Here are a few current and upcoming exhibitions in Paris that I’m getting excited about, ranging from painting to photography to music. I hope that you’ll all feel inspired, too! The first two are closing soon, so get hopping.
Through August 8
Think of Edvard Munch, and his famous Scream is likely the first image that pops up, overshadowing much of his other work. This exhibition focuses on Munch’s early blurring of the lines between mediums and processes, and on his importance to modernism.
“Les Promesses du Passé”
Through July 19
This exhibition examines the former European divide as well as our understanding of art history. It spotlights some 50 artists from the former Eastern Europe, looking at their influence on a new generation of international artists. Lucian Freud is also at the Pompidou through July 19. Click here to read our review of his show.
Russia and Romanticism
Musée de la Vie Romantique
September 28, 2010–January 16, 2011
Part of the Russia-France project, this exhibition will document paintings, sculptures and objets d’art produced during the Romantic movement in 18th-century Russia.
Jeu de Paume
September 28, 2010–Feb 6, 2011
This will be the first European retrospective dedicated to the lengthy career of photographer André Kertész, whose images appear strikingly modern. The exhibition will present how Kertész developed “a true photographic language,” while exploring his most persistent themes of distortion and loneliness.
Music under Lenin and Stalin
Cité de la Musique
October 12, 2010–January 16, 2011
The topics of artistic freedom and the place of the artist in society are at the core of this exhibition, which looks at the role artists played during the Communist period of Lenin and Stalin. It questions whether artistic expression can coexist with political aggression.
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