The most awaited exhibitions in France

Yves Klein: Infinite Bleu at Bassin des Lumieres

2020/2021

  • Mulhouse/Grand Est – Cité de l’automobile | Through January 10, 2021

Lamborghini, an icon of popular culture

By bringing together the brand’s flagship models, designed by renowned automakers and designers, rare archive material, and creative works, via the world of rock and landmark films, the exhibition offers visitors a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the legendary brand. Its scenography has been designed as a journey through the Lamborghini’s history, playing on mirror effects, the triangular shape that evokes the dynamism of the super cars, the sensation of speed, and light effects (LED lighting, neon lighting effects, etc.).

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  • Caen/Normandy – Caen Memorial | Through January 31, 2021

The liberation of painting 1945-1962

While France is recovering from the war, the artistic life is waking up from four years of occupation. After the Liberation, Paris immediately regained its position of the world capital of art that it had occupied before the war. The City of Light once again attracted artists from all over the world. The selection of 75 paintings, drawings and sculptures, all from the collection of the Gandur Foundation for Art, aims to display the artistic vitality of this period while showing how the war, with its many atrocities, had a lasting influence on the course of art.

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  • Metz/Grand Est – Centre Pompidou Metz | Through February 1, 2021

“The Sky as a Studio. Yves Klein and his contemporaries

The Centre Pompidou-Metz will present an exhibition devoted to Yves Klein (1928-1962), a major figure on the post-war French and European art scene. «The sky as a Studio » reveals the aesthetic affinities he developed, outside the New Realists’ movement, with a constellation of artists, from the Gutai group in Japan to the spatial artists in Italy, from the ZERO artist group in Germany to the Nul group in the Netherlands. As a «painter of space», Yves Klein projected art into a new odyssey with them.

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  • Grasse/Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur – International Perfumery Museum | Through March 7, 2021

Leonetto Cappielo, the poster and perfumery

The International Perfumery Museum is organizing an exhibition dedicated to the illustrator Leonetto Cappiello, who distinguished himself brilliantly in the early days of poster advertising. The exhibition gives an important place to the private collection of the artist’s descendants and is an opportunity for the Museum to present to the public its rich collection of studies and posters that are rarely shown to the public. 

  • Nice/Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – MAMAC | Through March 28, 2021

“She-Bam Pow Pop Wizz ! The amazons of pop”

For the first time on this scale, this exhibition tells us the open story of a generation of European and North American women who contributed with bold and flamboyance, to a less famous side of international Pop Art. For MAMAC 30th anniversary, this exhibition highlights a major axis of its collection – the face to face between New Realism and Pop Art – and one of its charismatic figures: the Franco-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. In her wake, it is the essential contribution of female artists to Pop Art history that is shown here.

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  • Orléans/Centre-Val de Loire – Cabu Hotel History and Archaeology museum | Through March 31, 2021

A scan of Jeanne d’Arc

As the liberator of the city of Orléans in 1429, Jeanne d’Arc is now part of National History and has been celebrated every year in the city for almost 600 years. After her beatification in 1909, she was canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV, 500 years after her death. On the occasion of the centenary of this event, the Cabu Hotel unveiled part of its important collection relating to the Pucelle d’Orléans, an emblematic figure of the city. The works, indicated by specific signage, will punctuate the museum’s permanent tour.

  • Lille/Hauts-de-France – Palais des Beaux-Arts | October 15, 2020 to February 15, 2021

Please, touch

What a frustration for visitors not to be able to touch the exhibited works. This fall, in partnership with six French museums, the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille offers an exceptional opportunity to get people’s fingers itchy! Visitors will be invited to discover with their hands reproductions of works, dating from antiquity to the present day, all featuring the human figure. A unique sensory experience!

  • Nantes/Pays de la Loire – Nantes history museum | October 17, 2020 to May 9, 2021

Genghis Khan: The birth of the Mongolian Empire from China to Europe

With the presentation of a fascinating collection from the Museum of Inner Mongolia (Hohhot), including an exceptional number of national treasures, the exhibition travels through the history of the great empire of Genghis Khan and offers some of the most beautiful Mongolian objects dating from the 12th and 13th centuries.

  • Spincourt/Grand-Est – Place Louis Bertrand | December 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021

Our common heritage

This traveling exhibition will take an original and completely original approach to the history lived in the cross-border territories of the Greater Region (Belgium, The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Germany, France), which still influences the current geopolitical situation. From December 2020 until 2022, “Our Common Heritage” will travel throughout the Greater Region to present an historical retrospective of photography from before the First World War to the creation of present-day Europe.

Next dates:

Bastogne/Belgium | March, 2020 to May, 2021 

Verdun/Grand-Est | June to July, 2021 

Hosingen/Luxembourg | August to October, 2021 

Saarbrücken/Germany | October, 2020 to January, 2022

Liège/Belgium | March to May, 2022

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2021

  • Lyon/Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes – Confluences museum | February 7 to April 4, 2021

Traces of the living

Bones, teeth and even horns are what remain of living beings. By studying them, we can trace our history and learn about the body structure of vertebrates. Used since prehistoric times for fashioning tools and other objects, bone also has a symbolic and spiritual significance which both tells us about life and evokes its end. The exhibition examines these traces of the past which have fascinated man since time immemorial.

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  • Bordeaux/Nouvelle Aquitaine – Bassins de Lumières | March 2021 to January 2022

Yves Klein: Infinite blue

A native of Nice, Yves Klein loved the Mediterranean sky and was inspired by it to create his first work. In Yves Klein’s work, color took on a spiritual and metaphysical dimension. This ten-minute-long work immerses visitors in the artist’s works, going beyond the famous International Klein Blue (IKB).

Running concurently and on the same theme : “Monet, Renoir, Chagall Journeys Around the Mediterranean”

  • Bordeaux/Nouvelle-Aquitaine – La Cité du Vin | April 9 to August 29, 2021

Drinking with the gods

Through a journey marked out by contemporary sound and visual effects, “Drinking with the gods” highlights the close ties established by Greco-Roman civilization between wine, gods and men. The exhibition lets people discover the many faces of Dionysus, the chief god of wine, and the wealth of rituals associated with him. It presents around fifty antique works (including some special loans from the Louvre Museum and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens) and three monumental creations specially designed for the exhibition by street artists. 

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  • Yerres/Île-de-France — Propriété Caillebotte | May 6, 2021 to October 24, 2021

Paul Durand-Ruel and the post-impressionism

Paul Durand-Ruel is well known as the defender of “the beautiful School of 1830” (Delacroix, Corot, Daubigny, Millet …) and especially as “the merchant of the Impressionists” (Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Sisley …). On the other hand, it is generally ignored that he gave the same unfailing support to five painters of the post-impressionist generation (Moret, Maufra, Loiseau, G. d’Espagnat and André), partly due to the fact that he did not live long enough to ensure their success. The purpose of the exhibition is to remedy this injustice, by presenting paintings very rarely exhibited, but revealing the great art of these painters. 

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  • Yerres/Île-de-France — Propriété Caillebotte | May 29, 2021 to October 3, 2021

Martin Guillaume Biennais, Napoleon I’s goldsmith

The destiny of Guillaume Martin Biennais is one of the most astonishing of the Napoleonic period, a modest craftsman who came from his native province Normandy to Paris and who, despite the Revolution, became a bench jeweler and one of the privileged suppliers of the emperor and the imperial court. On the occasion of the bicentenary of the death of the Emperor, Maison Caillebotte dedicates an exhibition to the life and work of this remarkable artist.

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