2013's not-to-be-missed exhibitions
© Courtesy Keith Haring Foundation and Gladstone Gallery, New York et Bruxelles
© Michel Lavoix / Succession Demy
© Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Bruxelles et The Third Line, Dubaï
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein New York / ADAGP, Paris, 2013
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Culture and heritage take centre stage in France. Each year, museums and monuments highlight gifted artists, artworks, movements and characters through exceptional temporary exhibitions. Here is our selection of 2013's not-to-be-missed exhibitions...
Art lovers will find themselves in seventh heaven in the French capital, which hosts a highly colourful and diversified season. The au courant should head to Paris' Museum of Modern Art for Keith Haring "The Political Line," a retrospective of the inimitable artist and his work. Fans of Pop Art have until autumn to make their way to the Centre Pompidou, to admire a retrospective dedicated to Roy Lichtenstein and his comics-inspired artwork.
Architecture is also a celebrated theme, with two upcoming exhibits in Paris. One opens in September and honours the man who built the Pantheon: Soufflot, un architecte dans la lumière (An Architect in the Light)." The other puts Art Deco; in the limelight and retraces the development of the sought-after "made in France" style. Yours to discover at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in October.
For a touch of the exotic, get to know Cambodia through an exhibit dedicated to Angkor; at the Guimet Museum. At the Musée de l'Orangerie as of October, explore the history and distinct artistic worlds of Diego Rivero and Frida Khalo , the renowned pair unified by a common passion, their homeland, Mexico.
Finally, head to the Cinémathèque Française and behind the scenes of art with "Le monde enchanté de Jacques Demy" (Jacques Demy's Enchanted World), one of France's greatest filmmakers. Similarly this summer, reflect on the relationship between artists, institutions and spectators at the Arab World Institute, which hosts an exhibit dedicated to Egyptian icons, most notably Theoreme de Nefertiti...
...and in regions !
There are also a number of eye-opening things to discover in the French regions, and we recommend you visit the two newest museums outside of the Capital. Begin with Daniel Buren's work in situ, "Vues Plongeantes" (Plunging Views), on display at the Centre Pompidou-Metz until October. The Louvre-Lens Museum proposes something a little more classic until the end of September, "Europe seen by Rubens", which retraces the international artist's life and development.