On 3 October 2020, the contemporary all-night art festival ‘Nuit Blanche’ takes place across the city’s streets and monuments. A major cultural event in the capital, it is a free invitation to Parisians and tourists to engage with works of art by national and international artists. Sculptures, projections, concerts and spectacular installations are scattered around the city. A great way to spend a memorable 'white' night!
This 19th edition is focussed on the outdoors and the event is pulling out all the stops. Nevertheless, you have to pre-book to have access to some museum exhibitions.
In 2020, Nuit Blanche has 3 focuses:
Using the Acute Art mobile app, let yourself be guided through the entire city for a unique virtual experience. The New York artist Kaws has hidden around the city his iconic characters, inspired by popular culture and which glow at nightfall. An experience to enjoy from 7pm to 7am throughout the city. Keep a look out for them!
Left Bank – from Musée Bourdelle to the Grande Mosquée de Paris
The itinerary starts in the gardens of the Musée Bourdelle which for this occasion will be adorned with strange aquatic creatures by the video maker Anne-Charlotte Finel. Accompanied by Voiski's electronic music, walkers wander through an unreal world. From 8pm to 12 midnight, the installation Maskouneh (Inhabited) by Jumana Emil Abboud is screened on the walls of the Villa Vassilieff. The work exposes places abandoned by man and faced with a return of nature. The works of Laurent Grasso can be seen at the Musée Zadkine, the Ecole des Art Décoratifs de Paris those of Eléonore Geissier. The Grande Mosquée hosts a sound and video installation based on water courses in its garden and patio.
Right Bank – from the Petit Palais to Palais Galliera
The walk begins near to the Petit Palais, around video screenings by Belgian artist Agnès Guillaume. My fears, my thoughts, my roots to discover throughout the night. Then, animals in the form of videos by Françoise Petrovitch take place from 2am in the inner garden of the Petit Palais. Don't forget to stop off in the Jardins des Champs-Elysées to admire the artwork Bouquet of Tulips, by Jeff Koons, in memory of the victims of the attacks in 2015. It will be lit up from 7pm to 7am. Head to the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris to observe many sculptures and sound installations by the artists Gaëlle Choisme and Jimmie Duham and the famous spider by Louise Bourgeois. The colourful works of Sheila Hicks are to see between the Art Moderne de Paris and the Palais de Tokyo. Finally go along to the peristyle of Palais Galliera to discover the sound installation by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.
Finally, you can discover numerous screenings, works and concerts in and around Paris. The Grand Palais, Musée Picasso, town halls, embassies, the Panthéon, the Philharmonie de Paris and many others will be welcoming contemporary art enthusiasts throughout the night.
The towns of Nanterre, Clichy-sous-Bois, Aubervilliers, Vitry-sur-Seine, Rueil-Malmaison, Montreuil, Saint-Ouen, Gentilly, Nogent-sur-Marne in this year’s edition of Nuit Blanche.
Taxitrams will offer free shuttle transport to take visitors to their points of interest on the night of Nuit Blanche to make access to culture easy for everyone. Two itineraries have been created:
- Start from: Place de la Nation at 6pm then direction MABA in Nogent-sur-Marne, Kilowatt in Vitry-sur-Seine and the Villa Vassilieff in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.
- Start from: Station Aubervilliers-Pantin-Quatre at 6pm then direction laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, the Maison Populaire de Montreuil and finally the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris in the 16th arrondissement.