La Rentree 2017 and Paris Museums

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.

Paris via Williamstown: Picasso Encounters

The temporary exhibit at the Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, MA, Picasso: Encounters, was organized with help from the Musée National Picasso–Paris.

The first work in the show, the artist’s self-portrait, on loan from the Paris museum, is a self-portrait that shows the artist as a solitary soul.

The next 35 prints and 2 paintings contradict this isolation, highlighting his collaborations — with printmakers, fellow artists, and Picasso’s famed muses, Olga Khokhlova, Françoise Gilot, and Dora Maar (Maar’s portrait is also on loan from the Paris museum).

It’s not a large show, but it contains important works and offers insights into Picasso’s creative process, including a set of color prints made from a single sheet of linoleum. And the recently renovated museum itself is worth the drive.

Until August 27