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the latest news from museums and partners institutions
throughtout the year

Birds of America


Birds of America

At the beginning of the 19th century, a French painter, Jean-Jacques Audubon, traveled through Louisiana to paint all the birds of the New Continent. The discovery of wide open spaces encourages the utopia of a young nation projecting itself into a world of incredible beauty.

Since then, the American dream has been damaged and the work of Audubon forms an archive of the sky before the industrial era.

On the banks of the Mississippi, Birds of America finds traces of these birds, now extinct, and reveals another story of the national myth.

From May 25, 2022

Documentary, France, 2020, 84 min

Director – Jacques Lœuille


Exhibition of the winners and finalists of the 2022 edition
of the Pierre David-Weill Drawing Prize - Academy of Fine Arts

The Academy of Fine Arts exhibits, from March 24 to May 1 at the Pavillon Comtesse de Caen
of the Academy of Fine Arts (Palais de l’Institut de France) some fifty works by laureates and finalists of the Pierre David-Weill Drawing Prize - Académie des beaux-arts 2022.

Created in 1971 by Pierre David-Weill, then a member of the Academy of Fine Arts, and
actively supported for more than forty years by his son Michel David-Weill, himself
now a member of the Academy, the Pierre David-Weill Drawing Prize - Academy of Fine Arts encourages the practice of drawing, a fundamental gesture of artistic creation, among new generations of artists.

The Pierre David-Weill Drawing Prizes - Academy of Fine Arts for the year 2022 have respectively awarded to Julien-Arnaud Corongiu (first prize, in the amount of 8,000 euros), Solène Rigou (second prize, in the amount of 4000 euros) and Violaine Desportes (third prize, amounting to 2000 euros). Two mentions were also respectively awarded to Eléonore Joubrel and Yann Kebbi.

The drawings of 33 other candidates were also selected by the jury to be exposed.

Until May 1st, 2022
Pavillon Comtesse de Caen
de l’Académie des beaux-arts
27 quai de Conti, Paris VIe

Musée de Port-Royal


Silvae Sacrae, The forest of the solitaries

In honor of the community of « Solitaries » in Port Royal, the exhibition« Sylviae Sacrae – The forest of the Solitaries» offers a journey through the dreamed deserts of the seventeenth century: drawings and engravings showing dark forests, a place of inner renewal or a garden of Paradise, from the collections of the Albertina in Vienn, the Fondation Custodia and the Department of Graphic Arts of the Louvre

Until July 4th, 2022
Musée de Port-Royal
Route des Granges
78114 Magny les Hameaux


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.

Until May 29, 2022
Musée Condé
Château de Chantilly
60500 Chantilly


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.

Until 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

Until June 26, 2022
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris


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


The art of celebration at the court of the Valois

In the spring of 2022, the Château de Fontainebleau will revive these sumptuous celebrations given to the Valois court, from the reign of François I to that of Henri III.

A hundred works, from the greatest international museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery – Palazzo Pitti in Florence and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will allow us to understand the unfolding of these festivities and to capture all the brilliance.

April 10 - July 4, 2022
Place du général de Gaulle
77300 Fontainebleau



Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), architect and genius creator, marked Spain at the turn of the 20th century and continues to fascinate today.

For the first time in fifty years in France, a large-scale exhibition is dedicated to this master of Art Nouveau. It will show the extraordinary creativity of this singular artist, driving the upheavals at work in Catalonia at the end of the 19th century, and who is expressed as much in the details of his furniture as on the scale of a project. extraordinary architecture: the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Through the few surviving drawings by the artist, models and numerous works of furniture, the exhibition will reconstruct what characterizes Gaudi: space and color.

Projet pour l’église de la Colònia Güell, Antoni Gaudí ©Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona / Marc Vidal i Aparicio

April 12 - July 17, 2022
Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
75007 Paris

Musée de Montmartre - Charles Camoin


Charles Camoin
A free fauve

Discovering his art means embracing the ‘exclusive love of colour’ that he shared with Matisse, Marquet, and Manguin. It also means identifying his more sombre phases and profound doubts, which led him to destroy almost eighty of his pictures in 1914—a truly radical act for an artist. But he also experienced a profound pleasure in painting ‘coloured sensations and the life they convey’. He painted these sensations spontaneously and sincerely, executing highly worked paintings and others that were sketched. This was the emergence of a form of painting that was free, the fruit of ‘a sincerity that expressed itself directly, something like falling in love or a cry from the heart’, to the words of the artist.

