Paris exhibitions: an overview of the Fall 2008 season

Thanks to Sheramy at Van Gogh’s Chair for her Fall Exhibition Roundup. For Paris, Sheramy mentions Mystery and Glitter: Pastels in the Musée d’Orsay, from October 8, 2008 to February 1, 2009. This should indeed be wonderful. Also noteworthy at Orsay: Picasso/Manet: Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (a tie-up with the major Picasso show at the Grand Palais, below) and more Picasso: Masques, de Carpeaux à Picasso. Picasso is definitely in the air this season…

Velasquez Infanta MargaritaBut Paris offers much, much more this fall. I have compiled a list for you:

Grand Palais: the event of the fall will be Picasso et les maîtres(“Picasso and the Masters”) from October 8, 2008to February 2, 2009. Treasures galore, like this Velasquez. It will probably overshadow thefirst exhibition in France dedicated to the German Expressionistpainter Emil Nolde, from September 25, 2008 to January 19, 2009, also at the Grand Palais.

Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg): Among many other shows, Le Futurisme à Paris from October 15, 2008 to January 26, 2009. While at Beaubourg, don’t forget to make time for lunch at the superb Georgesrestaurant on the top floor of the building (reservations stronglyrecommended.) It offers, in my opinion, the most beautiful view of Paris.

Louvre: the major exhibition of the Louvre season is Mantegna from September 26, 2008 to January 5, 2009. Also note Picasso-Delacroix from October 8, 2008 to February 2, 2009 (another tie-up with Picasso et les maîtres at the Grand Palais, above) and the many other shows of interest listed on the Museum’s exhibition site.

Musée du Quai Branly: Upside Down – Les Arctiques from September 28, 2008 to January 11, 2009. The newest ofParis’s major museums. I am fascinated by Inuit art, so this is ago. Only problem: the curators announce upfront that there will be noexplicative notices with the displays (how stupidly elitist is that?) Make sure you bring yourculture along.

Musée Rodin: Rodin & Freud Collectionneursfrom October 15, 2008 to February 22, 2009. If you don’t know the MuséeRodin yet, this should be an opportunity to discover it. I do rememberthat Freud was a passionate collector of art and antiquities. Probablyvery interesting.

Musée Carnavalet: Paris au Temps des Misérablesfrom October 10, 2008 to February 1, 2009. I am always game for a tripto the Carnavalet, rightly called the most Parisian of museums. Thereis no better setting for an exhibition on the Paris of Les Miz.

Musée du Luxembourg: De Miro à Warhol: la Collection Berardo.

Musée de la Marine: First, it’s not too late (until October 20) to see the wonderful Lapérouse exhibition, a must for anyone having any kind of interest in 18th century history, or maritime history, or the sea. And the setting of the museum, the Palais de Chaillot, offers breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero and the Left Bank. The Albert Marquet, itinéraires maritimes (“Albert Marquet, Sea Itineraries”) exhibition begins on October 15, 2008 until February 2, 2009. If the quality matches that of Lapérouse

Musée de l’Armee/Invalides: La Croix et le Glaive : Chefs-d’Oeuvre de l’Armurerie de Malte (“The Cross and the Sword: Masterpieces of the Malta Armory”) from October 22, 2008 to January 11, 2009. For military history buffs, and visitors to Napoleon’s tomb next door. No other details yet on this one.

And speaking of Napoleon, at the Institut du Monde Arabe: Bonaparte et l’Egypte: Feu et Lumière(“Bonaparte and Egypt: Fire and Light”) from October 6, 2008 to March 20, 2009. The theme is fascinating, thebuilding, on the banks of the Seine, is beautiful, and I love theexhibition poster.

Petit Palaisa Japanese theme this fall, with Zen et Art à Kyoto from October 16, 2008 to December 14, 2008, and Kurosawa: Dessins (“Drawings”) from October 16, 2008 to January 11 , 2009. I did not know Kurosawa, one of my favorite filmmakers, was a drafsman as well.

And since we are talking of Japanese art, let’s move on to the Musée Guimet: Konpira-San, Sanctuaire de la Mer, Tresors de la peinture japonaise (“Konpira-San, Sea Sanctuary, Treasures of Japanese Painting”) from October 15, 2008 to December 8, 2008. I have not visited Guimet’s beautiful collections of Asian art in a while, so this will provide me for the perfect excuse to go back.

