Explore the Cultural Season in Paris: From Fantastic Beasts to Van Gogh’s Last Months

2023-08-27 04:41:03

Attention, busy cultural season! While fans of dragons, griffins and other fascinating creatures are expected in Lens to discover the “Fantastic Beasts” exhibition, painting lovers can admire works from the last months of Vincent van Gogh, those of Marc Chagall at the Center Pompidou, or even those of Berthe Morisot at the Marmottan Monet museum. And for those looking for a more immersive experience, head to Aura Invalides and the Immersive Grand Palais.

Berthe Morisot and 18th century art

“Apollo revealing his divinity to the shepherdess” by Berthe Morisot, after François Boucher, 1892 © Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

The Marmottan Monet Museum presents an exhibition devoted to Berthe Morisot, the first impressionist woman. A total of 65 works from French and foreign museums, as well as private collections, are brought together to show the similarities between the work of Berthe Morisot and the lesser-known French painters of the 18th century, from whom she drew inspiration, such as as Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Jean-Baptiste Perronneau. A talented artist who knew how to impose herself in a world of men, she most often painted domestic scenes. Many of them depict members of her own family, including her husband Eugène Manet, brother of Édouard Manet, and their daughter Julie.

“Berthe Morisot and 18th century art” at the Marmottan Monet museum from October 18, 2023 to March 3, 2024.

Fashion and sport, from one catwalk to another

The poster for the exhibition “Mode et sport, d’un podium à l’autre” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs showcases the Lacoste couture polo dress by designer Freaky Debbie. © David Hugonot Petit / Graphic design: Coline Aguettaz and Brice Tourneux

A few months from Paris Olympics-2024, the Museum of Decorative Arts highlights the evolution of sportswear and its influence on fashion, from Antiquity to the present day. From Suzanne Lenglen’s tennis outfits to Les Bleus football shirts, the exhibition presents a wide selection of emblematic pieces. It allows us to understand how fashion has diverted jogging and sneakers to integrate them into everyday outfits and haute couture fashion shows. An opportunity to reflect on the social and cultural issues linked to these two seemingly distant universes.

“Fashion and sport, from one catwalk to another” at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris from September 20, 2023 to April 7, 2024.

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The poster for the “Bollywood Superstars” exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. © Gitanjali Rao

The Quai Branly museum celebrates India, the world’s leading producer of films with more than 1,500 a year exported to Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Previously shown at Louvre Abu Dhabithe exhibition “Bollywood Superstars – History of an Indian Cinema” presents more than 200 works, including paintings, costumes and photos, offering the visitor a rare opportunity to discover the rich history of Indian cinema, beyond Bollywood, from the end of the 19th century to the present day.

“Bollywood Superstars – History of Indian Cinema” at Quai Branly Museum in Paris from September 26, 2023 to January 14, 2024.

Among the fantastic animals, the dragon occupies an important place. Here, the serpent-dragon of the Ishtar Gate, Walter Andrea, 1902. © BPK, Berlin, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais Andres Kilger

Dragons, griffins, sphinxes, unicorns, phoenixes… Where do fantastic beasts come from? What is behind them? Within the decentralized branch of the Louvre Museum in Lens, the exhibition offers a journey through time and space to discover the history of these fascinating creatures. Present from Antiquity to our contemporary imaginations, as evidenced by their presence in works as different as “Harry Potter” or “Game of Thrones“, fantastic animals can be both terrifying and admirable, dangerous or harmless. Something to wonder about our fears and our dreams.

“Fantastic Animals” at the Louvre-Lens museum (Pas-de-Calais) from September 27, 2023 to January 15, 2024.

The last months of Vincent van Gogh

“The Church of Auvers-sur-Oise” by Vincent van Gogh. Purchase with the assistance of Paul Gachet, son of Doctor Paul Gachet, and the participation of an anonymous Canadian donation, 1952. © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

The Musée d’Orsay is hosting the first exhibition devoted to the works produced by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh during the last two months of his life spent in Auvers-sur-Oise, north-west of Paris. Although very short, this stay marked a crucial final phase in his artistic development, during which he produced some of his most remarkable works, including “The Church of Auvers-sur-Oise”. A “city of impressionists” which has welcomed other artists such as Cézanne and Picasso.

“Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise – The Last Months” at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris from October 3, 2023 to February 4, 2024.

Marc Chagall at work

Marc Chagall, French artist of Russian origin, in his Madoura studio in Vallauris (Alpes-Maritimes), June 11, 1952. © Meunier, AFP

Major artist of the 20th century, and friend of Picasso, Marc Chagall is honored at the Center Pompidou from October 4th. The exhibition brings together a selection of major works by the artist, including the preparatory drawings for the costumes and stage curtains of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird”, the sketches and models for the decoration of the ceiling of the Opera Garnier, as well as a collection of ceramics, collages and sculptures. An opportunity to (re)discover his work, rich in color and symbolism, influenced by his Jewish origins, his life in Russia and his career in France.

“Chagall at work – Drawings, ceramics and sculptures 1945-1970″ at the Center Pompidou in Paris from October 4, 2023 to February 26, 2024.

The visible world of Dana Schutz

The Museum of Modern Art in Paris is hosting the first major French exhibition by American artist Dana Schutz. Born in 1976 in Michigan, Dana Schutz exerts a notable influence in the field of contemporary painting. A storyteller and color genius, she has explored contemporary themes over the years through intricate, large-scale fictional settings. The exhibition retraces his work through themes that are dear to him such as the intimate, the artist at work, the construction of oneself and of society, or even the tension in large crowd scenes.

“Dana Schutz – The Visible World” at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris from October 6, 2023 to February 11, 2024.

Love is everywhere. It is biological or cultural. It affects humans like other species. It can be written in the plural and takes very different forms. The Confluences Museum, Lyon, explores the different ways in which love manifests itself in our lives, and how it is shaped by our societies and technologies. The exhibition presents a collection of 135 objects, mostly from the museum’s collections but also from loans, and illustrating popular practices and traditions. It represents an invitation to an emotional journey through cultures and centuries, addressed to everyone, young and old, couple or single.

“To our Loves” at the Musée des Confluences in Lyon (Rhône) from October 20, 2023 to August 25, 2024.

Urban art in the digital age

“L’homme oiseau”, a work by the French artists Ella & Pitr in Cerrillos, near Santiago in Chile, in 2013. © Ella&Pitr

Street art is in the spotlight at the immersive Grand Palais, a new exhibition space located within the walls of the Opéra Bastille since the fall of 2022. The exhibition traces the history of this artistic movement, which has invaded the city ​​walls in the 20th century, and the impact of technologies on the work of urban artists. New York subway, paintings made using drones, large murals from the 2000s or even works sold in NFT : the visitor will discover urban art in all its facets.

“Loading – Urban Art in the Digital Age” at the immersive Grand Palais in Paris from December 6, 2023 to July 21, 2024.

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A whole new immersive experience is coming to Paris. From September 22, the dome of the Invalides offers a sound and light show at nightfall, experienced in the form of a stroll. Guided by the music and the illuminations on the facades, the visitor explores the six chapels surrounding the crypt of the tomb of Napoleon I. During his 50-minute journey, he discovers the history of the dome, from its construction in the 17th century to the collective memory that still animates it today. An invitation to travel back in time and discover Les Invalides from a new angle.

Aura Invalides at the dome of the Invalides in Paris from September 22, 2023.

Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso, the invention of language

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso, the Musée du Luxembourg offers an exhibition around his friendship with the American writer Gertrude Stein. The exhibition not only highlights the little-known poetic work of Gertrude Stein in relation to the paintings and sculptures of Pablo Picasso, but also highlights the influence of these two icons on European and American artists, such as Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage.

“Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso – The invention of language” at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris from September 13, 2023 to January 28, 2024.

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