Fall 2013 exhibits in France
Each fall France’s museums gear up for the opening of several new exhibits, and this season is no exception with highlights like a Georges Braque retrospective at the Grand Palais and Le Nôtre in Perspective at Versailles. This year’s most anticipated shows will certainly fulfill your thirst for culture: time to mark your calendars!
In the Paris region
- Désirs et volupté: Victorian Masterpieces at the Jacquemart-André museum, September 13, 2013- January 20, 2014
The exhibition invites you to discover famous English artists from the epoch of Queen Victoria's reign in the 19th century, including Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Sir Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) and Albert Moore (1841-1893). The fifty or so paintings exhibited reflect the common desire of the artists of this period to pay homage to the “cult of beauty”.
- Georges Braque Retrospective at the National Gallery of the Grand-Palais, September 18, 2013- January 6, 2014
This retrospective, dedicated to the major 20th century artist Georges Braque, will survey all the periods of his artistic creation, from Fauvism to his final works culminating in the magnificent art studios and birds series. The exhibition will focus on highlights in his career, such as Cubism, the Canéphores (Basket Carriers) of the 1920’s, and his final landscapes.
- The Springtime of the Renaissance – Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460 at the Louvre Museum, September 26, 2013- January 6, 2014
The Springtime of the Renaissance deals with the genesis of this major artistic and cultural movement, which first arose in Florence in the early years of the 15th century. The exhibit places a particular emphasis on sculpture, featuring several of Donatello’s masterpieces.
- The Renaissance and Dreams at the Luxembourg museum, October 9, 2013- January 26, 2014
Bringing together around eighty works by celebrated Renaissance artists, from Hieronymus Bosch to Veronese, and including Dürer and Correggio, the exhibition gives us an insight into the golden age of the representation of dreams. It takes the viewer from the moment of sleep to the moment of awakening, through dreams and nightmarish visions.
- Kanak, l'art est une parole (Art speaks) at the Quai Branly museum, October 15, 2013- January 26, 2014
The Quai Branly museum has organized a monumental exhibition on the Kanak culture of New Caledonia. With over 300 works and documents coming from Europe’s public collections, the viewer’s experience will be led by internal narrators, taking on the voice of the Kanak people themselves. Among the exhibit’s featured pieces are sculpted doorframes, extravagantly decorated jade axes and decorations, as well as diverse statuettes and sculptures.
- Le Nôtre in perspective at the Palace of Versailles, October 22, 2013 to February 23, 2014
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of André Le Nôtre’s birth, the Palace of Versailles is presenting an outdoor exhibit to honor the famous landscaper and gardener who helped execute Louis XIV’s vision for the estate with brilliance and precision.
In the provinces
- Le goût de Diderot (The taste of Diderot), at the Fabre Museum in Montpellier, from October 5, 2013- January 12, 2014
The Fabre Museum is paying tribute to the famous philosopher of the Enlightenment for the tercentenary of his death. The exhibition presents a significant collection of paintings and sculptures as seen through the eyes of Diderot.