The exhibition "Charles Camoin, the free Fauve" is a tribute to an artist who devoted his life to what he did best: capturing beauty and turning it into a symphony of colours on canvas.

Until September 11, 2022
12 rue Cortot
75018 Paris

Proust et la nature

Touvet Castle, Bagatelle Park, Coutheron Gallery, Horticultural Society of France

Proust and nature
Exhibition of botanical watercolors

This exhibition is the result of a happy coincidence (2022 is the centenary year of the anniversary of the death of Marcel Proust) and a common daydream.

We wanted to share our admiration for the author of La Recherche as well as our passion for botanical illustration. We have reached out to both enlightened amateurs and professional artists, illustrators from all over the world, to carry out this project which has materialized over the months in a fervent and enthusiastic work.

Ariane Mercier and Elisabeth Vitou, Botanical Illustrators


Traveling exhibition:

  • From May 8 to 22 at the Château du Touvet,
    Alley of the castle
    38660 Le Touvet, Isère
  • From June 7 to 13 at the Orangerie du Parc de Bagatelle
    At the Coutheron Gallery,
    16 rue Guénégaud, 75006 Paris
    for its summer exhibition in July, August and September
  • To the Horticultural Society of France,
    84 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris,
    during the second half of November 2022

May 8 - 22, 2022
Château du Touvet
Alley of the castle
38660 Le Touvet, Isère

Eva Jospin - Dessins pour un jardin


Eva Jospin
Drawings for a garden

Eva Jospin, a former student of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, is the new guest in the cycle of the Cabinet des Dessins devoted to artists who have graduated from the school and are making their mark on the international art scene.

For the occasion, the artist, known for her sculptures - forests composed mainly of cardboard, caves or follies made of concrete and natural stone - is exhibiting for the first time drawings made with Indian ink. A dozen graphic works that visit the themes dear to the artist, revealing the play of lines and stratifications that structures all his explorations.

It is an exclusive selection of works in Indian ink that Eva Jospin proposes for the cabinet of drawings, rich of nearly 25,000 works. As a familiar figure in sketching, which she uses daily to create her sculptures, the artist identifies two types of drawings in her work. The first is precisely that which she composes for preparatory purposes, a construction plan with explanatory value for her workshop.The second is an aesthetic research, through a medium that she cherished during her studies, and that she always finds with happiness to express what the other materials or techniques cannot tell.

May 11 - July 3, 2022
14 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris


What a history!
The Musée de l'Armée collections

With this exhibition, the Musée de l’Armée looks back on 100 years of acquisitions.

Through the abundant, often unknown and at times very unexpected, history of the expansion of the Museum’s collections, it is predominantly the story of the bond between the Nation and its army, which is rooted in the history and memory of conflicts.

May 14 - September 18, 2022
129 rue de Grenelle
& 2 place Vauban
75007 Paris

Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Prudhon


Prud'hon and Imperial Goldsmithing.
A preemption of the Museum of Decorative Arts

In November 2021, the Museum of Decorative arts pre-empted five drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon of exceptional heritage value, during the sale of the Marcille collection. These sheets testify to the painter's research for two major orders of imperial furniture, the cradle of the King of Rome, son of Napoleon I, and the toilet of the Empress Marie-Louise, executed by the bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire and by the goldsmith Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot.

The exhibition presents the history of these orders and places these five sheets, recently restored, next to other imperial orders from Auguste, Percier and Biennais.

May 17-24 , 2022
107 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris

Château de Chantilly, Exposition Albrecht Dürer, Gravure et Renaissance


Albrecht Dürer
Print and Renaissance

Considered to be a universal genius during his lifetime, Albrecht Dürer never ceases to fascinate. With his engravings, he contributed to shaping the European Renaissance by placing himself at the core of artistic exchanges.

Very rarely exhibited in France, this immense artist is being exceptionally honoured in Chantilly, with more than 200 works!

For the first time, two major collections of Dürer’s work in France, that of the Condé Museum in Chantilly and that of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, are joining forces to showcase the stunning graphic art of the German Master, at the core of his own artistic practice and the upheavals of his time.

June 4 - October 2 , 2022
Château de Chantilly
Grounds / Jeu de Paume
60500 Chantilly