The best exhibitions this October 2021 in Paris and Île-de-France

Published by Cécile D. · Photos by My B. · Published on 4 August 2021 at 18h36 · Updated on 5 August 2021 at 16h29
So tell me, what are the new exhibitions in Paris this October 2021? Museums expect you all month long so you can discover wonderful exhibitions and events they have prepared.

Looking for something to do in October 2021 in Paris? This guide was made for you! Fashion, photo, history, painting, sculpture, modern or old... There is an exhibition that has it all in the regional museums or galleries.

Furthermore, Paris becomes the world's capital of art in October with the FIAC or the International Contemporary Art Fair, the White Night (Nuit Blanche), a long night devoted to contemporary art in the streets, and the main Fall exhibitions starting.

The main events and exhibitions in October 2021 in Paris:

L'Arc de Triomphe empaqueté par Christo en 2020L'Arc de Triomphe empaqueté par Christo en 2020L'Arc de Triomphe empaqueté par Christo en 2020L'Arc de Triomphe empaqueté par Christo en 2020 The Arc de Triomphe wrapped, Christo's monumental posthumous work has started
The wrapping of the Arc de triomphe by Christo is to be admired from September 18 to October 3, 2021. The monumental work is said to make the Parisian monument disappear under 25,000 sqm of recyclable polypropylene silver and blue fabric and 7,000 m of red rope. An event in close partnership with Centre Pompidou and the Centre des Monuments Nationaux (National Monuments Center). Despite the artist passing away in May 2020, the performance is to be held still. [Read more]

Julie Manet, la mémoire impressionniste : l'exposition du musée Marmottan MonetJulie Manet, la mémoire impressionniste : l'exposition du musée Marmottan MonetJulie Manet, la mémoire impressionniste : l'exposition du musée Marmottan MonetJulie Manet, la mémoire impressionniste : l'exposition du musée Marmottan Monet Julie Manet, the impressionist exhibition at Musée Marmottan Monet
Muse and symbol of a dazzling impressionist era, Julie Manet is given pride of place in an exhibition in Musée Marmottan Monet. From October 19, 2021 to March 20, 2022, discover “Julie Manet”, a fascination exhibition about a multi-faceted woman. [Read more]

Jean-Paul Gaultier offre une grande exposition de ses costumes de cinéma à la CinémathèqueJean-Paul Gaultier offre une grande exposition de ses costumes de cinéma à la CinémathèqueJean-Paul Gaultier offre une grande exposition de ses costumes de cinéma à la CinémathèqueJean-Paul Gaultier offre une grande exposition de ses costumes de cinéma à la Cinémathèque Jean-Paul Gaultier’s movie costumes displayed at Paris Cinémathèque
Jean-Paul Gaultier is invited from October 6, 2021 to January 16, 2022 by the Cinémathèque for a compelling display of the movie costumes he has designed for several iconic movies: Marilyn Monroe’s, Audrey Hepburn’s or Catherine Deneuve’s dresses, as well as James Bond’s tuxedo, and even Superman’s costumes, we owe him many iconic outfits. [Read more]

Exposition Napoléon à la Grande Halle de la VilletteExposition Napoléon à la Grande Halle de la VilletteExposition Napoléon à la Grande Halle de la VilletteExposition Napoléon à la Grande Halle de la Villette The Napoléon exhibition is up at the Grande Halle de la Villette
The Napoléon exhibition is up from May 28 to September 19, 2021 at La Grande Halle de la Villette. Enjoy the first French Emperor's history as part of the bicentenary of his death. Discover Napoleon’s incredible destiny. [Read more]

Exposition Dali à l’Atelier des Lumières Exposition Dali à l’Atelier des Lumières Exposition Dali à l’Atelier des Lumières Exposition Dali à l’Atelier des Lumières Dali, l’énigme sans fin: our pictures of the exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières - New dates
You know his works, but do you really know what hides behind? Come and discover the secrets of one of the greatest painters of his generation at the Atelier des Lumières. “Dali, l’énigme sans fin” – Dali, the endless enigma – is on from May 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022. [Read more]

