Masters of Art: Essential exhibitions in Paris this October



Here’s our October in Paris guide for the artistically inclined, Warhol, Picasso and… Hermés(really?!), are all in there so it’s worth checking out. Don’t forget to have a look at these stunning hotels in the region if you do decide to come by.

Anselm Kiefer

The man who paints books. Not literally of course, but Anselm Kiefer’s work is dense with mythology, symbolism and philosophy to the point that a brush stroke is equal to a thousand words of a novel.

Kiefer definitely doesn’t do lighthearted. Tackling themes such as the apocalypse, death and nostalgia, the exhibition isn’t easy viewing, but if you’re willing to dig, there’s a lot to find. The retrospective at the “Bibliothèque Nationale de France” will feature around 80 paintings and his famous book sculptures, which blur the lines between literature and visual art in a thought provoking way.

Venue: “Bibliothèque Nationale de France”

Dates: 20 October 2015- February 14 2016

Anselm Keifer Masters

Hermès Wanderland

Remember when Hermès went all Alice in Wonderland on us?, well the French fashion house is now on home turf displaying all the fantasy of its Hermès Wanderland concept right in the streets of Paris. Basing itself on the very Parisian idea of the “flaneur” (loosely translated as wanderer) the Hermès Wanderland invites you to get lost across 11 floors filled with the imagination of international contemporary artists. Located on the banks of the Seine, the Hermés Wanderland will be in Paris from Sept 18th to Oct 5 2015.

Venue: On the banks of the Seine 

Dates: Sept 18 2015 – Oct 5th 2015

Hermès Wanderland​

Andy Warhol Unlimited

Andy Warhol’s “Shadows” and other works will be on display for the first time in Europe in an expansive exhibition showcasing over 200 works from the most recognisable name in Pop Art.

Spanning over 130 metres, Warhol was notoriously tongue in cheek about the piece of artwork and dubbed it “disco décor”, claiming it “only looks good  because it’s so big”  but whatever is said about Shadows, it’s proof of an artist’s will to challenge conventions. Warhol wanted expansive art work and the viewers to interact with the piece and that’s exactly what Shadows achieves.

Venue: Musée d’Arts Modernes

Dates: October 7 2015- February 7 2016 

Andy Warhol Shadows Masters

Fragonard in love Luxembourg Museum

Love and courtship in the 18th century as imagined by Roccoco artist Jean Honoré Fragonard, shows us how far our cultural view of romance has changed. “Fragonard Amoureux” (Fragonard in love) is a collection of 80 paintings depicting veiled sensuality bordering on the erotic and is a celebration of the era of love and seduction that the 18th century was. If the Sex and the City’s and Ashley Madison’s have left you cynical, this hyper romanticised exhibit might prove to be the breath of fresh air you need.

Venue: Musée du Luxembourg

Dates: 16 September 2015 – 24 January 2016 



Phillipe Hallsman: Étonnez-Moi!

The man that made American President Richard Nixon jump in front of a camera. Working for prestigious publications such as Vogue and Life Magazine, Hallsman spent his working hours surrounded by VIP’s with tailored personas. Asking them to “jump” for him, was the way to crack their outer shell and let the real them show through. Marilyn Monroe, the Ford Family, Nixon… all have been part of  Hallsman’s “jumpology” series (co created with Salvatore Dali). More than 300 images will form part of the photographer’s retrospective at the Jeu de Paume and offer an ideal introduction to this unique artist’s work.

 Venue: Jeu de Paume

Dates: 20 October 2015- 24th Jan 2016

Phillipe Hallsman Masters

Picasso! the Anniversary exhibition

It’s been 30 years since the Hôtel Salé has had Pablo Picasso’s work on display and that’s cause for celebration. Focusing on the elements that went into Picasso’s creative process, the exhibition will attempt to posthumously pick the brains of the artist through an examination of 900 of his works and archives that show his influences, models, social life, and whatever else possessed the man to see the world the way he did..

Venue:  Hôtel Salée

Date: Begins 20th of October 2015 


Picasso Masters



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