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Paris Exhibitions Not to Miss this Month: February 2019

The 5 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Paris this Month

Stay warm in Paris this February by heading to a museum. There is always plenty to see with the permanent collections, but we recommend checking out one of these temporary exhibitions while you still can!

What better way to stay out of the cold than by taking in an exceptional exhibition while you’re in Paris? Although many museums are between exhibitions in February, there are still several interesting expos to see if you’re in the City of Light this month. Here are our picks for the art exhibitions that are sure to keep you warm while adding a touch of culture to your winter trip to Paris.

Ending soon:

Michael Jackson, On the Wall – Grand Palais

There’s still a bit of time to see this unmissable expo before it ends on February 14. Marking the 10th anniversary of the legendary singer’s death, the exhibition retraces the life of the late King of Pop through photos, paintings, sculptures, and videos, exploring his impact on the arts and popular culture. A must for music lovers passing through Paris this month!

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
Metro Champs-Elysées or Clémenceau
Mon, Thurs, Sun: 10:00 – 20:00
Wed, Fri, Sat: 10:00 – 22:00
Tues: Closed
Tickets: 12€

Le Cubisme – Centre Pompidou

Believe it or not, this retrospective is the first exhibition dedicated to cubism in France since 1953! Providing a panorama of the early 20th-century art movement, the temporary expo showcases over 300 works of art including paintings by Braque and Picasso as well as poems by Apollinaire. This is the one to hit for modern art lovers who want to learn everything there is to know about this important avant-garde courant. Hurry though, the exposition ends February 25.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Metro Rambuteau
Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun: 11:00 – 21:00
Thurs: 10:00 – 23:00
Tues: Closed
Tickets: 14€

Opening Now:

Sérusier’s ‘The Talisman’, A Prophecy of Color – Musée d’Orsay

From January 29 to June 2, 2019, the Musée d’Orsay shines the spotlight on the paintings of the avant-garde artist group known as Les Nabis. Centered around Paul Sérusier’s iconic post-impressionist painting, The Talisman, the exhibition also includes over 60 works by his contemporaries, including pieces by Maurice Denis, Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, and Paul Gauguin. This exhibition promises plenty of color, perfect for perking up a grey winter day.

Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
Metro Solférino
Mon: Closed
Tues, Wed, Fri-Sun: 09:30 – 18:00
Thurs: 09:30 – 21:45
Tickets: 14€

Vasarely, The Sharing of Shapes – Centre Pompidou

Alright, I know, that makes two at Pompidou, but this exhibition is one of the most anticipated of the year and it opens February 6! Dedicated to the work of Victor Vasarely, generally considered the ‘Father of Optical Art,’ this retrospective is sure to give you an eyeful. Using geometric shapes and color to create optical illusions, Vasarely was one of the leading artists of the 1970s. This is the first retrospective of his Op’Art work at the Centre Pompidou and runs through May 6.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Metro Rambuteau
Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun: 11:00 – 21:00
Thurs: 10:00 – 23:00
Tues: Closed
Tickets: 14€

Van Gogh, Starry Night & Dreamed Japan – Atelier des Lumières

After opening in April 2018 and hosting an incredibly successful inaugural exhibition on Gustave Klimt and Hundertwasser, the Atelier des Lumières reopens on February 22, 2019, with a brand new programme. This time, the immersive digital art venue plunges you into the works of  Vincent Van Gogh, with a short Japanese Art exhibit playing between showings of the long-format “Starry Night.” A truly unique visual and musical experience, the Atelier des Lumières is sure to have another hit on its hands. If you can’t make it right after opening, don’t worry – this expo is on through December 2019.

Urbansider Tip: We recommend buying your tickets online to avoid waiting in line and because the on-site ticket counter is closed on weekends!

Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint Maur, 75011 Paris
Metro Saint-Ambroise, Rue Saint-Maur, or Père Lachaise
Mon – Thurs: 10:00 – 18:00
Fri, Sat: 10:00 – 22:00
Sun: 10:00 – 19:00
Tickets: 14.50€

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