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Paris Exhibitions Not to Miss this Month: March 2019

The Must-See Art Exhibitions in Paris this Month

With so many interesting new exhibitions opening this March, we've selected some of the best expos to see ASAP and are letting you know which ones are ending soon.

While we are loving the beautiful weather in Paris right now, there are still quite a few good reasons to duck indoors and enjoy an exceptional art exhibition. Here are our picks for the best of what’s on in Paris right now.

Ending Soon:

Art Brut Japonais II

Following the close of the 2018 Japonsims cultural season, the Halle Saint-Pierre’s second Japanese Art Brut exhibition nears its end. Through March 10, 2019, this contemporary art space in Montmartre features the works of over 50 Japanese artists, including giant clay sculptures, colorful and emotional drawings, and even a collection of small paper trucks by one of the movement’s biggest names, Shinichi Sawada. This serious look into Japan’s Art Brut scene and the intense stories of those behind it is sure to shake you up.

Halle Saint-Pierre, 2 Rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris
Metro Anvers or Abbesses
Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 18:00
Sat: 11:00 – 19:00
Sun: 12:00 – 18:00
Tickets: 9€

Fernand Khnopff: Le maître de l’énigme

Bringing together over one hundred of Khnopff’s most iconic works, this retrospective transports you back to Europe at the end of the 19th century. Staged as a recreation of the artist’s home and atelier, this exhibition is all about the art de vivre of the time. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, and engravings by one of the masters of Belgian symbolism are displayed along with works by Khnopff’s contemporaries, adding another layer of context. The much-talked-about retrospective, the first in France in 40 years, ends March 17, 2019.

Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Metro Champs Elysées – Clemenceau
Tues – Sun: 10:00 – 18:00
Fri: 10:00 – 21:00
Tickets: 11€

Jean Jacques Lequeu: Bâtisseur de fantasme

For those who love architecture, incredibly detailed drawings, and eccentric artists, rush straight over to the Petit Palais for this exhibition. Although you may never have heard of Jean Jacques Lequeu (few have), you’re sure to be blown away by his exquisite artworks on display. The somewhat surreal story of this architect without a building gives way to an exhibition that blends imagination, geometry, humor, and humanity. On through March 31, 2019.

Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Metro Champs Elysées – Clemenceau
Tues – Sun: 10:00 – 18:00
Fri: 10:00 – 21:00
Tickets: 11€

Opening Now:

The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism

Opening on February 20, this exclusive exhibition features over 100 works by some of the most celebrated Impressionist artists. Including emblematic oevures by Manet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and more, the private collection of British businessman and supporter of the arts Samuel Courtauld boasts some of the most exceptional paintings from the turn of the 19th century. Housed in the stunning Fondation Louis Vuitton, this exhibition runs until June 17, 2019.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
Metro Les Sablons
Mon, Wed, Thurs: 11:00 – 20:00
Fri: 11:00 – 21:00
Sat, Sun: 10:00 – 20:00
Closed Tuesdays
Tickets: 16€

Sensible: The New Season at the Palais de Tokyo

From February 20 – May 12, Paris’s cool contemporary art ‘anti-museum’, the Palais de Tokyo hosts eight different exhibitions, all around the theme Sensible, or Sensitive. Virtual reality spaces, immersive and interactive video installations, as well as site-specific creations, invite visitors young and old to explore each one of their senses and how we perceive the world around us. These expos are sure to make you think.

Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Metro Iéna or Alma Marceau
Mon – Sun: 12:00 – 00:00
Closed Tuesdays
Tickets: 12€

A la plume, au pinceau, au crayon: dessins du monde arabe

‘Quill, Brush, Pencil: Drawings from the Arab World.’ Spanning three floors of the Institut du Monde Arabe, this exhibition features roughly 100 works, retracing (pardon the pun) the over thousand-year history of drawing as an art form in the Arab world. With some illustrations dating back to the ninth century, others displayed for the first time, this exhibition invites you to discover the origins of illustration as art along with its cultural significance and cross-cultural influences beginning on March 26 through September 15, 2019.

Urbansider Tip: After visiting, don’t forget to go up to the rooftop terrace to take in the panoramic views of Paris.

Insitut du Monde Arabe, 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris
Metro Jussieu or Cardinal Lemoine
Tues – Fri: 10:00 – 18:00
Sat, Sun: 10:00 – 19:00
Closed Mondays
Tickets: 8€

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