Spring is here! It’s time for Parisians to get out of their cozy nests after a few rainy months and dive back into the rich cultural life that the City of Light has to offer.
Whether you want to treat yourself to a contemplative experience or are on a mission to boost your Instagram with some killer artsy pictures, we’ve got your back with these 5 stunning shows!
This is definitely the most talked-about show of the month in Paris. The MEP (Musée Européen de la Photo) is exhibiting the first retrospective of Chinese photographer Ren Hang in France.
Shooting star of the international contemporary art scene, Ren Hang is the symbol of a young generation of Chinese artists craving more freedom to create.
The show offers a poetic display of Ren’s iconic portraits and nudes but also highlights a darker dimension of his work by presenting his poems and essays. Indeed, the young artist was struggling with severe depression and sadly committed suicide in 2017, at just 29 years old.
We highly recommend this show which is both inspiring and emotional.
On view until May 26.
Maison Européenne de la Photographie , 5/7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris
Wed, Fri: 11:00 – 20:00
Thurs: 11:00 – 22:00
Sat, Sun: 10:00 – 20:00
Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Since the Fondation Louis Vuitton opened its doors about 5 years ago, it has been offering nothing but blockbuster exhibitions. The two shows on view this Spring are no exceptions.
Last month we already recommended that you stroll among some of the greatest Impressionist masterpieces, on loan from the private Courtauld collection.
But, if you’re up for something a little more contemporary, visit the foundation’s other exhibition, “A Vision for Painting.” This expo features a selection of 70 paintings from major contemporary artists, all part of the Louis Vuitton collection.
We should also mention that this show is probably the most Instagram-worthy of the year! Don’t miss the chance to take a selfie in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room nor to pose in front of Gerhard Richter’s monumental piece.
On view until August 26.
Metro Les Sablons
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun: 11:00 – 20:00
Fri: 11:00 – 21:00
Closed on Tuesday
Seeing the paintings of this XIXth century Danish master is sure to make you think of Vermeer and Hopper. Hammershøi is part of this exclusive club of artists who manage to paint timeless interior scenes onto which the viewer can project a multiplicity of emotions, from serenity to loneliness.
His paintings are fascinating in their simplicity: a sober color range, minimalist settings that seem almost abstract, and a few mysterious figures looking through the window or standing still in a corner of the room. It’s enough to create an almost disturbing feeling of intimacy.
On view until July 22.
Musée Jacquemart-André,158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008, Paris
Metro Saint-Philippe du Roule or Miromesnil
Open everyday: 10:00 – 18:00
If you’re in need of a dose of pure beauty and elegance, head over to the Musée Picasso, located in a stunning hotel particulier in the heart of the Marais.
The exhibition’s attempt to create a dialogue between Picasso and Calder’s sculptures and paintings can be a bit far-fetched, but we can’t deny the delight in rediscovering some of the masterpieces of these two titans of Modern Art.
On view until August 25.
Musée Picasso, 5 Rue Thorigny, 75003 Paris
Metro Chemin Vert, Saint-Sébastien-Froissart, or Saint-Paul
Tues – Fri: 10:30 – 18:00
Sat, Sun: 9:30 – 18:00
Closed on Monday
Although Luigi Ghirri is considered as a national treasure in Italy, his name remains relatively unknown in the rest of the world.
The Jeu de Paume is fixing this injustice by shining a light on the work of this great master of color photography, with a truly exceptional retrospective.
What’s absolutely fascinating in Ghirri’s pictures is the way he manages to reveal the hidden beauty in the most mundane landscapes – from the suburbs of a mid-sized Italian city to the seaside resorts that were popping up everywhere in the 1970s.
Go there for a lesson on how to find beauty and poetry everywhere you go!
On view until June 2.
Le Jeu de Paume, 1 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris
Tues: 11:00 – 21:00
Wed – Sun: 11:00 – 19:00
Closed on Monday
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