The best exhibitions in Paris this April 2018

How about visiting an exhibition in Paris this April? It’s one of the best times of the year, every museum in Paris is displaying at least one exhibition, there are exhibitions everywhere and our heads are spinning so much the choice is hard. Robot artists at the Grand Palais, a new digital art center, arts made out of ballpoint pen, superheroes made out of LEGO, we must think that a revolution is coming, we love it when sunny days are back!

30 days, 15 new exhibitions, without counting the 50 exhibitions already displayed in the French capital… Here is the program Paris museums have in store for April 2018.

Okay, since this guide is a bit like our datebook, it’s chronologically ordered so that you won’t miss a thing!

April 2018’s major events:

Salon des Antiquaires, Art et Objets avenue de la Grande ArméeSalon des Antiquaires, Art et Objets Avenue de la Grande Armée
From March 30 to April 8, 2018, for 10 days, the Salon des Antiquaires in Avenue de la Grande Armée welcomes over 70 exhibitors for an almost-complete range of styles and eras of the art market and antiques! Furniture, design, odd items, decorative objects or formal articles, jewels, silverware, ancient books, bronzes, ancient and contemporary paintings and sculptures, engravings, glassworks, ceramics, arts, decoration, come and seek the decoration that missed you.

Les Journées des Métiers d'Art 2017 à Paris et en Ile de FranceArtistic Craft Days 2018 in Paris and Ile de France
From April 3 to 8, 2018, leave to meet French craftsmen for the Artistic Craft Days. For a whole week, artisans await us in their studios to show us their know-how and pass their passion down to the youngest ones. In Ile de France, hundreds of passionate people expect you, discover our selection of free event now.

Le Sceau des Héritiers, l'escape game au musée national Jean-Jacques HennerThe seal of Heirs, the escape game at Paris Musée National Henner
The Musée national Jean-Jacques Henners offers visitors a very special night: an uncommon tour of the place thanks to an escape game 2.0. An original way to discover Jean-Jacques Henner’s works and an experience to live out on April 6, 2018.

Reconstitution historique au Musée de la Grande GuerreHistorical reconstitution weekend at the Musée de la Grande Guerre
Think a military camp from 1914-1918. This is what promises us the Musée de la Grande Guerre with its weekend of reconstitution schedules on April 7 and 8, 2018. Over 150 re-enactors from all over the world will put on their 14-18 uniforms to make us experience the life in a bivouac. Meal in a field kitchen, release of carrier pigeons, demonstration of gunnery operations, passionate people and families are expected with the WWI soldier on April 7 and 8, 2018.

DO DISTURB !, le festival d'arts du Palais de Tokyo DO DISTURB! The art festival by the Palais de Tokyo
DO DISTURB! On April 6, 7 and 8, 2018, 50 artists will invade Paris Palais de Tokyo. All weekend long, dance, music and sculpture performances towards the contemporary creation and its most varied aspects (arts, dance, music), the festival invites six major cultural institutions and many artists to come and present their craziest performances.

L'Atelier des Lumières, premier Centre d'Art Numérique à ParisThe Atelier des Lumières, the first Digital art center in Paris
A new place to be discovered, the Atelier des Lumières is about to rock Paris 11th arrondissement with a Digital art center set in a former smelting plant from the 19th century. For its opening, Atelier des Lumières will offer a 30-minute immersion into Gustave Klimt’s work thanks to over 120 video-projectors! Meet on April 13, 2018…

L'Espace Dali ferme temporairement ses portes pour travauxEspace Dali Paris to open after 4 months of embellishment works
Confidential museum in Paris, Espace Fali has been welcoming the greatest private collection of Salvador Dali's work for 25 years. After closing for 4 months for embellishment works, Espace Dali is to reopen on April 13, 2018 with a new visit route, a new offer thought to revitalize the museum.

Livres rares et objets d'art 2018, le salon au Grand PalaisInternational Rare Book & Fine Arts Fair 2018 at the Grand Palais
From April 13 to 15, 2018, the International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair is back at the Grand Palais and is now open to rare objects. This giant bookstore – set up in the Great Nave of this Parisian gem for a few days – offers us to discover the most beautiful works and buy it so that you can leave with an exceptional piece of history!

April 2018’s most awaited exhibitions:

Artistes et Robots, la grande expo au Grand PalaisArtists and Robots, the compelling exhibition at Paris Grand Palais
Here is THE exhibition 2018 at Paris Grand Palais. Artistes et Robots [Artists and Robots] presents the works by 20 creative/artist robots that drive men into a corner. Could a robot stand in for a painter or a sculptor? Meet from April 5 to July 9, 2018 to discover paintings, sculptures, immersive installations and music produced by software and robots designed and programmed to be artists.

