Buddha, The Golden Legend at the Guimet in Paris

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

Gabriele Münter, Landscape with white wall, 1910.
Osthaus Museum Hagen Collection © Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf.

German Expressionism

‘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 

Edgar Degas, L’Orchestre de l’Opéra, circa, 1870
©RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski

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.

September 24, 2019 to January 19, 2020 at the Orsay in Paris

From France Today magazine

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