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Art and stage reviews and listings for Paris’s best museum exhibitions, theatres and art galleries




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Jérôme Zonder: Fatum

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Jérome Zonder's show has transformed the Maison Rouge into a forest straight out of a fairytale illustrated by Gustave Doré. The walls are covered from floor to ceiling in grey drawings, creating a disturbing atmosphere where the artworks have escaped their frames and taken over the entire space. More than a simple exhibition, this is a dense and intense

  1. La Maison Rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert 10 boulevard de la Bastille, 12e
  2. Thu Feb 19 - Sun May 10
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Lumières: Carte blanche à Christian Lacroix

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Set in the centre of the Marais between a cluster of chic modern galleries, the Musée Picasso, the MAHJ and the Carnavalet, the Musée Cognacq-Jay has long suffered from the local competition and a slightly dusty image. Dedicated to the collection of 17th-century objects and artworks of Samaritaine founder Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay, the

  1. Musée Cognacq-Jay 8 rue Elzévir, 3e
  2. Wed Nov 19 - Sun Apr 19
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Pierre Bonnard: Peindre l'Arcadie

  • Rated as: 4/5
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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 – Bonnard is an unclassifiable painter of intimacy and light, whose canvases have long been known for two particular motifs – that of his wife Marthe, floating in her bath, and

  1. Musée d'Orsay 62 rue de Lille, 7e
  2. Tue Mar 17 - Sun Jul 19
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David Bowie Is

  • Rated as: 4/5
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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 to high acclaim before finally making it to Paris. A flamboyant collection of music videos, extravagant outfits,

  1. Cité de la Musique 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Tue Mar 3 - Sun May 31
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La Toilette : Naissance de l'intime

  • Rated as: 4/5
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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 from the 16th century to the present day. A rich and meticulously curated exhibition, it touches as much on history of art as on the evolution of society and its morals, medicine and

  1. Musée Marmottan-Monet 2 rue Louis Boilly, 16e
  2. Thu Feb 12 - Sun Jul 5
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Jan Fabre: Congo

  • Rated as: 3/5
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  • Free

Flemish artist Jan Fabre pays tribute to the Congolese exploited under colonialist rule in his latest exhibition ‘Congo’, and denounces the horrors of the period during which Belgian King Leopold II founded the Congo Free State during the late 19th century, exploiting it as a private venture and leaving the Congolese to work and live in scandalous

  1. Galerie Daniel Templon 30 rue Beaubourg, 3e
  2. Sat Feb 28 - Sat Apr 11
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Taryn Simon

  • Rated as: 4/5
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A habitual satirist of the errors and quirks of Uncle Sam, American artist Taryn Simon turns a caustic, offbeat gaze on the political, legal, military and media power of the United States. She gives the hypocrisy of the state a good going over, particularly in the series 'The Innocents', 'An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar' and 'Contraband' –

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Tue Feb 24 - Sun May 17
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Les Cahiers dessinés : l'art du dessin

  • Rated as: 4/5
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For the 10th anniversary of its review, unusual publishing house Cahiers Dessinés (Illustrated Books) has created a show about drawing at the Montmartre home of 'outsider art', the Halle Saint-Pierre. Emphasising the vigour of an art form that is often seen as minor, the exhibition opens with Victor Hugo brought to life by the cartoonist Chaval, followed

  1. Halle Saint-Pierre 2 rue Ronsard, 18e
  2. Wed Jan 21 - Fri Aug 14
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Grégoire Korganow : Prisons

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Photo reporting on prisons isn't a new genre, but a show of this calibre is rare – and with a level of research and dedication to match. Grégoire Korganow spent three years visiting French prisons in the guise of an inspector, a disguise which enabled him to move freely through the system and to capture the inmates and their environments with

  1. Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) 5-7 rue de Fourcy, 4e
  2. Wed Feb 4 - Sun Apr 5
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De Giotto à Caravage

  • Rated as: 4/5
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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 (including the famous 'Boy bitten by a lizard'), as well as four works by Renaissance pioneers Giotto, Masolino, Masaccio and Piero della Francesca. This all-Italian show looks extremely

  1. Musée Jacquemart-André 158 boulevard Haussmann, 8e
  2. Fri Mar 27 - Mon Jul 20
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