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Paris Exhibitions and Events in 2019 [Updated]

If you're planning to visit Paris in 2019, you will surely be interested in finding out about the essential Paris exhibitions to check out this year. Here we have put together a comprehensive list of exhibitions we think people should include in their Paris itinerary, depending on the date of their visit and their specific interests. If you are doing a tour with us, be sure to let us know if you would like us to include a particular Paris exhibition in your itinerary

Scroll down to find the 2019 exhibitions at:

  • The Louvre

  • The Musée d'Orsay

  • The National Eugene Delacroix Museum

  • The Museum of Modern Art in Paris

  • The Centre Pompidou Contemporary Art Museum

  • The Grand Palais

  • The Marmottan Monet Museum

  • The Musée du Luxembourg

  • The Musée de L'Orangérie

  • The Montmartre Museum

  • The Rodin Museum

  • The Atelier des Lumieres (digital art exhibition)

  • The Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum

  • The War Museum (Musée de l'Armée)

  • The Institute of the Arab World


We have also listed some events in 2019 at the bottom.


Musée du Louvre

  • Forgotten Kingdoms - Heirs of the Hittite Empire

From May 2, 2019 to August 12, 2019 

The Hittite empire, an important rival of ancient Egypt, ruled over Anatolia and had an influence over the Levant until around 1200 BC. Its demise gave rise to Neo-Hittite and Aramean kingdoms in modern-day Turkey and Syria, heirs of the political, cultural, and artistic traditions of the fallen empire. The exhibition invites visitors to rediscover the mythic sites of this forgotten civilization, such as the majestic remains of the Tell Halaf site, located near the current Turco-Syrian border. The history of this collection illustrates the continuing efforts to preserve endangered heritage sites, past and present, especially in countries at war.


Louvre Museum things to visit in Paris exhibition

 The Louvre Museum - copyright Ben Bard

  • France-Romania Season 2019 - Embroidery of Byzantine Tradition from Romania

Ends July 29, 2019

This exhibition highlights the exceptional nature of Romanian collections of embroidery from the Byzantine tradition, considered a jewel of both Romanian and universal heritage. Around the masterpiece that Stephen the Great (1457–1504) offered to the Zograf Monastery on Mount Athos, handed over by France to Romania in 1917, a number of works illustrate the remarkable development of Byzantine embroidery in Romania from the mid-15th to the mid-17th centuries. Inherited from Byzantium, the embroidered “sacerdotal vestments” of bishops, priests and deacons, and “liturgical vestments” intended for worship are on display alongside a special collection of royal tombstone covers. 

  • Antoine-Jean Gros (1771–1835):  Drawings from the Louvre

Ends September 30, 2019 One of Jacques-Louis David’s (1748–1825) most famous pupils, and known as the painter of the Napoleonic epic, Antoine-Jean Gros is considered a forerunner of Romanticism. In his most dramatic drawings, executed in pen and ink, Gros’s free, impetuous style and liberal use of wash accentuate the strength and originality of his art. This led Delacroix to single him out from David’s other pupils and consider him the first painter of the new school. This exhibition features about forty drawings and paintings from the museum’s collection and the Musée Delacroix. It offers an overview of Gros’s career, from his training to the peak of his artistic maturity. It also highlights his draftsmanship, of which the public knows very little. 

  • Italian Drawings from the Mariette Collection

Ends September 30, 2019 The last representative of an illustrious dynasty of print dealers, admitted as a “free associate” to the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Pierre Jean Mariette (1694–1774) was a printer and draughtsman, translator and art critic, tireless letter writer, and above all, one of the greatest drawing collectors of all time. Mariette brought together one of the most fascinating collections of the 18th century, particularly showcasing drawings. Masterpieces by great artists stood alongside pieces of bravura by minor masters. He aimed to perfectly summarize the history of drawing, from its origins through contemporary artists. This exhibition contains around 100 of the most remarkable Mariette sheets, including works by the greatest Italian artists Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Veronese, Carracci, Guido Reni, and Guercino. The Mariette Collection is akin to a journey in space (through artistic centers) and time (from the beginnings of drawing through contemporary artists), from Venice to Tuscany, Bologna, Rome, and Naples. 

