The best exhibitions in Paris this May 2018

Sunny days are upon us, it’s time to rediscover Paris and its impressive number of exhibitions, meetings, art shows. And if it’s sunny, it would be a shame to miss even a single bite of it… These events are as welcomed as the flowers in May…

We’ve got a new saying for you: April showers bring many hours of art events in May! Ok, that might not have the same ring to it, but let’s sing it, it’s time to unwind, to enjoy the sun and to wander around the Parisian public squares...

May 2018’s major events:

La Nuit des Musées à Paris et en Ile de FranceMuseum Night 2018 in Paris
This year, the “Nuit des Musées,” or Long Night of Museum, takes place on May 19th, 2018. Over 1000 museums will be open all night, to share their most treasured works, giving you behind-the-scenes access, and even hosting numerous events like treasure hunts, concerts or even light shows! This year another great program is planned for Museum Night, and you won’t want to miss it!

Portes ouvertes des ateliers du Père Lachaise AssociésPère Lachaise studios open house 2018
Père-Lachaise studios are open from May 5 to 8, 2018. The occasion to discover the painters, sculptors and photographers living in this bucolic area of Paris 20th arrondissement.

Grand Salon d'Art Abordable à La Bellevilloise 21ème éditionAffordable Art fair 2018 at La Bellevilloise
To purchase your first work of art, head to the “Grand Salon d’Art Abordable” from May 11 to 13, 2018. For 3 days, 40 artists will be at La Bellevilloise to present their works, projects and first of most, sell us their creations at affordable prices, from €50 to €5000, very far from the picture we have of art galleries.

L'Institut du Monde Arabe fête ses 30 ans avec super week-end gratuit“Arabes, Français: quelle histoire!” at the Arab World Institute
From May 24 to 27, the Arab World Institute welcomes new events about the story of the Arab world. This time, the theme is “Arabes, Français: quelle histoire!” [Arabs, Frenches: what a story!”, a beautiful way to (re)discover their common history!

May 2018’s most awaited exhibitions:

Génération Y à l'épreuve de l'art, l'expo au Studio HarcourtMillennials and Art, the exhibition at Paris Studio Harcourt
From May 2 to October 31, 2018, Paris Studio Harcourt hosts a new photo exhibition entitled “Generation Y à l’épreuve de l’art”.

Paris 1968, l'expo photo de Gilles Caron à l'Hôtel de VilleParis 1968, Gilles Caron’s photo exhibition at Hôtel de Ville
From May 4 to July 28, 2018, Hotel de Ville houses Gilles Caron’s photo exhibition entitled “Paris 1968”. The occasion to relive in picture the student revolution!

Vhils à Rio de JaneiroStreet-artist VHILS exhibited at Paris Centquatre
East Parisian cultural center 104 welcomes the work of famous Portuguese street-artist Vhils as part of a compelling exhibition running from May 19 to July 27, 2018, at the same time as a presentation at Galerie Danysz in Paris 11th arrondissement.

The Little Explorer’s Box Of Delights at the Musée du Quai Branly
From May 23 to October7, 2018, the Musée du Quai Branly opens The Little Explorer’s Box of Delights. Through this lovely exhibition, the museum returns on the representation of the foreign and unknown from youth literature, with colonial heroes and stereotyped characters from Cook’s and Bougainville’s novels!

U.A.M, une Aventure Moderne, l'exposition au Centre PompidouU.A.M, a modern adventure, the exhibition at Centre Pompidou
From May 30 to August 27, 2018, Centre Pompidou dedicates a retrospective to the Union des Artistes Modernes [the French Union of Modern Artists], the biggest movement in the art history of the 20th century. Let’s dive into this main movement of the European modernism.

The major exhibitions you shouldn’t miss:

Jurassic World, nos photos de 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.

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!

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.

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!

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, light pioneer at the Musée d’art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme
For the first time in France, an exhibition is dedicated to photographer and movie-maker Helmar Lerski who worked with light to explore looks on the face for a long time. Running from April 11 to August 26, 2018, this exhibition is the occasion for the MAHJ to present Helmar Lerski’s 435 ancient photographs and glass plates purchased thanks to over 300 donors!

Exposition Delacroix au 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.

Météorites, la belle expo à la Galerie de l'EvolutionMeteorites
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
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.

Elodie D.
Last updated on 4 May 2018

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From 1 May 2018 to 31 May 2018



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