From the Petit Palais in Paris to the splendor of Villa Borghese in Rome, discover 4 contemporary art exhibitions that dispel the autumn blues…
Contemporary art exhibitions for autumn in France
Thirty candles for the Printemps de septembre in Toulouse. Following his passing in June, painter Gérard Fromanger illuminates the Printemps de septembre with a gigantic 9-meter-long canvas. His powerful artwork, reminiscent of a contemporary Guernica, reflects upon the upheavals of the world. It is one of the standout works featured in this year’s edition of the festival, which celebrates its 30th anniversary. The festival invites around fifty artists to exhibit their works across 28 venues in the city and its surroundings. The lineup for this edition is prestigious, featuring names such as Walid Raad, Miriam Cahn, Natacha Lesueur, Katinka Bock… The Printemps de septembre runs until October 17th. Visit printempsdeseptembre.com for more information.
Contemporary art exhibitions for autumn in Bilbao and Rome
Alice’s World, Bilbao. Alice Neel (1900-1984) is one of those 20th-century women artists whose work has been reevaluated in the past decade, when the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Whitechapel Gallery in London dedicated a retrospective to her in 2010. This time, her fame crosses the Atlantic with this major exhibition of her paintings, drawings, and watercolors in Bilbao, revealing the contemporary relevance of her deeply feminist and socially engaged oeuvre. Alice Neel was particularly interested in individuals marginalized by American society, ostracized due to their sexual orientation or social class. She often stated that she had spent her entire life “trying to assert the dignity and eternal importance of the human being,” and she lived up to her words with her artworks, especially her portraits of pregnant women or victims of domestic violence, which possess great emotional intensity. One does not emerge unscathed from such an exhibition. Alice Neel: People Come First, Guggenheim Museum, until February 6th. Visit guggenheim-bilbao.eus for more information.