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The Baroque in Rome

The Rome of the 17th century is presented through thirty-four sheets selected from the masterpieces of the collection of the Beaux-Arts de Paris. These drawings allow us to measure the importance of the Baroque spirit, around the most important personalities of the century: Bernini, Peter of Cortona, Salvator Rosa or Carlo Maratti.

Once settled and protected by illustrious families, the artists sought to impose their style, which spread thanks to the vitality of their workshops. The exhibition also highlights their students and collaborators, who, like Ciro Ferri or Giuseppe Passeri, proved to be talented draftsmen.

Religious or mythological scenes, landscapes, decorative and architectural projects, preparatory sketches for large-scale decorations or easel paintings, and sheets intended for passionate amateurs, all bear witness to the extraordinary activity of these artists in all fields of creation.

Curator: Emmanuelle Brugerolles

Salvator Rosa. Saint-George terrassant le dragon. Plume, et lavis brun © Beaux-Arts de Paris

February 3 - April 24
Beaux-Arts de Paris
14 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris
Cabinet of drawings Jean Bonna


Napoléon ? Encore !

This contemporary art tour evokes the figure of Napoleon as well as his legacy. Thirty contemporary artists received carte blanche to question this symbolic and historical figure.

Echoing the commemorations of the bicentenary of the death of the Emperor, the musée de l’Armée is presenting, for the first time in its history, a contemporary art tour at the Invalides.

The presentation of pre-existing works and specially commissioned orders entrusted to renowned or emerging artists, from France and abroad, evokes the figure of Napoleon as well as the impact of his action in today’s world.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Napoleon Is No More, the curation of this contemporary tour was entrusted to Éric de Chassey, Director of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, and Julien Voinot, Collections Manager in the Department of 19th-Century and Symbolic Art of the musée de l’Armée.

This ambitious project involved inviting around thirty contemporary artists, giving them carte blanche to invest the permanent exhibition spaces of the musée de l’Armée and to question the legacy of this symbolic figure of history who leaves none indifferent and declared: “Imagination rules the world.”

Célia Muller, Delphine 1, 2021, pastels secs sur papier de soie, 100 × 65 cm, collection de l’artiste, Metz.
(C) Célia Muller. © ADAGP, Paris, 2021

Until February 13, 2022
Musée de l’Armée
Hôtel national des Invalides
129, rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris


The King's animals

The exhibition aims to illustrate the bond between the Court of Versailles and animals, whether “companion animals” (dogs, cats and birds, mainly), exotic beasts or “wild” creatures. No study of the Palace during the reign of Louis XIV would be complete without considering the Royal Menagerie, which the Sun King had installed close to the Grand Canal. It was home to the rarest and most exotic animals – from coatis to quaggas, cassowaries to black-crowned cranes (nicknamed the “royal bird”) – constituting an extraordinary collection in which the king took ever greater pride.

The animals in the menagerie were also a great source of inspiration for the artists of the time: they helped Claude Perrault with his Natural History, as well as serving the Royal Academy of Sciences as subjects for dissections and, later, Louis XV and Louis XVI, in their naturalism pursuits.

As well as the actual animals that were collected and studied, animal symbolism was used to represent power. The exhibition illustrates the link between the establishment of Versailles as a seat of power – from the construction of the Palace itself on the site of Louis XIII’s old hunting lodge – and animal symbolism.

Until February 13, 2022
Château de Versailles
Place d’Armes
78000 Versailles


Signac Collectionneur

For the past fifteen years, collecting has aroused renewed interest, and is the source of numerous studies, exhibitions and publications.

In this context, the Signac collection is a real textbook case because it reflects the outlook and the biases of an artist particularly active on the artistic scene of his time.

Collaboration with the Signac archives, which keep, in addition to the artist's correspondence, the notebooks in which he recorded his purchases, makes it possible to establish a precise inventory of the paintings, drawings and prints that belonged to him.

