Best Exhibitions in Paris, April 2016

This time of year in Paris, there are so many art exhibitions around the city that it’s easy to get lost in the mix. To save you some time, we’ve put together our selection of art and culture events that you just can’t miss!

We’ve compiled our top picks for the Paris art scene, just so you don't miss out!

Must-Sees in April 2016:

Paris Photo au Grand PalaisArt Paris Art Fair 2016 at the Grand Palais
Art Paris Art Fair is back at the Grand Palais, form March 31st to April 3rd, 2016. For 4 days, more than 58,000 people will come from all over to see 143 galleries from 20 different countries. This year, Art Paris Art Fair is making way for Korean artwork!

FESTIVAL DO DISTURBDO DISTURB, 3 Days of Creation at the Palais de Tokyo
DO DISTURB, is the Palais de Tokyo’s war cry, and they’re giving the reigns to 30 artists and collectives from April 8th-10th! Three days of non-stop creation, circus acts, performance art, magic, dance, design, fashion and music!

Les Journées des Métiers d'Art 2016 aux Ateliers de ParisCelebrating Arts Occupations in Paris and the Region
This year, the focus is on arts occupations and ways of the future. Come see exhibits and meet the artists, from April 1st-3rd, 2016. With goldsmiths, glassmakers, ceramicists, blacksmiths, cabinetmakers, clockmakers, and tanners that give French craftsmanship its good name, there are more than 500 events all throughout the country!

Le salon du dessin érotique, Salo IV, en avril 2016 !Erotic Drawing Expo, Salo IV
This Erotic Drawing Expo titled “Salo IV” will be taking place from April 7th-10th, 2016 at 24 rue Beaubourg in Paris. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about erotic and sensual drawings by an array of contemporary artists from around the world.

Most Anticipated Exhibitions in April 2016:

Paul Klee, l'expo au Centre PompidouPaul Klee at the Centre Pompidou
The Paul Klee exhibition at the Centre Pompidou is one of the most anticipated exhibits of 2016. From April 6th to August 1st, 2016, the Centre Pompidou is reuniting 250 of Paul Klee’s pieces around the subject of romantic irony, while also offering a clearer view of Klee’s relationship with other artists of his generation.

Seydou Keïta, l'exposition au Grand PalaisSeydou Keïta Exhbition at the Grand Palais
The works by Malian photographer Seydou Keïta will be shown at the Grand Palais from March 31st to July 11th, 2016. With portrait work as his specialty, Keïta was able to capture the faces of a country that had gained its independence. His style is absolutely staggering, come see it for yourself!

Paula Modersohn-Becker, l'exposition au musée d'Art modernePaula Modersohn-Becker at the Musée d’Art Moderne This beautiful painting exhibition titled “L’intensité d’un regard” (The Intensity of a Look) by artist Paula Modersohn-Becker will be showing at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris from April 8th to August 21st, 2016.

Fashion Forward, 3 siècles de Mode aux Arts DécoratifsFashion Forward, 3 Centuries of Fashion at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Experience three centuries of fashion at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs from April 4th to August 14th, 2016. For this Fashion Forward Exhibition, the museum will be showing its most beautiful pieces in each of their respective “fashion moments.”

Un jardin d'Orient à l'Institut du Monde ArabeAn Eastern Garden at the Institut du Monde Arabe
Just steps away from the Seine river in the square at the Institut du Monde Arabe, a large Eastern style garden will be in bloom from April 19th to September 25th, 2016. Orange and palm trees, roses and jasmine will bring a little bit of the East to Paris. The museum will complete the installation with an exhibit showing the most beautiful gardens across eastern nations.

L'exposition Avengers STATION débarque à ParisThe Avengers Exhibition STATION Comes to Paris
The Avengers STATION Exhibition opens in Paris on April 15th until September 25th, 2016. It’s a one-of-a-kind and completely immersive recruitment session, that trains visitors to in the world of Marvel superheroes. Facing off with Avengers, we have to show what we are made of and become one of them!

James Bond 007, l'exposition à la Grande Halle de la VilletteJames Bond 007 at the Grande Halle de la Villette
It’s all about James Bond from April 16th to September 4th, 2016 at the Grande Halle de la Villette. Celebrating 50 years of the world’s most famous spy, the exhibition reveals 500 accessories from the 007 film series, from his wardrobe to his Aston Martin DB5, and even decorations from film sets!

Extra fantômes, les vrais, les faux, à la Gaîté LyriqueExhibition on Ghosts “Extra Fantômes” at the Gaité Lyrique
From April 7th to July 31st, 2016 you can see the exhibition all about ghosts “Les fantômes, les vrais, les faux” for a truly haunting experience! Experience a 21st century haunted house!

Apollinaire, le regard du poète au Musée de l'OrangerieLooking through the eyes of Apollinaire, Exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie
Experience Apollinaire, art critic and friend of famous artists, in an extensive exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie from April 6th to July 18th, 2016. Through this poet’s works, we gain new insight into a decade full of artists like Matisse and Picasso, Delaunay and Douanier!  

Les Hugo, une famille d'artistes à la Maison de Victor HugoThe Hugo, an Family of Artists at the Maison de Victor Hugo
The Maison de Victor Hugo (Home of Victor Hugo) is featuring the five generations of artists in the Hugo family in a new exhibition from April 14th to September 18th, 2016.

