Paris Destination Guide

This season is a spectacular time to visit the City of Love, with a vibrant line-up of cultural events promising an energising itinerary. With hotly anticipated exhibitions from the likes of Joan Miró, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Egon Schiele alongside international design and automobile expos and festive family-friendly activities, expect your trip to Paris this winter to be especially memorable.

FEBRUARY 6, 2019

Dandy’s Night returns

For the fourth of our popular Dandy’s Nights, we invite you to join us for an event dedicated to modern men’s fashion. It’s a chance to browse clothes, watches and accessories from luxury designer brands, all handpicked for their reputation for excellence. Discover leather accessories from Camille Fournet, bespoke shirts from Daniel Lévy, Stark & Sons tailoring, Parmigiani Fleurier watches, and much more.

 

6th February 2019, 2 – 6pm
Hôtel Plaza Athénée

€15 admission per person

FEBRUARY 24 until the end of April 2019

‘Femme, je vous aime’ exhibition

A celebration of all things feminine comes to La Cour Jardin this spring. Unveiled just before International Women’s Day, our new exhibition features the works of 20 internationally renowned contemporary artists, who all present their own unique vision of femininity. It’s a chance to admire and purchase beautiful pieces from the likes of Ormond Gigli, Michel Comte, Douglas Kirkland, Russell Young, Georges Dambier and Thierry Le Gouès.

 

25th February – end of April 2019
Hôtel Plaza Athénée

January 18 – 22, 2019

Maison & Objet Paris

The iconic design expo returns to Paris for the next instalment of Maison & Objet, a prestigious ‘who’s who’ in the world of interiors. Divided into two sections, one focusing entirely on home décor and interiors solutions and the other on decorative accessories and objets d’art, expect an inspiring, diverse and prolific collation of products and ideas from international cutting-edge designers.

 

18th – 22nd January 2019
Exhibition Centre Paris Nord Villepinte, ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte
maison-objet.com

Until January 27, 2019

Renoir Father and Son

A sensitive curation of paintings, film extracts, photographs and drawings that explore the relationship between celebrated impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his son, film director Jean Renoir. It’s an intimate glance that offers fascinating dialogue between two creative maestros: one a master of paint; the other, hailed by Orson Welles as “the greatest of all directors”, a master of cinema.

 

6th November 2018 – 27th January 2019
Musee d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
musee-orsay.fr

Until February 3, 2019

Grayson Perry

Paying tribute to Grayson Perry’s immense capacity to produce work that consistently raises pertinent questions about class, religion and sexuality is this epic mid-career retrospective at La Monnaie de Paris. An inspired display of ceramics, metalworks, tapestries and engravings reflect the contemporary British artist’s skill in juxtaposing saturated colour and texture, as well as his sharp wit when it comes to contemporary social issues.

 

19th October 2018 – 3rd February 2019
La Monnaie de Paris ,11 Quai de Conti, 75006 PARIS
monnaiedeparis.fr

Until February 4, 2019

Joan Miró. La Couleur de mes Rêves

Synonymous with experimental surrealist works that often incorporate words and poetry, this retrospective at the Grand Palais pays tribute to Barcelona-born painter and sculptor Joan Miró with a curation of nearly 250 paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics drawn from his prolific creative career that spanned some 67 years. No stranger to the hallowed halls of the Grand Palais, Miró previously exhibited there during his lifetime in 1974.

 

3rd October 2018 – 4th February 2019
Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
grandpalais.fr

Until February 10, 2019

Tutto Ponti Gio Ponti Archi-Designer

Pioneering designer and architect of last century, Gio Ponti’s eclectic approach to his projects won him a reputation for revolutionising post-war architecture. This retrospective honours his 57-year career – which counts Milan’s Pirelli Tower and the Denver Art Museum among its accolades – with more than 500 works of the Italian creative’s furniture designs, sketchbooks, industrial drawings, glassware, ceramics and silverwork.

 

19th October 2018 – 10th February 2019
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
madparis.fr

February 6 – 10, 2019

Salon Rétromobile

Those who know a Stanguellini Formula Junior from a McLaren M2B will delight at Salon Rétromobile’s broad sweep of classic cars and vintage vehicles, as well as its covetable collection of contemporary engines. A vast 650 exhibitor-strong expo that celebrates everything on four wheels, 2019’s show pays special tribute to French automobile manufacturer Citroën, now entering its centenary year.

