Exhibitions 2013

Exhibitions 2013

     2013 Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions                 Future Exhibitions

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 Current Exhibitions

Through February 2
Musée Matisse
Chateau-Cambresis (Nord Pas de Calais)


Auguste Herbin, 1882-1960
The museum will welcome the biggest exhibition of Herbin ever organized. Herbin was one of the creators of abstract art in France in 1917. Aside from being a great artist, Herbin was the co-founder with Matisse of the Chateau Cambrésis museum in 1956.

Through February 3
Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Strasbourg (Alsace)


Annette Messager: Black Continents
A unique exhibit showcasing this famed contemporary artist's works where she combines materials like pieces of fabric, manufactured objects and stuffed animals.

Through Feb 10
Museum of Decorative Arts


Van Cleef & Arpels
400 of this legendary jewelry house will be on display in this exceptional exhibition. Displayed alongside archive documents and drawings, the history of Van Cleef & Arpels will be unveiled.

Through Feb 10
Beaux Arts Gallery

Montparnasse / Saint-Germain-des-pres. After-war abstractions
The exhibition is illustrating this period, by showing works of major artists of the post-war abstraction: Olivier Debré, Jean Le Moal, Alfred Manessier, André Marfaing, Gérard Schneider and Geer Van Velde


Through February
Cité de l'Architecture


Rudy Ricciotti
The works of this famous architect, designer of the newly opened Cocteau Museum in Menton, will be on display.

Through March
Natural History Museum


The Biggest Dinosaur in the World
Put together by top specialists, this exhibit explores the biology of the largest dinosaur: the sauropodes. The exhibit allows visitors to compare this ancient creator to modern to animals, including humans

Through March 11
Musée du Louvre Lens

Renaissance is the inaugural exhibition of the Louvre Lens. More than 250 pieces of Arts (paintings, sculptures, engravings, Art objects, etc.) will be shown following a path that tries to describe and interrogates the visitors on the new and avant-garde themes of this great period, the Renaissance

Through March 17
Pinacotheque de Paris

Van Gogh, Dreaming of Japan
The two exhibitions displayed simultaneously in both spaces of the Pinacothèque de Paris allow visitors to compare Van Gogh’s œuvre with that of Hiroshige

Through March 25
Centre Pompidou


Salvador Dali
This large-scale retrospective will display a great amount of work by the influential Spanish painter.

Through April 7
Friche Belle de Mai

Here, elsewhere
Contemporary art from the Mediterranean will be on display through the work of 40 renowned artists, most of whom were born in the 60s-70s in Mediterranean countries

Through April 13
Musée Granet

Exquisite corpse, Mediterranean suites
An exhibition that features the surrealists’ exquisite corps technique where participants each react to the intervention preceding their own

Through April 14
Musée de l'Ancien Eveche


Doisneau's Alps (Les Alpes de Doisneau)
Presentation of 120 images picked in Doisneau's work place in Montrouge, nearby Paris, and of a selection of several documents (magazines, publicities, newspapers) reproducing pictures from the photograph

Through April 28
Institut du monde Arabe

Les mille et une nuits
This world known literature masterpiece represents an exceptional link between the Orient and the Occident. This book « with no ending » or with « all the endings » has a story as rich and prodigious than all the adventures written in it. Them too are numerous

Through May 18
J1 (Place de la Joliette)

Mediterraneans, from yesterday’s cities to today’s men
This exhibition presents major moments in the history of Mediterranean civilizations, while also including a portrait of today’s locals. Paintings, rare manuscripts, statues, films and more will be on display

Through July 4
Cite de l'espace

Explore Mars
This rover, the last of the Martian robots to date, is the biggest one ever to have been made with the aim of exploring a planet. A life size model of it at the exhibition «Explorez Mars». Feel the air blow, the temperature of the planet and make the most of the gravity walking simulator, visualize the planet in 3D and see the whole family of life size Martian robots.


