The fist large show is devoted to Nicolas de Staël, 1913-1955, who died too young and yet is one of the most revered XX th century French painters. Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris is opening a new exhibition of 200 of his works on September 15 and this is an event not to be missed.
Xavier Valls, the Spanish artist who was represented by Claude Bernard, the fabulous galerist who died last November, seems to have found a new home. His delicate works on paper will be shown at the dashing Sophie Sheidecker in the Marais, from September 14 until October 20.
Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz will be showing her antique papiers peints at Galerie Léage, 178 Fbg St Honoré, from September 15 to October 14. This expert in old wallpaper, has a unique collection of 19 th and 20 th century panels.
British sculptor Antony Gormley, whom I adore, will be at Musée Rodin with the installation “Critical Mass”, from October 17 to March 3, 2024. He is showing sixty human size sculptures in a temporary exhibition room and in the garden. Six more sculptures will dialogue with Rodin’s marbles in Hotel de Biron. His work is represented by Thaddaeus Ropac who just showed new sculptures of his in Salzburg.
At Musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme, Mahj, an interesting exhibition on Salonica as the “Jerusalem of the Balkans” 1870-1920, will start on September 19. The Greek Thessalonika was for a long time a Jewish town under the Ottoman Empire, where shops closed on Saturdays. The great collector of Ottoman history, Pierre de Gigord, has given 400 photographs to the museum which are exhibited here.
At Musée du Jeu de Paume, a hundred photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1815-1879, will feature in “Capturer la Beauté” (Capture Beauty) including portraits of her niece Virginia Woolf, Charles Darwin and Alfred Tennyson. This extraordinary photographer of Victorian celebrities was born in Calcutta, where her father worked in the East India Company, met her husband in South Africa and eventually died in Ceylon where they retired. She grew up in Versailles as a little girl because her mother was French and her great grandfather had been close to Louis XVI th. On October 10.
And also in October, Dutch etchings from the Duc d’Aumale’s collections will be exhibited at Chateau de Chantilly. Works by Jacob Van Ruisdael, Antoon Van Dick, Paulus Potter will be shown to the public for the first time and prove that there was an art of printing after Rembrandt in the Netherlands. And new rooms are opening in the Musée du Cheval in the Grand Stables on September 16.
On October 4, Sophie Calle will be on all four floors of Musée Picasso with works of hers relating to the artist. The curator of the show is Cécile Godefroy.
The first exhibition of Claire Bretécher 1940-2020, since she died, with 39 original drawings of “Les Frustrés” will take place at Galerie Huberty & Breyne on 36 avenue Matignon from October 6 to November 10. First in Pilote magazine, then in Le Nouvel Observateur, the artist described French society with a sharp sense of humor. There is not one detail of contemporary life that she missed and the drawings are still totally accurate today.
From October 13 to November 18, the wonderful British Portuguese artists Paula Rego will be at Galerie Lelong, 13 rue de Téhéran. Her drawings, influenced by Goya, Ensor and Hogarth, show her strong emotions thus the title of the show: “Drawing Breath”.
The openings at Galerie Kugel are always fastuous and elegant. This new exhibit of “Amber” promises to be again a festival of precious treasures starting on October 18 until December 16. Visiting it is an easy way of penetrating this mysterious temple of antiques at 25 quai Anatole France where Nicolas and Alexis, the two brothers, keep the highest quality of objects. But it is quite intimidating at other times since the quality of the pieces is unique.
Later in November, during Paris Photo, the gallery Jacques Lacoste on avenue Matignon, will exhibit on November 6, 33 portraits of artists and fashion designers photographed by André Ostier. The selection was made with François de Ricqlès and the Association of the photographer’s friends.
I hope that all these good news will lighten up your return to the capital…
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