Dans l'atelier, l'artiste photographié au Petit PalaisArtists Photographed in their Studios at the Petit Palais
Take a step inside the artist’s studio with this exhibition at the Petit Palais. From Ingres to Jeff Koons, the exhibition includes more than 400 snapshots of artists photographed in their studios at work, a real treat! Showing from April 5th to July 17th, 2016.

Napoléon à Sainte-Hélène au musée de l'ArméeNapoleon Bonaparte in Saint-Hélène at the Musée de l’Armée
The Musée de l’Armée will be dedicating a new exhibition to Napoleon Bonaparte from April 6th to July 24th, 2016. Visitors can see the furniture that belonged to this famous emperor just before his death on the island of Saint Helena.

Le Musée des Monuments français, un musée révolutionnaire au Musée du LouvreThe Louvre brings back the French Monuments Museum
Last seen in 1816, the Musée des Monuments (Monuments Museum) will be coming back to life for a temporary exhibition at the Louvre from April 7th to July 4th, 2016. The Monuments Museum, during its 20 years of existence, reassembled the remains of monuments destroyed during the French Revolution, and today the Louvre museum will be showing its most beautiful pieces!

Mental désordre, l'expo à la Cité des SciencesMental Désordre, Exhibition at the Cité des Sciences
The Cité des Sciences is offering new insight on mental disorders with with new exhibition titled “Mental Désordre,” showing from April 5th to August 28th, 2016. The exhibition offers visitors a window into understanding mental health problems like phobia, OCD and depression.

Rosa Bonheur et sa famille, l'expo au Musée de Port-Royal des ChampsRosa Bonheur and Her Family The Museum de Port Royal des Champs is dedicating an exhibition to Rosa Bonheur’s family, artists from generation to generation that lived in an old presbytery in the small village of Magny-les-Hameux in the surrounding Paris region. Experience the history of the village and the family with this excellent exhibition, open from April 7th to July 25th, 2016.

Carambolages, l'art décloisonné au Grand PalaisCarambolages at the Grand Palais this year features a  “journey through universal art” with 180 different pieces. “Carambolages” aims to push us beyond traditional views, to “find new order,” and a “transcultural” notion of art. Come see it between March 2nd and July 4th, 2016!  

La boîte de Pandore au Musée d'Art ModerneThe History of Photography at the Musée d’Art Moderne
The Musée d’Art Moderne is opening Pandora’s Box for an exhibition showing from March 25th to July 10th, 2016. To present a history of photography, the museum is calling in the expertise of artist Jan Dibbets.

Le Douanier Rousseau, l'innocence archaïque au Musée d'OrsayLe Douanier Rousseau at the Orsay Museum
For a beautiful painting exhibition, head to the Musée d’Orsay. They’re showing a large retrospective on the most atypical modern painters. The Douanier Rousseau, showing until July 17th, 2016.

Céramix, l'exposition à la Cité de la Céramique de SèvresCéramix, Exhibition at the Cité de la Céramique Come discover the history ceramics in art in this new exhibition “Céramix” at the Cité de la Céramique de Sèvres from March 9th-12th, 2016. There will be over 250 objects and figures, between art and artisanry, created by some of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, showing in the halls of the former Manufacture de Sèvres.

Magicien d'Os, les photos de l'expo“Magicien d’Os” Exhibition at the Natural History Muséum
The “Magicien d’Os” exhibition at the Muséum "National d’Histoire Naturelle" highlights animal sculpture throughout its comparative anatomy galleries.  Among hte collections, 12 sculptures by Quentin Garel will also be featured. Open from March 16th to September 12th, 2016.

Age de Glace, Rio, Blue Sky Studio au Musée Art LudiqueIce Age, Blue Sky Studio Art at the the Musée Art Ludique
Been missing Sid, Manny, Diego and Scrat? The Musée Art Ludique will be welcoming Blue Sky Studios from March 25th to September 18th, 2016. While Ice Age 5 opens in theaters on July 22nd, 2016, this exhibition is your chance to discover the drawings, painting and sculptures behind these hit animated films.

Barbie, la grande exposition au Musée des Arts DécoratifsDiscover Barbie from all different angles at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It’s a fantastic exhibition not to be missed that shows Barbie as more than an icon. The Musée des Arts Décoratif (Museum for Decorative Art) is inviting Mattel and their famous Barbie for a large exhibition with more than 700 Barbies and styles, from March 10th to September 18th 2016, to shed light on Barbie’s evolution through a changing society since 1959.

Double je, l'exposition au Palais de TokyoDouble Je, Exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo
What do artists and criminals have in common? At the Palais de Tokyo museum, an entire exhibition titled “Double Je” explores this question, open from March 24th to May 16th, 2016. And, you guessed it, both artists and criminals are obsessed with details and don’t leave anything to chance!

Miguel Barcelo au Musée PicassoMiquel Barceló, Sol y Sombra Exhibition at the Picasso Museum
For its first contemporary art exhibition since reopening, the Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso) presents the work of Miquel Barceló, an artist bron in Majorca whose work is, in some ways, close to what Picasso was doing. Come see it from March 22nd to 298th, 2016.

Les Impressionnistes en Normandie au Musée Jacquemart-AndréThe Impressionists visiting Normandy at the Musée Jacquemart-André. The Jacquemart -André museum is dedicating an exhibition to Normandy impressionists from March 18th to July 25th, 2016. Entitled “l’Atelier en plein air,” this display takes us back to the 19th century, during the revolution of outdoor painting.  


To plan your next art and culture outings, check out our Guide to the Most Anticipated Exhibitions of 2016!

Elodie D.
Last updated on 29 March 2017

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