  • Greco

From October 16 to February 10, 2020

Through this exhibition, the Louvre offers a retrospective of Cretan artist Domenico Theotokopoulos, also known as El Greco. It will focus on the founder of the Spanish School of the 16th century, who completed his apprenticeship in the Byzantine tradition before perfecting his art and training in Venice and Rome before blossoming in Spain.

The aim of this exhibition is to present “this rich face” and the multiple facets of the artist, often referred to as ‘the last Renaissance master and the first master of the Golden Age’. 


Musée d’Orsay


March 26 - July 21, 2019

The multi-disciplinary approach in this exhibition combines the history of art and the history of ideas. It explores aesthetic, political, social and racial issues and looks specifically at three key periods: the abolition era (1794-1848), the new painting era up to the Matisse’s discovery of the Harlem Renaissance, the avant-garde movement of the early 20th century and the successive generations of post-war and contemporary artists. 

The exhibition focuses on models and therefore the dialogue between the artist who paints, sculpts, engraves or photographs and the model who poses. It explores the way in which the representation of black subjects evolved in major works by Théodore Géricault, Charles Cordier, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse, as well as the photographs of Nadar and Carjat.

Orsay museum Paris exhibition hall

Orsay Museum exhibition hall in Paris 


  • Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)

June 18 - September 22, 2019

Berthe Morisot was a leading Impressionist figure, because is still less well known today than her friends Monet, Degas and Renoir. Although she rejected many of the practices of the time, she was unarguably recognised as one of the most innovative impressionist artists. The exhibition traces the exceptional career of a painter who became a key figure of the Parisian avant-garde movement in the late 1860s up until her untimely death in 1895.

Berthe Morisot used models to explore several themes of modern life. These included the private life of the bourgeoisie, the popularity of holiday resorts and gardens, the importance of fashion and women’s domestic work, while blurring the lines between the interior and exterior, the private and the public, the finished and the unfinished. It was her belief that painting should endeavour to “capture something that passes”. Her final pieces, characterised by a new expressiveness and musicality, provoke a melancholic contemplation of the relationship between art and life.


  • The Fear of Loving. Orsay through the eyes of Tracey Emin

Ends September 29, 2019

Drawing is what lies at the heart of Tracey Emin’s artistic creation. For her first exhibition at a major French institution, the British artist will be selecting drawings from the Musée d'Orsay collections, rarely presented to the public, and bringing them into dialogue with her own works. 


  • Degas at the Opera

September 24, 2019 - January 19, 2020

From his debut in the 1860s up to his final works after 1900, much of Degas’ masterpieces were inspired by the Opera in Paris. He explored theatrical spaces – the auditorium, the stage, the boxes, the foyers, and the dance studios. He also followed the subjects that frequented these spaces: the dancers, singers, musicians, members of the audience, and black-attired stewards. This closed world presented a microcosm of infinite possibilities allowing all manner of experimentations with points of view, lighting, motion and movement. 

For the first time, this exhibition considers the Opera as a whole, including Degas’ passionate relationship with the House, his musical tastes, as well as the various aspects of the Opera itself. Degas’ art offers a portrait of the 19th century Paris Opera.


  • Yan Pei-Ming, A Burial in Shanghai

From October 1, 2019 - January 12, 2020

When he arrived in France in 1980 at the age of 20, Yan Pei-Ming immediately headed to Ornans, Gustave Courbet’s territory. Thirty-nine years later, he is considered one of the most masterful painters of our time. He was inspired by A Burial at Ornans, a masterpiece of realism, to create A Burial in Shanghai, specially designed for the Musée d’Orsay to mark the 200th anniversary of Courbet’s birth. 


