10 must-see exhibitions in Paris in 2023

From Picasso to Manet, via Matisse, Basquiat and Alphonse Mucha, the greatest artists in the history of art will be in Paris in 2023. From the Louvre to the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the great Parisian museums are hosting magnificent masterpieces that will delight culture lovers. Here is our selection of must-see exhibitions to discover during a stay in Paris.

"Picasso Celebration, the collection takes on colour", at the Picasso National Museum

From 7 March to 27 August 2023

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso's death, the Musée national Picasso-Paris is offering to rediscover its permanent collection. Masterpieces of the museum, works by modern and contemporary artists will be on display from spring onwards. An eventful exhibition designed by British fashion designer Paul Smith invites the public to revisit the most emblematic moments and subjects in Picasso's work.
Other Parisian museums will celebrate the master of Cubism in 2023: the Centre Pompidou, the Musée du Luxembourg, the Musée de l'Homme, the Musée de Montmartre and the Petit Palais. In total, 12 exhibitions are planned in France.

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"Before the storm" at the Bourse du Commerce

*From February 8 to September 11, 2023

The "Before the storm" exhibition series, presented by the Pinault Collection, invites visitors to take a journey from darkness to light, through installations and works, some emblematic, others new, by fifteen or so artists, who take over all the spaces of the Bourse de Commerce.
Against the backdrop of climate disruption, in the urgency of the present, the artists in the exhibition invent unstable ecosystems that represent new seasons. In the iron, glass, stone and concrete architecture of the Bourse de Commerce, which could just as easily be that of a greenhouse, a series of fleeting and contradictory temporalities appear, including the landscape imagined by Danh Vo for the Rotonde.

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"Basquiat x Warhol, à quatre mains", at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

*From April 5 to August 28, 2023

After an exhibition devoted to Jean-Michel Basquiat in 2018, the Fondation Louis Vuitton explores his joint work with Andy Warhol. Between 1984 and 1985, the two artists and friends produced 160 paintings "four hands", of which a hundred will be exhibited in Paris from spring 2023. The energy and strength of their constant exchanges will lead visitors along the tour route.

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"Manet / Degas" at the Musée d'Orsay

From 28 March to 23 July 2023

Taking a new look at the Impressionist movement in painting is the aim of this new cross-disciplinary exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay devoted to Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, two masters of the new painting of the 1860s-1880s. The exhibition explores their differences, showing the heterogeneous and conflicting aspects of pictorial modernity, and reveals the value of Degas' collection, where Manet took on a greater role after his death.

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"Eternal Mucha" at the Grand Palais Immersive

*From March 22 to August 20, 2023

In collaboration with the Mucha Foundation, the Grand Palais Immersif offers an immersive and interactive exhibition to rediscover an avant-garde artist whose work continues to inspire contemporary designers. The exhibition tells the visitor the story of Alphonse Mucha, a figure of Art Nouveau, and his humanist ambition in three acts: as a master of poster design in Paris; at the turning point of his career in 1900, when he became heavily involved in the Paris Universal Exhibition; and through the presentation of his monumental works, notably The Slavic Epic, which develops a vision of Slavic history as a pacifist model of the world that resonates today more than ever.

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"Naples in Paris. The Louvre invites the Capodimonte Museum".

*From 7 June 2023 to 8 January 2024

From Michelangelo to Raphael, the great names of Italian painting will be on display at the Louvre in 2023 as part of a partnership with the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, a former hunting residence of the Bourbons of Naples. From the Grande Galerie to the Salle de la Chapelle and the Salle de l'horloge, the Louvre will be transformed into a Neapolitan palace from June onwards with more than 60 masterpieces from the Farnese and Bourbon collections.

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"Matisse. Cahiers d'art, le tournant des années 30" at the Musée de l'Orangerie

*From 1 March to 29 May 2023

You thought you knew everything (or almost everything) about Matisse's work? Not so sure. In 2023, the Musée de l'Orangerie will focus on a pivotal but less studied period in the work of the master of Fauvism: the 1930s. Several lesser-known works will be exhibited in the spring, such as Le Grand nu couché, Le Chant and the Blouses roumaines series. The public is immersed in the interwar period with sculptures and objects from Matisse's collection, drawings, engravings, photographs, archive documents, film extracts and issues of Cahiers d'art, a major avant-garde magazine which serves as a guideline for the tour.

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"Léon Monet" at the Musée du Luxembourg

*From 15 March to 16 July 2023

In the Monet family I would like to mention my brother Léon. A chemist, industrialist and collector, Léon Monet played an important role in the career of the master of Impressionism as a donor. A vast collection of modern art will be highlighted by the Musée du Luxembourg in spring 2023. Some one hundred works are to be discovered, including paintings and drawings by Monet, Sisley, Pissarro and Renoir, colour books, fabric samples, Japanese prints, archival documents and numerous family photographs. The exhibition reveals the bond between the two brothers and their common interest in colour.

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"Sayed Haider Raza" at the Centre Pompidou

*From 15 February to 15 May 2023

The Centre Pompidou is devoting a first presentation to the Indian artist Sayed Haider Raza (1922-2016), a member of the Progressive Artists Group founded in Mumbai in 1947, who lived in France from 1950 to 2010. Through a selection of paintings from the 1950s to the 1990s, this exhibition pays particular attention to his formative years in India. It also highlights the formal and conceptual developments of a modern work that is exemplary of the transcultural dynamics and issues at stake in 20th-century art.

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"Carnets Kanak" at the Quai Branly Jacques Chirac Museum

Until 12 March 2023

This winter, the Quai Branly Museum honours Kanak culture and heritage with more than 3,000 sketches and fine watercolours on display, taken from the inventory made by Roger Boulay, who worked for the Agency for the Development of Kanak Culture from 1979 to 1998, and Emmanuel Kasarhérou, the museum's current president. This work of investigation allows us to better understand the issues surrounding the Kanak memory and the preservation of New Caledonia's heritage.

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