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Paris' top 5 unmissable art exhibitions this summer

LUXOS brings you the top blockbuster art exhibitions not to miss this summer

Paris has a rich and diverse cultural offering regardless of the time of year, so choosing which art exhibitions to see can be daunting. This season we have picked out some of the city’s star shows, from the Centre Pompidou’s Paul Klee retrospective to Musée Picasso’s bewitching exploration of the artist’s sculptural work, and from Louis Stettner’s evocative black and white photography of Paris and New York at the Pompidou to the Philharmonie de Paris’ musical exhibition delving into the lives of Andy Warhol protégés The Velvet Underground. Standing out from the rest, the Cité de l’Architecture questions the human habitat and nomadic architecture, a less polished theme that reflects a present-day crisis marked by the surge in an immigrant population confined to living in makeshift camps across the world.

Paul Klee, Irony at Work

PAUL-KLEE--Insula-dulcamara-1938-Zentrum-Paul-Klee-BernePaul Klee, Insule Dulcamara, 1938, photo courtesy of Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

Paul Klee (1879-1940) was one of the major artists of the twentieth century, a painter, musician and poet. This major Parisian retrospective will bring together 250 of his works with the aim of exploring the German concept of romantic irony, satire and parody within the artist’s oeuvre. The exhibition will be divided into seven themes, from Cubism and Picasso to Constructivism and the crisis years, each highlighting the major stages in Klee’s career as an artist. Showcased works will include rarely-loaned pieces like large format works from the 1930s including Angelus Novus, never shown in France before. Various sculptures, drawings and the artist’s earlier lesser known works will also be displayed. From 6 April to 1 August 2016 www.centrepompidou.fr

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Picasso Sculptures


Picasso studio photo of Man with sheep cast, 1943, Musée Picasso, Paris

With over 1,200 sculptures as part of the Picasso (1881-1973) archives, the artist was a prolific sculptor as well as a painter. The exhibition will showcase the series Verres d’absinthe (1914) and the original group of wooden works Baigneurs (1956). Until 18 September www.museepicassoparis.fr

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Camp Living (Habiter le Campement)

Camp-living-Cite-Architecture.UN-photo-Marco-Dormino-courtesy-of-Cite-de-lArchitectureCamp living Cite Architecture, Un photo Marco Dormino, courtesy of Cite de l'Architecture

The exhibition seeks to juxtapose today’s ideas of permanent habitats and temporary dwellings that highlight the various political, financial and environmental contexts that have driven thousands of people to live in camps which have grown to become towns in their own right. Until 29 August 2016 www.citechaillot.fr

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The Velvet Underground Extravaganza

Vemvet-Underground-Philharmonie.Rires-du-Velvet-Underground-au-Castle-Los-Angeles-1966cGerardMALANGAVelvet Underground Philharmonie, Rires du Velvet Underground au Castle-Los Angeles-1966, photo courtesy of Gerard Malanga

Celebrating 50 years of the band’s eponymous album, the exhibition recounts The Velvet Underground’s short-lived history (1965-1970). Extremely influential, the group was formed by Lou Reed and John Cale and their futuristic sound was brought to the spotlight by Warhol. Until 21 August 2016 www.philharmoniedeparis.fr

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Louis Stettner

Louis-StettnerAubervilliers, 1947, Louis Stettner, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris Musée national d'art modern, Centre de création industrielle © Georges Meguerditchian, Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Dist. RMN-GP © Louis Stettner

Born in 1922 in Brooklyn, Stettner was one of the last great photographers of the century. Throughout his highly stylised black and white shots he captured the urban world like no other, from a poetic post-war Paris to New York’s evolution through the 1950s, 60s and 70s. From 29 June to 19 September www.centrepompidou.fr

1 Paul Klee (Centre Georges Pompidou)
2 Picasso Sculptures (Musée Picasso)
3 Camp Living (Cité de l’Architecture)
4 Velvet Underground (271 259 Philharmonie de Paris – Cité)
5 Louis Stettner (Centre Georges Pompidou)