À votre choix

I’m not quite sure what day I’ll arrive in Paris this summer and when I’ll have to leave, but my thoughts are there already. I try to take in as many museum exhibits as I can, so I thought I’d look ahead to what will be open in June, July, and August 2012. I’ve listed them in order of what closes first. Of course, this is a list of what interests me, so if your tastes run to modernism, I’m no help to you! There were so many, I’ve split them up. Here are the first six to attend à votre choix (ah votruh shwa), which means “at your discretion.” This group is already underway, so if you’re in Paris prior to June, go for it.

Helmut Newton (Grand Palais – until June 17 2012) This is a retrospective of the German-born Australian photographer.

Saint Anne, the Final Masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci (Louvre – until June 25, 2012) The Renaissance genius’ last painting has been newly restored.

Les Belles Heures du duc de Berry (Louvre – until June 25, 2012) On visit from the Cloisters in New York, 47 pages of the illuminated prayer book are on display.

Degas and the Nude (Musée d’Orsay – until July 1, 2012) This is the first major exhibition to be devoted to Edgar Degas in Paris since 1988.

Berthe Morisot (Marmottan – until July 1, 2012) This retrospective is dedicated to one of the only female Impressionists.

Physionotraces: Gallery of Portraits from the Revolution to the Empire (Arts Décoratifs – until July 2, 2012) This display of 54 portraits was made by a “physionotrace,” a late 18th century invention that created a life-sized likeness that could then be reproduced. It was a fast, inexpensive portrait for the working class. That’s the machine in the picture, above.

Little Known Museums in and around Paris

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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