Musée National Eugène-Delacroix

  • In the Studio: Creation at Work

Ends September 30, 2019

Thanks to exceptional loans from French and European museums, combined with the collection of the Musée Delacroix, this exhibition presents works by Eugène Delacroix and his contemporaries, alongside works by 19th and 20th-century artists. It brings together finished works and their preparatory studies, also linked with objects, casts, prints, and photographs from the studio space.


Musee Eugene Delacroix paris exhibition

Musée Eugène Delacroix 


Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - Museum of Modern Art in Paris

The website indicates that the Museum of Modern Art in Paris will be closed until October 11, 2019

  • Hans Hartung: La fabrique du geste

From 11 October 2019 to 01 March 2020

Upon re-opening after extensive renovation work, the Museum of Modern Art will present a retrospective of work by the painter Hans Hartung (1904-1989). The exhibition will take a new look at his entire collection of work and his role as a trailblazer in the history of abstraction. Hartung was a major 20th century artist who liked to experiment. The exhibition will be an opportunity to discover the vast array of supports the artist used, his wide range of techniques, the extensive technical innovations he developed and the diverse tools he experimented with. A large number of works will be on display: oils on canvas, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and archive documents.


Centre Georges Pompidou - Contemporary Art Museum


pompidou modern art museum in paris

Pompidou - Beaubourg Modern Art Center in Le Marais, Paris

  • Prehistory

May 8 - September 16, 2019

Through this exhibition, the Pompidou Center revisits the relationship uniting prehistory with modern and contemporary art. Key artists such as Picasso, Miró, Cézanne, Klee, Giacometti, Ernst, Beuys, Klein, Dubuffet, Smithson and Penone have been haunted by the question of prehistory and its origins. This exhibition shows how in this great moment of crisis called "modernity", artists and then society as a whole have been attracted by the notion of "origins" and a fantasized vision of history.


  • Bernard Frize: Without Repentence

May 29 – August 26, 2019

Fifteen years after his last exhibition in France at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, the Center Pompidou invites Bernard Frize, key French painter on the international art scene, to exhibit his work. It includes sixty pieces of art reflecting the many facets of his work, from his beginnings in 1977 to his most recent creations. Without repentance has no particular direction or hierarchy, for which Frize is usually known. At a time marked by virtuality and moving images, the artist questions the role of the painter and reflects on the issues associated with the medium of painting as few of his contemporaries have done. 

The exhibition will bring the visitor into the very act of creation, revealing to them the strategies and intellectual challenges that underlie the painter's works. Six themes will structure a deliberately paradoxical exhibition path: With unreason, Without effort, With a system, Without a system, With control, Without stopping. Although he remains mainly known for his abstract and conceptual serial paintings, Bernard Frize has also incorporated figurative elements in his works and there will also be a display of his photography, which has remained relatively unknown until now.


  • Dora Maar

June 5 – July 29, 2019

An artist and photographer, Picasso's muse and icon of surrealism, Dora Maar left an indelible imprint on the avant-garde movement of the 1930s. This exhibition explores the life of Maar and the many facets of her work. 


  • Francis Bacon

September 11, 2019 – January 20, 2020

The exhibition is dedicated to the late work of the famous British painter, Francis Bacon, up to 1992, the year of his disappearance. In the second half of his career, Bacon brought books into his work. George Bataille, Michel Leiris and Nietzsche fed a polarized worldview that swung between civilization and barbarity, beauty and ugliness, life and death. In one piece he illustrates some of the terrifying expressions of his favorite authors, such as the "rattling of bones" from a poem by T.S. Eliot. His work portrays a deconstruction and criticism of the "poetic" modern world, rejecting all forms of idealism. He used classical culture and myth to present the dark side of modernity. Bacon explores violence, madness and hybris, synonymous with excesses among the ancient Greeks, on powerful canvases such as his triptychs.


  • Boltanski Retrospective

November 13, 2019 - March 16, 2020

Following a labyrinthine itinerary, this great retrospective exhibition looks back on the life and work of one of France's leading contemporary artists, famous for having blurred the boundaries between his life and his work, and exploring the line between the absent and the present.


