The Grand Palais, a major Parisian exhibition venue
The Grand Palais is a monument symbolic of Paris. Built for the World Fair of 1900, it is a unique exhibition venue. The immense space of the Grand Palais’s nave can house exhibitions on a grand scale, while the national galleries, more classical in style, display the work of great artists in temporary exhibitions.
A unique venue, teamed with an outstanding programme, makes the Grand Palais one of the most popular exhibition venues in Paris. The queue is often long so it is worth planning your trip in advance and booking tickets online.
Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist
From 11 October to 22 January
From 11 October to 22 January, the Grand Palais offers the public a unique opportunity to discover the works of Paul Gauguin – one of the most important precursors of modern art. Through some 55 paintings, 30 ceramics, 30 sculptures and objects in wood, 15 wood engravings, 60 prints and 35 drawings from all parts of the world, the exhibition Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist’ traces the artistic career of the painter, from its beginnings in Pont-Aven to Tahiti.
Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, and even Cloissonnism, the style of Paul Gauguin is rich and varied. The artist, famous for his landscapes, portraits and nudes, is also renowned for his use of vibrant colours and contrasts. He laid the foundations of Synthetism, eliminating details and rejecting any pictorial perspective. In the course of his travels, Gauguin took his inspiration from the authentic landscapes of Brittany, the South of France and French Polynesia. He took pleasure in painting the raw beauty of these places where civilization had not yet made its imprint on nature. Known for his paintings of native women of Tahiti, Paul Gauguin also immortalized the portraits of those he was close to, including the painter Vincent Van Gogh, with whom he lived in the famous yellow house in Arles.
‘Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist’ is a unique opportunity to discover the world of this French painter, who has inspired several generations of artists.
From 21 Spetember to 29 January 2018
The Grand Palais is hosting a retrospective on an unprecedented scale of work by the American photographer Irving Penn. Two hundred and thirty-five of his photographs will be on display at this major exhibition, together with his drawings and paintings.
The event provides an opportunity to admire Penn’s full-colour still life compositions for Vogue magazine, as well as some rare early-1940s photographs he shot in the streets of New York – for he worked almost exclusively in his studio from the start of his career and until his death in 2009. His delicate eye beautifully captured children in Cuzco, Peru, as part of a now-iconic series that can truly be considered a masterpiece of contemporary photography.
Irving Penn was also renowned for his fashion photography, portraiture and nudes. Throughout his career he rendered the sheer physicality of faces and bodies, without the embellishment of make-up. His unerring eye also captured the self-expression of famous subjects such as Picasso, Jean Cocteau and Alvin Ailey. The work of this versatile and multi-faceted photographer is on display until 29 January 2018.
Every day from 10:00am to 8:00pm except on tuesdays
Grand Palais - 8th