26, 2020. As always at the Atelier des Lumières, this exhibition has been thought of as a immersive experience and we discover 500 masterpieces de 20 renowned artists including the most famous are the impressionists Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse but also Signac, Derain, Vlaminck, Dufy, Chagall... Centered on the " trip to the mediterranean » we sail through the history of 40th and XNUMXth century art, from impressionism to modernity, passing through pointillism and fauvism. A XNUMX-minute sound and light tour, really exciting. 

'Monet, Renoir, Chagall, trips to the Mediterranean' from May 26, 2020 until January 3, 2021 at the Atelier des Lumières. 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris.


'Cézanne and the masters. Dream of Italy' at the Musée Marmottan Monet

This is an exhibition that should delight aficionados ofimpressionism. Inaugurated at the Musée Marmottan Monet last February, 'Cézanne et les maîtres. Dream of Italy', opens again to the public from June 2 and is extended until next year, due to the coronavirus. She returns to the very strong link between Paul Cézanne and the masterpieces of the most great masters of italian painting from the 3th to the 2021th century... Or, a retrospective on a meeting at the top, to discover until until January XNUMX, XNUMX.

'Cézanne and the masters. Dream of Italy' from June 2, 2020 to January 3, 2021 at the Marmottan Monet Museum. 2 rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris.


Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Paris at the Center Pompidou

Since July 1, the Center Pompidou has devoted an exhibition to Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Paris, paying tribute to the artist who left us last May. From 1975, Christo and Jeanne-Claude developed the idea of ​​packaging the New Bridge with golden sandstone-coloured polyamide canvas, which would cover the sides and vaults of the twelve arches of the bridge, the parapets, the curbs and the sidewalks (the public must be able to walk on the canvas), its forty-four lampposts, as well as the vertical walls of the embankment of the western tip of the Île de la Cité and the Vert-Galant esplanade.
The major exhibition retraces the history of this project, which took place between 1975 and 1985, and reviews their parisian period (1958 – 1964) before wrapping the Arc de Triomphe scheduled for 2021.

'Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Paris' from July 1 to October 19, 2020 at the Center Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris.


'Turner – Paintings and watercolors from the Tate' at the Jacquemart-André Museum

A regular at prestigious collaborations, the museum Jacquemart-Andre hit hard again this season by offering a partnership with the Tate Britain to present its major exhibition on Turner (1775-1851). On the program: his watercolors, landscapes, but also masterpieces of paper with rich effects of light and transparency... We learn a lot about this innovative artist and far ahead of its time. 

'Turner – Paintings and watercolors from the Tate' at the Jacquemart-André Museum. 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris.


Louis de Funès exhibition at the Cinémathèque French

We bet that movie buffs and other lovers of French comedies will run there! This year, for the very first time, the Cinematheque devotes an exhibition to an actor and not just any actor since it is about Louis de Funes.
La Grande Vadrouille, Rabbi Jacob, Fantomas, La Traversée de Paris… This sacred monster of cinema has definitely marked theFrench film history with an incredible number of comedies. Roles that fairly accurately described his life, "the rise of a low-ranking man: from little chef to orchestra conductor, from non-commissioned officer to captain of industry, from deprivations to disruptions in the society of consumption ". Paintings, models, costumes, sculptures, videos and other drawings, visitors will then discover no less than 300 works retracing the career of this outstanding actor. 

Louis de Funès exhibition from July 15, 2020 to May 31, 2021 at the Cinémathèque française. 51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris.


'Spirit are you there? Painters and voices from beyond' at the Maillol Museum 

Fans ofspiritualist art are going to have a great time. This season, the Maillol museum presents an exhibition bringing together more than 200 pieces signed by medium artists. For those who are not at all familiar with this form of art, these are strange, extremely loaded drawings, inspired according to their self-taught authors by minds to occult forces. The three main spiritualist painters of the late XNUMXth and early XNUMXth centuries are Augustin Lesage, Victor Simon et Fleury-Joseph Crepin and it is said that they were inspired by oriental traditions… Immerse yourself in this witty exhibition!

'Spirit are you there? Painters and voices from beyond' at the Maillol Museum. 59-61 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris.

By Melanie Hroorakvit

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