Exhibitions in Paris this spring 2015

Exhibitions in Paris this spring 2015

Here is a list of all the big exhibitions happening in Paris between March and July. We will make sure to keep you up to date on other cultural events or main gallery exhibits. AMERICAN ICONS: Masterworks from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Fisher Collection April 8th to June 22nd 2015 Grand Palais AmericanIcon_Grand Palais Postwar American masterworks from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Fisher collections will travel to Paris while the San Francisco museum is closed for a major expansion.  American Icons features approximately sixty landmark paintings and sculptures by fourteen leading American Artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly... Grand Palais 3, avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris Open everyday 10am to 8pm, except tuesdays Late opening Wednesday to Saturday until 10pm http://www.grandpalais.fr JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: From sidewalk to the catwalk April 1st to August 3rd 2015 Grand Palais Jean Paul Gaultier Grand Palais After being displayed in Brooklyn' s Musuem in New York and the Barbican in London, the much talked about exhibition "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" will be shown in Paris in April.  Gaultier's retrospective was initialized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2011.  It features about one hundred and fifty iconic pieces from the world famous French designer. This multimedia exhibition is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier's development. Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world. Grand Palais 3, avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris Open everyday 10am to 8pm, except tuesdays Late opening Wednesday to Saturday until 10pm http://www.grandpalais.fr VELAZQUEZ March 25th to July 13th 2015 Grand Palais Velasquez_GrandPalais Born in Seville in 1599, Velázquez is one of the most important figures in the history of art.  This is the biggest exhibition devoted to the master of Spanish painting that has ever been organized in France!  The exhibition seeks to present a full panorama of the work of Diego Velázquez from his beginnings in Seville to his last years and the influence that his art had on his contemporaries. The exhibition compares his work with many paintings of other artists of his time whom he has known, admired or influenced. It is a unique opportunity to see Velázquez’s masterpieces, as his production was rare (less than one hundred).  The exhibition at the Grand Palais has been organized in cooperation with the Musée du Louvre and the Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum. Grand Palais 3, avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris Open everyday 10am to 8pm, except tuesdays Late opening Wednesday to Saturday until 10pm http://www.grandpalais.fr PIERRE BONNARD: Painting Arcadia March 17th to July 19th Musée d'Orsay Pierre Bonnard-Orsay French painter and printmaker Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) was a member of the group of artists called the Nabis and afterward a leader of the Intimists.  His early works depict scenes of Parisian life. In 1912 he bought a villa close to Giverny (home of Claude Monet) and divided his time between the Seine valley and the South of France. His later works, landscapes, interiors, nudes and still life, became increasingly rich in colour. The Musée d'Orsay who manages Pierre Bonnard's output, is devoting a retrospective of the artist that is representative of all his creative periods.  "Practicing art in its multifarious forms - painting, drawing, prints, decorative art, sculpture, photography - Bonnard advocated a basically decorative esthetic, fuelled by sharp, humorous observations drawn from his immediate surroundings." Musée d'Orsay 1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris Open everyday except Mondays from 9.30am to 6pm Late night on Thursdays until 9.45pm Last tickets sold at 5pm (9pm Thursdays) http://www.musee-orsay.fr/ RODIN: The Laboratory of creation November 13th 2014 to September 27th 2015 Musée Rodin Please note that the Musée Rodin is currently undergoing some renovations.  The masterpieces are on display in the exhibition area. Camille Claudel's work are not currently shown. Rodin
The exhibition Rodin: the Laboratory of Creation will let us into the secret of the sculptor’s studio, a veritable laboratory of creation. A unique selection of some 150 plaster and terracotta works, many of which have never been shown before, will be taken from the storeroom for this special event.  Visitors will be drawn into the heart of the creative process; by observing, they will gain insight into Rodin’s formal thinking. The series formed by the final works and by the studies and models preceding their creation will be supplemented with photographs taken in Rodin’s studios, or touched up by the artist to clarify an idea.
Musée Rodin 79, rue de Varenne 75007 Paris Open every day except Mondays from 10am to 5:45pm Late opening on Wednesdays 8:45pm http://www.musee-rodin.fr/
FROM GIOTTO TO CARAVAGGIO: The passions of Roberto Longhi March 27th to July 20th Musée Jacquemart-AndréJacquemartAndréThe exhibition presents the great names in Italian painting, from the 14th to the 17th century, rediscovered by one of the major figures in the history of Italian art, Roberto Longhi (1889-1970). Giotto, Masaccio, Masolino, Piero della Francesca, Ribera, and Caravaggio are among the leading artists highlighting the exhibition. Alongside the works from the Roberto Longhi Foundation, presented for the first time in France, will be works loaned by the biggest French and Italian museums.Musée Jacquemart-André 158, boulevard Haussmann 75008 Paris Open every day 10am to 6pm Late opening Monday until 8:30pm http://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com
LA TOILETTE: The birth of intimacy February 12th to July 5th Musée Marmottan Monet Presumed portrait of Gabrielle d’Estrées and the Duchesse de Villars in the Bath, late 16th century Presumed portrait of Gabrielle d’Estrées
and the Duchesse de Villars in the Bath, late 16th century This exhibition is centered around the history of the art of hygiene, intimacy and beauty. From Gabrielle d'Estées (rings a bell?) fully-clothed in bathtub back in the 16th century to a libertine portrayal of François Boucher 200 years later, the exhibits gathers about one hundred canvases, sculptures, prints, photographs, moving images and furniture from major artists from the fifteenth century to the present day, loaned by prestigious museums and international collections (some paintings have never been shown to the public). A unique and fun exihibtion to see that explores the rituals of cleanliness, their spaces, and their gestures.  For example, in the seventeenth century, the bath disappeared.  The everyday action of cleanliness were carried out withour water, which was rare, pf poor quality, and was thought to propagate disease. In the early nineteenth century, the notion of privacy changed profoundly.  Tolerated in the past, the presence of others, visitors or servants, while bathing, was no longer accepted. Musée Marmottan Monet 2 rue Louis Boilly 75016 Paris Open everyday except Monday 10 am to 6 pm Late opening Thursdays until 8 pm http://www.marmottan.fr/ TATTOOISTS, TATTOOED May 6th 2014 to October 18th 2015 Musée du Quai Branly Tatoueurs_Branly If you like tattoos, then this exposition is made for you! It is hosted in Paris’ museum of indigenous art. You will learn about the tattoo's history and anthropological roots, its different styles and evolution around the world.  For example, the practice was forbidden by Christian missionaries and by Mao in China. In some societies, tattooing was confined to certain casts, organizations or marginals.  In Samoa, in the 19th century tattooing was standard and obligatory, a rite of passage for young men turning into adulthood.  In the United States, Zulueta and Ed Hardy were the ones who brought and popularized tribal and ethnic motifs in the 1980s.  The expositions is divided in five sections: from global to marginal (tattooing worldwide from Antiquity to the present day), an art in movement (the roots of tattooing in Europe, Japan, and North America), new skin: the renewal of tattooing, new territories of the world, new inking styles. It includes 300 photos, illustrations, designs on canvas, and other visuals from around the world. Thirty two works have also been specifically made for this exhibition.  Thirteen of the world's most famous tattoo artists participated in the exhibit. Silicone torsos, arms and legs were sent around the world to these tattoo artists so they could perform their art. The material was specifically chosen so that their technique could be carried out under realistic conditions, imitating the elasticity of the skin. Musée du Quai Branly 37, quai Branly 75007 Paris Tuesday, wednesday and sunday 11am to 7pm Thursday, friday, saturday 11am - 9pm Closed on mondays http://www.quaibranly.fr/en/ Déboutonner la Mode (Unbutton fashion)  February 10th to July 19th 2015 Musée des Arts Décoratifs


Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs unveils a unique collection of over 3000 buttons and 100 female and male garments and accessories made by some of the most famous couturiers.  Although the button has become banalized, it was a true object of art from the 18th to the 20th century.  Artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Alberto Giacometti, but also jewellers, silversmiths, embroiderers, glassmakers produced unique miniature creations for the couture houses.  The exhibition reveals the history of the button from its appearance in the 13th century to now. Les Arts Décoratifs – Mode et textile 107 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris Open everyday except Mondays 11am to 6pm Late opening Thursdays until 9pm http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/ FORNASSETTI: practice madness  March 11th to June 14th 2015 Musée des Arts Décoratifs 

Fornasseti Arts Decoratifs

Piero Fornasetti was a Milanese painter, sculptor, interior decorator, engraver of books and a creator of more than 11,000 products. The musée des Arts Decoratifs is hosting a vast retrospective that pays tribute to the Milanese artist with about one thousand different objects.  Optical illusions and a mix of elements of interior decoration lend themselves to Fornasetti's curious design signature, which comes as a poetic surprise whether it's on dishes, prints, silk scarves or room dividers. Les Arts Décoratifs – Mode et textile 107 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris Open everyday except Mondays 11am to 6pm Late opening Thursdays until 9pm http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/ JEANNE LANVIN March 8th to August 23rd Palais Galliera, Musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris


