The German artist Georg Baselitz at the Center Pompidou, the American photographer Vivian Maier in Luxembourg, ceramics on a large scale at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris … Our selection of exhibitions to see in Paris from September-October.

Photography with Vivian Maier or the treasures of MoMA in New York, Renaissance art with Botticelli, contemporary art with Baselitz or David Hockney, a tour of the exhibitions to see in Paris this fall.

“Die Mädchen von Olmo II [Les Filles d’Olmo II]”, 1981, National Museum of Modern Art, Center Pompidou, Paris (© Georg Baselitz, 2021 Photo © Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Bertrand Prévost / Dist. RMN -GP)

The Center Pompidou looks back on sixty years of creation by Georg Baselitz, constantly oscillating between figuration, abstraction and a conceptual approach. The contemporary German artist says: “I am mannerist in the sense that I twist things. I am brutal, naive and gothic.” From his first paintings to his last self-portraits and portraits with his wife, including his inverted figures, the exhibition intends to highlight the most significant periods of his work. From October 20, 2021 to March 7, 2022.

Vivian Maier, Chicago Area, c. 1960n silver print, 2020 © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection andHoward Greenberg Gallery, NYVivian (© Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY)

The American Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was discovered by chance at a sale in 2007. Her work as a street photographer, in black and white then in color, has turned out to be one of the greatest. While making a living as a babysitter, she made more than 100,000 images that remained in the shadows, sometimes never developed. The Musée du Luxembourg presents all aspects of her work, always to be discovered: self-portraits, photos of children, street scenes… Unpublished archives, prints by the photographer, super 8 films never shown, audio recordings shed light on her practice. From September 15, 2021 to January 16, 2022.

Ron Nagle, “Captive Morgan”, 2012 (© Ron Nagle, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery) The Museum of Modern Art in Paris offers an immersion in ceramics, one of the oldest cultural manifestations of humanity, which was used to produce idols, houses and kitchen utensils. 400 pieces from various eras and contexts, from great ceramists (Bernard Palissy, Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach, Takuro Kuwata…) or artists like Dali, Fontana, Cindy Sherman and also anonymous. The exhibition intends to explore the relationship between ceramics and art, and more broadly to humans. From October 15, 2021 to February 6, 2022.

Max Burchartz, “Lotte” (Eye), 1928, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thomas Walther Collection. Acquired through the generosity of Peter Norton (© ADAGP, Paris, 2021 © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn © The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2021, for the digital image) The Jeu de Paume exhibits 230 of the 350 images from the collection of Thomas Walter, a pillar of the modern collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which offers a rich panorama of the art scene between the wars of the two sides of the Atlantic, from Bauhaus to surrealism, from architectures and urban views, portraits and nudes, to reports, photomontages and experiments. An exhibition that tells the story of the invention of modernity in photography, from Berenice Abbott and Claude Cahun to Edward Weston or André Kertész. From September 14, 2021 to February 13, 2022.

Alessandro Filipepi dit Botticelli (c. 1445 – 1510), Allegorical figure known as “La Belle Simonetta”, c. 1485, tempera and oil on poplar wood (Frankfurt am Main, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main) Sandro Botticelli (1445- 1510), a great creator, was also an entrepreneur and trainer: the Jacquemart-André museum exhibits around forty works by the Florentine Renaissance artist, with paintings by contemporaries he influenced. An exhibition which intends to show the importance of his workshop practice. With works from the Louvre, the National Gallery in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Vatican Museums, the Uffizi and the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. From September 10, 2021 to January 24, 2022.

Georgia O’Keeffe, “Evening Star No. VI”, 1917, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. Gift of the Burnett Foundation. Courtesy Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe (© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Adagp, Paris, 2021) The Center Pompidou presents around a hundred paintings, drawings and photographs by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1886), in the first retrospective French version of this great figure of 20th century North American art. From flower paintings that made her famous to New York skyscrapers and bovine bones, landscapes with plant motifs, her work is marked by renewal. During her long career, she participated in the birth of American modernism in the 1930s and was a pioneer of abstract painting in the 1960s. September 8 to December 6, 2021.

Berthe Morisot, “Eugène Manet and his daughter in the garden of Bougival”, 1881, Bequest Annie Rouart, 1993, Paris, Musée Marmottan Monet (© Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris) The Musée Marmottan-Monet retraces the life of Julie Manet. The daughter of Berthe Morisot and Eugène Manet, the brother of Edouard Manet, posed extensively for her mother and other painters, notably her uncle and Auguste Renoir. A hundred works evoke her youth with the Impressionists and also her love of art which led her to build a collection with her husband Ernest Rouart, also a painter, and to have her mother’s work recognized. From October 19, 2021 to March 20, 2022.

