Paris, Je t’aime

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Whether you’re a novice or seasoned traveller, Paris will steal your heart. Each month, Frederic – our Paris correspondent – gives us the low-down on what to see and do in the accessible French capital

What is going on in Paris this month?

Ending soon

Until Jan 8: Giacometti and the Etruscans
A parallel between the Giacometti ‘s works and the discovery of elegant Etruscan statues belonging to antiquity. Pinacothéque de Paris, Paris. (

Until Jan 9: The Forbidden City in the Louvre
A huge exhibition to highlight the life in the Forbidden City around the emperors who ruled China from 13th to 19th century. Musée du Louvre, Paris. (

Until Jan 9: Edward Munch, l’oeil moderne (the modern eye)
An exhibition showing the strong interest of the Norwegian painter in all forms of modern technics, photography, cinema, and how this curiosity influenced his own works). Centre Pompidou, Paris (

Until Jan 15: The England of Oscar Wilde, Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness
A fabulous dive in the elegance and eccentricity of Oscar Wilde’s England, displaying numerous works from the Aesthetic Movement from the 1860s to the end of Decadence in 1900, walking through homes interiors of this time. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. (

Until Jan 15: Lanskoy, a Russian Painter in Paris
The Lille Art Modern Museum, Villeneuve d’Ascq-59 (

Until Jan 16: Fra Angelico and the Masters of Light
The first international exhibition of 25 major works by Fra Angelico, a master of Quattrocento, and many works made by famous other artists of his time. Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris (

Until Jan 16: In the Kingdom of Alexander the Great, Ancient Macedonia
After the recent discoveries of intact tombs including the one of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, and the one possibly being Herakles’, Alexander’s son, a new vision of the richness of the Macedonian civilisation. Musée du Louvre, Paris. (

Until Jan 16: The Stein family’s Adventure in Art
An outstanding selection of works by Matisse, Picasso and many others artists of the avant garde, chosen from the Stein family’s collections, showing their immense love for modern art and the importance of their patronage. Musée du Grand Palais, Paris. (

Running now

Until Jan 22: Maori, their treasures have a soul
Through 250 pieces from the New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, a testimony of the living culture of this very old people, and a link between ancestral and contemporary art. Musée du Quai Branly, Paris (

Until Jan 22: Jacques Gruber and the Art Nouveau
First retrospective of the artist’s work presenting his multifaceted Art Nouveau production of drawings, paintings, as well as stained glass or furniture. Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy, Nancy-54 (

Until Jan 29: Samurai, Armour of the Warrior
A discovery of the incredible beauty of armour and weapons of the Samurai warriors, coming from the exceptional collection of the Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Musée du Quai Branly, Paris (

Until Feb 5: Diane Arbus
First major retrospective in France of photographer Diane Arbus, with 200 pictures full of sensibility and purity, affording visitor an opportunity to explore her anthropological view of contemporary people, mainly in New York City . Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris (

Until Feb 12: Pompei, an Art de Vivre
A walk through the rooms of a typical private home of Pompei, filled with furniture and artefacts from the houses buried under the ashes of Vesuvius in 79 AD, to discover the art-de-vivre of the Roman times. Musée Maillol, Paris (

Until March 5: Erre, variations labyrinthiques
A collective exhibition around the labyrinth’s theme, in architecture, in time, in the man’s spirit, in modern town, as well as in the Minautore’s maze and finally in works of art breaking the traditional laws of perspective. Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz-57. (

Until March 5: Napoleon III and Eugenie at the Fontainebleau Castle, a Second Empire French Art-de-Vivre
An evocation of the Second Empire art-de-vivre, with the presentation of numerous objects belonging to the private apartments of the last French emperor Napoleon III  and his wife Eugenie, a loan by the Fontainebleau castle. Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Bordeaux-33 (

Until March 31: La Fabrique Sonore, Pommery Experiment#9
A presentation inside the spectacular ancient chalk pits now used as champagne cellars, of the works of thirty international artists working on various sound nuances, from noise to music. Domaine Pommery, Reims-51 (>)

Until April 1: Rodin, 300 Drawings, Capturing the Model
An exhibition of a few series of drawings of women’s bodies, quite unknown works of the worldwide known sculptor, Auguste Rodin. Musée Rodin, Paris. (

Until July 30: Histoire de l’Atelier Brancusi
A reconstitution of the Paris workshop where Brancusi, a famous modern sculptor lived and worked. Centre Pompidou, Paris (

Until July 30: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Bivouac
An illustration of the current state of the work of the two designers, who last september for the London Design Festival, exposed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz-57 (


Jean Cocteau-Collection Severin Wunderman

The widest in the world and a must-to-see collection of the works of Jean Cocteau, given to the town of Menton, by the private collector Severin Wunderman. Musée Jean Cocteau, Menton-06 (

Coming up

Jan 18 – Feb 17: La France en Relief- From Louis XIV to Napoleon III
A military purpose leading to the creation of this tremendous collection of relief maps, models of fortified towns and fortresses, of an incredible quality and size. Musée du Grand Palais, Paris (

Feb 21 – April 29: Ai Weiwei – Interlacing
The first major exhibition of the Chinese conceptual artist, showing photographies and videos that offer a critical overview of the everyday social realities in a urban setting mainly in China, that works sending him to prison during 80 days in April, 2011, the artist being still on bail in Bejing. Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris. (

Feb 21 – April 29: Berenice Abbott
A retrospective of the works of the succesful photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), presenting 140 vintage prints including portraits of famous artists in Paris in the 1920s, images of Changing New York, her project in the 1930s, and a selection of experimental abstract photos produced for the M.I.T. in the 1950s. Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris (

March 23 – July 23: The Twilight of the Pharaons, Masterpieces of the last Egyptian Dynasties
The best masterpieces from Pharaonic Egypt during ten centuries until the last dynasty, the Ptolemaic’s one, display inside the fabulous setting of the town house sheltering the Jacquemart-André Museum. Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris (

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