From comic strip art to masters of painting and music, Paris has an excellent offering of exhibitions this autumn.
As the sunny summer skies begin to fade, why not consider an autumnal interlude in Paris, taking in one of the many brilliant exhibitions taking place in the French capital opening over the next few months. Here’s a rundown of some of what’s taking place…
René Magritte – The Treachery of Images
Until 23rd January 2017
Bringing together around 100 paintings, drawings and archive documents, this is a major themed exhibition devoted to Belgian artist René Magritte. Focussing on five motifs recurrent in his work (fire, shadows, curtains, words and the fragmented body), the exhibition raises the question of resemblance and realism.
Hodler – Monet – Munch
15th September 2016 – 22nd January 2017
Musée Marmottan Monet
The Musée Marmottan Monet presents an exhibition devoted to the painters Ferdinand Hodler, Claude Monet and Edvard Munch. By bringing together these three major figures of European painting of the 19th and 20th century, this exhibition shows the development of painting and artistic trends. From Impressionism with Monet to the Expressionism of Munch and the Symbolism of Hodler, all three of these artists have pushed the boundaries of painting.
Rembrandt in Confidence
16th September 2016 – 23rd January 2017
Regarded as the master of 17th-century Dutch art, this exhibition offers a chronological overview of all the major stages of Rembrandt’s artistic career, from his debut with biblical and historical subjects to his years of triumphant international recognition. Organized in three principal themes, ‘Rembrandt in Confidence’ comprises around 20 paintings and 30 graphic works on loan from the Met Museum in New York, the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and Paris’ very own Louvre Museum.
Oscar Wilde – The Absolute Impertinent
28th September 2016 – 15th January 2017
Petit Palais (Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris)
For the first time in France, an exhibition in the grandes galeries of the Petit Palais pays homage to the Irish author, Oscar Wilde. An ardent Francophile, the exhibition brings together some 200 different personal effects, manuscripts, rare editions, photographs, drawings, portraits and Pre-Raphaelite paintings relating to this scandalous figure of the literary world, on loan from institutions in Ireland, England, the USA, Canada and Italy.
28th September 2016 – 15th January 2017
The Grand Palais pays tribute to Georges Remi, better known as Hergé. Considered to be the father of the European comic-strip, the creator of Tintin sold some 250 million comic-strip books during his career and has been translated into one hundred or so languages. He was one of the first French-speaking artists to use American-style comic strip, complete with speech bubbles. This retrospective exhibition offers an opportunity not only to admire the work of the Belgian artist, influenced by cinema, painting, photography and adventure novels, but also to find out more about Hergé the person, through the many archive images and testimonies.
5th October 2016 – 23rd January 2017
Since its independence won from the Spanish monarchy in 1821, Mexico has never ceased to assert its willingness for change and its spirit of modernity. With painting, sculpture, architecture, urbanism, music, literature, film and the applied arts the country has forged its identity. The exhibition, which was desired by the highest French and Mexican authorities, is the largest event dedicated to Mexican art since 1953. Offering a panorama of famous artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo, the exhibition tour is a testament to the vibrant artistic creativity of the country throughout the twentieth century.
American Painting of the 1930s
12th October 2016 – 30th January 2017
Musée de l’Orangerie
In cooperation with the Art Institute of Chicago and featuring works on loan from a number of prestigious American museums including the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, this exhibition features over 50 pictures, each one reflecting the variety and indefinable style of pre-WWII American art. Works by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Grant Wood are included.
Ludvig van Beethoven – the Myth
14th October 2016 – 29th January 2017
Philharmonie de Paris
The German composer is the focus of the exhibition Ludwig Van Beethoven, The Myth at the Philharmonie de Paris. Beethoven, an emblematic figure of 19th-century symphonic music, has had a profound influence on the creative imagination of artists, whether they be musicians, film makers or even painters. 250 works will be presented to the public in the course of this exhibition that retraces this legendary genius of classical music.
Art of Walt Disney Studios – Movement by Nature
14th October 2016 – 5th March 2017
Art Ludique – Le Musée
In collaboration with the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, this exhibition brings together some 350 examples of Walt Disney Studios’ artistry and modernism spanning almost a century. The exhibition will show drawings never seen before, including studies of a fawn for Bambi and a walking dog for 101 Dalmatians, as well as animation drawings for famous Disney heroes such as Snow White, Maleficent and Tarzan, showing the care taken to reproduce movement when animating an expressive and appealing character.
Original historic artwork will be displayed from the very first Mickey Mouse cartoons including Plane Crazy and Steamboat Willie, as well as pieces from numerous well known animated films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.