Paris Autumn Guide 2018

Fashion Week, Design Week and the International Art Fair make Paris a supremely stylish place to be this season. Add to the mix an exciting programme of major exhibitions by leading contemporary and modern artists, along with Europe’s most prestigious horse race, and this promises to be a very memorable few months.

March 31 – October 28, 2018

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales at Versailles

A musical and visual extravaganza, the fountain show is set to period melodies, the water dancing to the music. The event takes place throughout the spring and summer in the remarkable gardens of the Château de Versailles, which, along with the gardens, are themselves listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles

11th of September - 9th of October, 2018

Tristan und Isolde

Richard Wagner’s tragic opera based on the medieval legend of an Irish princess, Isolde, who falls in love with Tristan, the nephew of her betrothed king, with fatal consequences, receives remarkable contemporary treatment in Peter Sellars’ production at Opéra Bastille. The set is suspended with screens that flicker in meta-textual dialogue with the events playing out on stage, creating a thrilling challenge to traditional operatic delivery.


11th September – 9th October 2018

Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris

18th of September 2018 - 7th of January 2019

Picasso. Blue and Rose

Pablo Picasso’s Blue period began in 1901 and was defined by sombre images of despair and loneliness following the death of his friend. A rosier outlook followed from 1904, reflected in the Spanish artist’s use of warmer colours in his paintings. This exhibition, a large-scale collaboration between the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée Picasso Paris, juxtaposes the two, exploring Picasso’s earlier years as one of the world’s most eminent modern artists.


18th September 2018 – 6th January 2019

Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris

25th of September - 3rd of October, 2018

Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019

Prepare to hit the FROW along with the biggest names in couture as they descend on the French capital to showcase their new collections for Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019. Heavyweight French design houses such as Chanel, Givenchy and Christian Dior are joined by those from further afield, such as Elie Saab, Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli, lending the style capital an additional froth of glamour.


24th September – 2nd October 2018

Various locations around Paris

3rd October 2018 – 4th February 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

6th – 7th October 2018

Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

It’s home! The newly refurbished Paris Longchamp Racecourse is once again host to Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe’s galloping steeds, pumping adrenaline and high-octane competition, after its previous two years at Chantilly Racecourse. The Arc bears the trophy as Europe’s most prestigious horse race, with a prize fund of €4million. Admirers of unparalleled equestrian grace can’t miss the purebreds in The Arabian World Cup.


6th – 7th October 2018

Paris Longchamp Racecourse, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris

17th October 2018 – 4th March 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

18th – 21st October 2018

FIAC! (International Art Fair)

The ‘who’s who’ in the art industry, FIAC! International Art Fair is a busy hive of contemporary art in its many forms. With both established and lesser-known galleries representing 25 countries, each championing creative talent from across the globe beneath the graceful glass domes of the Grand Palais, it’s a seasonal highlight worth bookmarking. New to the show? Join a guided tour of current art market trends with Artstorming.


18th – 21st October 2018

Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

19th October 2018 – 3rd February 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

19th October 2018 – 10th February 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