Paris Art Now: The 10 hottest exhibitions in the city

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Every time of the year is great for Paris! The city is one of the most enchanting places to be and the museums and galleries are ready to stun you with glorious exhibitions for every taste: Retrospectives of Cy Twombly, Bernard Buffet and Frédéric Bazille, a rarely seen collection of modern masterpieces, Avedon's photographic view of France, fashion through the ages, priceless early medieval masterpieces, American painting of the 30s, Picasso & Giacometti's friendship & collaboration and contemporary design by Jean Nouvel. And, as always, there are plenty equally amazing ones scheduled for 2017, so keep checking cityartnow for eveything about art exhibitions in the city of light!
 
 
 
Orangerie Museum - American painting in the 1930s
Until January 30 | Tuileries Gardens, 75001
 
Examining the, decisive for the modern art scene, American art of the 1930s, the exhibition will feature a set of fifty to sixty pictures taken from prestigious American public and private collections (Art Institute in Chicago, the Whitney Museum or the Museum of Modern Art in New-York) whose diversity reflects the great richness of this pre-World War II period.
 
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Jackson Pollock, Untitled, c. 1938-41. Oil on linen, 56.5 x 127.5 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, Major Acquisitions Centennial Fund; estate of Florene May Schoenborn; through prior acquisitions of Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison, Marguerita S. Ritman, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Borland, and Mary L. and Leigh B. Block, 1998.522 (c) The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016.


Picasso Museum - Picasso-Giacometti
 
An exhibition bringing to light the formal relationships, friendly or iconographic, that connected these two major 20th century artists. The story of this incredible friendship is told by reuniting more than 200 artworks of the two masters, from the collections of Picasso Museum and Fondation Giacometti, as well as  artworks on loan from important French & foreign collections. Organized in eight sections, the exhibition proposes a chronological and thematic programme which presents the different aspects of their artistic production of the following mediums: painting, sculpture, and drawing.
 
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© 2015 Musée national Picasso-Paris


Les arts decoratifs - Jean Nouvel, mes meubles d’architecte
Until February 12 | 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
 
An exhibition of furniture and objects designed by Jean Nouvel, one of the few contemporary architects to have had more than a hundred of these creations published since 1987. Jean Nouvel has treated this unique invitation not merely as a retrospective but as an opportunity to create a dialogue with the museum, its history and its collections.
 
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Lueurs, installations lumières de l’exposition « Jean Nouvel, mes meubles d’architecte » au musée des Arts décoratifs, Artemide © DR.

 
Palais Galliera - Anatomy of a Collection
 
Ranging from court wear to work overalls and from clothes worn by celebrities to every-day attires, this exhibition draws on the Galliera Museum collection for around a hundred garments and accessories illustrating fashion from the 18th century to the present day. Anatomy of a Collection is presenting Marie-Antoinette’s corset, Napoleon’s waistcoat, a worker’s trousers, Sarah Bernhardt’s cape, a workman’s apron, Audrey Hepburn’s outfit, the Duchess of Windsor's dress, a dress worn by Jackie Kennedy and more! Two hundred items with or without pedigree, but identified with the people who wore them.
 
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Image: © Pierre Antoine

 
Cluny Museum of Medieval Art - The Merovingiens
Until February 13 | 6 Place Paul Painlevé, 75005
 
This exhibition presents a broad overview of the intellectual and artistic activity over a complex period of three centuries, from the battle of the Catalaunian plains (451) to the end of reign of the last Merovingian king (751). Among other things, it aims to show the deep originality of Merovingian art – as well as its antique and Germanic roots – and to focus on the civilization identity that it embodies.
 
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Sarcophagus of Saint Drausin, 6th century. Marble, 52 cm x 213 cm x 67 cm. © Musée du Louvre, dist. Rmn-Grand Palais / Thierry Ollivier.


Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - Bernard Buffet: Retrospective
 
A retrospective of the work of Bernard Buffet (1928–1999), one of the most famous French painters of the 20th century, but also one of the most contentious. In a choice of a hundred paintings this exhibition takes a fresh look at an oeuvre which in fact remains little known to the public at large.
 
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Left: Tête de clown, Bernard Buffet, 1955. Huile sur toile 73 x 60 cm. Collection fonds de dotation Bernard Buffet, Paris. © Fonds de dotation Bernard Buffet © ADAGP, Paris 2016. Right: Autoportrait sur fond noir, Bernard Buffet, 1956. Huile sur toile, 129,3 x 96,8 cm. Collection Pierre Bergé © Dominique Cohas © ADAGP, Paris 2016.

 
National Library of France - Avedon's France: Old World, New Look
Until February 26 | Quai François Mauriac, 75706
 
This exhibition, that brings together some 200 pieces by Richard Avedon (1923- 2004), explores the unique relationship that the American photographer built up with France. Famous and celebrated throughout the world for his fashion photographs but also for his celebrity portraits, Richard Avedon had close ties with France. The exhibition focuses on the signs of this deep affection, from the 1940s when he came to photograph the fashion collections in Paris for the magazine Harper’s Bazaar to his collaboration with the magazine Egoïste, from 1985.
 
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Left: Richard Avedon, Yves Montand and Simone Signoret. New York, 1959. Right: Richard Avedon, Paris Pursuit with Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer and Buster Keaton. Harper’s Bazaar Oct 1959.

 
Louis Vuitton Foundation - Icons of Modern Art
 
The exhibition pays tribute to one of the greatest art patrons of the early 20th c., Sergei Shchukin, a Russian collector of French modern art through a significant ensemble of 13 important pieces by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh.
 
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Paul Gauguin, Aha oe feri (Eh quoi, tu es jalouse ?), 1892. Musee d' Etet des Beaux-Arts Pouchkine, Moscow.

 
Orsay Museum - Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870). The Youth of Impressionism
 
Frédéric Bazille, who died in combat in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian War aged just 28, started his painting career influenced by Realism and by his friend Monet, he nevertheless went on to complete numerous masterpieces in which he gradually asserted his unique talent. Organised both thematically and chronologically, the exhibition places 60 works of Bazille amongst those of his contemporaries like Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Fantin-Latour, Guigou, Scholderer and Cézanne.
 
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Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870). Summer Scene1869. Oil on canvas. H. 158; W. 158 cm. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fogg Art Museum © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Pompidou Centre - Cy Twombly
 
This major retrospective of the work of the iconic American artist brings together works from public and private collections around the world, will be structured around three major cycles and will span the artist’s entire career, from his first works in the early 1950s to his last paintings. Additionally you can visit the Orpheus exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Cy Twombly at Gagosian Gallery, on 4 rue de Ponthieu!
 
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Cy Twombly, Blooming, 2001 - 2008 Courtesy Archives Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio Photo : Studio Silvano, Gaeta © Cy Twombly Foundation.

 
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