The best exhibitions in Paris this December 2019

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 2 September 2019 at 16h12 · Updated on 3 September 2019 at 18h00
In December 2019, there's a lot to see in Paris, between the main exhibitions still running, the decorated monuments and the Christmas lights, Paris is a treat for the eyes! To make sure you are not missing something, one solution, following our guide about the exhibitions and the arty events...

Holidays in Paris in December make the city magical. Snow is covering the top of museums and monuments and we finally have enough time to enjoy the exhibitions that are starting.

We let you discover the arty events likely to fill in your days/nights and weekend this December 2019.

Main events and exhibitions to enjoy in December 2019 in Paris:

Festival de Lumières au Jardin des Plantes : requinFestival de Lumières au Jardin des Plantes : requinFestival de Lumières au Jardin des Plantes : requinFestival de Lumières au Jardin des Plantes : requin Espèces en voie d’illumination, Jardin des Plantes first light festival comes back in 2019
Espèces en voie d’illumination, it’s the name of Jardin des Plantes very first light festival is coming back in November 2019 for a 2nd edition focusing on Oceans! Giant light animal statues will go bright as nightfall to amaze children and adults.

Exposition Léonard de Vinci au Louvre, les photosExposition Léonard de Vinci au Louvre, les photosExposition Léonard de Vinci au Louvre, les photosExposition Léonard de Vinci au Louvre, les photos Leonardo da Vinci, the compelling exhibition at the Louvre
Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre, here’s 2019’s most awaited event. The exhibition will pay tribute to the Florentine genius on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death. meet from October 24, 2019 to February 24, 2020.

Hommage à Soulages, l'exposition au Musée du LouvreHommage à Soulages, l'exposition au Musée du LouvreHommage à Soulages, l'exposition au Musée du LouvreHommage à Soulages, l'exposition au Musée du Louvre Pierre Soulages exhibition at the Louvre
The Louvre offers a retrospective around Pierre Soulages’s work from December 11, 2019 to March 9, 2020. The occasion to know more about the outrenoir

Artists retrospectives to see in December 2019 in Paris:

Charlie Chaplin, l'homme orchestre, l'exposition à la PhilharmonieCharlie Chaplin, l'homme orchestre, l'exposition à la PhilharmonieCharlie Chaplin, l'homme orchestre, l'exposition à la PhilharmonieCharlie Chaplin, l'homme orchestre, l'exposition à la Philharmonie Charlie Chaplin, the one-man band, the exhibition at Paris Philharmonie
Charlie Chaplin is given pride of place at Paris Philharmonie from October 11, 2019 to January 26, 2020 with a superb exhibition. A wonderful occasion to discover a musical portrait of Charlie Chaplin!

Exposition Tolkien à la BNFExposition Tolkien à la BNFExposition Tolkien à la BNFExposition Tolkien à la BNF A huge J.R.R. Tolkien exhibition at Paris BNF for Fall 2019
J.R.R. Tolkien fans can smile! The Bibliothèque Nationale de France has announced an immersive retrospective around Tolkien’s work, famous for creating – among others – the Hobbit universe. Meet from October 22, 2019 to February 16, 2020.

Bacon en toute lettre, l'exposition au Centre PompidouBacon en toute lettre, l'exposition au Centre PompidouBacon en toute lettre, l'exposition au Centre PompidouBacon en toute lettre, l'exposition au Centre Pompidou Bacon en toute lettre, the exhibition at Paris Centre Pompidou
From September 11, 2019 to January 20, 2020 Paris Centre Pompidou dedicates an exhibition to British artist Francis Bacon. A retrospective focusing mainly on the relationship between his works and his literary interests.

Charlotte Perriand à la Fondation VuittonCharlotte Perriand à la Fondation VuittonCharlotte Perriand à la Fondation VuittonCharlotte Perriand à la Fondation Vuitton Charlotte Perriand at Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton
From October 2, 2019 to February 24, 2020 Charlotte Perriand is given pride of place at Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton. You can discover the career of a committed woman, forerunning our time.

