June may be a great time to see events in the gardens and monuments throughout the Paris region, but there are also many art exhibitions to see this June 2016, including some outdoor exhibitions!
After a gloomy month of May, Parisians are in real need of sun-basking time before summer, and we're betting on a sunny and bright June ahead! Many different cultural establishments throughout the Paris region have anticipated this need for Vitamin D and so they are revealing their summer exhibitions, a lot of them outdoors, in the region's most beautiful gardens and at its historical monuments!
The Must-See Events of June 2015:
D’Days, 2016, the Design Revolution : The D’Days Festival is here from May 30th to June 5th, 2016 in Paris. For one week, designers, schools and museums will present the best of contemporary design, a revolutionary event to celebrate their 15th anniversary.
International Photo Fair in Bievres : the 53rd annual Foire Internationale de la Photo (International Photo Fair) will be held in Bièvres on June 4th and 5th, 2016. Bièvres will become the photography capital for a weekend, with a market, exhibitions and workshops!
The Most Awaited Exhibitions in June 2016:
Louis Stettner, Free Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou : The Centre Pompidou will feature the work of celebrated American photographer Louis Stettner in a free exhibition from June 15th to September 12th, 2016. This presentation explores 20th century society in both France and the United States through Stettners photographs.
Homme Blanc/Homme Noir (White Man/Black Man) at the Musée de Quai Branly : The Musée de Quai Branly is showing an important exhibition on the representations of Western man in African art in the 20th century. “Homme Blanc/Homme Noir” is open from June 16th to October 9th, 2016.
A President in the King’s Palace, Charles De Gaulle at the Trianon, Exhibition in Versailles : From June 18th to November 9th, 2016, the Palace of Versailles invites visitors to rediscover the Trianon-sous-Bois palace, which in 1963 became the president’s personal residence, during the De Gaulle era. After visiting this iconic president’s office, which has been historically recreated for the event, visitors can also see how the Grand Trianon is used to host chiefs of state during official visits.
Balzac and the Artists at the Maison de Balzac : For its latest exhibition, the Maison de Balzac highlights the relationships Balzac had with the artists of his time. Texts, paintings, and drawings reveal what Balzac could have thought of his contemporaries. Come see this exhibition from June 17th to October 2nd, 2016!
Olafur Eliasson in Versailles, Summer Contemporary Art Exhibition : Artist Olafur Elaisson’s annual contemporary art exhibition will be at the Versailles Palace this year, from June to November 2016. Eliasson is taking the reigns at the Versailles Estate and will be offering a brand-new way to look at this historic palace!
The Seine, Hauts-de-Seine-Yvelines to the Domaine de Sceaux : For this summer, the Hauts-de-Seine department has gathered some 40 photographic works from artists in the department to showcase the Seine, a river with its islands, its riverbanks, bridges and activities!
Michel Houellebecq, “Rester Vivant” (Staying Alive) Exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo : An unusual exhibition featuring artist Michel Houllebecq is at the Palais de Tokyo, from June 23rd to September 11th, 2016. The one-of-a-kind exhibition, titled “Rester Vivant” (Staying Alive), immerses visitors in Houllebecq’s universe, expressed through various forms by this poet, film director, essayist and novelist.
Bercy by Robert Doisneau at Bercy Village : This summer, Bercy Village is traveling through time, bringing us to to Bercy Village in the 1970s, immortalized by Robert Doisneau. 30 photographs in black and white reveal moving portraits of factory workers at Bercy, the wine storehouses and wine barrels of Parisian wines!
“Mutations Urbaines”(Urban Transformations) Exhibition at the Cité des Sciences : From June 14th 2016 to March 5th, 2017 at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, you can learn more about what the future may bring for the capital and its inhabitants, through ecological, urban and futuristic initiatives! Get a glimpse of Paris’s future at the “Mutations Urbaines,” Urban Transformations exhibition!
The Jacques Chirac Cultural Dialog Exhibition at the Musée de Quai Branly : To celebrate it’s 10th year anniversary, the Musée de Quai Branly is opening an exhibition dedicated to its founder, Jacques Chirac, open from June 21st to September 9th, 2016. There will be rare works from public and private collections that intertwine with the former president’s tastes, inspiration and actions.
The Exhibitions that Everyone is Talking About:
Gardens of the Eastern World at the Institut du Monde Arabe :Just steps away from the Seine river in the square at the Institut du Monde Arabe, a large garden will be in bloom from April 19th to September 25th, 2016. The orange and palm trees, roses and jasmine will transport you out of Paris and into other worlds, exploring styles ranging from the Iberian peninsula to the Indian subcontinent.
The Avengers STATION Exhibition Comes to Paris : The Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an interactive exhibition and recruitment session that will teach you how to become a Marvel superhero! Face off with the Avengers and show them that you’re ready to join their team! This exhibition was a huge hit in New York, and will now be in Paris in the plaza of the city’s business district at Esplanade de la Défense, from April 15th to September 25th, 2016!
James Bond 007 Exhibition in Paris : To celebrate over 50 years of the world’s most famous spy, the Grande Halle de la Villette has opened its James Bond 007 exhibition, which closes September 4th, 2016. The exhibition unveils 500 accessories from the 007 movies, from Bond’s costumes to his Aston Martin DB5, and of course the set decorations from the different films!
Carambolages : The main exhibition at the Grand Palais this year features a “journey through universal art” with 180 different pieces. “Carambolages” aims to push us beyond traditional views, to “find new order,” and a “transcultural” notion of art. Come see it between March 2nd and July 4th, 2016!
2016’s Most Awaited Exhibitions
JR Makes the Pyramid at the Louvre Disappear : Street artist JR is the guest of honor at the Louvre from May 24th to June 28th, 2016. This time, JR will make the Louvre Pyramid disappear!
Monumenta 2016, Huang Yong Ping at the Grand Palais : The Monumenta installation in the heart of the Grand Palais is an extraordinary challenge. This year, the RMN has invited great Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping to tackle the 114 foot nave of the Grand Palais. Come see this installation, called Empires, from May 8th to June 18th, 2016!
Bertrand Lavier at the Monnaie de Paris, “Merci Raymond” : From May 27th to July 17th, 2016, Bertrand Lavier will be taking over the Monnaie de Paris museum. His exposition, titled “Merci, Raymond!” pays tribute to his friend Raymond Hains in 12 anecdotal installations in the 12 halls of the Hotel du Quai Conti.
Fashion Collection at the Musée Galliera : Paris fashion museum Musée Galliera will be presenting its collection in this remarkable exhibition, “l’Anatomie d’une Collection,” open from May 24th to October 23rd, 2016.
Paul Klee at the Centre Pompidou : Paul Klee's exhibition at the Centre Pompidou is one of the most awaited art events of the season. From April 6th to August 1st, 2016, the Centre Pompidou brings together 250 of Paul Klee’s pieces on the irony of romance, offering a closer look at Klee’s relationship to his contemporaries.
Le Douanier Rousseau Exhibition : There is a beautiful exhibition waiting for you at the Musée d’Orsay. They’re showing a large retrospective on atypical modern painters, titled “Le Douanier Rousseau,” from March 22nd to July 17th, 2016.
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