Art & Photography exhibitions in Paris this autumn 2016

Art & Photography exhibitions in Paris this autumn 2016

Art & Photography exhibitions in Paris this autumn 2016

Here is a list of exhibitions happening this autumn in Paris

Until October 30th
Chateau de Versailles

Every summer the Chateau de Versailles invites a contemporary artist to create an artistic installation within its grounds.  After Jeff Koons in 2008, Xavier Veilhan in 2009, Takashi Murakami in 2010, Bernar Venet in 2011, Joana Vasconcelos in 2012, Giuseppe Penone in 2013, Lee Ufan in 2014 and Anish Kapoor in 2015, Danish contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson has been given free rein from June 7th to October 30th, 2016. Eliasson is known for his large-scale installations that explore light, perception and environmental issues.


Chateau de Versailles
Chateau open from 9am to 6:30pm every day except Mondays
FOG ASSEMBLY From 9am to 6:30pm during Musical Fountains Show and Musical Gardens Working hours: from 11am to 1pm and from 3pm to 5pm
WATERFALL Working from 11am to 12:30pm and from 3:30pm to 7pm
GLACIAL ROCK FLOUR GARDEN From 9am to 6:30pm during Musical Fountains Show and Musical Gardens From 8:30pm to 10:45pm during the Night Fountains Show

Until end of 2016
Fondation Louis Vuitton

The French contemporary artist Daniel Buren, known for utilizing color and shapes in site specific works, has revamped the Foundation Louis Vuitton. Designed by the architect Frank Gehry, the Foundation was built to hold the collection of modern and contemporary art of Mr Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH, and as a center for artistic creation.


Fondation Louis Vuitton
8, avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Bois de Boulogne 75116 Paris


BERNARD BUFFFET “Retrospective”
From October 14th to February 26th, 2017
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

French painter Bernard Buffet (1945-1999) was admitted in "Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts" at the young age of 15. In 1947, he was classified as a "Miserabilist".  He has also been classed as a figurative painter, opposed to abstracts, but also and certainly to painters which practiced "Social Realism". He represents a typical demonstration of the divorce between the French and Contemporary Art and has had a prolific output: over 8,000 paintings, water colors, drawings, lithographs and engravings.

This retrospective with about one hundred carefully selected works “will reveal the unsuspected quality and variety of what will perhaps live on as one of the most fascinating and most influential painterly oeuvres of the last century.” The chronologically structured retrospective will present his favorite subjects and themes: self-portraits, still lifes, religion, literature, allegory, history, and his last, spectacular series, Death.



CARL ANDRE “Sculpture as place – 1958-2010”
From October 18th to February 12th, 2017
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

The American minimal sculptor and poet, Carl Andre, is one of the greatest sculptor of the 20th century and one of the founders of the minimal, systemis, or ABC art.  Andre organizes his modular arrangements horizontally, and uses ordinary industrial materials. reducing sculpture to its most basic elements. The exhibition "Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010" covers the full spectrum and inner consistency of the Andre oeuvre, with 40 monumental sculptures, numerous poems and photographs, works on paper and various objects that defy pigeonholing. His iconic works appear alongside pieces never shown together before.


EVA & ADELE “You are my biggest inspiration”
From September 30th to February 26th, 2017
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

The Austro-German “artwork” couple claim to have come from the future, having landed their "time machine" in Berlin just before the wall fell in 1989. Self-proclaimed as The Hermaphrodit (sic) Twins in Art, they are an atypical pair of artists on the current art scene. They are bent on demonstrating that sexual identity is no simple matter. EVA & ADELE have been regular features of the gallery openings and other venues over the last 25 years.  A selection of works, including videos, polaroids, and sculptures will be on display as well as a performance from the artists at the opening and during the FIAC.


Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 av. du Président Wilson 75116 Paris
Closed Monday
Open from 10am to 6pm
Late night Thursday until 10pm


Until September 18th
Musée des Arts Decoratifs

The musée des Arts Decoratifs is dedicating an exhibition to Barbie. Born in 1959, by the time Barbie turned 50, in 2009, Mattel had sold more than 1 billion copies of the doll. Besides being a toy, Barbie has been a true reflection of change of morals in our society. First representing the American way of life, she then became more universal, adapting to social, political and cultural changes. Fashion designers have also created some of the most extravagant and elegant clothes for the doll. The exhibition brings together about 700 Barbies.


