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René Magritte, La Décalcomanie, 1966 Huile sur toile, 81 × 100 cm
Dr Noémi Perelman Mattis et Dr Daniel C. Mattis
© Adagp, Paris 2016
© Photothèque R. Magritte / Banque d’Images, Adagp, Paris, 2016
René Magritte, La Décalcomanie, 1966 Huile sur toile, 81 × 100 cm Dr Noémi Perelman Mattis et Dr Daniel C. Mattis © Adagp, Paris 2016 © Photothèque R. Magritte / Banque d’Images, Adagp, Paris, 2016

9 Paris Art Exhibitions Opening In September 2016

Picture of Paul McQueen
Updated: 11 September 2016
September is a busy time in Paris, with its residents returning dispiritedly from the seaside and going back to school, university and work. It’s also, very helpfully for all those not so keen on the idea of the approaching autumn grind, a time when new exhibitions spring into life in the city’s galleries and museums. To help you ease back into the working week, or to make the most of your brief time in the city this month, why not check out one or more of these nine outstanding art shows.

Joann Sfar – Salvador Dalí, one second before awakening

📅   September 9th, 2016 – March 31st, 2017

Best known for his comic book The Rabbi’s Cat and his film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, Joann Sfar has now been given the opportunity to weave a story from within Salvador Dalí’s mad imagination. For the next few months, to enter the l’Espace Dalí will be to enter the brain of the famous artist from Figueres and to assent to being carried along by a fairytale story through dreamlands and reality. The exhibit contains more than 200 original drawings from Sfar, which sit alongside Dalí’s surrealist sculptures and haute couture designs by Elsa Schiaparelli, one of his sources of inspiration.

📍  l’Espace Dalí, 11 Rue Poulbot, 75018 Paris, France, +33 1 4264 4010

Bouchardon (1698-1762), A Sublime Idea of Beauty

📅   September 14th, 2016 – December 5th, 2016

This is the largest single exhibition of Edmé Bouchardon’s work there has ever been. The celebrated French sculptor and draftsman, who was considered one of the most exceptional artists of his time, trained at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris and worked at the French Academy in Rome before being summoned back to the Musée du Louvre and ultimately being made Sculptor to the King in 1735. The show will emphasize Bouchardon’s style as an ideal combination of classical influence and life-like rendering

📍  Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France, +33 1 4020 5050

Edme Bouchardon. L’Amour se faisant un arc de la massue d’Hercule. Département des Sculptures, musée du Louvre © RMN - Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre), Hervé Lewandowski │ Edme Bouchardon. Charles- Frédéric de la Tour du Pin, marquis de Gouvernet © Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN - Grand Palais / Daniel Lebée et Carine Deambrosis. │ Edme Bouchardon. Faune endormi. Copie d’après l’antique. Département des Sculptures, musée du Louvre © Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN - Grand Palais / Raphaël Chipault.

Edmé Bouchardon. L’Amour se faisant un arc de la massue d’Hercule. Département des Sculptures, Musée du Louvre © RMN – Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre), Hervé Lewandowski │ Edmé Bouchardon. Charles-Frédéric de la Tour du Pin, marquis de Gouvernet © Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN – Grand Palais / Daniel Lebée et Carine Deambrosis. │ Edmé Bouchardon. Faune endormi. Copie d’après l’antique. Département des Sculptures, Musée du Louvre © Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN – Grand Palais / Raphaël Chipault.

Tout est art? Ben

📅   September 14th, 2016 – January 15th, 2017

This is the first exhibition to be held at the newly reopened Musée Maillol and the first in Paris to honor Ben, a key player in the French contemporary art scene. An iconoclastic and provocative artist, this major retrospective of over 200 works brings together pieces from his personal collection, those held privately, and also new creations designed specifically for the Musée Maillol which take inspiration from Aristide Maillol himself. Continuing the intellectual legacy of Marcel Duchamp, Ben is a firm believer that it is the act of signing that creates art rather than the material content of a given piece.

📍  Musée Maillol, 59-61 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France, +33 1 42 22 57 25

Henri Fantin-Latour

📅   September 14th, 2016 – February 12th, 2017

This exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg is the first retrospective of Henri Fantin-Latour’s work in Paris in nearly 35 years. Ordered chronologically, the show displays 60 paintings and 30 lithographs, as well as drawings and other preparatory studies, starting with his early, disturbing self-portraits from 1850-60 and demonstrating the best of the still lifes and group portraits that later made him famous. The artist’s work combined faithful reproduction of reality with an enthusiastic exploration of Symbolism.

