Major events on the art scene

Here is an overview of the major events. Get ready to enjoy the vibrant energy of the art world!

FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris © DR

Major events

At the end of January, come along and discover the international contemporary art fair art3F, a huge gathering that seeks to shift the boundaries of contemporary art and make it more accessible to the public.

In mid-February, the landmark event is Art Capital, held in the nave of the Grand Palais. A showcase for current artistic creation, this show presents 2,500 established or emerging artists of all nationalities, working in all artistic trends. From February to January, Satellite honours the work of international artists at the Jeu de Paume.

Drawing now - Luc Doerflinger, Galerie Modulab © Modulab

The art scene will be in full bloom this March with the return of Drawing Week. As part of this event, venues throughout Greater Paris will be celebrating this art in all its forms. Other events include the Salon du dessin at the Palais Brongniart, the contemporary drawing fair Drawing Now Art Fair Paris at the Carreau du Temple and DDESSINPARIS at the Atelier Richelieu.

Other events to look out for include the Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain, to be held in March on the Ile des Impressionnistes at Chatou.

Musee Europeenne de la Photographie - Etage ancien © Alexis Allemand

In April, the art event of the season, the Art Paris Art Fair is back for four days at the Grand Palais, showcasing some 140 galleries from 20 countries. Another event prized by art and design enthusiasts and international collectors is PAD Paris Art + Design which will take place at the Jardin des Tuileries.

From April to June, Circulation(s), the European Young Photography Festival, returns to the Centquatre for a new edition. In addition to work by photographers, the event will include exhibitions, panel discussions and screenings.

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Still in April, if you want to discover the future stars of the art world before everyone else, hop along to the Salon de Montrouge at the Beffroi de Montrouge. One of France’s leading contemporary art events, it is a springboard for future artists, and has already revealed artists including Felice Varini and Hervé Di Rosa to the wider world.


Révélations, 1589, Ombre portée © Photoproev

More than 400 craftsmen, artists, designers, art galleries and art manufacturers will present their creations at the international fine arts and creation biennial, Révélations, at the Grand Palais in May - one of the city’s leading events this spring.

In May for the European Museum Night, many museums and cultural spaces in the Paris region open their doors throughout the night.There will be a programme of performances and installations created especially for the event.


Paris Design Week, Kwerk, espace de coworking © Kwerk

In September, don’t miss another high point in the cultural calendar, The European Heritage Days, on the third weekend in the month, when major cultural sites normally closed to the public fling open their doors for a behind-the-scenes look at the corridors of power, museums and other landmark sites.

At the beginning of September, design enthusiasts should also head to Paris Design Week to admire works by the world’s leading designers.

FIAC - Not Vital - HEADS © Marc Domage. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris - Salzburg

At the beginning of October, art never sleeps! The Nuit Blanche returns for an all night display of contemporary art in original venues - churches, museums and even the banks of the Seine. Another of this month’s highlights is “contemporary art week”, which kicks off with FIAC, the city’s prestigious art fair at the Grand Palais mid-October. This international event attracts the art world’s biggest guns, including gallery owners, French and international collectors and artists along with art fans and overall nearly 70,000 visitors. You can also see a selection of contemporary works in the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musée national Eugène-Delacroix and at the place Vendôme as part of Fiac’s off programme.

Other off fairs scattered across the capital include P/CAS - Paris Contemporary Art Show by YIA ART FAIR, which celebrates the arts in all its guises, alongside more specialist events including design and art at Art Elysées, outsider art at Outsider Art Fair and urban art at Art Elysées - section section art contemporain et urbain. There’s something to suit all tastes!

In November, photo buffs should head to international fine art photography fair Paris Photo. This must-do event attracts nearly 60,000 visitors every year to the Grand Palais.

In December, Soon Paris, a show devoted to numbered original artworks, is returning, every two years, to the Bastille Design Center.


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Art Capital

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
February 2020
Nef du Grand Palais - Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris

2,000 artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, engravers and so on…) to discover at the great art fair Art in capi...

Salon du dessin

Trade fair, trade show
from 25 March 2020 to 30 March 2020
Palais Brongniart - 28 place de la Bourse, Paris

This one-of-a-kind event in Paris unveils a wide selection of works on paper

Drawing Now Art Fair

Trade fair, trade show
from 25 March 2020 to 29 March 2020
Le Carreau du Temple - 4 rue Eugène Spuller, Paris

Focus on contemporary drawing.

Art Paris Art Fair

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 02 April 2020 to 05 April 2020
Grand Palais - 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris

Art in the spotlight at the Grand Palais.

Salon de Montrouge

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
April - May 2020
Le Beffroi de Montrouge - 2 Place Emile Cresp, Montrouge

A look at the contemporary art scene of the future.

La Nuit des musées

Celebration | Exhibition
May 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

During this one special night, you can visit or revisit the top museums in the French capital (activities, encounters, shows...)

Paris Design Week

Festival | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 05 September 2019 to 14 September 2019
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Paris: The world capital of design.

European Heritage Days

Exhibition | Celebration
September 2019
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Discover or rediscover Parisian museums and monuments over one exclusive weekend

Nuit Blanche in Paris

Celebration
from 05 October 2019 to 05 October 2019
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

Installations, exhibitions, concerts ... explore Paris in a new way, at night

Art Elysées – Art & design

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show
from 17 October 2019 to 21 October 2019
Avenue des Champs-Élysées - De l'Arc de Triomphe à la place de la Concorde, Paris

The fair returns to the Champs-Elysées

FIAC, International Contemporary Art Fair

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 17 October 2019 to 20 October 2019
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

The latest developments in contemporary art, through works by some 1,500 artists.

Outsider Art Fair

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 18 October 2019 to 20 October 2019
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The New York-born Outsider Art Fair stars in Paris

Paris Photo

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 07 November 2019 to 10 November 2019
Nef du Grand Palais - Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris

Paris Photo is the leading international trade fair devoted to photography (galleries, publishers, photographers, collectors...).

Salon de la photo

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 07 November 2019 to 11 November 2019
Paris expo Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS - 1 place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris

The biggest photo show in France returns to the Parc des expositions at Porte de Versailles.

PAD Paris - arts + design

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
March - April 2020
Jardin des Tuileries - Place de la Concorde, Paris

The event for decorative art admirers.

Révélations

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
Mai 2021
Grand Palais - 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris

International Fine Craft & Creation Biennial.