Exposition Mondrian au Musée Marmottan MonetExposition Mondrian au Musée Marmottan MonetExposition Mondrian au Musée Marmottan MonetExposition Mondrian au Musée Marmottan Monet Mondrian Figuratif, the compelling exhibition at Paris Musée Marmottan Monet
Mondrian Figuratif is given pride of place from September 12, 2019 to January 26, 2020 at Paris Musée Marmottan Monet. On the occasion, 67 works by Piet Mondrian are brought together including half being displayed for the first time in Paris. You’ll have “Molen Mill: Mill in Sunlight” (1908) for the first time out of the Netherlands! What an event!

Degas à l'Opéra, l'exposition au Musée d'OrsayDegas à l'Opéra, l'exposition au Musée d'OrsayDegas à l'Opéra, l'exposition au Musée d'OrsayDegas à l'Opéra, l'exposition au Musée d'Orsay Degas at the Opera, the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay
Degas at the Opera, the exhibition displayed from September 24, 2019 to January 19, 2020 by the Musée d’Orsay takes us to his “own room” as part of the 350th anniversary of the Paris Opera. We must say that Edgar Degas was fascinated by the Opera and loved painting the life of this universe!

Christian Boltanski, le Terril Grand-Hornu, 2015Christian Boltanski, le Terril Grand-Hornu, 2015Christian Boltanski, le Terril Grand-Hornu, 2015Christian Boltanski, le Terril Grand-Hornu, 2015 Christian Boltanski retrospective at Paris Centre Pompidou
From November 13, 2019 to March 16, 2020, Paris Centre Pompidou houses a retrospective around French artist’s work: Christian Boltanski. A dive into the rites of our society and the memory that remains after our death.

Visuel Paris Quai BranlyVisuel Paris Quai BranlyVisuel Paris Quai BranlyVisuel Paris Quai Branly Helena Rubinstein’s collection at Paris Musée du Quai Branly
From November 5, 2019 to June 28, 2020 Paris Musée du Quai Branly devotes a wonderful exhibition to Helena Rubinstein’s art collection. Including 60 primitive sculptures, portraits and art objects, this exhibition offers an original approach of art as seen by a passionate woman who was interested in what others considered to be ugly.

Exposition Tableaux Magiques au Musée PicassoExposition Tableaux Magiques au Musée PicassoExposition Tableaux Magiques au Musée PicassoExposition Tableaux Magiques au Musée Picasso Picasso, magical paintings at Paris Musée Picasso
Paris Musée Picasso devotes a very beautiful exhibition to Picasso’s “Tableaux Magiques” [Magical Paintings] from October 1, 2019 to February 23, 2020. These magical paintings have been painted between summer 1926 and spring 1930 and are portraits inspired by extra-occidental art and sign the first lights of cubism! from October 1, 2019 to February 23, 2020. These magical paintings have been painted between summer 1926 and spring 1930 and are portraits inspired by extra-occidental art and sign the first lights of cubism!"|image="gauche"]

Exposition Van Gogh à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photosExposition Van Gogh à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photosExposition Van Gogh à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photosExposition Van Gogh à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photos Van Gogh, La Nuit Etoilée: the experience at Paris Atelier des Lumières
From February 22 to December 31, 2019 Paris Atelier des Lumières takes us to a new immersive exhibition focusing on Van Gogh’s universe. For 35 minutes, we roam around Van Gogh’s most beautiful paintings, rediscovering this poorly received genius back in the days. His story, his brushstroke and his evolution are unveiled.

Themed exhibitions to see in December 2019 in Paris:

La collection Alana au musée Jacquemart-AndréLa collection Alana au musée Jacquemart-AndréLa collection Alana au musée Jacquemart-AndréLa collection Alana au musée Jacquemart-André Italian masterpieces from the Alana Collection at Paris Musée Jacquemart-André
From September 13, 2019 to January 20, 2020, the Collection Alana unveils its Italian masterpiece paintings. Fra Angelico, Bellini, Tintoretto, Veronese, this fall 2019, we’re about to walk 5 centuries of painting, from the Italian Renaissance to the paintings of the 17th century thanks to 75 exceptional paintings.

