Culture Calling… Spring Exhibitions
Banish any lingering winter blues with spring’s sprightly new crop of exhibitions, blooming around Paris this month. There’s no need to accessorise with a jaunty beret and painting palette, though, as you can admire the work of major artists without even lifting a brush.
Big-name shows include L’Atelier en Plein Air: Les Impressionnistes en Normandie (until 25 Jul) at the beautiful Musée Jacquemart-André near the Champs-Elysées. Featuring 50-odd works by Monet, Degas, Renoir and co, it celebrates the Impressionist painters’ love affair with outdoor landscapes or ‘plein-air’ painting, using coastal-cool Normandy as their alfresco ‘studio’.
Must-see Le Douanier Rousseau (until 17 Jul), at Musée d'Orsay, explores the quirky works of Henri Rousseau, famous for his naïve paintings of tropical flora and fauna. Geeky factoid – the self-taught artist was nicknamed Le Douanier (‘the customs officer’) as he worked as a toll collector. This striking trad-modern riverside museum is in a grandiose former railway station opposite Jardin des Tuileries.
For lesser-known gems, seek out photographer Ugo Mulas (until 24 Apr) at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, who snapped the NYC and Italian art scenes, as well as shutterbugs Helena Almeida: Corpus and François Kollar: Un ouvrier du regard (both until 22 May) at Jeu de Paume. Fascinating mixed-media medley Carambolages (until 4 Jul) is at the Grand Palais, or catch German artist Anselm Kiefer’s last hurrah at the Centre Pompidou, finishing soon on 18 April.
Les Impressionnistes en Normandie / Musée Jacquemart-André / 158 blvd Haussmann, 8th / +33 1 45 62 11 59 / 10am-6pm daily / musee-jacquemart-andre.com
Le Douanier Rousseau / Musée d’Orsay / 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 7th / +33 1 40 49 48 14 / 9.30am-6pm Tue-Sun, 9.30am-9.45pm Thu / musee-orsay.fr
Ugo Mulas / Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson / 2 Impasse Lebouis, 14th / +33 1 56 80 27 00 / 1-6.30pm Tue & Thu-Fri & Sun, 1-8.30pm Wed, 11am-6.45pm Sat / henricartierbresson.org
Helena Almeida / Jeu de Paume / 1 pl de la Concorde, 8th / +33 1 47 03 12 50 / 11am-9pm Tue, 11am-7pm Wed-Sun / jeudepaume.org
François Kollar / Jeu de Paume / see above
Carambolages / Grand Palais / ave du Général Eisenhower, 8th / +33 1 44 13 17 17 / 10am-8pm Mon & Thu-Sun, 10am-10pm Wed / grandpalais.fr
Anselm Kiefer / Centre Pompidou / pl Georges Pompidou, 4th / +33 1 44 78 12 33 / 11am-9pm Wed & Fri-Mon, 11am-11pm Thu / centrepompidou.fr