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8 exhibitions not to be missed

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Les baigneuses The Bathers ,1918 Oil on canvas, 110 x 160 cm Musée d’Orsay, Paris ©Rmn/Hervé Lewandowski

The Parisian institutions do not seem to ever be depressed: the large retrospectives announced for the season are being held as planned and will please both amateurs of archaeology – who will leave for Byzantium or Mexico – as well as lovers of ancient painting.


Through 80 works from lenders all over the world the Louvre Museum focuses on the extraordinary creativity that took hold of Venice in the middle of the XVIth century in which three great masters from the Renaissance, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese competed with one another simultaneously, with commissions from the Doges as well as from religious brotherhoods.

  • Until 4 January 2010
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    In its new exhibition the Grand Palais offers to show the last period of a great Impressionist painter. The artist’s choice to drift away from the avant-garde currents and to dedicate himself to a more academic nude and to drawing with a model shed a shadow on this part of Renoir’s career.

  • Until 4 January 2010
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    The rich Brukenthal collection, kept in the city of Sibiu in Rumania, travelled to Paris to present a few of its treasures at the Musée Jacquemart-André. This is an unexpected opportunity to discover works by Titian, Lotto or the great Flemish primitive artists as Memling or Van Eyck.

  • Until 11 January 2010
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    The brilliant competitor of Gallé and Lalique, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1913) built a true empire of decoration in the United-States and bequeathed his name to a series of innovations in the art of glass. The Musée du Luxembourg retraces his itinerary through 160 works.

  • Until 17 January 2010
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    An artist the public at large hardly knows occupies the rooms of the Petit Palais: Fernand Pelez (1848-1913) was the passionate interpreter of the world of the lower class in Paris during the Third Republic. He also demonstrated a constant interest in the theme of the circus.

  • Until 17 January 2010
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    The musée du quai Branly focuses on one of the greatest pre-Colombian civilisations, still surrounded by mystery. Symbolised by its huge pyramids, the culture of Teotihuacán – that disappeared towards 600 - is evoked through more than 400 pieces: sculptures, masks, mural paintings or jewellery.

  • From 6 October 2009 to 24 January 2010
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    Istanbul, in other words the «City»: the Grand Palais retraces the unique destiny of the new Rome so desired by Constantine, the headquarters of an empire for more than fifteen centuries. Greek, Roman and Byzantine works are accompanied by the latest archaeological discoveries relative to the port of Theodose, dug up under the Bosphorus.

  • From 10 October 2009 to 25 January 2010
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    At the Musée d'Orsay, the Belgian master of black humour is caught at his own game, since the exhibition is entitled James (art)Ensor, following a school boy prank that greatly pleased the artist. Some one hundred works are grouped together for this second part of a retrospective that was first presented at the MoMA in New York and mainly explores the universe of the carnival and masks.

  • From 20 October 2009 to 4 February 2010
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