Exposition '20 ans. Les acquisitions du Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac'Exposition '20 ans. Les acquisitions du Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac'Exposition '20 ans. Les acquisitions du Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac'Exposition '20 ans. Les acquisitions du Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac' 20 years of Collection Enrichment at Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac invites you to return to 20 years of original, surprising and rare purchases with the “20 years of Collection Enrichment at Musée du Quai Brnaly – Jacques Chirac” exhibition from September 24, 2019 to January 26, 2020.

Du Douanier Rousseau à Séraphine, les naïfs au musée MaillolDu Douanier Rousseau à Séraphine, les naïfs au musée MaillolDu Douanier Rousseau à Séraphine, les naïfs au musée MaillolDu Douanier Rousseau à Séraphine, les naïfs au musée Maillol From the Douanier Rousseau to Séraphine. The Great Naïve Masters. The exhibition at Paris Musée Maillol
The Great Naïve Masters are coming from September 11, 2019 to January 19, 2020 at the Musée Maillol for the “From the Douanier Rousseau to Séraphine. The Great Naïve Masters” exhibition.

Album Photo : Yeshwant Rao Holkar II, Moderne Maharadjah au Musée des Arts DécoratifsAlbum Photo : Yeshwant Rao Holkar II, Moderne Maharadjah au Musée des Arts DécoratifsAlbum Photo : Yeshwant Rao Holkar II, Moderne Maharadjah au Musée des Arts DécoratifsAlbum Photo : Yeshwant Rao Holkar II, Moderne Maharadjah au Musée des Arts Décoratifs Moderne Maharajah, un mécène des années 30 at Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs
The palace of the Maharajah of Indore is at the heart of an exhibition, L’Inde au défi de la mordernité, from September 26, 2019 to January 12, 2020 at Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

L’âge d’or de la peinture anglaise au Musée du LuxembourgL’âge d’or de la peinture anglaise au Musée du LuxembourgL’âge d’or de la peinture anglaise au Musée du LuxembourgL’âge d’or de la peinture anglaise au Musée du Luxembourg The golden age of the British painting at Paris Musée du Luxembourg
Paris Musée du Luxembourg dedicates an exhibition to the golden age of the British painting and the beginnings of the Royal Arts Academy. Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner are to be rediscovered in a beautiful exhibition running from September 11, 2019 to January 15, 2020.

Paris-Londres - Music Migrations, l'exposition au musée de l'histoire de l'immigrationParis-Londres - Music Migrations, l'exposition au musée de l'histoire de l'immigrationParis-Londres - Music Migrations, l'exposition au musée de l'histoire de l'immigrationParis-Londres - Music Migrations, l'exposition au musée de l'histoire de l'immigration Paris-Londres – Music Migrations, the musical exhibition at Paris Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration
From March 12, 2019 to January 5, 2020 Paris Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration displays the Paris-Londre – Music Migrations exhibition, a wonderful exhibition returning on 30 years of the history of music carried by migrants, in Paris and in London. From Salif Keïta, Doul II Soul, Kassav’ to Khaled, let’s relive the golden age of migration music from 1962 to 1989.

