5 Paris exhibitions you must visit this autumn rró, Picasso Antibes (detail), 1982, 195.5 x 132 cm, glycerophtalic paint on canvas, Musée Picasso Antibes © Adagp, Paris / CNAP / photo Yves Chenot

5 Paris exhibitions you must visit this autumn

What not to miss in Paris this autumn.

From prostitutes the Musee D'Orsay to Pablo Picasso at the Grand Palais, the city's museum scene is certainly busy. Here are our favourites art exhibitions in Paris this autumn.


The exhibition explores the influence Pablo Picasso has had on contemporary artists since the 1960s and how they have responded to his stylistic phases and his emblematic oeuvres such as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica.

Showing how the multimedia works of artists like David Hockney, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Martin Kippenberger dialogue with Picasso’s work, the exhibition seeks to decipher the fantasy evoked by Picasso’s name alone, and the unrivalled impact he has had on contemporary creation. For instance, the Polaroid montages and multi-screen video work of David Hockney echo Picasso’s Cubist phase, while Picasso’s portraits painted in the 1930s are reused by pop artists like Lichtenstein and Erro.

7 October 2015 - 29 February 2016

Splendour and Misery

ORSAY-30.-Carabin Groupe-de-quatre-femmes-nuesSplendour exhibitions: Carabin Groupe de quatre feemmes nues, © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)

The first extensive exhibition about prostitution in France, it explores how artists, fascinated by the social taboo, have consistently searched for new ways of expressing both the reality and fantasy evoked by the world’s oldest profession.

22 September 2015 - 17 January 2016

Arab World Biennale

3.-MEP-interior-IMGP8791-2© MEP; Warhol Unlimited at the Musée d’Art Moderne (MAM) of Paris,

The first biennale dedicated to the work of photographers working and living in the Arab world takes place this winter at the Institut du Monde Arab and the Maison Européene de la Photographie. The special itinerary includes both institutions as well as several galleries and cultural hotspots.

10 November 2015 - 17 January 2016

Warhol Unlimited

4.-MUSEUM-OF-MODERN-ART.MAM.Shadows.-1978-79.-Dia-Art-Foundation.-Photo-Bill-Jacobson-copyright-The-Andy-Warhol-Foundation-for-the-Visual-Arts.-Inc.-copyright-ADAGP-Paris-2015Shadows, 1978-79, Dia Art Foundation, Photo Bill Jacobson © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © ADAGP, Paris 2015

Comprising 200 works, the star of the show is Andy Warhol’s Shadows, juxtaposing the American Dream with the death of America. Shown in Europe for the first time, his 130-metre-long fresco of silhouettes recalls iconic subjects like the cans of Campbell’s Soup and portraits of Marilyn Monroe.

2 October 2015 - 7 February 2016

Lucian Clergue

Lucien-Clergue Picasso-president-de-la-corrida-arenes-de-Frejus-1962-copyright-Atelier-Lucien-ClergueLucien Clergue, Picasso president of the corrida (detail), Fréjus, 1962, analog print, 30.7 x 50.2 cm

Running concurrently with the exhibition Picasso.mania also at the Grand Palais, the recently-discovered earlier work by French photographer Lucien Clergue is revealed to the public. It illustrates the influence Picasso had on Clergue since meeting him at a bullfight in Arles when Clergue was just 20 years old.

13 November - 15 Feburary 2016

1 Grand Palais
2 Musée d’Orsay
3 L’Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA)
4 Musée d’Art Moderne (MaM)
5 Grand Palais