Paris Art Exhibitions 2015 : Deluxe Drivers selection

As France Travel specialists we have carefully selected the main art exhibitions ofParis in 2015 not to be missed.
During your stay in Paris Deluxe Drivers proposes its professional driver and local art expert to explore these different art exhibitions in a private tour of Paris.
“The Baroque Underworld” at the Petit Palais and “Splendour and Misery” at the Musée d’Orsay, a retrospective on Velázquez at the Grand Palais, the “Poussin and God” exhibition at the Musée du Louvre, Pablo Picasso and contemporary art, Shadows by Andy Warhol at the Musée d’Art Moderne, a retrospective on Le Corbusier at the Pompidou Centre and an exhibition on “Napoleon and Paris” at the Musée Carnavalet… Discover the major exhibitions at the leading Parisian museums in 2015 that Deluxe Drivers recommends during your stay in France.

The Baroque Underworld. The Rome of Vice and Misery
Petit Palais – 24th February to 24th May 2015

Numerous exhibitions have portrayed the sumptuous Rome of the Seicento, the successor of Antiquity, which served the triumphal power of the Popes. The aim of this exhibition is to give the public a glimpse behind the scenes for the first time, to reveal not the Rome of ideal beauty, but the “crude and common” Rome, that of vices, misery and excess which inspired a previously unseen and stunning artistic production. The exhibition presents some 70 major paintings created in Rome during the first half of the 17th century, from Simon Vouet to Claude Lorrain, and from Bartolomeo Manfredi to Valentin de Boulogne.

Jeanne Lanvin
Palais Galliera – 8th March to 23rd August 2015

The Jeanne Lanvin Fashion House, which is still in business today, has just celebrated its 125th anniversary. It is taking over the Palais Galleria, Paris’ fashion museum, for an extraordinary retrospective to present the best of the Parisian brand, created by Mademoiselle Jeanne in 1889.

Robert Doisneau: Sculptors and Sculptures
Musée Rodin – 14th March to 19th November 2015

This exhibition on the photographer Robert Doisneau at the Musée Rodin looks back on the reportage he produced during the casting of Rodin’s Penseur (The Thinker), and on the photographer’s interest throughout his career in sculptures displayed in public spaces and sculptors’ studios.

Pierre Bonnard, Painting Arcadia
Musée d’Orsay – 17th March to 19th July 2015

After the Bonnard exhibitions held worldwide, the Musée d’Orsay owed it to itself to devote a retrospective to him that is representative of all his creative periods. A man of the 19th and 20th century, Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) is a major figure whose work, dominated by colour, inspired the great artists, from Matisse to Balthus, as well as the young generation of French and American post-war abstraction, represented in particular by Bazaine, Sam Francis and Rothko.

Grand Palais – 25th March to 13th July 2015

Acclaimed as the “painter of painters” by Manet, Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) is the most famous painter of the Spanish Golden Age. Organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, the Musée du Louvre and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, with the general support of the Museo del Prado, this exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of Diego Velázquez’s work, from his early life in Seville up until his final years. One of the major events of this year.

Poussin and God
Musée du Louvre – 2nd April to 29th June 2015

To mark the 350th anniversary of the death of Nicolas Poussin (1665), this exhibition at the Louvre highlights the originality of the sacred painting of the greatest French painter of the 17th century.

Napoleon and Paris
Musée Carnavalet – 8th April to 30th August 2015

The theatre of the Napoleonic era, Paris was the centre of political, diplomatic and high society life under the “Great Empire”. This exhibition aims at illustrating the complex relationship that existed between Napoleon Bonaparte and the capital. The Tuileries Palace became the Emperor’s official residence during this period, and played host to the new court as well as the European elite. The exhibition concludes with the legacy Napoleon left behind through monuments such as the Vendôme Column and the Emperor’s tomb.

Le Corbusier. The Measures of Man
Pompidou Centre – 29th April to 3rd August 2015

A visionary architect and urban planner, a theorist of modernity as well as a painter and sculptor, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, left an indelible mark on the 20th century by revolutionising people’s way of “living”. With this retrospective, the Pompidou Centre is inviting the public to look at the works of this great figure of modernity through the concept of human proportion and the “measures of man” as a universal principle that defines all dimensions of architecture.

Anish Kapoor
Château de Versailles – Mid-June to October 2015

We all remember Monumenta 2011 at the Grand Palais dedicated to Anish Kapoor, a London artist born in Bombay. In the summer of 2015, he will take the place of Korean artist Lee Ufan for the annual contemporary art exhibition in the gardens of the Château de Versailles, following in the footsteps of artists such as Koons, Murakami, Venet and Penone.

The Inca and the Conquistador
Musée du Quai Branly – 23rd June to 20th Septembre 2015

The 1520s: two men, one ambition. Through the portraits of the Inca emperor Atahualpa and the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the exhibition retraces the conquest of the Inca empire and illustrates the confrontation of two worlds based on Spanish and indigenous accounts of the conquest.

Splendour and Misery. Images of prostitution in France (1850-1910)
Musée d’Orsay – 22th September 2015 to 20th January 2016

The first major event dedicated to the theme of prostitution, this exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay aims to demonstrate the central role that this murky world played in the development of modern painting, from Manet’s Olympia to Degas’ Absinthe, Toulouse-Lautrec’s and Munch’s visits to brothels, and various figures such as Vlaminck, Van Dongen and Picasso.

Andy Warhol. Shadows
Musée d’Art Moderne (MAM) – 2nd October 2015 to 20th January 2016

The first of its kind in Europe. The Musée d’Art Moderne is organising an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s monumental series Shadows, a 130m long installation of 102 paintings composed by the artist in 1979.

Picasso and Contemporary Art
Grand Palais – 7th October 2015 to 29th February 2016

Some of Pablo Picasso’s emblematic works, such as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica, are here placed in dialogue with contemporary works by David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Martin Kippenberger, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons. The exhibition retraces the creative confrontation between these artists, as of the 1960s, and Picasso’s works.

Tatoueurs, tatoués (Tattooists, Tattooed)
Musée du quai Branly – 6th May 2014 to 18th October 2015

Following in the footsteps of the anthropological exhibitions presented at the Musée du quai Branly, “Tatoueurs, tatoués” puts the artistic and modern dimension of tattooing into perspective through its planetary and centuries-old history. The exhibition, which returns to the origins of tattooing and presents the revival of this phenomenon which has become permanent and globalised, aims at paying tribute to the pioneers of the modern era, the “heroes” who have developpd this art but whose role has never been officially recognised.