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The Little World of Steve McCurry

The exhibition The World of Steve McCurry presents more than 150 photos printed in large format for the first time in Paris. It is the most complete retrospective dedicated to the American photographer. You can admire his most famous photos, made throughout his 40-year career, but also his most recent shots and many unpublished photos.

Each of Steve McCurry’s images, mostly known around the world, contains a complex universe of experiences and emotions.

The exhibition, designed by Biba Giacchetti, offers a long journey into the world of Steve McCurry, from Afghanistan to India, from Southeast Asia to Africa, from Cuba to the United States, from Brazil to Italy, through his vast and fascinating repertoire of images, where the Human is always the main protagonist, even if he is only evoked.

December 9, 2021 – July 31, 2022

MUSEE MAILLOL

59-61 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris

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Monnaies et Merveilles

Deployed in the historic salons of the Monnaie de Paris, the exhibition “Monnaies & Merveilles” is an invitation to travel through the infinite variety of forms, materials and uses of money. Gold, silver, feathers, mother-of-pearl, pearls or iron, the currency amazes by its diversity. Commercial transactions are materialized in multiple forms, to finish, beyond exchange, by expressing rank, prestige and wealth.

These instruments, exhibited or kept secret, are invested with social or sacred symbols and marry the most diverse aspects: Kuba velvet from Zaire, currency bracelets from Côte d’Ivoire, textiles from Timor (Southeast Asia), feather rolls from the Santa Cruz Islands (Polynesia)… Some 200 pieces from museum institutions or private collections invite the public on a sensitive journey into the heart of monetary uses and rituals across cultures and civilizations. The tour also highlights a series of popular European objects such as the spectacular clairvoyance automatons that celebrate the coin as a rite of passage to the irrational and the dream.

From archaeology to anthropology, economics, psychoanalysis, art history and philosophy, all disciplines agree to recognize the depth of their symbolism, their intense power of seduction.

Mapping the exchanges between the peoples of the lands and the peoples of the seas, drawing the balances between masculine and feminine, these protean ambassadors are, above all, concentrates of humanity.

Like a cabinet of curiosities, this exhibition is an invitation to travel and dream, a dreamlike and sensitive dive into the heart of the thousand and one metamorphoses of money through beliefs and civilizations.

At a time of dematerialization and the increasing standardization of monetary practices, it is also a tribute to these anonymous creators, men and women, who have been able to compete in imagination and audacity to raise these objects of exchange, culture and sociability to the rank of works of art.

May12 – September 25, 2022

MONNAIE de PARIS

11 quai de Conti ou 2 rue Guénégaud 75006 Paris

01 40 46 55 00

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Aristide Maillol

The Quest for Harmony

Since the Hommage à Maillol organized in 1961 at the Musée National d’Art Moderne for the centenary of his birth, no true monographic exhibition has been dedicated to Aristide Maillol at a Parisian museum. The Musée d’Orsay is finally devoting a major retrospective to him. Despite the timelessness of his work, Maillol played a crucial role in the early XXᵉ century, during the birth of modernity.

Maillol discovered sculpture late. Initially a painter, he turned to tapestry and decorative arts. Little known, this first part of his career, during which he looked to Gauguin and Puvis de Chavannes and forged close ties with the Nabis, reveals an artist eager to rediscover the principles of mural decoration. He only discovered sculpture around 1895, initially on wood and in small  dimensions: Octave Mirbeau and Ambroise Vollard, among others, recognize its qualities. Exchanges of works with Maurice Denis, Edouard Vuillard and Rodin bear witness to the network that developed around him at the time and which was to be important throughout his career.

L’artiste ne concède rien, obsédé par sa recherche de la perfection formelle. Peintures, sculptures, dessins, gravures… Au total, ce sont plus de 200 œuvres d’art, mises en regard avec les créations de ses plus proches amis (Pierre Bonnard, Auguste Renoir ou Maurice Denis), qui permettent de rendre hommage à cet artiste en quête éternelle d’harmonie.

