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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many art museums around the world are closed & exhibitions are either not happening or being rescheduled. I will try to keep the dates of the exhibitions updated but please keep in mind that they could change (again) during these uncertain times.

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Impressionism Paintings – The Best Art Exhibitions in France in 2020

Travelling to France? Are you a fan of the Impressionism Painters? Below is a comprehensive list of Impressionism exhibitions currently showing in Paris and all over France.

Impressionism / Post-Impressionism Art Exhibitions in Paris 2020

Exhibition: Monet, Renoir… Chagall – Journeys around the Mediterranean

When: From February 28, 2020 until December 31 2020
Where: Atelier des Lumières, Paris

In 2020, Atelier des Lumières in Paris will commence a stunning sound and light show of the colorful paintings of the Impressionists, postimpressionists and modern artists depicting the landscapes, towns and scenery of Southern France.

In this state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition, you will see how the famous artists depicted the Mediterranean region. You will see the colorful artworks of 20 famous French artists such as Monet, Chagall, Renoir, Pissarro, Signac, Matisse, Dufy, Derain, Bonnard and more.

All these painters spent time in Southern France. They all fell for the bold colors, bright lights, medieval villages and the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. Some of them stayed for a few months only like Monet and Pissarro. Others moved permanently to the region, such as Renoir to Cagnes-sur-Mer, Bonnard to Le Cannet, Matisse & Dufy to Nice and Signac to Saint Tropez.

This is an extremely popular attraction in Paris and tickets sell out quickly. Make sure to buy tickets online at least one week in advance!

Antibes, Southern France - Claude Monet Impressionism Painting
Antibes, Southern France – Claude Monet Impressionism Painting

These paintings are part of the rich history of French modern art. They start from the 19th century taking to all the art movements of that era. We will see impressionism paintings and also the artworks of the post-impressionists and modern artists.

More than 500 paintings will be projected onto 2000 square meters of massive walls, ceilings and floors. You will be completely immersed into the magical beauty of the Mediterranean region through their artworks.

Tip – I recommend that you book online in order to avoid waiting in long queues. This is an extremely popular attraction in Paris and queues are often very long.

Seated Woman Back Turned to the Open Window
Henri Matisse painting overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Nice

Cezanne & the Italian Masters

When: 27 February 2020 to 3 January, 2021
Where: Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

The Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris is hosting a unique art exhibition titled “Cézanne et l’Italie des Maîtres” (Cézanne and the Italian Masters). In this show, Cezanne’s famous impressionism artworks will be presented next to the great Italian masters from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Paintings of Tintoretto, El Greco, Ribera, Giordano, Poussin and, in the modern era, Carrà, Sironi, Soffici, Pirandello, Boccioni and Morandi will be exhibited alongside Paul Cezanne.

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Paul Cezanne painting of Mont Sainte-Victoire
Mont Sainte-Victoire Landscape by Paul Cezanne [Public Domain]

Name of Exhibition: Soutine / De Kooning

Where: Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris
When: 7 October 2020 – 25 January 2021

For the first time, the Musée de l’Orangerie is presenting a duo exhibition of the artists Chaïm Soutine (1893–1943) and Willem de Kooning (1904-1997).

Soutine was a Belarus postimpressionism artist and an active member of the School of Paris. Willem de Kooning was a Dutch-American Abstract Expressionist, whose artworks were greatly influenced by Soutine.

The exhibition will consist of around fifty artworks, showing the distinctive worlds of the two painters and the commonality between them focusing on themes such as the contrast between shape and formlessness, human faces, landscapes and the painting of flesh.

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Chaim Soutine Painting
Chaim Soutine Painting
Willem de Kooning painting
Willem de Kooning painting

The Ivan Morozov collection (Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Picasso & others)

Where: The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris
When: From October 13, 2020 to August 31, 2021

The Louis Vitton Fondation is planning a once in a lifetime exhibition of the incredible art collection of the wealthy Russian brothers Mikhail and Ivan  Morozov. This show will include major impressionism artworks of the giants such as Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Picasso and other big names. These paintings have rarely been exhibited outside of Russia so this will be a one time opportunity!

The Morozovs were one of the major Russian families that established the concept of “patron of the arts” in early 20th century Russia. The family started collecting artworks of young Russian painters but later on they started acquiring French artworks of the impressionists and postimpressionists.

For details of exact dates & ticket prices, follow the website of Vitton Fondation.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir Painting from the Morozov Collection
Pierre-Auguste Renoir Painting from the Morozov Collection

Impressionism / Post-Impressionism Art Exhibitions all over France 2020

Exhibition: Van Gogh, Starry Night & Dreamed Japan, Images of a Floating World – Ukiyo-e

Carrieres de Lumieres at Les Baux-de-Provence, Southern France
Dates: Until December 5, 2020

In the heart of Alpilles & carved inside the caves of an unused limestone quarry is the stunning venue of “Carrieres de Lumieres”. This is an incredible, multi-sensory sound & light art show. It immerses the visitor into the colorful world of the artist. The moving images of paintings are projected onto the huge walls, ceiling and floors. This attraction is very popular! I highly recommend that you book tickets in advance.  Press here for details.

Carrieres de Lumieres - Van Gogh Sound & Light Show

Carrieres de Lumieres – Van Gogh Sound & Light Show / Photo by Gilles Couteau (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Exhibition: Electric Nights

Where: André Malraux Museum of Modern Art in Le Havre 
When: April 4, 2020 until September 20, 2020

This exhibition explores the invention of electricity and how the impressionism painters captured this huge milestone.  With the implementation of Thomas Edison’s light bulb, streets, buildings, shops, theaters and cafes all lit up at night. But for the poorer working-class districts such as Montmartre, the benefits of electricity came much later.

This exhibition will focus on how the artists portrayed Paris as the “city of light” and the change that electrical light brought to all European cities. Nearly 150 artworks will be presented at this exhibition, including paintings, drawings, engravings, photographs and films from both public and private European collections . 

You will be able to view Impressionism and post-impressionism paintings of French artists such Maufra, Pissarro, Luce,  Bonnard and others. Also on display are other lesser known European artists from the 19th century.

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Maxime MAUFRA impressionism painting entitled: Féérie nocturne
Maxime MAUFRA impressionism painting entitled: Féérie nocturne
Musée des Beaux-Arts