Paris is known throughout the world as a city of art and this autumn’s roster of exhibitions will certainly add to that well-deserved reputation. During your visit to the capital you can enjoy Gauguin and Irving Penn at the Grand Palais, Rubens at the Luxembourg Museum, and a thematic exhibition on glass in the Middle Ages at the Cluny Museum. You’ll also want to take part in the Nuit Blanche, an incredible cultural event that provides an unforgettable experience. The Hotel Interlude gives you all the information you need.
Glass; Middle Ages Inventiveness, from September 20th, 2017 to January 8th, 2018 at the Cluny Museum
The people of the Middle Ages were fascinated by glass in all its forms, whether stained glass, goblets, beads or enamelled plaques. Increasingly they were mastering the necessary techniques, creating items with innovative forms and various uses. The object of the exhibition is to show and explain via some 150 works the creative and technical accomplishments of the period.
Irving Penn, from September 21st, 2017 to January 29th, 2018 at the Grand Palais
In partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, the Grand Palais pays tribute to the great photographer Irving Penn. The artist is famous for his photographs of personalities like Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso and Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibition highlights his rigorous and meticulous studio work. Each portrait shows the intimate connection between Irving Penn and his model.
Rubens, Princely Portraits, from October 4th, 2017 to January 14th, 2018 at the Luxembourg Museum
Peter Paul Rubens was a great court portrait painter, creating gorgeous likenesses of such as Charles V, Marie de Medici and Louis XIII. The Flemish artist moved in the most distinguished of European Society. Classically educated, he was universally appreciated for his conversation and erudition and even took on the role of diplomat. The exhibition also features works by contemporaries such as Champaigne and Velázquez.
Gauguin the Alchemist, from October 11th, 2017 to January 22nd, 2018, at the Grand Palais
This Grand Palais exhibition retraces the exceptional career of Paul Gauguin, one of the major French painters of the 19th century. He explored the most diverse modes of artistic expression, including painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture and ceramics. Gauguin built his work on certain themes and recurring motifs. His creative process is highlighted by the masterpieces gathered here.
Nuit Blanche 2017, October 7th, 2017
If you’re in Paris on Saturday, October 7th, you are invited to discover Nuit Blanche (White Night), an all-night arts festival during which you can visit various public spaces and iconic Parisian locations to see installations and performances by artists. Two new areas have been created. On the banks of the Seine, the Berlin collective Invisible Playground will create a participatory work, while under the Canopée des Halles a brass band concert will present the music of video games. Nuit Blanche is a great popular event.