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Paris: All eyes on the new cultural season

Sep 21, 2016

PARIS, France - New and major events are always synonymous with the new Parisian cultural season and Autumn 2016 has an expected stellar line-up.

From Rembrandt at the Musée Jacquemart-André to Hergé at the Grand Palais, the opening of new museums and celebrated shows, Paris pulls out all the stops to charm Parisians and visitors!


From 14 September to 12 February, Henri Fantin-Latour has top billing at the Musée du Luxembourg - a retrospective that has been eagerly-awaited since the previous one in 1982. At the Musée du Louvre, the public can admire the sculptures, drawings and prints of Edme Bouchardon in a monograph exhibition. More contemporary, the Centre Pompidou will celebrate René Magritte around questions of likeness and realism (21 September / 23 January). Belgium will also be under the spotlight with the exhibition Hergé at the Grand Palais (28 September / 15 January).

Modern art fans should pencil in a visit to the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville to see the Bernard Buffet exhibition (14 October to 26 February), to the Fondation Louis Vuitton for its key exhibition, Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection, from the Musée de l'Ermitage - Musée Pouchkine (22 October / 6 March), and Cy Twombly at the Centre Pompidou (30 November / 24 April). And the Espace Dalí presents a dialogue between the great artist Salvador Dali and Joann Sfar from 9 September to 31 March.


After 8 months of closure, the Musée Maillol is reopening, under the aegis of Culturespaces, with an exhibition by the famous artist Ben (14 September to 15 January). This should renew the genre and attract a new public. Early October will see the opening of Art 42, the first museum of street art, which will be free and permanent, and which will bring together more than 150 works, in the 17th arrondissement … An important step towards the promotion of urban art, a subject dear to Parisians, which could gain recognition as a discipline apart.


Staple events of the autumn season unveil their new programme and are set to win over numerous visitors again. The first of these highly-popular events are Heritage Days (17 and 18 September) and Technoparade (24 September). Towards the end of September, there is the 6th Fête de la Gastronomie which takes place from 23 to 25 September, and which offers a rich programme of special events (cooking classes, walks, new meals, etc.). And on 25 September, the Car Free Day, launched in 2015, takes on a greater dimension this year with an area five times larger! The Grape Harvest in Montmartre livens up the streets of the Butte, from 5 to 9 October, for its … 83rd edition. Not forgetting Nuit Blanche which will celebrate its 10th anniversary on the theme of love on 1 October. There will be a trail along the Seine with performance art and surprising artistic installations for the public.


Music lovers will be spoilt for choice with a long list of classic and rock concerts at Parisian concert venues, many of which have recently had a makeover. The MaMA festival from 12 to 14 October, at the initiative of the organizer of the Printemps de Bourges, accounts for 130 concerts across some 15 concert venues in the 9th and 18th arrondissements. Musicals will also be playing on Parisian stages with 42nd Street at the Théâtre du Châtelet from 17 November, The Phantom of the Opera at the Théâtre Mogador from 4 October, and The Three Musketeers and Notre-Dame de Paris at the Palais des Congrès.


Since hosting the Euro 2016 and with the Olympics in 2024 in view, Paris continues to appeal to the organizers of major sporting events. This autumn it is hosting world class events: from 14 to 18 September, the Climbing World Championships will take place at the AccorHotels Arena, followed from 11 to 29 January 2017 by the 25th Men's Handball World Championship.

Paris: All eyes on the new cultural season

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