Seasonal guide to Paris

Fashion Week, Design Week and an abundance of international art fairs make Paris a supremely stylish place to be. Add to the mix an exciting programme of major exhibitions by leading modern and contemporary artists, as well as some of Europe’s most prestigious sporting occasions, and you’ll soon discover each season’s special appeal. Here are our favourite Parisian events to uncover.

Surrealist dinner
March 19

Surrealist dinner

Designer Charles Kaisin has taken the World dining scene by storm with his spectacular ‘Surrealist dinners’. Now it’s the turn of Le Meurice to host the latest in the series of outstanding and wonderful dining events, filled with jaw-dropping entertainment to awaken each of your senses. Settle in for a night of endless surprises with dinner prepared by the Alain Ducasse team and Cédric Grolet. The adventure begins here.

Thursday, March 19 at 8pm
€780 per person, including Dom Pérignon wine pairings

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MARCH 29

The Children’s Carnival returns

Welcome to a world of enchantment in our beautiful ballrooms, as we unveil the 12th edition of our Children’s Carnival. It’s an afternoon filled with dance performances by the Stanlowa Institute dancers, dance lessons and magic tricks for the little ones, as well as a delicious buffet prepared by Cédric Grolet and the Alain Ducasse team.

Sunday, March 29, 3.30 – 6pm
€70 per adult
€40 per child

Part of the proceeds will be donated to Les Petits Riens, a collective of artists offering activities to young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

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The Children’s Carnival returns
La Fab by agnès b.
From January, 2020

La Fab by agnès b.

French fashion designer agnès b. loves art. Over the years she has built a vast collection of more than 5,000 pieces of art, including photographs, drawings, paintings and sculptures. Some of these artworks are now on view at the newly created La Fab. Set in the brand new building designed by SOA Architectes, this special place is a diverse celebration of artistic creation in all its forms.

La Fab by agnès b., Place Jean-Michel Basquiat, 75013 Paris
la-fab.com | +33 (0)1 87 44 35 73
Image © Exhibition view of La hardiesse dans la collection (Boldness in the agnès b. collection). © Rebecca Fanuele. La Fab. / collection agnès b., 2020.

Until February 23, 2020

Picasso’s Magical Paintings

Pablo Picasso’s ‘Tableaux Magiques’ [Magical Paintings], painted between 1926 and 1930, are the subject of a new exhibition at The Musée National Picasso. A carefully curated selection of these works will be on display, including some painted on a dismantled wardrobe, owing to the painter’s poverty at the time.

Musée National Picasso, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris
museepicassoparis.fr | +33 (0)1 85 56 00 36
Image © RMN Grand Palais Adrien Didierjean, Succession Picasso DACS 2019

Picasso’s Magical Paintings
Leonardo da Vinci
Until February 24, 2020

Leonardo da Vinci

That the Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s best-known works, is no secret. However, this exhibition brings together a wealth of da Vinci’s other paintings to join the iconic portrait. The ambitious curation pays tribute to the Renaissance polymath’s immense skill and marks the fifth centenary of his death in France.

Louvre Museum, 75001 Paris
Louvre.fr | +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17
Image ©  RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) René-Gabriel Ojéda

February 24 – March 3, 2020

Paris Fashion Week

As the historical home of fashion, Paris has always been at the forefront of the style agenda – but did you know that the first Fashion Week took place in this city? This year’s event will be no exception, with the world’s most influential designers, influencers and society figures descending on the French capital as the women’s collections are unveiled.

Various locations across Paris
fhcm.paris | +33 (0)1 42 66 64 44

Paris Fashion Week
Hans Hartung: La fabrique du geste
Until March 1, 2020

Hans Hartung: La fabrique du geste

Progress is the central theme running through the work of German-French painter, Hans Hartung, at this retrospective presented by the Musée d’Art Moderne. Unsurprisingly, given his role as a World War II veteran, Hartung’s work is centred around ideas relating to human and technological progress.

