Art in Paris this Autumn

The kids are back to school and you are full of good intentions to get out and about in the city to soak up the culture and get the most out of the wonderful museums that Paris offers. Well, lucky for you, the autumn is a bonanza season in Paris for art exhibitions and MLP’s Jennifer Hamerman has tracked down the top ten.  It rather seems New York is coming to Paris this season, with the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) and the Metropolitan sending major parts of their collection to spend the autumn in Paris.  So get online and book your tickets now!

Monet Collectionneur

Monet Collectionneur at the Marmottan museum in the 16th district of Paris

We can’t wait to see this exhibition.  So many people flock to Paris to see Claude Monet’s own work. But what about his amazing collection of work by other famous artists?  The Marmottan museum pays tribute to Monet’s discerning eye by exhibiting the works of other artists that Monet chose to collect, such as Renoir and Manet.  The exhibition is supposed to be highly original in the way it presents the stories of the individuals and their social settings, as well as the evolution of art and taste in Monet’s era.

The Marmottan has some great kids activities, so do think about dropping your child off for a workshop while you enjoy the exhibition.  You are also close to the Jardin du Ranelagh for a playground and the Japanese patisserie Yamazaki for a treat afterwards.

Musée Marmottan, 14 September 2017 – 14 January 2018

Being modern – MoMa in Paris at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Paul Signac, Opus 217, Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles. 1890, The Museum of Modern Art

New York’s famous Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) is coming to Paris!  The exhibition Being Modern will see MoMa take over the entire of the impressive Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton.  Masterpieces from Cezanne, Picasso, Margritte, Hopper and Klimt will all be on display and there will be video footage of MoMa’s history since its founding in 1929 to bring the museum’s story to life.  This show promises to be unmissable.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a great destination in itself.  Kids love the building and the fact that you’re actually within the Jardin d’Acclimatation fun park (bust just be aware there is a lot of renovation work planned in the Jardin d’Acclimatation this autumn).  Check out the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s programme for families and kids.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, 11 October until 5 March

Irving Penn at the Grand Palais

Irving Penn photography retrospective at the Grand Palais

It’s 100 years since the great photographer Irving Penn was born and so the Grand Palais, in partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Museum, brings us a retrospective of his work.  The Grand Palais describe it as: “fashion, still life, portraits, nudes, beauty, cigarettes and debris”.  What more could you want?

There are tours for 8-11 year olds, hopefully not focusing too much on the cigarettes and debris.  If you prefer to do a tour as a family instead of dropping your kids off, sign up for a family tour.  We think these tours will be in French.

Grand Palais, 21 September 2017 until 29 January 2018

‘Carte blanche’ to Camille Henrot at the Palais du Tokyo

For the third time, the Palais du Tokyo is giving “carte blanche” to just one person to fill the entire of this innovative venue with anything of their choice.  This time, the invitation has been extended to Camille Henrot.  For this exhibition, she has chosen to collaborate with artists David Horvitz, Maria Loboda, Nancy Lupo, Samara Scott, Avery Singer and also the poet Jacon Bromberg.  We will have to wait until 18 October for the grand unveiling of all this and we are intrigued to see it.

The Palais du Tokyo is always a top destination for a day out.  They have a very good programme of tours and workshops for kids.  And you mustn’t forget their new bar and restaurant Les Grands Verres, which is the talk of the town.

Palais du Tokyo,  18 October 2017 until 7 January 2018

Winter voyage at the Château de Versailles

Every year, around this time, contemporary art comes to Versailles.  This year, they have invited in the Palais du Tokyo to design a ‘Winter Voyage’ that will show the palace’s gardens in a new light using modern art.  We can’t wait to see what they come up with and we will definitely be making the trip out to Versailles to take a look for ourselves.

Château de Versailles, 21 October 2017 until 7 January 2018

Pop Art at the Musée Maillol

The Whitney Museum in New York send their Pop Art to Paris

The Whitney Museum in New York has a major collection of Pop Art.  And they are sending that collection to Paris to spend a season at the Maillol museum.  More than 60 famous Pop Art works will be on display, from Andy Warhol, to the Lichtensteins.

Musée Maillol, 22 September 2017 until 21 January 2018

Malick Sidibé at Fondation Cartier

Malick Sibide, Look at Me

The Fondation Cartier will be paying tribute to Mali’s  photographer Malick Sibide who died in 2016.  The Fondation Cartier was the first museum outside of Africa to present a solo exhibition of his work, way back in 1995.  The Mali Twist exhibition collection of black-and-white photos will immerse you in his life.

The Fondation Cartier has some great events and tours for families and kids so keep an eye on their website to see what they have related to this exhibition.

Fondation Cartier,  20 October 2017 until February 2018

Two Picasso exhibitions

There are two major exhibitions coming up at the Picasso museum.  The first, Picasso 1932, looks at Picasso’s life and work from the beginning to the end of 1932. The exhibition has been organised in partnership with the Tate Modern in London.

The second Picasso exhibition, at the same museum, is called Picasso 1947 and will feature the ten masterpieces that Picasso presented to the National Modern Art Museum in Paris for its inauguration in 1947.

Musée Picasso. Picasso 1932 runs from 10 October 2017 until 11 February 2018. Picasso 1947 runs from 24 October 2017 until 27 January 2018

Ordrupgaard Collection at Musée Jacquemart-André

The Hansen’s Secret Garden

The Hansen’s Secret Garden is an exhibition coming up at the Jacquemart-Andre Museum that will showcase the Ordrupgaard Collection, which belonged to a Danish couple called Wilhelm and Henny Hansen.  In just two years, from 1916 – 1918 this couple assembled an astonishing collection that included Corot, Cezanne, Matisse, Monet, Sisley and Degas.

You will love this museum’s building and you should know they do kids’ birthday parties here, in case your arty kid wants a party in a beautiful setting.

Musée Jacquemart-André, 15 September 2017 until 22 January 2018

Gaugin, Alchemist at the Grand Palais

The Grand Palais is taking an in-depth look at the work of Gaugin across his painting, sculpture, graphic and decorative arts.  You can take a sneak preview of the exhibition on this slideshow.  There are family tours planned and tours and workshops just for kids aged 5 – 7, as well as for kids aged 8 – 11.

Grand Palais,  11 October 2017 until 22 January 2018

So book your tickets and get out and about to enjoy this great season of art in Paris!

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