Through July 14
Quai Branly


Beloved hair
Addressing the idea that individuals and social groups display personality through hairstyle, presented first in terms of frivolity: competing blonds, brunettes or redheads, straight or frizzy as seen in a wide range of classical paintings, sculptures and author photographs

Through September 30
Musee Dauphinois


The great story of Ski (La grande histoire du Ski)
4 thousand years of conquest and adventure from prehistoric times throughout the most actual trends of skiing

January - December 2013
Chateau de Versailles


Andre Le Notre's Anniversary
All year round the Chateau de Versailles will celebrate the Anniversary of its famous gardener, and creator of the gardens "a la francaise", Andre Le Notre  

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 Future Exhibitions



February 28 - May 28
Musee des Arts Decoratifs et du Design


Kristin McKirdy
Canadian artist Kristin McKirdy explores the modern sculptural dimensions of ceramics

February 21 - July 21
Musee du Luxembourg


Marc Chagall - Between war and peace (Entre guerre et paix)
The exhibition which starts with the beginning of World War I, shows through hundreds of pieces of Art, the paths from a world to another, from a gender to another. Between war and peace, it illustrates key moments of life as well as Chagall’s work, from Russia during and after war time in the south of France

February 20 - July 17
Citee de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Marcel Breuer (1902 - 1981)
The designer and architect, Marcel Breuer (1902 - 1981) can be regarded as one of the most influential and important designers of the 20th century. As a young student at the Bauhaus Weimar, Breuer, who was Hungarian by birth, caught the eye with various furniture designs inspired by the Dutch De Stijl group

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March 2 - July 6
Hotel de Ville

Paris haute couture exhibition
For the first time in Paris, the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) celebrates Haute Couture. Around 100 dresses and clothes have been chosen among the prestigious collection of the Musée Galliera www.paris.fr

March 5 - June 9
Musée d'Orsay

The angel of the strange (L'ange du bizarre)
Around the dark romantism "from Goya to Max Ernst", this exhibition will present more that 200 paintings illustrating spirits, witches and demons

March 22 - April 3
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais


Miss Dior and the artists
Since its creation in 1947, Dior’s famous fragrance was a sign of modernity and avant-garde. In 2013, the perfume is considered as being a source of inspiration to 20 female artists from the whole world. Amongst them: Lee Bul, Joana Vasconcelos, Carole Benzaken or Liang Yuanwei

March 23 - June 13
Musée d'Orsay

Spencer and Marlene Hays’ collection
An Art amateur American couple, in love with french Art, gathered together, during a decade, an exceptional ensemble of pieces of Art from the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th Century

March 28 - June 24
Louvre Pari

German Thought and Painting, 1800–1939
Featuring more than two hundred works, this exhibition offers
an exploration of the major themes structuring German thought
from 1800 to 1939

March 29 - July 2
Musée des impressionnistes

Signac, the colors of water
Like Monet, Paul Signac found a constant source of inspiration in the depiction of water and its colors. From his early seascapes, painted on the beaches of Normandy with an impressionist vigor and freedom, to his large post-war architectonic port scenes in almost fluorescent colors, the description of the water and sky offered Signac an inexhaustible pretext to experiment with all variety of chromatic combinations

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April - July
Musée Departemental Arles Antiques

Rodin, the shadow of antiquity
Focuses on Rodin’s use of classical art as a source of inspiration, shedding a new light on the sculptor’s work

April - October
Abbaye de Montmajour

Christian Lacroix in Arles
Prestigious items from the cirva collection (international centre for research on glass and plastic arts) will be on display

April 1 - July 15
Louvre Paris

Giotto e compagni
This exhibition aims to illustrate the career of this artist and his disciples through drawings, paintings and sculptures from the Louvre’s own collections as well as exceptional loans from other leading institutions

April 10 - July 22
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

This exhibition shows how, from Calder to Kapoor, many artists treated the notions of vision, space, light and movement in their work, often building installations in which the visitor is involved in

April 19 - July 22
Louvre Paris

Masters of Line: The Art of Drawing in Ancient Egypt
the purpose of this exhibition is to provide keys to understanding through an examination of conventions, techniques, practices, functions and usages

April 19 - August 18
Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris

Keith Haring
This exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris shows how deeply artists changed the form and content of art in France in the climate of threat and penury of the years 1938-47www.mam.paris.f

