Atelier des Lumières. Credit: Levefre Fine Art/ Bridgeman

Mediterranean Reverie

In the 1880s, artists flocked to the Mediterranean and plunged into a magical new approach to light and colour. Now you can lose yourself inside a different paradise, seen through the eyes of Monet, Degas, Chagall, Pissarro, Matisse and Signac, with an immersive digital image and sound display at the Atelier des Lumières in Paris. Showcasing more than 500 works, this monumental visual exploration highlights the link between artistic creativity and the Mediterranean shores as the principal centres of the Modernist movement. Until January 3, 2020. www.atelier-lumieres.com

Northern Star

The Musée de Picardie, considered since 1867 to be one of the most beautiful museums in northern France, welcomes us to its fully renovated and expanded venue. This true ‘palace of the arts’, designed as a museum based on Napoleon III’s Louvre Apartments, is home to rich collections of archaeology, sculpture, and painting, offering a journey from the Paleolithic to the present day. Opened on March 1. www.amiens.fr

Musée de Picardie. Credit: Frenak & Jullien, architects

Lille, Capital of Design

The northern city has been designated World Design Capital for 2020, the first time a French city has won the honour. An innovative programme of events and celebrations showcases the social, environmental and cultural projects involved, and promises to lift Lille once more onto the world’s stage, following its shining performance as Capital of Culture in 2004. www.lille-design.com

I Eat, Therefore I Am

The Musée de l’Homme in Paris examines the social, cultural and historical dimensions of food. How is it produced? Which foods are now considered harmful to our, and the planet’s, health? Until June 7. www.museedelhomme.fr

To the Summit

The Musée des Ursulines in Mâcon traces the evolution of what became a meeting point for artists from Switzerland and France as the mountains become the subject of a shared passion for artistic experimentation. Until March 22. www.macon.fr

The Image Supermarket

Art and economy have maintained a complicated relationship since time immemorial. This exhibition in Paris guides us through thoughts on the “commoditisation of the visible”. Until June 7. www.jeudepaume.org

Greg Dunn, “Self Reflected,” 2016

Neurons at Centre Pompidou Paris

Artificial intelligence permeates every layer of our modern world. This exhibition explores the continuity between the research done by artists, architects, designers and musicians and that done by scientists and industry. Until April 20. www.centrepompidou.fr

1940: Parisians in Exodus

Between early May and mid-June 1940, three out of four Parisians were forced to flee to escape the advance of the German army. The Musées de la Liberation de Paris, General Leclerc and Jean Moulin revisit the upheaval that displaced eight million people. Until August 30. www.museeliberation-leclerc-moulin.paris.fr

From France Today magazine

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