Grand Palais 


April 3 – July 22, 2019

This  exhibition is dedicated to the moon and its representations. A retrospective going from the Apollo 11 mission to travel through time and discover the very particular vision artists and scientists had of this Earth satellite. Let’s get on board with Galileo, Cassini and Jules Verne, and see the moon as you’ve never seen it before. 


Grand Palais from Alexandre III bridge

Grand Palais Coupola from Alexander III Bridge


  • Toulouse-Lautrec

October 9, 2019 – January 27, 2020

Toulouse-Lautrec from every angle… This exhibition is dedicated to the artist known for his painting depicting Parisian night’s world. An exhibition aims at returning to three rejections influencing the current vision of Toulouse-Lautrec and clearing them: a certain despise of the values of his class, a market of disregarded art as well as a world of chargeable and overused night and sex.


Musée Marmottan-Monet

If you admire Claude Monet's work, a trip to the Marmottan Monet Museum is a must. It will nicely complement a trip to the Orangerie Museum (please see above) which has giant canvases of Monet's water lilies. These are on a smaller scale at the Marmottan. Here are the temporary exhibitions this year at the Marmottan Museum:

  • Oriental Visions: From Dreams into Light

March 7 – July 21, 2019

This exhibition will include around fifty masterpieces from major European and American public and private collections and will set out to provide fresh insight into this art form. Many painters were inspired by Napoleon’s victories and wanted to travel to see the Oriental fantasy for themselves. This led to the emergence of orientalism in the dawn of the industrial era, lasting throughout the 19th century and permeating the whole of Europe. The exhibited works will be divided into two main sections: the human figure and the landscape. 


Marmottan Museum in Paris

Marmottan Impressionist Museum



Ends September 29, 2019

Find out more about this exhibition here

Musée du Luxembourg 

The temporary exhibitions at the Luxembourg Museum often receive positive reviews.

  • The Golden Age of English painting: from Reynolds to Turner

    From September 11, 2019 to February 16, 2020

This exhibition includes a selection of masterpieces from Tate Britain and highlights a key period in the history of painting in England, from the 1760s to around 1820. It will present an overview capturing all the originality and diversity of this time. It takes the visitor from the founding of the Royal Academy, with artists such as Reynolds and Gainsborough, to the turning point in the early 19th century, notably with Turner. The public will rediscover the great classics of British art here, which are rarely exhibited in France.


Musée de l’Orangerie


    Ends September 2, 2019

    Alex Katz is an American figurative, Pop Art-style painter. He was born in 1927 and has been producing landscapes since the 1950s. Based in New York, he spends the summers in his studio in rural Maine, near a water lily pond. It was there that he produced a series of paintings in homage to Monet’s Water Lilies.

    He says of his work, “The water lilies are on the pond in Maine and I’ve been looking at them for 50 years but I never touched them because of Monet. But I said ‘you’re going to do it’, and I just did it." Alex Katz produced small charcoal sketches of the water lilies and later transposed them to large canvases. A series of four to five of his paintings will be on display in the exhibition space of the Musée de l’Orangerie.


Orangerie Museum Paris Monet

The Waterlillies room in Orangerie Museum in Paris, near Tuileries Gardens


  • Felix Fénéon (1861-1944). The modern times, from Seurat to Matisse

    From October 16, 2019 to January 27, 2020

    This is the first exhibition to pay homage to Félix Fénéon (1861-1944), an important figure in the art world during the late 19th and early 20th century. The Musée de l’Orangerie, in association with the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is honouring this extraordinary man who remains largely unknown. The exhibition will demonstrate the different facets of this unusual character, with his Quaker-like appearance and deadpan humour, who combined an exemplary career as a civil servant with strong artistic and anarchist convictions. He was a columnist, an editor at the Revue Blanche, an art critic, a publisher, and a gallery owner. Fénéon was also an exceptional collector who amassed a large number of masterpieces including a unique set of African and Oceanian sculptures. An unconditional supporter of Neo-Impressionism, discoverer of Seurat, artistic director of the Bernheim-Jeune gallery, champion of Fauvism, Futurism and Matisse, Fénéon played a decisive role on the artistic scene in the early 20th century.

