The Exhibitions In France 2020, Ultimate guide to the best exhibitions to see in 2020, from Paris to Bordeaux via Marseille and Metz.
1-Christian Louboutin: The Exhibition [iste] at the Palais de la Porte Dorée.
Perhaps the most famous shoe designer in the world, Christian Louboutin is the guarantor of a prolific universe rich in references, sometimes magical, sometimes theatrical, historical or cinematographic, which range from pumps to the dizzying camber of Dita Von Teese to her reinterpretationsMarie-Antoinette’s shoes, with the famous red sole as the common thread.The Palais de la Porte Dorée is devoting an exhibition to this creator and his boundless imagination, which highlights his creative process, previously unseen pieces and collaborations with the artists who are dear to him, from David Lynch to Bianca Li.
2-Voyages en Méditerranée à l’Atelier des Lumières
After the majestic retrospective dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh and its first sold-out immersive festival, Atelier des Lumières pushes the cursor a little further with its new exhibition dedicated to Voyages of the Mediterranean.About the ?Bring together a royal squad of artists, – from Monet to Chagall via Renoir, Picasso and Matisse -, around this cherished theme of painting which sanctifies the greatest artistic trends.Parade before the eyes, more than 500 paintings crossing genres, from impressionism to modernism, skillfully set in motion thanks to 140 video projectors hidden in a monumental space of 2000 m².In parallel with the exhibition, the Cutback creation studio will present Yves Klein, the infinite blue, which echoes this celebration of the Mediterranean with 90 works and 60 archive images animated to the vibrant sound of Vivaldi.
3-Folklore at the Center Pompidou-Metz.
The Center Pompidou-Metz is interested in the multiple influences of folklore in the work of many artists, from the beginnings of modern art to today.An uninhibited approach to this plural term with regard to a rich collection of crossed works (paintings, sculptures, postcards, toys, clothing, etc.), mixing Kandinsky, Sérusier and even Man Ray.
4-Black suns at the Louvre-Lens.
Fifty shades of black.The Louvre-Lens inaugurates a monomaniac exhibition dedicated to the power of black in art.A plural tone used from Antiquity to the present day, black is the color of the paradox finely worked by artists, which calls for playing with light and its depths.The immersive Black Suns exhibition immerses the viewer in an experience of darkness with regard to the motif of the night, an inexhaustible theme in the arts.An entry into sensory matter that allows you to grasp, with a sharper mind, the 180 or so works and works on display, from Velázquez to Delacroix, including Soulages, the master of the genre, and Yohji Yamamoto.
5-Cindy Sherman à la Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Cindy Sherman in majesty.This is the exciting news from the Louis Vuitton Foundation, which is hosting a major exhibition curated by the artist herself next spring.Over more than 1,500 m², more than 170 works – from 1975 to today – tell the themes that cross the artist’s career, identity or societal stereotypes tinged with a cinematographic veil with fifti accents that made its marksignature.A unique opportunity to perceive in particular the role plays of Cindy Sherman, a follower of self-staging and cross-dressing, at the same time subject, make-up artist, hairdresser and photographer in poignant shots with considerable influence.At the same time, Cindy Sherman has brought together in sixty works from the rich collection of the Foundation, highlighting 20 French and international artists.
6-The Normandy Festival: impressionist
From Courbet to Monet via Pissarro and Gauguin, the poetry of Norman landscapes has long seduced the great Impressionist masters, to such an extent that Normandy is described as the cradle of Impressionism.Today, the French region celebrates these artists during a monomaniac festival, launched in 2010 and whose success is confirmed with each edition.The Normandy Impressionist Festival returns this year, rich in an ultra desirable program.Across Normandy, Impressionism takes shape in all its forms during exhibitions, film and artistic events, fun meetings and fascinating conferences.Our gaze turns in particular to the Plein Air exhibition.From Corot to Monet, offered at the Musée des Impressionnismes de Giverny, from March 27 to June 28.
7-Black and White: an aesthetic of photography at the Grand Palais.
