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Top 10 Best Upcoming Exhibitions in Paris 2015

June 08, 2015

By Florian

Upcoming Exhibitions

Culture and Paris go hand in hand. There are so many museums in the French capital, and most museums organize very interesting and beautiful temporary exhibitions. But what are the interesting upcoming expos in 2015? From South American primitive art to the cubism works of Picasso, discover which exhibition will perfectly suit you on our list of the top 10 best upcoming expos (June-December 2015).

Inca & Conquistador

Date: June 23 to September 20, 2015

Where: Musée du Quai Branly

The Inca and the Conquistador will highlight the confrontation between 2 men that have marked South American history. In the 16th century, Atahualpa led the vast Incan empire, while Francisco Pizarro set foot on the South American continent to please the dreams of conquest and wealth of Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor. A confrontation highlighted throughout this exhibition with many objects, paintings and engravings from that period.

Villa Flora

Date: September 10, 2015 to February 7, 2016

Where: Musée Marmottant Monet

Between 1906 and 1936, the Swiss couple Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler collected many priceless works of art to decorate their home. For the first time in France, this collection of over 80 masterpieces by Bonnard, Cézanne, Manet, Matisse, Van Gogh and Renoir (to name a few) will be displayed at the Musée Marmottant Monet. An exhibition that should not be missed by those who enjoy impressionist paintings.

Fragonard Amoureux

Date: Septembre 16, 2015 to January 24, 2016

Where: Musée du Luxembourg

Be it flirtatious, libertine, daringly naughty or just purely romantic, love is ever present in the works of Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806). Love is therefore the angle that has been chosen for this exhibition. Paintings, sketches and illustrated works by the French painter will be exposed and therefore highlighting the ethical and moral preoccupations during the Age of Enlightment.

Splendors and Miseries

Date: September 23, 2015 – January 20, 2016

Where: Musée d’Orsay

A daring theme, yet so fascinating. For the first time in France, this exhibition will focus on how French and foreign artists between 1850 and 1910 were influenced by the people and places involved in prostitution and how they played with the realities and fantasies of this world in their art. Masterpieces by artists such as Manet, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Munch, Van Dongen and Picasso portraying the splendors and miseries of prostitution in France will be exposed.

Vigee Le Brun

Date: September 23, 2015 to January 11, 2016

Where: Grand Palais

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun is one of the best and only recognised female painters of the 18th century. She became the official portraitist of the queen of France Marie-Antoinette. This first retrospective in France dedicated to Vigée Le Brun will feature over 130 of her paintings. It is also a great way to go back in time and (re)discover the History of France and Europe at that time.

Andy Warhol's Shadows

Date: October 2, 2015 to February 7, 2016

Where: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Shadows is a cycle of 102 paintings created by Andy Warhol in 1979: 2 abstract pictures of shadows printed on painted frames. This monumental 700m2 and 130m long work of art (Warhol’s largest) is the highlight of this exhibition, and shown for the first time outside the US. Other works of Andy Warhol will be exposed following the themes of repetition and variation as well as some of his underground movies.

Picasso Mania

Date: October 7, 2015 to February 29, 2016

Where: Grand Palais

This exciting exhibition will focus on the different moments of Picasso’s ever increasing popularity after 1960 and the confrontation that many artists have had with his works. Dialoguing with some of Picasso’s most famous creations, including Guernica and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, are contemporary works by Hockney, Johns, Lichtenstein, Kippenberger, Warhol, Basquiat and Jeff Koons.

Chagall and Music

Date: October 13, 2015 to January 31, 2016

Where: Philharmonie de Paris

Music has always been in Chagall’s life and work. He has created countless theater and ballet decorations, as well as the monumental painting on the ceiling of the Opéra Garnier. Following a reverse chronological order layout, the exhibition will highlight the singularity of his art and his ties to music. 250 works will be exposed.

Estampes Fantastiques

Date: October 2015 to January 2016 (dates to be confirmed)

Where: Petit Palais

From Francisco Goya to Odilon Redon, fantasy have always been very present in engravings and lithographs of the 19th century. Dreams, nightmares and the fantasy bestiary are themes that the most famous artists of that time (Delacroix, Doré) have exploited regularly. The Petit Palais will highlight the popularity of these themes through a gathering of exceptional prints and engravings.


Date: October 2015 to January 2016 (dates to be confirmed)

Where: Petit Palais

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) is one of the most famous 19th century artist in Japan. His fascinating engravings have captured the eyes of connoisseurs throughout the world. Even Rodin and Monet bought some of his works. Today, Kuniyoshi’s works still inspire the Manga and tattoo worlds and this exhibition is a unique chance to discover the beauty and finesse behind Kuniyoshi’s works.

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