ROGER TALLON “Design in motion”
From September 8th to January 8th 
Musée des Arts Decoratifs

One of the great pioneer of French industrial designer, Roger Tallon’s (1929-2011) declared preference was for design dedicated to the improvement of objects for the greater good of society. He rejected the high-end elitism of Italian designers. His view of design was much closer to the northern European Bauhaus school which promoted a frill-free but aesthetic functional utilitarianism.  This exhibition explores every facet of his personality and work through his objects, his drawings, and models for each project.

Roger Tallon’s archives © ADAGP/LesArtsDécoratifs
Roger Tallon’s archives © ADAGP/LesArtsDécoratifs

L’ESPRIT DU BAUHAUS “The object in question”
From September 8th to January 8th 
Musée des Arts Decoratifs

Bauhaus, founded in 1919 and closed in 1933, was the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century, one whose approach to teaching, and understanding art's relationship to society and technology, had a major impact both in Europe and the United States.

“The exhibition traces the periods and forms of art that forged the Bauhaus spirit: the Middle Ages and the construction of the cathedrals, the arts of the Asian and Islamic worlds, and the British Arts and Crafts movement that abolished the frontiers between art and craftsmanship. Works illustrating these sources will create a dialogue with historic Bauhaus pieces, but also with contemporary counterparts, including works by Székély, Matthieu Mercier, Karen Bisch, Sheila Hicks and Ulla von Brandenburg.”


Les Arts Décoratifs – Mode et textile
107 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
Open everyday except Mondays 11am to 6pm
Late opening Thursdays until 9pm


From October 4th to February 5th
Musée Picasso

The exhibition will bring to light the formal, friendly or iconographic interactions that these two major artists of the 20th century entertained. Focus will be placed on a particular theme illustrating the links between Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso.


Musée Picasso
5 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris
Open from Tuesday to Sunday : 9:30am to 6pm
Closed on Mondays (including Holidays)


From October 14th to January 29th
Philharmonie de Paris

Ludwig van Beethoven has inspired some of the biggest artists from Klimt, Kundera to Pierre Henry, Stanley Kubrick or Jean-Michel Basquiat.  This exhibition examines Beethoven's mythical dimension, and takes a close look at the construction of a genius with over two hundred visual and audio work.


Philharmonie de Paris
221, avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 Paris
Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Thursday: 12am to 6pm
Friday: 12am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 8pm


JACQUES CHIRAC or the Dialogue of Cultures 
Until October 9th
Musée du Quai Branly

The exhibition paints a cultural portrait of former French President Jacques Chirac who founded this museum.  You will go through more than fifty dates that connect French, European, and world political and cultural history with both the professional and personal positions and choices of the politician. There are about 200 work of art from public and private collections.



Until November 13th
Musée du Quai Branly

How does the inanimate become animate? How do people establish an unusual or intimate relationship with objects? A group of anthropologists addressed these issues, at a time when our ideas of the human being are vacillating and the borders are continually being pushed back.



THE COLOR LINE “African-American artists and segregation”
From October 4th to January 15th 
Musée du Quai Branly

What role did art play in the fight for equality and the affirmation of black identity in the segregated United States. This exhibition pays tribute to African-American artists who contributed, during more than one and a half century of struggle and fight to diminish this discriminatory “color line”. More than 150 years of artistic production (from paintings, to movies, to sculpture, music, photography…) will be on display as a testimony of this rich culture.


Musée du Quai Branly
37, quai Branly 75007 Paris
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday 11am to 7pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 9pm


Until October 23rd
Palais Galliera

Who wears what? This is the question put by the Palais Galliera’s Anatomy of a Collection exhibition. Ranging from court wear to work overalls and from celebrities to unknowns, the exhibition draws on the Galliera collection for around a hundred garments and accessories illustrating fashion from the 18th century to the present day.


