Dr. Agnès Rannou, professor of Art History, Fashion History, Interior Design History at PAA, has been closely following the reopening of major museums in Paris since the lockdown. Here is a summary of some exhibitions that will be running this summer.

1. Musée d’Orsay

From June 23 to September 13, the Musée d’Orsay invites the public to explore the work of the French painter James Tissot (1836-1902). The retrospective includes both portrait and narrative paintings which provide insights into both British and French society.

2. Centre Georges Pompidou

From July 1 to October 19, the Centre Pompidou will reopen its door to the public, hosting an exhibition on Christo and Jeane-Claud’s drawings, models, photographs and other archival documents. Known for their large-scale installations, including the wrapping up of the oldest bridge in Paris, the two artists met in New York at the end of the 1950s/beginning of the 1960s.

3. Musée du Luxembourg

An exhibition on the American artist Man Ray (1890-1976) will run from September 23 until January 17 2021. A renowned fashion and portrait photographer, Man Ray moved to Paris in the 1920s where he met the editor-in-chief and the artistic director of Harper’s Bazaar.

4. Grand Palais 

The immersive ‘Pompei’ exhibition, which runs from July 1 until September 27, showcases some of the treasures unearthed in recent years by excavations in the ancient Italian city.

5. Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Museum has extended its exhibition dedicated to the famous American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar until January 3 2021. As well as paying tribute to three major figures in the magazine’s history, the retrospective details the evolution of Harper’s Bazaar‘s iconic style.


Photograph © Tate, Londres, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Tate Photography