THE BEST EXHIBITIONS PARIS 2016

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From Art to Fashion to Design and photography: all the best exhibitions in Paris in 2016

ANSELM KIEFER’S OPEN GRIEF AT CENTRE POMPIDOU 

Centre Pompidou, December 16th 2015 – April 18th 2016

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The exhibition will offer the chance for the viewers to enter the world of Anselm Kiefer. It will be comprised of paintings, installations, books and showcases retracing the artist’s vision after World War II, a German culture to rebuild and the loss of the Jewish heritage. The work of Anselm Kiefer is one of a kind. It’s a blend of macabre ruins and eternal strength. The kind of art work which connects the viewer to his roots and his inner turmoil while opening the door to his ability to hope and rise.

FERNELL FRANCO: CALI CLAIR-OBSCUR

Fondation Cartier, February 6th 2016 – June 5th 2016

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The foundation will present for the first time the photographs of Latin-American artist Fernell Franco. In his pictures, he translates the precarious and conflicted nature of urban life in Cali, the city where he lived and worked for most of his career. About 140 photographs will be on display produced between 1970 and 1996.

GEORGE DESVALLIÈRES, PAINTING FROM WITHIN 

Petit Palais, March 15th 2016 – July 2016

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This retrospective will bring together the masterpieces of painter George Desvallières. His paintings are rich in details and dark in colors. Influenced by symbolism, he depicts spiritual elements and mythological characters within an intense visual scenery.

HENRI ROUSSEAU. ARCAIC CANDOR

Musée d’Orsay, March 22nd 2016 – July 17th 2016

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Henri Rousseau a.k.a Le Douanier Rousseau is a singular painter. Throughout his paintings, he uses the themes of the jungle and wild animals which confers an exotic atmosphere and a dream-like mood. His naïve style was at first not understood by his peers. But in the midst of criticism, artists such as Picasso and Kandinsky saw inspiration in his style and soon, the surrealists followed his lead and celebrated his art. His work will be displayed at the prestigious Musée D’Orsay alongside renowned painters whom he inspired: Seurat, Delaunay, Kandinsky and Picasso.

ART AND THE CHILD – MASTERPIECES FROM FRENCH PAINTING 

Musée Marmottan, March 10th 2016 – July 3rd 2016

The museum will present an exhibition based on the theme of Art and the Child, showcasing a hundred pieces signed by Fragonard, Chardin, Greuze, Corot, Millet, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and many more. Throughout a rare selection, the purpose of this exhibition is to retrace the evolution of the child as a subject matter between the 15th and 20th century.

APOLLINAIRE, THE EYES OF POET 

Musée de l’Orangerie, April 6th 2016 – July 18th 2016

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The aim of this exhibition is to recognize the important effect that this poet-critic’s discerning eye had on his era, in much the same way as Baudelaire and Mallarmé had on theirs.
Poet, critic, friend of artists and one of the first to discover African arts, Apollinaire proved to be a key player in the aesthetic revolution that led to the birth of modern art.
This exhibition aims to explore Apollinaire’s mental and aesthetic universe through a thematic display: from Douanier Rousseau to Matisse, Picasso, Braque and Delaunay, from Cubism to Orphism and Surrealism, from academic sources to modernity, from tribal arts to popular arts. One section will highlight in particular the poet’s links with Picasso.

FASHION FORWARD, THREE CENTURIES OF FASHION (1715-2015)

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, April 7th 2016 – August 14th 2016

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The museum of decorative arts celebrates its 30th anniversary of its fashion collection. The exhibition will bring together 300 items of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, jewelry pieces and other accessories from Elsa Schiaparelli, Madeleine Vionnet and Cristobal Balenciaga.

TRAVELING BETWEEN PARIS AND LISBON WITH AMEDEO DE SOUZA-CARDOSO

Grand Palais, April 20th 2016 – July 18th 2016

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Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso is a Portuguese artist whose influences are plural. He was able to create a style of his own beyond movements of his time such as impressionism, fauvism, cubism and futurism in between modernism and tradition, Lisbon and Paris. He is the pioneer of Portuguese modernism. About 150 pieces will be displayed alongside the artist’s friends Modigliani, Brancusi and Delaunay. An artist in the shadow but worth to discover in the ray of light under the arcades of the Grand Palais this spring.

IN 2016 THE PYRAMID OF THE LOUVRE WILL VANISH 

Louvre, May 24th 2016 – June 28th 2016

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JR is an artist whose art speaks to the contemporary fanatics. In 2016, JR won’t be working around portraiture anymore. He will apply an anamorphosis to the most spectacular monument of Paris: the Pyramid of the Louvre and will make it disappear. (An anamorphosis is a deformed image that appears in its true shape when viewed in some “unconventional” way).

REMBRANDT AT MUSÈE JACQUEMART-ANDRÈ

Musée Jacquemart-André, September 2016 – January 2017

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The museum will present about forty paintings retracing the life of Rembrandt. The exhibition will split into three parts. The first one will be centered around the Leiden period. During this time, he revealed his talent, painting mainly historical or biblical subjects. The second part will highlight his success in Amsterdam from 1631 to 1635. And the third one will be dedicated to the rise of Rembrandt’s talent during which he moved away from the Dutch contemporary style to embrace his own: simple forms and colors.

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