Art exhibitions in Paris, October 2017

Do you know there are over 50 exhibitions running in Paris this October 2017? Yes, there are! Over 50 exhibitions each more pleasant than the next. Famous artists retrospectives, historical exhibitions, themed exhibits, suited to children… you won’t be bored! So, take your pick!

This October 2017, Paris becomes world’s art capital with the FIAC (the international art fair), the White Night (a long night dedicated to contemporary arts in the streets of Paris). We make the best of walks before winter, especially the one proposed by the Palace of Versailles with its Winter Journey created by Jean de Loisy…

Come on, let’s enjoy them all!

Time-limited and free events happening this October 2017:

Nuit Blanche 2017 : le parcours officiel !White Night – Nuit Blanche 2017 in Paris and Ile-de-France
This year’s White Night, called “la Nuit blanche,” will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017. For the 16th Nuit Blanche, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, entrusted the night-time arts festival to art historian Charlotte Laubard who is willing to make it work thanks to a collective creation!

fiac 2011, Grand Palais,FIAC 2017
From October 19 to 22, 2017, FIAC is back in Paris! For four days, Paris will leave at the time of contemporary art. For this 44th edition, FIAC will take over the Grand Palais, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place Vendôme and the Petit Palais. Here are all the tips!

October’s exhibition in Paris:

Le Musée Yves-Saint-Laurent à Paris, les photosOpening of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum
The upcoming Musée Yves Saint Laurent opens its doors on October 3, 2017 in Paris. This will be the occasion to tell the story of a symbol of the French Haute Couture.

Il était une fois, la science dans les contes à la Cité des SciencesOnce upon a time, science in tales at the Cité des Sciences
Approaching science through fairytales, this is what the Cité des Sciences offers with its yearly exhibition, Once upon a time. Running from October 3, 2017 to November 18, 2018, this exhibition will take children from 7 to 11 to discover physical, chemical, mathematical concepts by observing them in action in your children’s favorite fairytales, from Pinocchio to Jack and the Beanstalk.

Portraits Princiers signés Rubens, lexpo événement au Musée du LuxembourgRubens, Portraits of Princes
From October 4, 2017 to January 14, 2018, the Musée du Luxembourg is hosting a very brilliant exhibition focused on Peter Paul Rubens. Indeed, he is part of the painters who had the honor of painting kings, queens, princes and princesses all through Europe. For the first time, 65 portraits of princes painted by Rubens are brought together in a museum for a never-seen-before exhibition!

Bourdelle et l'antique, l'exposition au musée BourdelleBourdelle et l’antique, the exhibition at Musée Bourdelle
From October 4, 2017 to February 4, 2018, the Musée Bourdelle hosts an exhibition called “Bourdelle et l’antique” offering to return on the artist’s deep interest in Greek mythology and art. His sculptures will be displayed alongside with works by Picasso, Modigliani, Zadkine…

Le Rêve, Pablo Picasso, 1932, collection particulièrePicasso 1932, erotic year at the Musée Picasso
The Musée National Picasso decided to recount the painter’s life during the year 1932, a year full of productions. An exhibition in partnership with the Tate Modern in London running from October 10, 2017 to February 11, 2018.

Le MoMA à la Fondation Louis Vuitton : l'expo événement The MoMA comes to Fondation Louis Vuitton
The world-famous Museum of Modern Art comes to Paris from October 11, 2017 to March 5, 2018 for an unparalleled event. For five months, over 200 works of art from the greatest museum of modern art in the world will be exhibited at Fondation Louis Vuitton for the greatest pleasure of art lovers!

Gauguin l'alchimiste, la belle exposition du Grand PalaisGauguin the alchemist, the beautiful exhibition at the Grand Palais
From October 11, 2017 to January 22, 2018, the Grand Palais dedicates a large retrospective to Paul Gauguin. For the first time ever, the artist is presented under various lights, him, who take several arts up but with the same passion. So, you will discover a rich collection of 55 paintings, 30 ceramics, 30 sculptures and wooden objects, 15 engraved woods, 60 etchings and 35 drawings.

Dans la peau d'un soldat de la Rome Antique à nos jours, l'expo au Musée de l'ArméeIn the shoes of a soldier at the Musée de l’Armée
From October 12, 2017 to January 28, 2018, get in the shoes of a soldier at the Musée de l’Armée. In the heart of the Invalides, the general public can imagine the life of soldiers thanks to traditional objects. Soldiers have been using most of them for 2,000 years.

Barbara, la grande exposition de la PhilharmonieBarbara, the exhibition at the Philharmonie
From October 13, 2017 to January 28, 2018, Paris Philharmonie hosts a brilliant exhibition focused on French singer Barbara. From her childhood to her greatest hits without forgetting her amorous and friendly intimacy, the tour is complete and ends in a garden as a symbol for the artist to escape from the world. Don’t miss it!

Et Dieu créa la femme, l'exposition à la Maison GuerlainAnd God created woman, the exhibition at the Maison Guerlain
As each year, the Maison Guerlain and the FIAC join forces to offer an exhibition of contemporary art. This fall, about twenty works created by female artists are to be discover from October 13 to November 10, 2017.