    The exhibition will bring together an exceptional array of paintings and drawings by Seurat, Signac, Degas, Bonnard, Modigliani, Matisse, Derain, Severini, Balla, etc., pieces from Africa and Oceania, as well as documents and archives.


  •  Contemporary counterpoint: Tosani - Reflection and transfixion

October 16, 2019 – February 17, 2020

Patrick Tosani has spent forty years exploring the possibilities opened up by photography. In Paris, he first studied architecture while at the same time working on his photographic technique as of 1974, focusing on questions of space and scale. He broke onto the scene in the 1980s with a work combining the heritage of the avant-garde 70s and a proclamation of photography as a means of experimentation. Patrick Tosani has taught at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris since 2004.

With the spoon series in 1988, the artist creates a new perspective on the resources used by Monet for the Water Lilies at the Orangerie from the point of view of an analysis of a motif transformed into a microcosm and with an emphasis on scale rather than immersion. Tosani blazes a unique trail that questions reality, transforming it into a physical experience. By isolating the objects, everyday spoons, captured naturally, become a new object metamorphosed by the light and enlargement. “It is about extracting from reality the small amount of information necessary and sufficient to its sensory perception. The faithfulness and precision of the photographic recording require a certain selectiveness. Not everything can be shown at the risk of clouding the perception. I take a step back with regard to a general representation of the world in order to limit all types of references. I focus my gaze not on ignoring reality but, on the contrary, analysing it, setting landmarks based on its infinite density. This selection has become the reason behind my work. It precedes the photographic recording. It becomes a metaphor of this specific characteristic of photography that is composition, that of isolating things.” Patrick Tosani, 1997.

  • Giorgio de Chirico. Metaphysical painting

From April 1, 2019 to July 13, 2020

Metaphysical painting retraces the career and the artistic and philosophic influences of the artist Giorgio de Chirico from Munich to Turin, then to Paris where he discovered the artistic avant-garde of his era, and lastly Ferrare. The connections between the painter and the Parisian cultural and literary circles will be highlighted as never before.

Born in Greece and trained in the fount of classical culture and late German Romanticism, de Chirico developed the foundations of a new artistic exploration alongside his younger brother Alberto Savinio. A student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich as of 1908, he discovered the thinking of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer as well as the works of Böcklin and Klinger. After travelling to Milan then Florence, it was in Paris, from fall 1911, that he established his unique visual vocabulary through contact with the modernist artistic revolutions. He was quickly noticed by numerous artistic celebrities of the time, among whom Guillaume Apollinaire, Maurice Raynal, André Salmon, André Breton, Paul Éluard and Jean Paulhan were the first to take an interest in and promote his work.


The exhibition thus comes into its own at the Musée de l’Orangerie alongside the figure of Paul Guillaume, the first art dealer to work with Giorgio de Chirico. On his return to Italy in 1915, he and his brother Savinio were sent to Ferrare for military reasons, where he continued his artistic research. This period (June 1915 - December 1918) provided an opportunity for painters Carlo Carrà and Giorgio Morandi to get to know the two brothers, thus resulting in the creation of what was later to be known as the “metaphysical movement” which brings the exhibition to a close.




March 15 – September 8, 2019 

At the beginning of his career, Dorignac was inspired by impressionist and pointillism (a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image). Millet, Signac and Seurat were among his idols. He moved to Montmartre in 1901 moved to La Ruche (also known as ‘the city of artists’) in Montparnasse in around 1910. Here he worked closely with Modigliani and Soutine. He developed his own independent style, drawing inspiration from Romanesque, oriental and medieval art.

