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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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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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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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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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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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The Velvet Underground

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

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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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