Kees van Dongen (1877-1968), Modjesko, Soprano Singer (1908)

Digital image, ADAGP, Paris, 2021 ©The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence / Digital image

Until February 13, 2022
Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
75007 Paris


Baudelaire, la modernité mélancolique

The BnF is celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Baudelaire with an exhibition that invites you to penetrate into the heart of his poetic creation by exploring the determining role played there by the experience of melancholy, "always inseparable from the feeling of beauty", as wrote the poet.

Charles Baudelaire, Autoportrait, vers 1860. Plume et crayon rouge. Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Institut, Collection Spoelberch de Lovenjoul - - © RMN - Grand Palais (Institut de France) / Gérard Blot | BnF, délégation à la Communication. Paris, 2021

Until February 13, 2022
Salle de lecture François-Mitterrand
Quai François Mauriac
75706 Paris Cedex 13


Saul Steinberg, between the lines

Bringing together more than eighty works on a variety of media (assemblages, drawings, objects, books, photographs), "Between the Lines" sets out to immerse us in the world of Saul Steinberg (1914-1999).

Thanks to the generosity of the Saul Steinberg Foundation, the Centre Pompidou currently houses an exceptional ensemble of works by the American artist: in addition to the thirty-six donations to the American Friends of the Centre Pompidou presented to the museum in 2017, this year has seen the arrival of a monumental creation entitled The Art Viewers (1966) – a rare testimony to Steinberg's muralist activity.

Saul Steinberg , "The Art Viewers", 1966 (détail) © The Saul Steinberg Foundation/Adagp, Paris. Photo : Centre Pompidou, Mnam-Cci/Dist. Rmn-Gp

Until February 28, 2022
Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris

Museum, Level 4
Graphic Art Section


The animal portrait in the 17th and 18th centuries

The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature presents a tour of animal portraits, echoing the exhibition devoted to the Animaux du roi at the Château de Versailles.

Through works from the museum’s collections brought together for this event, a circuit through the rooms highlights the characteristics of animal depiction under the Ancien Régime.

Ranging from sketches to portraits, these objects emphasize the different aspects and challenges of animal portraiture at a time when there was a development from a Cartesian approach to animals to the evolving status of the animal seen more and more as the mirror of humans during the Age of Enlightenment.


Pompée Oil on canvas Dépôt de la Manufacture nationale de Sèvres (c) musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris – Sylvie Durand

Until March 20, 2022
62, rue des Archives
75003 Paris


Charles Donker. Always looking.

The renowned technique and refinement of Charles Donker (b.1940 in Utrecht) rank him among the greatest contemporary Dutch graphic artists.

The Fondation Custodia has a large selection of his engraved works, but the exhibition also unveils, for the first time, some thirty drawings and watercolors.

All of the works on display retrace the artist's fifty-year career.

Charles Donker, Paysage à Kromme Rijn / Rhijnauwen avec noms d’oiseaux, vers 1972
Eau-forte. – 176 × 199 mmFondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris

Until April 3, 2022
Fondation Custodia / Collection Frits Lugt
121, rue de Lille
75007 Paris


True to nature. Open-air painting 1780-1870

The exhibition brings together over one hundred and fifty oil studies from the collections of the Fondation Custodia in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and a private collector, offering a fresh look at open-air landscape painting in Europe between 1780 and 1870.

Jules Coignet (Paris 1798 – 1860 Paris), View of Bozen with a Painter, 1837Oil on paper, mounted on canvas. – 31 × 39 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., gift of Mrs. John Jay Ide in memory of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Donner, inv. 1994.52.1

Until April 3, 2022
Fondation Custodia / Collection Frits Lugt
121, rue de Lille
75007 Paris


Marcel Proust, un roman parisien

The Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris museum commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marcel Proust (1871-1922). Dedicated to Marcel Proust's relationship with Paris, where most of his life takes place, the exhibition Marcel Proust, a Parisian novel questions for the first time the place of the city in the Proustian novel.