Palais Galliera
10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie 75116 Paris
Every day except Mondays 10am to 6pm
Late opening on thursdays until 9pm


CHARLES GLEYRE (1806-1874) 
Until September 11th
Musée d’Orsay

The first solo exhibition in France dedicated to the work of Charles Gleyre (1806-1874). Gleyre is usually mentioned as the academic teacher to Monet, Sisley and Bazille. This exhibition tries to rediscover meaning in what seems to many modern eyes like a very stilted style of art.


From September 27th to January 16th
Musée d’Orsay

The second Empire was a period when France’s economy flourished.  Napoleon III ruled the country and was one of the first modern politicians, keenly aware of the role of public opinion and skillful in the management of information and outward appearances.  Paris became the envy of the entire world.

The Second Empire was associated with the decadence and superficiality of the "fête impériale". Through this exhibition, the Musée d’Orsay is looking at the entertainments and festivities of the Second Empire and at the different "stages" on which our modernity was invented. The exhibition’s thematic lay-out, with paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings, objets d’art and jewellery side by side, creates a portrait of this prolific and brilliant era.


Musée d’Orsay
1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
Open everyday except Mondays from 9.30am to 6pm
Late night on Thursdays until 9.45pm
Last tickets sold at 5pm (9pm Thursdays)

Until September 25th
Jeu de Paume

This exhibition is the first to revisit the life and work of Josef Sudek (1896 – 1976) within its socio geographical and historical context: Prague during the first half of the twentieth century, at a time when the Czech capital was a veritable hub of artistic activity. The exhibition features a selection of 130 works spanning the totality of Sudek’s career, from 1920 to 1976.


Jeu de Paume
1, place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
Open everyday except Mondays from 11am to 7pm
Late openings on tuesdays until 9pm

Until January 8th, 2017
Fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain

’The Great Animal Orchestra’ is an exhibition inspired by the work of American musician and bioacoustician Bernie Krause.  Krause has traveled widely, collecting thousands of sound recordings of natural habitats both terrestrial and marine which have helped form the basis of new scientific disciplines.  This exhibition invites the public to enjoy an aesthetic meditation, both aural and visual, on the animal kingdom. It features works in various media by artists from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe.

“It is a show to be lost in. It’s like a promenade, like a landscape with different valleys, different hills. You walk, you think —it inspires vagabondage. “This is a show about beauty, pleasure, the mysteries of nature—and it is also about knowledge, but not in a didactic way.”


Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain
261 boulevard Raspail 75014 Paris
Closed Mondays
Open from 11am to 8pm
Late night Tuesday until 10pm

Until September 18th
Maison rouge
This exhibition is the first major showing in Paris of the work of Russian artist Eugène Gabritschevsky (1893-1979). The show charts the journey of the artist whose promising scientific career was interrupted by severe mental illness, and saw him institutionalized for much of his life. Over the course of three decades, Gabritschevsky created the bulk of his body of work, in silence and in solitude.


La maison rouge
10 boulevard de la bastille 75012 Paris
Open everyday  except Mondays and Tuesday from 11am to 7pm
Late night opening Thursday until 9pm


Until September 25th
Institut du monde arabe
The exhibition retraces the history of Oriental gardens in five parts from earliest antiquity to the most contemporary innovations, from the Iberian Peninsula to the Indian subcontinent. The exhibition itinerary comprises 300 works of art.


Institut du monde arabe
1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris
Open every day except Mondays from 10am to 6pm
Until 7pm Saturdays and Sundays

Until Octobre 3rd 2016
Centre Georges Pompidou

The Beat Generation was born in New York in 1944. The movement later shifted to the West Coast,  Between 1957 and 1963, Paris became an important centre of activity for the Beat Generation: William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Brion Gysin, and others regularly stayed on rue Gît-Le-Cœur (our hotel street), the rendezvous of the Bohemian Paris of the post-War years,  Then seen as subversive rebels, the Beats appear today as the representatives of one of the most important cultural movements of the 20th century.

The Centre Pompidou’s exhibition maps both the shifting geographical focus of the movement and its ever-shifting contours.


RENE MAGRITTE « The betrayal of images »
From September 21st to January 23rd
Centre Georges Pompidou

This retrospective of Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte (1898-1967) represents his work in light of the main five « figures » which he has always referenced in his work : fire, shadow, curtains, words and body split. The retrospective also reveals his old paintings depicting mythological stories of the invention and the definition of painting.