The Palais Galliera pays tribute to the designer Jeanne Lanvin in the first ever Paris retrospective exhibition dedicated to her. Lanvin is the oldest haute couture house still active today. This exhibition features over a hundred models from the amazing collections of the Palais Galliera and the Lanvin Heritage. Mademoiselle Jeanne began her career as a milliner in 1885. In 1889, she opened her first shop.  Her daughter, born in 1897, became her primary source of inspiration.  A real modern women entrepreneur, she opened the Young Ladies’ and Women’s department (children clothing line) in 1909,  entered the closed world of French Fashion Houses, started a brides’ department, followed by departments for lingerie and furs, and, in the early 1920s, interior decoration and sport. By 1920, Jeanne Lanviv had employed 1,200 people. Her house had her own embroiderers, seamstresses and tailors so that it could be up to her own, exclusive standards and guidelines. In 1926, she went into men’s fashion. In 1927, she celebrated her daughter Marguerite’s thirtieth birthday with the creation of the legendary perfume Arpège. The famous logo designed by Paul Iribe, depicting the couturière with Marguerite, is displayed on the round bottle created by Armand Rateau. The same logo is still featured on Lanvin creations to this day. Palais Galliera 10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie 75116 Paris - Tél : 01 56 52 86 00 Every day except Mondays 10am to 6pm Late opening on thursdays until 9pm http://www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr Keys to a passion April 1st to July 6th Fondation Louis Vuitton

Keys to a passion Fondation Louis Vuitton

This exhibtion gathers major works that have been key to the development of modernity and have changed the course of art history in the twentieth century.  You will find works from Mondrian, Leger, Delaunay, Picabia,  Munch, Dix, Rothko, Giacometti, Matisse... Fondation Louis Vuitton Every day from 10am to 8pm Late opening on Friday until 11pm 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr   Michelangelo Antonioni April 9 to July 19, 2015. Cinémathèque Française

Antonioni Cinemateque

After Brussels and Ferrante, the exhibition on the great Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni stops in Paris. Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. He is best known for his trilogy on modernity and its discontents: L'Aventura (1960°, La Notte (1961), and L'Eclisse (1962). The archives of the film director have been opened for this event with texts, photographs, correspondence, photos, paintings and visual artworks by this important figure in modern cinema. Cinémathèque Française Every day except Tuesdays from noon to 7pm Late opening on thursday until 10pm 51 rue de Bercy 75012 Paris www.cinemateque.fr Les Oracles du Design April 3rd to August 16th Gaîté Lyrique Oracles du design Gaiete Lyrique Design can be seen as an oracle.  The trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort presents a collection of pieces from the Centre National des Arts Plastiques. You will find names such as Ron Arad, Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec, Philippe Starck and Rei Kawakubo.  The exhibition is divided in ten themes: primitive, nomad, abstract, naive, curious, simple, organic, humble and mutant, and ten different stories. For Lidewij Edelkoort, "it can be seen as an oracle through which we can see our destiny. Super-light for easier travel, padded to protect, bourgeois to reassure, intimate to cajole. It's meditative to calm, figurative to delight, absurd to question and raw to create an attacement. Design is virtual, to transport."  If you like design then this exhibition is for you. Gaîté Lyrique Closed Mondays Tuesdays from 2pm to 10pm Wednesday to saturdays from 2pm to 8pm Sunday noon to 7pm 3 bis rue Papiun 75003 Paris THE TUDORS March 18th to July 19th Musée du Luxembourg The Tudors Musée du Luxembourg If you enjoyed the TV series The Tudors or English Renaissance is your thing, then you need to go and check this exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg and discover the truth behind the stories. For the first time in France, an exhibtion is dedicated to this dynasty who ruled over England from 1485 to 1603 Musée du Luxembourg Everyday from 10am to 7pm Late night on Monday until 10pm 19 rue de Vaugirard 75006 Paris BRUCE NAUMANN From March 14th, to June 21st Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain Bruce Nauman FOndation Cartier For the first time in fifteen years in France, the Cartier Foundation pays tribute to Bruce Naumann (1941), one of the greatest living video artists. Also a sculptor, eight works that are previously unseen in France will go on show. The artist made a careful selection of recent works, along with some earlier installations, created from a wide array of media that he has explored throughout his career. Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain Closed Mondays Open from 11am to 8pm Late night Tuesday until 10pm 261 boulevard Raspail 75014 Paris