Napoléon stratège, l'exposition au musée de l'ArméeNapoléon Stratège, the exhibition at Paris Musée de l’Armée
Located in an aisle at the Invalides, Paris Musée de l’Armée houses a wide exhibition devoted to Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) and his famous battles. The exhibition runs from April 6 to July 22, 2018.

Al Musiqa, voix et musiques du monde arabe, l'expo à la PhilharmonieAl Musiqa, Tarab Musics of the Arab world, the exhibition at Paris Philharmonie
From April 6 to August 19, 2018, Paris Philharmonie set in Parc de la Villette, welcomes an exhibition entitled “Al Musiqa, Tarab Musics of the Arab World”. A fascinating journey!

Rodin et la danse, l'exposition au Musée RodinRodin and Dance, the exhibition at Paris Musée Rodin
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.

Enfers et fantômes d'Asie, l'exposition au Musée du Quai BranlyAsian Ghosts and Hells, the exhibition at Paris Musée du Quai Branly
From April 10 to July 15, 2018, find Asian Ghosts and Hells through an exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly. These characters – very present in the Asian culture – are found in Buddhist paintings and performing arts for thousands years through engravings: let’s have an overview!

Ames sauvages au Musée d'OrsayWild Souls, Symbolism in the Baltic States at the Musée d’Orsay
It’s been 100 years since the Baltic States became independent. To celebrate this anniversary, from April 10 to July 15, 2018, the Musée d’Orsay devotes an exhibition to art in the Baltic countries, from 1890 to 1930. Speaking about the folklore and local legends first, the Baltic art will then move to symbolism at the time of the independence. Don’t miss it!

Feu, l'expo ludique à la Cité des Sciences Fire, the playful exhibition at Paris Cité des Sciences
After the “Cold” exhibition, Paris Cité des Sciences asks about fire, through an exhibition to be discovered from April 10, 2018 to January 6, 2019. What is fire? Since when men have been using it? Why can’t we always control it? All these questions are about to be answered thanks to this compelling and playful exhibition available for children from 9 years old.

Chefs d'oeuvre de la tapisserie, 1918-2018 à la Galerie des GobelinsTapestry works of art, 1918-2018, the exhibition at the Galerie des Gobelins
The Galerie des Gobelins, galerie d’exposition des Manufactures nationales des Gobelins, offers us a retrospective about the creation of tapestry from 1918 to 2018. Matisse, Picasso, Miro, Le Corbusier, Delaunay, Vasarely tried their hands at it, creating tapestries for the French State, come and discover them from April 10 to September 23, 2018.

Au diapason du Monde, la nouvelle expo de la Fondation Louis VuittonIn tune with the world, the new exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton
Here’s one of our favorites! In tune with the world, the upcoming exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton is about a current theme: Men’s place in the universe. To bring answers, 200 works from the LVMH Art Foundation collection displayed along a wonderful tour. To be visited from April 11 to August 27, 2018.

Helmar Lerski, Pionnier de la lumière au MAHJHelmar Lerski, pioneer of the light at Paris Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme
For the first time in France, an exhibition gives pride of place to photographer and movie-maker Helmar Lerski who worked light for a long time to explore face expressions. This exhibition, running from April 11 to August 26, 2018, is the occasion for the MaHJ to present Helmar Lerski’s 453 ancient prints and plates of glass purchased thanks to the help of 300 donators!

Nymphéas au Musée de l'OrangerieThe Water Lilies. American Abstract Painting and the last Monet at the Musée de l’Orangerie
Monet’s masterpiece, the Water Lilies are preserved at the Musée de l’Orangerie. If the uncommon composition is known by everyone, from April 13 to August 20, 2018, the Musée de l’Orangerie offers us a wonderful exhibition about the attraction of American abstract painters.

Subodh Gupta, exposition à la Monnaie de ParisSubodh Gupta, metal life at the Monnaie de Paris
Brace yourself because you’ll be surprised! For its great contemporary exhibition 2018, the Monnaie de Paris leaves carte blanche to contemporary Indian artist Subodh Gupta who loves working meta. An artistic UFO to visit from April 13 to August 26, 2018.

Jurassic World, l'exposition à la cité du cinémaJurassic World, the exhibition at Paris Cité du Cinéma
From April 14 to September 2, 2018, Paris Cité du Cinéma dedicates an exhibition around the movie Jurassic World and its extended universe. A visit into the bowels of the park, discovering the greatest moments of the movie and of course, dinosaurs.

L'expo Bic au Centquatre à ParisWorks made in ballpoints pens, the unique exhibition at Paris Centquatre
From April 14 to May 16, 2018, the Centquatre welcomes the brand Bic and its project exhibiting 140 works made with the legendary pen or inspired by the brand’s universe. Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte and Fernand Léger, Martin Parr and Mamadou Cissé, you’ll be surprised!

