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Art exhibitions in Paris in 2022

June 07, 2022

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Meet the masters in the spotlight at the city’s major museums this year. Delights range from pioneering Impressionists to the creative genius of Yves Saint Laurent and Antoni Gaudí.

Yves Saint Laurent aux musées

In recognition of the 60th anniversary of Yves Saint Laurent’s first fashion show, six of the city’s finest museums are each presenting a personal exhibition in honour of the great designer. Visitors are encouraged to create their own itinerary between the various venues, for a well-rounded insight into the diverse contribution of his work, throughout his long and illustrious career.

Until Septembre 18 at Musée Yves Saint Laurent and Musée du Louvre

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116

Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001

Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007

Musée National Picasso-Paris, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003

Musée Yves Saint Laurent, 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116

The image shows the Yves Saint Laurent aux musées exhibition. We can see the famous Mondrian dress.
© Nicolas Mathéus
Les Dindons painting by Monet, exposed in Musée d'Orsay in Paris
© Musée d’Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

At the source of the Water Lilies: the Impressionist decor

This exhibition brings together the work of the greatest Impressionist painters, including Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cézanne. The idea is to ponder the notion of Impressionism as purely ornamental art, and in turn discover these great works of art from a fresh perspective.

March 2 to July 11

Orangerie Museum
Jardin des Tuileries, 75 001

Gaudí

For the first time in almost 50 years, Musée d’Orsay is hosting an exhibition devoted to Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. Based on the themes of space and colour, witness a diverse display of his pioneering work, comprising of creative models, drawings and photographs, plus films and furniture.

April 12 to July 17

Musée d’Orsay
1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007

Photo of a jardinière tripode by Antoni Gaudi, exposed at Musée d'Orsay in Paris
Gaudi Antonio (dit), Gaudi Y Cornet Antonio (1852-1926),OAO1388,France, Paris, musée d'Orsay
Photo of Gallen painting in Paris Orsay Museum
Finnish National Gallery / Conservation department

Gallen – Kallela, Myths and Nature

Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931), had a love for his local landscapes and this intriguing exhibition follows this great passion. Explore how his dedication to capturing nature evolved in style from naturalism to symbolism, through a body of nearly 70 works of art, sourced from both private and public collections.

March 11 to July 25

Jacquemart-André museum
158 boulevard Haussmann, 75008

Cézanne, Lights of Provence

Take an immersive trip into the work of French Impressionist painter, Paul Cézanne. Travel to the heart of his major works for interesting insights into his understanding of colour, light and nature. This is also a great opportunity to admire the exquisite beauty of Aix-en-Provence, which acted as his greatest source of inspiration.

February 18 to January 2, 2023

Atelier des Lumières
38 rue Saint-Maur, 75011

Photo of Cezanne exhibition at Atelier des Lumières in Paris
© Culturespaces/Cutback
Painting from Hôtel de la Marine in Paris - Prince Murad Bakhsh with holy men and attendants by Govardhan
© The Al Thani Collection 2017. All rights reserved. Photograph taken by Matt Pia

Treasures of the Al Thani Collection

Step back in time over 5,000 years ago to appreciate a series of diverse artworks created across numerous civilisations. The Al Thani Collection, established by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, is on permanent display for the first time at Hôtel de la Marine. Highlights include the ancient carving of an Egyptian royal and a jade wine cup dating back to the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

Until December 31

Hôtel de la Marine
2 place de la concorde, 75008

Love Brings Love. The Alber Elbaz Tribute Show

To celebrate the life and works of Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz, 46 designers collaborated to create a fashion show, each one presenting a garment inspired by Alber’s work. With the aim of recreating the show in the form of an exhibition, Palais Galliera has put together an immersive experience using elements from the show, including the same light effects and soundtrack. The exhibition’s title, Love Brings Love, is inspired by the designer’s own manta, making this a very fitting tribute.

Until July 10

Palais Galliera, 10 Avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 75006

The image shows a dress created for the exhibition tribute for designer Alber Elbaz.
This is the official poster for the Pioneers exhibition.

Pioneers. Artists in the Paris of the Roaring Twenties

Hosted at the Musée du Luxembourg, this exhibition highlights the role of female artists in the 1920s, whose work was not widely recognised during their lives. Discover how these artistic pioneers played their part in Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, through various media including architecture, dance, fashion, photography and much more.

Until July 10

Musée du Luxembourg, 19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006

Meeting the Little Prince

The much-loved story of the Little Prince now has its first major exhibition in Paris. Get to know the  author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who was a well-respected writer, aviator and reporter. The original manuscript will be on display, along with beautiful watercolour drawings and sketches. In hosting this exhibition, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs wishes to spread the author’s heartfelt message of hope.

Until June 26

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001

We can see an original picture of the Little Prince.
© Coll. Succession Saint Exupéry–d’Agay © Photo: MAD, Paris/Christophe Dellière

We trust you’ll enjoy some of these outstanding exhibitions when you stay with us at Le Meurice or Hôtel Plaza Athénée. For more ideas on cultural days out in Paris, take a look at our guide to the city’s best museums.

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