Here is a round-up of exhibitions in Paris starting in September 2015. Check out my Cultural Calendar page to see a large selection of exhibitions currently on!
There are some intriguing exhibitions opening this month. I'm especially excited about the Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun retrospective at the Grand Palais and the exhibition on representations of prostitution at the Musée d'Orsay. And the Louvre's exhibition should be spectacular, as it will be a pluridisciplinary show with contemporary artists displayed near objects from different periods.
Musée du Louvre (Paris 1er): This exhibition is based on the book by Jacques Attali of the same name, published in 2006. Pluridisciplinary, it brings a number of contemporary artists into a dialogue with noteworthy works from different eras, retracing in the present an account of the past conducive to a clearer view of the future.
Grand Palais (Paris 8e): This first retrospective devoted to the works of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun presents an artist whose life stretched from the reign of Louis XV to that of Louis-Philippe (one of the most eventful and turbulent periods in European and above all French history of modern times).
Musée d'Orsay (Paris 7e): The first major show on the subject of prostitution, this exhibition attempts to retrace the way French and foreign artists, fascinated by the people and places involved in prostitution, have constantly sought to find new pictorial resources for depicting the realities and fantasies it implied.
Les Arts Décoratifs (Paris 1er): This major event will bring together more than 700 works of art by 150 artists, artisans, designers, fashion designers and graphic designers in almost all of the museum’s temporary exhibition spaces.
Musée du Luxembourg (Paris 6e): According to the Goncourt brothers, the eighteenth century was an era of seduction, love and intrigue, and Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) might have been its main illustrator, if not its main agent.
Musée Marmottan Monet (Paris 16e): This exhibition presents artworks from the prestigious collection of the Swiss couple Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser.
Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris 5e): The objects will be drawn largely from the last seven years of underwater excavations at the ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus off the coast of Egypt. The selection will be supplemented by 40 artefacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria.
So many exhibitions to visit before the end of the month! I am really intriguided by the exhibition on contemporary stained glass at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, as well as the three photography exhibitions on at the Jeu de Paume. I also want to visit the exhibition on the Inca Empire and the conquistadors! The exhibition on 'exotic' beverages at the Musée Cognacq-Jay is definitely worth a visit.
Musée du quai Branly (Paris 7e): Through the portraits of the Inca Atahualpa and the Conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the exhibition presents the key events in the conquest of the Inca Empire and describes the encounter between two worlds.
Jeu de Paume (Paris 8e): For over one year, Khvay Samnang repeatedly returned to Rattanakiri, Cambodia’s northeastern highland province, to survey the altered environment—from the remaining villages to the strategic clearings, from rubber tree saplings to mature plantations.
Jeu de Paume (Paris 8e): Germaine Krull is at once one of the best-known figures in the history of photography, by virtue of her role in the avant-garde's from 1920 to 1940, and a pioneer of modern photojournalism.
Jeu de Paume (Paris 8e): Valérie Jouve's photographic and film work is rooted in the alchemy between bodies and space, humanity and the urban landscape.
Musée Cognacq-Jay (Paris 3e): This exhibition proposes a new way of looking at 18th century "exotic" beverages, from rituals to daily life, by presenting artworks from emblematic artists and objects.
Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (Paris 16e): This exhibition explores contemporary stained glass windows, from 1945 to today.
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme (Paris 3e): Treasures hidden during World War II in the Venice ghetto are on display.
Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (Paris 16e): A journey of French architecture as seen through stamps.
Musée d'Orsay (Paris 7e): In Italy in the early twentieth century the decorative arts were used to interpret the desire for progress of a nation that had only just found its unity. Cabinetmakers, ceramicists and glass-makers all worked together with the leading artists, creating a veritable "Italian style".
Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris 4e): To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation of the camps by the Allies, this exhibition presents images the Soviets filmed on the entire Eastern front, most of which have never been seen before.
Musée Rodin (Paris 7e): This exhibition explores the sculptor's studio, a veritable laboratory of creation. A unique selection of some 150 plaster and terracotta works will give insight into Rodin's creative process and formal thinking.
Musée de Montmartre (Paris 18e): This exhibition is an invitation to discover the radical and rebellious philosophy of the artists of Montmartre at the beginning of the 20th century.
Visit my Cultural Calendar for an extensive listing of exhibitions in museums all over Paris!