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Autumn exhibitions 2014

Duchamp, Hokusai, Winogrand… Who said la rentrée wasn’t fun?

Dolorès Marat, 'La Femme au sac à main', Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile, 1987 / © Dolorès Marat / Collection Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

As the new school year rolls around, the galleries of Paris are getting ready to teach us a lesson in how to stage an exhibition. Autumn is always a strong season for art, but this year's programme is especially distinguished. The heavyweight venues lead the pack with their big headline exhibitions: from Niki de Saint Phalle at the Grand Palais to Masahisa Fukase at Le BAL, via a particularly mischievous-looking Jeff Koons tribute at the Centre Pompidou. Meanwhile, smaller galleries spice things up with some enticing photography collections (Garry Winogrand, Industrial Explorations), Renaissance retrospectives (Les Borgia) and homages to Dadaism (Roland Topor). This is one class you won't fall asleep in.

Our highlights

Marcel Duchamp

The man whose oeuvre sounded the first death knell for painting was himself, at the outset, a painter, as this timely exhibition of his early works reminds us… Read more

Centre Pompidou • Sep 24 to Jan 5

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Roman Vishniac

The great photographer of Eastern European Jewish culture dabbled in a staggering array of genres. This broad retrospective tries to do his career justice… Read more

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme • Sep 17 to Jan 25

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Sade: Attaquer le soleil

The scandalous writings of the über-horny count are displayed alongside works by Goya, Picasso, Rodin and others in this epic survey of unbridled erotica… Read more

Musée d'Orsay • Oct 14 to Jan 25

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Niki de Saint Phalle

The high priestess of sculpture, New Realism and gunpowder is given the full retrospective treatment. Expect giant robots, bold colours and mad machines… Read more

Grand Palais • Oct 8 to Jan 18

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Also worth a look

William Eggleston

Hollow consumerism in ’50s America comes in for close inspection.

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
• Sep 10 to Dec 21

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Jeff Koons

The controversial pop artist finally gets a full retrospective.

Centre Pompidou • Nov 26 to Apr 27

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Ten-odd artists create works on the theme of 'introspection'.

Palais de Tokyo • Oct 20 to Jan 11

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Cecily Brown

Paris acquaints itself with the British artist's blurry eroticism.

Gagosian Gallery • Oct 19 to Dec 20

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Roland Topor

A brave attempt to shed light on this versatile artist's visual work.

Galerie Anne Barrault • Oct 18 to Nov 29

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