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The most expected exhibition of 2017 in Paris

Published on 28 December 2016 By Elodie D.
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What do 2017 exhibitions have in store in Paris? We listed over 30 exhibitions making us think that 2017 is going to be a great year for Parisians, without forgetting the dozen of artistic events to experience in every museum.

As a new year gift, let’s offer you an overview of the exhibitions sparking our interest and making us love Parisian museums!

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 ARTY events

Shoah et bande dessinée : tabou ou totem ? au Mémorial de la ShoahThe Holocaust and Comics From January 19 to October 29, 2017 at the Shoah Memorial. The Shoah Memorial dedicates a great exhibition to the Holocaust and Comics from January 19 to October 29, 2017. Thanks to “The Holocaust and Comics” the museum wonders about and explores the way the genocide of Europe’s jews is seen through all kind of comics from American comics to Belgian comics.

L'Afrique des routesL’Afrique des Routes From January 31 to November 12, 2017, the Musée du Quai Branly organizes an exhibition called “L’Afrique Des Routes” and expects to tell Africa’s history. From Sahara’s rupestrian art to Nigerian Yinka Shonibare’s mixed contemporary works of art, here is the picture of a continent in the core of the world history.

Eli Lotar, l'exposition photo au Jeu de PaumeEli Lotar From February 14 to May 28, 2017, at the Jeu de Paume Museums is held an exhibition dedicated to French photographer of Romanian origin, Eli Lotar (1905-1969). Arrived in France when he was 19, he quickly gets closer to Parisian avant-garde artists and becomes one of the leading figures. Through over one hundred prints and various documents (movies, books, letters), the Jeu de Paume museum offers a wonderful overview of the sharp-eyed artist.

Vermeer et les maîtres de la peinture de genre, l'expo au musée du LouvreVermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting From 22 February to 22 May 2017, the Louvre accommodates the very beautiful exhibition “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting”. Organized by three curators from the USA, Ireland and Paris, the exhibition offers a new thought on the generation of painters who, like Vermeer, developed a sober but wonderfully poetic genre painting, including the “Milkmaid” which is the most famous representation.

Karel Appel, la très belle exposition au MAMVPKarel Appel From February 25 to August 20, 2017 following an exceptional donation, the Musée d’Art Moderne exhibits Dutch artist, Karel Appel’s works and returns to his career throughout this remarkable retrospective.

Sérénissime, Venise en fête au Musée Cognacq-JaySérénissime, Venise en Fête From February 25 to June 25, 2017, the Musée Cognacq-Jay is helding an exhibition to make you experience Venice Carnival in Paris! At the same time of Venice Carnival, the Parisian museum dedicated to the 18th century returns on the Golden Age of the Serene Republic’s startling festival through the era’s best Italian painters’ works of art.

Paul Rosenberg, 21 rue de la Boétie, l'exposition au Musée Maillol21 rue de la Boétie From March 2 to July 23, 2017 at the Musée Maillol, the life of collector and art dealer Paul Rosenberg who used to own a gallery at 21 rue de la Boétie in early 20th century will be told through an exhibition. About 60 works of art gathered together within the Musée Maillol’s rooms will take us to WWII so we could attend modern art appearance and New York growing crowd.

Au-delà des étoiles, le paysage mystique au Musée d'OrsayBeyond the Stars From March 14 to June 25, 2017, the exhibition submitted by the Musée d’Orsay offers to look into the mystical part of the symbolist landscapes. Landscape painting is the pictorial genre known to facilitate the formal translation of the immediate spiritual experiences the language cannot express, since the Renaissance and even more since the Romantic era.

Pissarro au musée du LuxembourgCamille Pissarro From March 16 to July 9, 2017, the Musée du Luxembourg houses a wide exhibition dedicated to the impressionist painter, Camille Pissarro (1830-1903). For the first large retrospective in France for the past 35 years, it is focused on the painter’s last twenty years of life and creation, an unknown period but full of wonderful paintings.

Collection Horvitz au Petit PalaisFrom Watteau to David From March 21 to July 9, 2017, the Petit Palais opens its doors to the Jeffrey Horvitz’s collection. Over 200 paintings, sculptures and drawings from the French 18th century will be gathered together thanks to the fantastic Bostonian collector are to be discovered from Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, David to Bouchardon.

Rodin, l'exposition du centenaire au Grand PalaisRodin, the exhibition celebrating his centenary To celebrate the centenary of the sculptor's death, Auguste Rodin (1840-197), the Grand Palais hosts a major exhibition from March 22 to July 31, 2017. Exhibiting 200 works of the master, the museum pays tribute to Rodin whose influence on his contemporaries and his successors - many of them are displayed - has been incredible.

Zimoun From March 22 to August 6, 2017, the 104 welcomes Swiss artist Zimoun for a great installation to be visited from March 22, 2017. For about ten years, Zimoun has become master in the art of small motorized systems he combines with raw material-based objects, often coming from our daily life or from the industry world such as cardboard or wood, to create visual and sound works.

Before Picasso Primitif au musée du quai Branly Picasso Primitif From March 28 to July 2, the Musée du Quai Branly takes a closer look to the links Pablo Picasso maintained with non-Western arts. In his personal collections as well as in his works, Picasso offers a different eye on questions such as nudity, sexuality, urge and loss.

