Despite the announcement of a second lockdown and the curtain falling on events, culture is very much alive for everyone to discover in new ways. Major cultural venues have an attractive online programme including exhibitions, shows and festivals for you.
Here are the events to enjoy from home during the month of November, all from the comfort of your sofa, on your screen, and for free!
Virtual exhibitions on sport
Paris is a sporty city! Football, tennis, rugby, basketball, running ... Sporting events are on the calendar all year long.
And with the Olympic Games on the horizon, a virtual exhibition is a reminder of the emblems and values of these Games that have marked the History of sport since 1896. Numerous posters as well as short, unusual anecdotes are also to be discovered in the form of videos.
In addition, the Musée du Sport in Nice is paying tribute to Paris with its virtual exhibition ‘Paris Olympic City: from 1900 to 1924’. A great way to discover texts, photographs, sculptures, and posters from the capital's early days in this global sporting competition.
Finally, for basketball fans, the Espace Museal FFBB reveals the contents of its museum in 360°. Stroll around just as if you were there and admire the medals, jerseys, cups ... while learning all about the history of basketball.
Virtual exhibitions on fashion
Paris, the capital offashion. For several centuries, the City of Light has been renowned for its unique dress style. Every year, this cradle of haute couture welcomes the collections of the greatest couturiers.
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs takes a look at the history of fashion through its virtual exhibition on clothing from 1715 to 1914. Skirts, dresses, shoes, parasols ... see the changes in fashion over the centuries, admire the details, cuts and fabrics in a few clicks. A nice peek preview before being able to rediscover these wonderful fashion garments and items at this museum on Rue de Rivoli.
The Musée Yves Saint Laurent unveils some of its most beautiful works in a virtual exhibition in the form of triptychs. The couturier’s iconic pieces are also presented in the form of sketches and in photographs of films, events, plays and concerts where they have been worn. See the costumes of Zizi Jeanmaire, Catherine Deneuve, Anny Duperey and Arletty online before getting the opportunity to admire them in real life at the former fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent, on Avenue Marceau.
For its first virtual exhibition Centre Pompidou walks the visitor through the world of Spanish painter Joan Miró and in particular his Blue I, II, III triptych. Cutting-edge technology normally reserved for video games, enables the public to travel through the virtual exhibition spaces and access new resources that help provide a better understanding of the artist’s place in modern art, along with unique scenography.
And exhibition goers nostalgic for previous exhibitions held at the Centre Pompidou can now revisit Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Bacon, Boltanski, Prehistory, and Dora Maar via a virtual guided tour. The current exhibitions on Matisse, Martin Barré and Global Resistance are also available on video.
Antibodies at the Palais de Tokyo
At this time of unprecedented health crisis, our relationship with the body, touch and skin takes on a whole new dimension. As an echo chamber to this topic, the Palais de Tokyo has invited 20 French and international artists including A.K. Burns, Xinyi Cheng, Kate Cooper, Pauline Curnier Jardin and Kevin Desbouis to reveal their perceptions and conceptions of the body. From 23 October 2020 to 03 January 2021.
Turner. Paintings and watercolours from the Tate at the Musée Jacquemart André
Little time remained to see the sublime Turner exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart André, prolonged after the first lockdown. So that visitors do not now miss out on seeing the 60 watercolours and 10 oil paintings by the British painter, the museum has imagined a visual and sound exhibition in the company of, among others, Alain Souchon, Denis Lavant, Aurélie Saada and Titouan Lamazou. A perfect way to discern all the secrets of this collection from the Tate Britain in London.
La Fondation Cartier
American artist Sarah Sze presents ‘Night into Day’ at the Fondation Cartier from 24 October 2020 to 7 March 2021. While waiting to be able to visit it in person after the lockdown, you can find out more in a video interview with her on the Facebook and Instagram accounts of the Fondation Cartier. Plus, coming soon, an augmented reality app designed by the artist.
Finally, an exhibition devoted to the filmmaker Artavazd Pelechian ‘Nature, The Seasons’ runs from 24 October 2020 to 7 March 2021. A website will soon be created to present his works online.
A treasure chest! Paris Musées offers access to 150,000 digital reproductions of works from the City’s museums. See works from the various City of Paris museums (Maison de Balzac, Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée Bourdelle, Musée Carnavalet, Histoire de Paris, Musée Cernuschi, Musée des Arts de l’Asie de la Ville de Paris, Musée Cognacq-Jay, Musée de la Libération de Paris - Musée du Général Leclerc - Musée Jean Moulin, Musée de la Vie romantique, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Musée Zadkine, Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris, Catacombes de Paris, Crypte Archéologique de l'Ile de la Cité) on 12 themed ‘tours’ and virtual exhibitions. These include: Paris 1900, Victor Hugo and the Ocean, Women’s Fashion and Sport 1880 – 1939 … Good news for people who missed the major exhibitions of the last few years!
More info : Paris Musées Collections
Cité de l’Architecture
Good news! Since 2010, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine has a virtual listing of a large part of its exhibitions from its own collections. Available permanently to consult, Marcel Lods, Henri Ciriani, French architects in Berlin in the 20th century or Pierre Parat. A mine of information!
More info : Cité de l’Architecture virtual exhibitions
A temple for Impressionist paintings, the Musée d’Orsay houses many well-known sculptures, paintings and photographs dating from between 1848 and 1914. But did you know that before it became one of the largest museums in Paris, it was a railway station? Explore this superb monumental building through the virtual exhibition From Railway Station to Museum which retraces the history of this unique museum using magnificent documents.
