Paris probably has an unfair share of the world’s best museums. Most cities would settle for just one world-class art powerhouse, but not here. Needless to say, with so many amazing museums dotted along the Seine and tucked away on boulevards around the city, there is always something on the spectacular spectrum to see in Paris. Here’s a quick look at the best exhibitions currently taking the City of Light by storm.

“Picasso: Blue and Rose” at The Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay and the Musée National Picasso-Paris present their first large-scale collaborative exhibition, dedicated to Pablo Picasso’s largely monochromatic blue and rose periods. 

Bringing together a large number of Picasso’s early paintings and drawings, Picasso: Blue and Rose aims to re-frame the works of the young Picasso in the context of 19th-century art, rather than the 20th-century movements his work is more often associated with (having pioneered said movements!).

The exhibition also features some masterful works, like La Vie, are being presented for the first time in France. This is an excellent chance to catch a glimpse of Picasso in his prime before things got all cubey!

Runs until January 6th 2019.

“Masterpieces” at The Musee National Picasso-Paris

The Three Dancers 1925 Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Purchased with a special Grant-in-Aid and the Florence Fox Bequest with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery and the Contemporary Art Society 1965

Speaking of which! The Musee National Picasso-Paris has an exhibition of its own. Masterpieces, as the name suggests, showcases some of Pablo Picasso’s most celebrated works, and asks the question, what does a work of art need to be in order to be considered a masterpiece?

In addition to their own extensive collection Picasso’s works, the exhibition features paintings borrowed from galleries around the world, some of which will be displayed in France for the first time ever.

If you’ve ever wondered what the fuss about Picasso is, this is your chance to find out first-hand.

Runs until January 13th 2019.

“Jean-Michel Basquiat” at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most significant painters of the 20th century. Born in New York City in 1960 to parents of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent, the racial injustices he witnessed from an early age filled him with rage and the urge to rebel. These themes are very evident in his art, now displayed in a new exhibition that covers the painter’s whole career, from 1980 to 1988.

The exhibition focuses on 120 defining works, including several collaborations between Basquiat and Andy Warhol. See essential works such as Obnoxious Liberals, In Italian, and Riding with Death, as well as paintings which have rarely been seen since their first presentations during the artist’s lifetime, such as Offensive Orange (1982), Boxer, and Yellow Tar and Feathers.

Runs until January 14th 2019.

“Egon Schiele” at Fondation Louis Vuitton

While you’re checking out Basquiat at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, you should definitely drop by this stunning exhibition. The Austrian artist Egon Schiele was a protégé of Gustave Klimt, and one of the early exponents of Expressionism. This exhibition brings together some 120 drawings, gouaches, and paintings showcasing the raw intensity and vibrant sensuality in his work.

Spread across four sections, the exhibition features some of his most notable and visually arresting works, including Self-Portrait with a Chinese Lantern (on loan from the Leopold Museum in Vienna), Pregnant Woman and Death (from the Národní Gallery in Prague), Portrait of the Artist’s Wife Seated, Holding Her Right Leg (from the Morgan Library & Museum in New York), and many more.

Runs until January 14th 2019

“Franz West” at Centre Pompidou

With nearly 200 works, this event is an abundant celebration of the Austrian artist’s work, from 1972 to 2012. It includes his first rarely exhibited drawings and his first Passstücke (or adaptive) sculptures, as well as a selection of his papier-mâchésculptures.

The exhibition is the first great opportunity to evaluate the posterity of West’s unconventional approach to art – and his influence on the artistic landscape over the last 50 years.

Runs until December 10th 2018

“Madagascar & Paintings from Afar” at Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

Paintings from Afar presents over 200 previously unseen works demonstrating the evolution of Western perceptions of distant and not-so-distant populations, societies and territories. This fascinating collection promises plenty of oneirism, naturalism, fantasy, and romanticism – with a healthy dose of colonial propaganda to boot!

Runs until Jan 6th, 2019

Madagascar is a unique exhibition at Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, showcasing Malagasy art, history, and culture. More than 350 exhibit pieces selected for their historical, aesthetic and ethnological interest. Those are displayed across three sections and placed in local and international art contexts, with the aim of highlighting the extraordinary artistic and cultural traditions of Africa’s largest island.

Runs until Jan 1st, 2019

All five of these locations were nominated for our 2019 Remarkable Venue Awards – not just for their interesting history, but also for their ongoing commitment to providing visitors with a great experience. This year’s clear winner was Fondation Louis Vuitton, taking the award for Best Museum.

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