The best exhibitions in Paris this May 2020

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 5 December 2019 at 10h20 · Updated on 6 December 2019 at 18h35
What exhibitions can we visit in May 2020 in Paris? Since sunny days are back, it's time to visit Paris museums and monuments and make your fill of discoveries with exhibitions and... Museum Night! It's so sunny it would be a shame to miss somehting out...

We’ve got a new saying for you: April showers bring many hours of art events in May! And it's perfect, since there's something for everyone.

May 2020's major events:

Christian Louboutin : l'exposition au Palais de la Porte DoréeChristian Louboutin : l'exposition au Palais de la Porte DoréeChristian Louboutin : l'exposition au Palais de la Porte DoréeChristian Louboutin : l'exposition au Palais de la Porte Dorée Christian Louboutin: the exhibition at Paris Palais de la Porte Dorée in 2020
From February 25 to July 28, 2020, Christian Louboutin displays his creations and inspirations for an exhibition running at Paris Palais de la Porte Dorée.

Artist retrospective to see in May 2020 in Paris:

Albrecht Altdorfer, l'exposition au Musée du LouvreAlbrecht Altdorfer, l'exposition au Musée du LouvreAlbrecht Altdorfer, l'exposition au Musée du LouvreAlbrecht Altdorfer, l'exposition au Musée du Louvre Albrecht Altdorfer, the exhibition at the Louvre
From April 23 to August 3, 2020, the Louvre invites German painting fans to discover an exhibition about Albrecht Altdorfer. The occasion to discover this major artist from the German Renaissance.

Giorgio de Chirico, la peinture métaphysique au Musée de l'OrangerieGiorgio de Chirico, la peinture métaphysique au Musée de l'OrangerieGiorgio de Chirico, la peinture métaphysique au Musée de l'OrangerieGiorgio de Chirico, la peinture métaphysique au Musée de l'Orangerie Giorgio de Chirico. Metaphysical painting at Paris Musée de l’Orangerie
The “Giorgio de Chirico. Metaphysical painting” exhibition running from April 1 to July 13, 2020 at Paris Musée de l’Orangerie returns on the Italian painter’s atypical career who “wrote dreams” and fascinated Apollinaire and Paul Guillaume. Let’s also taste the metaphysical painting that fascinated Paris so much during the roaring twenties.

Exposition 'Turner, peintures et aquarelles de la Tate' au Musée Jacquemart-AndréExposition 'Turner, peintures et aquarelles de la Tate' au Musée Jacquemart-AndréExposition 'Turner, peintures et aquarelles de la Tate' au Musée Jacquemart-AndréExposition 'Turner, peintures et aquarelles de la Tate' au Musée Jacquemart-André “Turner, peintures et aquarelles de la Tate” exhibition at Paris Musée Jacquemart-André
Paris Musée Jacquemart-André proposes a great retrospective around work by British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner with the “Turner, peintures et aquarelles de la Tate” exhibition, running from March 13 to July 20, 2020 in partnership with London’s Tate.

Jeremy Shaw au Centre PompidouJeremy Shaw au Centre PompidouJeremy Shaw au Centre PompidouJeremy Shaw au Centre Pompidou Jeremy Shaw at Paris Centre Pompidou
Canadian artist Jeremy Shaw is displayed for the first time in a museum and it’s happening at Paris Centre Pompidou from February 26 to April 20, 2020. On the menu, an exhibition marvelously mixing music, video, dance and photography with new technologies.

Collection Helena Rubinstein au musée du Quai Branly, nos photosCollection Helena Rubinstein au musée du Quai Branly, nos photosCollection Helena Rubinstein au musée du Quai Branly, nos photosCollection Helena Rubinstein au musée du Quai Branly, nos photos Helena Rubinstein’s collection at Paris Musée du Quai Branly, our pictures
From November 5, 2019 to June 28, 2020 Paris Musée du Quai Branly devotes a wonderful exhibition to Helena Rubinstein’s art collection. Including 60 primitive sculptures, portraits and art objects, this exhibition offers an original approach of art as seen by a passionate woman who was interested in what others considered to be ugly.

Free exhibitions to see in May 2020 in Paris:

Exposition 35 ans accorHotels ArenaExposition 35 ans accorHotels ArenaExposition 35 ans accorHotels ArenaExposition 35 ans accorHotels Arena Free exhibition at Paris AccorHotels Arena for its 35th anniversary
In 2019, Paris AccorHotels Arena turns 35! An anniversary celebrated with a free exhibition displayed in the main lobby of the venue, starting November 10, 2019 and until summer 2020. Sting, BTS, Indochine, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, U2, NTM, Madonna, Johnny Hallyday... They are all featured in this exhibition.

Themed exhibitions to see in May 2020 in Paris:

Pompéi, l'exposition au Grand PalaisPompéi, l'exposition au Grand PalaisPompéi, l'exposition au Grand PalaisPompéi, l'exposition au Grand Palais Pompei, the exhibition at the Grand Palais
From March 25 to June 8, 2020, the Grand Palais devotes a digital exhibition to the latest excavations conducted in Pompeii and all the works of art discovered then.

