With more than 200 museums, the City of Light puts on a new cultural calendar every year. In 2018 you will continue to be amazed and enthralled by beautiful and unique exhibitions. From the Romantic paintings of Eugène Delacroix at the Louvre Museum to the music of Arab countries at the Philharmonie de Paris and special effects at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie … Get a preview of our top 12 must-see exhibitions now!
For a private reception full of originality, coupled with a special guided tour of the exhibitions, take advantage of these exhibitions to hold your event in a Parisian museum or monument during the day or in the evening.
Being Modern – MoMa in Paris – Fondation Louis Vuitton
Until 5 March 2018
The Fondation Louis Vuitton presents the first major exhibition in France of works from the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and films ... 200 works, by artists such as Paul Cézanne, Gustav Klimt, René Magritte, and Pablo Picasso, illustrate the many facets of modern art.
Special Effects Steal the Scene! - Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
Until 19 August 2018
The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie offers you an original insight into how special effects are created on the screen! Co-produced with the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, the exhibition reveals in four different stages (from the office, to the set, to the studio and finally to the cinema) how special effects are integrated into the chain of design and making of a film.
La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie offers exhibition and reception areas in the heart of the Cité for private hire. Enjoy a unique cultural and fun environment for your meetings and other professional events from 50 to 2,300 people.
Dutch Artists in Paris – Petit Palais
From 6 February to 13 May 2018
Organized in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the exhibition highlights artistic and aesthetic exchanges between Dutch and French artists from the reign of Napoleon until the beginning of the 20th century. The works of Dutch artists such as Ary Scheffer, Van Gogh and Mondrian, will be shown alongside those of Géricault, Millet, Cézanne and Monet — an original show that reflects a century of changes in pictorial art.
Close to the Champs-Elysées, the Petit Palais, the legacy of the Universal Exhibition of 1900, welcomes your large-scale events in the Gallery and the South Pavilion, up to 600 guests in cocktail reception configuration, and your events for a small group in the interior garden or peristyle. The Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris is available for private hire every night except Thursday, for any type of event.
Martin Margiela 1989-2009 – Palais Galliera
From 3 March to 15 July 2018
This first retrospective exhibition in Paris looks back at 20 years in the career of Belgian designer Martin Margiela, a designer who questioned the structure of garments and the structure of the fashion system. Margiela, an artist ‘without a face’, who likes to retain his anonymity, is renowned for his white world and fashion shows in unusual venues. This exhibition is illustrated by more than 100 silhouettes, videos of fashion show, and installations. A new look at one of the most influential designers of contemporary fashion.
Built at the end of the 19th century, the Palais Galliera - the Paris City Fashion Museum is a palace inspired by the Renaissance and can host your private prestige events in its reception rooms and galleries. The courtyard and peristyle open onto the garden making it a dream setting for your event in summertime.
Foujita, les années folles 1913-1931 – Musée Maillol
From 7 March to 15 July 2018
The exhibition traces the Paris period of the Japanese artist Tsuguharu Foujita, who became a French citizen. Foujita left his native Japan to experiment with modernist trends in art (Cubism, Dadaism, Expressionism). More than 100 major works from public and private collections illustrate the Années Folles of the artist in Montparnasse, surrounded by his friends Picasso, Modigliani, Derain and Zadkine.
Located in the heart of the 7th arrondissement, the Musée Maillol, with its famous facade and paved courtyard, welcomes your events at the Café Prévert (up to 40 people for a sit-down dinner and 70 for a cocktail reception), an elegant and historic setting. The package includes a tour of the permanent collections and temporary exhibition. A special visit can also be organized to include morning breakfast, or a glass of champagne in the evening.
Mary Cassatt, an American Impressionist in Paris – Musée Jacquemart-André
From 9 March to 23 July 2018
Considered one of the greatest American artists, Mary Cassatt is the only American painter to have exhibited alongside the group of Impressionists in Paris. This exhibition is the first major retrospective of her work for more than 100 years, and offers the opportunity to (re)discover the artist through some 50 or so key works and various media illustrating her career and life in Paris. A prestigious selection, which highlights Mary Cassatt’s talent for portrait painting.
The magnificent mansion which houses the Musée Jacquemart-André, is an ideal venue for your receptions, up to 500 people for a cocktail reception and 250 for a sit-down dinner in the atmosphere of a 19th century mansion. Private hire of the spaces includes free access to visit the ground floor of the museum and may be coupled with a private tour of the temporary exhibition, with or without a tour guide.
