The new Fall season inaugurates a series of major not-to-be-missed retrospectives in leading museums. Here is a spotlight of the most interesting exhibitions to cultivate the spirit of Parisiennes.
Hassan Hajjaj at the MEP
© Hassan Hajjaj
Hassan Hajjaj, the king of Moroccan pop art, is ensuring a sensational start at MEP that gave him carte blanche one year after J.R. We are delighted to find his kitsch aesthetics and a glossy parody of consumer society based on the North-African heritage of the photographer. Testimony to this are the Louis Vuitton photos of veiled women in a couture biker spirit!
Maison Européenne de la Photographie - Hassan Hajjaj
€10 entrance, until the 19th of November.
BACON at the Centre Pompidou
© DACS/Artimage 2019. Photo : Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
© DACS/Artimage 2019. Photo : Hugo Maertens
Beaubourg has finally put together the retrospective that the still alive painter deserved. Welcome to the Seventies in Paris. The artist is showcased “during his life time” at the Grand Palais this October. A consecration which only Picasso, his idol, was entitled to.
It’s the preamble of an exhibition that highlights the work of Bacon under the influence of literature and writers, who inspired him, such as Nietzsche, Bataille, Leiris, Conrad and Elio.
Centre Pompidou – Bacon: Books and Paintings
Entrance: €14 until the 20th of January 2020.
Degas and the Opéra at the Musée d’Orsay
No need to present Degas and his obsession for young dancers. The painter of “movement” had made the Opéra his laboratory and terrain of experimentation. It’s a real “behind the scene” of Garnier’s Opéra during the Belle Époque period, which we discover at the Musée d’Orsay, through paintings and sketches of ballet dancers, spectators, socialite evenings, loggias and rehearsal rooms…
Musée d’Orsay - Degas at the Opéra
Entrance: €15.40 from the 24th of September to the 19th of January 2020.
The golden age of English painting at the Musée du Luxembourg
Too lazy to go to London? No problem…The Tate Britain is popping over to Paris! For the occasion, the leading English museum has gone all out and dispatched its curator (Martin Myrone) in person to ensure the implementation of this very unusual exhibition.
The Tate has also lent all its masterpieces since 1760 and the Royal Academy foundation, with paintings by Reynolds, Turner or Gainsborough and all the great English masters. Splendid!
Musée du Luxembourg – The Golden Age of English painting
Entrance: €13 until the 16th of February 2020.
The Liu Bolin exhibition at Galerie Paris-Beijing
© Liu Bolin
Liu Bolin, is a chameleon artist in “Where is Charlie mode?”. Politically committed and known for his camouflage photo-performances where body and decor form only one entity, Liu Bolin, at 46 years old, does not hesitate to stand up on stage and put her finger on the hypocrisy of a State. Her new exhibition “Hiding on the 38th Parallel North” takes a keen interest in political claims with images against the indoctrination of the North-Korean regime.
Galerie Paris-Beijing - Hiding on the 38th Parallel North
Free entrance, until the 26th of October.
The apartment of designers AT THE INSTITUT SUEDOIS
© Raphael Dautigny
Scandinavian flats at the cusp of design in a historical private mansion of the Marais? This is the upscale project offered by Hem x6 at the Swedish Institute. 6 apartments, 6 ambiances. Each renovation of these small Parisian-style studios inside the Hôtel de Marle were entrusted to a hot shot of Swedish design (Anna Kraitz, Ulf Agnér...) in collab’ with brands such as TEA. And, of course, in the background, the famous “hem”—the Scandinavian style home sweet home.
We would not mind settling right in!
L’Institut Suédois - Hem x 6
Free entrance, until the 13th of October, with a guided tour or a virtual visit.
Also check out the the 2019 AD Intérieurs exhibition.