Van Gogh once said of Paris: “the French air clears up the brain and does good – a world of good.” So, with your brain cleared up, here are some contemporary art shows to see this month that will captivate and enlighten, doing you a world of good.
Calder-Picasso @ Musée Picasso
February 19 – August 25, 2019
The Musée Picasso has an incredibly dense collection of Picasso works chronicling every turn in his artistic career. This exhibition takes a selection of Picasso works, juxtaposing them to Calder pieces — creating an illuminating conversation between shape and form, whilst explaining also the history of the two artists’ collaborations.
Victor Vasarely: Sharing Forms @ Centre Pompidou
February 6 – May 6, 2019
The architecture of Centre Pompidou is reason in itself to visit this modern art museum, but this spring, there is another mind-boggling exhibit taking place inside the building. Victor Vasarely, a father of the Op Art movement, is honored in a major retrospective presenting every aspect of his work: paintings, sculptures, and architectural integrations to advertisements. As one of the first artists to use geometry and mathematics to make art in “tricking the eye.
Theaster Gates: Amalgam @ Palais de Tokyo
February 20 – May 12, 2019
All the way from our home base, Chicago, Theaster Gates presents his first show in Paris at the contemporary art museum Palais de Tokyo. This exhibition explores social histories of migration and interracial relations using a specific episode, the story of Magala Island, to address larger issues of black subjugation. At the Palais de Tokyo, there are two other provoking exhibitions of the same dates, Angelica Mesiti: When doing is Saying and Julien Creuzet: “dim lights of distant stars…”, both using multimedia visualization and sound to create immersive and interactive journeys for all visitors.
Luigi Ghirri: The Map and the Territory @ Jeu de
February 12 – June 2, 2019
Jeu de Paume is an art center for modern and postmodern photography and media. The retrospective on Luigi Ghirri clarifies the photographer’s singular aesthetic, often capturing the everyday corners of the world with a careful eye. For Luigi Ghirri, the mediation of experience through images in an Italy torn between the old and the new was an inexhaustible source of study, “a great adventure in the world of thought and of the gaze, a great magic toy that miraculously reconciles our knowledge as adults with the fabulous world of childhood, a never-ending journey into the great and the small, in the variations that appear throughout the kingdom of illusions and appearances, labyrinths and mirrors, of multitudes and simulations.” The exhibition explores this magical reality that Ghirri created.