Centre Georges Pompidou
Open every day, except Tuesdays from 11am to 10 pm
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
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From September 28th to January 17th
Grand Palais

The Grand Palais honors the Belgian cartoonist Hergé (1907-1983), best known for creating « The aventures of Tintin » and recognized as being « the father of the European comics trip ».  The exhibition looks back on his creative approach fed by the cinema, painting, photography and adventure novels and his passion for drawing.


MEXICO 1900-1950
From October 5th to January 23rd
Grand Palais

This exhibition is the largest dedicated to Mexican art since 1953.  Over two hundred pieces of art will be shown from Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to José Celemente Orozco, Rufino Tamayo…


Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris
Open everyday from 10am to 8pm, except tuesdays
Late opening Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 10pm

From September 14th to February 19th
Musée du Luxembourg

Henri Fantin Latour (1836-1904) is a French painter and lithographer of portraits and still life and imaginative compositions.  The exhibition will focus on the artist from a new perspective by shedding light on his creative process and unveiling, in particular, a corpus of unpublished photographs, a true repertoire of forms for the painter.


Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard 75006 Paris
Everyday from 10am to 7pm
Late night on Monday until 10pm

HELL according to Rodin 
From October 18th to January 22nd
Musée Rodin

This exhibition is on Rodin’s iconic work: “The Gates of Hell”.  Over 170 works, including sixty drawings that are rarely shown, and numerous sculptures restored for the exhibition, will immerse visitors in the fascinating history of this masterpiece


Musée Rodin
79, rue de Varenne 75007 Paris
Open every day except Mondays from 10am to 5:45pm
Late opening on Wednesdays 8:45pm

From September 16th to January 23rd
Musée Jacquemart-André

This exhibition retraces the three major period of the Dutch artist's career around forty of his paintings. The first part is dedicated to the beginning of his career: the Leyden period (1625-1631).  The second part is his triumph in Amsterdam from 1631 to 1635.  The last stage is from 1630 onwards.

Musée Jacquemart-André
158, boulevard Haussmann 75008 Paris
Open every day 10am to 6pm
Late opening Monday until 8:30pm

From September 15th to January 22nd
Musée Marmottan Monet

The musée Marmottan Monet brings together in one exhibition the works of Holder, Monet, and Munch.  The three essential European modernist painters take us through the twentieth century, from impressionism to post-impressionism to symbolism.  This exhibition aims to show the link between those artists through about twenty works per painter.


Musée Marmottan Monet
2 rue Louis Boilly
75016 Paris
Open everyday except Monday 10 am to 6 pm
Late opening Thursdays until 8 pm

From September 7th to October 30th
La maison Européenne de la Photographie

The maison européenne is dedicating an exhibition to famed american photographer Herb Ritts (1952-2002). Known for his clean, minimal aesthetic and knack for Southern California light and landscapes, Herb Ritts also built an incomparable portfolio of fashion and celebrity portraiture as well as provocative, sculptural nudes, often featuring famous athletes and dancers.  HerbRitts

La maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7 Rue de Fourcy – 75004 Paris
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Open from 11am to 7:45pm

From October 18th to January 15th
Jeu de Paume

The philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman is the curator of this exhibition on the theme of human gestures that raise up the world or rise up against it: collective or individual gestures, actions or passions, works or thoughts.  The sequence will comprise five main parts: elements, gestures, words, conflicts, desires thru mediums such as paintings, drawings, prints, video installations, photographs, fiction films...


Jeu de Paume
1, place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
Open everyday except Mondays from 11am to 7pm
Late openings on tuesdays until 9pm


From September 9th to December 18th
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Louis Faurer (1916-2001) was an american photographer specialized in fashion and street photography.  He is best known for his street photography taken in between the 1940s and 1960s in Manhattan and Philadelphia.  Faurer experimented with blur, grain, double exposures, sandwiched negatives, reflections, slow film speeds, and low lighting to achieve the effects he was seeking.  This exhibition includes about one hundred works and documents.


Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2, Impasse Lebouis, 75014 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday, 1pm to 6:30pm, and Saturday from 11am to 6:45pm.
Late-night openings: Wednesdays until 8:30pm
Closed on Mondays