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Monet’s Nymphéas by Alex Katz  at the Orangerie

During the months of May and June Paris proudly presents its best exhibitions.

First, at the Orangerie, American painter Alex Katz revisits Monet’s Nymphéas in a series of paintings (May 14 to September 2). His almost abstract water lilies give a modern and poignant tribute to the master of Impressionism. Besides, the Eugène Delacroix National Museum offers an immersion in the fascinating world of the master with the exhibition  Dans l’atelier: watching the creation at work.

The Louvre Museum opens the ball with an exhibition dedicated to archeology, Forgotten Realms – The Heirs of the Hittite Empire (May 2 to August 12).

Then, another even more ancient period is highlighted by the Center Pompidou , which is a unique event for  a museum of contemporary art: Prehistory (May 8 to September 16). Parietal art has indeed inspired the greatest modern artists such as Picasso, Miró, Klein, Giacometti or Dubuffet.

In early summer, the Center Pompidouopens new monographic exhibitions: First, the works of Bernard Frize, true odes with repetitive abstract patterns.  Then, on May 29 to August 26, it is the turn of the photographs of Picasso’s muse Dora Maar who  was also a powerful creative spirit.

Feminine art is also in the spotlight at the Musée d’Orsay, with an unprecedented retrospective of Berthe Morisot (1841-1895). Less known than her impressionist friends Degas, Renoir and Monet, Berthe Morisot left behind an intimate work that deals with the subjects of women.

And also parties, fairs and exhibitions

In May, museums open to night owls, with the European Night of Museums (18 May). On this occasion, discover the capital in a new light through exceptional nocturnal events organized in a hundred museums in the Ile-de-France region. To discover the fine arts and crafts, we must go to Revelations, the international biennale of crafts and creation, May 23 to 26 at the Grand Palais.

The month of May is savored during the gastronomic fair Taste of Paris, which takes its quarters under the nave of the Grand Palais (from 09 to 17 May). On the menu: tastings, meetings with chefs, culinary events … Sweet lovers have an appointment at the Salon de la Pâtisserie from 14 to 17 June, in Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Indulge into French patisserie!

From June 30 to July 3, 2019, the 7th art is in the spotlight. For a cheap canvas, do not miss the Cinema Festival with sessions for only 4 €.

On June 29, 2019, the gay pride march in the streets the capital. On the program of this parade that defends the equality of rights without distinction of gender or sexuality: a friendly and festive atmosphere, music boosted, disguises and unusual fifty chars.

Concerts and shows

Accor Hotels Arena

In May and June, it’s time to enjoy the many concerts and shows that Paris offers!

The legendary rock band Metallica ignites the Stade de France on May 12 and Giorgio Moroder, the Italian pope of disco music, is performing live at the Grand Rex on May 22nd. The Accor Hotels Arena is not far behind since it presents two legendary concerts: Lenny Kravitz (June 5) and Elton John (June 20).

Dance lovers are invited to the Grande Halle de la Villette to admire the work of the Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui performed by the national ballet Flanders (June 26 to 29).

Finally, the Opera Bastille offers a great classic to see absolutely: Mozart’s Flûte Enchantée, played by the orchestra and the choirs of the Opéra national de Paris (April 27 to June 15).

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