A Bespoke Guide to Paris - Spring
As spring begins to bloom, a whole host of events and openings take over Paris, providing ample entertainment for visitors old and new. From art exhibitions and jazz festivals to new museums and restaurants, it seems that the capital heats up with the rising temperatures. Not sure where to start? Follow this guide to the best of Paris in spring 2017.
MercatWalther König & Cahiers d’Art
Palais de Tokyo is a modern art institution dedicated to exhibitions, events and soon, literature. The original library was closed last year and reopens in spring as Walther König & Cahiers d’Art – a new bookshop thrice the size as the previous space. Browse a vast collection of international books dedicated to the arts, from fashion and design to cinema and photography, alongside a selection of limited editions, stationary and gifts.
Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris | +33 1 81 97 35 88
Every art lover in the world knows Pablo Picasso, but for its latest exhibition, the National Picasso Museum in Paris focuses on one of the artist’s muses, his wife, Olga. Picasso painted Olga many times throughout their marriage and this collection showcases a fascinating series of works where observant visitors can see her emotions changing as time passes from their early relationship and through motherhood until their separation.
March 21 – September 03 2017
National Picasso Museum in Paris, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris | +33 1 85 56 00 36
Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris
Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris is a one-of-a-kind month-long photography festival. Since its inauguration in 1980, the festival has made a significant contribution to the city’s photography scene. Attendees can enjoy an array of exhibitions by the likes of Robert Doisneau, Patrice Terraz, Roger Schall and Véronique Ellena, as well as collective exhibits and tributes to great names such as Willy Maywald.
Throughout April 2017
Various locations | +33 1 44 78 75 48
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival
Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the jazz heart of Paris. It’s a hotspot of live music and every year a jazz festival is held in the iconic neighbourhood. Churches, theatres, jazz clubs and restaurants come together to stage concerts by international musicians, master classes, talks, competitions, and much more.
May 11 – May 22 2017
Le Grand Musée du Parfum
Perfume and Paris share a rich history, so it was only a matter of time before the capital received its own dedicated perfume museum. Le Grand Musée du Parfum is dedicated to the art and history of perfume making. The museum also hosts olfactory workshops where visitors can learn about the raw ingredients that go into fragrances or try their hand at creating their own scent.
Le Grand Musée du Parfum, 73 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris | +33 1 42 65 25 44
Tour Auto Optic 2000
Celebrating its 26th edition this year, the Tour Auto Optic 2000 is a highlight for motoring enthusiasts. Following an exhibition of participating vehicles at the impressive Grand Palais, the classic car tour sets off on a picturesque route through the Brittany countryside. This year’s special focus is on vintage French brands, so expect to see a variety of models no longer in production.
April 24 – April 30 2017
Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
From Zurbarán to Rothko: Alicia Koplowitz Collection
Alicia Koplowitz is one of the greatest art collectors of the present day. In its new exhibit, Musée Jacquemart-André works with Koplowitz to showcase 52 pieces from her impressive personal collection, which includes paintings, drawings and sculptures by some of the world’s most talented artists, such as Picasso, Van Gogh and Canaletto.
March 03 – July 10 2017
Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris | +33 1 45 62 11 59