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Raw Vision

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Having twice hosted the outsider art exhibition associated with the magazine ‘HEY!’, the Halle Saint-Pierre is now teaming up with the famous publication ‘Raw Vision’ to create a new exhibition devoted to all things irreverent and underground. Created in London in 1989 by the painter John Maizels, the thrice yearly review has, over the course of 25 years, become the reference point for alternative currents in temporary art. It has participating in the mediatisation and

  1. Halle Saint-Pierre 2 rue Ronsard, 18e
  2. Wed Sep 18 - Fri Aug 22
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Des hommes, des mondes

  • Rated as: 5/5
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  • Free

Peoples and worlds, plural: the sources that artists draw on for this exhibition at the Collège de Bernadins are an improbable cocktail of religions and folklores. Here, blokes in baggy jeans walk around in African masks (Romain Bernini), while the serpent from Genesis curls up in a den of feathers and pearls (Rina Banerjee). Arranged here in this former Cistercian monastery converted into a contemporary art gallery in 2008, the dialogue between cultures is intelligent,

  1. Collège des Bernardins 20 rue de Poissy, 5e
  2. Fri Mar 7 - Sun Jun 15
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Les Impressionnistes en Privé

  • Rated as: 4/5
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You might think you know the impressionists inside out, given that theirs is one of the most popularised artistic movements of all time. But you'd be wrong, as this exhibition proves. From Switzerland to Mexico via Italy and Britain, a few rare pieces have been hiding away in private collections, emerging just for an exhibition at the Musée Marmottan-Monet. The show celebrates the museum's 80th birthday with 100 masterpieces, most of which have never been seen by the public.

  1. Musée Marmottan-Monet 2 rue Louis Boilly, 16e
  2. Thu Feb 13 - Sun Jul 6
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De Watteau à Fragonard : les fêtes galantes

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Fêtes galantes (courtship parties) was a term invented particularly for Antoine Watteau's elaborate party scenes, full poetry and sensuality. Descended from the Venetian and Flemish pastorals that bloomed in the 16th and 17th centuries, these paintings showed young people play-acting in a bucolic landscape, with a light-heartedness that meant that they have always been sidelined by the artistic canon. Paradoxically, this is the best thing that could have happened to them; of a

  1. Musée Jacquemart-André 158 boulevard Haussmann, 8e
  2. Fri Mar 14 - Mon Jul 21
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Robert Adams, 'L'endroit où nous vivons'

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon — the work of Robert Adams is inextricably tied to the landscapes that it depicts. Grand horizons, breathtaking scenery, fields that stretch all the way to vanishing point… and in their midst: man, dirty and rowdy. In Adams’ oeuvre, the American Midwest becomes the site of a struggle between an Edenic nature and the motorways, shopping centres and nuclear plants that threaten to devour it. Urbanisation and all its attendant problems

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Tue Feb 11 - Sun May 18
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Mathieu Pernot : La Traversée

  • Rated as: 4/5
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For the last 20 years, photographer Mathieu Pernot has been documenting a different kind of contemporary history – at the margins of society, with travellers and the homeless, in deprived suburbs, with migrants, in prisons. In his complex work, documentary photography abandons any claims to a non-judgemental approach: Pernot uses it to participate, explore and tell a story, like a police archive or an eyewitness report. By recording what he sees without fear, Pernot's work has

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Tue Feb 11 - Sun May 18
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Henri Cartier-Bresson

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Look back on the 20th century through the lens of Henri Cartier-Bresson, and it's all there: the jazz age of the 1920s, colonial Africa, the Spanish civil war, developing human rights, capitalist expansion, two world wars, Ghandi's funeral, decolonisation, Mao, the first man in space, America booming, student protests, the collapse of the Soviet bloc – all captured in haunting blizzard of black and white.The Centre Pompidou's exhibition embraces the reputation that precedes it:

  1. The Centre Pompidou Rue Saint-Martin, 4e
  2. Wed Feb 12 - Mon Jun 9
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Dries Van Noten: Inspirations

  • Rated as: 4/5
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For his exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten has drawn on the museum's collection to surround his clothes with artworks that inspire him – the geometric abstractions of Victor Vasarely, the expressionism of Kees van Dongen and bourgeois portraits of Jacques-Emile Blanche. From collection to collection and from season to season, painting, sculpture and photography show their influence on Van Noten's work, echoed in forms and

  1. Musée des Arts Décoratifs 107 rue de Rivoli, 1er
  2. Sat Mar 1 - Sun Aug 31
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