From icons to iconoclasts, embark on a journey of discovery with these phenomenal museum exhibitions in France this autumn.
Buddha, The Golden Legend
The first ever exhibition in France dedicated to the representations of the life of the Buddha and the spread of Buddhism in Asia shines the spotlight on the rich iconography and stylistic traditions applied to imagery of the religious leader.
Until November 4 at the Musée national des Arts asiatiques – Guimet in Paris.
Bacon at the Pompidou
In the most eagerly awaited exhibition of this “back-to-school” season, more than 20 years after his last monographic show, the Centre Pompidou devotes a vast exhibition to Francis Bacon, with paintings from 1971 to 1992, exploring the influence of literature on his work.
September 11, 2019 to January 20, 2020 at the Centre Pompidou
‘German Expressionism, Masterpieces of the Aargauer Kunsthaus and the Osthaus Museum Hagen’ at Évian’s Palais Lumière brings together, for the first time, 140 works from two major collections, created between 1905 and 1937.
Until September 29 in Évian
7 Million! Soldiers who were prisoners in the Great War
During the Great War, around 6.6 million soldiers were captured. What was life like for them? The Verdun Memorial presents a major exhibition with personal items, public archives and prisoners’ own testimonies.
Until December 20 at the Verdun Memorial
Degas at the Opera
The Musée d’Orsay looks at how, through Degas’s entire career, the opera was a recurring theme in his work – not just the dancers, singers and musicians, but also the stage, boxes, foyers and studios.
From France Today magazine