What’s On Now: Paris Expos

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

Vasarely–The Sharing of Shapes at the Centre Pompidou from February 6 to May 6 2019

The Centre Pompidou will be presenting France’s first retrospective in more than 50 years of work by the Hungarian painter Victor Vasarely, who is widely known as the father of OpArt. Comprising paintings, multiples, advertising posters and architectural designs, the display presents Vasarely’s multi-faceted output in chronological order, from his time as a student at a Bauhaus-influenced school to the highly innovative work of his late period, in which he explored the fourth dimension.

The Courtauld Collection, A Look at Impressionism at the Fondation Louis Vuitton from February 20 to June 17 2019

This exhibition brings together some 110 works, including 60 paintings and works on paper, mainly from the Courtauld Gallery in London. It features some of the greatest examples of late 19th-and early 20th-century French paintings (including canonical works by Manet and Gauguin) sixty years after their 1955 presentation in Paris at the Musée de l’Orangerie.

Black models: from Géricault to Matisse at the Musée d’Orsay from March 26 to July 21, 2019

Dedicated to the representation of black models in the visual arts (painting, sculpture, engravings, photography), this exhibition highlights works from before the abolition of slavery in France, leading up to the post-war era and contemporary era.  A ground-breaking look at the representations of black models in the works of Géricault, Manet, Cézanne, Matisse, etc.

Tutankhamun, the Treasure of the Pharaoh at the Parc de la Villette from March 23 to September 15, 2019

This major exhibition will reveal 150 original objects found in 1922 in the tomb of the most famous Pharaohs, the majority of which have never left Egypt before. A rare opportunity to discover and find out more about one of the most important figures of this period of history. The Grande Halle at La Villette presents presents the exhibition in partnership with the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is due to open in 2022. The latter is set to be one of the most important museums dedicated to Egyptian antiquity in the world.