The 10 must-see exhibitions during the holidays

A quick tour of this Winter’s ongoing exhibitions, never boring and always glam, to cultivate the spirit of Parisiennes.

André and Futura: the 2 stars of street art in an incredible exhibition

Expo street art dans la galerie Magda Danysz

They were dreaming of working together. The Danysz Gallery, in the Marais, made their dream come true. No need to introduce Futura aka Lenny Mcgurr. He is the star artist, who started out with graffs in the New York subway at the beginning of the 70s, before becoming well-known next to Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. André Saraiva is no other than the famous graffiti artist, daddy of Monsieur A and other smiling characters... The collaboration of their two universes on canvases is a pure delight.

Free entrance Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 7pm at the Danysz Gallery Paris, 78 Rue Amelot, 75001, 01 45 83 38 51.
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© Courtesy galerie Danysz

Musical comedies at the Philharmonie

Des comedies musicales a la Philharmonie de Paris

Singin’ in the rain, Peau d’âne and Lalaland are amongst your cult films? Rush (in rhythm) to the Philharmonie de Paris, that is dedicating a really wonderful retrospective to the musical genre. Archive images and cult songs— total immersion. Special kudos for the introduction course of tap dancing (for free) by Fabien Ruiz, choreographer of The Artist.

Comédies Musicales, la joie de vivre du cinéma, until the 27th of January 2019. Full rate €11.
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© Jacques Demy, 1967, Photo Hélène Jeanbrau - © Ciné-Tamaris

A transvestite at the Monnaie de Paris

Vanite, Identite, Sexualite a la monnaie de paris

On one side, Grayson Perry is an irreverent contemporary British artist whose work (ceramic, tapestry, engraving) questions masculine identity, gender and English society. On the other side, there is Claire, his feminine alter ego who appears with makeup in public wearing ruffled dresses. The decor is set.

Vanity, Identity, Sexuality, until the 3rd of February 2019. Full rate €11.
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© Grayson Perry

JR à la MEP

Expo a la maison europeenne de la photographie

His fulgurating ascension is enough to make your head spin. Quick reminder: JR began taking photographs in 2000, after having found a camera in the RER. Lucky happenstance. The MEP, in the Marais, has entrusted all his spaces to the hyperactive and multi-faceted artist, who showcases his photos in the streets of Paris, New York and Rio. An unusual look at the creative process of the one who was featured on Time’s front page!

Momentum, la mécanique de l’épreuve, until the 10th of February 2019. Full rate €10.
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Miró, the star of the Grand Palais

Expo de Juan Miro au Grand Palais

"For me, a painting must be like sparks. It must stun, just like the beauty of a woman or a poem." Throughout his life, Joan Miró constantly respected this promise that highlights the amazing retrospective at the Grand Palais. To nourish this major exposition of the Spanish painter, the curator did not hesitate to go borrow the most beautiful pieces— from MOMA to New York, the Musée Guggenheim or Fondation Maeght. A must-see.

Miró at the Grand Palais, Galeries Nationales until the 4th of February. Full rate €15.
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© Successió Miró / Adagp, Paris 2018

© photo Calder Foundation, New-York/ Art Ressource, NY

Basquiat at the Louis Vuitton Foundation

Expo Jean-Michel Basquiat a La Fondation Louis Vuitton

A quick résumé: the Léonard de Vinci of street art, that’s him. And it had to be the Fondation Louis Vuitton to showcase the most expensive New York artist of the 20th century! A true myth of the underground, the life and genius of Basquiat, who died at 27-years-old from an overdose, is fascinating… The paintings which were responsible for the incredible ascension of a metis from the dregs of Brooklyn offer a not-to-be-missed master piece.

Jean-Michel Basquiat at Fondation Louis Vuitton, until the 23rd of January. Full rate €16. 
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© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

Mucha at the Luxembourg

Expo Mucha au musee du Luxembourg

He literally embodies Art Nouveau. A major figure of the Belle Époque, Alphonse Mucha started to be noticed when he designed posters for actress Sarah Bernhardt. What is less well known, is that the Czech artist was particularly implicated in the political situation of Eastern Europe and dedicated part of his work to Slavic populations. Demonstration at the Musée du Luxembourg.

Alphonse Mucha, until the 27th of January 2019. Full rate 13€.
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© Mucha Trust 2018

Michael Jackson at the Grand Palais

Expo On the Wall au Grand Palais

The purpose of the already cult exhibition “On the Wall”? Showing the influence of Michael Jackson on contemporary artists, or the art of reproducing the most recognizable silhouette of all times. Andy Warhol, Paul McCarthy, David LaChapelle or even Rodney McMillian undertook this exercise, with an incredible result that will delight early fans as well as neophytes. Not-to-be-missed.

Until the 14th of February at the Grand Palais. Full rate 12 €.
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© David LaChapelle

The charms of the colonies at Quai Branly

Expo au Quai Branly

It’s the last straight line to admire some 200 paintings and sketches by Western artists, including Matisse and Gauguin, inspired by long journeys during the era of colonies. Egyptian panoramas, portrait of the King of Cambodia or sensual odalisques, small streets of Alger... A certain vision of wanderlust, that deep desire to go very very far away. Magical!

Until the 3rd of February 2019. Full rate for a double entrance €12.
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© Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Claude Germain

A Spiderman at the Palais de Tokyo

Expo au palais de tokyo

Tomás Saraceno, the Spiderman of contemporary art, has taken over the Palais de Tokyo with his web of… spiders! You read correctly. 73 canvases woven by spiders comprise the amazing venue imagined by the Argentine artist. An occasion to ask ourselves questions regarding the planet and the ecosystem surrounding us. Incredible.

On Air, carte blanche to Tomás Saraceno, until the 6th of January 2019. Full rate 12 €.
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© Tomás Saraceno

© Photography Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2018

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