Summer’s over in Paris. La rentrée — back to school — means new backpacks for students and new temporary museum exhibits for everyone.
Here are 3 of my favorites:
• At the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the lavish temporary expo, “Dior, Cuturier de Rêve,” celebrates the esteemed fashion house’s 70th birthday with a display of over 300 pieces, and following its designers from Christian Dior’s time through the present. Pictured above is a 1958 ensemble by Yves St Laurent. Until Jan 7.
• At the recently renovated Musée Picasso, “Picasso 1932” relates a complete year in the life of the Spanish painter, using a chronological presentation of his work and archives. The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Tate Modern in London, and contains important work, including “The Dream.” From Oct 10 to Feb 11.
• At Musée Jacquemart-André, the temporary expo “The Hansens’ Secret Garden” features 40 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works assembled by Danish art collectors Wilhelm and Henry Hansen. Paintings are by Corot, Cézanne, Matisse, Monet, and Gaugin. Get ready for a surprise — these works are relatively unknown in France. From Sept 15 to Jan 22.
Fall means a fresh line-up of temporary art expos in Paris. Here are 3 shows not to miss.
• Are you a fan of the Beats and the poets and painters who inspired them? Centre Pompidou has a terrific show, through October 3, tracing their travels from 1943-69, culminating in their Paris sojourn.
• Musée du Luxembourg, a small museum located in the French Senate building, in the Luxembourg Palace, hosts two shows a year – and these are some of the best expos in Paris. The current temporary show, ” Henri Fantin- Latour. À fleur de peau,” organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, looks at the French artist’s creative process. Advance purchase tickets recommended. Sept 14 – Feb 12.
• Musée Jacquemart-André, one of Paris’ lesser known museums, has been beautifully restored, from its neoclassical facade to its unusual winter garden, grand staircase, and elegant private apartments. The temporary show, “Rembrandt,” looks at 3 periods in the artist’s life: his early work, his portraits in Amsterdam, and his later life. Sept 16-Jan 23, advance purchase tickets recommended.
Have you seen any of these shows? let us know what you think!