The most expected exhibitions of 2018 in Paris

If I tell you Michael Jackson, Vhils, T-rex, Foujita, Margiela, Japonism and Picasso, you tell me… The best exhibitions 2018 in Paris! Want to know what are the exhibitions running in 2018? Follow the guide.

As a New Year’s Present, we offer you a preview of the major exhibitions that make us proud to be in Paris!


The major exhibitions of the first half-year 2018 in Paris:

Peintures des lointains au Musée du Quai BranlyPaintings from afar at the Musée du Quai Branly (January 30, 2018 - January 9, 2019)
For the first time since its creation, the Musée du Quai Branly presents its painting collection, 200 unique paintings that shows the look occidental artists had at the societies and peoples from afar. Matisse, Gauguin, Emile Bernard, the exhibition returns to the trips and meetings with European painters from the 18th century to the 20th century. To visit from January 30, 2018 to January 9, 2019.

Corot. Le peintre et ses modèles au Musée MarmottanCorot, the painter and his model at the Musée Marmottan (February 8 – July 8)
From February 8 to July 8, 2018, the Musée Marmottan reveals a hidden facet of Corot’s art, his figures. Exceptionally brought together, over 60 paintings mostly depicting women, a production the painter kept secret comes to tell us more about the impressionist artist’s career.

L'Institut du Monde Arabe fête ses 30 ansAn open eye on the Arab World at the AWI (February 14 to September 2)
This year, the Arab World Institute n Paris invites 240 artists as a nod to its 240 mashrabiyas, for a beautiful exhibition, “Un oeil ouvert sur le monde arabe”. Each one of them will have to create a work according to those next to it, to become one. Free of charge, this exhibition is a very wonderful symbol of opening onto the world.

Discorde, Fille de la Nuit : la nouvelle saison du Palais de TokyoDiscorde, fille de la Nuit at the Palais de Tokyo (February 16 – May 13)
The Palais de Tokyo presents its new season for the year to come, called “Discorde, fille de la nuit”. A season full of exhibitions including Neïl Beloufa, kADER aTTIA? George Henry Longly and Marianne Mispelaëre running from February 16 to May 13, 2018.

Bijoux d'artistes, de Picasso à Jeff Koons, l'expo au Musée des Arts DécoBijoux d’artistes at Les Arts Décoratifs (March 7 – July 1)
This is an event at Paris Les Arts Décoratifs museum. Come and admire the most beautiful jewels of the 20th century through a very beautiful exhibition running from March 7 to July 1, 2018. All in all, the exhibition gathers about 250 jewels coming straight from Diane Venet’s collection who is a great artist jewels collector considering them like mini works of art!

Foujita les années folles, l'exposition au Musée MaillolFoujita, les années folles at Musée Maillol (March 7 – July 15)
Musée Maillol returns with Foujita’s production in the roaring twenties for an exhibition running from March 7 to July 15, 2018. For this delightful exhibition, over 100 paintings and watercolor-paintings reveal Foujita’s art in the twenties, his Parisian years!

Margiela, années Hermès at Les Arts Décoratifs (March 22 – September 2)
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is about to bring Hermès Margiela’s years (1997-2003) back to life thanks to a very beautiful exhibition already displayed at Anvers MoMu (ModeMuseum)!

Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevitch, l'avant-garde russe exposée au Centre PompidouThe Russian Avant-Garde at the Centre Pompidou (March 28 – July 16)
From March 28 to July 16, 2018, the Centre Pompidou offers an exhibition devoted to Marc Chagall, Kazimir Malevitch and El Lissitzsky, the Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde from the Vitebsk Art School.

Néandertal au Musée de l’HommeNéandertal at the Musée de l’Homme (March 28 - January 7)
Go discover the Neanderthal Man at the Musée de l’Homme. For this second great exhibition, the museum updates with this other human species that disappeared over 35,000 years ago after being on Earth for over 35,000 years.

Artistes & Robots, de Tinguely à Murakami au Grand PalaisArtistes & Robots at the Grand Palais (April 5 – July 9)
This is THE exhibition 2018 at the Grand Palais. Artistes & Robots presents the works by 20 creator/artist robot that drive humans into a corner. Can a robot replace a painter or a sculptor? Discover the paintings, sculptures, immersive installations and the music created by computers and robots created and programmed to be artists!

Rodin et la danse, l'exposition au Musée RodinRodin and dance at Musée Rodin (April 7 – July 22)
From April 7, to July 22, 2018, Paris Musée Rodin dedicates an exhibition to the relationship between Rodin and dance. By gathering over 50 works around the series of the movements in dance, the exhibition gives us a nice interpretation of the artistic body frozen in time.

Napoléon stratège au Musée de l'ArméeNapoleon, strategist at the Musée de l’Armée (April 6 – July 22)
For its great exhibition 2018, the Musée de l’Armée returns on Napoléon’s military genius, as a fine strategist who brought a lot to France military action. Maps, documents, secrets considerations and symbolical objects, an overview of French strategy under Napoléon’s ruling!