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
mam.paris.fr | +33 (0)1 53 67 40 00
Image © T1989-K23″ (détail), Hans Hartung, 1989. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Palais de Tokyo

Until March 16, 2020

Boltanski

Paying tribute to Christian Boltanski’s ingenuity when it comes to blurring the boundaries between truth and fiction is this epic retrospective at the Pompidou Centre. The inspired curation comprises photography, paintings, sculpture, and film, and reflects the contemporary French artist’s sharp aptitude in remodelling the world.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
centrepompidou.fr | +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Image © Christian Boltanski/Galerie Marian Goodman/Rebecca Fanuele

Boltanski
Six Nations 2020
Until March 14, 2020

Six Nations 2020

Paris’ Stade de France takes its turn in hosting the year’s most anticipated rugby tournament, the Six Nations. Six of the world’s best-ranked squads participate in a fierce competition for the coveted title. With France hosting Italy, England and Ireland this time around it promises to be explosive.

Stade de France, 93200 Saint-Denis
sixnationsrugby.com| +33 (0)1 40 17 47 00

February 27 – March 1, 2020

Holiday on Ice 5

Entertaining families for 75 years, Holiday on Ice presents its latest sensation this winter. Expect glittery costumes, elegant twirls and dramatic choreography from start to triumphant finish, all under the Dome of Paris’s unusual aluminium roof.

Le Dôme de Paris, 34 Boulevard Victor, 75015 Paris
holidayonice.com | +33 (0)1 53 33 45 30

Holiday on Ice 5
Soulages at the Louvre
Until March 9, 2020

Soulages at the Louvre

The Louvre is marking the 100th birthday of abstract ‘painter of black and light,’ Pierre Soulages, with a solo exhibition. The show follows his exceptionally long career from its beginnings in 1946 through to the present day.

Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
louvre.fr | +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17
Image © Archives Soulages

Mars 20 - 22, 2020

Saut Hermès

Witness the world’s elite showjumpers fly over one of the most difficult courses in the world, within the comfort of Paris’s Grand Palais setting. This high-adrenaline spectator event peaks with the Grand Prix Hermès, on the Sunday afternoon, a spectacle not to be missed.

3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France
sauthermes.com | +33 (0)1 40 17 47 00
Image © Frédéric Chéhu

Saut Hermès
Turner
Mars 13 - July 20, 2020

Turner

With loans from the Tate Britain – home of the largest Turner collection worldwide – Turner is a remarkable retrospective of the celebrated British watercolour artist. More than 70 works are on display, including some that have never before been shown in France, tracing his artistic evolution through early canvases and personal sketches to major paintings.

Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris
musee-jacquemart-andre.com | +33 (0)1 45 62 11 59 |
Image © Charles-Duprat
 

Until March 15, 2020

Défi - Cirque d'Hiver

The captivating Cirque d’Hiver, which literally translates as Winter Circus, building was erected in 1852 and was later brought to life with one of the first flying trapeze acts. This winter’s show, Défi, offers animals, gymnasts, clowns and other creative artistes, and promises to delight all ages.

110 rue Amelot, 75011 Paris
cirquedhiver.com | +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
Image © Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione de Paris, Dominique Secher

Défi - Cirque d'Hiver
Christo and Jeanne-Claude Paris !
March 18 – June 15, 2020

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Paris !

Renowned for their spectacular urban works, Christo and Jeanne-Claude showcase their Pont-Neuf packaging project, alongside a curated selection of little-known workshop pieces before wrapping the Arc de Triomphe this Autumn’. This major exhibition not only celebrates their creative ingenuity, but it explores the fundamental role the City of Lights has played in the pair’s artistic evolution.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
centrepompidou.fr | +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Image © Wolfang Volz [Archives Christo]

March 24 – July 19, 2020

James Tissot

In 19th century Paris, critics were singing the praises of Manet, Degas, and the highly fashionable Tissot. Tissot’s work, such as his famous images of Parisienne women and his numerous biblical pieces, are being celebrated in this elegant exhibition at the Musée D’Orsay.

Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
musee-orsay.fr | +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Image © Musée D’Orsay

James Tissot
Drawing Now Art Fair
March 26 – 29, 2020

Drawing Now Art Fair

Art collectors, curators or connoisseurs take note, the 13th Drawing Now Art Fair is a brilliant opportunity to purchase drawings from talented emerging artists. This year is the biggest yet, with 72 galleries displaying the work of 400 artists at the Carreau du Temple.

Carreau du Temple, 2 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris
drawingnowartfair.com | +33 (0)1 45 38 51 15
Image © Thomas Thyrion 2018 aquarelle sur papier, Courtesy Bechter Kastowsky Galerie and the artist

Avril 2 – 5, 2020

Art Paris 2020

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, installations and sculpture, curated by 150 competitive international galleries. Whether to browse or buy, it’s the city’s go-to for art enthusiasts.

