Major events on the art scene in Paris

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

Art Experience - Découverte Art Contemporain, Paris

Major events in Paris

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 Grand Palais Éphémère. A showcase for current artistic creation, this show presents 2,500 established or emerging artists of all nationalities, working in all artistic trends.

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.

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 Éphémère, 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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If you want to discover the future stars of the art world before everyone else, hop along to the Salon de Montrouge, usually in April but postponed to October 2021, 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

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.

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 Éphémère in June - one of the city’s leading events this spring.

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 Éphémère 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 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!

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

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 Éphémère.

More information on contemporary art events in the south-east of Paris