Ciao Italia au Musée de lhistoire de ImmigrationCiao Italia From March 28 to September 10, the Musée de l’Immigration returns on the story of Italian migration in France, between prejudices and contribution to society through over 400 items.

Topor à la BNFTopor: a vision of the world From March 28 to July 16, twenty years after Roland Topor’s death, the BNF dedicates a wide exhibition on the talented drawer. Through hundreds of drawings, pictures and animated movies, this exhibition offers us to (re)discover this man of intelligence full of subversive humor to whom we owe "Fantastic Planet" among others.

Nous et les autres, du préjugé au racisme, l’expo au Musée de l’HommeUS and Them: From Prejudice to Racism From March 31, 2017 to January 8, 2018, the Musée de l’Homme organizes its first temporary exhibition. The Musée de l’Homme hits hard and highlights racism in our society. Us and Them: From Prejudice to Racism is a rattling exhibition you can visit from March 31, 2017 to January 8, 2018.

Auto Photo, l'expo de la Fondation Cartier Auto Photo, an exhibition at the Fondation Cartier From April 19, to October 2017, the Fondation Cartier accommodates a great exhibition focused on auto-themed photographs. Many documents show that Jacques-Henri Lartigue is deeply fascinated by the car’s speed, Andrew Bush considers it as a witness of modern times and Malick Sidibé sees it as a subject to brag about.

Dalida, l'expo évènementDalida Paris’s Musée de la Mode, Palais Galliera, displays an exhibition dedicated to a true icon, Dalida, and especially to her glamourous look made famous by her ample bosoms and alluring lower back. To visit from April 27 to August 13, 2017.

Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, les trois expos de la Fondation VuittonArt/Africa From mid-April to August 28, 2017, Fondation Louis Vuitton houses three small exhibitions dedicated to the current South-African and Sub-Saharan African artistic creation. Pieces from Jean Pigozzi’s art collection (1989-2009), a focus on South-African contemporary stage and an outlook of Fondation Vuitton’s African collection are unveiled before your eyes.

Jamaica Jamaica à la PhilharmonieJamaica Jamaica! At Philharmonie de Paris From April 4, to August 13, 2017, discover the whole universe of Jamaican music through a wonderful exhibition at Philharmonie de Paris. From the 50’s to nowadays, Jamaican writers were bold creators of music styles, sound system, remix and dub… From Louise Bennett to Alpha Boys School without forgetting Bob Marley, the exhibition gathers over 50 years of Jamaican music.

Chefs-d’œuvre du Bridgestone Museum of Art de Tokyo, l'expo à l'OrangerieMasterpieces from Bridgestone Museum of Art From May 5 to August 21, 2017, the Musée de l’Orangerie makes you travel to Japan thanks to the wonderful exhibition “Tokyo-Paris Masterpieces from Bridgestone Museum of Art, Collection Ishibashi Foundation”. The Ishibashi family, who made a fortune in the industry, put together a collection of masterpieces spanning three generations. Paintings by Monet, Renoir, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Pollock and Shiraga are showcased.

The Islamic Treasures of Africa From April 13, to July 30, 2017, the Institut du Monde Arabe dedicates an exhibition on the Islamic Treasures of Sub-Saharan Africa. Archeology, architecture, intangible heritage and over 13 centuries of history are highlighted thanks to 300 pieces showing the cultural wealth of the practicing of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Walker Evans From April 26 to August 15, 2017, the Centre Pompidou organizes the first French retrospective dedicated to Walker Evans, one of the greatest American photographers of the 20th century mostly known for his photographs depicting the American crisis in the 30’s.

Mozart, a French passion From June 20 to September 2, 2017, the Musée de l’Opéra hosts an exhibition set up by the BNF to unveil everything about the French passion for Mozart. It will be held in the library-museum at the Opéra Garnier. Focused on the iconic work “Don Giovanni”, the exhibition highlights Mozart’s major operas through programs, costumes, newspaper articles and stage pictures from the 19th century to nowadays.

Portraits by Cézanne From June 13 to September 14, 2017 at the Musée d’Orsay 

Monet Collectionneur From September 14, 2017 to January 14, 2018 at the Musée Marmottan Monet. Let’s discover Monet’s collection including paintings by Delacroix, Corot, Boudin, Jongkind, Manet, Renoir, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Morisot, Pissarro, Rodin are showcased within the museum as well as paintings, drawings, sculptures revealing a hidden part of the artist’s life.

The Art of Pastel From September 15, 2017 to April 8, 2018, The Petit Palais will held an exhibition unveiling over 150 pastels out of its collection. Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, James Tissot, Victor Prouvé, many artists tried and some even got specialized in pastel. It was about time we finally take interest in this technique spanning through times.

DADA and African Art From October 17, 2017 to February 19, 2018, the Musée de l’Orangerie helds a great exhibition focused on this theme.

Edgar Degas From November 21, 2017 to March 5, 2018, the Musée d’Orsay hosts an exhibition dedicated to painter Edgar Degas.

César From December 13, 2017 to March 23, 2018, the Centre Pompidou exhibits New Realism major sculptor, César. 20 years after his death, the artist from Marseilles is still as important today as ever because of his societal critical works and our overconsumption, we love it! 

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