Best Exhibitions in Paris – October 2017

Autumn sets in comfortably, and with it its share of cultural victuals.

GAUGUIN The Alchemist

The Grand Palais exhibition presents Gauguin, a nineteenth-century artist, and pioneer of modern art, in several facets: paintings, ceramics, sculptures and wooden objects, engraved wood, prints, and drawings.

The chronological course of the exhibition retraces the artist’s creative process, from his beginnings in Brittany made of wild landscapes to his more philosophical inspirations, nourished by his various travels…

October 11, 2017, to January 22, 2018
Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 8th Avenue
Every day (except Mar) 10am – 8pm; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: until 10pm
Prices: admission 14€, reduced price 10€.


gsgshsdjhftfttrdeOrganised in partnership with the London Tate, Picasso 1932 is an exhibition which, as its name suggests, traces the year 1932 (from 1 January to 31 December as it should be) in that it could have had a more productive year for Picasso.

We can discover the inspirations and research of the artist that have given birth to his greatest successes. The bathers, the portraits of Marie-Thérèse Walter, the artist’s exhibitions at the Georges Petit Gallery… Any date of this crucial year.

It is, therefore, a year of the master’s life that one discovers through the historical journey that presents works – including Le Rêve, emblematic of his aesthetic – but also archives.

October 10,2017 to February 11,2018
Open from 10:30am to 6pm (closed Mondays)
Picasso National Museum
5, rue de Thorigny, 3e

Bourdelle and the Ancient

The exhibition Bourdelle and the antique, a modern passion, thinks of itself as an invitation to take a step back. A reading of the present in the light of the past, because in the history of forms and ideas, there is no “progress” that does not come from a “step back,” no aesthetic revolution that does not pass through the rebirth of a buried past.

Starting from this premise, the Bourdelle Museum invites us to discover the work of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, who drew inspiration from Ancient Rome for the works that marked his maturity at the beginning of the 20th century.

Alongside the works of Picasso, Modigliani and Zadkine, the sculptor’s work is now being rethought through this exhibition, which explores the fascination of artists of the last century with the ancient world.

October 4, 2017 to February 4, 2018
Museum Bourdelle
16/18 Antoine Bourdelle Street, 15th Floor
Open every day except Monday, 10 am – 6 pm

Burmese Images

fksgnsojgnpsgnpsngrrtrrrrDiscover Burma, its colonial history and multiple faces in a photo exhibition at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet.

This fall, Burma is the focus of the exhibition Burmese Images, Photographic Treasures of the MNAAG.
This tour highlights the Burmese collection acquired by the museum between 1989 and 2015 and enriched by recent donations – in particular, exceptional images of Burma dating from the second half of the 19th century.

Burma, its colonial history, and its many faces are all visible in this exhibition, where scenes of daily life and exploratory journeys of a civilization that oscillates between permanence and change intersect.

October 18, 2017, to January 22, 2018
Every day (except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st, December 25th) 10am-6pm
Musée des Arts asiatiques Guimet – Paris
6 place d’ Jena, 16th

These are just some of the best Paris art shows you’ll find in October in the city of love !