Exposition Gaudi à l’Atelier des Lumières, les photos Exposition Gaudi à l’Atelier des Lumières, les photos Exposition Gaudi à l’Atelier des Lumières, les photos Exposition Gaudi à l’Atelier des Lumières, les photos Gaudí, the Architect of the Imaginary: pictures of the exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières – New dates
The Atelier des Lumières pays tribute to architecture genius Gaudí, whose works of art have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage. From May 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022, come and enjoy the “Gaudí, the Architect of the Imaginary” exhibition. [Read more]

Harper’s Bazaar, l'exposition au Musée des Arts DécoratifsHarper’s Bazaar, l'exposition au Musée des Arts DécoratifsHarper’s Bazaar, l'exposition au Musée des Arts DécoratifsHarper’s Bazaar, l'exposition au Musée des Arts Décoratifs Thierry Mugler: Couturissime, the exhibition at Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Event alert! Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs welcomes the Thierry Mugler : Couturissime exhibition. Save the date, get some days off, get your camera ready... This exhibition offers us an overview on the genius designer’s career, an absolute icon in the fashion world. Originally scheduled from October 2020, it has been postponed to September 30, 2021 to April 24, 2022. [Read more]

Soutine/de Kooning, l'exposition au Musée de l'OrangerieSoutine/de Kooning, l'exposition au Musée de l'OrangerieSoutine/de Kooning, l'exposition au Musée de l'OrangerieSoutine/de Kooning, l'exposition au Musée de l'Orangerie Soutine/De Kooning, the exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie postponed to 2021
From September 14, 2021 to January 10, 2022, the Musée de l’Orangerie has painters Chaïm Soutine and Willem de Kooning talk in a new exhibition. Explore the works by these two expressionist artists and rediscover these two great painters from the post-war years. [Read more]

Artsy events in October 2021:

Nuit Blanche 2021 : Découvrez la nouvelle direction artistiqueNuit Blanche 2021 : Découvrez la nouvelle direction artistiqueNuit Blanche 2021 : Découvrez la nouvelle direction artistiqueNuit Blanche 2021 : Découvrez la nouvelle direction artistique White Night 2021: discover the new artistic direction
For the White Night 2021, Paris mayor names Sandrina Martins and Mourad Merzouki at the head of the artistic direction, a choice showing the importance of the bound between Paris and the Greater Paris, as well as the multidisciplinary approach in the contemporary creation. Dancing, performances, and music will be given pride of place to celebrate the return of the White Night we hope will be as festive as before for this edition. We are looking forward to Saturday October 2, 2021! [Read more]

Artist retrospectives running in October 2021 in Paris:

Augustin Rouart, l'exposition du Petit Palais - nos photosAugustin Rouart, l'exposition du Petit Palais - nos photosAugustin Rouart, l'exposition du Petit Palais - nos photosAugustin Rouart, l'exposition du Petit Palais - nos photos Augustin Rouart, the exhibition at the Petit Palais – our pictures
The Petit Palais shines a light on Rouart’s legacy – a rich collection of paintings from the Rouart family. From June 1st to October 10th, come and admire the “Augustin Rouart – Painting as legacy” exhibition. [Read more]

Vivian Maier, l'exposition hommage à découvrir au Musée du LuxembourgVivian Maier, l'exposition hommage à découvrir au Musée du LuxembourgVivian Maier, l'exposition hommage à découvrir au Musée du LuxembourgVivian Maier, l'exposition hommage à découvrir au Musée du Luxembourg Vivian Maier, the tribute exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg
She is one of the greatest photographers from the 20th century, even though her talent has only been acknowledged too recently: Vivian Maier is paid tribute in an exhibition running from September 5, 2021 to January 16, 2022 at Paris Musée du Luxembourg. [Read more]

