Masking and vaccine requirements notwithstanding, gallery-going has seemed to spring back to some resemblance of pre-pandemic normalcy with an exciting calendar of shows opening this summer. Artalistic - one of the leading online platforms for buying fine art online - has previewed the summer’s biennials and exhibitions to bring you a few of the French exhibitions we’re most excited to see – from retrospectives to shows by female artists, immersive exhibitions and beyond.
4 must-see summer 2022 exhibitions in Paris
Steve McCurry | Musée Maillol | December 9, 2021 - July 31, 2022
The Musée Maillol presents the most exhaustive retrospective ever devoted to the iconic American photographer Steve McCurry. The show reunites more than 150 large format photographs from McCurry’s travels through Afghanistan, India, Africa, Cuba, Brazil, the United States and Europe. Steve McCurry's world-famous photographs capture humanity with stunning beauty as he freezes his subjects haunting gazes. His piercing portrait of the captivating green-eyed Afghan refugee Sharbat Gula, also known as Afghan Girl, is arguably one of the most iconic photographs in art history.
Pioneers: Artists in the Paris of the Roaring Twenties | Musée du Luxembourg | March 2 – July 10, 2022
The exhibition Pioneers highlights art created by women whose work played a leading role in the development of artistic modernity during the first half of the 20th century. This exhibition covers several fine art movements from Fauvism to Cubism and Surrealism as well as architecture, design, literature, dance and fashion. This exhibition invites us to rethink the integral role women have played in art history, as they have long been marginalized and discriminated against, both in terms of their training and their access to galleries, collectors and museums.
The Theater of Emotions | Musée Marmottan Monet |April 13 - August 21, 2022
This exhibition brings together approximately eighty works dating from the Middle Ages to present day whose subject matter hinges on the artist’s attempt to represent and capture emotions. The viewer will discover the role of aesthetic treatises dealing with the evocation of emotions through pieces by Dürer, Greuze and La Tour. The exhibition shows the shift that took place in art history, allowed the representation of emotion to transcend physical representation.
Simon Hentaï: The Centenary Exhibition | Louis Vuitton Foundation | May 18 – August 29, 2022
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is celebrating the centenary of Simon Hentaï’s birth (1922-2008) with a magnificent retrospective dedicated to this iconic abstract artist. More than 130 pieces will be on display, many of which have never been exhibited for public viewing. The exhibition will also feature pieces by artists that had an influence on Hentaï’s work, including Jackson Pollock and Henri Matisse.
6 of the most important summer 2022 art exhibitions in Provence
Yves Klein: Infinite Blue | Les Baux-de-Provence | March 4, 2022 - January 2, 2023
This immersive exhibition by Yves Klein, one of the major artists from the 20th century, brings you on a journey through the infinite blue sky of the Mediterranean. Klein is famous for creating International Klein Blue, a combination of ultramarine pigment and a special binder that allowed him to capture a new spiritual and metaphysical dimension. If you plan on visiting the south of France this summer, we highly recommend making a detour to this exhibition.
The Mona Lisa: An Immersive Exhibition | Palais de la Bourse, Marseille | March 10 - August 21, 2022
This exhibition about the Mona Lisa is a collaboration between the Palais de la Bourse in Marseille and the Louvre in Paris. The exhibition allows visitors to rediscover Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece by using an interactive digital device that guides them through six thematic spaces. This unique sensory experience is definitely worth the trip.
Monet / Rothko | Musée des Impressionismes, Giverny | March 18 – July 3, 2022
The Musée des Impressionismes in Giverny is celebrating its grand reopening with a wonderful and astonishing exhibition linking the works of the famous Impressionist painter Claude Monet and Mark Rothko - an eminent Abstract Expressionist painter. This show brings to light striking and unexpected convergences between these two artists’ work.
Picasso: The Effervescence of Shapes | Cité du Vin, Bordeaux | April 15 - August 28, 2022
The Cité du Vin in Bordeaux attempts to answer this unusual, but nevertheless relevant question: What role did wine and alcohol have in Pablo Picasso’s work? The answer can be found in this exhibition that reunites 80 pieces on loan from the Picasso museums in Paris and Barcelona.
Raoul Dufy: A Passion for Color | Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence | May 5 - September 18, 2022
This exhibition featuring works by the painter Raoul Dufy is being held in the sumptuous architectural setting of the Hôtel de Caumont. The show will feature watercolors, paintings, drawings and ceramics. This undisputed master of color was initially influenced by the Impressionists Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin. His later work was influenced by the strong colors and bold lines of Henri Matisse and the Fauves.
Fernand Léger | Musée Soulages, Rodez | June 11 - November 6, 2022
The Soulages museum is an architectural work of art itself. This solo exhibition features work by Fernand Léger, whose motto was: "Seize life with the body." This is a great opportunity to discover the work of this cubist painter whose artistic vision was inspired by Braque and Picasso. The pieces on display are on loan from the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Fernand Léger National Museum in Biot.
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