Over 200 works of the father of pop art including the first European presentation of Shadows – a group of 102 silkscreen canvases in 17 different colours and more than 130 metres in length. Andy Warhol kindly left us its description: “You see, the opening party had disco. I guess that makes them disco décor.”
When: 2 Oct. 2015 – 07 Feb. 2016
Where: Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
Marc Chagall: the Triumph of Music
Marc Chagall is one of my all time favorite artists. I adore him and his poetic, figurative, colorful paintings are always speaking to me. Chagall was influenced by several artistic genres (Cubism, Fauvism, Suprematism, Surrealism), his Jewish identity, love and music, an omnipresent element in his life. The exhibition (more than 300 masterpieces) underlines the vital character of music in the Marc Chagall’s work.
When: 13 Oct. 2015 – 31 Jan. 2016
Where: Philharmonie de Paris
Ernst Haas – La couleur à toute épreuve
Ernst Haas (1921–1986) is a photojournalist and one of the pioneers of color photography. He is famous for his abstract aesthetic, sense of color and innovative use of technology. Haas is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century and the fourth president of Magnum. I adore his urban photography.
“I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.” – Ernst Haas
When: 7 Nov. 2015 – 23 Dec. 2016
Where: Les Douches La Galerie
Varda / Cuba
Agnès Varda (born 30 May 1928) is a French New Wave film director and writer. Her realistic yet experimental style is focused on feminist issues and social commentary.
The exhibition is based on the photographs Varda took on her trip to Cuba in 1962. She was fascinated by the momentum of popular mobilisation that had made revolution possible, and by a mixture of politics and sensuality – “socialism and cha-cha-cha”. The pictures recently entered the museum’s collection, so it’s the first time they are exhibited to the public.
Btw: My favorite movie by Varda is Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), I totally recommend you to watch it if you haven’t already!
When: 11 Nov. 2015 – 1 Feb. 2016
Where: Centre Georges Pompidou
Karl Lagerfeld, A Visual Journey
Fashion designer, art director, artist, photographer, cat lover and author of the most witty and caustic quotes of today… Everyone knows Karl.
“The exhibition reveals Lagerfeld’s many areas of interest including architecture, landscapes, Paris by night, portraits and self-portraits, fashion photography, and abstractions (an interest in the graphic characterizes many of his photos, regardless of their subject). Two grand photo installations - Daphnis and Chloe and Le Voyage d’Ulysse – complete this comprehensive display of Lagerfeld’s photographic oeuvre.”
When: 16 Oct. 2015 – 20 Mar. 2016
Where: Pinacothèque de Paris
Splendour and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910
Belle Époque is one of my favorite eras in history. It’s the time of optimism and enlightenment, discoveries and inventions. Famous Parisian cafes and joie de vivre, art nouveau and haute couture, Guy de Maupassant and Émile Zola, Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and compositions of Igor Stravinsky…
The Musée d’Orsay exhibition uncovers the darker side of those years: “The first major show on the subject of prostitution, this exhibition attempts to retrace the way French and foreign artists, fascinated by the people and places involved in prostitution, have constantly sought to find new pictorial resources for depicting the realities and fantasies it implied.”
Artists exhibited: Monet, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Munch, Boldini, Manet, Vlaminck, Van Dongen, Picasso, Gervex… absolute must-see.
When: 22 Sept. 2015 – 17 Jan. 2016
Where: Musée d’Orsay
I already confessed that Pablo Picasso is not really my kind of artist. This is a great opportunity to give yourself another chance to get the spirit of the greatest avant-gardist of the 20th century through other people’s eyes. The exhibition looks back over the artistic interaction with Picasso’s work that contemporary artists have explored since 1960.
When: 7 Oct. 2015 – 29 Feb. 2016
Where: Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
So here we are – my selection of exhibitions in Paris based on my own preferences. Of course, there is always much more to see…
And how about you? Have you guys recently seen or planning to see something interesting in galleries and museums? Do you like anything/anyone from my list? I’m dying to know.