November Events in Paris: 2017 Guide

2017 Guide

Being Modern Art: Moma at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris
Courtesy of the Fondation Vuitton

Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office

Festivals and Seasonal Events

Artists' Studios Open House Days: Anvers to Abbesses
Artists and craftsmen working from studios in the Abbesses/Anvers corner of Montmartre are opening their doors to visitors from November 20th through the 22nd. Get an inside look at contemporary art in a district that has always been a creative hotbed.

When: November 17th-19th, 2017
Where: Numerous locations around Montmartre-- visit the orientation office at 8 rue de Milton, 9th arrondissement for a map showing the locations of the artists' ateliers opening to the public for the occasion. Alternately, call +33 (0)1 40 23 02 92  or visit the official website here. ​​

The Autumn Festival
Since 1972, the Paris Autumn Festival or "Festival de l'Automne" has brought in the post-summer season with a bang by highlighting some of the most compelling works in contemporary visual art, music, cinema, theater, and other forms. Consult the official website for program details (in English).
When: Through early December 2017 .

Salon du Chocolat (Chocolate Trade Fair)
Each year the Porte de Versailles convention center at Paris's south edge hosts a trade event dedicated to all things cocoa, with visitors sampling everything from dark chocolate chunks to savory chocolate-based concoctions featuring foie gras or olive oil.

A runway fashion show showing off zany chocolate couture creations is another highlight. Reserve ahead: This is a popular one, for obvious reasons!
When: October 28th through November 1st, 2017
Where: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
Metro: Porte de Versailles
Tel.: +33(0)1 43 95 37 00
More Info: Visit the event website

Paris Photo Show at the Grand Palais

November traditionally marks Paris photography month, an annual event launched in 1980 that sees dozens of museums and galleries team up to offer thematically related exhibitions, and featuring the work of established and up-and-coming lenses from around the world. Running during Paris Photography Month which sees numerous shows pop up around the city, the Paris Photo exhibition at the Grand Palais, running November 9th-12th, remains in the late fall lineup; fans of photography should definitely not miss out.

Arts and Exhibits Highlights This Month

Being Modern: MOMA at the Fondation Louis Vuitton 

One of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year, the MOMA at the Fondation Vuitton features hundreds of remarkable works of art generally housed at the world's largest modern art museum in New York City. From Cezanne to Signac and Klimt, to Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo, Jasper Johns, Laurie Anderson and Jackson Pollock, many of the 20th century's most important artists and their work are highlighted at this exceptional show. Make sure to reserve tickets well ahead to avoid disappointment. 

    The Art of Pastel, from Degas to Redon  

    Compared to oils and acrylics, pastels tend to be seen as a less "noble" material for painting, but this exhibit proves that all wrong. The Petit Palais' look at magnificent pastels from nineteenth century and early twentieth-century masters including Edgar Degas. Odilon Redon, Mary Cassatt and Paul Gaugin will make you see the world in a softer-- and quietly sublime-- light. 

    Photographisme: A Free Exhibit at the Centre Georges Pompidou 

    As part of Paris Photography Month, the Centre Pompidou is hosting this remarkable free exhibit dedicated to exploring the creative fusion of photo and graphic design. 

    • Dates: November 8th, 2017 through January 29th, 2018


    For a more comprehensive list of exhibits and shows on in Paris this month, including listings at smaller galleries around town, you might want to visit Paris Art Selection

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