 

6th – 10th February 2019
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, 2 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris
retromobile.com

Until March 4, 2019

Le Cubisme

Corralling greats from early 20th-century Cubism, this exhibition at the Centre Pompidou traces the modern art movement from initial Cubist experiments by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso and tracks it into consequent works by the likes of Fernand Léger and Juan Gris to demonstrate its evolution into the movement’s later branches. Sculptures by Raymond Duchamp-Villon and Henri Laurens offer useful illustrations of Cubism in the round.

 

17th October 2018 – 4th March 2019
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
centrepompidou.fr

February 27 – March 6, 2019

Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019

The biggest names in couture showcase their freshest collections for Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019. Heavyweight French design houses such as Chanel, Givenchy and Christian Dior are joined by those from further afield, including Elie Saab, Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli, lending the style capital an additional froth of glamour.

 

27th February – 6th March 2019
Various locations around Paris
fashionweekonline.com

March 15 – 18, 2019

Salon Livre Paris

For those who prefer the page to the screen, Salon Livre Paris returns with the next chapter of literary excellence. The four-day event is an erudite platform for readers and professionals to discuss, debate, meet authors and engage with a diverse programme of exhibitions, workshops and literary prizes.

 

15th – 18th March 2019
Porte de Versailles, Pavillion 1, 75015 Paris
livreparis.com

February 16 – March 19, 2019

Swan Lake

Lauded by many as the most beautiful ballet to grace the stage, Tchaikovski’s Swan Lake draws on a German folktale about Odette, a princess turned into a swan by a sorcerer’s curse. With an evocative, minimalist set design complementing award-winning designer Franca Squarciapino’s elegant costumes, this is an immaculately articulated rendition of everyone’s favourite ballet.

 

16th February – 19th March 2019
Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
operadeparis.fr

Until March 17, 2019

Extra

As Paris is the birthplace of vaudeville, it’s only fitting that Extra’s colourful blare of clowns, trapeze artists, burlesque performers and acrobats be included in your itinerary. A vivid eruption of can-can dancers, jugglers, contortionists, expertly trained ponies and a flock of white doves enter the ring for this highly entertaining, colour-saturated circus.

 

6th October 2018 – 17th March 2019
Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione, 110 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris
cirquedhiver.com

March 22 - 24, 2019

Saut Hermès au Grand Palais

The show-jumping elite gathers in the French capital this spring for the next round of Saut Hermès au Grand Palais. The five-star international show-jumping competition canters across three days at the Grand Palais, offering the world’s most prestigious riders and their steeds the opportunity to compete for spectacular prizes.

 

22th – 24th March 2019
Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
sauthermes.com
+33 01 40 17 47 00

April 4 – 7, 2019

Art Paris Art Fair

The freshest instalment of Paris’ tribute to contemporary art returns to the glassy domes of the Grand Palais this spring. Art Paris Art Fair is a cutting-edge collection of contemporary paintings, illustrations, conceptual installations and sculpture, curated by 150 competitive international galleries from their most talented artists and producers. Whether you browse or buy, it’s the city’s go-to for art enthusiasts.

 

4th April – 7th April 2019
Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
artparis.com
+33 156 265 213

Until April 15, 2019

Histoire(s) d'une Collection

In celebration of Musée des Artistes Vivants’ bicentennial, Centre Pompidou refocuses a retrospective lens on 20th-century art. Histoire(s) d’une Collection draws together over 120 works from some of the biggest players in modernism to explore centre’s highly successful history. The fruit of a huge undertaking, the retrospective features pieces by Kandinsky, Lichtenstein and Picasso among others.

 

Until April 15th 2019
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
centrepompidou.fr
+33 0144 781 233

Until April 21, 2019

Fashion Freak Show by Jean Paul Gaultier

Irreverent Parisian fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who blazed a trail in the 80s with his sassy street-wear collections and pioneering efforts to popularise the “man skirt”, brings his eccentric part-catwalk, part-social commentary Fashion Freak Show to the famous Folies Bergère—the very same cabaret house that features in Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergere.