Dans l'intimité du génie, l'exposition de la Maison de Victor Hugo - nos photos Dans l'intimité du génie, l'exposition de la Maison de Victor Hugo - nos photos Dans l'intimité du génie, l'exposition de la Maison de Victor Hugo - nos photos Dans l'intimité du génie, l'exposition de la Maison de Victor Hugo - nos photos Dans l’intimité du génie, the exhibition at the Victor Hugo’s house – our pictures
The Maison de Victor Hugo uncovers “Victor Hugo dessins: dans l’intimité du génie”, an exhibition taking us to the writer’s studio. Running from June 10 to November 21, 2021, come and discover the secrets of one of the greatest French artists. [Read more]

Contemporary arts exhibitions running in October 2021 in Paris:

Visuel Paris Lafayette AnticipationsVisuel Paris Lafayette AnticipationsVisuel Paris Lafayette AnticipationsVisuel Paris Lafayette Anticipations Martin Margiela, the exhibition at Lafayette Anticipation
Art and fashion lovers are expected at the Fondation Lafayette Anticipations from October 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022 to discover an exhibition about Martin Margiela’s work. An exhibition focusing here on Martin Margiela as an artist and not the fashion designer. [Read more]

Le musée Guimet offre une Carte blanche à l'artiste Toshimasa KikuchiLe musée Guimet offre une Carte blanche à l'artiste Toshimasa KikuchiLe musée Guimet offre une Carte blanche à l'artiste Toshimasa KikuchiLe musée Guimet offre une Carte blanche à l'artiste Toshimasa Kikuchi Musée Guimet gives free rein to Japanese artist Toshimasa Kikuchi
From July 7 to October 4, 2021, Musée Guimet gives free rein and dedicates an exhibition to artist Toshimasa Kikuchi. [Read more]

The World of Banksy : expérience immersive à l'Espace Lafayette-Drouot, les photosThe World of Banksy : expérience immersive à l'Espace Lafayette-Drouot, les photosThe World of Banksy : expérience immersive à l'Espace Lafayette-Drouot, les photosThe World of Banksy : expérience immersive à l'Espace Lafayette-Drouot, les photos The Banksy exhibition back to Paris Lafayette-Drouot in early June 2021
“The World of Banksy: The Immersive Experience” exhibition reopens in June 2021 at Paris Espace Lafayette-Drouot. Extended to December 31, 2020, this exhibition in sut is devoted to the world-famous street artist, and reveals about 100 works on 1200sqm. [Read more]

Australia Now 2021 : exposition Jonathan Jones au Palais de TokyoAustralia Now 2021 : exposition Jonathan Jones au Palais de TokyoAustralia Now 2021 : exposition Jonathan Jones au Palais de TokyoAustralia Now 2021 : exposition Jonathan Jones au Palais de Tokyo Australia Now 2021: Jonathan Jones exhibition at Paris Palais de Tokyo
As part of Australia Now 2021, and from October 22, 2021 to January 22, 2022, the Palais de Tokyo welcomes Jonathan Jones’s very first exhibition in France called Untitled (transcriptions of country). [Read more]

Cerisiers en fleurs, l'exposition de Damien Hirst à la Fondation CartierCerisiers en fleurs, l'exposition de Damien Hirst à la Fondation CartierCerisiers en fleurs, l'exposition de Damien Hirst à la Fondation CartierCerisiers en fleurs, l'exposition de Damien Hirst à la Fondation Cartier Cherry Blossoms, the Damien Hirst exhibition at the Fondation Cartier
The Fondation Cartier invites British artist Damien Hirst from July 6, 2021 to January 2, 2022 to unveil his latest painting series called Cherry Blossoms (Cerisiers en Fleurs). A series of paintings that is part of the continuity of his researches, also showing the pleasure to meet – thanks to painting – the artist’s gesture again. [Read more]

Photo exhibitions running in October 2021 in Paris:

