The best exhibitions in Paris this November 2017

November is a busy month for the Parisian cultural schedule. The Month of Photography follows FIAC and new exhibitions are displayed. To ensure you miss nothing, there’s one solution, following the guide of exhibitions and arty events!

In November 2017, several museums and institutions await you. To ensure you miss nothing at all, we gather the best of arty events happening in Paris!

Key events in November 2017:

Salon du Patrimoine Culturel 2015 International Heritage Fair 2017 at the Carrousel du Louvre
From November 2 to 5, 2017, the 32nd edition of the International Heritage Fair is held at the Carrousel du Louvre. On the occasion, Ateliers d’Art de France brings together over 350 artisans to show the renewal of international cultural heritage and artisans’ know-how!

Salon de la photo 2017Paris Salon de la Photo 2017
From Thursday November 9 to Monday November 13, 2017, Paris Salon de la Photo 2017 is back at the Parc des Expositions in Porte de Versailles. Be ready to discover a new edition full of novelties.

Paris Photo au Grand PalaisParis photo 2017 at the Grand Palais
The date is here. From November 9 to 12, 2017, Paris Photo 2017 is held at the Grand Palais. This year, over 142 galleries specialized in photography are brought together in the Grand Palais to welcome photo professionals and amateurs so that they can meet and talk in a cultural hotspot in Paris!

The 10 most awaited exhibitions in November in Paris:

Photographisme, l'expo photo gratuite au Centre Pompidou Photographisme, the free photo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou
The Centre Pompidou hosts a free photo exhibition called “Photographisme. Klein, Ifert, Zamecznick”. To visit from November 8, 2017 to January 29, 2018, this exhibition is dedicated to the dialogue between photography and the graphic arts.

Marie Curie, la première femme au Panthéon, l'exposition anniversaireMarie Curie, first woman at the Panthéon
This fall 2017, the Panthéon celebrates Marie Curie’s career, a female scientist buried at the Panthéon, through a temporary exhibition. A few meters from the scientist’s vault, scientific tools, original documents and belongings tell the impressive story of this woman who changed the world. To be visited from November 8, 2017 to March 4, 2018!

Expo photos d'Alexandra Hedison à la mairie du 5ème arrondissementAlexandra Hedison’s photos exhibition at the City Hall of the 5th arrondissement
American actress Alexandra Hedison, mostly known for playing in the successful series The L World, is a photographer too. The City Hall of the 5th arrondissement highlights her work throughout a unique exhibition held this early November.

100 portraits pour un centenaire au Musée de la Légion d'Honneur100 portraits for a centenary at the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur
In order to celebrate the centenary of the Great War, the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur displays, from November 11, 2017 to February 11, 2018, 100 portraits of Foch’s soldiers. A beautiful exhibition from the series Les Alliés [Allies] in the nations wars by Swiss Eugène Burnand.

Le Pérou avant les Incas, l'exposition du Musée du Quai BranlyBefore the Incas, the exhibition of the Musée du Quai Branly
With its exhibition Before the Incas, the Musée du Quai Branly reveals the story of societies now forgotten which inhabited Peru and the Andes Mountains 1,500 years ago. Ceramic and wooden items, gold jewels, ornaments and emblems, over 300 objects are brought together to display the key influence Andean societies had on the following civilizations, including Incas.

La Folie en tête : aux racines de l'art brut, l'exposition à la Maison de Victor HugoLa Folie en Tête, the exhibition at the Maison de Victor Hugo
From November 16, 2017 to March 18, 2018, the Maison de Victor Hugo in Paris hosts the exhibition: “La Folie en Tête: aux racines de l’art brut” [Madness: at the root of raw art]: it brings together four collections from psychiatric hospitals which kept the works made by patients suffering of madness.

Patrice Chéreau, l'exposition à la Bibliothèque-musée de l'OpéraPatrice Chéreau, the exhibition at the Opera library-museum
located within the Opera Garnier, the Opera library-museum dedicates a wonderful exhibition to stage director Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013). Entitled “Mettre en scène l’opéra” [Staging opera], this exhibition returns on the special features of staging when designed for opera. To be visited from November 18, 2017 to March 3, 2018.

Sunny Winter & Pleasure, la belle expo de la galerie Alain GutharcSunny Winter & Pleasure at the Galerie Alain Gutharc
The Galerie Alain Gutharc brings together five atypical artists in a nice exhibition entitled “Sunny Winter & Pleasure”: Edi Dubien, Daniel Firman, Mathias Kiss, Guillaume Linard-Osorio and Bernard Quesniaux make their installations talk. An exhibition to be visited from November 25, 2017 to January 19, 2018.

Degas Danse Dessin, l'exposition du musée d'OrsayDegas, Danse, Dessin, the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay
From November 28, 2017 to February 25, 2018, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris hosts a great exhibition dedicated to the book “Degas, Danse, Dessin” written by Paul Valéry and published in 1937. This key book in the field of modern art offers the museum to explore the friendship between the artist and the writer, mixing texts and pictures.

The top 15 key exhibitions that everyone talk about:

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. Be ready to be blown away!

Barbara, la grande exposition de la PhilharmonieBarbara, the great exhibition at Paris 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!

Les Météorites attérissent au Muséum nationalMeteorites at the Muséum National d’Histoire naturelle
Within the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, a beautiful exhibition about meteorites is held alongside dinosaurs’ skeletons. This is what awaits you from October 18, 2017 to June 10, 2018. Sometimes huge, sometimes small, from various materials, meteorites are displayed in a wonderful setting accessible to the (young) astronomy enthusiasts!

Dada Africa, l'exposition au musée de l'OrangerieDada Africa 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.

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.

Voyage d'Hiver, la nouvelle expo du Château de VersaillesWinter Journey at the Palace of Versailles, the contemporary art exhibition
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!

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.

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.

Astérix, Lucky Luke, le cinéma de Goscinny exposé à la CinémathèqueAstérix, Lucky Luke, Goscinny’s movies at Paris Cinémathèque
From October 4, 2017 to March 7, 2018, Paris Cinémathèque pays tribute to René Goscinny who died 40 years ago by dedicating him a great movie exhibition. His work as an author is analyzed according to various cinematographic influences.

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.

Icons that matter, l'exposition de Pop Art au musée MaillolIcons that matter, the Pop Art exhibition at Paris 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.

So, do you have any time left to be bored after reading this article?

Elodie D.
Last updated on 26 October 2017

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