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#270 - from 13 September 2012 to 19 September 2012

Unknown Polish artist, Untitled, 1927-1932, lead pencil and gouache on paper. Collection Sainte Anne © DR (exhibition L'art en guerre, France, 1938-1947) (exhibition at Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris)


25 must-see exhibitions in Paris this fall

PARIS – As Supertramp used to sing, Crisis? What crisis? It is exactly the feeling one gets when looking over the program of exhibitions in Paris in the upcoming months. Such profusion does not really reflect a recession. That is, unless people have noted that art is an excellent cure against the reigning gloom…

Edouard Manet, Young Lady in 1866, 1866, oil on canvas, 185,1x128,6 cm. NY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Erwin Davis, 1889 ©The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dist. RMN/image of the MMA (exhibition at musée d'Orsay)

At the Louvre and Orsay

At the Louvre, the museum most visited in the world, the large exhibition on Leonardo’s Saint-Anne will be followed by Raffaello, his last years (11 October). At the same time, two of his pupils will be presented: Giulio Romano and Luca Penni. That will be followed by an historic panorama on Cyprus, from the 4th to the 16th century (26 October). Another major institution, the Musée d’Orsay, that has just undergone a remarkable face-lifting, has a very busy program with Impressionism and fashion, presenting not only paintings from major museums but dresses and hats as well (25 September) before a retrospective dedicated to Baltard, the architect of the Halles, takes over (16 October). One of the dependencies of the Orsay galaxy, the Orangerie, Soutine will dissect the artist through 22 paintings from the permanent collection and important loans (3 October).

Eugène-Robert Pougheon, The Snake, bedore 1930, oil on canvas, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. © Musée La Piscine (Roubaix), Dist. RMN / Arnaud Loubry. Eugène-Robert Pougheon © DR (exhibition at Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris)

Hopper, Picasso, Rouart…

The Grand Palais will start triggering out its series of exhibitions with Bohèmes, an approach to the mythical life of artists through the ages (26 September). It is staged by Robert Carsen, who also staged the exhibiton on Impressionism and fashion at the musée d’Orsay. But the event most awaited is the Hopper blockbuster, which has been showing to a “full house” in Madrid (10 October). Contemporary artist Robert Indiana, the man of LOVE, will wrap up the autumn season (21 November). The Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris will tackle a sensitive subject with Art during the war in France from 1938 to 1947, with 400 works by some one hundred artists, among them Picasso and Dubuffet (12 October). At the same time the musée du Luxembourg will offer a rather original and somewhat brave presentation with le Cercle de l’art moderne, the avant-garde collectors in the Havre during the 20th century (19 September). Going a bit further back into the past, the musée Marmottan-Monet presents the first retrospective of the work of Henry Rouart, a collector of the Impressionists as well as painter in his own right (13 September). The Petit Palais crosses through the hurdles of continents with Gods, instructions for use, a portrait of religions in today’s world (25 October).

Canaletto, View of the Bacino di San Marco from Punta della Dogana, 1740-1745, oil on canvas, 54 x 71 cm. Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera © Su concessione del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (exhibition at musée Maillol)

A Venetian duel

The Venetian masters carry out a real face-off. Canaletto, Guardi starts at the musée Jacquemart-André (14 September), with some sixty works, and the musée Maillol faces the challenge with Canaletto in Venice, including in particular a rare sketch book on loan from the Correr museum (19 September). The Pinacothèque de Paris has organized its own confrontation between Hiroshige, the art of travelling and Van Gogh, dreams of Japan (3 October). The musée Guimet also has a preference for far-away lands and draws up the history of Tea, a centuries-old beverage (3 October). The Cité des Sciences shows full-scale models of the Florentine genius in Leonardo, Projects, Drawings, Machines (23 October)

Ava Gardner on the set of The Naked Maja, by Henry Koster, 1958. © Ministère de la Culture-Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN/Sam Lévin (exhibition at musée du quai Branly)

The magic of hair and Alvarez-Bravo

Cherished hair at the musée du quai Branly (18 September) examines the art of hair styling and head dresses through various cultures. The museum will then set the spotlight on The arts of the valley of Benue (9 November) with 150 objects, including masks and ceramics. As for photography, the Jeu de paume will host the great Mexican maestro, Manuel Alvarez-Bravo, who died at the age of one hundred in 2002 and also excelled in colour photography (16 October). The Maison européenne de la photographie will open its season with various simultaneous exhibitions: Claude Nori, Choi and Cédric Delsaux (5 September). The Fondation Cartier-Bresson shows a scarcely-known Lithuanian photographer, Moï Wer, whose life spanned the whole 20th century (13 September).


AMSTERDAM – Unseen Amsterdam, the new festival of young photographers, will host 50 galleries from 19 to 23 September.

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GWANGJU (South Korea) – The Biennale of Contemporary art of Gwangju will be held from 7 September to 11 November.

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MOSCOW – The 16th edition of Art Moscow will be held from 19 to 23 September.

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PARIS – The 11th edition of Parcours des mondes, the international fair of tribal arts, is held from 11 to 16 September.

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PARIS – The Journées du patrimoine (Days of national heritage) will be held this year on 15 and 16 September, and will open to the public the doors of thousands of monuments and sites they usually can not enter.

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