Paris: art exhibitions to see this autumn

Gauguin, Klimt, Hockney, Rubens, Cézanne, Picasso... the great masters are on show in Paris.

 Cindy Sherman Etre moderne : le MoMA à Paris, fondation Louis Vuitton © Fondation Louis Vuitton

Paris museums and art galleries are putting on a packed programme of exhibitions and retrospectives to liven up the cultural scene this autumn.

You can admire treasures of Baroque painting at the exhibition ‘Rubens, portraits princiers’ at the Musée du Luxembourg, (re)discover modern photography at the ‘Albert Renger-Patzsch. Les choses’ show at the Jeu de Paume, or investigate the power of theatre since Antiquity at the Musée du Louvre’s ‘Théâtre du pouvoir’ exhibition.  This is just a small taste of what Paris has to offer from September!

For the first time in France, New York’s Museum of Modern Art is showing 200 multi-disciplinary masterpieces at an exceptional exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Comprising works by internationally renowned artists such as Edward Hopper, Gustav Klimt and Jasper Johns, the exhibition, titled ‘Etre moderne: le MoMa à Paris’, promises to be one of the absolute highlights of the Paris cultural calendar this autumn.

André Derain, Le séchage des voiles (Bateaux de pêche), 1905, exposition André Derain 1904 - 1914, la décennie radicale, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Adagp, Paris 2017

French avant-garde painters offset these American artists at an exhibition titled ‘L’art du pastel de Degas à Redon’ in praise of Impressionnist and Symbolist artists at the Petit Palais. Another exhibition, ‘Gauguin l’alchimiste’, reviews the prolific work of one of the greatest precursors of modernity at the Grand Palais, and finally a retrospective titled ‘André Derain 1904-1914. La décennie radicale’ displays the fascinating artworks that Fauvism and Cubism gave rise to at the Pompidou Centre. It is also worth mentioning that one of the main sources of inspiration of modern artists, Equatorial sculpture, is showcased in a remarkable exhibition hosted by the Musée du Quai Branly, titled ‘Les forêts natales’.

Photography with an aesthetic slant is on display to visitors this autumn with the work of the American master Irving Penn – the Grand Palais is paying him tribute with an exceptional exhibition, which opens on 21 September 2017. Comics are in the spotlight at the ‘René Goscinny. Au-delà du rire’ exhibition, which pays an admirably curated tribute to the writer of the Astérix and Petit Nicolas comics at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme.

History buffs should visit the ‘Nissim de Camondo et la Grande Guerre 1914-1918’ exhibition, retracing the dark hours of the early 20th century, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Another exhibition, ‘Chrétiens d’Orient. Deux mille ans d’histoire’ displays some priceless masterpieces, on show for the first time in Europe, at the Institut du Monde Arabe.

Monet, the collector

from 14 September 2017 to 14 January 2018
Musée Marmottan Monet - 2 rue Louis Boilly, Paris

A unique opportunity to discover the incredible art collection of Claude Monet

Irving Penn

from 21 September 2017 to 29 January 2018
Grand Palais - 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris

See a major photographic retrospective at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais.

Eastern Christianity. Two thousand years of history

from 26 September 2017 to 14 January 2018
Institut du Monde Arabe - 1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris

Priceless treasures from the heritage of Eastern Christianity on display for the first time in Europe.

Les Forêts Natales

from 03 October 2017 to 21 January 2018
Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac - 37 quai Branly, Paris

Explore the intensity of the arts of Atlantic Equatorial Africa

Rubens. Portraits Princiers

from 04 October 2017 to 14 January 2018
Musée du Luxembourg - 19 rue de Vaugirard, Paris

From 4 October 2017, the Musée du Luxembourg is showing the exhibition ‘Rubens et ses Portraits Princiers’.