True object of worship, black and white in photography has this power to reveal the emotions that color does not loosen.Willy Ronis uses it to recount a time of carelessness, Helmut Newton seizes it to the point of obsession, Gustave Le Gray, ahead of his time, makes it the subject of his experiments.This year, with the support of the National Library of France, the Grand Palais celebrates this plural aesthetic by exhibiting on its picture rails more than 300 black and white prints, from the 19th century to today, witnesses of the many appropriations and daring of thesegender experts, more than 200 together.In short, one of the most beautiful exhibitions to see a few months before the Grand Palais closes for 4 years.An apotheosis on glossy paper that can only be experienced once.
8-Klimt at the Bassins de Lumières in Bordeaux.
This year, the city of Bordeaux has seen big things by opening the doors of its Light Basins, which are already establishing themselves as the largest digital art center in the world. Marrying the curves of the old submarine base, which has since been converted into an exhibition space, this new artistic place imagined by Culturespaces places its emphasis on excess. 13,000 m² of total area, 12,000 m² of projection area, 4 pools 110 m long, 90 video projectors and 80 speakers. Everything has been (well) thought to immerse visitors, the senses awake, in the work of artists in the spotlight of the next exhibitions of the place. And for an inauguration of this magnitude, you have to strike hard, and aim just, above all. A bet taken up hands down by the Culturespaces teams who open the doors of these Light Basins with a grandiose exhibition devoted to the work of Gustav Klimt. When we remember the phenomenal success of the Parisian exhibition of the Atelier des Lumières (more than 1 million visitors on the counter), we bet on an equally significant craze in Bordeaux. The Klimt, gold and color exhibition will therefore open the ball, a sensational immersion in the most beautiful paintings of the Austrian artist and his successors, which will be reflected in the water of the four fitted basins. In parallel, a short program will be dedicated to the German artist Paul Klee and the digital work Ocean Data will invest the Cube, a separate place dedicated to young creation. A beautiful meeting with the spectacular.
9-Pharaohs Superstars at Mucem in Marseille.
The fascination with ancient Egypt is a real unifying subject.Museums around the world have understood this and each year offer large exhibitions dedicated to royal figures and other treasures from this fantasized era in our history.The latest museum to date, the Mucem in Marseille, which has a powerful title for its new spring exhibition: Pharaons Superstars.Interestingly, this problem dissects the myth of the pharaoh over the centuries, who has become a true icon for some, while others have known a very short-lived celebrity before almost falling into oblivion.Under the open eyes, 5000 years of history parade, nourished by accounts of archaeologists, rare documents and contemporary objects.More than 300 pieces in total tell the popularity of these pharaohs, which owes a lot to our imagination and our fantasies.
10-Italian sculpture at the Louvre.
While the Leonard De Vinci exhibition beats all attendance records, this year the Louvre is once again focusing on Italian art figures with The body and the soul, sculpture in Italy, which shows the greatest masterslike Donatello to Michelangelo.Extending the exhibition The Spring of the Renaissance in 2013, it explores the great periods of sculpture in Italy, which reached its peak during the Renaissance thanks to the genius of Michelangelo, through the prism of the representation of the human being, constantly reinvented and sharpened using more and more innovative techniques over the ages.
11-Matisse at the Center Pompidou.
In Beaubourg, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Matisse.But far from an academic retrospective, the Center Pompidou highlights the fusional links between the painter’s work and literature.Friend of the writers – he illustrated the poems of Mallarmé and is the subject of a writing by Aragon (Henri Matisse, novel), in love with the words which inspired many of his paintings… The exhibition, the largest organized inFrance since that of the Grand Palais in 1970, tells the life and work of this leader of fauvism like a novel cut into 9 chapters.We thought we knew everything about Matisse, we were wrong …
12-The Morozov Collection at the Louis Vuitton Foundation.
After the Chtchoukine and Courtauld Collections, the Louis Vuitton Foundation exhibits on its picture rails the treasures of the Morozov Collection. More than 200 works and impressionist paintings carefully collected at the beginning of the 20th century by the two Russian patron brothers Mikhail Abramovich and Ivan Abramovich, crossing modern French and Russian art. Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh … The unavoidable great masters will dialogue with some talents from the Russian avant-garde for a major exhibition that already promised to be the blockbuster of autumn 2020.