📍  Musée du Luxembourg, 19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France, +33 1 4013 6200

Henri Fantin-Latour - Coin de table de gauche à droite : Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Elzéar Bonnier, Léon Valade, Emile Blémont, Jean Aicart, Ernest d’Hervilly, Camille Pelletan - 1872 │ © Rmn-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Photo Hervé Lewandowski

Henri Fantin-Latour – Coin de table de gauche à droite: Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Elzéar Bonnier, Léon Valade, Emile Blémont, Jean Aicart, Ernest d’Hervilly, Camille Pelletan – 1872 │ © Rmn-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Photo Hervé Lewandowski

Hodler, Monet, Munch

📅   September 15th, 2016 – January 22nd, 2017

The Musée Marmottan Monet have brought together Ferdinand Hodler, Claude Monet and Edvard Munch in one exhibition because, in their words, they are ‘the essential European modernist painters’. Their works, a mix of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, take us through the 20th century to 1918, 1926, and 1944 respectively, and have had a decisive influence on the history of art. Each artist attempted in his lifetime to paint the impossible – a rising sun, the shimmer of snow, the movement of light on water or leaves – and this show is a testament to that struggle and the marvels it produced.

📍  Musée Marmottan Monet, 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris, France, 33 1 4496 5033 

Edvard Munch Le Soleil 1912 Huile sur toile 123 x 176,5 cm Oslo, Munchmuseet / Photo © Munch Museum

Edvard Munch Le Soleil 1912 Huile sur toile 123 x 176,5 cm Oslo, Munchmuseet | Photo © Munch Museum

Rembrandt, intime

📅   September 16th, 2016 – January 23rd, 2017

This tribute to the ultimate Old Master of Dutch art at the Musée Jacquemart-André brings together 40 of Rembrandt’s paintings and presents them in three evolutionary stages centered around three of his finest masterpieces. Visitors begin with a collection surrounding the Pilgrims at Emmaus (1629), demonstrating his mastery of art during the Leiden period, followed by his triumphant work in Amsterdam with the Amalia von Solms Portrait (1632), and finally his late style and greatest accomplishments are represented by the Arnold Tholinx Portrait (1656).

📍  Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris, France, +33 1 4562 1159

René Magritte, The Treachery of Images

📅   September 21st, 2016 – January 23rd, 2017

This exhibit at the Centre Pompidou offers an unprecedented look at the work of Belgium’s most famous artist. Truly a master of modern art, 100 of his paintings from the most recognisable to the lesser-known have been assembled along with drawings and archival documents to provide a new reading of this thought-provoking artist. The Treachery of Images explores Magritte’s interest in philosophy, perhaps best illustrated by 1948’s Ceci n’est pas une pipe (This is not a pipe), which he painted after a fruitful discussion with Michel Foucault.

📍  Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France, +33 1 4478 1233

René Magritte, La Trahison des images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), 1929 Huile sur toile, 60,33 x 81,12 x 2,54 cm Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Purchased with funds provided by the Mr. and Mrs. William Preston Harrison Collection │© Adagp, Paris 2016 © Photothèque R. Magritte / Banque d’Images, Adagp, Paris, 2016

René Magritte, La Trahison des images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), 1929 Huile sur toile, 60,33 x 81,12 x 2,54 cm Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Purchased with funds provided by the Mr. and Mrs. William Preston Harrison Collection │© Adagp, Paris 2016 © Photothèque R. Magritte / Banque d’Images, Adagp, Paris, 2016

Hergé

📅   September 28th, 2016 – January 15th, 2017

From Belgium’s most praised surrealist to its most loved cartoonist, Hergé presents the career of the man who brought the world The Adventures of Tintin. The exhibition at the Grand Palais traces his creative process, which was fuelled by his passions for painting, photography and adventure novels, and shows how Georges Remi came to be known as ‘the father of the European comic strip’. It places his work within both the socio-political context of his time and that of the history of art.

📍  Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France, +33 1 4413 1717

Photo Hergé, studio hergé, 1969 │ Courtesy of the Grand Palais

Photo Hergé, studio hergé, 1969 │ Courtesy of the Grand Palais

Eva & Adele, You Are My Biggest Inspiration

📅   September 30th, 2016 – February 26th, 2017

The self-proclaimed Hermaphrodite Twins in Art, Eva & Adele have been a distinctive feature of gallery openings and contemporary art events for the past 25 years. The pair – who are always identically attired in exaggeratedly feminine clothes while sporting hyper-masculine skinhead hairdos – are experts in the transgression of gender boundaries. This exhibition at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris contains some of their most iconic work including the pink camper van (Biographische Skulptur n°2, B-EA 5800, 1999/2006), the first ‘double’ costume (Red Vinyl Costume, 1991) and paintings from the MEDIAPLASTIC series in which the artists examined their own portrayal in the media.

📍  Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France, +33 1 5367 4000