This exhibition will gather nearly 80 works, half of which have never been on display to the general public. It will reveal the variety of styles and techniques employed by the artist and his dazzling mastery. The exhibition will highlight his some of his most famous drawings, a series of contrasting patterns which was greeted with enthusiasm by the artists, critics and collectors of the time. "Dorignac sculpts his drawings," Rodin declared.


  • Belle-époque passionately, the Weisman-Michel collection

October 11, 2019 to January 19, 2020

The Montmartre Museum shows for the first time in its totality the important Collection of David E. Weisman and Jacqueline E. Michel . A unique and rare set that includes 130 pieces (drawings, paintings, watercolors, pastels, posters and lithographs) made by the artists, who by their art, have offered Montmartre its universal reputation.

By concentrating their choice on the period of the end of the 19 th and the beginning of the 20 th century (1880-1914), American collectors David E. Weisman and Jacqueline E. Michel draw with this corpus the portrait of an eclectic Montmartre where triumph the creativity and beauty of the snapshot.


Rodin Museum


From November 4, 2019 to March 22, 2020

The Musée Rodin will be holding the first monographic exhibition on the work of British sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) in Paris, in association with Tate. Though little known in France, Barbara Hepworth — who frequented artists such as Henry Moore, Picasso and Kandinsky — revolutionised sculpture with her development of a new aesthetic sensibility. Her abstract works, imbued with poetic purity, aspire to an ideal, peaceful world. The Musée Rodin’s tribute exhibition to Hepworth will present these sculptures, with their combination of solid and void; visitors who see these compelling artworks will find them hard to forget.


Rodin Gardens in Paris by invalides

The Gardens of Rodin Museum are located near the Invalides esplanade


Atelier des Lumières

  • Van Gogh / Dreamed Japan / Verse

February 22 to December 31, 2019

A journey into van Gogh’s greatest masterpieces

The new digital exhibition in the Atelier des Lumières immerses visitors in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), whose genius only gained recognition after his death and who transformed painting. Projected on all the surface of the Atelier, this new visual and musical production retraces the intense life of the artist, who, during the last ten years of his life, painted more than 2,000 pictures, which are now in collections around the world.

The exhibition explores van Gogh’s numerous works, which radically evolved over the years, from The Potato Eaters (1885), Sunflowers (1888) and Starry Night (1889) to Bedroom at Arles (1889). The Atelier des Lumières highlights the Dutch painter’s expressive and powerful brushstrokes and is illuminated by the bold colours of his unique paintings. Warm hues give way to sombre colours. The immersive exhibition evokes van Gogh’s highly emotional, chaotic, and poetic inner world and highlights the constant interplay of light and shade.

The thematic itinerary retraces stages of the artist’s life, and his sojourns in Neunen, Arles, Paris, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and Auvers-sur-Oise. Visitors are transported into the heart of his works, from his early to mature years, and from his sunny landscapes and nightscapes to his portraits and still-lifes.

There are also digital exhibitions on Dreamed Japan and Verse, the latter being a photographic exploration of humankind’s place in the Universe.  

  • Klimt: 26 special evenings

From 18:30 to 21:30, August 1-24 and October 29 - November 2nd (except Sundays)


Come discover or relive the emotion of the immersive digital exhibition "Gustav Klimt", inaugural exhibition of the Workshop of Lights realized by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi. Take a nocturnal tour of this exhibition, which goes through 100 years of Viennese painting, with a journey through the colorful and luminous works of the Viennese painter, his contemporaries and those he inspired.


Atelier des lumieres - Paris exhibitions

Atelier des lumieres, Paris (Caroline Léna Becker)


Louis Vuitton Foundation

This museum from the Louis Vuitton Foundation features modern and contemporary art in a unique building designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. 


February 20 to August 26, 2019

The Louis Vuitton Fondation gathers 75 works and 23 international artists from the 1960s to the present day around one main theme: painting.  

