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Article: Museum & Gallery Tours in Paris for This Holiday Season

November 2017 – If you’re planning to be in the City of Lights for this holiday season, why not book a museum or gallery tour to add an extra dimension to your stay? As an omen, the MoMA New York itself has moved to Paris to show off 200 works of its collection temporarily housed in the Louis Vuitton Foundation from October 11, 2017 to March 5, 2018.

Our own Karine Friedberger and Susan Boullier have selected the following shows for you.

Paris’ winter exhibitions offer an in-depth view in some of its most famous French artists:

  • The most famous of all Impressionists, Claude Monet’s personal taste is featured in the Monet, the Collector exhibition at the Marmottan Museum from September 14, 2017 to January 14, 2018, showcasing famous works by many of his friends and colleagues.
  • Another great impressionist painter Edgar Degas is celebrated at the Orsay Museum on the 100-year anniversary of his death. Degas, Dance and Drawings from November 28, 2017 to February 25, 2018, showcases graphic works, paintings and sculptures set against the notes by writer and philosopher Paul Valery who was one of his very close 20-year long friends.
  • André Derain 1904-1914: The Radical Decadefrom October 4, 2017 to January 29, 2018, at the Pompidou Center, gives an insight on this highly creative decade during which the artist, alongside Henri Matisse, experimented intense colours, that originated in this radical 20th Century art movement called Fauvism.
  • Or that of an artist synonymous with France is Picasso. Picasso 1932: Erotic Year, from October 10, 2017 to February 11, 2018, at the Picasso Museum offers a complete retrospective of this particular year when he turned 50. It reflects back on his career, strongly influenced by his personal life, particularly his new lover Marie-Therese Walter who was 28 years his junior, who features in his famed painting, The Dream. See the show in Paris before it moves on to London at the Tate Modern in the Spring!

We can take you on a discovery of permanent collections of these and many more of the major museums in Paris.

There are also several powerful contemporary art exhibitions opening at Paris galleries. Among the many, here are a few :

  • Daniel Arsham is showing at Perrotin Gallery – The Angle of Repose until December 23, 2017. Arsham works in multi disciplines (painter, architect, sculptor, scenographist) and the theme of this exhibition is permanence and the ephemeral and is centered around the artist’s recent time in the East.
  • Thaddeus Ropac Gallery is showing its first exhibition of iconic American photographer Irving Penn. The show, entitled The Flavour of France concentrates on his portraits, nudes, and small trades during the period 1947-50. Also showing is the work of important contemporary conceptual artists, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Both shows run through to January 6, 2018.
  • Contemporary Irish artist, Claire Morgan is showing Perpetually in the Centre at Karsten Greve gallery until December 23, 2017. Her work is poetic, and sometimes destabilizing, reflecting the ambivalent nature of life.

If you’re interested in design, on the Right Bank in the elegant Palais Royal area are some fabulous 20th century design.  And swinging over to the Left Bank there are some seriously inspiring decorative art offerings in the St Germain de Pres galleries. Or maybe a visit to the world-renowned and historic antiques market, Les Puces, on the outskirts of the city, where the maze of streets and passages are filled with stands and there are treasures and curiosities to be found!

For more information or to book a tour, contact Sophia.