Autumn temperatures have arrived, leaves are shimmering golden in the parks and gardens and it's time to take a look at what's in store for art lovers this autumn in Paris. While the permanent collections offer enough to keep you busy for years to come, there are also a host of intriguing, unique and very rare exhibitions in Paris this autumn and winter. Here's a look at some of the best shows that you won't want to miss during your stay in Paris!
The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture at Art in Florence, 1400-1460
26 September 2013 to 6 January 2014
Forget about the cooler weather as you step back in time to the very birth of the Renaissance in Florence. This special and not to be missed exhibition brings to life the important years from 1400 to 1460 as artists such as Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and Dontatello to name just a few were creating sculpture and art unlike anything anyone had seen before. Organized by the Louvre and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, this exhibition brings to Paris works of art that you'll rarely see outside of Italy. In other words, don't miss this exceptional chance to discover the birth of the Renaissance!
Désirs et volupté, Victorian Masterpieces
13 September to 20 January 2014
This exhibition is one of the top must-sees for us this autumn in Paris! The beautiful Musée Jacquemart-André presents an exhibition dedicated to desire and sensual pleasure in Victorian painting. See works of art by noted Victorian painters such as Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Frederic Leighton, Albert Moore and the better known Pre-Raphealites likes Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John William Waterhouse and John Everett Millais. The Aesthetic Movement and Cult of Beauty look particularly at home in the gorgeous setting of the Musée Jacquemart-André.
Masculine/Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day
24 September 2013 to 2 January 2014
Where to even begin with an exhibition of over 200 paintings, sculptures and photos of naked men? Probably by suggesting that you just get your tickets and see it for yourself! Ahem. This is your chance to gawk and gander and otherwise appreciate the beauty of the male physique all for the sake of art appreciation. Thank you Musée d’Orsay!
Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera: Art in Fusion
Musée de l’Orangerie
9 October 2013-13 January 2014
One of the smaller yet no less important exhibitions of the autumn, the Musée de l’Orangerie presents an exhibition dedicated to the artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Art in Fusion is an appropriate title as the artists were married, divorced and married again, and one would expect to find passions, interests and inspiration infused in their work. Don't miss this chance to see it side by side! If you haven't been to the Musée de l’Orangerie, it's one of the best small museum in Paris.
18 September 2013 to 6 January 2014
One of the art events of the autumn season, the Grand Palais presents an exhibition dedicated to one of the founders of Cubism, Georges Braque. While he hasn't received as much as attention as Picasso, Braques was a major contributor to Cubism and the avant garde art scene in France. This exhibition rectifies this by bringing together 200 works by the artist highlighting his career. Check out the cool promotional video, too.
Until 4 November 2013
Le Surréalisme et l'objet (Surrealism and the Object)
30 October 2013 – 03 March 2014
Modern art lovers will want to catch the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition that is still on at the Pompidou Centre until November 4th. Find out more here. If you're visiting this autumn, you're in for another treat with the exhibition Surrealism and the Object. Presenting works of art by modern masters, such as Dalí, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Picasso, Calder, Giacometti and more, this exhibition takes viewers into the unusual, unreal and sometimes unsettling world of Surrealism and its relationship to the object.
Etrusques, Un hymne à la vie
18 September 2013 to 9 February 2014
The Musée Maillol in the 7th arrondissement has organized an exhibition dedicated to the Etruscans, the ancient people who inhabited the Italian peninsula before the Romans. Focused on reconstructing daily life for Etruscans, this exhibition highlights a culture we know surprisingly little about today.
The Renaissance and the Dream: Bosch, Véronèse, Greco
Musée du Luxembourg
9 October 2013 to 26 January 2014
Autumn is a beautiful time to stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens. Warm up after your walk by visiting the Musée du Luxembourg for its dreamlike show dedicated to, well, dreams. From dreams of the divine to Hieronymus Bosch's nightmarish scenes, take a fascinating look at how dreams were thought of and represented in the Renaissance.
(Image Credits: Mel Toledo)