Top Art Shows to Catch When in Paris This Year

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The year 2019 looks promising to an art lover on Paris tours, as museums in the city will host a lot of unique art exhibitions this year. Below is a list of the most anticipated exhibits. Consider including an exhibit or two into your Paris private tour itinerary to make the most of your trip.

“Nara – Treasures of Japanese Buddhism” at Musée Guimet

This exhibition, from January 23 to March 18, 2019, offers an extremely rare chance to see Japanese temple items and experience the inherent sanctity of their Buddhist sculptures. Nara was Japan’s ancient capital and the site of some oldest existing temples.

This exhibit will feature sculptures loaned from Japan. It will showcase a wooden sculpture of Jizo Bosatsu or Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha, and Kongo Rikishi sculptures, from a collection which has been protected as well as passed down by the Kofukuji Temple.

“Oceania” at Musée du Quai Branly

This exposition, from March 12 to July 07, 2019, will pay homage to the artistic works of a geographic region, composed of thousands of islands. The survey of Micronesian, Polynesian, and Melanesian art will demonstrate how radical any form of art can be when free of supervision. This was one of London’s Royal Academy of Arts greatest successes.

The exhibit will be organized by the London academy, with the Paris museum, and Cambridge’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Expect multi-headed Tahitian gods, phallic totem poles, pearl shell dresses, and the like.

“Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” at Grande Halle de la Villette

To commemorate the centenary of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb discovery, Egypt will send hundreds of masterpieces to tour different parts of the globe. “Please see them before they return back to Egypt forever,” Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Egypt’s Secretary General of the Ministry of State for Antiquities, said. What he said is true; this will be people’s only chance to see glistening treasures outside the capital of Egypt.

This exhibit, from March 23 to September 15, 2019, comprises a number of The Boy King’s statues, gold jewelry, and ceremonial objects.

“Picasso and War” at Musée de l’Armée

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Pablo Picasso was also a great exponent of painting. From an early age and throughout life, he experienced major conflicts. Pablo Picasso spent around half his life in France in exile following the Spanish Civil War, as he declined to go back to his native land while Francisco Franco was alive. Besides, since the Spaniard was a French Communist party member, he was never permitted to visit the US.

War and its intentions, peace and its tokens infused his work – even still life food paintings did. This exhibit, from April 05 to July 28, 2019, will explore Picasso’s connection to war and his particular stance on it.

“Julien Creuzet” at Palais de Tokyo

Come with a pocketful of irony while approaching the Julien Creuzet show, from February 20 to May 12, 2019, at the Parisian museum. Julien Creuzet once said, “It’s the strangeness, I had to leave for too long, the far away, my home is in my black dreams. It’s the strange, strangled words, in the drowning. I screamed alone in the water, my fever.” Apparently, it could be the title of the exhibit at the Parisian building.

Julien Creuzet grew up back in Martinique and the sea’s tidal movement played a part in his art. This exhibit will come to life in the form of pop millennial songs. It will be interesting to see how “Julien Creuzet” fills the halls of the Palais de Tokyo.

“Leonardo da Vinci” at the Musée du Louvre

In this list of highly-anticipated art shows, this one comes last but definitely not the least. Leonardo da Vinci is arguably one of the best painters of all time. His Mona Lisa is among the permanent collection of the Musée du Louvre.

His works are still studied and discussed with a great deal of interest in the art community. The latest discovery, of course, centers on his most significant piece of art – the mysterious smile painting of La Gioconda. For long people believed in the “Mona Lisa Effect”, the phenomenon wherein the eyes of a person depicted in a portrait seem to follow viewers nearly regardless of where they are at with respect to the picture. The latest revelation is one that states the “Mona Lisa Effect” is a misnomer – researchers say her eyes do not follow audiences that way. While it is worth a debate, it all boils down to one thing – Leonardo still resonates.

Do take a private Louvre Museum tour to experience what his most famous artwork is like from anywhere in the room where it is exhibited. The devoted-to-Leonardo exhibition, on the other hand, will run to February 24, 2020.