Art we can’t wait to see this spring and summer.
Pioneering street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) spent his life traveling the world to document, in his characteristic black-and-white style, spontaneous turning points in everyday life. This idea of capturing “The Decisive Moment” later became the title of his pivotal 1952 publication (in French, Images à la Sauvette) and the subject of this special exhibition happening now.
Vermeer (1632-1675) and his contemporaries took genre painting to a whole new level with their mesmerizing attention to detail and talent for capturing the beauty of quiet, domestic scenes. This much-anticipated show is just one in a series of 2017 Louvre exhibitions celebrating the Dutch Golden Age.
Beyond Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky at the Musée d’Orsay, March 14 – June 25, 2017
Impressionists and their successors broke with tradition when they took their canvases out of doors to capture scenes of nature, but their landscapes were more than rote recreations of the natural world. This exhibition asks visitors to appreciate the transcendental, sometimes spiritual qualities of famous scenes by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch, and many others.
This spring, the Rodin Museum invites contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer to design an installation to honor the 100-year anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s passing (1840-1917). Like Rodin, Kiefer is known for his daring sculptures and embracing of rough edges, as well as his omnivorous approach to artistic materials.
The village of Éragny was to Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) what Giverny was to Claude Monet: a rural retreat, a gathering place for his friends and fellow artists, and a site of bucolic inspiration. The Luxembourg Museum’s exhibition looks closer at this complex yet rich period of Pissarro’s later life in Éragny, while a parallel Pissarro retrospective at the Marmottan Museum (February 23 – July 2) highlights his earlier years as a founder of the Impressionist Movement. This pair of exhibitions, unveiled in tandem, are the first Pissarro-centered shows in Paris in more than 35 years.
A definite highlight in the coming year of art in Paris is this centenary exhibition of Auguste Rodin’s life and legacy. More than 200 of Rodin’s works will be joined by a who’s who of 20th-century sculptors, including Camille Claudel, Antoine Bourdelle, Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, and Pablo Picasso. Hosted in collaboration with the Rodin Museum, this show is sure to be a hit, so be sure to buy tickets in advance.
Picasso’s encounter with African and Iberian art during his early years in Paris was famously productive for the young artist, and helped him break with academic artistic conventions and push the boundaries of modern art. This Quai Branly exhibition explores this familiar narrative further by considering Picasso’s dialogue with non-European artists — and vice versa — as a vibrant and evolving relationship.
This summer, the Paris Modern Art Museum will juxtapose three 20th-century artists, each of whom warrants a show in his own right — two painters and a sculptor — in order to explore their friendship and surprising mutual artistic influences, from their meeting in Paris in the 1930s through the postwar period.
Cézanne was a prolific portraitist, but only now is an exciting new exhibition bringing together, for the first time, around 50 portraits and self-portraits to consider the insights they offer into this father of modern art. Paris will be the first stop on this show’s global itinerary. Next up: London’s National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
In another international exhibition making a splash this summer, the Pompidou Center is set to celebrate the life’s work of British pop art legend David Hockney in collaboration with Tate Britain and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Organized in anticipation of his 80th birthday, Hockney’s retrospective will feature 160 works, including a few making their public debut.