The year 2022 promises to be an exciting one in Parisian museums. More than 270 exhibitions are in progress or announced this year: a vast program that has enough to satisfy our curiosity.
So what are the art exhibitions not to be missed in 2022 in Paris? Here is my selection of the 10 most awaited exhibitions!
Boilly (1761-1845), Parisian chronicles, at the Musée Cognacq-Jay
Painter, miniaturist and engraver, Louis-Léopold Boilly is best known for his scenes of Parisian life. This unclassifiable artist was the portraitist of Parisians and painter of scenes of the capital between the two revolutions of 1789 and 1848. With 130 works, the exhibition will show the humor, the inventiveness and the singularity of this artist who was taken by passion by the Parisian life.
From February 16 to June 26, 2022
Meeting the Little Prince, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
In February, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs will focus on The Little Prince, the best-selling French book in the world, with an exhibition of more than 600 items linked to its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: watercolors, sketches, drawings, photographs, newspaper clippings, extracts from correspondence, etc.
This exhibition will also be an opportunity to discover for the first time in France the original manuscript kept at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.
From February 17 to June 26, 2022
Museum of Decorative Arts
Pionnières, artistes dans le Paris des années folles, at the Musée du Luxembourg
After its exhibition Women painters between 1780 and 1830 presented last year, the Musée du Luxembourg opens a second section devoted to women artists. This time it will be about the pioneers born at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th century who were the first to enter art schools then reserved for men. The exhibition will show the role of women in the development of artistic movements in the Paris of the Roaring Twenties.
From March 2 to July 10, 2022
Romy Schneider, at the Cinémathèque française
On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of her death, the Cinémathèque française will pay tribute to Romy Schneider (1938 – 1982). This exhibition will show the contribution of Romy Schneider to cinema and will focus on how this great actress became an icon.
From March 16 to July 31, 2022
Giovanni Boldini, Pleasures and Days, at the Petit Palais
This is the first time in sixty years that a French museum will devote a retrospective to the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931). With 150 works, this exhibition will be a plunge into the Belle Epoque since Boldini frequented Paris and high society at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
From March 29 to July 24, 2022
Love Songs, photographs of the intimate, at the MEP
“For me, photography is the opposite of detachment. It is a way of touching the other: it is a caress” said Nan Goldin. With a collective exhibition, the MEP will offer a look at the history of photography through the prism of romantic relationships. Images that will make us discover intimate stories and many patterns of love, from the first days of a relationship to the pain of separation.
From March 30 to August 21, 2022
MEP – Maison Européenne de la Photographie (European house of Photography)
The theater of emotions, at the Musée Marmottan Monet
Isn’t emotion what we are all looking for in art? The Marmottan Monet Museum will trace the history of emotions and their pictorial translations from the 14th to the 21st century in an exhibition bringing together some eighty works from private collections and international museums.
From April 13 to August 21, 2022
Marmottan Monet Museum
Simon Hantaï, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton
On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Simon Hantaï’s birth, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will devote a retrospective exhibition to this master of abstraction in April. Nine years after the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, this new exhibition promises to be fascinating
From April 27 to August 29, 2022
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Edvard Munch, A poem of love, life and death, at the Musée d’Orsay
In partnership with the Munch Museum in Oslo, the Musée d’Orsay will dedicate an exhibition at the end of the year to Edvard Munch (1863-1944), the author of the famous “Scream”. This is an opportunity to discover hundreds of works: paintings, drawings, prints, engraved blocks that will reveal the often unknown diversity of his art.
From September 20, 2022 to January 22, 2023
Alice Neel, at the Centre Pompidou
The Centre Pompidou will present at the end of the year a retrospective exhibition of Alice Neel (1900-1984). The opportunity to (re)discover the work of this American artist from two main angles: the class struggle and the gender struggle.
From October 12, 2022 to January 16, 2023
All the exhibitions to see in Paris this year
Of course, the list of exhibitions to see does not stop there! There are more than 270 exhibitions planned in Parisian museums this year, find the complete list here :
And you, which exhibitions are you looking forward to?