What’s On Now: Paris Expos

Our picks for this season’s not to miss exhibitions.

Degas, Danse, Dessin. A Tribute to Degas with Paul Valéry at the Orsay Museum, Until February 25, 2018

Art and poetry meet at a timely Orsay exhibition marking the 100-year anniversary of Degas’s passing. Juxtaposing works by the Impressionist master with writings of his close friend Paul Valéry, this show highlights the personal element of their work and the inner processes involved in their respective creations.

Visiting the Orsay with children? Degas is one of the main artists on our Meet the Impressionists: Orsay for Families.

Malick Sidibé, Mali Twist at the Fondation Cartier, Until February 28, 2018

The Foundation Cartier gave Sidibé his first solo exhibition outside of Africa, in 1995, so it makes sense that a year after his death, they pay tribute to him again with this ambitious retrospective. Nicknamed “the eye of Bamako” Sibidé’s photographs capture the vitality and style of young Malian society.  His portraits from the 1960s on set a standard for stylish elegance and originality.

 

César, The Retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Until March 26, 2018

He’s one of the 20th-century’s most influential sculptors who you may have never heard of: César Baldaccini.  During this retrospective at the Pompidou, César’s giant gold thumb will greet you at the entrance. César made his name with violently crushed cars criticizing overconsumption, but his most famous sculpture lands in the hands of the best French actors every year.

 

Mohammed Bourouissa, Urban Riders at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Until April 22, 2018

During an eight-month residency in Philadelphia, Bourouissa was fascinated by the Fletcher Street community stables. Founded by African-American riders, the stables are a refuge for abandoned horses, and a place of gathering for young adults from the disadvantaged North Philadelphia neighborhood of Strawberry Mansion. Their experiences are captured in the film Horse Day, the focus of this exhibition.

 

David Goldblatt at the Centre Pompidou, February 21—May 7, 2018

Goldblatt is one of South Africa’s most famous photographers.  Since the 1960s, he has turned his lens on his native country, capturing its complex history, landscape, and residents.  He witnessed the introduction of Apartheid and its demise, all the while remaining committed to politically-engaged documentary images, simultaneously both analytic and beautiful.

 

 

Mary Cassatt, an American in Paris at the Jacquemart-André Museum, March 9—July 23, 2018

Cassatt lived in France for over 60 years, and was the only American artists to exhibit her work with the Impressionists.   50 major works will allow visitors to rediscover Cassat’s unique contributions to this modern movement.  Her favorite subject was often her own family.  Tender, but modernist reinterpretations of the traditional mother-child theme garnered her international acclaim—so much so that during her lifetime, Cassatt was often hailed as America’s greatest living artist.

 

 

About Guernica at the Musée Picasso, March 27—July 29, 2018

Picasso’s Guernica is the most celebrated political painting of the modern era.  After its debut at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris— as an anti-fascist protest—it eventually made its way to Madrid in 1981, after Franco’s demise.  The work is permanently displayed there, but this Paris exhibition will focus on related works and studies.  It was also illuminate the political context of 1930s Spain and the future influence of Picasso’s work, as a model for politically committed art.

 

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) at the Musée du Louvre, March 28—July 23, 2018

The Louvre is partnering with the Met to present an ambitious overview of Delacroix’s career, with over 180 works by this celebrated 19th-century Romantic.  Louvre visitors know Delacroix from his iconic Liberty Leading the People (1830).  His lush, expressive brush stokes and fascination with the optical play of colour profoundly shaped the future generation of Impressionists.  A must-see for anyone interested in the art of 19th-century France.

 

Rodin and Dance at Musée Rodin, April 6—July 22, 2018

Rodin began his fascination with dance at the World Fairs in Paris. During the Universal Exhibition in 1900, he discovered a troupe of Cambodian dancers, and remarked “they took the beauty of the world with them.”  This exhibition focuses on his representations of dancers (including Isadora Duncan, Loïe Fuller, and Hanako), revealing how the energy of modern dance influenced his most experimental sculptures, poised between exertion and balance.

 

 

 

The Water Lilies. The American Abstract Art and the last Monet at Musée de l’Orangerie, April 13—August 20, 2018

In 1955, MoMA in New York acquired one of Monet’s late waterlilies, while American Abstract Expressionism was in full swing.   In that context, Monet’s experimental late works seemed to provide a link between the nature-based Impressionist movement and the highly abstract paintings of Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, and other leaders of the New York School.  This exhibition focuses on the 1950s rediscovery of Monet’s waterlilies—vastly under appreciated in their own time—and makes a convincing case for how Monet’s radical ideas made their way across the ocean. Works by American artists  Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Joan Mitchell, Mark Tobey, Sam Francis, and Ellsworth Kelly will be shown alongside the Orangerie’s unmatched collection of late Monet.

Want to have an in-depth look at Monet’s waterlilly cycle?  Book our Monet and More at the Orangerie.