Autumn is the ideal time of year to discover a new side of Paris. Exalted by the seasonal colour palette, the capital city stirs up the senses. The art scene is in full throttle, preparing you to explore new grounds: lose yourself in the alleyways and galleries, and enjoy essential events and moments. This is merely a selection of what should not be missed this autumn...
FIAC 2016 Edition
This is THE major event for art lovers in Paris. Once again this year, FIAC (standing for International Contemporary Art Fair) get their fill of new and special artworks. Besides the 189 galleries assembled, rigorously selected by a committee of professionals, the fair innovates by offering both On Site, a dedicated space in the Petit Palais exhibiting sculptural works and other installations, and the Parades for FIAC festival, which brings forward exchanges between art disciplines on various sites in the city. You are sure to make great findings!
FIAC - Grand Palais
Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 October 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Late night opening on Friday 21 October, until 9:00 p.m.
Full-fare: 35 EUR / Reduced fare: 20 EUR / Free entry for children under 12
FIAC On Site - Petit Palais
Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 October 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Late night opening on Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 October, until 9:00 p.m.
FIAC - Hors les Murs
Jardin des Tuileries
Until November 2016
Every day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Until November 2016
Magritte, the treachery of images, at Centre Pompidou
The Pompidou Centre pays tribute to René Magritte with a retrospective exhibition that offers an original walk through five themes: the fragmented body, shadows, curtains, fire and words. Around a hundred artworks are exhibited, in particular those dealing with his work on the treacherous nature of representation. The major part Magritte played within the Surrealist movement is front and centre.
21 September 2016 au 23 January 2017
Every day except Tuesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Late night opening until 11:00 p.m. every Thursday, and every Monday from Monday 03 October onwards
Ludwig Van, the Beethoven myth, at the Paris Philharmonic
Why has Beethoven become such a myth? Why do his compositions still accompany the biggest events of our history? How did he inspire great writers, artists and filmmakers?
The exhibition offers to understand why his work far exceeded the limits of scholarly knowledge to become a major factor of pop culture.
Philharmonie de Paris
14 October 2016 to 29 January 2017
Picasso-Giacometti, at the Picasso Museum
The Museo Picasso Málaga already devoted an exhibition to Giacometti, shedding a light on the evolution of his work over the years and the people he met. It is now the turn of the Picasso Museum to take an interest in the artist, this time through the prism of a comparison with Picasso's work. The exhibition studies their formal, friendly and iconographic relationship, shaping up into an engaging exploration between those two 20th century geniuses.
4 October 2016 to 5 February 2017
Shchukin Collection, at the Fondation Vuitton
It is already said to be the cultural highlight of the new season: one hundred and thirty artworks gathered in one place for every art lover to enjoy.
This exceptional exhibition pays tribute to Sergei Shchukin, visionary art collector, with many works from Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and even Van Gogh.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
22 October 2016 to 20 February 2017
Herb Ritts – In Full Light, at the Maison européenne de la photographie
Inspired by the movements of classical Greek sculptures, Herb Ritts spent his entire career trying to sublimate the lines of the human body. From his early days taking the photograph of a then-unknown actor (Richard Gere) to the golden era of all-things Hollywood, it's the talent of the artist that the MEP chose to illustrate in this exhibition. A perfect dosage of natural features, glorified by light and a remarkable vision by the Californian artist, all ideally coming together on prints, which you can admire in their gorgeous black & white.
Maison européenne de la Photographie
Until 30 October 2016