This takes many forms: figurative and abstract, expressive and distanced. Relief pieces are contrasted with each other. Rooms are devoted to Joan Mitchell, Alex Katz, Gerhard Richter, Ettore Spalletti, Yayoi Kusama and Jesús Rafael Soto and alternate between themes of abstraction, space and colour. The exhibition shows how painting never ceases to reinvent itself and transgress its own rules, drawing on current techniques for reproduction.


vuitton fondation paris exhibition

The Vuitton Fondation is a bit outside of the city of Paris - in Bois de Boulogne area (Western Part of the city, not far from Roland Garros tennis courts) 


  • Gilbert and George. THERE WERE TWO YOUNG MEN, APRIL 1971

    From 3 July to 26 August 2019

The Fondation presents a complete version of a rare series by Gilbert & George, “There Were Two Young Men” (April 1971), a “Charcoal on Paper sculpture” in six parts belonging to the Fondation’s collection. This work was first shown in 1971 at the Sperone Gallery in Turin. It is part of a series of 13 sculptures, created between 1970 and 1974, and now dispersed throughout the word. 

Thanks to its monumental proportions, There Were Two Young Men suggests an immersive relationship with the viewer. This “sculpture” depicts two protagonists – the artists – in a bucolic environment whose hedonism is tinged with melancholy. They seem to be conversing quietly, leaning on a tree, in the spirit of neo-romantic British landscape painting. The graphic intrusions, in each part of the “sculpture”, from the title in capitals which pins down the image, to a handwritten poetic text in capitals and lowercase letters, adds a further complexity, alluding to the universe of popular poetry and nursery rhymes. 

There Were Two Young Men is presented alongside other works by Gilbert & George created from a similar inspiration, such as Limericks (1971) – also in the Fondation’s Collection – a "Postal Sculpture" in eight parts whose illustrations have been taken from pictures of bomb sites, paths beside the Thames or rural Suffolk, while citing the same texts of vernacular poetry as There Were Two Young Men. Respecting the desire of the artists, Nature Photo Piece (1971), a composition of black-and-white photographs features in the exhibition, as well as two contemporary Video Sculptures. 




From May 4 - September 2, 2019

Open Space is a programme dedicated to the most contemporary artistic expressions. National and international artists are invited to create a specific project for the Fondation. Open Space takes place regularly in different settings around Frank Gehry’s building. For Open Space #5, the Fondation welcomes the African-American Los Angeles-based artist Lauren Halsey (1987-USA) for her first solo exhibition in Europe.

Drawing inspiration from history, through Ancient Egypt to contemporary America, from personal and collective memory, and from popular culture across funk, hip-hop, Afro-futurism, science-fiction and more, Halsey’s artistic practice is situated on the boundaries between architecture, painting and sculpture. Her immersive installations, both temporary and permanent, are sited in public and institutional spaces and are always rooted in the specific context of her home city, Los Angeles. Deeply engaged with the area where she was born and grew up, Halsey works on, in response to and in collaboration with the communities in the southern neighbourhoods of the city. She explores social issues of class, origins, identity and demographics, and their impact on a perpetually evolving urban environment.  

For Open Space #5, Halsey has created a new installation made up of geological modules –Funk Mound–. These heaps in different shapes and sizes contain altars made up of disparate elements (new, found, recycled) that belong to African-American culture.


Musée de l’Armée - INvalides (War Museum)

  • Picasso and the War

April 5 - July 28, 2019

Spanish artist Pablo Picasso lived through two major conflicts. From the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s to the Vietnam War ending in the mid-70s, the exhibition ‘Picasso and the War’ will highlight the ways in which these experiences affected and influenced his work. An exhibition not to be missed in 2019. 


  • Eisenhower - de Gaulle: From friendship to alliance in war and peace

June 1 - September 29, 2019

Charles de Gaulle and Dwight D. Eisenhower joined the most prestigious military academies in their respective countries after choosing to study for a career in the army. The destinies of these historic figures were intertwined in a number of ways, which the exhibition highlights as it tells the story of a political and human friendship.

