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Power Plays

Dec 5, 2017 - Jul 2, 2018

Emblematic portraits, equestrian statues and coronation regalia are among the exhibits on show in Power Plays at the Louvre’s Petite Galerie. On loan from the Musée du Louvre, Musée National du Château de Pau, Château de Versailles and Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, the 40 works explore the representation of political power and the use of art as a propaganda tool, from Antiquity to the modern day.  Until July 2 petitegalerie.louvre.fr

Guernica in Paris

March 27 - July 29

The Guernica is Picasso's most famous and most studied painting. The Musée national Picasso-Paris is celebrating this awesome painting with a full exhibition. "Following the 80th anniversary of the work’s creation, the Musée national Picasso-Paris in partnership with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is dedicating an exhibition to the story of Guernica an exceptional painting by Pablo Picasso and probably one of the most famous artworks in the world. The masterpiece can be seen in its permanent…

Spotlight on History

May 13 - September 23

A mini quake, blood 'splatter' trickling down the façades and a demolition scene worthy of any Hollywood blockbuster - the Chateau de Blois's new and improved light and sound show brings its gruesome history to life like never before. Refreshed - am amped up - for the VR generation thanks to video-mapping, immersive 360-degree film projections and other 3D jiggery-pokery. The Story of Blois is quite the hi-tech romp. From Joan of Arc's visit to the assassination plot hatched by Henri III…

Visitors to Versailles

May 14 - July 29

Bringing together works from The Met, the Château de Versailles, and over 50 lenders, this exhibition highlights the experience of Versailles's coterie of foreign guests between 1682 and 1789. Through painting, costumes and other precious items, Visitors to Versailles offers a glimpse into these esteemed guests' stays - and the souvenirs they took home with them.

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection

May 14 - July 8

Renowned as one of the great collectors and philanthropists of the 20th Century, Paul mellon's lifelong love of art resulted in a priceless hoard of paintings spanning genres, movements and centuries. Covering more than 150 years of French art, this exceptional exhibition features many never-seen-before works by the likes of Manet, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec as well as iconic paintings by such masters as Delacroix, Matisse, Picasso and Bonnard.

From Africa to the Americas: Picasso, Past and Present

May 14 @ 8:00 am - September 16 @ 5:00 pm

Tackling Primitivism's place and legacy in art history, From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present takes a fresh look at cultural appropriation in the works of such artists as Picasso. It also explores major works of art defined as "tribal", their inception and their status in the aesthetic pantheon.

Rodin And The Art Of Ancient Greece

May 14 @ 8:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm

Unbeknown to many, it is during a visit to the British Museum that Auguste Rodin first set eyes on the ancient Greek statues that would set him on a radical new course and inspire his own headlines, linbless sculptures. Showcasing these effigies alongside Rodin's masterpieces, this exhibit explores how the broken figures (re)shaped his aesthetic.

Art and Ballet

May 14 @ 8:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm

In Picasso and the Russian Ballet, Marseille's Mucem delves into the artist's brief dabblings as a costume and set designer and considers dance's enduring influence on his oeuvre.

La Gacilly Photo Festival

June 2 - September 30

Activism meets thought-provoking photography at La Gacilly Festival in Brittany. From climate change to the plight of sub-Saharan people, the open-air photo festival explores the often fraught relationship between humans and their environment.

Victor Vasarely: The Birth of OP Art

June 5 - September 9

Hailed as the father of the Op Art movement, the Hungarian-French artist was a master illusionist. A pioneer of geometrical post-war abstraction, his head-spinning creations exploded staid notions of art. Showcasing works from the Vasarely Museum in Budapest, the Victor Vasarely Museum in Pécs, the Fondation vasarely in Aix-en-Provence and loans from private collections, the exhibition charts his career, from graphic designer to the prolific artist whose optical illusions continue to captivate and puzzle the world.

Fresh Perspectives

June 16 - September 23

Focusing on his 'transitional' works, Donner à Voir at Montpellier's Musée Fabre offers a new perspective on Picasso's aesthetic and his rich pictorial world.

Top Drawer

June 21 @ 8:00 am - June 26 @ 5:00 pm

Bananas about bandes dessinées? Don't miss the American Library Association Annual Conference, which is set to bring together the crème de la crème of Gallic writers and illustrators in New Orleans next month.

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