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Top 10 Best Exhibitions in Paris This Summer 2015

May 15, 2015

By Florian


Looking for a great expo in Paris this summer? Sure, the Louvre is the most iconic museum in Paris, but does that mean that it also has the best expos? Not necessarily. Other smaller off the beaten track museums sometimes go above and beyond to offer entertaining, fun and interesting exhibitions. So, in order to make sure you will not end up in a boring exhibition, here is our list of the top 10 best expos in Paris this summer

Anish Kapoor

What is it? :  This year, Anish Kapoor is in Versailles. 6 of Anglo-Indian modern artist Anish Kapoor’s sculptures will be exposed in the gardens of the Versailles Palace. A reflection on power and its representation for the anniversary of King Louis XIV’s death 300 years ago.

Why go? : A great way to combine an interesting modern exhibition with the beauty of the Versailles Palace and its gardens designed by LeNotre in the 17th century.

Until November 1, 2015

Tatoueurs Tatoués

What is it? : Tatoueurs Tatoués is 300 objects that retrace the history of tattoos, an art in constant movement, between rebellion and conformism, tradition and art, local or global and shared between civilizations and continents.

Why go? : A very powerful and interesting exhibition, including designs created on silicon body parts by acclaimed tattoo artists. A must do, even if you are not tattooed!

Until October 18, 2015


What is it? : A unique and grandiose exhibition that highlights the genius of Velazquez, the master of Spanish classic painting.

Why go? : The first exhibition in France dedicated to the Spanish master. With mostly portraits, the Velazquez exhibition is perfect for fine arts and portrait amateurs, but also a great opportunity to enter the magnificent Grand Palais.

Until July 13, 2015

Pierre Bonnard

What is it? : Pierre Bonnard, Painting Arcadia offers a rare look at each of the artist’s multi-talented creative periods (Impressionist, Post-Impressionist…) though nearly 100 paintings, personal photographs and films.

Why go? : Apart from seeing great paintings by Pierre Bonnard, it is also a great opportunity to visit the Musée d’Orsay, holding the largest collection of impressionist paintings in the world.

Until July 19, 2015

Inca and Conquistador

What is it? : The Inca and the Conquistador highlights the confrontation between 2 men that have marked their time: Atahualpa, the leader of the Incan empire, and Francisco Pizarro, a conquistador serving his king’s unquenchable thirst for gold and land.

Why go? : A unique and fascinating gathering of objects, paintings and engravings from that period, from both the Incan and the Spanish side. It is also a great opportunity to visit the off the beaten path Musée du Quai Branly

Until September 20, 2015

Le Pressionisme

What is it? : Le Pressionisme pays homage to the first and often little known masters of the art of graffiti, providing explanations and decrypting the codes that make up the last artistic school of the 20th century.

Why go? : You don’t see a lot of street art in museums, do you? This is why this exhibition is so unique and caters to both fanatics and initiates. A great in-depth look at the history and evolution of this art genre.

Until September 13, 2015

Napoleon and Paris

What is it? : Everyone knows Napoleon was a brilliant military leader. But did you know that he was also a builder. The exhibition Napoleon and Paris focuses on what Napoleon has brought to Paris through a variety of objects, furniture and paintings.

Why go? : Through this exhibition, you will understand how Paris would not be Paris today if it weren’t for Napoleon Bonaparte. It is also a great opportunity to visit the Musée Carnavalet, dedicated to the history of Paris.

Until August 30, 2015

Jeanne Lanvin

What is it? : A tribute to Jeanne Lanvin, founder of the Lanvin fashion house in 1889, with nearly 100 creations demonstrating the know-how, elegance and creativity of this fashion star.

Why go? : Jeanne Lanvin is the oldest currently active French fashion house. For this, and also for the great many pieces exhibited, this exhibition at the Palais Galliera should not be missed by fashion fanatics.

Until August 23, 2015

Jean Paul Gaultier

What is it? : This first exhibition dedicated to the French haute couture icon Jean Paul Gaultier displays no less than 175 pieces of haute couture and ready-to-wear dating from 1976 to 2015.

Why go? : Located in the beautiful Grand Palais, with talking mannequins and elaborate collections from Punk Cancan to Urban Jungle, this is a not-to-miss exhibition, for fashionistas or not!

Until August 3, 2015

Masters of Sculpture

What is it? : Master of Sculptures – Ivory Coast calls upon the sculptors from the Ivory Coast and displays how different their works can be depending on their region.

Why go? : An astonishing presentation for art enthusiasts looking for something different as well as a great opportunity to visit the Musée du Quai Branly and its permanent collection of Primitive Arts.

Until July 26, 2015

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