The most awaited exhibitions in Paris/Paris region

Centre Pompidou


  • Atelier des Lumières | Through January 3, 2021

Monet, Renoir… Chagall. Journeys around Mediterranean”

Monet, Renoir, and Chagall: Journeys Around the Mediterranean’ presents visitors with an itinerary that spans the period between Impressionism and modernism. After the exhibition devoted to Van Gogh, the new digital exhibition will highlight the link between artistic creativity and the Mediterranean shores, as the principal centers of the modernist movement. The exhibition will immerse visitors in the masterpieces of twenty artists, including Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Signac, Derain, Vlaminck, Dufy, and Chagall, amongst others.

For the Press Release, click here. The exhibition will then travel to the Bassins des Lumières in Bordeaux & shown March 2021 to January 2022.

  • Marmottan Monet museum | Through January 3, 2021

Cezanne and the master painters. A dream of Italy”

For the first time, the painter’s works will be presented alongside pictures by the great Italian masters from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. A remarkable selection of canvases by the forerunner of Cubism, including an iconic Montagne Sainte-Victoire, and the essential Pastorale and still lifes, will thus face a rare ensemble of paintings by the likes of Tintoretto, El Greco, Ribera, Giordano, Poussin and, in the modern era, Carrà, Sironi, Soffici and Pirandello, and of course Boccioni and Morandi.

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  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs | Through January 3, 2021

“Harper’s Bazaar, First in Fashion”

One hundred and fifty two years of fashion history will be summed up through the vision of the great artists and photographers who contributed to the Bazaar’s unique style, from Man Ray, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol to Richard Avedon, and Peter Lindbergh. Sixty couture and ready-to-wear pieces along with loans of iconic dresses will be displayed next to images of them as they were originally featured in the magazine.

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  • Musée Picasso | Through January 3, 2021

Picasso and the comics

Born in 1881 in Malaga, Pablo Picasso was a child of the 19th century. The appearance of his first works at the turn of the 1890s coincided significantly with the birth of the modern comic in America. Picasso and the Comic Strip, the first exhibition to focus on the connections between the artist’s work and this form of graphic expression, explores the rich, diverse history of these exchanges and cross-fertilisations.

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  • Fondation Louis Vuitton | Through January 3, 2021

Cindy Sherman at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

The exhibition brings together some 170 works by the artist produced between 1975 and 2020 – more than 300 images from series including Untitled film stills, Rear Screen Projections, Fashion, History Portraits, Disasters, Headshots, Clowns, Society Portraits, Murals, and Flappers, as well as a new set of images presenting male figures and couples. In a scenography designed in close collaboration with Cindy Sherman, this presentation covers her entire career while also focusing on works she has created since the beginning of the last decade, including a series of very recent and previously unseen works.

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  • La Gaîté Lyrique | Through January 3, 2021

Faire corps – Adrien M & Claire B

Visual artists Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot have created a powerful, absorbing spatial experience in which we immerse ourselves in swathes of shadow and rays of light, at turns flicking a finger or moving our entire body. Faire corps is a poetic, polysemous work open to interpretation, which draws on our emotional and sensory intelligence to detect elements around us: abstract connections, invisible structures, imperceptible fluctuations and harmonic unity.

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  • Modern Art Museum | Through January 10, 2021

Sarah Moon. PastPresent

Active in France and abroad since the late 1960s, Sarah Moon is recognized as a great fashion photographer; but she is far from limited to this single field, and the aim of this exhibition is to reveal the singularity of a photographic and cinematic oeuvre fluctuating between reflections and transparency, mirages and obscurity.

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  • Luxembourg museum | Through January 17, 2021

Man Ray and Fashion

Emmanuel Radnitzky was born in Philadelphia in 1890. Upon moving to Brooklyn in 1911, his father adopted the surname “Ray” and Emmanuel took on the nickname “Man”. The couturier Paul Poiret encouraged him to work as a fashion photographer, as magazines such as Vogue, Femina and Vanity Fair were dedicating an increasing amount of space to photography. Despite having no experience, with a little practice Man Ray quickly mastered the technique, lending an “artistic cachet” to his images that made them so original.

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  • Palais Galliera, the City of Paris Fashion Museum | Through March 14, 2021

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

Palais Galliera presents the first retrospective in Paris of a unique and remarkable fashion designer: Gabrielle Chanel. The first part of the exhibition is chronological; it recounts her life from her early beginnings to the arrival of Christian Dior and the New Look – the corseted style that she so objected to. The second part of the exhibition is themed and visitors are invited to decipher her dress codes: the braided tweed suit, two-tone pumps, the 2.55 quilted bag, black and beige naturally, but also red, white and gold… and, of course, the costume and the fine jewellery that were intrinsic to the Chanel look.

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  • Musée Picasso – Musée Rodin | Through March 21, 2021

Exposition Picasso-Rodin”

The exhibition “Picasso-Rodin” presents an unprecedented encounter between two extraordinary artists whose formal inventions mark a turning point in modern art. Presented simultaneously in both institutions, the exhibition will highlight unexpected convergences in the creative processes that mark the work of the two artists. While at the Rodin Museum, will be studied the plastic solutions invented by the two artists to figure the real, the exhibition of the Picasso Museum, will present the private sphere of creation in the laboratory of the work room.

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  • Jardin des Plantes | Through June 14, 2021

““Gems” exhibition

Through a contemporary scenography, the exhibition brings together over 500 minerals, gems and objets d’art from the Natural History Museum’s collections and more than 200 gems and jewelry creations from the House of Van Cleef & Arpels. This unprecedented link between minerals, gems and jewelry, structures the tour, immersing visitors in the history of the earth, the processes of mineral formation and the latest scientific advances in geoscience.

