We Recommend: Visual Arts

Cézanne at the Whitworth

Sat 24 Aug - Sun 1 Mar

The Witworth

This exhibition celebrates an extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne that has been gifted and placed on long-term loan to the Whitworth by gallerist, collector, author and publisher Karsten Schubert.

Visual Arts

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019

Sat 14 Sept - Sun 23 Feb

Various Venues

Since 1949, BNC has consistently supported contemporary visual artists to successfully transition from education into professional practice, by means of an annual touring exhibition, featuring French artist Camille Yvert. Supported by Fluxus Art Projects.

Visual Arts

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits

Mon 7 Oct - Sun 26 Jan

The National Gallery

The first ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin. Spanning the later years of his life and focusing solely on his portraits, this exhibition follows Gauguin’s move away from Impressionism towards Symbolism.

Visual Arts


Sat 2 Nov - Sat 2 May

Saatchi Gallery

French artist Cyril de Commarque presents a multi-media installation drawing from the Anthropocene era – the period when man first had an impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems – then meditating on the effect technology and scientific advancement will have on humankind and the environment.

Visual Arts

Dora Maar

Wed 20 Nov - Sun 15 Mar

Tate Modern

The largest retrospective of Dora Maar ever held in the UK. During the 1930s, Maar’s provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism. This exhibition will explore the breadth of Maar's long career in the context of work by her contemporaries.

Visual Arts

Cars Accelerating the Modern World

Sat 23 Nov - Sun 19 Apr

Victoria and Albert Museum

Over its short 130-year history, the car has become one of the most loved, contested and influential innovations in the world. It has revolutionised manufacturing, transformed how we move, forever changing our cities, environment and economies.

Visual Arts

Julie Béna : The Jester and the Death

Fri 10 Jan - Sat 15 Feb

Kunstraum, London

Kunstraum has commissioned a new body of work titled The Jester & Death. Béna’s practice constitutes an eclectic set of references, combining contemporary and ancient literature, high and low art, joking, and seriousness, parallel times and spaces.

Visual Arts

Christine Rebet Solo Exhibition

Tue 21 Jan - Sat 4 Apr

Parasol Unit, London

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art presents a solo exhibition of the work of French artist Christine Rebet, exploring trauma, illusion, revolt and the destruction of our shared history and environment through six diverse, hand-drawn animated films.

Films & TV, Visual Arts

Picasso and Paper

Sat 25 Jan - Mon 13 Apr

Royal Academy of Arts

Pablo Picasso rewrote the rules of painting, but he also tore up the rulebook for paper. Bringing together 300 of the artist’s works, both on and with paper, this exhibition spans his entire prolific career and represents a significant chapter in modern art.

Visual Arts

Europeans: Dora Maar

Wed 29 Jan

Rich Mix, London

Join Dash Arts in their 100th café, as they delve into the world of French photographer, painter and poet Dora Maar. An icon of Surrealism, Maar is best known for her photography and photomontages depicting post-war anxieties and internal horrors of the mind.

Talks, Visual Arts

Benoît Peeters, The Obscure Cities – Between Utopia and Dystopia

Mon 3 Feb

Institut français d’Ecosse

Benoît Peeters will be giving a talk on his famous comics Les Cités Obscures at the Institut français d’Ecosse, as part of DELC Research Seminar Series of the University of Edinburgh, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Talks, Visual Arts

Christian Louboutin

Tue 25 Feb - Tue 28 Jul

Palais de la Porte Dorée

Thought as an invitation to dive into the prolific universe of Christian Louboutin, the exhibition explores all the aspects of his multiple referenced inspirations, in a place dear to the creator and which has seen his vocation grow.

Visual Arts

Jean Féline and Joshua J. Leon: Habitat

Sun 1 Mar - Thu 30 Apr

Platform Southwark, London

Artists Joshua Leon and Jean Feline, tackle the subject and concept of Habitat, intending to investigate the social issues relating to the home in contemporary culture, treating the domestic as an unsafe ground and navigating the meaning of “making a home".

Visual Arts

Camille Yvert: How I Naturally Improve

Sun 1 Mar - Thu 30 Apr

Gibberd Gallery

New and developing work by Camille Yvert taking its starting point from the relationship between bronzage culture & bronze sculpture and examining the quest for body optimisation and the motorcycle industry will be presented at the Harlow Art Trust.

Visual Arts

Anne Gillis & XT Duo: a new collaborative work

Sun 1 Mar - Sun 31 May

Café Oto, London

Bringing together three explicitly ‘radical’ artists of different generations in a unique Anglo-French collaboration featuring Anne Gillis and composers XT, the show operates at the boundaries of sound-making/music, visual arts and performance.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Eva Jospin: Among the Trees

Wed 4 Mar - Sun 17 May

Hayward Gallery - Southbank Centre

Among the Trees brings together artworks, including Eva Jospin’s Forests, that explore our relationship to trees. The exhibition focuses on artworks that re-imagine traditional genres and develop trees representations to shift our conventional perceptions.

Visual Arts

Modern Art and the French Riviera

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Mar

Royal Academy of Arts

This weekend-long art history course by the leading authority on French modernism, Dr Nicholas Watkins, explores the many modern artists who lived and worked along the French coast in the first half of the twentieth century.

Visual Arts

Anna Zoria’s Residency at Maison Touchard

Sat 21 Mar - Sat 25 Apr

Maison Touchard, London

Maison Touchard presents Anna Zoria’s first exhibition in the United Kingdom. Building on themes of interiority and infra-ordinary, it collapses the site of production & exhibition into one porous setting responding to the domestic context of Maison Touchard.

Visual Arts

The Swap Project : Elodie Merland and Bachir Boussandel

Wed 1 Apr - Tue 30 Jun

River Garage, Kent

River Garage invites in a three-week residency French artists Elodie Merland and Bachir Boussandel, living in Northern France and whose work is linked to notions of borders, languages and spaces through sculpture, performance, installation and photography.

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Jimmy Robert : A Review

Fri 22 May - Mon 31 Aug

Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

Nottingham Contemporary presents a major survey exhibition by the French artist Jimmy Robert, spanning two decades of practice, as well as the UK premiere and tour of his most ambitious performance to date, Joie Noire (2019).

Performing Arts, Visual Arts