In January, the Graphic Design Festival is putting graphic design firmly on the map. This brand new event will explore every facet of graphic design, from graphic arts to typography and visual identity to signage. The programme of open-access exhibitions, events, debates and screenings will run from 11 January to 22 February at the Musée des Arts décoratifs and venues across the capital. The Circulation(s) festival for young European photographers is returning to the Centquatre for its seventh year at the end of the month. In addition to work by 47 photographers, the 2017 event will include exhibitions, panel discussions and screenings. From 27 to 29 January, don’t miss the 3rd art3F - a fair that puts contemporary art within everyone’s reach.
February kicks off with a major event, Art Capital, from 15 to 18 February under the glass roof of the Grand Palais. An outstanding showcase for contemporary art, this show features works by 2,500 established and emerging artists from a variety of countries and disciplines. From 14 February 2017 to 2 February 2018, discover the 10th Satellite – a series of exhibitions presenting work by international artists on the theme of “The living economy”. Other not-to-miss events include three exhibitions at the Jeu de Paume - Ali Cherri, Oscar Murillo and Steffani Jemison - and a fourth devoted to the artist Jumana Manna at the Maison d’art Bernard-Anthonioz in Nogent-sur-Marne.
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 from 22 to 27 March, the contemporary drawing fair Drawing Now Paris at the Carreau du Temple from 23 to 26 March, and DDESSINPARIS at the Atelier Richelieu from 24 to 26 March.
The art event of the season, the Art Paris Art Fair is back for four days from 30 March to 2 April 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 Tuileries from 22 to 26 March.
April brings the Greater Paris Photography Month organised by the Maison européenne de la photographie. Launched in 1980, the event was recently given a new name, new dates and new venues. Moved from November to April, Greater Paris Photography Month is now being held across the Ile-de-France region. The programme includes 90 exhibitions, plus countless other events, with the biggest names in international photography sharing the stage with budding artists. Participating venues include two big hitters - the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou - as well as more intimate spaces in Greater Paris: the Maison d’Art Bernard-Anthonioz in Nogent-sur-Marne, the Maison de la photographie Robert Doisneau in Gentilly, the Espace Khiasma in Les Lilas, the Centre d’art contemporain Chanot (CACC) in Clamart, Le 6B in Saint-Denis and other spaces across the Ile-de-France region!
Still in April, if you want to discover the future stars of the art world before everyone else, hop along to the 62nd Salon de Montrouge from 27 April to 24 May 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.
Don’t miss the Grand Marché d’art contemporain from 29 April to 1 May 2017 on the place de la Bastille.
April is also a great month for digital arts enthusiasts with the 4th Prix Cube - International Digital Art Prize for Emerging Artists. Launched in 2013 by Le Cube, - a digital arts centre, in Issy-les-Moulineaux in the west of Paris - Le Prix Cube is awarded to a digital artwork. Works by selected artists are presented to the public then judged by a panel of leading names in the worlds of art and culture.
Design is in the spotlight in May with D’DAYS, this 12-day event from 2 to 14 May that transforms Paris into the world capital of the discipline, and builds the momentum of players in this vibrant field. Exhibitions in venues across the capital will explore the event’s central theme – “Let’s Play”.
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 from 4 to 8 May - one of the city’s leading events this spring.
Keep your diary free on 20 May for the 13th European Museum Night. There will be a programme of performances and installations created especially for the event, an opportunity to discover museums and cultural spaces throughout Ile-de-France in a different light.
In June, art is going green in the west of Paris. For the fourth year running, Sèvres Outdoors, a free three-month open-air art project, will be gracing the gardens of the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres. An artistic, pastoral outing that is open to everyone, it features a selection of sculptures from internationally-renowned galleries.
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. From 9 to 16 September, design enthusiasts should also head to Paris Design Week to admire works by the world’s leading designers.
In October, art never sleeps! On 7 October, 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 as of 19 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 YIA Art Fair, which celebrates the arts in all its guises, alongside more specialist events including design and art at Art Elysées, digital art at Variation Media Fair, outsider art at Outsider Art Fair and urban art at 8e avenue. 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. The 21st Paris Photo will be held at the Grand Palais from 12 to 15 November.
In December, Soon Paris, a show devoted to numbered original artworks, is returning to the Bastille Design Center (11th arrondissement).
Exhibition aficionados are spoilt for choice in 2017. There’s something for everyone! Want to see works by top names on the art scene? Head for the Cy Twombly retrospective at the Centre Pompidou until 24 April. At the end of June, the centre will be exploring works by celebrated British painter David Hockney, made world-famous by his swimming-pool series, including A Bigger Splash. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition includes paintings, as well as photomontages, videos and iPad works by the artist. The Musée Rodin will be marking the centenary of the sculptor’s death by giving Anselm Kiefer free rein to revisit the great master’s works in Regards croisés from 14 March. Design enthusiasts should head for the Galerie Azzedine Alaïa from June to August to discover one of the biggest contemporary designers of the moment - Marc Newson.
Are you a fan of French art? Perfect! Several exhibitions are putting French artists in the spotlight this year, including François Morellet at the Monnaie de Paris, Camille Henrot at the Palais de Tokyo, Hélène Delprat at La Maison Rouge, and Lola Gonzàlez at the Crédac in Ivry-sur-Seine. From 24 February, get a bird’s eye view of the French creative scene at La Maison Rouge, with the group exhibition L’Esprit français, contre-cultures en France, 1969-1989.
The Centre Pompidou will be celebrating its fortieth anniversary with a bouquet of exhibitions across France. The idea is to help the public discover the Centre Pompidou’s outstanding collections through various cultural institutions. Events in Greater Paris include L’Expérience de la couleur at the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres, Habiter at the Crédac in Ivry-sur-Seine, François Morellet, le retour ! at the Monnaie de Paris, and don’t miss Campo Santo, impure histoire de fantômes – a cross between an installation and a concert – presented at the Centquatre, or Pauline Lebrun et Anna Katherina Scheidegger, Le sens de la dérive at Mac/Val in Vitry-sur-Seine.