Guernica – Musée National Picasso-Paris
From 27 March to 29 July 2018
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the creation of Guernica, the Musée National Picasso-Paris is devoting an exhibition to the history of this mythical painting. An anti-Franco, anti-fascist and anti-war symbol, the painting has always been a fascinating work. The show begins with the political context of 1930s Spain and ends with the history and posterity of the masterpiece, including the influence that it has had on art from the 20th century to the present day.
The Museum has two reception areas: the wing ‘Des Communs’ which can accommodate up to 300 people for a cocktail reception, and the restaurant (50 people) and terrace (50 people), for an event up to 100 people. Breakfast, a cocktail reception and a sit-down dinner may be arranged, with a visit to the museum's collections.
Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevitch, the Russian Avant-garde at Vitebsk – Centre Pompidou
From 28 March to 16 July 2018
The exhibition highlights the Russian and Soviet cultural avant-garde school known as Vitebsk, focusing on the emergence of the movement from 1918 to 1922. This period witnessed the emergence of revolutionary artistic activities in the city of Vitebsk, spearheaded by the works of famous artists Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Makevitch. The exhibition focuses on these three painters, and exhibits more than 200 works from around the world.
The many available spaces at the Centre Pompidou offer multiple configurations that are entirely flexible and that can accommodate all types of events, up to 2,000 people. All receptions can be combined with guided tours of the museum. And the icing on the cake? The breathtaking views over Paris from the restaurant Le Georges and its panoramic terrace.
Delacroix – Musée du Louvre
From 28 March to 23 July 2018
In partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to Eugène Delacroix. This great retrospective, the first in Paris since 1963, unveils the career of the painter through 180 works, from the most well-known, La Liberté Guidant le Peuple, to the most mysterious paintings inspired by his trip to Morocco in 1832. A unique opportunity to discover the personality of this all-round artist, painter, author, and illustrator.
The museum offers private tours of the exhibition from 6.30pm on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, followed by a cocktail reception or a dinner. Receptions are held in the prestigious Café Richelieu for sit-down dinners up to 50 people or for cocktail receptions up to 150 people, and in the 'mezzanines' space up to 700 people in cocktail reception configuration.
Al Musiqa – Philharmonie de Paris
From 6 April to 19 August 2018
Al Musiqa takes the visitor on a journey full of sights and sounds to 22 countries, which today make up the Arab world. The exhibition introduces the public to a rich cultural heritage that is now in danger of being lost, but also to the extraordinary vitality of contemporary Arab music. Illustrated by collections of photographs, paintings, instruments, and sound archives ... it is designed as an exploration of all musical forms relating to these cultures from the pre-Islamic period, through the Egyptian Golden Age, to the rap and pop scene, which has appeared since the Arab revolutions.
Inaugurated in 2015, the Philharmonie de Paris is an exceptional place for the organization of your events. Its many areas adapt perfectly to all types of events, from a simple meeting to a press conference or product launch, for up to 3,600 people in the Symphony Hall.
Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic Countries – Musée d’Orsay
From 10 April to 15 July 2018
To celebrate the centenary of the independence of the States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Musée d'Orsay invites the public to discover Baltic symbolism of the years 1890 to 1930. The exhibition shows original art by Baltic artists, inspired by elements of popular culture and local legends. Most of the artists are exhibited for the first time outside their country of origin.
The Musée d’Orsay, a former train station dating back to 1900, offers many private spaces for events, up to 1,200 people, with access to the museum's collections. Gala evenings, dinners, meetings, breakfasts, everything is possible! An auditorium is also available for conferences or concerts (339 seats).
Water Lilies. American Abstract Art and the last Monet – Musée de l’Orangerie
From 13 April to 20 August 2018
In 1955, one of Monet’s large panels of Water Lilies made its way into the MoMa in New York. The reception of this painting resonated with the American abstract expressionism of the time. The exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie focuses on the precise moment in which the great decorations of Monet were rediscovered and the New York School of Abstract Art was recognised, and shows a selection of some of Monet’s later works and around twenty major paintings by American artists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.
The Musée de l’Orangerie is located in the Tuileries Gardens, in the centre of Paris, overlooking the Place de la Concorde. On two levels, it offers a prestige setting for corporate events for up to 350 people. The museum is available for private hire all day on Tuesday, and before 8.45am or after 6.15pm on all other days. It also offers private tours of the museum.