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.

DECEMBER 7 – 8

M'days- Pop-up shopping experience

We’re delighted to announce the return of our popular ‘M-Days’ pop-up shop, which opens for two days this December – just in time for festive gifts. Join us at the Castiglione Gallery as eight young designers present their exciting collections of clothes and accessories, ranging from luxury leather gloves and bags, to locally-made cotton shirts and statement jewellery.

Friday, December 7 – 10am – 7pm
Saturday, December 8 – 9am – 7pm

For more information, please contact:
+33 (0)1 44 58 69 56
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18th September 2018 - 6th 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
www.musee-orsay.fr

18th September 2018 – 30th December 2018

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 – 30th December 2018
Folies Bergère, 32 Rue Richer, 75009 Paris
www.foliesbergere.com

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
www.grandpalais.fr

3rd October 2018 – 14th January 2019

Jean-Michel Basquiat & Egon Schiele

The prodigious Jean-Michel Basquiat, famed for his explosively unapologetic street art, was born more than 40 years after Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele, who challenged social platitudes with his erotic, finely rendered nude paintings. Both artists died on, or just before, turning 28; both were as prolific as they were provocative; and both are given centre stage at this thrilling retrospective.

 

3rd October 2018 – 14th January 2019
Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

6th October 2018 – 17th March 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
www.cirquedhiver.com

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
www.centrepompidou.fr

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
www.monnaiedeparis.fr

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
madparis.fr

6th November 2018 – 27th January 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
www.musee-orsay.fr

25th November 2018 – 7th January 2019

Christmas at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

The grand Baroque sweep of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, 55km south of Paris, sparkles with irresistible festive cheer at Christmas. Its immaculate gardens are swathed in twinkling threads of fairy lights and decked out with 200 glittering fir trees, while its interiors brim with chocolate pyramids and opulent displays of jewel-coloured candies to lure visitors for an enchanting day out of the city.

25th November 2018 – 7th January 2019
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, 77950 Maincy
www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

12th – 23rd December 2018

Disney sur Glace (Disney on Ice)

The glittering ice-skating extravaganza pulls out all the stops to include an all-star line-up of animated favourites. Starring Polynesian heroine Moana, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast’s Belle and Cinderella, alongside Mickey and Minnie Mouse (of course!), it’s a dazzling crowd-pleaser of enchanting costumes, spectacular stunts and expertly choreographed firework displays.

 

12th – 23rd December 2018
Zénith Paris, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
www.disneyonice.com

18th – 22nd January 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
http://www.maison-objet.com

6th – 10th February 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
www.retromobile.com

16th February – 19th March 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
www.operadeparis.fr