10 Exhibitions to see in 2020

Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa
Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, circa 1829-1833

Out with the old and in with the new! 2020 is here and so are some fantastic cultural events. Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to take advantage of what the art world has on offer? We promise this one isn’t hard to keep – especially with Artsper here to help! Read on for 10 of the most exciting exhibitions to see in 2020.

Picasso-Rodin at the Musée Picasso and Musée Rodin

View of Musée Rodin
View of Musée Rodin – photo credit : Musée Rodin

Two of the greatest artists in art history, across two iconic cultural institutions – what more could you ask for?! This exhibition will compare Picasso and Rodin’s creative processes and artistic approaches to depicting reality, highlighting surprising similarities. Definitely not one to miss.

When? 15 September to 14 March 2021
Where? Musée Picasso, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris; Musée Rodin, 77 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Paris! at the Centre Pompidou

Christo, L’Arc de triomphe
Christo, L’Arc de triomphe (projet pour Paris, Place de l’Étoile – Charles de Gaulle)(details), 2018 – © Christo. Photo credit: © André Grossmann

The formidable Christo and Jeanne-Claude met in Paris in 1958, and it was the location for their first monumental project Iron Curtain. This exhibition will look at their years there from 1958 to 1964 and retrace their iconic The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Project for Paris 1975-85 through all its stages. Brush up on your knowledge of the talented couple before September, when Christo will wrap the Arc de Triomphe with 25,000m² of recyclable polypropylene silvery-blue fabric.

When? 18 March to 15 June 2020
Where? Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris

Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro… Les grands maîtres du Japon at the Hotel de Caumont

Exhibition view, Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro
Exhibition view, Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro… Les grands maîtres du Japon, 2020 © Culturespaces / S. Lloyd

Go back in time and immerse yourself in Japanese costumes and culture from the Edo era (1600-1867). With Ukiyo-e prints: ‘Pictures of the floating world’, depicting the artistic effervescence of the period, and Surimono: rare and refined prints, the exhibition explores every aspect of this rich culture through its important art and artefacts. Besides, who would want to miss out on the most incredible opportunity to see Hokusai’s world-renowned The Great Wave off Kanagawa in person?!

When? 8 November 2019 to 22 March 2020
Where? Hotel de Caumont 3, rue Joseph Cabassol, 13100 Aix-en-Provence

Alice Neel at the Centre Pompidou

Alice Neel, Jackie Curtis et Ritta Redd
Alice Neel, Jackie Curtis et Ritta Redd (details), 1970

Now for another trailblazing artist at the Centre Pompidou this year: Alice Neel. This retrospective of over 70 socio-politically engaged paintings, drawings and documents will look at how the American visual artist was deeply committed to fighting issues to do with gender, class, racial segregation and homophobia. 

When? 10 June to 24 August 2020
Where? Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris

The Golden Age of English Painting. From Reynolds to Turner at the Musée de Luxembourg

Thomas Gainsborough Lady Bate Dudley
Thomas Gainsborough, Lady Bate Dudley, circa 1787 ©Tate, London, 2019

This exhibitions takes a close look at the explosion of British artistic talent between the 1760s and 1820. With a collection of masterpieces from classic names in history, spanning from the founding of the RA, Gainsborough and Reynolds to Turner and the turning point of the century.

When? 11 September 2019 to 16 February 2020
Where? Musée de Luxembourg, 19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris

Gustav Klimt, d’or et de couleurs at the Bassins de Lumières

Gustav Klimt, d’or et de couleurs installation view simulation: Portrait d’Adele Bloch-Bauer I (details); Le Baiser (details); Judith I (details); Les Amies II (details)
© Culturespaces – Nuit de Chine

Next up in our exhibitions to see in 2020 will truly be an experience like no other. A former submarine base built by the Germans in the Second World War has been transformed into the newest addition to Culturespace’s Atelier and Carrières des Lumières in Paris and Provence. In one of the largest multimedia installations in the world, experience a unique viewing experience of Gustav Klimt in 360°. As you walk through the watersheds, along bridges and quays, see his masterpieces reflected in the water and projected across the monumental architecture. 

When? 17 April to 31 December 2020
Where? Bassins de Lumière, Base sous-marine, Impasse Brown de Colstoun, 33 300 Bordeaux

Andy Warhol at Tate Modern

Andy Warhol Marilyn Diptych 1962
Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych, 1962 – photo credit: Tate and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc.

The work of the iconic American artist Andy Warhol will be shown at the Tate Modern for the first time in nearly 20 years. Included in the exhibition is his series Ladies and Gentlemen, floating Silver Clouds installation and the multimedia piece Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

When? 12 March to 6 September 2020
Where? Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK

Matisse at the Centre Pompidou

Henri Matisse, Tristesse du Roi
Henri Matisse, La Tristesse du Roi (The Sorrows of the King) , 1952

The Centre Pompidou is celebrating Henri Matisse’s 150th birthday with an exhibition in his honour, which will delve into the French artist’s relationship with literature. The largest retrospective since 1970, it offers the chance to re-discover Matisse’s work through a literary lense in nine chapters of his life.

When? 13 May to 31 August 2020
Where? Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris

Monet, Renoir… Chagall. Voyages en Méditerranée + Yves Klein, l’infini bleu at the Atelier des Lumières

Spanning from impressionism to pointillism, fauvism and modernism, this exhibition looks at the influence and importance of the Mediterranean for masters such as Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Derain, Dufy and Chagall. Take a break from winter weather and be immersed in a multitude of vibrant colours, awash with seas, skies and summer sun.

What’s more, running alongside this exhibition is Yves Klein’s l’infini bleu – in case you needed some more colour! Another artist inspired by the Mediterranean sky; explore his bold world.

When? 28 February to 31 December 2020 
Where? L’Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris

Soutine / De Kooning at the Orangerie

Chaïm Soutine, Le Village,
Chaïm Soutine, The Village, circa 1923 © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de l’Orangerie) / Hervé Lewandowski

And finally, the last of our exhibitions to see in 2020: two major painters of the 21st century, Chaïm Soutine and Willem de Kooning at the Orangerie. Seeing Soutine’s paintings in the 1930s marked a turning point in de Kooning’s style, and he once said, ‘I’ve always been crazy about Soutine – all of his paintings’. Explore the relationship between their two forms of expressionism through the themes of tension between figures and shapelessness, fleshiness, landscapes and the studio.

When? 7 October 2020 to 25 January 2021
Where? Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris

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