Paris Arts & Culture: 14 Top Picks for Spring-Summer 2018

Paris Arts & Culture: 14 Top Picks for Spring-Summer 2018

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Marc Chagall, Over the City, 1914 – 1918, © Adagp, Paris 2018

While the sun may be playing hide-and-seek in Paris, the 2018 Spring-Summer cultural season is in full swing. Here are INSPIRELLLE’s picks for the 14 most exciting exhibits to check out in the months ahead, rain or shine.


Delacroix (1798–1863)

Delacroix Exhibit, Paris
Liberty Leading the People, Eugène Delacroix (1830)

The largest retrospective of Eugène Delacroix’s work since 1963, this exhibit traces 40 years in the life of one of France’s greatest painters. While following in the footsteps of the Old Masters, Delacroix strove to infuse his work with individuality and versatility, as evidenced in the 180 works on display. Be sure to check out the accompanying series of lectures, workshops, concerts to learn more about his prolific and multi-faceted career.

When: Through July 23, 2018
Where: Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Kupka. Pioneer of Abstraction

This large-scale retrospective covers the entire artistic output of Czech artist František Kupka, from his early symbolist works to his final avant-garde pieces. One of the main pioneers of abstraction, Kupka worked in many mediums (painting, drawing, engraving, photographs, films) and drew inspirations from philosophy, science, poetry, religion, and ancient cultures to explore his theories of color, form, and movement.

When: Through July 30, 2018
Where: Grand Palais, 3 ave du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris


Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States

Exhibits in Paris 2018
Jeune Paysanne, Johann Walter (c. 1904)

The Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania established their independence just after the end of the First World War. To celebrate their 100-year anniversary, the Musée d’Orsay presents an exhibit of Baltic Symbolism from the 1890s to the end of the 1920s. Using elements from popular culture, folklore and nature, these artists created a wholly original art form. Many of the works are being shown outside their home country for the first time, so don’t miss out!

When: April 10 – July 15, 2018
Where: Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris

Chagall, Lissitzky, Malévitch. L’avant-Garde Russe à Vitebsk (1918-1922) 

The Centre Pompidou shines a light on the rise of the avant-garde movement in Russia with an exhibit focused on three of its key figures – Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kasimir Malevich – and the influential art school Chagall founded in Vitebsk, far from Russia’s major cities. Through a rich tapestry of 250 works and documents, the exhibit explores the history of Soviet art in the post-revolutionary years in a vibrant new way.

When: Through July 16, 2018
Where: Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris


Dutch artists in Paris, 1789-1914

Exhibits in Paris 2018
Le Moulin-Rouge, Piet van der Hem (c. 1908-1909)

The charming Petit Palais hosts an exhibit highlighting the rich artistic exchange between Dutch and French painters from Napoleonic times to the beginning of the 20th century. Through 100 years of pictorial evolution, the exhibit illustrates how artists like Van Gogh, Jongkind and others, brought the themes, colors and styles of the Dutch Golden Age to Paris, influencing painters such as Millet, Cézanne and Picasso, who in turn influenced other Dutch artists like Van Dongen or Mondrian.

When: Through May 13, 2018
Where: Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

The Water Lilies. American Abstract Painting and the last Monet 

Weeping Willow, Claude Monet (c. 1920 – 1922)

In 1955, one of Monet’s large panels of Water Lilies entered into the collection of the MOMA in New York. Monet was presented at that time as “a bridge between the naturalism of early Impressionism and the highly developed school of Abstract Art”. This exhibit at Musée de l’Orangerie, home of Monet’s large-scale panels, focuses on the interplay between Monet’s work and the development of Abstract Impressionism in the US, featuring a selection of Monet’s later works plus major paintings by American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Ellsworth Kelly.

When: April 13 – August 20, 2018
Where: Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris


Corot. The Painter and his Models

Art Exhibits in Paris 2018
“La Lecture interrompue”, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (c. 1870)

Best known for his celebrated landscapes, Camille Corot was also a formidable portraitist who excelled at painting intimate scenes of men, women and children, many of which he kept secret throughout his life. Offering more than 60 major works from the most important collections in Europe and America, this exhibit highlights this lesser-known, but no less brilliant aspect of Corot’s career, underscoring his enduring ability to bridge tradition and modernity.

When: Through July 8, 2018
Where: Musée Marmottan Monet, 2 rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris

Mary Cassatt. An American Impressionist in Paris  

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Une mère et son enfant, Mary Cassatt (c. 1909) © Bailly

The Jacquemart-André honors the only American female artist in the Impressionist movement with a major retrospective devoted to Mary Cassatt. Visitors will be able to rediscover her modernist approach through a collection of paintings, pastels, drawing and engravings, with a special emphasis on her intimate family portraits. The exhibit includes many rarely seen works from private collections gathered together for the first time.

When: Through July 23, 2018
Where: Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris


Picasso: History of the Guernica

Picasso Guernica
Picasso, Guernica (1937) © Picasso Museum Paris/Picasso

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the creation of one of Picasso’s most famous and exceptional paintings, the National Picasso Museum in Paris in partnership with the Queen Sophia National Museum has dedicated an entire exhibit to the history of the Guernica. Painted in 1937, this monumental work of art became an iconic symbol of both anti-fascism and peace. Artists, historians, and intellectuals have been debating its true meaning since its creation. This singular exhibit traces Picasso’s artistic journey through the ‘30s and how the Spanish civil war impacted his work.

When: Through July 29, 2018
Where: Musée Picasso Paris, 5 rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris

Neanderthal – The Exhibit

They dominated the planet for 350,000 years but were once considered primitive and bestial. Today, Neanderthals are recognized as full-fledged human beings. The Musée de l’Homme invites visitors to discover this homo species through a major exhibit that will feature, for the first time the “most remarkable, original Neanderthal fossils” – including a Neanderthal skull. Follow in the footsteps of these nomadic hunter-gatherers and learn their fascinating story.

When: Through January 7, 2019
Where: Musée de l’Homme, 17 Place du Trocadero, 75016 Paris


Two Tributes to Martin Margiela

© Palais Galliera/Julian Vidal/Roger Violet

This discreet Belgium designer is being honored with two retrospectives in Paris this season. Using archives and rare records, the Palais Galliera fashion museum will present Martin Margiela’s most innovative collections from his fashion house from 1989 until 2009 alongside the designer’s numerous influences. Meanwhile, Margiela’s audacious deconstructed work during his period as Artistic Director at Hermès is showcased at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Palais Galliera
When: Through July 15, 2018
Where: Palais Galliera, 10 Avenue de Pierre de la Serbie, 75016 Paris

Musée des Arts Décoratifs
When: Through September 2, 2018
Where: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 105 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris


Special Effects, Steal the Scene! 

Ever wonder how filmmakers create their movie magic? The Cité des Sciences unlocks all the secrets with an exhibit tracing the stages of movie-making from pre-production through filming through visual effects layering in post-production. As an added bonus, you can record your own project and make your own trailer to view at home. For budding Spielbergs of all ages!

When: Through Aug 19, 2018
Where: La Cité des Sciences et de l’industrie, 30 avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris

Ghosts and Hells – the Underworld in Asian Art 

From J-Horror to Pac Man, the figure of the ghost has haunted the Asian imagination for centuries. Focusing on China, Thailand and Japan, this exhibit illustrates how these images of terror (the vengeful cat-woman, the hungry spirit, the jumping vampire) appear in multiple guises across artistic periods, evolving from the fringes of religion to mainstream media and popular culture across the globe.

When: April 10 – July 15, 2018
Where: Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris



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