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Art exhibitions in Paris autumn-winter 2010

Claude Monet

French impressionist giant Claude Monet at the Grand Palais is expected to be Paris’s autumn arts hit. The season’s big contemporary show is Mexican Gabriel Orozco at the Pompidou Centre, while the Quai de Branly museum offers the mysteriously titled Baba Bling.

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Here is some of what art lovers can look forward to in Paris as 2010 draws to an end and 2011 begins.

22 September - 24 January: A Claude Monet retrospective at the Grand Palais assembles 175 of his paintings, including several little-known ones. Best to book tickets in advance. The response is expected to be so enthusiastic that the museum is going to open every day of the week for the first time in its history.

Jean-Louis Gérôme

 
25 September - 3 January: France 1500, also at the Grand Palais, may be a case of "nice show, shame about the title". It looks at art in France on the cusp of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, when, the museum assures us, it was marked by the diversity of its artistic milieux. More than 200 works by artists, including Jean Hey and the “Maître des Moulins”, will be on show.

19 October - 23 January: Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Musée d’Orsay. Gérôme, one of the leading academic painters of his day, was a bitter opponent of impressionism. The museum claims that his reputation as an “emblem of sterile academicism” is now being revised. Could this have anything to do with Hollywood's new taste for gladiator movies?

 
21 October-16 January: Giuseppe De Nittis (1846-1884) at the Petit Palais. No serious competition for Monet from this lesser-known Italian impressionist, but De Nittis did have influential friends. He was a protégé of Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, who died young and fell into relative obscurity. The last exhibition of his work in Paris was in 1886.

Felix Nussbaum

 
22 September - 23 January: German Jewish artist Felix Nussbaum - at the Jewish art and history museum - recorded the Nazi persecution of the Jews and attempted genocide. After being banned from exhibiting in 1933, Nussbaum fled, going to several countries before being interned in Auschwitz, where he died. 

22 September - 10 January: French artist Arman is at the Pompidou Centre in a show that will gather 120 works by one of the founders of the 1950s New Realism movement. Find out if you prefer his earlier work to more recent pieces on show in many of France's public spaces, for example Paris's Gare St Lazare.

7 September – 19 December: American 20th century classic photographer Harry Callahan at the Fondation Cartier-Bresson.

10 September – 6 February: The Incas’ gold at the Pinacothèque de Paris brings some of the gold and silver ornaments that brought the Spanish conquistadores to the Andes.

14 September – 12 December: Japanese kitschmeister Takashi Murakami has already raised traditionalist hackles with the announcement that he will exhibit at the Versailles Palace.

Gabriel Orozco

 
15 September - 3 January: Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco at the Pompidou Centre. Orozco, who was born in 1962, uses a variety of media, from drawing to installations, to reflect his environment. The show is a collaboration with New York’s Moma, the London’s Tate Modern and the Kunstmuseum in Basel.

15 September – 31 October: Fashion giant Karl Lagerfeld exhibits signed photographs at the Maison européenne de la photographie.

24 September – 24 January: Rubens, Poussin and the 17th century painters at the Musée Jacquemart-André. The elegant museum raids several public European collections to bring 60 works to Paris, hoping to show the influence of Flemish Baroque on French artists. 
 
28 September – 6 February: Photographer André Kertesz at the Jeu de Paume. A Hungarian who came to live in France before going to the US, Kertesz donated his negatives to the French state but has never had a large retrospective here or anywhere else in Europe. The museum in the Tuileries puts that right with 300 prints.

André Kertész

 
5 October – 30 January: Baba Bling at the Quai Branly – not a misspelt reference to The Sopranos, but a look at luxury (that’s the bling) furniture, textiles and porcelain from the homes of Singapore Chinese (they’re the babas), combining Chinese and Malay influences.

 
8 October – 2 January: American photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark, known as a Punk Picasso according to his MySpace page, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (not the Pompidou Centre, it’s near Troacadéro).

8-10 October: The Cinémathèque de Paris shows all Larry Clark’s films with the artist present.

 

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