Spring exhibitions in Paris

Our pick of the art shows in the French capital this spring, from Bowie to Velazquez


Les Clefs d'une passion

Critics' choice

Opened in early 2015, the Fondation Louis Vuitton continues to stake its claim in Paris’s cultural landscape with a beautiful collection of iconic works from the first half of the 20th century...

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Until Monday July 6 2015


For many, Diego Velázquez springs to mind as the greatest painter of the Spanish Golden Age. For some,  Edouard Manet included, he was the best painter who ever lived. ‘Las Meninas’, ‘The Triumph of Bacchus’, the portrait of his slave, Juan de Pareja – these works influenced over three centuries of artists straight through to modernism...

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Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais Until Monday July 13 2015

Pierre Bonnard: Peindre l'Arcadie

From his post-impressionist Nabi experimentation to his Japanophile paintings, the Musée d'Orsay's big summer exhibition this year is all about Bonnard. It's a major undertaking...

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Musée d'Orsay Until Sunday July 19 2015


Family drama, throne politics, religious quarrels, beheadings and sumptuous clothing ensured that the Tudor dynasty was anything but dull. This exhibition by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux...

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Musée National du Luxembourg Until Sunday July 19 2015

La Toilette : Naissance de l'intime

Bidets, bathtime and all things toilette are the stars of this lovely show at the Musée Marmottan-Monet, which celebrates the elevation of these prosaic subjects to high art...

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Musée Marmottan-Monet Until Sunday July 5 2015

Les Cahiers dessinés : l'art du dessin

For the 10th anniversary of its review, unusual publishing house Cahiers Dessinés (Illustrated Books) has created a show about drawing at the Montmartre home...

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Halle Saint-Pierre Until Friday August 14 2015

De Giotto à Caravage

Critics' choice

Themed around the work of art historian Roberto Longhi (1890-1970), this exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André brings together works by Caravaggio and his disciples as well as four works by...

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Musée Jacquemart-André Until Monday July 20 2015

Henry Darger

When an insignificant office worker died in 1973, his lodgers were surprised by what they found in the bedroom – hundreds of canvases, plus three enormous volumes made up of many thousands of pages. Since then, Henry Darger's name...

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Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Friday May 29 2015 - Sunday October 11 2015


Qu'est-ce que la photographie ?

An elitist art at the beginning of the 20th century, photography has since become an everyday means of communication. The Centre Pompidou’s photo gallery discusses just what exactly photography is in its latest exhibition...

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The Centre Pompidou Until Monday June 1 2015

Mixed media

Chercher le garçon

Critics' choice

MAC/VAL is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a new exhibition, ‘Chercher le Garçon’, which explores representations of boys and boyhood in contemporary art.  The theme is less broad than it first seems, as the ‘boy’ proves a fragile and elusive figure, often eclipsed by depictions of ‘dominant’ adult masculinity...

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MAC/VAL Until Sunday August 30 2015

Marcel Broodthaers : Musée d'Art moderne, département des aigles

Had enough of what Paris’s museums and galleries have to offer? Why not do what Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers did back in 1968: open your own. For Broodthaers, it was really that simple. Appointing himself director of a new Brussels ‘institute’, he got to work building and exhibiting his collection out of his own house...

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Musée de la Monnaie de Paris Until Sunday July 5 2015

David Bowie Is

Bowie’s rebel rebel hairstyles, costume ch-changes and explosive musical genre-hopping are the focus of the Philharmonie’s very first exhibition. Curated by the Victoria & Albert museum in 2013, ‘David Bowie is’ has travelled the world...

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Cité de la Musique Until Sunday May 31 2015

Le Corbusier: Mesures de l'homme

After 20 years of careful research, Swiss architect Le Corbusier perfected the Modulor scale of proportions in 1944, a concept of high importance to his innovative work that went on to become a crucial tool...

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The Centre Pompidou Until Monday August 3 2015

Michelangelo Antonioni

One of the most important and influential Italian filmmakers, Michelangelo Antonioni ('L'Avventura', 'Blow Up', 'Red Desert') is the subject of the spring retrospective at the ever-impressive Cinémathèque Française...

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La Cinémathèque Française Saturday May 23 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015

Harry Potter: L'exposition

It’s broomsticks, bludgers and Bertie Botts beans galore as the Harry Potter exhibition arrives in Paris. Showing at Luc Besson’s film studio complex La Cité du Cinéma...

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La Cité du Cinéma Until Sunday September 6 2015

Markus Lüpertz

He was one of the children born during WW2 who made up the 'Berlin School' of painting in France during the 1970s, which included Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, A.R. Penck and Gerhard Richter – but bizarrely few people have heard of Markus Lüpertz...

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Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Until Sunday July 19 2015