September in Paris is the time when everyone returns from the summer holidays so do cultural institutions and museums!
Here and there, we discover brand-new exhibitions in Paris no matter if they are big or small, international or not, free of charge or not, there is something for everyone and for every budget.
When we plan the artistic events in September 2017 in Paris and that we write down the opening date of exhibitions you shall see, we can’t resist the call of museums and galleries. We leave you to discover the art events that are likely to fulfill your September 2017 days, evenings and weekends.
September 2017’s Must-See Exhibitions:
Paris Design Week 2017
Paris Design Week is back from September 8 to September 16, 2017. For eight days, Paris will become the international capital of design, welcoming over 100 designers from all over the world that will exhibit their latest creations, precious objects!
The Biennale des Antiquaires 2017 at the Grand Palais
The 29th Biennale des Antiquaires will take place from September 11 to 17 at the Grand Palais in Paris. It will bring together all the treasures from the most important art merchants that are to be sold.
European Heritage Days 2017
On September 16 and 17, 2017, most of monuments and cultural venues highlight France’s cultural heritage thanks to free visits, workshops and meetings with culture enthusiast. This year, European Heritage Days will promote youth by providing children with thousands of activities.
Opening of the Monnaie de Paris 11 Conti Museum
After 5 years of renovation works, Monnaie de Paris workshops of excellence opens on September 30, 2017 with new activities focused on French know-how and luxury. Let’s discover the coining workshop, art collections and gardens in the heart of Paris!
September 2017’s Most Awaited Exhibitions:
Creative Travel to Japan at Unesco Paris Headquarters
For a week, September 4-9, 2017, UNESCO takes us on a creative travel to Japan. Through a beautiful exhibition, Japanese heritage and it various regions lay before your eyes including the tea ceremony that we see in movies.
Adrià Fruitòs, the exhibition at the Slow Galerie
Located Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, the Slow Galerie exhibits from September 6 to 23, 2017, the work of engaged press illustrator Adrià Fruitòs (born in 1984).
Caro / Jeunet, the exhibition at the Halle Saint-Pierre
From September 7, 2017 to July 31, 2018, the Halle Saint-Pierre welcomes two legendary figures: movie directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro exchanging in a merry mess of various objects, movie references and monsters…
George Segal, the exhibition at the Galerie Templon
Located within walking distance from the Centre Pompidou, the Galerie Templon celebrates September as it should be by dedicating a great exhibition to American artist George Segal (1924-2000) running from September 9 to October 28, 2017.
Raymond Depardon at the Fondation Cartier
From September 13 to December 17, 2017, the Fondation Cartier-Bresson welcomes photographer Raymond Depardon and presents about a hundred pictures taken from all over the world.
Monet Collectionneur at the Musée Marmottan
The Musée Marmottan-Monet hosts an exhibition focused on Claude Monet and his private collection, “Monet Collectionneur”. From September 14, 2017 to January 14, 2018, discover the private life of Claude Monet.
The Ordrupgaard Collection at the Musée Jacquemart-Andrée
From September 15, 2017 to January 22, 2018, the Musée Jacquemart-André offers visitors to know more about the Ordrupgaard Collection featuring Danish Wilhelm and Henry Hansen. Never seen before in Europe, this collection brings together impressionist and post-impressionist paintings gathered in the early 20th century by the businessman and his wife.
The Art of Pastel at the Petit Palais
Pastel enthusiasts are about to be happy. From September 15, 2017 to April 8, 2018, Paris Petit Palais exhibits about 130 pastels out of its collection, a complete overview of how this technique has been used from Impressionism to Symbolism.
Picasso devant la nature at the Domaine de Sceaux
From September 15 to December 31, 2017, the museum of the Domaine Départemental de Sceaux hosts a great exhibition dedicated to Pablo Picasso and his relationship with nature. The Musée Picasso lent 80 works to the museum in order to set up this beautiful exhibition.
Continua Sphères Ensemble at the 104
The Centquatre welcomes the Galleria Continua again for a great exhibition of modern art running from September 16 to November 19, 2017. About twenty international art galleries and institutions are also invited to present their own selections. Don’t miss it!
We Dream Under The Same Sky at the Palais de Tokyo
The Palais de Tokyo organizes an exhibition on the refugees and their conditions called We Dream Under The Same Sky. This event will run from September 16 to 21, 2017 in partnership with five charities.
Maria by Callas, the exhibition at La Seine Musicale
Running from September 16 to December 14, 2017, Maria by Callas is La Seine Musicale’s first exhibition. 40 years after her death, Maria Callas is still seen as one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century.
Irving Penn at the Grand Palais
From September 21, 2017 to January 29, 2018, the Grand Palais hosts a beautiful restrospective on Irving Penn. This is the occasion to know more about one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century and celebrate the centenary of his birth.