Pinacothèque de Paris: Jackson Pollock et le Chamanisme from October 15, 2008 to February 15, 2009, and one of my favorite 20th century artists, Georges Rouault from Septemb
er 17, 2008 to January 18, 2008.

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris: Raoul Dufy from October 16, 2008 to January 18, 2009.

Musée de Cluny: Celtes & Scandinaves (7th-12th centuries) from October 1, 2008 to January 12, 2009. Cluny, home to the Lady of the Unicorn, is an extraordinary place, right at the heart of the Latin Quarter, and I am always ready to learn more about medieval Celts and Vikings.

Musée Delacroix: Delacroix et la Photographie from November 28, 2008 to March 2, 2009.

Musée Jacquemart-André: Van Dyck Portraitistefrom October 8, 2008 to January 25, 2009. The Jacquemart-André also has great 18th centurycollections. Don’t leave without patronizing the gorgeous tearoom (Tiepolo ceiling, Gobelins tapestries.)

Musée Galliéra Sous l’empire des crinolines (“Under the sway of hoopskirts”) from November 29, 2008 to April 26, 2009. Galliéra is a fashion museum, and I will definitely have a look at those hoopskirts.

Musée Maillol: L’Avant-Garde Russe des Années 20 dans la Collection Costaki from November 13, 2008 to March 2, 2009. No other details yet.

Last, but certainly not least, Musée Marmottan: Monet, l’Oeil Impressionniste (“Monet, The Impressionist Eye”) from October 15, 2008 to September 2, 2009. I wouldn’t miss these waterlilies…

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10 Comments to “Paris exhibitions: an overview of the Fall 2008 season”

  1. Catherine Delors says:

    Certainly, Penny! The French community in NY is around 60,000 strong.

  2. Penny says:

    I am so jealous. There does not seem to be as much 18th century culture from my little part of the world. No American Fragonard(very playful)or Boucher(love that pastoral scene)and no Petit Tianon although Fraser wrote that it does not exist anymore(as of 2005)(sigh)well I think at least I can enjoy the Europeans we have here in NYC.

  3. Catherine Delors says:

    Thanks for the tips! Looking forward to this.

  4. In that case you MUST attend the Salon!
    AND you can attend as Press!
    Very easy really – you just fill out a form at the onsite press office and bring along a printed piece/book cover bla bla and a biz card.
    I reccommend attending during the week rather than the weekend when the hungry mob shows up. The professional show section is great fun with chef contests and all manner of chocolate “art” works.

  5. Catherine Delors says:

    Thank you, Carol! The omission is all the more unforgivable that I am a chocolate afficionada.

  6. THIS is excellent! Thanks for all the info. I’m coming late October so all applies. But you missed the Salon du Chocolat -29 Oct – 2 Nov
    Sort of a cultural event…ahem

  7. Catherine Delors says:

    You are most welcome, Sheramy! I would say there is no such thing as too many museums. Nothing wrong with skewing your blog towards the things you love (I do it all the time, and that’s what blogging is all about, isn’t it?)
    As for Picasso, I do love all of his phases, blue, cubist, whatever. He is also one of the most brilliant draftsmen ever, up there with Leonardo and Durer. And the parallel with the great masters who inspired him should be fascinating. You are right, I probably won’t be able to see all of these shows, but I will make time for Picaso at the Grand Palais.

  8. Sheramy says:

    Paris almost has TOO many museums: seeing every wonderful exhibition every season would be nearly impossible! I have to say, I’m not a big Picasso fan, which is why the GP show didn’t make my little list (which is shamelessly skewed towards things I like). But there are plenty of other things here I’d happily see. The Pollock and shamanism show sounds especially intriguing. And I’ve never even been to the IMA or the Jacquemart-Andre. Love love love the Marmottan.

    Thanks for posting!

  9. Catherine Delors says:

    Well, Julianne, I was wondering the same thing! Yet there are a few I don’t want to miss. Picasso and the Masters, Mantegna (did you see that slide show? gorgeous), Bonaparte in Egypt, plus Rouault and Marquet. And the Musee Guimet, and Jacquemart-Andre… Well, I’ll try to see one per week-end.
    And I am going to Versailles on Sunday to see the horse show there, and the restored Petit Trianon. I am so fortunate…

  10. Catherine, I hate reading your posts because they make me miss Paris so much! I’d give anything to be there for just one day. The Musee Rodin is one of my favorite places…I don’t know how you get any writing done with all these wonderful museums to visit.

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