Exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec: Resolutely modern

The most beautiful exhibitions in Paris Region this winter

Here comes winter and the first frosts. Warm up to the talent of Vincent Van Gogh and the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, the grace of Marie-Antoinette and the modernity of Toulouse-Lautrec...

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The exhibitions in Paris Region this winter have all the arguments to seduce you. Modern and contemporary art, fashion and music… They know how to explore all fields ! Here is a selection of those that you should not miss during your stay.

Van Gogh in the spotlight

The exhibition Van Gogh, Starry Night takes you into the outlandish, chaotic and poetic world of Vincent van Gogh.

As you wander among the paintings projected onto every inch of this 1500m² space, you are thrust into the midst of his creative genius.

An immersive and breathtaking visual and musical spectacle!

Atelier des Lumières, until 5 January

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Atelier des Lumières Exposition Van Gogh%252C la nuit étoilée

In the name of the Opera

Trois danseuses%252C Vers 1903 - Pastel sur papier colle sur carton - Fondation Beyeler Suisse

The Impressionist painter Edgar Degas had a lifelong fascination with the closed world of the Paris Opera.

For the first time, the exhibition Degas at the Opera examines this venerable institution in its entirety, studying the artist’s musical tastes and his passion for the dancers.

Musée d’Orsay, until 19 January

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The Cinémathèque: fangs for the memories

The Vampires, from Dracula to Buffy exhibition exposes the legendary figure of the vampire to bright daylight for our entertainment.

Whether named Dracula or Nosferatu, whether in the guise of Robert Pattinson or Christopher Lee, whether featured in a film or depicted in a painting, they’re the monsters we all love to hate.

Cinémathèque française, until 19 January

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Exposition Vampires de Dracula à Buffy

The enchanted world of naive painters

Henri Rousseau dit le Douanier Rousseau%252C Le Moulin

The great naive masters invite themselves to Paris. With the exhibition From the Douanier Rousseau to Séraphine, go on a journey of (re)discovery of these inventive painters and dreamers, who marked their time, away from the avant-garde and academics.

For the first time, nearly 100 brightly coloured works are brought together.

Musée Maillol, until 19 January

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Inside the head of Bacon

Francis Bacon is known for his powerful, tortured painting – but this giant of modern art was also passionate about literature.

Francis Bacon: Books and Painting pays tribute to the artist by presenting his late works under the prism of literature. The vast triptychs seem to echo the writings of Georges Bataille, Nietzsche and Michel Leiris.

Centre Pompidou, until 20 January

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Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres%252C 1983

The surprising Mondrian

Piet Mondrian is best known for his abstract paintings with their clean lines and red, yellow and blue squares.

The Figurative Mondrian exhibition offers a new reading of his work, highlighting the figurative aspect of his œuvre through sixty of Mondrian’s finest paintings, selected by the man himself.

An unprecedented retrospective; hurry and see it for yourself.

Musée Marmottan Monet, until 26 January

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Guns and poses

At first glance, fashion and the military world may seem poles apart. And yet soldiers have always been drawn to elegant attire, adorning themselves with the most attractive finery and shouldering the most aesthetic armoury.

The A Salute to Style exhibition presents nearly 200 exceptional items of uniform and weaponry created for soldiers from the 16th century to today.

Musée de l’Armée, until 26 January

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Les Canons de l’élégance

Marie-Antoinette mania

Marie-Antoinette%252C Métamorphoses d'une image - Conciergerie

Adored by some, hated by others … One thing is certain, both before and since her death in 1793, Marie-Antoinette has always evoked a passionate response.

Presenting nearly 200 works, pieces of art, archives, film extracts and fashion accessories, the exhibition Marie-Antoinette, metamorphoses of an image will show you just how she became a popular icon of such legendary standing.

Conciergerie, until 26 January

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Charlie Chaplin, the greatest showman

A cane and a gait just unmistakable, a small moustache and a bowler hat… Charlot would have been 130 years old this year.

The Sound of Charlie Chaplin exhibition pays tribute to the genius of this versatile artist, a prodigy of the stage, the illusion of speech and sound.

