Paris Arts & Culture: 12 Top Picks for Fall-Winter 2018-2019

Paris Arts & Culture: 12 Top Picks for Fall-Winter 2018-2019

Paris art 2018

The colors are changing and the air is turning crisp. That can only mean one thing: a new season of exciting exhibits on the Paris art scene. From old masters to modern geniuses, there’s something for every taste and every age, with an extra sprinkling of rare and never-before-seen works heading our way.

Spanish Spirit


An exhibit devoted to the colorful, dreamlike, poetic universe of Juan Miro. Bringing together nearly 150 paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, illustrations and more, this retrospective traces the technical and stylistic evolution of the artist over 70 years of prolific creation. A not-to-be missed opportunity to explore the work of this singular artist.

When: October 3, 2018 – February 4, 2019
Where: Grand Palais, 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris

Picasso Blue and Rose 

Organized jointly by the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, the first large-scale collaboration between the two museums, this exceptional exhibit is dedicated to Pablo Picasso’s blue and rose periods. Featuring many well-known masterpieces, it proposes a new interpretation on the years 1900-1906, a critical period in the artist’s career.

When: September 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Where: Musée d’Orsay, 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur 75007 Paris

American Icons

Jean-Michel Basquiat 

A large-scale exhibit devoted to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most significant painters of the 20th century, particularly in his depiction of African American culture. Covering the artist’s entire career, from 1980 to 1988, the exhibit focuses on 120 defining works gathered for the first time here, including the presentation of several collaborations between Basquiat and Warhol. As an added bonus, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is simultaneously presenting an exhibit of works by Austrian artist Egon Schiele. Although Basquiat and Schiele worked at the opposite ends of the 20th century, their raw, passionate and short-lived bodies of work link them in surprising ways.

When: October 3, 2018 – January 14, 2019
Where: Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi Bois de Boulogne 75116 Paris

Dorothea Lange – Politics of Seeing 

An exhibit featuring major works by the world-famous photographer, some of which have never before been seen in France. Focusing on the extraordinary emotional power of  Lange’s documentary-style approach, it features photos from the Depression period, the Farm Security Administration, and Japanese-American internment camps, amongst others. Over one hundred vintage prints are enhanced by documents and screenings that broaden the scope of her iconic oeuvre.

When: October 16, 2018 to January 27, 2019
Where: Jeu de Paume, 1 place de la Concorde 75008 Paris

Friends and Enemies

Caravaggio’s Roman Period 

This exhibit in the charming Jacquemart-André Museum features nine masterpieces by the 17th-century Italian artist retracing his Roman period and highlighting his innovative genius and the artistic effervescence that reigned in the Eternal City at the time. The exhibit includes a closer look at Caravaggio’s artistic circle and his important links with the collectors, artists, poets and scholars of his time.

When: September 21, 2018 – January 28, 2019
Where: Le Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 boulevard Haussmann 75008 Paris

Giacometti from Tradition to Avant-garde

Through a chronological and thematic look at Giacometti’s work and life, this exhibit presents more than 50 sculptures by one of the major classical and modern sculptors of his time. Complemented by around 25 works of other major artists such as Rodin, Maillol, Brancusi, Lipchitz, and Zadkine, it highlights Giacometti’s relations with these artists at each stage of the development of his style.

When: September 14, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Where: Musée Maillol, 61 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris

Momentous Movements

Le Cubisme

For the first time since 1953, the Centre Pompidou is devoting an exhibition to the history of the Cubist movement in Paris between 1907 and 1917. Rather than just focusing on the big names – Braque, Gris, Picassothe exhibit puts the spotlight on secondary Cubists, such as Gleizes and Metzinger, or those who were a bit different, like Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia, whose radical, inventive creative energy contributed to the foundations of modern art.

When: Octobre 17, 2018 – February 25, 2019 
Where: Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris

Private Collections: From Impressionists to Fauves

Over the years, the Marmottan Museum has become the go-to place to see rarely-shown works from private collections. Their latest exhibit is no exception, presenting over 60 paintings, sculptures and drawings from the Impressionist and Post-impressionist periods in Paris for the first time. Don’t miss this chance to see major works by Monet, Degas, Caillebotte, Renoir, Rodin, Claudel, Seurat, Signac, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Redon, Vuillard, Bonnard, Derain, Matisse and more. There’s no telling when they may come around again.

When: September 13, 2018 – February 10, 2019 
Where: Marmottan-Monet Museum, 2 rue Louis Boilly 75016 Paris

Artistic Isles 

Madagascar Arts de la Grande Île 

Located in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa, the island of Madagascar is a continent in miniature, with exceptionally diverse nature, language and culture. Through a wide selection of decorative arts, funerary objects, painting, photography and more, this exhibit brings to light the island’s rich history of cultural exchange with visitors and migrants (African, Persian, Arab, Indian, Southern Asian, etc.) that transformed Madagascar into an extraordinary artistic melting pot.

When: September 18, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Where: Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, 37 Quai Branly 75007 Paris

Japan – Japonismes. 1867-2018

As part of the Japonismes 2018 cultural year, organized to mark the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan, the Musée des Arts Décoratif displays a selection of works from its Japanese art collection, as well as works on loan from Japan and works produced in Europe that were influenced by Japan. Spanning various genres, from traditional crafts to contemporary works, the exhibit will provide a cross-sectional introduction to art, design and fashion from the second half of the 19th century to the present.

When: November 15, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Where: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107-111 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris

Pop and Poison

Michael Jackson On The Wall 

Michael Jackson exhibit ParisA unique exhibit sure to appeal to the entire family, the Grand Palais devotes an entire show to the King of Pop: Michael Jackson. This multi-media exhibit includes songs, choreographies and video clips which trace Jackson’s extraordinary artistic path, and demonstrates how his work was a source of inspiration for many artists such as Andy Warhol and Isaac Julien.

When: November 23, 2018 – February 14, 2019
Where: Grand Palais, 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris



If your little ones are more interested in the dark arts than colorful clips, this is the exhibit for them – a journey through the evolution of nature’s most remarkable biological weapon: venom. Through a display of 22 terrariums, visitors can observe 30 species of reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that utilize a substance that can immobilize, inflict pain and even kill, but can also be used to save lives. Terrifying and edifying all at once.

When: October 10, 2018 – August 11, 2019
Where: Palais de la Découverte, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt Paris 75008



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