Enfers et fantômes d'Asie, l'exposition au Musée du Quai BranlyGhosts and Hells at the Musée du Quai Branly (April 10 – July 15)
Discover Ghosts and Hells through an exhibition running at the Musée du Quai Branly from April 10 to July 15. These figures very present in the Asian culture and found in Buddhist paintings and living arts for thousands of years through etchings.

Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, les trois expos de la Fondation Vuitton“The artist, creator of worlds” at the Fondation Vuitton (April 10 - August 27)
After welcoming the MoMA, the Fondation Louis Vuitton highlights 25 modern artists in comparison with the greatest artists from the 20th century to promote artists’ demiurge role through time and space. Giacometti, Picasso, Matisse, Klein face Cyprien, Gaillard, Wilhelm Sasnal and Adrian Vilar Rojas, a pure delight!

Nymphéas au Musée de l'OrangerieThe Water Lilies. American Abstract Art and the Last Monet at the Musée de l’Orangerie (April 13 – August 20)
The Musée de l’Orangerie, famous for Monet’s Water Lilies set in situ, reveals the fascination of American artists discovering this “bridge between the naturalism of early Impressionism and the highly developed school of Abstract Art in New York”.  Given pride of place with works by Pollock, Rothko, Newman, Monet’s Water Lilies sound like the advent of “abstract Impressionism”!

Icônes de Mai 68 Les images ont une histoireIcônes de Mai 68, les images ont une histoire at the BnF (April 17 to August 26)
50 years after May 67, the BnF returns to the press construction of our collective visual memory through photographs, documents and articles about this key event for France modern history!

Vhils au 104Vhils at 104 (May 19 - …)
One of the greatest current street artists Vhils is coming to Paris 104 for an in-situ exhibition. At the age of 30, the Portuguese artist rocked the urban art field by engraving faces on walls, using posters as supports! 30 works will be set up at Paris 104!

Chasse au trésor dans le Jardin des PlantesA T-REX at the Museum (June 6 - September 2)
This summer 2018, the Gallery of Mineralogy of the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle welcomes Trix’ incredible skeleton, a female Tyrannosaurus rex of 67 billion years of age. Thanks to the 70%-complete skeleton we can learn more about Trix’ lifestyle, her diet, her anatomy and her moves. An incredible encounter!

L'envol à la Maison RougeL’Envol, Maison Rouge last exhibition (June 15 - October 30)
For its last exhibition, Maison Rouge will talk about L’Envol-flying, this human dream. It will be talked about under fantastic, imaginary, marvelous, fictional, mystical angles like the museum manages to do perfectly.

Vacances de Noël 2016 au Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de ParisImpressionists in London at the Petit Palais (June 21 - October 14)
The Petit Palais takes us to the London from 1870’s to 1904, where French artists used to live during their exiles. Carpeaux, Tissot, Pissarro, Monet, Sisley and Deray will produce masterworks in the gloomy and industrial atmosphere of the Victorian London that are underrated by English but that will make their fortunes in France.

Japonisme 2018, Les Arts en Résonance, la nouvelle saison du musée du LouvreJaponisme 2018 at the Louvre (July 14 - January 14)
The Louvre offers a new season focused on the 160th anniversary of the diplomatic relationships between Japan and France, called “Japonisme 2018, Les âmes en resonance”. A modern art exhibition running from July 14, 2018 to January 14, 2019.

The major exhibitions of the second half-year 2018 in Paris:

Picasso, “Chefs-d’oeuvre” at the Musée Picasso (September 4 - January 13)
After exhibiting Guernica, the Musée Picasso offers us to discover what meaning Picasso used to give the word “masterwork” (English for “Chef-d’oeuvre”). Bringing together master pieces, some exhibited in Paris for the very first time, the exhibition offers us a new approach of Picasso’s works, from their creations to the critically reception.

Picasso. Bleu et rose at the Musée d’Orsay (September 18 - January 6)
For its exhibition running in partnership with the Musée Picasso, the Musée d’Orsay returns on Picasso’s production from 1900 to 1906, a major period in the artist’s career that has never been treated as a whole before by a French museum.

Miro at the Grand Palais (October 3 – February 4)
(information to come)

Basquiat at t Fondation Louis Vuitton (October 3 – January 14)
This is an event at Fondation Louis Vuitton! Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), one of the major painters in the 20th century is given pride of place through a magnificent retrospective of his work covering the four floors of Frank Ghery’s building!

Cubisme at the Centre Pompidou (October 17 – February 25)
The Centre Pompidou offers an exhibition about the most marking and influencing art movements in the 20th century, Cubism. Picasso, Duchamp, Picabia, Delaunay… Artists to discover and rediscover from October 17, 2018 to February 25, 2019.

Michael Jackson at the Grand Palais (November 23 - February 17)
From November 23, 2018 to February 17, 2019, Paris Grand Palais dedicates an exhibition to the King of Pop. An event offering to return on the singer’s career and his influence on the world of music and art.

With this list, the hardest thing is to show patience!

Elodie D.
Last updated on 8 January 2018

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