Henri Cartier-Bresson - Paris, la première exposition du musée Carnavalet après sa réouverture Henri Cartier-Bresson - Paris, la première exposition du musée Carnavalet après sa réouverture Henri Cartier-Bresson - Paris, la première exposition du musée Carnavalet après sa réouverture Henri Cartier-Bresson - Paris, la première exposition du musée Carnavalet après sa réouverture Henri Cartier-Bresson – Revoir Paris, the exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet
The Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris offers a meeting of minds on the French capital: two photo exhibitions by Eugène Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson we are looking forward to visiting. To discover these works and the museum recently renovated, you are expected from June 15 to October 31, 2021. [Read more]

Themed exhibitions running in October 2021 in Paris:

Exposition Tadjikistan, au pays des fleuves d’or au musée Guimet Exposition Tadjikistan, au pays des fleuves d’or au musée Guimet Exposition Tadjikistan, au pays des fleuves d’or au musée Guimet Exposition Tadjikistan, au pays des fleuves d’or au musée Guimet “Tadjikistan, au pays des fleuves d’or” exhibition at Musée Guimet
Musée Guimet invites us on an oneiric journey to Tajikistan, the country of golden rivers. From October 13, 2021 to January 10, 2022, come aboard a never-before-seen cruise to discover a country with little-know richness. [Read more]

Grandeur Nature, l'exposition photo sur le Toit de la Grande ArcheGrandeur Nature, l'exposition photo sur le Toit de la Grande ArcheGrandeur Nature, l'exposition photo sur le Toit de la Grande ArcheGrandeur Nature, l'exposition photo sur le Toit de la Grande Arche Grandeur Nature, the photo exhibition on the roof of the Grande Arche de la Défense
Beautiful photograph lovers are expected on the Grande Arche rooftop- reopening from July 1 - to discover an exhibition by two photographers, Olivier Löser and Laurent Monlaü, called Grandeur Nature. [Read more]

Dessins pour Versailles, l'exposition à découvrir au château de VersaillesDessins pour Versailles, l'exposition à découvrir au château de VersaillesDessins pour Versailles, l'exposition à découvrir au château de VersaillesDessins pour Versailles, l'exposition à découvrir au château de Versailles Drawings for Versailles, the exhibition at the Palace of Versailles - New dates
The Palace of Versailles has decorated the apartments of Madame de Maintenon with a never-before-seen exhibition: “Drawings for Versailles. 20 years of acquisitions”. These many little-knowns works of art are to be discovered from June 1 to October 3, 2021. [Read more]

Picasso-Rodin : l'exposition se prolonge au Musée Rodin - nos photosPicasso-Rodin : l'exposition se prolonge au Musée Rodin - nos photosPicasso-Rodin : l'exposition se prolonge au Musée Rodin - nos photosPicasso-Rodin : l'exposition se prolonge au Musée Rodin - nos photos Picasso-Rodin, Musée Rodin’s exhibition – our pictures
This is the event you do not want to miss: the double Picasso-Rodin exhibition is extended within the Musée Rodin and Musée Picasso. From May 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022, come and discover the unique story as told by these mixing masterpieces. [Read more]

Picasso-Rodin, la double exposition événement au Musée national Picasso Picasso-Rodin, la double exposition événement au Musée national Picasso Picasso-Rodin, la double exposition événement au Musée national Picasso Picasso-Rodin, la double exposition événement au Musée national Picasso Picasso-Rodin, double exhibition at Paris Musée National Picasso and Musée Rodin
Paris Musée National Picasso and Musée Rodin team up and offer an exceptional double-exhibition about Picasso and Rodin. From May 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022, discover two exhibitions on the bonds between the two artists in their own Parisian museums. A great first you do not want to miss! [Read more]

Exposition Le Paris de Dufy au musée de MontmartreExposition Le Paris de Dufy au musée de MontmartreExposition Le Paris de Dufy au musée de MontmartreExposition Le Paris de Dufy au musée de Montmartre Le Paris de Dufy, the exhibition at Paris Musée de Montmartre, our pictures
Paris lovers and art buffs can head to the Musée de Montmartre to discover – for the reopening starting from May 19 – the magnificent exhibition focusing on Raoul Dufy’s works called “Le Paris de Dufy”. An exhibition that has no ending date so far as it may be extended. [Read more]

Historic exhibitions running in October 202A in Paris:

