14 Nov 2023
14 Apr 2024

MODERN PARIS 1905 - 1925



After "Romantic Paris (1815-1858)" and "Paris 1900, City of Entertainment, the Petit Palais is devoting the last section of its trilogy to "Modern Paris (1905-1925)". From the Belle Époque tot he Roaring Twenties, Paris continued, more than ever before, to attract artists from allaround the world. This cosmopolitan city was both a capital where innovation thrived and a place of tremendous cultural influence. Paris would maintain this status despite there organization of the international scene following the First World War, a period during which women played a major role, which has too often been forgotten.


Ambitious, unique, and exciting, this exhibition aimost demonstrate the dynamism of the period by highlighting the ruptures and brilliant advances that occurred, both artistic and technological. It brings together almost four hundred works by Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Marie Laurencin, Fernand Léger, Tamara de Lempicka, Amedeo Modigliani, Chana Orloff, Pablo Picasso, Marie Vassilieff, and many others. It also features  clothing designs by Paul Poiret and Jeanne Lanvin, jewellery by Cartier, a plane from Le Bourget Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace, and even a car on loan from the Musée national de l’Automobile in Mulhouse. Through fashion, cinema, photography, painting, sculpture, and drawing, as well as dance, design, architecture, and industry, this exhibition showcases the rich creativity of the period 1905-1925.

1. Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme ou de marin, 1907
15. Paul poire, Robe Delphinium dite Robe Bonheur 1912
34. Van Dongen, Joséphine Baker au Bal nègre, 1925
37. Robert Delaunay, Paris - La femme et la tour, 1925
General information
Petit Palais
Musées des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
Avenue Winston-Churchill - 75008 Paris



Annick Lemoine, Director and Head Curator of the Petit Palais
Juliette Singer, Chief Heritage Curator, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the
Petit Palais

Harry Ancely

Aristide Pluvinage