Monographic, historical and themed exhibitions offer visitors a continually renewed overview of modern and contemporary art and creation with an international outlook. 

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Prehistory. A Modern Enigma

Prehistory - EXHIBITION, May 8 - September 16, 2019

Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow, « BC-AD; contemporary flint tool design » © Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow © Centre Pompidou, Mnam/Cci, photo : Audrey Laurans / Dist. Rmn-Gp

May 8 - September 16, 2019

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The Centre Pompidou is staging an original exhibition presenting the ties uniting prehistory with modern and contemporary art.
How, in the great period of crisis called «modernity», first artists, then society as a whole, felt drawn to their «origins» and how a fantasy vision was built up of «what preceded History». It reveals that some of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st century were haunted by the question of «prehistory»: Picasso, Miró but also Cézanne, Klee, Giacometti, Ernst, Beuys, Klein, Dubuffet, Louise Bourgeois, Marguerite Duras, Robert Smithson, and, among our contemporaries, Giuseppe Penone, Miquel Barceló, Marguerite Humeau, Pierre Huyghe, Dove Allouche,
and others.

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In french:

  • June 1st-July 14, 2019 : every Saturday at 3 p.m. / every Sunday at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In english:

  • June 1st-July 14, 2019 : every Saturday at 5 p.m.


Dora Maar

June 5 - July 29, 2019

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Although a well-known figure, Dora Maar (1907-1997) remains an enigmatic artist. This landmark exhibition retraces the fascinating career of a freespirited, independent Parisian intellectual: from opening her studio and working on her first fashion assignments to engaging with social and political concerns through her street photography, to exercising her surrealist vision and meeting Picasso on the cusp of his creating Guernica, to rediscovering painting later in life and returning to the artistic medium that first captivated her.

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Bernard Frize. Without Remorse

May 29 - August 26, 2019

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With some sixty artworks presenting the multiple facets of his work, from his beginnings in 1977 up until his most recent creations, the «Bernard Frize. Without remorse» exhibition proposes a themed itinerary to be taken as the visitor wishes, without directions or hierarchy, breaking with the serial approach for which the artist is known: With unreason, without effort, with system, without system, with mastery, without stopping.
Bernard Frize (born in 1954) has collaborated closely in the creation of this original exhibition.

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Cao Fei. HX

June 6 - August 26, 2019

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“HX” is the solo exhibition by Chinese artist Cao Fei (born 1978, Guangzhou), and the international debut of her long term research project “Hong Xia”. It includes the feature film Nova, a collection of videos, photographs and archive materials as well as installations. Together, they (re)narrate and (re)imagine the past, the present and the future of a changing community and its inhabitants in a rapidly modernized country.

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Shunk-Kender. Art in the eye of the camera (1957-1983)

Shunk-Kender - Art in the eye of the camera (1957-1983) - EXHIBITION, March 27 - August 5, 2019

« Autoportrait, Italie », vers 1966 (detail). Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender (2014) Photo : Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved © Centre Pompidou / Mnam-Cci / Bibliothèque Kandinsky / Dist Rmn-Gp

March 27 - August 5, 2019

Galerie de photographies


First retrospective devoted to the photographers Harry Shunk (1924-2006) and János Kender (1937-2009).

Commissioned by artists and their gallery owners, Shunk and Kender captured opening nights, biennials, performances and artists at work in their studios, at home or elsewhere. Both an essential documentation of late 20th century avant-garde art and a photographic work in its own right.

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Takesada Matsutani

June 26 - September 23, 2019

Museum, level 4 - Galerie du Musée


Sixty years in the career of Takesada Matsutani (born in Osaka, Japan in 1937, installed in Paris since 1966), from the late 1950s to the present day.

Constantly experimenting with organic matter and its links to the spiritual, Matsutani has never ceased to seek out his "internal image".

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Sonja Ferlov Mancoba

June 26 - September 23, 2019

Museum, level 4 - Galerie d'art graphique


Over fifty sculptures and sixty drawings to discover the work of the Danish Sonja Ferlov Mancoba (1911-1984), a major modernist sculptor who has also left us an original and intimate body of work on paper.

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Ernest Mancoba

June 26 - September 23, 2019

Museum, Level 4 - Galerie 0, Prospectif space


An artist, writer and thinker, Ernest Mancoba (1904, South Africa - 2002, France) lived through the whole of the 20th century. For the first time in France, this exhibition showcases this path erased by racism.

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Bacon: Books and Painting

Coming soon  

September 11, 2019 - January 20, 2020

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The exhibition focuses on works produced by Bacon in the last two decades of his career (from 1971 to 1992).

It consists of sixty paintings, including 12 triptychs, in addition to a series of portraits and self-portraits, from major private and public collections.

There are six rooms along the visitor route, placing literature at the heart of the exhibition. While denying any ‘narrative’ exegesis in his work, Francis Bacon, nevertheless admitted that literature represented a powerful stimulus for his imagination. rather than giving shape to a story, poetry, novels and philosophy inspired a ‘general atmosphere’; ‘images’ which emerged like the Furies in his paintings.

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Cosmopolis #2

Cosmopolis #2 - EXPOSITION, 23 octobre - 23 décembre 2019

Vue du Centre Pompidou, 2015 © Manuel Braun


Du 23 octobre au 23 décembre 2019

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« Cosmopolis » est une plate-forme inédite d’exploration des pratiques artistiques enracinées dans la recherche et le partage des savoirs, autour des enjeux sociaux, urbains et politiques de notre temps.
Cette deuxième édition prend pour thème la relation entre espaces urbains et espaces ruraux, et ses implications culturelles, sociales et écologiques.

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Boltanski - EXPOSITION, 13 novembre 2019 - 16 mars 2020

Christian Boltanski, « La Chambre ovale », 1967 © Adam Rzepka - Centre Pompidou, Mnam-Cci/Dist. RMN-GP © Adagp, Paris


Du 13 novembre 2019 au 16 mars 2020

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Suivant un parcours labyrinthique, cette grande exposition rétrospective revient sur la vie et l’œuvre d’un des principaux artistes contemporains français, célèbre notamment pour avoir brouillé les frontières entre sa vie et son œuvre, exploré les lisières entre l'absent et le présent. 

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