The reputation of the Parisian cultural offer is well established! That’s why many exhibitions, sometimes from all over the world, take their place in the largest museums of the capital. Discover the selection of our suggestions for this Winter & Spring 2023, along other unmissable classics, enunciated just below. By AL, ST & AP
- Venise Révélée, l’exposition at the Grand Palais Immersif in Bastille, until February 19th, 2023
- 1925, Quand l’Art déco séduit le monde at Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine until March 6th, 2023
- Celebrating the Nuits parisiennes, de 1977 à nos jours, at the Musée Carnavalet, until May 12th, 2024
- Au-delà, Rituels pour un nouveau monde at Lafayette Anticipations until May 7th, 2023
- Chagall, Paris – New York and Paul Klee at the Atelier des Lumières until January 7th, 2024
- The Maurice Denis & Les Amours de Marthe exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay until May 14th, 2023
- Top Secret: Cinema and Spying at the Cinémathèque Française until May 21st, 2023
- Giovanni Bellini,
Influences Croisées at the Jacquemart André Museum until July 17th, 2023
- Another tribute to the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo at the Galliera Museum until March 5th, 2023
- The combined Monet-Mitchell exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation until February 27th, 2023
- Ossip Zadkine, a life of workshops at the Zadkine Museum until April 2nd, 2023
- Bolognese drawings from the 16th century in the collections of the Louvre at the Louvre Museum until January 16th, 2023
- Années 80. Mode, Design et Graphisme en France, at MAD – Musée des Arts Décoratifs until April 16th, 2023
- The Léon Monet exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg until July 16th, 2023
- Matisse. Cahiers d’art, le tournant des années 30, embodied in the Musée de l’Orangerie until May 29th, 2023.
With the honorable wish to celebrate a brand new Spring cycle, the Negropontes gallery is glad to invite you to discover a new colorful exhibition, standing from March 31st and until May 8th, 2023. Logically baptized as True Colors, this collective art installation would undoubtedly impress all of your senses with an eclectic selection of contemporary artworks but also unique limited-edition pieces of furniture to adopt (photo credits: AP).
Among them, you couldn’t miss the amazing glass sculptures imagined by the duet Perrin & Perrin, along horsehair mobiles falls tainted by the Swedish artist Ulrika Liljedahl, unless you prefer woodwork by Etienne Moyat to hang on your walls or brass furniture assembled by the designer Éric de Dormaël, along the other luminous furniture elements proposed by Hervé Langlais, Erwan Boulloud and Gianluca Pacchioni.
In the framework of Paris À Poil exhibition cycle, the huge Parisian department store of La Samaritaine, built in 1870 but freshly renovated by DFS Group, decided to host the singular universe of the capillary artist Charlie Le Mindu. After multiple collaborations with Lady Gaga and Peaches, this visionary imagination between hair art and hair fashion, invests the spectacular staircase of this legendary Parisian department store, as a support for his temporary but monumental art installation (photo credits: ST).
However those colorful pieces are synthetic, in addition to being flame retardant, due to a natural composition of vegetable fibers (starring flax, hemp and even banana leaves). This sourcing was made possible thanks to the support of l’Alliance du Lin et du Chanvre Européen association, which supplied more than 42 kilometers of scutched, combed and rope flax, so to say more than 1,000 kilos of flax, extracted from the Groupe Depestele, Linière du Ressault, Terre de Lin, NatUp Fibres and Groupe Depestele structures.
Since seven years already, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche department store has been giving a carte blanche to a contemporary artist on every January. Seven artists already, who left their mark on this part of the left bank of Paris to impress and transform this temple of fashion, into a setting dedicated to modern art (photo credits: AL).
At the forefront of this new event, the artist from Indian origin, Subodh Gupta became the eighth personality to perform there. From historic stained glassed windows to the actual facade of this rue de Sèvres, passing through the exhibition space on the second floor, Subodh Gupta has therefore imagined several art installations for Le Bon Marché.
All those elements are made up of vintage furniture, thousands of kitchen utensils and even fragments of mirrors, set up in a giant structure assembled by the Atelier La Fabrik.
This ensemble is logically called Sangam, as a reference to the Kumbh Mela of Prayagraj (in Allahabad), an immense place of pilgrimage spot at the confluence of the three most sacred rivers of India meet, at the crossroads of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers. Thus, this Sangam art installation, is also the story of an encounter, between this Indian artist Subodh Gupta and Frédéric Bodenes, the Artistic and Image Director of Le Bon Marché, a few years ago in New Delhi.
At the occasion of this new exhibition at Le Bon Marché, a set of metallic objects are assembled to take the form of a traditional Indian pot and a seal, both suspended on either side of the central escalator.
On the second floor, an incredible hut must be visited, entirely composed of time-worn kitchen utensils, inviting the visitor to an aesthetic and meditative break, behind the sound of brass. In the meantime, another sound broke the inauguration with the fancy and memorable performance of the dancing troop, from the Ballet Prejlocaj (native from Aix-en-Provence), around the multi-faceted masterpiece. Therefore, the numerous dancers wore helmets, while running the two escalators, and turning around in the ground floor with nightdresses.