Icones de Mai 68, l'expo à la BNFIcons of May 68, pictures have a History at the BNF
50 years after May 68, the French National Library returns on the great crisis of 1968 and most of all on the participation of medias in the construction of the common memory of this event. Through hundreds of documents – newspapers, photographs, video clips – we read the press to understand the strength of this 3rd power. To be visited from April 17 to August 26, 2018.

Les Super-héros en LEGO®, la belle expo de Nathan Sawaya à la VilletteThe Art of the Brick LEGO®, DC Super Heroes, a Nathan Sawaya exhibition at La Villette
DC Super Heroes and LEGO® fans, from April 29 to August 19, 2018, you have to go to La Villette for the extraordinary LEGO® exhibition with DC Super Heroes by Nathan Sawaya. This incredible exhibition displays DC Comics super heroes in 100% unique sculptures, LEGO® sculpture made by Nathan Sawaya: we already love it!

The major exhibitions you shouldn’t miss:

Will Ryman investit la Villette avec des oeuvres monumentalesWill Ryman takes over La Villette with monumental works
From March 22 to September 16, 2018, La Villette welcomes artist Will Ryman as part of its festival 100%: the American artist (born in 1969), famous for his monumental imaginative works, takes over the Place de la Fontaine aux Lions and the park in La Villette!

Foujita les années folles, l'exposition au Musée MaillolFoujita, les années folles at Musée Maillol
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!

Bijoux d'artistes, de Picasso à Jeff Koons, l'expo au Musée des Arts DécoBijoux d’artistes at Les Arts Décoratifs
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!

Exposition Delacroix, nos photos de la grande expo du musée du LouvreDelacroix exhibition at the Louvre
From March 28 to July 23, 2018, the Louvre Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York join forces to offer, within the Parisian museum, an exhibition focused on Eugène Delacroix’s work.

Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevitch, l'avant-garde russe exposée au Centre PompidouChagall, Lissitzky, Malevitch, the Russian Avant-Garde displayed at Paris Centre Pompidou
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.

L'épopée du Canal de Suez : expo à l'Institut du Monde ArabeSuez Canal Epic: the exhibition at Paris Arab World Institute
Institut du Monde Arabe’s [Arab World Institute] new major exhibition is coming from March 27, 2018. It will return on the very big human undertaking: “Suez Canal epic: from the pharaohs to the 21st century”.

Guernica, l'exposition au musée Picasso Guernica, the exhibition at Paris Musée Picasso
Located in the Marais area, the Musée national Picasso-Paris dedicates an exhibition to the story of the famous “Guernica” painting, created 81 years ago. To visit from March 27 to July 29, 2018.

Van Gogh, Mondrian, Scheffer, Les Holandais à Paris au Petit PalaisVan Gogh, Mondrian, Scheffer, Dutch artists in Paris at Petit Palais
Petit Palais gives pride of place to Van Gogh, Mondrian and all Dutch artists who lived in Paris from 1789 to 1914 in a large exhibition running from February 6 to May 13, 2018. Through 115 works, this exhibition returns on a century of pictorial revolutions led by Dutch painters alongside French artists, intrigued by the City of lights.

Sheila Hicks, l'art du textile au Centre PompidouSheila Hicks, lifelines at Paris Centre Pompidou
From February 7 to April 30, 2018, Centre Pompidou promotes textile artist Sheila Hicks through an exhibition. For 50 years of creation, Sheila Hicks shook up the codes of art by using varied fabric, wool, linen, cotton, products often reserved for stylists, to create often monumental and always colorful sculptures.

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!

Daimyo, Seigneurs de la Guerre au Japon, l’exposition au musée GuimetDaimyo, Lords of War in Japan at Musée Guimet
Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet devotes an exhibition – in partnership with Palais de Tokyo – to Daimyos’ armors and characteristics, these powerful governors who reigned over Japan from the 12th century to the 19th century. A collection of goods to be discovered from February 16 to May 13, 2018.

Peintures des Lointains, l'exposition au musée du Quai BranlyPaintings from Afar, the exhibition at Paris 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.

Plantu, l'exposition à la BnFPlantu, the exhibition at the Bnf
Located in Paris 13th arrondissement, the BnF welcomes an exhibition devoted to drawer Plantu, an emblematic representative of the freedom of the press. Meet from March 20 to May 2à, 2018.

Bagdad mon amour, l'exposition à l'Institut des Cultures d'IslamBagdad my love, the exhibition at Paris Institut des Cultures d’Islam
Set in Paris 18th arrondissement, the Institut des Cultures d’Islam gathers about twenty contemporary artists, mostly from Iraq, through a wonderful exhibition, outstandingly political, entitled “Bagdad mon amour” [Bagdad my love]. Running from March 29 to July 29, 2018.

Don’t hesitate to have a look at the most awaited exhibition in 2018 to plan your next art and culture outings!

Elodie D.
Last updated on 29 March 2018

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From 1 April 2018 to 30 April 2018

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