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James Cameron Exhibition at the Cinémathèque of Paris from April 4th, 2024 to January 5th, 2025


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James Cameron Exhibition

Access to the James Cameron Exhibition

At the Cinémathèque Française from April 4, 2024, to January 5, 2025


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What to expect

Discover the fascinating universe of James Cameron at the Cinémathèque de Paris, through the unique exhibition "The Art of James Cameron", accessible from April 4, 2024, to January 5, 2025. Immerse yourself in the creative odyssey of a director who, since his first masterpiece, "Terminator", in 1984, has revolutionized the film industry with his bold vision and unparalleled ingenuity. This exhibition invites you to explore the evolution of themes and motifs recurring in Cameron's work, from his early childhood sketches to their spectacular incarnations on the big screen.

"The Art of James Cameron" highlights the exceptional journey of a filmmaker who has constantly pushed the boundaries of technology to bring his futuristic visions to life. With iconic achievements such as "Aliens", "Titanic", and "Avatar", Cameron has continuously redefined the potential of visual effects, establishing himself as a pioneer in the use of advanced technologies in storytelling.

The exhibition reveals how, from his adolescence, Cameron was inspired by visions of robots, exoskeletons, and exotic worlds, themes that he masterfully integrated into his films. Transitioning from his traditional drawing tools to filmmaking, Cameron managed to transpose his innovative ideas onto the grandest of canvases, while remaining true to his role as a leading visionary, orchestrating the talent of his teams to create cinematic universes of unparalleled ambition.

Visiting "The Art of James Cameron" is embarking on a journey through six major themes that capture the essence of his work: from wonder at the unknown to the complexity of relationships between humans and machines, not forgetting the use of cutting-edge technologies to recreate historical periods such as that of the Titanic. Described by the director as "an autobiography through art", the exhibition offers a privileged window into sixty years of innovation and creativity.

Alongside hundreds of drawings and paintings, discover props, costumes, and photos, as well as interactive technologies directly from Cameron's imagination. The exhibition also promises an enriching multimedia experience, reflecting Cameron's tireless quest to push the boundaries of artistic expression.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to ** celebrate James Cameron's invaluable contribution to cinematic art**, presented by curators Kim Butts and Matthieu Orleán at the French Cinémathèque. "The Art of James Cameron" is a profound exploration of how a creator's dreams can transform our visual and narrative reality, inviting everyone to dream with eyes wide open.


- On Saturday and Sunday: 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm
- From Monday to Friday: 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm

James Cameron Exhibition: Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday to Friday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Special Days

  • April 6, 2024 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • April 11, 2024 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • May 1, 2024 Closed
  • May 8, 2024 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • May 9, 2024 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • May 10, 2024 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • June 13, 2024 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Last entry 45 minutes before closing

Special Hours

  • Closed on May 1st and December 25th
  • Closing at 6:00 PM on the second Thursday of the month
  • Free evening openings reserved for 18-25 year-olds on the second Thursday of the month until 9:00 PM, by reservation

Experience the Cameron Adventure as a Group

Are you organizing an event for a group of more than 10 people?

Come together for a unique immersion into the world of James Cameron. For cinema and innovation enthusiasts, fill out your group form now and get ready for an unforgettable experience at the Cinémathèque de Paris.

Customer Reviews

5/51 review

Bruno D.
April 22nd 2024

Une exposition riche de dessins et de projections cinématographiques, les films étant l'objet final de dessins animés et imaginés par James Cameron à partir de rêves et d'une passion réalisée sans relâche...magique.
Le musée Méliès est très fourni et met en scène l'imaginaire débordant du magicien, prestigitateur et homme d'images qu'étaient Georges Mélies. Nous touchons au rêve et à l'imaginaire par la manipulation d'objets tels que les lanternes magiques, praxinoscopes ou au nombre important d'exemples de films qui ont fait naître le cinéma moderne !


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Parking lot
Lyon-Diderot, 12 Rue de Bercy - 75012 Paris
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Public transportation
24Gare De Bercy - Popb

Common questions

When is the "The Art of James Cameron" exhibition taking place?

From April 4, 2024, to January 5, 2025.

Where is this exhibition held?

At the Cinémathèque de Paris.

What types of artwork can be seen there?

Sketches, preparatory drawings, concept art, accessories, costumes, and interactive technologies.

What are the main themes of the exhibition?

Dreaming with Open Eyes, The Human Machine, Exploring the Unknown, Titanic: Journey Back in Time, Creatures: Humans and Aliens, and Untamed Worlds.

Did James Cameron participate in the creation of this exhibition?

Yes, he described the exhibition as "an autobiography through art."

How many of James Cameron's films are represented in the exhibition?

Several of his blockbusters, including "Terminator," "Aliens," "Titanic," and "Avatar."

Can visitors interact with installations?

Yes, there are interactive technologies designed or adapted by Cameron.

What is unique about the visual effects in Cameron's films?

They pushed the boundaries of what audiences believed possible, thanks to technological innovations.

How did James Cameron begin creating his cinematic worlds?

With ideas born on the pages of his childhood sketchbooks, evolving into key themes and motifs of his work.

Does the exhibition cover Cameron's entire career?

Yes, it traces sixty years of creativity, from his early sketches to critically acclaimed films.

Can unseen works by James Cameron be seen?

Yes, the exhibition includes preparatory drawings for films that were never made.

What has James Cameron brought to cinema according to the exhibition?

A revolution in special effects and innovative storytelling, altering the course of cinematic history.

Is the exhibition suitable for all ages?

Yes, it is designed to fascinate both longtime admirers and new fans.

How many sections does the exhibition have?

Six major themes that explore various aspects of his work.

What does "The Art of James Cameron" contribute to understanding his work?

It offers unparalleled insight into how his childhood dreams transformed cinema, illustrating his creative journey and innovations.

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