Grand Palais, avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
artparis.com | +33 (0)1 56 26 52 13
Image © Bolin Liu family photo, Art Paris

Art Paris 2020
Week-end Picasso
Avril 4 – 5, 2020

Week-end Picasso

Experience first-hand Picasso’s connection with music – from costumery at the ballet to concert walks that bring art to life – at Philharmonie de Paris’ themed weekend. Symphonic concerts, family shows, ballet workshops and a plethora of creative events and activities are on the programme, including a few performances of rare musical works.

Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
philharmoniedeparis.fr | +33 (0)1 44 84 44 84

Avril 23 – 26, 2020

Urban Art Fair

The Urban Art Fair returns with more than 200 artists on display and both national and global exhibitors showcasing a vibrant collection of mosaics, graffiti, ephemeral posters and more. Adding to this year’s celebratory mood, there’s an expanded programme of live events to experience alongside the exhibits.

Le Carreau du Temple, 4 rue Eugene Spuller, 75003 Paris
urbanartfair.com |+33 (0)1 83 81 93 30
Image © Urban Art Fair
 
 

Urban Art Fair
Die Walküre
May 5 – 27, 2020

Die Walküre

Engulfing audiences in a wild and heartrending tale of thwarted love, rage and divine authority, Wagner’s Die Walküre storms onto the stage of the Opéra Bastille. Calixto Bieito’s direction leans even further into the characters’ excruciating journeys to explore unchartered territories in their psychological depths with this powerful new production.

Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
operadeparis.fr | +33 (0)8 92 89 90 90
Image © Duncan 1980

May 6 – August 17, 2020

Body and Soul: Sculpture in Italy from Donatello to Michelangelo

The highly anticipated follow-up to the lauded Springtime of the Renaissance exhibition, Body and Soul is an extraordinary look at the human body in the round. Spanning the second half of the Quattrocento and culminating in Michelangelo’s master works, the show seeks to explore ideas of bodily movement and emotional impact as set in stone and other media.

Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
louvre.fr | +33 (0)1 40 20 50 50

Body and Soul: Sculpture in Italy from Donatello to Michelangelo
Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés
May 9 – 20, 2020

Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Returning to Saint-Germain-des-Prés for its 20th edition, the jazz festival is a vibrant, 11-day celebration, with an exceptional array of performers lined up to mark the occasion. Alongside great tunes, the festival commandeers some fantastic venues. From the grand Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe to an atmospheric old church, this is a rewarding acoustic exploration of Paris’ historic artistic centre.

Various locations across Paris
festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com
Image © Geraldine Santin

May 13 – August 31, 2020

Matisse

To celebrate 150 years since Henri Mattise’s birth, the Centre Pompidou is hosting a unique exhibition of the Fauvist master’s oeuvre. Looking at his creative process, particularly his relationship with literature, the show offers a rare opportunity to admire never-before-seen works alongside all-time favourite masterpieces in a new light.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
centrepompidou.fr +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Image © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palaias-Jean-Claude Planchet, © Succession Henri Matisse-DACS 2013

Matisse
Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris Weekend
May 16 – 17, 2020

Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris Weekend

Also known informally as ‘the French Grand National’, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris has been a landmark event in the country’s equestrian calendar since 1847. Famously challenging for riders and thrilling for spectators, this high-intensity race is one of the year’s longest steeplechases and promises an exceptional weekend of entertainment.

Auteuil Racecourse, Route d’Auteuil aux Lacs, 75016 Paris
evenements.france-galop.com | +33 (0)1 49 10 20 30
Image © APRH or Image © France Galop

May 18 – June 7, 2020

French Open

The biggest international names in tennis go racket to ball in this year’s round of the Roland-Garros French Open. Last year saw two-time champion Rafael Nadal defeat Dominic Thiem in a legendary rematch to win the Men’s Grand Slam, while Ashleigh Barty won her first in the Women’s. Secure a courtside seat to cheer this year’s winner.

Stade Roland-Garros, 2 Avenue Gordon Bennett, 75016 Paris
tickets.rolandgarros.com | +33 (0)1 47 43 51 11
Image © Pauline Ballet, FFT

French Open