Henri Rivière (1864-1951), “Figures, two dogs and a double decker on the Louvre bridge” b between 1885 and 1895, Paris, Musée Marmottan
(Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski © ADAGP, Paris, 2021) The Musée d’Orsay is devoting a major exhibition to emerging cinema, a new eminently social and popular art. It brings French film production from 1895-1907 into a dialogue with the history of the arts, through themes such as the fascination for the spectacle of the city, the recording of the rhythms of nature, the desire to exhibit bodies, the taste for history. Almost 400 works, objects and films anonymous or signed Pierre Bonnard, Auguste Rodin, Gustave Caillebotte, Louis Lumière, Georges Méliès, Charles Pathé … From September 28, 2021 to January 16, 2022. The Musée d’Orsay also exhibits the collection of Paul Signac, his Neo-Impressionist friends and the Fauves Impressionists and Henri Matisse (from October 12 to February 13).

Samuel Fosso, Self-portrait “SIXSIXSIX” series, 2015 (© Samuel Fosso courtesy Jean-Marc Patras / Paris) The European House of Photography exhibits 50 years of work by Franco-Cameroonian Samuel Fosso, known for his self-portraits and his incarnations of stereotypical characters , as in his iconic series Tati, in which he is The American Liberated Woman, The Golfer or The Rocker. More than 200 works by a figure of the international art scene: vintage from the 1970s, iconic black and white and color series from the 1990s to 2000, and the recent monumental series of SIXSIXSIX Polaroids. From November 10, 2021 to March 13, 2022.

Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943) “Landscape with house and tree”, 1920-21 (Philadelphia (PA), The Barnes Foundation) The Musée de l’Orangerie brings the worlds of Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943) and Willem into dialogue de Kooning (1904-1997). The expressive force of the painting of the artist from the Paris School of Russian origin, his gestural painting and the pronounced impasto of his canvases, visible in the United States between 1930 and 1950, marked the American abstract expressionists and in particular of Kooning, who constructs a singular expressionism, between figuration and abstraction. The exhibition presents some fifty paintings by the two artists around themes such as the tension between the figure and the formless, the painting of the flesh, the practice of gestures. From September 15, 2021 to January 10, 2022.

Anni Albers, “Red and blue layers, 1954 (The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation) The Museum of Modern Art examines the work of Anni and Josef Albers, a couple formed at the Bauhaus, which was built in a dialogue permanent and which has imbued a whole generation of artists with its educational values. They are particularly committed to the revaluation of craftsmanship. More than 350 works, paintings, photographs, furniture, graphic works and textiles. The exhibition follows the stages of their life, from B auhaus in the United States From September 10, 2021 to January 9, 2022.

Jean-Michel Othoniel, “Gold Lotus”, 2019. Photo Claire Dorn. Courtesy of the Artist & Perrotin (© Jean-Michel Othoniel Adagp, Paris, 2021) Jean-Michel Othoniel, famous for his works of colored pearls, invests the museum and the garden of the Petit Palais to invite to dream, with more than 70 new pieces, including The Theorem of Narcissus, a flower man, Rivers of blue brick, Lotuses and Gold necklaces. They are embedded in the building, suspended from trees or placed on the water. From September 28, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

David Hockney, “A Year in Normandy”, 2020-2021 (detail), Composite iPad painting (© David Hockney) Installed in Normandy, in the Pays d’Auge, since 2019, the famous British painter David Hockney took advantage of the first confinement to paint spring there. Then the other seasons followed. Paintings made on iPad, a technique that allows rapid capture of light effects, in vivid colors. His series A Year in Normandy is presented in the form of a 90-meter-long frieze in the large gallery of the Musée de l’Orangerie. From October 13, 2021.

Giuseppe Penone. “Alberi libro” (Trees-book), 2017, Private collection (© Adagp, Paris, 2021, photo © Archivio Penone) The National Library of France gives carte blanche to Giuseppe Penone. The Italian artist is well known for his questioning of man’s links with nature. But the notions of time and memory are also essential for him. And it is the links he has forged with the writing and the imagination of the book that are highlighted here. For the exhibition, he created Sève et thought, an installation conceived from the imprint of a tree around which a text in his hand unfolds. Unpublished pieces, such as his 12 Alberi libro (tree books), drawings, photographs, books and engravings accompany him. From October 12, 2021 to January 23, 2022.

Iakovos Rizos, “Athenian evening, Athens” (© National Gallery- Alexandros Soutsos Museum, Photo Stavros Psiroukis)

On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence, just after the entry of the Venus de Milo into the Louvre, the Louvre museum offers a large exhibition on the historical, cultural and artistic links between France and Greece. It intersects the history of archeology, which in the 19th century made the discovery of an ancient Greece in color, with the development of the modern Greek state, which was built by drawing on the sources of French and German neoclassicism. Without forgetting the modern Greek art which one discovers in Paris starting from the universal exposures of the end of the XIXe century. From September 30, 2021 to February 7, 2022.

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