What's on in Paris in Winter/Spring 2009

On-Line Gallery
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This very significant retrospective exhibition taking place in the Pompidou Center is dedicated to Vassily Kandinsky’s artistic career. It is organized by the Pompidou Center, the Stadtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus of Munich and the Solomon R. Guggenheim  of New York, which holds the world’s largest collection of the artist’s work.  One hundred of his works, especially ‘impressions’ and ‘improvisations’, are presented to the public. 
An artist of extraordinary creative power, Kandinsky was born in Moscow in 1866 and died in France in 1944 a French citizen.  He was co-founder of the ‘Blaue Reiter’ school of the German Expressionists with Franz Marc, and also a teacher at the ‘Bauhaus’ at the invitation of Walter Gropius. He was well known as the inventor of Abstract Expressionism, but recent discoveries of his early works in Russia and this new exhibition of his work attest a far greater scope to his work and personality— a spiritual quality comparable to great musical composers.

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

De Chirico: a retrospective art exhibition
De Chirico is mostly known for his first period of artistic output that the Surrealists adopted and labeled ‘Metaphysical’. He was acclaimed as a precursor Surrealist painter (André Breton even equated his work to ‘modern mythology’), but was abandoned after 1930. This was when he turned to a decadent, provocative classicism, in order to denounce what he thought was the drifting of contemporary movements beyond the bounds of art, going as far as repainting his ‘Metaphysical’ works with a touch of humor or making a series of self-deriding self portraits.  This exhibition, by presenting the entire production of the artist from 1888-1978, attempts at making a synthetic whole of his artistic career, that was a mixture of oneiric views and crude, staged reality.


Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11, avenue du Président Wilson 74116
Métro: Alma Marceau, Iéna
Open: Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00 to 18:00
Thursdays until 22:00
Phone: 01 53 67 40 00

Utrillo-Valadon Exhibition in Paris Pinacothèque
This is an exhibition of Utrillo’s entire White period (1910-1914), characterized by a predominance of white from using plaster, together with his mother’s work, Suzanne Valadon, who provided guidance to the self-taught, self-destructive Montmartre artist.
Both mother and son led bohemian lives— Utrillo roaming the Montmartre cafés with his friends Modigliani and Soutine, and Valadon living to the full an artist’s life first as a circus acrobat, then as a model to Puvis de Chavannes, Renoir and Degas, while having love affairs with Toulouse-Lautrec and Eric Satie.
But their romanesque lives hid two talented artists who had a strong yet contradictory relationship that enriched their lives and their work.

Pinacothèque de Paris
28, place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris
Open: Every day 10:30 to 18:00
Metro: Madeleine
Price: 9 Euros
Phone: 01 42 68 02 01
Forget Rodin – Sculpture in Paris 1905 to 1914
At the beginning of the 20th century, new generations of sculptors attempted to dethrone Rodin; these included Maillol, Bernard, Lehmbruck as well as avant-garde sculptors such as Duchamp-Villon, Archipenko and Brancusi.  Feeling and expression were purged from their work in favor of a pure visual sentiment produced by forms and line and structure void of dramatic or descriptive content. The form and structure that brought these sculptors together was then transformed by each of them in their individual styles. The group was sadly dispersed by the war.
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
01 40 49 47 50