What's on in Paris in Fall/Winter 2008

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October 16, 2008 to February 22, 2009
Luxembourg Museum

From  Miró to Warhol. The Paris Berardo Collection 

Four modern art movements, illustrated by seventy works, make up the essential theme of this exhibition at the Luxembourg Museum this fall.  Surrealism with Miró, Dali, Ernst and Breton; Abstraction through works by Mondrian, Tanguy and Arp; the 1960’s New Realism and Pop Art represented by Warhol, Klein, Soulages, Mitchell; and the post 1970’s including works by Schnabel, Stella and others.  This exhibition brings to Paris a part of José Berardo’s impressive collection of some 862 modern art works that, in the words of the art collector “gives the experience of twentieth century art”. 

Musée du Luxembourg
19, rue de Vaugirard, Paris 6th
Metro: Odéon,
RER: Luxembourg
Open: Mondays & Fridays from 10:00 to 23:30
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 19:00
Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 to 20:00
Price: 9 Euros (free for children under 8).
Information at
33 (0)1 42 34 25 95

photo © rmn
October 8, 2008 to February 1, 2009
Orsay Museum

Pastels of the Orsay Museum

The Orsay Museum has one the finest collections of pastels in the world, amongst which masterpieces by Millet, Manet, Degas, Redon and Lévy-Dhumer. This exhibition is dedicated to the 1850 to 1914 period, one of the most fecund for this medium.
In fact the 19th century—a period of constant revolution—marked the renewal of the art of pastel. Although the generation following Quentin de la Tour (1704-1788) turned their back to pastel’s ‘dubious charm’, the Romantics and the first Realists picked it up again as a forceful medium. Millet, Puivis de Chavannes, Aman-Jean and Paul Helleu (a witness to Proust’s world) put pastel back in the place of honor.  They were then followed by Degas and Manet (whose pastels are a perfect fusion of the subject matter and the medium).  Redon invented a new technique in this medium to express the depth of his understanding of life’s mystery. The pastel becomes a medium in which appears the closest fusion between drawing and color, the form and its decomposition, the image and its aura. 


Musée d'Orsay
62, rue de Lille/1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7th
Metro: Musée d'Orsay or Solférino
Open: 10:00 to 18:00
Thursdays until 21:45 and Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00
Closed: Mondays
Price: 8.50 Euros (Museum + temporary exhibitions).
Photography gallery, ground floor.
Information at
33 (0)1 40 49 47 50

July 2, 2008 to December 8, 2008. 11:00 – 21:00
Pompidou Center

Hommage to Madame POMPIDOU

The exhibition of Madame Pompidou’s personal art collection that was put together with her husband, the late French President Georges Pomidou, shows their commitment to the art world of their epoch.  Rare works by Max Ernst, Kupka, Robert Delaunay, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Raymond Hains, Jean Tinguely, Pierre Paulin, Niki de Saint Phalle, Pierre Soulages et al. are on show in the Pompidou Center this fall.

Centre Pompidou
19 rue Beaubourg, Place Georges Pompidou,
Paris 4th

Metro: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville
RER: Châtelet/Les Halles
Open: every day 11:00 to 21:00 (tickets until 20:00)
Closed Tuesdays & 1st May
Price: 5.50 - 10 Euros
The Atelier Brancusi : from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (except Tuesdays)
Phone: 01 44 78 12 33

September 26, 2008 to January 5, 2009
Louvre Museum


This Fall at the Paris Louvre Museum, a major retrospective of Mantegna, the North Italian Renaissance master, has been put together from the Louvre’s own collection as well as from collections from abroad. The exhibition covers the main periods of his artistic and technical progression that was spent between Padua, Verona and Mantua during the last half of the 15th century, and also outlines his influence on the European scene of his period.   

Musée du Louvre
Entrance through the 'Pyramide du Louvre'
Paris 1st
Metro: Palais-Royal/Louvre
Open: every day 9:00 to 17:30
Closed: Tuesdays
Price: 7.50 Euros before 15:00; 5.00 Euros after 15:00 and all day Sundays.
Combined ticket (permanent and temporary exhibitions): 11.50 Euros before 15:00, 9.50 Euros after 15:00 and all day Sundays.
Special ticket for the temporary exhibitions in the Napoleon Hall: 7 Euros.
Free entrance the first Sunday of each month.
Phone: 33 (0)1 40 20 51 51

Picasso and the Masters

Here's an exhibition you would not want to miss: a dialogue between Picasso and the old masters who inspired him.  Picasso's fascination with the the great masters turned into an obssession to destructure and recompose some of the masterpieces of the past, from Titien to Poussin, Velazquez, Goya, Delacroix, Gauguin and Cézanne. Although capable of painting classical works with the strong hand of a master, he broke away from the representational art of his predecessors to open up a window on freedom of artistic expression without, however, going all the way to abstraction. His recomposed figures live in a human world that is not cold calculation void of human sentiments; it is like a re-composition of a shattered world the day after chaos.  
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau, Franklin Roosevelt
Open: 10:00 to 22:00 (Sundays & Mondays 10:00 to 20:00)
School holidays: Open every day 10:00 to 22:00 including Tuesdays)
Closed: Tuesdays, 25th December
Price: 8/12 Euros