April 26 - April 28
La Nef du Grand Palais

Salon du Livre ancien, de l'estampe et du dessin
The international exhibition of the ancient book, embossment and drawing is the most important exhibit in the world in this domain

April 27 - October 13
Chapelle des penitents noirs

Picasso ceramics and the Mediterranean
Part of the Grand Atelier du Midi - focusing on using ceramics in Picasso’s work, as much of his work in the 50s was focused on exploring Mediterranean civilization, the exhibit will showcase 120 works, including some of which have never before been exhibited to the public

April 27 - September 2
Musée des Beaux Arts

Reflected color - Impressionism at the surface of the water (Couleur reflechie - L'impressionnisme a la surface de l'eau)
For the purpose of  Normandy Impressionist Festival, this exhibition gathers for the first time this artistic movement big names around the same theme : the reflection of colors in the water. Paintings from Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Caillebotte, Seurat and many others will be presented during that exhibition

April 27 - September 27
Musée des Beaux Arts

A summer by the water - Entertainment and impressionism (Un ete au bord de l'eau - Loisirs et impressionnisme)
Caen exhibition will gather hundreds of paintings from great French and foreign impressionist painters, highlighting persons entertaining themselves by the water, and more particularly by the sea

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May 15 - June 24
Nef du Grand Palais


Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at Monumenta 2013
The artistic duo Ilya and Emilia Kabakov will provide the installation for the annual Monumenta exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, in 2013

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June 13 - October 13
Palais Longchamp

Le Grand Atelier du Midi, 1880-1960. From Van Gogh to Bonnard  
In Marseille, the exhibition will look into the vivid, arbitrary colors applied by artists including Van Gogh, Bonnard, and the Fauves

June 13 - October 13
Musee Granet

Le Grand Atelier du Midi, 1880-1960. From Cézanne to Matisse
The Aix-en-Provence installment focuses on form, which naturally leads to Cezanne, the “father” of modern art for Braque, Matisse and Picasso


June 22 - November 3
Musée de Lodève

Gleizes - Metzinger "Du cubisme et après"
To celebrate the hundred years old of the "Du Cubisme" publication, the Musee de Lodeve, in association with L'Adresse Musee de la Poste, honors its authors Albert Gleizes et Jean Metzinger

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July 3 - November 4
Centre Pompidou


Roy Lichtenstein, a retrospective
In the steps of the exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago, aimed to travel to the Tate Modern in London, the Retrospective Lichtenstein at the Pompidou Center builds a singular perspective in order to approach this artist's Art, which goes further than the stake of Pop Art

July 13 - October 27
Musee Fabre


Signac, the colors of the water
In partnership with the Museum of Impressionism in Giverny, the muse Fabre in Montpellier is organizing an exhibition dedicated to Paul Signac, a founding member of the neo-impressionist movement. This exhibit will have a particular focus on his paintings depicting the south of France

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Musée Galliera

Azzedine Alaïa, retrospective
The Musée Galliera is currently under renovations and is set to re-open with a major Azzedine Alaïa retrospective

September 18 - January 13
Galeries du Grand Palais


Georges Braque (1882-1963)
The Galeries du Grand Palais are housing a George Braque retrospective

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October 2 - January 20
Galeries Grand Palais

Félix Vallotton (1865-1925)
The Swiss painter, Félix Vallotton (1865-1925), will be honored at the Galeries Grand Palais, with an exhibition co-organized by the Musée d'Orsay and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux

October 9 - January 13
Musée de l'Orangerie


Frida Khalo and Diego Riviera
The Musée de l'Orangerie presents, in collaboration with the Musée Dolorès Olmedo of Mexico, an exhibition dedicated to this mythical couple that are forming Diego Rivera (1886-1957) and Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)

October 15 - January 19
Citee de la Musique

Europunk, the punk visual culture in Europe (1976-1980)
Presents the creation of the alternative punk movement in Europe both music and visual arts wise, from the Sex Pistols in the UK to Bazooka in France...

October 24 - 27
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

40th FIAC - International Contemporary Art Fair
A meeting place for collectors and buyers from all over the world, the FIAC has made Paris a nerve centre of artistic creation

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