Around 280 works (paintings, sculptures, graphic works, photographs, architectural models, accessories and clothing), manuscripts and archival documents, from public and private, French and foreign collections, will evoke the Parisian universe of Marcel Proust, oscillating between reality and reinvention. Numerous extracts from archival films, adaptations and sound recordings of À la recherche du temps perdu  will offer visitors a sensory introduction to the novel and the Proustian world.

Jacques-Émile Blanche, Portrait de Marcel Proust, 1892
© Photo RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

Until April 10, 2022
23, rue de Sévigné
75003 Paris


Boilly. Parisian Chronicles. (1761-1845)

A virtuoso, prolific and unclassifiable artist, Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845) is a brilliant witness to a rapidly changing Parisian scene. The exhibition pays homage to the painter of Paris.

An active protagonist of Parisian artistic life, he stages new art venues and their audiences: the studios of his colleagues such as the Salons. Fixing the faces of Parisians, Boilly distinguished himself in the art of small portraits, which he made his trademark. These expression studies are often accompanied by caricatures that reflect the offbeat, sometimes biting look he has on his contemporaries. Humor and keen eyes are reflected in his * Trompe-l'oeil *, with dazzling illusionist quality. Then again, he celebrates the act of looking and plays with it.

This taste for jokes is even more evident in the artist's unique relationship with his own image and his creations. Through the recurrence of self-quotes and self-portraits, Boilly is omnipresent in all of his work, initiating a complicit relationship with the viewer that the exhibition's route highlights.

Organized on the occasion of the publication of the artist's catalog raisonné, this monographic exhibition brings together around a hundred works, many unpublished, from private collections and prestigious international institutions.

February 16 - June 26, 2022
Musée Cognacq-Jay
8, rue Elzévir
75003 Paris


À la rencontre du Petit Prince

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs presents the first major museum exhibition in France devoted to the Petit Prince, a timeless masterpiece of literature. More than 600 pieces celebrate the many facets of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: writer, poet, aviator, explorer, journalist, inventor, philosopher, carried all his life by a humanist ideal, the real driving force of his work.

On the occasion of this exceptional tribute, the original manuscript, kept at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York and until then never presented to the French public, is compared with watercolors, sketches and drawings - for the most part unpublished - but also photographs, poems, newspaper clippings and extracts from correspondence.

Le Petit Prince, the last work published during Saint-Exupéry's lifetime, written and published in the United States in 1943 but published in France in 1946, has since been a success that crosses borders and eras, carrying a message universal.

Le Petit Prince dans la roseraie © Editions Gallimard

February 17 - June 26, 2022
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris


Orientalist drawings in the Condé Museum

One of the high points of the Condé Museum collections, orientalism began in France in 1832, when Delacroix travelled to Morocco, in fact Chantilly holds one of the artist’s famous sketch books. Orientalism developed with Romanticism, but brought together artists with very different, sometimes opposing, personalities, such as Horace Vernet and Eugène Delacroix, Prosper Marilhat and Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps. It demonstrates the 19th century interest in the cultures of North Africa and regions dominated by the Ottoman Empire (Turkey, Arab countries).

The Duke of Aumale, son of King Louis-Philippe, who lived in Algeria from 1840 to 1848 during its colonisation, and was its Governor in 1848, collected works from the first half of the 19th century.

March 5 - May 29, 2022
Musée Condé
Château de Chantilly
60500 Chantilly


The Rosenberg Donation Drawing Exhibition

The uniqueness of the collection lies above all in the personality of Pierre Rosenberg as an art historian and scholar.

It naturally covers its fields of investigation and reveals various sets, from multiple geographical origins, with a large place given to French painting of the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as to Italian painting.

The collection of drawings by Pierre Rosenberg brings together 3,502 drawings

Antoine COYPEL, Étude d’homme assis, regardant un dessin, Trois crayons sur papier beige.

From March to June 2022
Domaine départemental de Sceaux
Château de Sceaux
92330 Sceaux