Top ten visual art shows to see in Paris in 2019

Wikimedia | La Belle Ferronier by Leonardo da Vinci, on display in the Louvre in October 2019. 1. Nara’s Buddhas, Paris Musée Guimet , January 23 – March 18, 2019 This exhibition offers a very rare opportunity to see inside the world famous Nara temples from southern Japan and experience the intrinsic spirituality of their Buddhist statues. Nara was the country’s capital from 710 – 784 and is the location of some of Japan’s oldest temples. This will feature a number of statues that have never left Japan before. It will showcase a standing wooden Jizo Bosatsu statue and standing wooden statues of Kongo Rikishi from a collection that has been protected and passed down by Kofukuji Temple. It will also include a dramatic wooden statue of Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha, the luminous guardian of deceased children. 2. Vasarely – The Sharing of Forms, Centre Pompidou , February 6 – May 6, 2019 You will be rubbing your eyes as the paintings move and change shape in front of you at the Centre Pompidou’s first major French retrospective dedicated to Hungarian optical art master Victor Vasarely. Through three hundred works, objects and documents, this exhibition shows how to look at and understand the world of Vasarely. In 1930, a 24-year-old Vasarely moved to Paris and it was here that his progression into abstraction began. But it was in the 1950s that he laid the foundations for what would become Op Art and his own opticokinetic art. This show is a long overdue opportunity to see how Vasarely’s vision developed. 3. Julien Creuzet, Palais de Tokyo , February 20 – May 12, 2019 Carry with you a pocketful of irony when approaching Julien Creuzet’s latest show. “It’s the strangeness, I had to leave for too long, the far away, my home is in my black dreams. It’s the strange, strangled words, in the drowning. I screamed alone in the water, my fever (…) will be the title of Julien Creuzet’s exhibition or not” will apparently be the title of Creuzet’s solo show at the Palais de Tokyo. Or not. Creuzet grew up in Martinique and the tidal movement of the seas, the coming and going, has always played a part in his work. It will be fascinating to see how he fills Palais de Tokyo’s huge halls. 4. “The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism”, Fondation Louis Vuitton, February 20 – June 17, 2019 The ephemeral beauty of impressionist art will be celebrated at this landmark exhibition in the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Samuel Courtauld was not just one of the greatest art collectors of the twentieth century, his passion helped to actively pioneer the impressionist movement, encouraging others to engage with it. This exhibition brings together over 100 works that all belonged to Courthald, who was himself of Huguenot origin. Highlights include works by Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Renoir, Degas, Modigliani and Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. There will also be ten J.M.W. Turner watercolors that belonged to Samuel Courtauld’s brother Stephen. […]