Exposition 'Cézanne et les maîtres. Rêve d’Italie' au Musée Marmottan MonetExposition 'Cézanne et les maîtres. Rêve d’Italie' au Musée Marmottan MonetExposition 'Cézanne et les maîtres. Rêve d’Italie' au Musée Marmottan MonetExposition 'Cézanne et les maîtres. Rêve d’Italie' au Musée Marmottan Monet “Cézanne and the Italian Masters” at Paris Musée Marmottan Monet
The “Cézanne and the Italian Masters” exhibition running from February 27 to July 5, 2020 at Paris Musée Marmottan Monet will return for the first time to the very strong connection between Cézanne and the masterpieces by the greatest Italian masters.

Exposition Espions à la Cité des Sciences Exposition Espions à la Cité des Sciences Exposition Espions à la Cité des Sciences Exposition Espions à la Cité des Sciences Espions, the spy exhibition at Paris Cité des Sciences
From October 15, 2019 to August 10, 2020 become a spy with Paris Cité des Sciences! In partnership with the national intelligence services and French TV series Le Bureau des Légendes [The Bureau], let’s put on the shoes of an agent who has to investigate a nuclear test abroad., let’s put on the shoes of an agent who has to investigate a nuclear test abroad."|image="gauche"]

Historic exhibitions to see in May 2020 in Paris:

L'Age d'or de la peinture danoise, l'exposition au Petit PalaisL'Age d'or de la peinture danoise, l'exposition au Petit PalaisL'Age d'or de la peinture danoise, l'exposition au Petit PalaisL'Age d'or de la peinture danoise, l'exposition au Petit Palais The golden age of the Danish painting, the exhibition at Paris Petit Palais
From April to August 2020, the Petit Palais offers you to rediscover the Danish painting with the “The Golden Age of the Danish Painting” exhibition. Come and meet major Danish artists and their daily lives in the 19th century.

Contemporary art exhibitions to see in May 2020 in Paris:

Christo et Jeanne-Claude à Paris, l'exposition au Centre PompidouChristo et Jeanne-Claude à Paris, l'exposition au Centre PompidouChristo et Jeanne-Claude à Paris, l'exposition au Centre PompidouChristo et Jeanne-Claude à Paris, l'exposition au Centre Pompidou Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the exhibition at Centre Pompidou
From March 18 to June 15, 2020 Centre Pompidou devotes an exhibition to Christo and Jeanne-Claude. It’s the first exhibition devoted to the Bulgarian artist and it’s about to be exceptional.

Photo exhibitions to seen in May 2020 in Paris:

Noir et Blanc : une esthétique de la photographie, l'exposition au Grand PalaisNoir et Blanc : une esthétique de la photographie, l'exposition au Grand PalaisNoir et Blanc : une esthétique de la photographie, l'exposition au Grand PalaisNoir et Blanc : une esthétique de la photographie, l'exposition au Grand Palais Noir et Blanc, the photo exhibition at Paris Grand Palais
The Grand Palais teams up with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France to display “Noir et Blanc: une esthétique de la photographie” [Black and White: a photography aesthetic], an exhibition to discover in the south-eastern part of the Grand Palais from Wednesday April 8 to Monday July 6, 2020., an exhibition to discover in the south-eastern part of the Grand Palais from Wednesday April 8 to Monday July 6, 2020."|image="gauche"]

Man Ray et la Mode, l'exposition au Musée du LuxembourgMan Ray et la Mode, l'exposition au Musée du LuxembourgMan Ray et la Mode, l'exposition au Musée du LuxembourgMan Ray et la Mode, l'exposition au Musée du Luxembourg Man Ray et la Mode, the exhibition at Paris Musée du Luxembourg
From April 9 to July 26, 2020 the Musée du Luxembourg devotes an exhibition to Man Ray and fashion photography. An artist already highlighted by the Grand Palais for a retrospective in 1998 and the Pinacothèque in 2008.

Scientific and playful exhibitions to see in May 2020 in Paris:

Chasse aux oeufs de Pâques 2019 au Palais de la DécouverteChasse aux oeufs de Pâques 2019 au Palais de la DécouverteChasse aux oeufs de Pâques 2019 au Palais de la DécouverteChasse aux oeufs de Pâques 2019 au Palais de la Découverte Magnétique exhibition at Paris Palais de la Découverte
From Tuesday November 5, 2019 to Sunday May 3, 2020, the Palais de la Découverte invites you to explore the magnetic world with an interactive exhibition. Be attracted to the universe of magnetism and experiment its surprising effects.

Depending on the weather, we bet you'll want to go out; don't hesitate to have a look at our guides of the parks and gardens in Paris!

Practical information

Opening Time
From 1 May 2020 to 31 May 2020

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    Location

    1er Arrondissement
    75001 Paris 1

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