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  • Quai Branly museum | Through July 25, 2021

The Olmecs and the cultures of the Gulf of Mexico

The exhibition sheds light on the Olmec civilization and its spread over time (1600 B.C until100 A.D) and space. In total, over two hundred items, some of which are shown for the first time outside Mexico, reveal the huge diversity of the Pre-Colombian world with cultures of the Gulf, a pluricultural dynamic that unfolded through a multitude of artistic traditions, beliefs, rites and languages in a complex fabric of political and economic relations. 

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  • Musée Cernuschi | October 16, 2020 to January 17, 2021

Journey on the road to Kisokaidō. From Hiroshige to Kuniyoshi

The exhibition will allow visitors to travel in images through one of the most spectacular roads in Japan: Kisokaidō, which was one of the five lanes of the road network created in Japan during the Tokugawa period (1603-1868). It connected Edo (now Tōkyō), where the shogun had his residence, to Kyōto, the seat of the emperor. Contrary to the road of Tōkaidō, which joined the former capital in fifty-three relays along the coast, the Kisokaidō crossed the mountainous interior. Between 1835 and 1838 the Kisokaidō was the subject of a series of prints made by Eisen (1790-1848) and Hiroshige (1797-1858), whose success was considerable. Two other series were created by Kunisada (1786-1865) and Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). They constitute the two main parts of the exhibition’s itinerary.

  • Centre Pompidou | October 21, 2020 to February 22, 2021

Matisse, as a novel

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Henri Matisse’s birth (1869-1954), Centre Pompidou offers an exhibition retracing his career from his beginnings around 1890 to the 1950s and his ultimate work, allowing each moment to embrace a life lived for art. The generosity of the artist’s family, private collectors and museums makes it possible to show major works, some of which have not been seen in France since the major retrospective devoted to Matisse in 1970 at the Grand Palais.

  • Le Louvre | October 22, 2020 to January 18, 2021

Body and Soul – Italian Renaissance Sculpture from Donatello to Michelangelo

Following on from the “Springtime of the Renaissance” exhibition (September 26, 2013–January 6, 2014), the “Body and Soul” exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Castello Sforzesco Museum in Milan, seeks to bring to light the main themes and ideas developed in Italy during the second half of the Quattrocento.

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  • Guimet Museum | November 4, 2020 to March 1, 2021

Marc Riboud. Possible stories

From his adolescence, Marc Riboud, silent, watches ; first in Lyon, his hometown, then in Europe, and soon towards the East. He joins the Magnum agency. A privileged witness, a humanist, he came close to major or dramatic events throughout the world and always suggested that light can come from the heart of man. A large part of his travels are then headed to Asia. On the occasion of the bequest of all his work to the museum, the Guimet Museum – the National Museum of Asian Arts – is organizing the first Marc Riboud retrospective.

  • Grand Palais | November 12, 2020 to January 4, 2021

Noir & Blanc: a photographic aesthetic

By comparing different periods, currents and techniques, the exhibition examines the works of 204 photographers from 36 countries from the perspective of their black and white production, freeing itself of any chronological constraint. By its profusion, it invites the observer to gain a sense of all the power and creative vivacity of black and white photography.

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  • Pantheon | December 4, 2020 to March 3, 2021

Victor Hugo, Freedom in the Pantheon

This exhibition, in the very place where Hugo was buried, will present the key moments of his funeral to underline its importance in the history of the Third Republic and the monument. The exhibition will also provide an opportunity to look back at the way in which Liberty inspired Victor Hugo’s life and work through archives, posters, newspapers, photographs, paintings, sculptures, drawings, souvenir objects, unpublished documents… mainly from the collections of the House of Victor Hugo in Paris.

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  • Institut du Monde Arabe | January 27 to July 25, 2021

“Divas, d’Oum Kalthoum à Dalida”

This exhibition draws epic and astonishing portraits of the divas from the “golden age” of Arabian music and cinema, through a journey richly nourished by photographs, often unpublished, excerpts from films or mythical concerts, glamorous film posters, magnificent stage dresses, personal objects and rare interviews.

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  • L’Orangerie museum | February 10 to June 21, 2021

Magritte in full sunlight. The “Renoir” Period 1940-1947

The Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie have organized an exhibition of René Magritte’s “Renoir Period”, which extended from 1943 until 1947. It brings together around sixty paintings and forty drawings, beginning with several works from the end of the 1930s in which Magritte expresses the imminent outbreak of war and disaster. Magritte’s paintings from the “Renoir Period” are set alongside Renoir’s masterpieces, contemporary paintings by Picabia and other works, notably by Jeff Koons, giving an idea of the influence of these little-known works.

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  • Palais de Tokyo | February 19 to May 16, 2021

“Carte Blanche: Anne Imhof. Natures mortes”

This project continues a series of Cartes Blanches, beginning with Philippe Parreno in 2013 and followed by Tino Sehgal (2016), Camille Henrot (2017) and Tomàs Saraceno (2018) thereafter. With this Carte Blanche, Palais de Tokyo wishes to highlight the breadth and protean character of Anne Imbhof’s creations. For this first large-scale exhibition in France, she will combine performance art, painting, music and installation works.

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  • Musée d’Orsay | April 13 to August 1, 2021

Impressionist Decorations

Impressionism is rarely associated with the term decoration any more than with walls, objects, fans, ceramics and other low reliefs. Regarded today as easel paintings, Impressionist works were initially designed as decorations for the homes of collectors or for the artists themselves. Reflecting on the place of beauty in everyday life, the Impressionist artists ventured into numerous media, and explored all their possibilities. This exhibition, therefore, proposes to explore, for the first time, a different version of Impressionism and to reveal works by Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro and Renoir, brought together from all over the world, some of which have rarely, if ever, been exhibited in France. 

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