The two officers met for the first time in June 1943 in Algiers, when de Gaulle undertook to form the French Committee of National Liberation. It was a challenging time for the Gaullist struggle, striving for legitimacy in the eyes of the Allied governments. But the generals paid no heed to that and got to know each other. Mutual respect and esteem blossomed, enabling them to liberate France and the Republic successfully. In June 1945, Charles de Gaulle personally presented Eisenhower with the Cross of the Companions of the Liberation.

The post-war era ushered in a new chapter in the relationship between de Gaulle and Eisenhower, as both of them were heads of state during the Cold War. Relations between the United States and France showed an unambiguous attachment to the western side.


Musée des Invalides Paris exhibition

Coupola of the Invalides war museum, across the Seine river from Grand Palais


Institut du Monde Arabe

From pen to paintbrush: Drawings from the Arab World 

March 26 - September 15, 2019

This is an unprecedented exhibition on drawing in the Arab world. Discover 100 mostly figurative drawings dating from the eleventh century to the present day, some of which are being exhibited for the first time.


  • Al-Ula, marvel of Arabia: The oasis with 7000 years of history

From October 9, 2019 to January 19, 2020

Fabulous diving in an unknown region of northwestern Saudi Arabia, "Al-Ula, marvel of Arabia" reveals the fruit of more than twenty years of research, for the first time revealed to the general public. Invitation to a journey through the millennia, from antiquity to the present day, in the heart of a sumptuous oasis transported to the IMA for an exhibition using modern technologies, newly discovered objects and the magic of old photographs.


institut monde arabe Paris exhibition

There is a great rooftop view from the Institut du Monde Arabe - towards Notre Dame Cathedral



Here are some events going on throughout the year. You may like to check which ones will be on while you're in Paris. 


April 1-7, 2019

The European Arts and Crafts Week is a unique event in the world promoting recognition of the arts and crafts sector.


April 4-7, 2019

Art Paris will bring together 150 modern and contemporary art galleries from across 20 different countries in the magnificent Grand Palais.

The perfect place for discovery and rediscovery, the fair combines a region-by-region exploration of European art from the post-war years to the present day and a cosmopolitan perspective on the new horizons of international creation from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Alongside the main exhibition programme, the fair will present a critical and subjective overview of the work of women artists in France curated by AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions. The 2019 edition will also explore Latin American art, a focus led by Valentina Locatelli, an independent exhibition curator.


May 18, 2019

The event ‘A Night at the Museum’ is organised by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and aims to make culture more accessible to all. Throughout the evening, as well as presenting their permanent collections, some Parisian museums organise other activities, shows, readings and concerts. On this one special night, you can visit or revisit the top museums in the French capital, such as the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, or Centre Pompidou, or any of the other museums that are participating.


September 5-14, 2019

The 8th annual Paris Design Week is scheduled to overlap with Maison&Objet Paris. French and international professionals and the general public will be able to discover the best showcases of design in Paris, while the leading talents in the discipline gather at the LE OFF exhibition.

Paris Design Week unites 300 participants that all represent first-rate design in Paris. At a time when new collections are popping up in stores and the new concepts for the autumn are being launched, the event brings together the talents and forces of retailers, galleries, showrooms, hotels and restaurants for eight days to share their experience in design and creation with the public.


September 20-22, 2019

Launched by the Ministry of Culture and Communication more than 30 years ago, the European Heritage Days invite you to discover or rediscover the monuments of Paris for free. There will be many events to enjoy and participate in.

In addition to famous places such as the Elysee Palace, Matignon, the Musée d’Orsay and the Arc de Triomphe, visitors can discover contemporary attractions such as the Paris Philharmonic concert hall, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the City of Fashion and Design.


October 5, 2019

At this all-night event ('The White Night'), artists create installations and put on performances at famous monuments and cultural venues, giving people a chance to admire Paris’s heritage after sunset.


October 17-20, 2019

An annual showcase of French and international modern art, including paintings, photography and sculpture.


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