Just in front of the Samaritaine Paris, the wonderful exhibition imagined by the LVMH group, as a tribute to 160 years of creative exchanges that fuel Louis Vuitton‘s spirit of innovation. Untitled LV Dream, this art installation invites you on an immersive artistic journey to discover the luxury house‘s historic and contemporary artistic collaborations (photo credits: AL).
From a digital portrait of Louis Vuitton himself, realized by the Chinese artist Cao Fei, to iconic travel trunks or bespoke pieces illustrating the mastery of the many skills of this centennial house, this art exhibition retraces a pioneering creative epic.
Therefore, through an intense and exhilarating journey, LV Dream explores this unchained exchange, nourished by Louis Vuitton between past and future, tradition and modernity, the city of Paris and somewhere else, know-how and innovation. Adding to this, don’t miss the large gift shop, adorned with a specific scenery, exclusively settled for LV Dream, offers a selection of small leather goods, random accessories, emblematic perfumes and also a selection of books.
At last, this sort of ephemeral museum as well hosts a café and a chocolate factory in collaboration with Maxime Frédéric, the pastry chef of the Cheval Blanc Hotel. Surrounded by tropical plants, Le Café offers to its visitors a break in a lush setting and offers an exclusive selection of pastries, playing with the emblematic house’s legendary LV patterns.
LV Dream, 26 Quai de la Mégisserie, 75001 Paris (France) / Phone : 00 33 (0)9 77 40 40 77. More information on their official website.
In order to launch the celebration of the 10th birthday from the Galerie Negropontes, another ten years of collaboration and complicity with the French designer Hervé Langlais are also honored in 2023. An exhibition, untitled Pièces Uniques, that brings together and, for the first time, a selection of unique pieces reunited by the artist, illustrating the seven series produced in partnership with the gallery during this decade.
On the menu, you could admire a selection of harmonious and audacious lines, made from precious materials, along a perfect formal execution. Therefore, Hervé Langlais and the curator and founder Sophie Negropontes have in common this same aesthetic sensibility, which seems in line with other typical French decorative arts, to admire until March 20th, 2023.
Following this spirit, Hervé Langlais gave birth to creations, somehow guided by his constant quest for beauty, plus a certain sublimation of materials, undoubtedly inspired by his own architectural path. That’s why those artworks presented here until 20th March 2022, are the combination of simple and complex shapes, sometimes revealing the veining of stones (such as marble), but also the natural contrasts of precious woods, without forgetting the brilliance of brass (in an unusual design buffet) or even the depth of lacquer or even the collaboration with glass art from Perrin et Perrin.
Thus, don’t miss this Ciel et Terre mirror, the Plumage cabinet, or the Overhung console table… Ten pieces reunited to tell you about ten years of friendship and artistic adventure. A good occasion to discover the richness and diversity of the universe from Hervé Langlais.
Galerie Negropontes, 14-16 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris (France) / Phone: 00 33 (0)1 71 18 19 51. More information on their official website.
Just before the Paris Fashion Week, the Galerie Templon is adorned with the ebony black and white colorful tandem imagined by the French artist Jeanne Vicerial. For her first exhibition showcased by a gallery in Paris, and visible until March 11th, 2023, this artist unveils about fifteen new textile made sculptures in various formats (photo credits: AL).
For your information, she used to be the first doctor to graduate in fashion design field, in France in 2019, before being a resident of the prestigious Villa Medicis in 2020, Jeanne Vicerial is already widely recognized for her avant-garde textile art, along an authentic and logical taste for Haute-Couture.
Through her lifetime research, she brought back the codes of the textile industry, questioning the dichotomy between over-made to measure and ready-to-wear approaches. Thus, her artistic approach then focused more on the place of women‘s bodies in society, by regularly involving other creators, such as scenographers, perfumers and even musicians to her own projects.
For this singular art installation, in the new Grenier Saint-Lazare‘s antenna by Templon, the artist Jeanne Vicerial has therefore installed a silent army of silhouettes, resting in this space crystallized over time. Also deeply passionate about poetry, she gives flesh to these Armours, as a sort of disturbing warriors‘ battleships, completely covered by this black yarn.
Furthermore, at the heart of this exhibition, and from this process of creation, you could either interpret some sort of esoterism and sometimes mystery, with this sort of crypt plunged into darkness.
Before eventually reaching your visit through this real cabinet of curiosities, dedicated to so-called sex-voto. Indeed, on this pristine white pictured rails, the artist accumulates various object-offerings. Dislocated or dismembered, admire these blossoming vulvas, as small vestimentary organs or even the bellies of Venus, as deepening a random reflection around the place of gender and physiognomy, oscillating during millennia between sacralization and mistreatment.
Also presented in the Galerie Templon, until March 18th, 2023, but in the original Beaubourg gallery, discover the third solo exhibition dedicated to the painter Abdelkader Benchamma. As previously unveiled to you through different articles (read here), discover this time a series of drawings, paintings and wall installations, produced during his residency at Palazzo Butera in Palermo in conjunction with the Institut Français.
During his residency, the artist adopted a new approach to a subject he has been interested in for several years, so to say the Cosmati. For your information, the singular use of marble which, fragmented in marquetry or when positioned symmetrically in Italian churches, play with our contemporary codes of representation in an uncanny manner. Nonetheless, those forms created by these mineral veins appear to be neither figurative nor abstract, but evolve instead in a mysterious place between the two.