• The Top Five Paris Exhibitions for Autum/Winter 15-16

    by  • September 24, 2015 • Art, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Film, Music, Paris

    From Scorsese to Chagall, film to video games, escape the winter chills and visit some of the French capital’s upcoming exhibitions.

    Art Ludique – Le Musée
    The Art in Video Games
    25th September to 6th March, 2016
    For gamers young and old, this event is bound to be a huge draw as it’s the first time anywhere in the world that the art of French video games has had its own dedicated exhibition. With more than 800 spectacular artworks and installations, this major exhibition plunges games enthusiasts of every age into a world filled with an incredible diversity, throughout which pencil sketches, watercolours, traditional and digital paintings, sculptures and even animated paintings reveal the incredible virtuosity of the artists behind the creation of French video games.

    From ancient cities and urban landscapes to paradisiacal islands and legendary deserts, magical fairies and feisty heroes, you’ll get to see original artwork, storyboards and animated sequences in a fascinating look at this facet of popular culture, now increasingly recognised as a distinctive genre of art.

    Opening tomorrow, Friday, 25th September, Art Ludique – Le Musée can be visited daily (except Tuesdays) from 11am until 7pm on Mondays and Thursdays, from 11am until 10pm on Wednesdays and Fridays and from 10am until 8pm at the weekend. Entrance costs 15.50€ (10€ for children aged four to 12 years).

    Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM)
    WARHOL Unlimited
    2nd October to 7th February, 2016
    Not to be confused with the Musée National d’Art Moderne (situated inside the Centre Pompidou), Paris’ Museum of Modern Art, located on the Avenue du Président Wilson, plays host to a large-scale retrospective dedicated to the works of Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987). In fact the first European appearance for his Shadows collection – a group of 102 silkscreened canvases of 17 different colours with a length totalling over 130 metres – and with over 200 works on display, the ‘Unlimited’ exhibition explores the unconventional side of Warhol’s artistic output and his ability to re-examine the, often controversial, way in which art should be displayed. As well as Shadows, you’ll also get to see the Mao friezes, Cows wallpaper, Brillo Boxes, Silver Clouds and Screen Tests amongst the many exhibits.

    Closed Mondays, you can otherwise see the Warhol exhibition daily from 10am to 6pm (10pm on Thursdays), entrance costs 12€ and is free for under 18s.

    Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
    Picasso. Mania
    7th October to 29th February, 2016
    Paris has hosted many exhibitions devoted to Picasso over the years yet ‘Picasso. Mania’ takes both a chronological and thematic approach to the critical and artistic highlights of Picasso’s extensive career, as well as exploring the myth and indeed mania that surrounded his name. Bringing together works from the Picasso Museum in Paris, the Musée National d’Art Moderne (housed at the Centre Pompidou) and the Picasso family’s own private collection, the exhibition not only presents the great stylistic phases of his oeuvre, but displays them in a style reminiscent of studio arrangements and exhibitions overseen by the great artist himself.

    You’ll see Picasso’s iconic works such as Guernica and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon alongside contemporary creations by the likes of Hockney, and Lichtenstein, in addition to sculptures, film, photos and graphic arts. Taking place at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais the exhibition is open Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10am until 8pm, and from 10am until 10pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (closed Tuesdays). Timed and dated entrance costs 15€ (11€ concessions).

    Philharmonie de Paris
    Marc Chagall – The Triumph of Music
    13th October to 31st January 2016
    Recognised as one of the most influential painters of 20th-century art, Marc Chagall’s creative work is both distinctive and dreamlike in equal measure. Bringing together some 250 works by the Belarussian artist, on loan from a number of prestigious museums and cultural institutions across the world including the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, the MoMA in New York and the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow, in addition to those owned by his own family, this exhibition explores the central theme of music to Chagall’s artistic output.

    Indeed throughout his career, Chagall turned away from the canvas to create numerous sets and costumes for theatrical productions including The Moscow State Jewish Theatre, The Firebird and The Magic Flute (both New York) and Daphnis and Chloé (Paris). And with huge projects such as the ceiling of the Paris’ Opéra Garnier and New York’s Lincoln Center, Chagall achieved his ambition of total art. This exhibition, presented in reverse chronological order, immerses the visitor into a unique artistic and sensory experience combining artwork, documents, sound and audiovisual material.

    On display in Philharmonie 1, the Philharmonie de Paris is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm until 6pm, Friday from 12pm until 10pm and Saturday/Sunday from 10am until 8pm. Entrance is 10€ (5€ for those aged 26 and under) and includes entrance to the Museum of Music, located within the Philharmonie de Paris.

    Cinémathèque Française
    Martin Scorsese
    14th October to 14th February, 2016
    If you’re a fan of the film director, Martin Scorsese, then this is the exhibition for you. Renowned for his hard-hitting films, Martin Scorsese is arguably one of the most important and influential movie directors of modern times. Indeed, with a score of Oscar nominations under his belt and a win for The Departed in 2007, Martin Scorsese has directed many of Hollywood’s greatest films: Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, Casino, Aviator, and The Wolf of Wall Street to name just a few.

    Arriving in Paris after stop-offs in Turin and Ghent, this retrospective pays a tribute to Scorsese’s body of work as a whole, and shows the impact of his artistic approach on American film in general. And as well as drawing on Scorsese’s own private collection in New York, in addition to those of Robert de Niro and Paul Schrader, the exhibition is complemented further by the screening of all Scorsese’s greatest film releases, in addition to documentaries and TV series including Boardwalk Empire.

    Closed Tuesdays, the exhibition is otherwise open Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 1pm to 7pm, Thursdays from 1pm until 10pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 8pm. Entrance to the exhibition alone costs 12€; to visit the exhibition and the Cinémathèque’s permanent collection or to watch a film in addition is 13€. Visit the Cinémathèque’s website here for the complete list of viewing times.


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