The best exhibitions in Paris this January 2018

Say it, this year’s resolution is to make the best of Paris… And because Paris is also the museums and the major exhibitions, in order to help you with this resolution, we concocted you a very attentive guide with the best exhibitions of the month, the exhibitions starting in January and the art fairs you shouldn’t miss. Happy New Year 2018!

In January, many exhibitions are coming to an end while others are just getting started. We offer you to discover the exhibitions you shouldn’t miss in January and we give you a preview of the next art events you should expects in the coming weeks…

January 2018’s major events:

Paris Déco Off 2018, portes ouvertes de 100 showrooms !Paris Déco Off 2018, 100 showrooms open house!
Paris Déco Off is the major design event running for a week. From January 18 to 22, 2018, come along and meet with decoration editors and designers by visiting over 100 showrooms throughout Paris! A key event for all decoration fans…

La Nuit des idées 2018 : j'imagine demain à la Cité des Sciences La Nuit des Idées 2018, debates in Paris
January 25, 2018 is the third edition of La Nuit des Idées [Night of Ideas]. Dedicated to sharing ideas and thoughts, this special night invites about fifty countries and in the same time, organizes many meetings and debates. Specialists, researchers, writers ask about our world and our future.

The new exhibitions to visit in January:

Peintures des Lointains, l'exposition au musée du Quai BranlyPaintings from afar at the Musée du Quai Branly
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.

Jean Fautrier, l'exposition au musée d'Art moderne de la ville de ParisJean Fautrier, the exhibition at the Musée d’art Moderne
From January 26 to May 20, 2018, Paris Musée d’Art Moderne dedicates a great exhibition to the painter Jean Fautrier (1898-1964). Through 160 works, we gladly rediscover this major and singular modern artist. Don’t miss it!

Mohamed Bourouissa, l'exposition au musée d'Art moderne de la ville de ParisMohamed Bourouissa, the exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne
From January 26 to April 22, 2018, in addition to its exhibition focusing on Jean Fautrier, the MAMVP (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris) welcomes an exhibition about modern artist Mohamed Bourouissa.

Antoni Clavé, l'exposition d'estampes à la BnFAntoni Clavé, etchings at the BNF
Located in Paris 13th arrondissement, the BnF welcomes from January 9 to February 25, 2018, a lovely etchings exhibition by Antoni Clavé (1913-2005) in the Galerie des Donateurs. The forms may remind of Pablo Picasso’s destructuring. Mixing abstraction, work on the texture and the figurative, Antoni Clavé is a very inventive artist open to experimentations and breaking-ups with modernity.

Imaginaires et représentations de l'Orient, l'exposition au musée DelacroixImagining and representing the Orient, Musée Delacroix
Fondation Lilian Thuram reveals its exhibition “Imaginaires et representations de l’Orient” [Imagining and representing the Orient] at the Musée Delacroix. Running from January 11 to April 2, 2018, this exhibition is an invitation to talk, debate and discover the look that occidental societies still have on oriental societies. Meetings and conferences are also scheduled.

LES COMPAGNONS DE LA  LIBÉ RATION DANS LA GRANDE GUERRE au Musée de l'ArméeA life of commitment, Musée de l’Armée
From January 30 to April 1, 2018, the Musée de l’Armée promotes the Compagnons de la Libération from WWII. This open-air exhibition points out, 80 years later, their consciousness and their sense of duty that led them to join the French Resistance for a free France alongside Général de Gaulle or to fight underground in occupied territory!

The major exhibitions you shouldn’t miss:

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 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!

César, l'exposition au Centre PompidouCésar, 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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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!


Elodie D.
Last updated on 8 January 2018

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