Great historic exhibitions in December 2019 in Paris:

Mystérieux coffrets, l'exposition au Musée de ClunyMystérieux coffrets, l'exposition au Musée de ClunyMystérieux coffrets, l'exposition au Musée de ClunyMystérieux coffrets, l'exposition au Musée de Cluny Mystérieux coffrets, the exhibition at Paris Musée de Cluny
Paris Musée de Cluny invites engravings fans and other history enthusiasts to come and discover the “Mystérieux Coffrets: Estampes au temps de la Dame à la Licorne” [Mysterious Chests: Engravings at the age of The Lady and the Unicorn] exhibition from September 18, 2019 to January 6, 2020. A retrospective making us follow the steps of Jean d’Ypres, the painter who painted the studies of the famous hanging exhibited at the museum and of which some elements are found on different chests. exhibition from September 18, 2019 to January 6, 2020. A retrospective making us follow the steps of Jean d’Ypres, the painter who painted the studies of the famous hanging exhibited at the museum and of which some elements are found on different chests."|image="gauche"]

Contemporary art exhibitions in December 2019 in Paris:

Futur, Ancien, Fugitif, l'exposition au Palais de Tokyo - nos photosFutur, Ancien, Fugitif, l'exposition au Palais de Tokyo - nos photosFutur, Ancien, Fugitif, l'exposition au Palais de Tokyo - nos photosFutur, Ancien, Fugitif, l'exposition au Palais de Tokyo - nos photos Futur, Ancien, Fugitif, the exhibition at Paris Palais de Tokyo
From October 16, 2019 to January 5, 2020 Palais de Tokyo invites contemporary art loves to come and discover its exhibition called “Futur, Ancien, Fugitif” [Future, Ancient, Fugitive].."|image="gauche"]

Christodoulos Panayiotou, l'exposition au musée d'OrsayChristodoulos Panayiotou, l'exposition au musée d'OrsayChristodoulos Panayiotou, l'exposition au musée d'OrsayChristodoulos Panayiotou, l'exposition au musée d'Orsay Christodoulos Panayiotou, the exhibition at Paris Musée d’Orsay
Set in Paris 7th arrondissement, the Musée d’Orsay welcomes artist Christodoulos Panayiotou for a temporary exhibition to discover from October 19, 2019 to January 12, 2020.

Photo exhibitions in December 2019 in Paris:

Calais, témoigner de la Jungle, l'expo photo au Centre PompidouCalais, témoigner de la Jungle, l'expo photo au Centre PompidouCalais, témoigner de la Jungle, l'expo photo au Centre PompidouCalais, témoigner de la Jungle, l'expo photo au Centre Pompidou Photo-exhibition about the Calais Jungle at Paris Centre Pompidou
Calais, témoigner de la Jungle [Calais, testifying the Jungle] is the meaningful photo exhibition that Centre Pompidou offers us from October 16, 2019 to February 24, 2020. By inviting the AFTP, photographer Bruno Serralongue (author of a photo documentary about the Calais Jungle) and the inhabitants of the camp, in the heart of this exile crisis, Centre Pompidou delivers a strong testimony about the contemporary history of France. is the meaningful photo exhibition that Centre Pompidou offers us from October 16, 2019 to February 24, 2020. By inviting the AFTP, photographer Bruno Serralongue (author of a photo documentary about the Calais Jungle) and the inhabitants of the camp, in the heart of this exile crisis, Centre Pompidou delivers a strong testimony about the contemporary history of France."|image="gauche"]

Scientific and playful exhibitions in December 2019 in Paris:

Océan, l'exposition à la Grande Galerie de l'EvolutionOcéan, l'exposition à la Grande Galerie de l'EvolutionOcéan, l'exposition à la Grande Galerie de l'EvolutionOcéan, l'exposition à la Grande Galerie de l'Evolution Océan at Paris Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, pictures
Océans,is the beautiful exhibition of the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle [National Museum of National History] running at the Evolution Gallery in Paris from April 3, 2019 to January 5, 2020. This exhibition offers a surprising journey to the heart of an uncommon universe and promises to go even further than the only familiar faces of threatened sharks, whales and corals. running at the Evolution Gallery in Paris from April 3, 2019 to January 5, 2020. This exhibition offers a surprising journey to the heart of an uncommon universe and promises to go even further than the only familiar faces of threatened sharks, whales and corals."|image="gauche"]

Practical information

Opening Time
From 1 December 2019 to 31 December 2019

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    Location

    1er Arrondissement
    75001 Paris 1

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