A trove of masterpieces spanning 100 years of art history, the Thannhauser Collection provides an important survey of the French avant-garde. Featuring works by the likes of Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Georges Braque and countless others who sought to liberate art from the shackles of Classicism and pioneer radical new styles, 'Van Gogh to Picasso: The Thannhauser Legacy' not only celebrates a century of unbridled artistic experimentation but charts the advent of Modernism. Absolutely unmissable.
The theme of night has been a constant focus for artists, whether it's a case of literally capturing images of the dark or exploring darkness as a representation of our subconscious and fears. Featuring depictions of the night in modern and contemporary painting, this much-awaited exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz revisits the vast topic... delving into the realms of nocturnal perception, the show is set up to tease the senses as visitors step into the exhibit as if they were…
Many artists have immortalised black people in their work, often going against the typical representations of their respective periods. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, the Musée d'Orsay's Black Models: From Géricault to Matisse explores the portrayal of black figures in visual arts, from the late 18th century to the modern day. This eye-opening exhibition examines artists' crucial role in the challenging perceptions - and pre-conceptions - of race and 'otherness' across the centuries.
The 220th anniversary of Balzac’s birth leads his hometown of Tours to give the prolific wordsmith a big party (his Comedié Humaine series counts 91 novels penned in less than 20 years!). It is a year of non-stop celebrations, all culminating in a bumper birthday weekend in May alongside a reveal of a commemorative art installation.