Our favourite exhibitions of the moment
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No matter what time of year you choose to come to Paris to enjoy a break at the Hotel Auteuil Tour Eiffel, there is always a choice of exciting and fascinating exhibitions to see. Read on as we take you to the Louvre, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the Orsay Museum to see what they are offering this season!
Exhibitions of the moment; fresh looks at the great masters
At this moment in Paris, great museums are showcasing great masters. Intriguing artists who produced timeless works, made a major impact on the history of art and continue to dazzle us today.
Let's start with the most enigmatic of all; Leonardo da Vinci. This year we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance polymath genius. The Louvre presents an astonishingly rich retrospective of works by the Tuscan artist, including several rarely seen outside Italy and the archives of private collectors. It’s also a golden opportunity to rediscover the five Leonardo paintings exhibited permanently at the Louvre but only recently restored.
At the Grand Palais, another great is in the spotlight; El Greco. For this first retrospective in France, the curators have chosen to trace the artist’s geographical wanderings, which led him from Crete to Spain via Venice and Rome, and a career filled with works of grace, drama and power. Meet the man that art historians call the last great master of the Renaissance.
The 19th and 20th centuries in the spotlight
Let's continue our journey through the exhibitions of the moment with some other, equally exciting presentations. The Grand Palais is currently hosting a retrospective devoted to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. This fascinated witness to the places and characters of Parisian bohemian nightlife during the Belle Epoque, in which colour and carousing mixed with absinthe and poverty, has left us with a profound insight into the tenderness and cruelty of his time. Toulouse-Lautrec; Resolutely Modern shows us how the painter’s style evolved from naturalism to a more narrative-based approach.
The Maillol Museum returns to an often overlooked artistic current of approximately the same period; Naive Art. Through the paintings of Henri Rousseau and Séraphine Louis and dozens of lesser-known artists, we are shown creators who went their own way, eschewing both the avant-garde and academia.
At the Orsay Museum, the world of opera as portrayed by Degas is in the spotlight. Meanwhile, the Museum of Modern Art, to celebrate its reopening after renovations, offers an extensive retrospective devoted to the German artist Hans Hartung.
Finally, if you prefer modernism, head to the Louis Vuitton Foundation for an exhibition on the career of the architect and designer Charlotte Perriand. It’s easily accessible from the Hotel Auteuil Tour Eiffel.
The museums and foundations of Paris present exciting exhibitions throughout the year. Our Hotel Auteuil Tour Eiffel team have chosen their favourites to recommend to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to book your tickets.
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