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5 Art Exhibitions We’re Excited About This Month


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Spring is finally in full-swing! And even though April is famous for its rainfall, don't let the wet weather rain on your parade. It's important to remember that April showers bring May flowers—and it's also an excellent excuse to spend some time indoors in a museum!

Whether you're looking to make April in Paris extra avant-garde or you're ready to rock and roll in New York City, there are a number of exciting exhibitions to check out this month to keep you cultured, entertained, and out of the rain.

Here are five exhibitions we’re looking forward to this month.


Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston


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At the turn of the 20th century, Post-Impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec turned Paris' art scene on its head. Enamored with the capital city’s colorful nightlife, Toulouse-Lautrec designed hundreds of avant-garde posters starring the famous figures who called Paris’ cafés and cabarets home.

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris, a spectacular exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, presents a collection of 200 posters that “explores the celebrity culture of Lautrec’s time and the artist’s fascination with the personal lives of les stars.” It also features work by the French artist's friends and contemporaries, making this a must-see show for modern art enthusiasts.

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris is on view from April 7 until August 4, 2019.


Van Gogh, The Starry Night at the Atelier des Lumières


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If you've ever wanted to step inside a Vincent van Gogh painting, now's your chance! With the Atelier des Lumières, Culturespaces  has magically transformed an old Parisian iron foundry into a Starry Night-inspired wonderland.

Featuring 140 state-of-the-art laser video projectors and 50 speakers, this engaging Van Gogh installation offers a “sensorial, musical, and aesthetic experience” for art lovers of all ages. As you fully immerse yourself in the mesmerizing masterpieces, you're sure to develop a new appreciation for one of art history's most important figures.

Van Gogh, The Starry Night closes on December 31, 2019.


Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery of Art


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Impressionism is widely considered one of the most popular periods of art. While most people mainly associate the movement with French artists, Impressionists have existed all over the world, from California all the way to Valencia, where Joaquín Sorolla made a name for himself as the “Spanish master of light.”

While Sorolla is celebrated in Spain, he is underrated in the rest of the world. Thanks to the National Gallery in London, however, new audiences will finally be exposed to his stunning paintings. “From the vivid seascapes, garden views, and bather scenes for which he is most renowned, to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of Spanish life, the exhibition features 58 works spanning Sorolla's career”—each of which shines a much-needed spotlight on one of Spain's hidden gems.

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light is open until July 7, 2019.


Doisneau and Music at the Musée de la musique


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In the middle of the 20th century, French photographer Robert Doisneau dedicated his practice to documenting everyday life in Paris. While his photographs feature a wide array of subject matter, he often turned his attention to the city's music scene.

To explore this interest, Paris' Musée de la musique presents Doisneau and Music, a spectacle comprising over 200 photographs chronicling everything from “local dances to brass bands and cabarets.” As some of these photographs have never been shown to the public, fans of photojournalism won't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Doisneau and Music is on view until May 5, 2019.


Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


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Paris isn't the only place you'll find must-see musical exhibitions this month. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll will make its dazzling debut.

Play it Loud is “the first major exhibition in an art museum dedicated entirely to the iconic instruments of rock and roll.” The show features more than 130 instruments played by iconic artists from 1939 to 2017. Who's in this star-studded line-up? Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Jett, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley, Prince, and Keith Richards among many, many others!

Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll is open from April 8 through October 1, 2019.


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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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