Dessiner en plein air, l'exposition au musée du LouvreDrawing in the Open Air, the exhibition at the Louvre Museum
From October 16, 2017 to January 29, 2018, the Louvre hosts a great exhibition called “Drawing in the Open Air – Variations in Drawing from Nature in the First Half of the 19th Century”. About a hundred drawings and etchings as well as around thirty sketchbooks will be showcased to better understand plein-air drawing.

Effets spéciaux, l'exposition à la Cité des Sciences et de l'IndustrieSpecial effects at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
From October 17, 2017 to August 19, 2018, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie hosts a great exhibition about special effects. A very exciting invitation to discover the magic behing the most impressive special effects in film history.

Météorites, la belle expo à la Galerie de l'EvolutionMeteorites, the breathtaking exhibition at the Galerie de l’Evolution
From October 18, 2017 to June 10, 2018, the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution houses meteorites beside dinosaur skeletons. Huge or small or of various materials, meteorites are displayed in a beautiful staging accessible to (little) astronomy enthusiasts!

Dada Africa, l'exposition au musée de l'OrangerieDada Africa, the exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie
The Musée de l’Orangerie, located in the Tuileries gardens, hosts a cross-disciplinary exhibition called “Dada Africa, Non-Western Sources and Influences”. From October 18, 2017 to February 19, 2018, it explores the relationship between the Dada movement and African, Amerindian and Asian arts.

François 1er et les arts aux Pays-Bas au Musée du louvreFrançois I and Dutch Art at the Louvre Museum
From October 18, 2017 to January 15, 2018, the Louvre Museum hosts and exhibition about Dutch Art in France under François I’s reign. This is the story of a passion for Flemish art at the age of the Italian Renaissance.

Exposition “And 1917 became a revolution” at the Hôtel des Invalides
This year 2017 marks the centenary of the Russian revolution. This explains why the Hôtel National des Invalides – housing the Musée de l’Armée – offers a big exhibition running from October 18, 2017 to February 18, 2018: “And 1917 became a revolution” to better understand the stakes of this historical period.

Women House, l'expo à la Monnaie de ParisWomen House, the exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris
If you are looking for a Girl Power exhibition, don’t miss Women House displayed from October 20, 2017 to January 28, 2018 at the Monnaie de Paris. Covering over 1000sqm, 40 female artists from the 20th and 19th centuries express what – according to them – feelings of a woman in the domestic space are like.

Mali Twist, l'expo Malick Sidibé à la Fondation CartierMali Twist, the Malick Sidibé exhibition at the Fondation Cartier
From October 20, 2017 to February 28, 2018, the Fondation Cartier presents an exhibition about Malian photographer Malick Sidibé’s works. A retrospective paying tribute to the artist who died on April 14, 2016.

Le Nuage Parfumé, installation odorante sur le parvis du Palais de TokyoA scented cloud in front of the Palais de Tokyo
The Palais de Tokyo invites Cartier and its perfumes for a modern installation taking part in the FIAC 2017. From October 20 to 23, 2017, come and see and smell “Le Nuage Parfumé”…

Exposition Barbie de Créateurs au Musée des Arts DécoratifsBarbie de Créateurs at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Calling all Barbie’s addicts! On October 22 and 24, 2017, Barbie gets a makeover provided by 15 fashion designers. Don’t miss this free Barbie exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs also offering 3 free workshops to children.

Pierre le Grand, l'exposition au Château de VersaillesWinter Journey at the Palace of Versailles
It is now official, the great art exhibition of the Palace of Versailles we all are interested in is entrusted to the Palais de Tokyo, in charge of embellishing the groves with works of art. From October 21, 2017 to January 7, 2018, curator Jean de Loisy promises us a wonderful winter journey!

Les visiteurs de Versailles 1682-1789, l'exposition au château de VersaillesVisitors to Versailles 1682-1789 at the Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles sheds light on the Visitors to Versailles throughout this exhibition in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a wonderful presentation, discover all the personalities who – since the construction of the palace – came to the palace upon the King’s invitation or for diplomatic business. You too become a Visitor to Versailles from October 24, 2017 to February 25, 2018.

Our ten favorite exhibitions in September:

Monet Collectionneur, les photos de l'exposition 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.

La collection Ordrupgaard à Paris : les photosThe 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.

Raymond Depardon dans Traverser by Raymond Depardon at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Besson
From September 13 to December 17, 2017, the Fondation Cartier-Bresson exhibits about a hundred of pictures taken across the globe by photographer Raymond Depardon.

L'art du pastel au Petit PalaisThe 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.

Irving Penn au Grand PalaisIrving 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.

Maria by Callas, l'expo événement à la Seine MusicaleMaria 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.

Icons that matter, l'exposition de Pop Art au musée MaillolIcons 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.

Strokar, 40 street-artistes au Centre Wallonie-BruxellesStrokar, 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.

La révolution Verre au Moyen-Age, l'exposition au Musée de ClunyGlass in the Middle-Age, the exhibition at the Musée de Cluny
Glass fascinates you? Great! The Musée de Cluny returns on the origin of glass in the Middle-Age and brings together over 10 centuries of technics in a beautiful exhibition running from September 20, 2017 to January 8, 2018.

Continua Sphères Ensemble, l'exposition d'art contemporain au 104Continua 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!

For even more things to do, please have a look at guide about Parisian museums free for all and all year long!

Elodie D.
Last updated on 9 October 2017

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From 1 October 2017 to 31 October 2017

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