Culture Trip: What to See in Paris This Spring

Planning a culture trip to Paris? The cultural season 2017 in the French metropolis has started and offers more than 500 museum highlights and events. These five exhibitions should not be missed this spring:

Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir – Musée Bourdelle


Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir - Musée Bourdelle

Artist: Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895 – 1972), et al.


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In the exhibition „Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir“ at the Musée Bourdelle, the Palais Galliera explores the black work of the Spanish couturier. Balenciaga’s fashion sets up a black-on-white dialogue with sculptures and bronzes of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

The exhibition is divided into three main themes: „Silhouettes and Volumes“, „Black and Light“ as well as „Black and Colours“. Particularly in the large sculpture hall of the museum and in the studio rooms, it becomes clear how close sculpture and couture are to one another. Both are about the balance of form and proportions and the choice of the right material.


  • Good To Know:
    We recommend starting the tour of the exhibition in the garden and in the courtyard of the museum with its amazing sculptures.
  • Musée Bourdelle
    18, rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting – Musée du Louvre


Vermeer und die Meister der Genremalerei - Musée du Louvre

Artists: Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684), Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667), Caspar Netscher (1639-1684), et al.


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The entire Œuvre of Vermeer comprises just 37 paintings. Therefore it is remarkable that the current exhibition of the Louvre now brings together 12 artworks by the Dutch painter. In cooperation with the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the exhibition in Paris shows the parallels between the works of the artist from Delft and the paintings of his contemporaries.

Contrary to what was for a long time suspected, Vermeer worked not isolated from other artists, but was inspired by them, took up their motifs and reinterpreted their works in his own style. This is shown by the Louvre in a small, dark-gray and bordeaux-tinted exhibition.


  • Good To Know:
    The exhibition is small and can quickly get crowded. We recommend booking tickets for the visit at least two weeks in advance.
  • Musée du Louvre
    75058 Paris

Rodin. The Centennial Exhibition – Grand Palais


Rodin. Die Jahrhundertausstellung - Grand Palais

Artists: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881-1919), Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), Georg Baselitz (1938-), et al.


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On the occasion of the 100th year of death of Rodin, the Grand Palais, in cooperation with the Musée Rodin, shows about 200 of the works of the artist. The sculptures and drawings by Rodin are complemented by works by various artists of the 20th century.

Among the highlights of the exhibition are „The Kiss“ (1881-1882) and the sculpture „The Thinker“ (1904) in dialogue with „Volk Ding Zero“ (2009) by Georg Baselitz. In addition to these works, the museum also shows drawings by the sculptor Rodin, which are regarded as the predecessors of Expressionism and can be seen alongside Picasso’s works.


  • Good To Know:
    Don’t miss the complementary exhibition „Kiefer/Rodin“ at the Musée Rodin from 14.03.-22.10.2017.
  • Grand Palais
    3, avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris

Beyond the Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky – Musée d’Orsay


Jenseits der Sterne. Mystische Landschaften von Monet bis Kandinsky - Musée d'Orsay

Artists: Claude Monet (1840-1926), Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), et al.


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In the 19th and 20th century, landscape paintings often reflected the spirituality of the artist. The Musée d’Orsay, in cooperation with the Art Gallery of Ontario, has now devoted its current exhibition to this aspect. „Beyond the Stars“ focuses on the topic of the mystical landscape painting – starting with the impressionist works of Monet to the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. The images not only reflect the inner world of their creators, but also encourage the viewer to reflect on them.

The exhibition is divided into seven aspects: 1) „Contemplation“, 2) „Sacred Woods“, 3) „The Divine in Nature“, 4) „The Idea of the North“, 5) „Night“, 6) „Ravaged Landscapes“, and 7) „Cosmos“. In the final room of the exhibition, the artworks are completed by the sound installation „The Unanswered Question“ (1906) by Charles Ives which creates an atmospheric setting and adds to the enigmatic experience of the universe-themed paintings.


  • Good To Know:
    Accompanying the exhibition the Musée d’Orsay offers a lunchtime concert programme feat. artists like Jonas Vitaud, The Myrthen Ensemble or Ensemble Cosmos.
  • Musée d’Orsay
    62, rue de Lille, 75343 Paris

CY Twombly – Centre Pompidou

30.11.2016 – 24.04.2017

CY Twombly - Ausstellung im Centre Pompidou

Artist: CY Twombly (1928 – 2011)


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For its 40th anniversary the Center Pompidou is showing the first complete retrospective of CY Twombly. With 140 chronologically arranged drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, the work of the American artist is opened up from a new perspective.

The exhibition is focused on Twombly’s three main cycles „Nine Discourses on Commodus“ (1963), „Fifty Days at Iliam“ (1978) and „Coronation of Sesostris“ (2000). The bright and spacious rooms of the Center Pompidou are the perfect setting for the artworks. In particular, Twombly’s major works of his last creative cycle can have their full effect in the factory-like architecture of the museum.


  • Good To Know:
    Visit the Café Georges on the top floor of the museum and enjoy the view over the rooftops of Paris.
  • Centre Pompidou
    Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris


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>>> This article was written in connection to the press/blogger trip #FeelFrenchCulture. The trip was initiated and funded by Atout France.

Pictures: Angelika Schoder – Paris, 2017 / Header: Angelika Schoder – Louvre, 2017 – Johannes Vermeer, The Lacemaker (1669-1670, Musée du Louvre / RMN-Grand Palais)