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Spring exhibitions in Paris

Our pick of the art shows in the French capital this spring, from Italian photographer Ugo Malas to the evolution of Barbie®.

© Les Arts Décoratifs / photo : Jean Tholance
« L’Eden », papier peint panoramique, Joseph Fuchs, Manufacture Desfossé, 1861

What better way to banish any lingering winter greyness than with a plunge into the new crop of exhibitions blooming around Paris in springtime? These gorgeous offerings include big-name shows and fun little off-beat gems in every corner of the city, drawing you to discover new galleries, new artists, and probably have a good few coffees or a bit of window-shopping on your way.

So read on for our selection of spring exhibitions in Paris, divided into painting, photography and mixed media. And have a ball!

Painting

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L'Art et l'Enfant - Chefs-d'œuvre de la peinture française

75 masterpieces explore the status of childhood between the 14th and 20th centuries.

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Hubert Robert (1733-1808)

Delve into the heart of Hubert Robert's picturesque ruins, poetic landscapes and urban panoramas.

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L’Atelier en Plein Air: Les Impressionnistes en Normandie

Discover works suffused with a new understanding of light.

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Paula Modersohn-Becker, L'intensité d'un regard

An exhibition dedicated to a little-known avant-garde painter.

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Albert Marquet

Albert Marquet’s diverse works are unclassifiable and yet his muted style is always entirely recognisable.

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Paul Klee : L'ironie à l'oeuvre

A major retrospective brings together around 250 works by one of the founding figures of modern art.

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Le Douanier Rousseau: L'Innocence Archaïque

Through his exotic and colourful naïf paintings, Henri Rousseau takes viewers on a beguiling journey off into far-flung worlds.

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Drawing Now Paris 2016

A special tenth edition of Drawing Now Paris – the city’s annual contemporary drawing fair – takes place from March 30-April 3 2016 at the Carreau du Temple.

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Photography

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Noémie Goudal : cinquième corps

An oeuvre laced with ambiguity and magic.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Les Années 1980, l’Insoutenable Légèreté

This Centre Pompidou show mixes photographic works and videos in a high-octane exploration of ‘the unbearable lightness’ of the ’80s.

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Helena Almeida : Corpus

A look at the wide-ranging career of important Portuguese conceptual artist Helena Almeida.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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François Kollar : Un Ouvrier du Regard

The Hungarian photographer François Kollar’s dynamic oeuvre is the focus of a retrospective at the Jeu de Paume.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Gainsbourg, immortel à la galerie de l’Instant

25 years after his death, the singer-songwriter’s incredible vitality and magnetism in these images still overwhelms.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Mixed media

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Art Paris 2016

Paris’s vast springtime art fair Art Paris makes a grand return to the Grand Palais.

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Stéphane Thidet, Solitaire

A spectacular show of lyrical choreography.

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L'Art de Blue Sky Studios

Discover the animation studio behind Scrat, Manny and more.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Double Je, Artisans d'Art et d'Artistes

Play detective in this unconventional exhibition.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Velvet Underground

Explore the history of one of the most influential bands in the history of rock.

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Monumenta 2016 - Huang Yong Ping, Empires

The 2016 edition of the contemporary art show is devoted to Huang Yong Ping, a major figure of the Chinese avant-garde.

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Carambolages

A diverse display of artists like François Boucher, Annette Messager, Rembrant, Man Ray and Giacometti.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Barbie

An intelligent and fun exploration of a character who became a global cultural influence.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Autour des dinosaures

Hop in to the Palais de la Découverte’s time machine to encounter the dinosaurs that roamed the earth in the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras.

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Picasso.Sculptures

If Picasso’s paintings are celebrated the world over, then his sculptures still remain relatively unknown. Here, the recently renovated Musée Picasso argues that this is an injustice to the Spanish artist’s legacy, putting impressive series like the ‘Verres d’Absinthe’ (1914) and the original ‘Baigneurs en Bois’ (1956) on proud display this spring and summer. As diverse and inventive as any of his canvases, these sculptures only further underpin his genius.

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