Must-See Paris Exhibitions This Fall

An exciting new art season is upon us. 

 Monet the Collector at the Marmottan Monet Museum, September 14, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Claude Monet’s personal art collection—long divided among museums—will be reunited with a guest list of modern artists as rich as you might expect from one of the founders of Impressionism. Featuring paintings by friends and colleagues Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Morisot, Pissarro, and Manet.

Before you go, immerse yourself in Impressionist history on our Age of the Impressionists at the Orsay tour.


The Hansen’s Secret Garden, The Ordrupgaard Collection at the Jacquemart-André Museum, September 15, 2017 – January 22, 2018

This Danish collector’s treasure trove of French art—including moderns from Monet to Matisse—comes back to Paris, presented in one of the city’s most charming house museums. Leave time for a snack or lunch in the museum’s exquisite tea room.


Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, October 3, 2017 – September 2018

Fashionistas have been waiting on pins and needles for the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum, in the house where the designer worked for almost 30 years. This fall’s grand opening will feature a retrospective of 50 of YSL’s most iconic designs.


André Derain 1904 – 1914. The Radical Decade at the Pompidou Center, October 4, 2017 – January 29, 2018

André Derain was an early 20th-century art maverick, a co-founder with Henri Matisse of Fauvism. After these experiments with bold color, he continued to develop his art in response to the history of turbulent pre-war Paris, the focus of this exhibition.

While at the Pompidou, try our Masterpieces of Modern Art at the Pompidou Center tour for a better understanding of the modernist milieu in which Derain worked.


Rubens, Portraits of Princes at the Luxembourg Museum, October 4, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Peter Paul Rubens transformed his patrons in dramatically lush, and flattering portraits. His remarkable skills—in both painting and diplomacy—made him one of the Baroque period’s most sought-after artists. This exhibition brings together 65 of his works, made for various European courts, including loans of portraits featuring French monarchs Marie de’ Medici and her son Louis XIII.


Picasso 1932 at the Picasso Museum, October 10, 2017 – February 11, 2018

This exhibition focuses on a single year in the extraordinary life of Pablo Picasso. In 1932, he had his first, successful retrospective featuring the sensual portraits of his mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, including Le Rêve (The Dream). Later that year, Walter almost drowned, and then fell ill, personal tragedies that made for a turbulent period in his art as well. Organized with Tate Modern in London.


MoMA in Paris at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, October 11, 2017 – March 5, 2018

New York comes to Paris! The Louis Vuitton Foundation will show 200 works from the Museum of Modern Art, in celebration of that museum’s history. Highlights range from classics by Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol, to Walker Evan’s Depression-era photographs, to recently acquired contemporary design pieces like Shigetaka Kurita’s original set of 176 emoji.


Gauguin. The Alchemist at the Grand Palais, October 11, 2017 – January 22, 2018

In legend, alchemists created or transformed physical substances, as if by magic. A compelling metaphor for artists in general but especially for Gauguin, whose endless experimentation is the focus of this exhibition, traveling from the Art Institute of Chicago.


Dada Africa, Non-Western Sources and Influences, at the Orangerie Museum, October 18, 2017 – February 19, 2018

Dada was a subversive avant-garde movement born out of frustration over the destruction of WWI. Man Ray, Picabia, Hanna Höch, Jean Arp were against all traditions—except those associated with West and Central Africa, Native America, and Asia.  This exhibition focuses on Dada artists’ appropriations from those cultures. The Orangerie is an ideal place for this show, as it was built on the collection of Paul Guillaume, a dealer who helped introduce African art to European audiences.


François I and Dutch Art at the Louvre, October 18, 2017 – January 15, 2018

The great patron François I helped bring the Italian Renaissance to France. He convinced an aging Leonardo da Vinci to retire in the Loire Valley, where he brought the Mona Lisa with him. As this exhibition suggests, however, François I’s legacy owes as much to Dutch and Flemish artists as Italian ones.

While at the Louvre, learn more about how François I left his Renaissance mark on the palace on our History of the Louvre tour.



Peru Before the Incas at the Quai Branly Museum, November 14, 2017 – April 1, 2018

For at least 1500 years before Incan conquest, ancient civilizations flourished in Peru. To rediscover these vibrant, pre-Colombian cultures, this exhibition features a rich assortment of artifacts, including many from recent archaeological digs.


Degas, Danse, Dessin. A Tribute to Degas with Paul Valéry at the Orsay Museum, November 28, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Art and poetry meet at a timely Orsay exhibition marking the 100-year anniversary of Degas’s passing. Juxtaposing works by the Impressionist master with writings of his close friend Paul Valéry, this show highlights the personal element of their work and the inner processes involved in their respective creations.

Visiting the Orsay with children? Degas is one of the main artists on our Meet the Impressionists: Orsay for Families tour.