Bührle Collection, Dufy, Homer and More: Exhibits to See Now in France

Bührle Collection, Dufy, Homer and More: Exhibits to See Now in France

The art season is in full swing, so don’t miss out!

The Bührle Collection

The Maillol Museum plays host to the Emil Bührle Collection, one of the most prestigious private collections in the world. Exhibited for the first time in France, this ensemble, which was assembled between 1936 and 1956 in Zurich, provides a panorama of French art from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. Until July 21. www.museemaillol.com

The Thannhauser Collection

The Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence is set to showcase rare treasures from the Guggenheim’s Thannhauser Collection. The hotly-anticipated exhibition will feature emblematic works by the likes of Van Gogh and Picasso alongside photographs and documents focusing on the Thannhauser family’s relationship with artists and dealers. May 1 to September 29. www.caumont-centredart.com

Raoul Dufy, Le Yacht Pavoisé 1904. Collection MuMa, Le Havre

Dufy in Le Havre

Raoul Dufy’s hometown of Le Havre remained a constant source of inspiration throughout his career. From 1926 to 1933, the Fauvist made numerous trips to his native Normandy, capturing its bustling pier, seascape and the ever-changing play of light across the harbour. “Woe to the man who lives in a climate far from the sea,” he once said. “The painter needs to have a certain quality of light, a glittering, an aerial palpation before his eyes that bathes what he sees.” Nearly seven decades since the master’s death, Le Havre’s Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux is set to celebrate its most famous son with a major retrospective featuring his iconic Norman landscapes. May 3 to November 3. www.muma-lehavre.fr

Vilhelm Hammershoi, Intérieur avec une femme de dos, 1898 photo Nationalmuseum

Hammershøi in Paris

‘Hammershøi, the Master of Danish Painting’ provides a fresh perspective on the elusive Danish artist’s subdued and enigmatic paintings and his relationship with his relatives – many of whom served as his models. Until July 22. www.musee-jacquemart-andre.fr

Homer in Lens

The Louvre’s recently-unveiled outpost in Lens has received quite the plaudits for its ambitious cultural output. And it’s at it again, with the largest exhibition ever dedicated to Homer in France, offering a unique chance to dive into the intricate and mysterious world of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and explore their enduring legacy. Until July 22. www.louvrelens.fr

John William Waterhouse, Circe offering the cup to Ulysses, Gallery Oldham © Bridgeman Images


‘Calder-Picasso’ examines the treatment of space and the void in the two artists’ work, highlighting both the similarities and departures in their approaches. Until August 25. www.museepicassoparis.fr

The Nabis and Decorative Arts

The Musée du Luxembourg gives the floor to the movement that blurred the line between fine and decorative arts. Until 30 June. www.museeluxembourg.fr

Street art in Calais

‘Urban Conquest’ at the Calais Museum of Fine Arts invites us to take a closer look at the Street Art phenomenon. April 6 to November 3. www.calais.fr

Kuzma Petrov-Vodkine, Fantasty, 1925 @ Musee Russe de Saint Petersbourg

Red-Art and Utopia in the Land of Soviets

The Grand Palais turns the spotlight on the birth and spread of the socialist realism art movement in the wake of the October Revolution of 1917 and the period of political upheaval and unrest that ensued. Until July 1. www.grandpalais.fr

Pushkin in Paris

The Fondation Custodia has teamed up with The Pushkin Museum in Moscow to showcase never-seen-before drawings and sketches by such behemoths as Kandinsky, Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. Truly spectacular. Until May 12. www.fondationcustodia.fr

From France Today magazine

Pierre noire, estompe, craie blanche sur papier beige, 488 × 395 mm Musée d’État des Beaux-Arts Pouchkine, Moscou

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Sylvia Edwards Davis is a writer and correspondent based in France with a focus on business and culture. A member of the France Media editorial team, Sylvia scans the cultural landscape to bring you the most relevant highlights on current events, art exhibitions, museums and festivals.

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