 

18th September 2018 – 21st April 2019
Folies Bergère, 32 Rue Richer, 75009 Paris
foliesbergere.com

April 29 – May 27, 2019

Dimanches au Galop

Sundays are a good time to visit Paris in the springtime—specifically ParisLongchamp racecourse. Fun, family-friendly days out include entertainment from Longchamp’s very amenable resident unicorn Aralée Clair alongside the usual run of high-octane races starring the country’s leading jockeys and their steeds. Take a grandstand seat to toast the winner at the finish line.

 

29th April –27th May 2019
Hippodrome ParisLongchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris
parislongchamp.com
+33 144 307 500

Until June 2, 2019

Arte Opera Season

Occupying Paris’ most prestigious auditoriums—namely Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille—until summer, Arte Opera Season indulges those with an ear for classical music with a glorious repertoire. From Paris National Opera’s skilled sopranos to refined tenors and sweeping scores from across Europe, the season is a thrilling time for opera enthusiasts to visit the French capital.

 

Until June 2nd 2019
Various locations around Paris
operadeparis.fr
+33 0171 252 423

March 6 – June 17, 2019

Franz Marc/August Macke. L’aventure du Cavalier bleu

Spanning five years at the start of the 20th century, Franz Marc/August Macke. L’aventure du Cavalier bleu shows works by two major players in Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) Expressionist movement. Both producers of colourful, kaleidoscopic landscapes, it was their shared passion for French art—notably Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin — that inspired their friendship.

 

6th March – 17th June 2019
Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
musee-orangerie.fr
+33 01 44 77 80 07

February 20 – June 17, 2019

The Courtauld Collection. A Vision for Impressionism

A varied body of 100 rare artworks that belonged to Samuel Courtauld showcases in Paris for the first time in 60 years as Fondation Louis Vuitton collaborates with London’s Courtauld Gallery. An affluent 20th-century English industrialist, Courtauld’s real passion was collecting art and he is thought to have ignited a taste for Impressionism in the United Kingdom.

 

20 th February – 17 th June 2019
Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
fondationlouisvuitton.fr

March 15 – July 14, 2019

Thomas Houseago – Almost Human

Trace the career of UK-born sculptor Thomas Houseago from his early 1990s sculptures to the mammoth installations he’s notorious for today. This strong and compelling collection explores his creative forays into wood, plaster, metal, concrete and bronze, with gargantuan figurative pieces dominating the Musee d’Art Moderne’s galleries.

 

15th March – 14th July 2019
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11, avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris
mam.paris.fr
+33 1 53 67 40 00

March 26 – July 21, 2019

Black models: from Géricault to Matisse

Encompassing 1974’s abolition of slavery in France, the Harlem Renaissance, the avant-garde movement and more recent works, this exhibition focuses on how subjects of colour have been represented in art. It’s a provocative study of the political, social and racial undercurrents that propelled pieces by Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse among others.

 

26th March – 21th July 2019
Musée d’Orsay, 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
musee-orsay.fr
+33 01 40 49 48 14

April 9 – August 11, 2019

Electronic Music from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk

The controversial electronic beats that skittered across dancefloors in Chicago and Detroit in the early 1980s changed the course of music history and marked the birth of electronic dance music. This aural retrospective honours the genre’s humble and boundary-pushing roots with a skilled curation by French sound artist Jean-Yves Leloup.

 

9th April – 11th August 2019
Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
philharmoniedeparis.fr
+33 1 44 84 44 84

February 19 – August 25, 2019

Calder – Picasso

Both Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) altered the way we perceive art. Now, with the beauty of hindsight, Musée Picasso brings 150 works and texts into focus to examine the dialogue between the two creative contemporaries: their meetings, their use of negative space, and their ability to produce obscure and often illusory viewpoints.

 

19th February – 25th August 2019
Musée Picasso, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris
museepicassoparis.fr
+33 185 560 036

March 27 – October 30, 2019

Musical Fountain Shows

The French gardens of Versailles date back to the reign of Louis XIV, and they certainly honour the monarch’s exacting tastes. The annual Musical Fountain Shows are a popular series of immaculately articulated water displays that bring the gardens to life. Lully and Rameau’s frothy scores are accompanied by choreographed sculpture fountains, with every Saturday night offering incredible displays of liquid and light.

 

27th March – 30th October 2019
Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
chateauversailles.fr
+33 130 837 800