What to do in autumn

Francis Bacon Francis Bacon, Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus
Francis Bacon, Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus, 1981 – Credit : DACS/Artimage 2019. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

It’s already the end of summer, but with it comes the opportunity to keep up to date with the latest art and museum news! Artsper has some suggestions for cultural events and exhibitions in autumn to ease those back-to-work blues.

Musée de la Libération de Paris Musée du général Leclerc Musée Jean Moulin

poste de commandement Rol-Tanguy Musée de la Libération de Paris
Colonel Rol-Tanguy’s command post – Credit : Pierre Antoine / Musée de la Libération de Paris – Musée du général Leclerc, Musée Jean Moulin

On the 25th of August, the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris, the musée de la Libération de Paris – musée du général Leclerc – musée Jean Moulin opened its doors. This autumn, immerse yourself in the history of the Second World War and enter bunkers used by the French Resistance!

When? Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am until 6pm.

Where? Place Denfert-Rochereau, 4 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy – 75014 Paris

European Heritage Days 2019

Affiche Journées Européennes du Patrimoine 2019
Poster for European Heritage Days en France – Credit : Ministère de la Culture

The European Heritage Days return at the start of this school year to allow you to discover certain historical sites, which are open to the public especially for the occasion. The theme for the 36th edition this autumn will be arts and entertainment, where theaters and cinemas will join in to create the experience.

When? The 21st and 22nd September 2019

Where? Across France

Du Douanier Rousseau à Séraphine at the Musée Maillol

Dominique Peyronnet, La Forêt
Dominique Peyronnet, La Forêt, undated – Credit : Musée Maillol

The Musée Maillol has chosen to shine a light on naïve art and outsider art (art brut), with an exhibition dedicated to these often dismissed and frequently stigmatised categories, bringing together artists who didn’t receive formal artistic training such as Henri Rousseau, called Le Dounanier (the customs officer), and artists with mental illnesses like Séraphine Louis.

When? 11 September 2019 until 19 January 2020

Where? Musée Maillol, 61 rue de Grenelle – 75007 Paris

Bacon en toutes lettres at the Centre Pompidou

Francis Bacon, In Memory of George Dyer, 1971
Francis Bacon, In Memory of George Dyer, 1971 – Credit : Hugo Maertens / DACS/ Artimage, Centre George Pompidou

Francis Bacon, as much of an innovative painter as he was a scandalous man, is being put on centre stage by the Centre Pompidou, returning to the artist’s last twenty years, with works from 1971 – the year of the major retrospective dedicated to him at the Grand Palais – to 1992, the year of his death.

When? 11 September 2019 until 20 January 2020

Where? Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou – 75004 Paris. Access via rue Beaubourg or rue Saint-Merri during the roadworks

William Blake : The Artist at Tate Britain

William Blake, Newton
William Blake, Newton, 1795-1805 – Credit : Graham Robertson 1939/Tate Britain

This autumn Tate Britain pays tribute to the painter, engraver and poet William Blake. With the help of new technology, become immersed in Blake’s fantastic universe, and let his light guide you.

When? 11 September 2019 until 2 February 2020

Where? Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Rendez-vous à Paris : Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & cie (1900-1939) at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait de Dédie, 1918
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait de Dédie, 1918 – Credit : MNAM Photographic documentation service – Centre Pompidou, MNAM – CCI /Dist. RMN – GP

Paris, at the start of the 20th Century: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani… These three artists, today known world-wide, came to the capital to find glory. The Louvre Abu Dhabi lets you travel back in time to present these artist’s work.

When? 18 September 2019 until 7 December 2019

Where?  Saadiyat Island – Abu Dhabi

Le rêve d’être artiste at Lille Palais des Beaux-Arts

Marina Abramović, The Hero
Marina Abramović, The Hero, 2001 – Credit : RMN

To be an artist in order to become a legend, to be an artist and live off your art… Whatever might have been, or, indeed, are the motivations of the most famous artists, Le rêve d’être artiste retraces the often arduous history of artists of all genres and eras.

When? 20 September 2019 until 6 January 2020

Where? Place de la République – 59000 Lille

Degas à l’Opéra at the Musée d’Orsay

Edgar Degas La Loge
Edgar Degas, La Loge, 1885 – Credit : Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Throughout his life, Edgar Degas painted the Paris Opera. He studied it from every angle and analysed each aspect of it. However, no exhibition has ever before focused on the passion of this artist or the works that he produced on the subject… Finally this has been done, allowing you to revise your classics this autumn.

When? 24 September 2019 until 19 January 2020

Where? Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris

Moderne Maharajah, un mécène des années 1930 at the Musée des Arts décoratifs

Le Maharajah et la Maharani d’Indore
Photographie du Maharajah et de la Maharani d’Indore – Credit : Musée des Arts décoratifs

The Maharajah and Maharani of Indore; an emblematic, though little known, couple of patrons, who in the 1930’s brought modernism to India. They ordered the restructuring of the Manik Bagh palace, which became a true manifesto of modernism. The museum of decorative arts invites you to enter into this world of luxury and modernity.

Where? 26 September 2019 until 12 January 2020

Where? Musée des Arts décoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli – 75001 Paris

Dalí et Magritte, deux icônes du surréalisme en dialogue at the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

Salvador Dalí, La Tentation de Saint-Antoine
Salvador Dalí, La Tentation de Saint-Antoine, 1946 – Credit : Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres | photo : J. Geleyns – Art Photography

The two surrealists met for the first time in Paris in 1929. A friendship followed, with shared ideas and an evident similarity, despite very distinct characters which would eventually separate them. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium looks back on this particular relationship between the two artists, once again side by side for the first time.

When? 26 September 2019 until 12 January 2020

Where? Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, rue de la Régence 3 – 1000 Bruxelles

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