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Paris’ top 5 temporary exhibitions: Spring 2019
After a 2018 year dedicated to Cubism at Pompidou and Surrealism (Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró) at the Grand Palais and Musée d’Orsay, including retrospectives and themed exhibits on Alphonse Mucha, Michael Jackson, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Parisian museums continue the momentum in 2019, having prepared for the spring season with great care. Several collections featuring masterpieces on-loan, exposed for the first time in years in France, as well as many unique retrospectives and diverse thematic collaborations, come together to create an exciting and captivating Parisian museum-going experience in 2019. Read ahead to get a taste of some of the capital’s most promising exhibitions to come.
LE MODÈLE NOIR DE GÉRICAULT À MATISSE
2019 at Musée d’Orsay will be a multidisciplinary year: on March 26th, the museum will present Le modèle noir, an exhibit questioning the representation of people of color in the visual arts, following their treatment aesthetically, from the abolition of slavery in France in 1794 to modern times. The exhibit will also dive into the political, social, and racial issues that the works of Théodore Géricault, Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse and Nadar, bring to light. The exhibit focuses on the model, and thus the dialogue between the artist who paints, sculpts, engraves, or photographs, and the model who poses. An audacious and exciting fulcrum of reflection, thanks in large part to the evolution and feminization of the management team at the Musée d’Orsay over the past two years.
LE MODÈLE NOIR DE GÉRICAULT À MATISSE, Musée d’Orsay, 62 rue de Lille, 75007 PARIS. From March 26th to July 21st, 2019.
L’ORIENT DES PEINTRES, DU RÊVE À LA LUMIÈRE
European painters have long-time fantasized about the Orient before living the reality through their travels. At first, the feminine figure of the sensual odalisque captivated these men and confirmed their daydreams. Later, the rural experience and scenes from daily outdoor life inspired new painting practices and brought about the emancipation of color. Featuring 60 masterpieces from Europe and the United State’s most well-regarded public and private collections, this exhibition aims to bring about a new perspective on this artistic trend.
L’ORIENT DES PEINTRES, DU REVE A LA LUMIERE, Musée Marmottan Monet, 2 rue Louis Boilly, 75016 PARIS. From March 7th to July 21st, 2019.
LA COLLECTION EMIL BÜHRLE
The Bührle collection is one of the most prestigious in the world. This ensemble, brought together between 1936 and 1956 in Zurich, offers a panorama of French art from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition explores several modern art periods: Impressionism (Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, Sisley), Post-Impressionism (Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec), the Nabis (Bonnard, Vuillard), the Fauvists (Braque, Derain, Vlaminck), and the École de Paris (Modigliani), finishing with the art of Picasso. A heavy exhibit, dense in history!
LA COLLECTION EMIL BÜHRLE, Fondation Dina Vierny – Musée Maillol, 61 Rue de Grenelle , 75007 PARIS. From March 20th to July 21st, 2019.
CALDER – PICASSO
Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso have renewed our perception. By exploring both figurative and abstract themes, this exhibit will study the use of negative space in the works of these two artists, both in their similarities and differences, and will highlight the relationship between the two men, their commonalities, their encounters, their artistic collaborations, and the coordinated exhibition of their works. The exhibition will feature approximately 150 works, organized thematically and unified through the overall study of the void, in order to reveal some of the heavy formal and conceptual tensions present in the works of these two 20th century artists.
CALDER-PICASSO, Musée Picasso 5 rue de Thorigny, 75003 PARIS. From February 19th to August 25th.
VASARELY – LE PARTAGE DES FORMES
At the beginning of February, the Centre Pompidou will present the first French retrospective in over 50 years dedicated to the father of optic art, Victor Vasarely, focusing on all of the facets of his detailed work. Throughout his long career, Vasarely never stopped playing with optical illusions and different mediums (paintings, sculptures, architectural works, advertisements). More than three hundred graphic and playful works from the 60’s and 70’s will be chronologically and thematically on display, 56 years after his last French retrospective at the Musée des arts décoratifs, touching on major moments in the artist’s life, from his education under the tutelage of Bauhaus to his last formal works
VASARELY – LE PARTAGE DES FORMES, Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou, 3 rue Beaubourg, 75004 PARIS. From February 6th to May 6th, 2019.
Cover Image: Marie-Guillemine Benoist, Portrait d’une negresse. (Marie-Guillemine Benoist [Public domain])