The best exhibitions in Paris this December 2017

In December, Paris soaks up Christmas magic with major exhibitions – César, Daho, Pasteur, Star Wars – and events. In order not to miss a thing, there’s one solution, following our guide of exhibitions and arty events…

In December 2017, many museums and castles expect us for exhibitions and events full of Christmas surprises. In order not to miss a thing, we gathered the best of the Parisian arty news.

Major ART events this December 2017:

Le Salon des Beaux Arts de Paris 2017 au Carrousel du LouvreSalon des Beaux-Arts de Paris 2017 at Carrousel du Louvre
From December 7 to 10, 2018, the Salon des Beaux-Arts is back at Carrousel du Louvre. This year, over 600 international artists are displayed during this exhibition promoting key works.

Le Festival du Merveilleux 2017 du Musée des Arts ForainsThe Festival du Merveilleux 2017 of the Musée des Arts Forains
From December 26, 2017 to January 7, 2018, the Musée des Arts Forains invites us to discover the 8th edition of the Festival du Merveilleux. 13 days of animations and wonders expect (big) children in the temple of funfair so that you can make your Holidays even more enjoyable.

Noël 2017 à Vaux le VicomteChristmas at Château de Vaux le Vicomte 2017
For Christmas, from November 25, 2017 to January 7, 2018, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte turns into an enchanting castle. With its tale-like decors, its lights and the coming of Saint Nicholas, little ones and grown-ups are about to be happy.

Fête de la Sainte Barbe 2015 aux Invalides à ParisSaint Barbara Day at the Invalides
Saint Barbara Day is back on December 16 and 17, 2017 at the Invalides. Every year, the Musée de l’Armée celebrates Saint Barbara, the patron saint of artillerymen for a weekend full of free animations to be discovered with your family.

Les Enchanteurs de Noël 2014 au Château de VincennesAn enchanting Christmas 2017 at the medieval village of the Château de Vincennes
From December 2 to 17, 2017, be ready to live a magical Christmas with “Les Enchanteurs de Noël” providing fantastic shows and animations. In the heart of the historical site of the Château de Vincennes, come with your family for a journey through time, at the era of minstrels, knights, wizards and other jugglers…

The 10 most awaited exhibitions in Paris this December 2017:

Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris, l'exposition au Pavillon de l'ArsenalInventing Greater Paris Metropolis at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal
Running from November 30, 2017 to March 4, 2018, Inventing Greater Paris Metropolis is the free exhibition and new challenge of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Throughout this civic exhibition you can have a look at the 51 projects of Greater Paris issued by the Métropole du Grand Paris, the Société du Grand Paris, and the Préfecture of the Île-de-France region said to take shape in a few years.

William Forsythe x Ryoji Ikeda, l'exposition à la Villette William Forsythe x Ryoji Ikeda, the exhibition at La Villette
As part of the Festival d’Automne, from December 1 to 31, 2017, La Villette hosts an exhibition thought up by American choreographer William Forsythe (born in 1949) and Japanese musician Ryoji Ikeda (born in 1966).

Star Wars, l'expo contre-attaque III à la galerie SakuraStar Wars, l’expo contre-attaque II at Galerie Sakura
From December 7, 2017 to January 14, 2018, Galerie Sakura devotes an exhibition to the Star Wars saga, “l’expo contre-attaque” [the exhibition strikes back]. An exhibition following the one held in 2016, very similar and bringing together this time over 40 artists on the occasion of the release of the episode 8, The Last Jedi.

Attaches, l'exposition à la Cité internationale des artsAttaches at La Cité Internationale des arts
As part of the France-Colombia year 2017, the IESA Arts & Culture offers an exhibition, “Attaches” created by students of the master “Commercialisation et diffusion des œuvres d’arts contemporaines“ [Commercialization and broadcasting of the modern works of art]. An immersion to the young Colombian art stage to be discovered from December 7, 2017 to January 13, 2018 at the Cité international des arts.

Exposition Les faits du hasard au CentquatreLes Faits du Hasard at the Centquatre
A very wide exhibition, Les Faits du Hasard, is about to set for three months, starting from December, at the Centquatre bringing together not less than thirty modern art installations related to digital.

Le Palais de la découverte accueille l'oeuvre du scientifique Louis PasteurPasteur at the Palais de la découverte
From December 12, 2017 to August 19, 2018, famous scientist from the 19th century Louis Pasteur is coming to the Palais de la Découverte. Discover a family exhibition giving sciences pride of place.

César, la grande rétrospective au Centre Pompidou en 2017César, the retrospective at Paris Centre Pompidou
Major sculptor of the Nouveau Réalisme, César’s work is to be rediscovered from December 13, 2017 to March 23, 2018 at Paris Centre Pompidou. 20 years after his death, the artist from Marseilles is still in the news with its sculptures criticizing the society and our overconsumption. We love it!

Daho l'aime pop !, l'exposition d'Étienne Daho à la PhilharmonieDaho l’aime pop!, the Etienne Daho exhibition
The Philharmonie hosts a lovely exhibition project introducing a dialogue between music and photography. “Daho l’aime pop!” [Daho likes its pop!] is a gathering of 200 pictures signed or selected by Etienne Daho focusing on the world of French pop music to be discovered from December 5, 2017 to April 29, 2018.

The 10 hottest Parisian exhibitions:

Degas Danse Dessin, au 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.

Le Pérou avant les Incas, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly Before 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.

Le MoMa se dévoile à la Fondation Louis VuittonThe 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!

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 à la Monnaie de Paris - Niki de Saint-Phalle, Nana-Maison II, 1966Women 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.

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.

Irving Penn, Girl with Tobacco on Tongue (Mary Jane Russell), New York, 1951Irving Penn at the Grand Palais
From September 21, 2017 to January 29, 2018, the Grand Palais hosts a beautiful retrospective 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.

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

Elodie D.
Last updated on 14 December 2017

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