More info : Exhibition From Railway Station to Museum
The Eiffel Tower! This iconic Parisian landmark is also one of the world’s most well-known monuments. But what do you really know about it? A virtual exhibition ‘The Eiffel Tower in 1900’ reveals everything about the monument from the time of its construction; another view of Paris to discover.
More info : The Eiffel Tower in 1900
And if it's the view from the top that you miss, there are daytime and night-time views to discover in mobile version. Zoom in, turn around, the whole of Paris is yours to see!
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Gui Yinggang, Atsunobu Kohira, Miha Grecu, Dionisio Gonzalez … The works of many artists like these are shown virtually at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, either in the form of concerts or photographic exhibitions.
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme
Did you miss the exhibition Sigmund Freud, from listening to looking at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme? No problem! It's all yours to discover virtually. Stroll through the different spaces and you’ll become an expert on this major figure of Viennese psychoanalysis.
More info : Sigmund Freud, from listening to looking
Universal Museum of Art – the museum in virtual reality
What a brilliant idea! The Universal Museum of Art is a museum entirely in virtual reality. Accessible from all devices, 9 exhibitions and 3 bespoke guided tours to discover in this innovative space. In partnership with many French museums including the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d'Orsay, the Petit Palais, the Musée Carnavalet, Marmottan-Monet, Cognacq-Jay, Musée de l'Armée - les Invalides and many others, stroll around this 360° space as though you were in a real museum!
Coming soon during the confinement: ‘La Beauté dans la Laideur’, ‘Images cachées Paysages anthropomorphes’ and ‘Royaumes d’Afrique de l’Ouest’.
To round off the exhibition Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami Struggle, the Fondation Cartier has unveiled an interactive website to discover the works and political activism of the Brazilian photographer in defence of the rights of the Yanomami Indians. The cause that drives the artist is retraced under various paintings in writings, audio content and of course photographs in this online exhibition.
Every Wednesday, see repeat online performances from the Opéra Comique! Also: interviews, photos, educational resources … Everything is done to add a little lyricism to lockdown. Repeat online performances from the Opéra Comique.
Musée de l'Armée
Napoleon, Churchill, De Gaulle, France-Germany(s) 1870-187, Picasso and war ... Discover historical figures and all the latest army museum’s exhibitions in video format, in a 360° virtual exhibition or on mini websites. Suitable for enthusiasts and the curious browser, they are packed with photographs, historical facts, and anecdotes!
The Toit de la Grande Arche
Direction the Grande Arche de la Défense for a virtual tour of Cyril Kongo's exhibition, installed in December 2019 at a height of over 110 m. A magnificent overview of his finest urban works, featuring aerosol graffiti. A colourful exhibion.
Notre-Dame de Paris in more than 100 works
One year after the fire, Paris Musées is paying tribute to Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in a selection of more than 100 representations of works housed in various museums of the City of Paris. This free virtual exhibition gives you the opportunity to find out more about the architecture and key historical events surrounding one of France's favourite cathedrals.
Shows and concerts in Paris to discover virtually
Philharmonie de Paris
The Philharmonie de Paris provides lots of virtual content on its website. As well as a visit of the Musée de la Musique and replays of concerts of jazz, world music, symphonic music ... live performances are programmed to tune into from your sofa. On 19 November at 6.30pm, you can enjoy Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 played by the Orchestre de Paris. This performance, with the Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä, is certain to be an uplifting experience.
More info : Philharmonie Live
Mini shows by Crazy Horse
Every evening, at 7pm, on Instagram, the girls at the Crazy Horse offer live events to share their passion for the art of dance and glamour. The programme features live appearances, colourful surprises, mini shows, advice, beautiful pictures ... The famous Parisian cabaret promises to put a dose of magic into lockdown evenings.
Asaf Avidan in concert in the Nave of the Grand Palais
At a time when venues welcoming the public, especially concert halls, are closed for several months, artists need to reinvent themselves. The programme ‘Live Me If You Can’ proposes digital concerts in atypical places. On this occasion, the artist Asaf Avidan, whose new album Anagnorisis was released on 11 September, will give a concert in the nave of the Grand Palais behind closed doors. The concert will be shown on the Live Me If You Can YouTube channel on 5 November.
Hippolyte and Aricie at the Opéra Comique
Initially scheduled from 11 to 22 November, the performances of this musical tragedy, a genre of French opera, by Rameau, have been cancelled. However, the Opéra Comique has saved this version staged by Jeanne Candel and directed by Raphaël Pichon by recording it behind closed doors. The recording will be broadcast on Saturday, 14 November at 4pm. Save the date to enjoy this masterpiece. Also available to consult: interviews, photos, educational files ... everything to add a little lyricism to lockdown!
Festivals and events to discover virtually
Urban Art Fair at the Universal Museum of Art
Urban Art Fair , the leading international art fair for urban art, has been a rendezvous point for specialists, collectors, and fans of street art on a single site in central Paris for the last 5 years. In addition to its physical edition held in October, a digital event has been organized on the website of the Universal Museum of Art to admire the finest works.
‘La Nuit des Musées’ (‘Museums at night)
The Nuit des Musées 2020 was originally to be held on 16 May and then postponed to 14 November … With the announcement of the new confinement, the Ministry of Culture is endeavouring to do everything possible to ensure that this European event takes place, albeit in a digital format! More details about the event will be available shortly.
Christmas illuminations on the Champs-Elysées
This year, the world's most beautiful avenue will once again be decked out in lights for the Christmas celebrations and will be benefiting from a new digital system. Sign up for access to a virtual buzzer on 22 November and spread your message in light during an online event broadcast around the world! And for the lucky ones living in the area, the illuminations can be admired on the Champs-Elysées from 22 November 2020 at 7.15pm until 6 January 2021.