What’s On Now: Paris Expos

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

The Impressionists in London: Artists in Exile, 1870-1904 at the Petit Palais until October 14, 2018

The Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the fall of the Second Empire and the Paris Commune pushed a number of artists installed in France to seek refuge in the United Kingdom. Co-organized with the Tate Britain in London, the exhibition brings together over 100 masterpieces born on the banks of the Thames in the misty, industrial atmosphere of Victorian London. The story ends in 1904 with Derain, who came to paint London in the colors of Fauvism.

Klimt: A Journey to the Heart of the Viennese Secession at the Atelier des Lumières until November 11, 2018

To mark its opening, the Atelier des Lumières will present an immersive exhibition devoted to the main figures in the Viennese art scene, of which Gustav Klimt was a key figure. To mark the 100th anniversary of the painter’s death, and that of Egon Schiele, their works will be brought to life to the sound of music on the former foundry’s immense projection surface.

Giacometti, From Tradition to Avant-Garde at the Musée Maillol until January 20, 2019

Swiss-born painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti left behind an immense body of work, much of it depicting tall, attenuated figures in space. This exhibition features some fifty of Giacometti’s sculptures on loan from the Fondation Giacometti, alongside works by other modern sculptors. Visitors can follow a chronological route, to see how Giacometti’s works interact with Picasso, Rodin, and Bourdelle, an arrangement highlighting both his evolution and the influences of other Parisian artists on his sculpture.


Picasso. Blue and Rose at the Musée d’Orsay until January 6, 2019

The Musée d’Orsay and the Musée Picasso-Paris have organized an exceptional event dedicated to Picasso’s Blue and Rose periods. The exhibition is the first large-scale collaboration between the two museums.  It brings together a number of previously unseen masterpieces, some of which are being presented for the first time in France.  Curators also propose a new interpretation of the years 1900-1906, a critical early period for Picasso that has not been examined in its entirety by a French museum.







Caravaggio’s Roman Period at the Musée Jaquemart-André until January 28, 2019

A major artist of 17th-century Italy, the Milanese painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, known as Caravaggio, is renowned for the intense realism of his art, often due to his innovative use of chiaroscuro. This exceptional exhibition is devoted to Caravaggio’s career from 1592 to 1606, and to the larger context of his artistic environment in Rome.

Egon Schiele – Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Fondation Louis Vuitton until January 14, 2019

The exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton throws a spotlight on Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele, two prodigies who both died at an early age.  Despite the brevity of their careers, they both left an indelible mark on the art world. Two different circuits to discover two cultural moments—Vienna in 1900 for Egon Schiele and 1980s New York for Jean-Michel Basquiat—and to understand the forces behind the expressive intensity of their work.

Miro Retrospective at the Grand Palais until February 4, 2019

An ambitious retrospective of the Spanish surrealist Joan Miró, featuring some 250 paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculptures.  It aims to trace the evolving work of an artist, who, like many Surrealists, was influenced by poetry, including by friends Jacques Prévert and André Breton.

The Birth of Gothic Sculpture: Saint Denis, Paris and Chartres 1135-1150 at the Cluny Museum from October 10, 2018 to January 7, 2019

Starting around 1130, Gothic art was established in the Paris region and eventually became the dominant style for architecture and its beautifully sculpted facades. The Musée de Cluny is offering visitors an in-depth look at this multi-media movement from the Middle Ages, with an exhibition of exceptional pieces, from classic Gothic monuments like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Basilica of Saint-Denis, and the Abbey of St Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. Be ready to shed any associations you might have with “Gothic” meaning stern, dark, or lacking in expression.