Strokar, 40 street-artists at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles
From September 21 to November 19, 2017, the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles brings together 40 street-artists for an exhibition organized for the project Strokar. Jef Aérosol, Jérôme Mesnager, Denis Meyers, Ose, Estelle Stoul, Kool Koor, Popay, Jean-Maxime Robert and 40 artists present their works based on photographs by Fred Atax.
Icons that matter, Pop Art at the Musée Maillol
The Musée Maillol welcomes a beautiful exhibition focused on Pop Art collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. For the very first time in France, works by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and many others are exhibited following the story of post-war American art.
Vaux-le-Vicomte at the movies
From September 23 to November 5, 2017, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte takes us behind the scenes of many films and series. As a privileged shooting location, the château has been housing many shooting crews for many years including the crew for the series Versailles. The rooms, the shooting set, the costumes and temporary workshops will take you backstage.
Chrétiens d’Orient at the Institut du Monde Arabe
From September 26, 2017 to January 14, 2018, the Institut du Monde Arabe dedicates an exhibition to Oriental Christians. For this great exhibition that recounts two thousand years of the history of Christians in the Arabic world, the museum brings together 300 heritage works of art. We’ll understand how Christianism appeared in the region and the importance of political stability in the region for the future of the people.
Être pierre, the exhibition at the Musée Zadkine
Located near the Luxembourg gardens, the Musée Zadkine welcomes a wonderful exhibition called “Être pierre” (Being stone) from September 29, 2017 to February 11, 2018. You’ll discover a selection of about thirty artists including Giovanni Anselmo, Brassaï, Picasso and Zadkine, as a nod to this material used by Zadkine.
Agoramania, the free exhibition at the Maif Social Club
The Maif Social Club welcomes a new exhibition focused on the city. From September 29, 2017 to January 6, 2018, we discover works by a dozen of modern artists (photographs, videos, installations…) that make the city get into a state!
The 10 exhibitions you should visit before they come to an end:
Dragonland at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles
From May 25 to September 3, 2017, Paris exhibition center is hosting a gigantic exhibition dedicated to dragons featuring about thirty full-scale dragons. Myth or reality? Come and discover an exhibition with dragons more authentic than the originals!
DC Comics at Paris Art Ludique museum
From 31 March to 10 September 2017, the Art Ludique museum showcases DC Superheroes with an exhibition called “The Dawn of Superheroes”. Thanks to a collaboration with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros, the Parisian museum gathers together Batman, Superman and so many other Superheroes in Paris. A great DC-heroes family portrait you should not miss!
National Geographic at the Musée national d’Histoire naturelle
From 3 May to 18 September 2017, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle welcomes the legendary "National Geographic" magazine within its Mineralogy and Geology Gallery for a great exhibition featuring a hundred photographs. Published for the first time in 1888 thanks to a small group of explorers, "National Geographic" displays pictures to celebrate over a century of travels. And it is wonderful.
Paul-Armand Gette at Musée d’Art Moderne
From 5 May to 17 September 2017, Paris Musée d’Art Moderne located in the 16th arrondissement, accommodates in its permanent collections about twenty Paul-Armand Gette’s works of art.
Peter the Great, a Tsar at the Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles and its exhibition dedicated to Peter the Great return on an international event: the Russian Tsar's stay in France in 1717. For two months, Peter I mangled the protocol, he refused to stay in the royal apartments, took the young King of France into his arms but retained France’s greatest innovations to use them again in Saint Petersburg. 300 years later, you can now relive his travel from May 30 to September 24, 2017.
Spanish costumes at Maison Victor Hugo
Maison Victor Hugo exhibits from May 21 to September 24, 2017 a wonderful collection of traditional Spanish costumes coming from the Museo del Traje’s collection, the Madrid-based costume and ethnological heritage museum.
“Du Roi-Soleil à Marianne, Sièges en société” at the Galerie des Gobelins
Come and discover 300 wonderful seats from the 18th century to nowadays, from 25 April to 24 September 2017 at the Galerie des Gobelins. These social seats recount two hundred years of the French art of seats and give pride of place to a French know-how future generations have the duty to perpetuate…
La Pierre Sacrée des Maoris at the Musée du Quai Branly
The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac accommodates a lovely exhibition in its eastern mezzanine entirely dedicated to jade, the sacred stone of the Maori (New-Zealand). From Tuesday, May 23 to Sunday, October 1, 2017, the exhibition will present all the facets of the green gold from the other end of the world.
For even more things to do, please have a look at our guide about cultural walks and open-air exhibitions and our guide about Parisian museums free for all and all year long!