2014's not-to-be-missed exhibitions in France
Each year, museums and monuments show artists, works, movements, characters through exceptional exhibitions.
For 2014, find our selection of exhibitions not-to-be-missed in France ...
Centre Pompidou (Beaubourg)
12 February to 9 June 2014
After an exhibition dedicated to Surrealism (until 3 March 2014), the Centre Pompidou will host a new retrospective of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the first in Europe since the artist’s death.
20 February to 19 May 2014
The Louvre Museum presents the unmissable «Sky Under the Roof... Drawings for Parisian Ceilings in the Grand Siècle», an exhibition of eighty designs and prints which highlights the formal changes to private décor in the capital over the century and presents four major works: Hôtel Lambert, the Mazarin palace and the Louvre and Tuileries Palaces under Louis XIV.
Musée de l'Orangerie
26 March to 30 June 2014
Pass through the Tuileries gardens to visit the Musée de l’Orangerie, which gives carte blanche to Werner Spies, friend of Ernst and Picasso, the greatestdraughtsmen of the 20th century, to select and present 200 drawings from the Musée d’Orsay’s stunning collection.
5 February to 15 May 2014
Afterwards, cross the Seine to the Musée d’Orsay to discover the first retrospective of Gustave Doré for thirty years, one ofthe most prodigious artists of the 19th century.
Next, visit the Grand Palais which pays tribute to the American artist Bill Viola, one of the most famous contemporary representatives of videoart (3 March to 28 July 2014), and hosts the couple of Russian conceptual artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov for Monumenta 2014.(10 May to 22 June 2014)
Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA)
1st April to 3 August 2014
Take the train from the forecourt of the Institut du Monde Arabe and go back in time at this exceptional exhibition : «Once uppon a time the Orient Express», organised in partnership with the SNCF. After sampling the luxurious and cosy atmosphere of the three cars and the restaurant-car of the Orient Express, enter the Institut to discover a museum dedicated to the world’s most famous train.
Cité de la Musique
11 March to 24 August 2014
From the stories of the Mandinka griots to the laments of the Mississippi bluesmen, from the dives of New Orleans to the clubs of Manhattan, the idea of black music is just as often condemned as celebrated as part of cultural heritage.Using audiovisual content and interactive displays, the exhibition «Great Black Music» at the Cité de la Musique presents the major turning points in a history which encompasses slavery, racial tensions in the United States and the emergence of a globalised culture. Instruments,contemporary works of art and documents complete this approach.
28 May to 6 october 2014
From David to Léger, Delacroix to Picasso, Doré to Van Dongen, more than 170 artists will be brought together for the exhibition «The Disasters of War – 1800-2014» focusing on disenchantment with war, which has overwhelmingly been seen to bring misfortune, from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day. The exhibition will bear the national «Centenary» label and is part of the «Wars and Peace» programme organised by the museums of Nord Pas de Calais.
MuMa, in Le Havre
7 June to 9 November 2014
One hundred years after the artist’s birth, the Museum of Modern Art André Malraux is organising an exhibition entitled «Northern Lights. Southern Lights». The canvases on display will provide an unprecedented insight into the importance of landscape in the works of Nicolas de Staël, who took in the lights of Normandy, Ile-de-France, and Pas-de-Calais, but also Provence, Italy and Sicily.
Centre des Monuments nationaux
Juin to August 2014
In the 1840s, the medieval fortress of Carcassonne was a neglected ruin. In the north the Château de Pierrefonds, a glorious ruin, was falling into disrepair... An archaeologist and visionary architect, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) restored and «reinvented» the two sites, which became archetypes of medieval architecture. In this year ofhis two hundredth birthday, the Centre des Monuments Nationaux (which is celebrating its own one hundredth birthday) is organising an exhibition «Tribute to Viollet-le-Duc» at each site.
Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Museum of Contemporary Art
1st March to 8 June 2014
The Peter Downsbrough exhibition, on show in Sérignan, is the largest ever in France dedicated to this outstanding artist of contemporary art. It will display the full extent of his works produced fromthe mid 1960s, from his use of space, sculptures, models, photographs, films and manipulated postcards through to his publications and many books.
MuCEM in Marseille
25 March to 25 August 2014
For around thirty years, all over the world, carnivals of every kind have been bringing together tens of thousands of people, participants and spectators alike. The exhibition «The world turned upsidedown» will take you into the fantasy world of carnivals, with collections of masks and costumes from the MuCEM and the International Museum of Carnivals and Masks in Binche (Belgium), which co-produced the exhibition. Outside the museum children will be entertained with a series of performances.
La Friche de la Belle de Mai in Marseille
14 February to 18 May 2014
«Ricciotti architect» is the first monograph devoted to Ricciotti, architect from Bandol and winner of the Grand Prix National de l’Architecture (National Grand Prix Prize for Architecture) in 2006. This exhibition highlights a series of experiments created from concrete, his material of choice, from the Pont du Diable footbridge in Gignac to the grand staircase of the Department of Islamic Art at theLouvre, not forgetting the MuCEM in Marseille.
Carrières de Lumières, in Provence
7 March 2014 to January 2015
Produced by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi, the multimedia show «Klimt and Vienna, a century of gold and colours» will have the Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence as its backdrop. Projected on every surface of the former quarry, the images will take you on a journey through 100 years of Viennese painting, through the bright and colourful works of Gustav Klimt, his contemporariesand the artists he inspired.
Find all the expos 2014 in Paris and throughout France, in our section Events.