This winter is full of great Paris art exhibitions in galleries and museums.
Here you will find the best art shows going on in December, January and February in the French capital.
If you are visiting Paris and looking for what to do and fun activities then this is for you. As the weather will be cold and rainy days will come, it may be even great to bookmark this list for one of those days you wont be outside too much.
One of the exceptional things about art in paris is that we have so many museums that are well known such as the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou etc but also that we have some of the best small museums (link) in the world like Musee de la Vie Romantic, Maison de Victor Hugo, Musee National Gustave Moreau etc.
If this is your first time in Paris you probably want to hit the bigger well known ones off your list – and you can get a Skip the Line ticket to the LOUVRE here and a special pass for MUSEE d’ORSAY here.
The fashion house of Chanel has decided to gift us a sensorial voyage with its iconic perfumes at a pop up inside the Grand Palais title
Le Grand Numero de Chanel – it’s a Free temporary exhibition but its still recommend that you reserve ticket to the Grand Palais
Address 2 place Joffre
Nigerian and international icon Fela Kuti is being honored at the Philharmonie museum of Paris.
“THE AFROBEAT FACTORY
The musical genre that Fela developed – which he termed “Afrobeat” – is rooted in a mixture of influences, from Yoruba rhythms to free jazz with elements of soul and funk. The origins of the constantly evolving style also owe much to West-African high-life with significant use of brass and percussion, as seen in the Afrobeat of Fela’s first band, Koola Lobitos. With his subsequent bands Africa 70 and Egypt 80, Fela surrounded himself with a growing number of musicians, producing increasingly complex symphonic works as he did. This exhibition traces his path, presenting the artist’s musical development and highlighting and sharing the sources of and changes in Afrobeat“
Address: 221 Av. Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Located in: Cité de la Musique
Atelier de Lumiers
Every year the Atelier de lumières teams surprise us with an immersive show into a well known artist. This year they have chosen a well loved figure in France Tintin.
Atelier de lumieres – Tintin
Address: 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
Fondation Louis Vuitton
A mixture of two worlds of very talented artists Monet and Micthel – who worked coincidentally just a few small towns away form each other’s atelier Giverny and Vethueil are in the same area not too far from Paris.
Also the Fondation LV is beautiful and a must visit for any architect and art lover coming to Paris.
“The “Monet – Mitchell” exhibitions present each artist’s unique response to a landscape and nature, illustrated in a particularly immersive manner. In his last paintings, the Water Lilies, Monet aimed to recreate in his studio the motifs he observed at length on the surface of his water lily pond in Giverny. Joan Mitchell, on the other hand, would explore a memory or a sense of the emotions she felt while in a particular place that was dear to her, perceptions that remained vivid beyond space and time. She would create these abstract compositions at La Tour, her studio in Vétheuil, a small French village.”
Fondation Louis Vuitton | Monet-Mitchell
Address: 8 Av. du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
Fondation Azzedine Alaia
Fashion lovers know that master couturier Azzedine Alaia is a golden treasure of France and this most recent retrospective of his life and work titled ALAÏA AFORE ALAÏA
in his Marais museum. While there, they stop at the restaurant for one of the best lunches in the area in a hidden garden.
FONDATION AZZEDINE ALAÏA
Address: 18 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris
La Galerie Dior Museum
Speaking of fashion houses, since its opening this year of the Galerie Dior I have been to see the exhibition 5 times! And I live here haha, if this isn’t reason enough to show that you definitely have to add this one to your bucket list if you’re a lover of anything aesthetic and a good story.
La Galerie Dior
Located in: Christian Dior Couture SA
Address: 11 Rue François 1er, 75008 Paris
MAD Paris – Musée des Arts décoratifs Paris
Famous aristocrat turned iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli shocked the fashion world with her bold creations and that is exactly what this exhibition aims to show us title Surrealist Shocking by Elsa Schiaparelli – inside the MAD paris
Yves Saint Laurent Museum
My favorite french fashion designer is Yves Saint Laurent, when he died I cried and loved to visit the gardens of his house in Morocco. Closer to me is the YSL museum and this year it’s bringing us a new temporary exhibition focused on Yves’ love of Gold.
Gold by Yves Saint Laurent
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
Quai Branly Museum
The world of Kimono and japanese fashion is on display at Musee Quai Branly
This is an immense exhibition that will run until May 2023
Kimono – Quai Branly
musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 56 61 70 00
Paris Museum Entry Tickets and Activities – buy tickets before you arrive.
Here are my suggested Museums and Exhibitions running all year long, you can grab your tickets here to save you time :
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THINGS TO KNOW
NB every first Sunday of the month museums are free.
Museums are free also for under 26 years old with proof of ID
If you are living in France, and unemployed you can also have free access to Museums ( you need a carte demander emploi from Pole Emploi)
This list will have a lot of the major contemporary, modern art and fashion museums
I hope you have prepared for your time here by Packing for the Winter in Paris, if not see this article I put together that will help.