La Culture: Winter Art News and Must-See Exhibits in Paris

La Culture: Winter Art News and Must-See Exhibits in Paris

During the colder months, why not ward off the winter chill in one of Paris’s superb museums? Here’s a sampling of the season’s star expos.

Figurative Mondrian at the Musée Marmottan Monet

The figurative work of Piet Mondrian remained in the shadows until a collector focused on this aspect of his oeuvre. More than 60 works are shown in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum of The Hague.

Until January 26 

Charlotte Perriand on chaise longue, Le Corbusier, P. Jeanneret, C. Perriand, vers 1928 © F.L.C. / ADAGP, Paris 2019 © ADAGP, Paris 2019 © AChP

The New World of Charlotte Perriand at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of her death, this exhibition pays tribute to a pioneering architect, exploring the links between art, architecture and design in her work.

Until February 24

Modern Maharajah at the Museum of Decorative Arts

The Museum of Decorative Arts honours the Maharajah of Indore, a visionary figure who gave free rein to his taste for artistic and decorative avant-garde by creating, in India, a unique modern universe.

Until January 12 

Boltanski at the Centre Pompidou

One of the major creative figures of our time, Christian Boltanski has put together this retrospective himself, designed to act as a “vast stroll through the heart of [his] work” and marking 35 years since his first exhibition at the Pompidou Centre.

Until March 16 

Flowers for Paris

Jeff Koons created Bouquet of Tulips for the people of France as a symbol of friendship after the terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016. Following controversy and a period of wrangling about its placement, the sculpture has found its home in the garden behind the Petit Palais, alongside the avenue des Champs-Élysées.

Jeff Koons “Bouquet of Tulips” photo simulation courtesy of Noirmonart Productions

Futur, Ancien, Fugitif at the Palais de Tokyo

‘Future, Former, Fugitive’ is a chance for the Palais de Tokyo to update us on what is happening in the “French scene” today. The curators have brought together works by artists born in France and abroad, living in France or elsewhere, linked temporarily or lastingly to the country. Far from a sense of uniformity, what emerges is a constellation of communities, individualities and singular approaches, all linked by the bonding thread of “Frenchness”.

Until January 5

Avaler l’horizon , 2019. © Gérald Petit – Adelaïde Feriot

Happy 20th Birthday, Quai Branly!

Since the creation of the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum 20 years ago, more than 77,000 works, historical and contemporary, have been added to its fascinating collection. At its spectacular venue on the banks of the Seine in Paris, a special exhibition offers a glimpse of its main treasures around one central question: why acquire?

Until January 26 

From France Today magazine


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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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