The year 2023 is off to a great start! There are more than 230 exhibitions in progress or announced for this year in Parisian museums.
So, what are the exhibitions not to be missed in Paris in 2023? Here is my selection of the 10 most awaited exhibitions!
Serge Gainsbourg, the exact word, at the BPI of the Centre Pompidou
At the end of January, the Bpi ( Public Information Library) of the Centre Pompidou will present an exhibition dedicated to “L’homme à la tête de chou”.
The Bpi will present for the first time Serge Gainsbourg’s manuscripts from his home, rue de Verneuil. The opportunity to revisit the literary influences of the singer and his legacy: some five hundred texts written for him or for others, which have forever marked the French song.
Bpi of the Centre Pompidou
From January 25 to May 8, 2023
Notre-Dame de Paris, from builders to restorers, at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
Since the fire at Notre-Dame on April 15, 2019, hundreds of journeymen, architects, engineers and researchers have been mobilized to bring this old lady, a World Heritage Site, back to life.
The Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine will present an exhibition in the middle of its permanent tour that pays tribute to these craftsmen while highlighting the technical developments used on heritage sites.
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
From February 15 to April 29, 2023
Germaine Richier, at the Centre Pompidou
The Centre Pompidou pays tribute to Germaine Richier (1902-1959), the first sculptor to be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1956. This retrospective exhibition will bring together some 200 works demonstrating the central place occupied by Germaine Richier in modern sculpture.
From March 1 to June 12, 2023
Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and the Revolution, the Royal Family in the Tuileries (1789-1792), at the Archives Nationales
The Archives Nationales will be looking at a little-known period in French history, that of the early days of the French Revolution when the royal family resided in the Tuileries, after the sumptuous years at Versailles and before their imprisonment in the Temple prison
150 documents, among which the correspondence of Marie-Antoinette, writings of Louis XVI and furniture from the Tuileries Palace, will allow to better understand this period.
Archives Nationales, Hôtel de Soubise
From March 29 to July 3 and from August 30 to November 6, 2023
Money in art, at the Monnaie de Paris
Through one hundred and fifty works, from Simon Vouet to Warhol via Degas and Renoir, the Monnaie de Paris will revisit the complex relationship between Art and Money, from Antiquity to today.
An exhibition that will cover several themes such as “Luxury and poverty”, “What does the artist sell” or “Exhibitionist money”.
Monnaie de Paris
From March 20 to September 24, 2023
Anna-Eva Bergman, Journey to the Interior, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Starting in the second quarter, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris will present the first major retrospective devoted to Anna-Eva Bergman (1909-1987), a free and visionary artist. This is an opportunity to (re)discover the powerful works of this Norwegian artist who moved to France in the 1970s.
Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
From March 31 to July 16, 2023
Of hair and fur, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Here is a title for the least original! The Musée des Arts Décoratifs will focus this year on the relationship between the body and fashion with this exhibition that will show how hairstyles and hair, sometimes real fashion phenomena, have participated over the centuries in the construction of appearances.
Museum of Decorative Arts (MAD)
From April 5 to September 17, 2023
Basquiat x Warhol, four hands, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton
The Fondation Louis Vuitton will focus on a collaboration between Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol between 1984 and 1985. A singular association that gave birth to 160 paintings made, therefore, four hands.
The exhibition will present more than one hundred paintings from this series, as well as individual works by each of these two artists and works by Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer and others to situate the New York art scene of the 1980s.
Louis Vuitton Foundation
From April 5 to August 28, 2023
Van Gogh at Auvers-sur-Oise, the last months, at the Musée d’Orsay
In the fall, the Musée d’Orsay will focus on Van Gogh’s production during the last two months of his life, in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise. During this period, the artist produced 74 paintings and 33 drawings, including iconic works such as the portrait of Doctor Paul Gachet, The Church of Auvers-sur-Oise and Field of Wheat with Crows.
This exhibition will also present the latest research on this crucial phase of the artist’s life.
From October 3, 2023 to February 4, 2024
Paris, 1905-1925, at the Petit Palais
You will have to wait until the end of the year to discover this exhibition at the Petit Palais, which closes a trilogy devoted to the “Paris of the moderns” after two focuses on Romantic Paris and Paris 1900, presented a few years ago.
Focusing this time on the first quarter of the 20th century, the exhibition will show the cultural epicenter that was then the city of Paris, attracting artists from around the world. A bubbling period where a creative madness touched all styles of art, from fashion to design, architecture, dance or photography…. which continues to dazzle us!
From November 14, 2023 to April 14, 2024
All the exhibitions to see in Paris this year
Of course, there are not only these ten exhibitions to discover in Paris this year. There are already more than 240 exhibitions in progress or announced. Find the list of all the exhibitions of 2023 here :
And you, what are the exhibitions you are most looking forward to discovering?