Visuel Paris LouvreVisuel Paris LouvreVisuel Paris LouvreVisuel Paris Louvre Paris – Athènes, naissance de la Grèce moderne: the exhibition to discover at the Louvre
The Louvre offers us a wonderful travel in time, a journey from Paris to Athens, discovering modern Greece. From September 30, 2021 to February 7, 2021, get on board for an extraordinary adventure celebrating the bicentenary of the independence of Greece. [Read more]

Playful exhibitions running in October 2021 in Paris:

Les Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly, nos photosLes Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly, nos photosLes Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly, nos photosLes Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly, nos photos The Olmecs and the Cultures of the Gulf of Mexico, our pictures of the exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly
Art enthusiasts are expected at the Musée du Quai Branly to discover the museum’s latest exhibition, at the Mezzanine Est, running from December 15, 2020 to July 25, 2021 and called “The Olmecs and the Cultures of the Gulf of Mexico”. The occasion to learn more about the Olmec civilization and the little-known world of the pre-Colombian cultures of the Gulf of Mexico. [Read more]

Bio-inspirée, la nouvelle expo permanente à la Cité des Sciences et de l'IndustrieBio-inspirée, la nouvelle expo permanente à la Cité des Sciences et de l'IndustrieBio-inspirée, la nouvelle expo permanente à la Cité des Sciences et de l'IndustrieBio-inspirée, la nouvelle expo permanente à la Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie Bio-inspirée, the new permanent exhibition at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
There it is! The latest permanent exhibition that will fascinate us endlessly. “Bio-inspirée” is coming from September 18, 2020 to the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. A wonderful introduction to environment and sustainable solutions for children and older ones. [Read more]

Free exhibitions running in October 2021 in Paris:

Les Extatiques 2021 : l'exposition en plein air gratuite à voir à La Défense et à la Seine MusicaleLes Extatiques 2021 : l'exposition en plein air gratuite à voir à La Défense et à la Seine MusicaleLes Extatiques 2021 : l'exposition en plein air gratuite à voir à La Défense et à la Seine MusicaleLes Extatiques 2021 : l'exposition en plein air gratuite à voir à La Défense et à la Seine Musicale Les Extatiques 2021, the free open-air exhibition at La Défense and La Seine Musicale
Les Extatiques, the monumental open-air exhibition at La Défense is back from June 24 to October 3, 2021 for the 4th edition. This year again, enjoy wonderful installations set between La Défense and the gardens of La Seine Musicale. [Read more]

Photos : exposition Fragiles colosses au Jardin des PlantesPhotos : exposition Fragiles colosses au Jardin des PlantesPhotos : exposition Fragiles colosses au Jardin des PlantesPhotos : exposition Fragiles colosses au Jardin des Plantes Fragiles Colosses exhibition by Michel Bassompierre at the Jardin des Plantes, pictures
Michel Bassompierre and his strange friends are coming to the Jardin des Plantes. The sculptor sets up five monumental works in the aisles of the garden, five magnificent animals to discover along a nice walk. The “Fragiles Colosses” exhibition expects you from April 30 to October 18, 2021. [Read more]

The Parisianer, l'expo qui dévoile l'histoire du Muséum à découvrir au jardin des PlantesThe Parisianer, l'expo qui dévoile l'histoire du Muséum à découvrir au jardin des PlantesThe Parisianer, l'expo qui dévoile l'histoire du Muséum à découvrir au jardin des PlantesThe Parisianer, l'expo qui dévoile l'histoire du Muséum à découvrir au jardin des Plantes The Parisianer, the exhibition telling about the story of the Museum at the Jardin des Plantes
What do you get when you mix the beauty of The Parisianer’s works and the fascinating story of Paris National Museum of Natural History together? The answer is to be discovered from May 20 to October 13, 2021 at the Jardin des Plantes housing the free “The Parisianer. Chroniques du Muséum” exhibition. [Read more]

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 1 October 2021 to 31 October 2021

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    1er Arrondissement
    75001 Paris 1

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