The meeting with Count Kessler was decisive. The exhibition presents in an unprecedented face-to-face encounter the first Mediterranean made for his patron (1905, Oskar Reinhart Foundation, Winterthur) and the second commissioned eighteen years later by the French state (Musée d’Orsay). This sculpture appears as the manifesto of the “return to order” movement, in which Maillol was a major player. Here, eschewing any search for expression, he introduced a new classicism and rendered female bodies, with their robust and sensual anatomy, in simple geometric forms.

Maillol moves with ease from the sketch to the monumental, in a continuous back and forth. The impressive Monument à Cézanne [Monument to Cézanne] forms the centerpiece of a section that invites one to dive into his creative process. The exhibition closes with a narrowed selection of major figures, the culmination of a journey in which the search for formal perfection holds an essential place.

April 24 – August 12, 2022

MUSEE d’ORSAY

Esplanade Valéry Giscard d’Estaing 75007 Paris

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Pharaoh of the Two Lands

The African Story of the Kings of Napata

In the 8th century BC, a kingdom grew up around the Nubian capital, Napata. In about 730 BC, the Nubian king Piankhy conquered Egypt and founded the 25th Dynasty of Kushite kings, who ruled for more than fifty years over a kingdom stretching from the Nile Delta to the confluence of the White and Blue Niles. The most famous of those kings is the pharaoh Taharqa.

The exhibition highlights the importance of this vast kingdom, located in what is now northern Sudan. It is organised in connection with the Louvre’s archaeological campaign in Sudan, which focused for ten years on the site of Muweis before moving some 30 kilometres northwards to El-Hassa, not far from the pyramids of Meroe.

April 28 – July 23, 2022

MUSEE du LOUVRE

Hall Napoléon

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From Afar

Travelling Materials and Objects

For its 6th season, the Petite Galerie offers a journey through time and around the world with the exhibition ‘From Afar: Travelling Materials and Objects’.

The Petite Galerie complements in this way the cycle of exhibitions dedicated by the Louvre to discoveries and explorations of lands near and far: ‘Paris-Athens: The Birth of Modern Greece, 1675–1919’ in September and ‘Pharaoh of the Two Lands. An African Epic: the Kings of Napata’ in the spring.

Through materials and objects, this exhibition describes exchanges between distant worlds – exchanges often far more ancient than the explorations of the 16th century. Forms, techniques, and themes intertwined to create new objects, reflecting all the complexity of our world as it could be perceived in Europe from the late Middle Ages on.

september 22, 2021 – july 4, 2022

Petite Galerie

MUSEE DU LOUVRE

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Pioneers

Artists in the Paris of the Roaring Twenties

Having long been marginalised and discriminated against, both in terms of their training and their access to galleries, collectors and museums, women artists in the first half of the 20th century nevertheless played an essential role in the development of the major artistic movements of our times, even if this was not acknowledged during their lifetime. It is only recently that their role in the avant-gardes has been explored; indeed, it stands to reason that once these women’s role is properly recognised, these movements will be transformed.

This exhibition invites us to reinstate them in this changing history of art, from Fauvism to abstraction via Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, but also in the worlds of architecture, dance, design, literature and fashion, as well as scientific discovery.

Their visual and conceptual explorations attest to their audacity and courage in the face of established conventions that confined women within certain professions and stereotypes. They express, in many different ways, a desire to redefine the role of women in the modern world. Through the many upheavals of the early 20th century, a number of key women artists began to emerge. Their number increased after the Russian Revolution and the First World War, which intensified challenges to the patriarchal model for practical, political and social reasons. Women gained more power and visibility and artists gave these pioneers a face that actually represented them. 

March 2 – July 10, 2022

MUSÉE DU LUXEMBOURG

19 rue de Vaugirard 75006 Paris