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The best exhibitions of 2019


From Van Gogh with a digital revamp to the treasures of Tutankhamun, 2019 promises to be a particularly strong year for culture. Here’s a taste of what’s to come this year – diaries at the ready…


Toutânkhamon at la Villette

© Cercueil Miniature Canope À L’effigie De Toutankhamon Or, Verre Coloré, Cornaline Hauteur : 39.5 Cm Largeur : 11 Cm Règne De Toutankhamon, 1336-1326 Av. J.-C. Grand Musée Égyptien

British archeologist Howard Carter discovered Toutânkhamon‘s tomb on November 4, 1922. This event would change the course of art history, bringing the long-forgotten 18th dynasty pharaoh back into the limelight. Toutânkhamon’s tomb was found intact, along with its numerous treasures. In 1967, one million people visited the Petit Palais in Paris to take in the treasures. Now, 50 years later, the pharaoh is once again the subject of a Paris-based exhibition, this time at the Grande Halle de La Villette in March 2019. More than 150 objects will be on show, of which one third had previously not left Egypt. Be sure to see the magnificent statue of Amun protecting Toutânkhamon, sourced from the Louvre’s collections.  After touring the world, the show will definitely settle at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, which is currently being constructed.

Toutânkhamon – Le Trésor du Pharaon, From March 23 to September 15 2019, at the Grande Halle de La Villette, from 17€

Van Gogh at the Atelier des Lumières

© Simulation Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée ® Culturespaces/Gianfranco Iannuzzi

In the last ten years, of his life, Vincent van Gogh painted more than 2000 paintings, without any recognition. Today, he is one of the most famous artists in the world. His tragic life has inspired the cinema scene, while museums from all over the world are fighting to show his works. The latest to have succeeded is the Atelier des Lumières. The artist’s works, such are Mangeurs de pommes de terre (1885), and La Nuit étoilée (1889) come to life, shining a light on Van Gogh‘s brushstrokes, with music by Luca Longobardi. Dreamed up by Culturespaces, Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi, this rare, immersive experience provides a closer look at world famous works that still fascinate today.

Van Gogh, la nuit étoilée, from Februray 22 to December 31 2019, Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris

“Camp: Notes on Fashion” at the MET

© InDigital

Following the tearaway success of Heavenly Bodies:Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the next spring exhibition to be hosted by the MET Costume Institute is Camp: Notes on Fashion. It is inspired by a Susan Sontag essay, written in 1964, Notes on Camp“The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration,” she writes. “Fashion is the most overt and enduring conduit of the camp aesthetic,” agrees Andrew Bolton, curator at the Costume Institute.  More than 175 works are on show, including menswear and womenswear collections, sculptures, paintings and drawings dating from the 17th century to today. Exploring the notion of fashion as a means of expression, the event brings together the works of Cristóbal Balenciaga, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Demna Gvasalia, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Alessandro Michele, Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeremy Scott, Donatella et Gianni Versace and Vivienne Westwood. 

Camp: Notes on Fashion, from May 9 to September 8, 2019, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, 



Roux! at the National Museum Jean-Jacques Henner

© Jean-Jacques Henner The Reader, 1883 Oil On Canvas, 94 × 123 Cm Paris, Musée D’Orsay, On Deposit At The Jean-Jacques Henner National Museum © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée D’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski


From Jean-Jacques Henner to Sonia Rykiel , many artists and creators have been inspired by the red in their works. A fascinating color, long associated with witchcraft and sensuality, the red comes back stronger than ever this year, with a monomaniac exhibition devoted to its representation in the fields of art and fashion. Paintings, sketches of fashion, photographs, drawings, films … The numerous supports presented dialogue with the exposed paintings, preciously lent by the decorative arts, the Petit Palais or Orsay, of Renoir, to Henner, artist who represented the best freckling through his paintings and drawings.

Roux! From Jean-Jacques Henner to Sonia Rykiel , from January 30 to May 20, 2019, Jean-Jacques Henner National Museum, 43 avenue de Villiers 75017 Paris




The Courtauld Collection at the Louis Vuitton Foundation

© Edouard Manet, Folies-Bergère Bar, 1882. The Courtauld Gallery, London © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London


To console the end of the exhibition Basquiat , we will not miss the rich selection of the Courtauld Collection, exhibited from February 20, 2019 which will see more than 110 impressionist works that belonged to the great textile manufacturer and collector. art  Samuel Courtauld , including the famous Self-Portrait with bandaged ear and Pipe by van Gogh . Manet, Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Degas … These masterpieces of impressionist art are gathered for the first time in Paris, skilfully scenographed chronologically to better understand the evolution of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism from the 1860s. A must see.

The Courtauld Collection, February 20 to June 17, 2019, Louis Vuitton Foundation



Electro at the Philharmonie

© Yves Malenfer


Electro music fans should not miss the next Philharmonie exhibition . From Kraftwerk to Daft Punk,  the exhibition returns to the meteoric evolution of the musical genre, born more than thirty years ago in the underground clubs of Chicago and Detroit. At the heart of a cult, which has won the challenge of dethroning the rock culture, electro has now become inseparable from the digital revolution, affecting the political and artistic fields such as digital art, cinema and dance . More than just a retrospective, the Philharmonie offers a real experience where the visitor is immersed in a sensory and explosive scenography, punctuated by a sharp soundtrack entrusted to the famous DJLaurent Garnier.

Electro, from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk , from April 9 to August 11, 2019, Philharmonie de Paris



Degas at the Opera at the Musée d’Orsay

© Edgar Degas (1834-1917) The Opera Orchestra Circa 1870 Oil On Canvas H. 56.5; L. 45 Cm Paris, Orsay Museum © RMN-Grand Palais (Orsay Museum) / Hervé Lewandowski


From 1860 to 1900, Edgar Degas made the Opera his “room of his own” as he liked to say. From the musicians of the little rat orchestra in the dance hall to the curious admirers in the dressing rooms, the impressionist painter immortalized these moments of life with virtuosity, in repetition as in representation, sharpening with a brush the tip of a dancer or melting a pastel of a black suit. The Musée d’Orsay is dedicating this year an exhibition to this fine and sensual representation of this teeming microcosm, which Degas captured with all its sensitivity.

Degas at the Opera , September 24, 2019 to January 19, 2020, Musée d’Orsay



From Vogue Paris

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