Philharmonie de Paris, until 26 January

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Charlie Chaplin - The Kid

Toulouse-Lautrec: a man of his time

Baraque de la Goulue à la Foire du Trône: La danse mauresque

Like no other painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was able to capture the effervescence of the Parisian night; the Montmartre of the Can-Can and all its pleasures. And more besides …

The 200 or so works assembled for the Toulouse-Lautrec: Resolutely modern exhibition illustrate how perfectly he reflected the reality of the society of his time.

Grand Palais, until 27 January

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Il maestro El Greco

The last great master of the Italian Renaissance, the first great painter of the Spanish Golden Age, Greco is not only the artist of great religious compositions.

Rediscover, through nearly 70 masterpieces, all the genius of this enigmatic character, a true precursor of modernity with his fiery and electric work.

Grand Palais, until 10 February

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Le Christ chassant les marchands du Temple

English style

Affiche de l’exposition L’Âge d’or de la peinture anglaise Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais 2019

Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner… so many names and talents who made the great hours of English painting in the 18th century and that the exhibition The Golden Age of English Painting invites you to (re)discover.

An opportunity to relive the origins of the Royal Arts Academy and the beginning of English landscape painting.

Musée du Luxembourg, until 16 February

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Tolkien, a world of Fantasy

You have a date with the work of J.R.R. Tolkien for a unique Journey to Middle-earth.

The 300 pieces on display, including many original manuscripts and drawings, highlight the work and personality of this brilliant Oxford professor, creator of fantastic worlds.

BnF site François-Mitterrand, until 16 February

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The Tolkien Estate Ltd 1937

The history of the shoe

Horseshoes%252C Berlin%252C 2006 Berlin - Iris Schieferstein

What can you tell about a person by looking at their shoes ?

The exhibition Marche et démarche, une histoire de la chaussure (“A History of the Shoe”) offers an original, surprising interpretation of our relationship with this humble accessory which has become so indispensable to our everyday lives.

It features shoes – of course – but also paintings, photographs, art objects, films and advertising materials. A must-see!

MAD – Musée des Arts Décoratifs, until 23 February

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Leonardo the genius

He gave us not only the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa but also the Virgin of the Rocks, Portrait of an Unknown Woman, John the Baptist and Saint Anne – exceptional works conserved in Paris, in the world’s most famous museum. Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago, and this remarkable new retrospective is a vibrant tribute to his talent.

Not to be missed !

Musée du Louvre, until 24 February

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Musée du Louvre%252C la Vierge et l’Enfant jouant avec un agneau%252C dit La Sainte Anne.

Charlotte Perriand, pioneer of modernity

Le Monde Nouveau de Charlotte Perriand%252C Paris

20 years after her death, the exhibition Charlotte Perriand : Inventing a New World pays tribute to the architect and visionary creator by bringing together an exceptional collection of pieces and works by artists who have worked with her.

The opportunity to discover a leading figure of the 20th century design.

Louis Vuitton Foundation, until 24 February

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Hartung, a forerunner of abstraction

The oils on canvas, graphic works, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and archival documents presented as part of this first retrospective in Paris since 1969, open the doors to Hans Hartung’s universe (1904-1989).

A new perspective on the entire work of this major 20th century artist, a precursor of abstraction.

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, until 1 March

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Hans Hartung%252C T1973-E12%252C 1973 Acrylique sur toile%252C Fondation Gandur pour l'Art%252C Genève

Mr. Soulages

Soulages Pierre. Peinture 195 x 130 cm%252C 14 mars 1955%252C Essen Museum Folkwang

Pierre Soulages, painter of black and light, master of the « outrenoir », is one of the most famous contemporary French figures in the world. As he celebrates his 100th birthday in December, this major retrospective celebrates both the artist’s dynamism and the tremendous longevity of his work.

Musée du Louvre, from 11 December to 9 March

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Once upon a time in Versailles

One hundred years after the French Revolution, on the eve of the “Belle Époque”, there emerged a tremendous buzz of excitement, nostalgia, curiosity and passion for the Versailles of the Ancien Régime.

Between exaltations and tensions, the palace gradually regains its lost splendour. The exhibition Versailles Revival 1867-1937 returns to this key moment in its history.

Château de Versailles, until 15 March

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Le bassin de Latone et le tapis vert

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