10 must-see Parisian exhibitions in 2020

Paris’s museums have more surprises for you in 2020. See our selection of major exhibitions to visit as a group or whilst you are in the capital for an event.

With some 200 or so museums, Greater Paris has a rich and varied cultural offering. And once again Parisian exhibitions promise some fine discoveries!

The Centre Pompidou is showing Christo, and the Fondation Louis Vuitton, works from the Morozov collection. The Atelier des Lumières offers you an immersive promenade along the shores of the Mediterranean and the Louvre an immersion into the time of the pharaohs. The works of two major artists resonate at the Musée National Picasso-Paris and the Musée Rodin. The Musée Jacquemart-André shows William Turner, the Musée d’Orsay, James Tissot, and the Philharmonie associates Picasso with music. Finally, black and white photography is the focus at the Grand Palais and precious stones dazzle at the Grand Galerie de l’Evolution.

Come and see these exhibitions during the year and take this opportunity to plan your event at an iconic Parisian cultural attraction. Museums hire out their spaces for private events for a reception in the heart of their collections coupled with a private tour of the exhibitions.

Monet, Renoir ... Chagall. Journeys around the Mediterranean – The Atelier des Lumières

From 28 February to 31 December 2020

Paris, Atelier des Lumières

In 2020, the Atelier des Lumières will take you on a journey to the Mediterranean in the course of a digital and immersive exhibition. This visual and musical creation is presented like a stroll along the Mediterranean coast, from Collioure to Saint-Tropez. Some 500 or so monumental and animated works are projected from ground level up to a height of ten metres. Coastal views unfold before your eyes and illustrate a fascination with the Mediterranean of twenty or so major artists, including Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, and Chagall.

The Atelier des Lumières is a digital arts centre housed in a former foundry. Available for private hire outside public opening hours, it welcomes your corporate events for 50 to 1,200 people in a 2,000 m² space and offers your guests a private visit of the current exhibition.

Turner, paintings and watercolours from the Tate – Musée Jacquemart André

From 13 March to 20 July 2020

Turner - Musée Jacquemart André

The Musée Jacquemart André focuses on watercolours in the work of William Turner. Due to his perfect technical mastery, the painter is today considered as the master of English watercolour painting. His pre-Impressionist landscapes and his pictorial experimentation earned him the criticism and admiration of his contemporaries leading to him being known as a ‘painter of white’ and a ‘painter of light’. The exhibition traces the development of Turner through some sixty or so watercolour paintings and some ten or so oils on canvas, most of which are in the collection of the Tate Britain.

The former home of art collectors, close to the Champs-Elysées, the Musée Jacquemart André can host up to 500 people for a cocktail reception and 250 for a sit-down dinner in its three salons available for private hire with a private visit of the collections and the temporary exhibition.

Christo and Jeanne Claude in Paris – Centre Pompidou

From 18 March to 15 June 2020

Christo – Centre Pompidou

The blockbuster event devoted to Christo and Jeanne-Claude traces their pivotal years in Paris between 1958 and 1964 and looks back at the Pont-Neuf Wrapped project carried out in 1985. It was during this founding period in Paris that Christo met Jeanne-Claude and decided to create monumental works. At that time, Christo imagined the wrapping up of the Arc de Triomphe from his neighbouring apartment. Nearly 60 years later, this project will soon be realized with a temporary work entitled L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, from 6 April to 19 April 2020, in parallel with the exhibition.

A landmark building in the capital, the Centre Pompidou has a variety of spaces adapted to all types of events for up to 2,000 people that can be combined with private visits outside public opening hours.

James Tissot - Musée d’Orsay

From 24 March to 19 July 2020

Expo James Tissot, Paris

Today less popular than his Impressionist counterparts, James Tissot, who made a career on both sides of the Channel, was nevertheless one of the most famous artists of the 19th century. An exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay examines his work, which eludes classification. From Bible illustrations to scenes from modern life, including the figure of his partner and that of the Parisian woman, the exhibition explores themes that were dear to Tissot, but also his work methods and his technical research.

This former train station has four spaces for private hire for your prestigious evening functions for up to 1,200 guests and offers you the option of discovering the Musée d'Orsay on a guided tour after it has closed to the public in privileged conditions.

Precious stones – Grande Galerie de l’Evolution

From 1 April 2020 to 3 January 2021

During this exhibition, the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution will shimmer with diamonds, rubies, emeralds .... Let yourself be dazzled by treasures from the collections of the Muséum and the House of Van Cleef & Arpels. More than 500 minerals, gems andobjets d'art from prehistoric times to the present day and some 300 jewellery creations will be on show in this immersive and interactive exhibition. An opportunity to discover the geological mechanisms that create the formation of minerals and their coveted properties.

The Grande Galerie de l’Évolution offers a unique setting amidst the stuffed animal collections for your professional events for up to 1,200 people for a cocktail reception and 400 for a sit-down dinner. The ‘Hall under the Whales’ can be privately hired and combined with a self-guided visit of the temporary exhibition.

The Music of Picasso – Philharmonie de Paris

From 3 April to 16 August 2020

The Musée de la Musique, in the heart of the Philharmonie de Paris, is devoting, in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, an exhibition to Picasso and his relation to music. The visitor is invited to discover the musical elements that run through his work in several famous paintings, and to see new items like the instruments that he was fond of collecting. Find out more about Picasso’smusical imagination, from cubist guitars as a recurrent motif to avant-garde projects for the stage, and the contemporary artists who paid tribute to him.

Situated in the East of Paris, the Philharmonie de Paris is the ideal setting for your events for up to 3,600 people for a cocktail reception. You can hire one of its numerous reception spaces, including the Salle de Conférence and the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez and combine the event with a private visit of the current exhibition.

Black & White: an aesthetics of photography – Grand Palais

From 8 April to 6 July 2020

Noir & Blanc - Grand Palais

At a time when everything can be photographed in colour, the Grand Palais is planning an exhibition entirely devoted to black and white photography. The show will unveil 300 prints from the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France to the public. These photographs, produced from the origins of photography to the present day by more than 200 artists of 26 nationalities, explore the visual and aesthetic efficacy of black and white. The collection, which is unique in the variety of its works and subjects, highlights a whole generation of photographers whose work is based on this aestheticism.

A historical monument built for the Exposition Universelle of 1900 and now a major cultural site, the Grand Palais hires out its spaces to companies for private receptions for up to 1,000 people, followed or preceded by a visit of the exhibition.

Picasso-Rodin - Musée national Picasso-Paris / Musée Rodin-Paris

From 15 September 2020 to 14 March 2021

Two artists. Two museums. One exhibition. This is the challenge of the Musée National Picasso-Paris, which is teaming up with the Musée Rodin-Paris to bring together the work of two extraordinary artists who, seemingly, had nothing in common. Both however were in search of innovation and their formal inventions revolutionized modern art. Presented simultaneously in each museum, the ‘Picasso-Rodin’ exhibition highlights similarities in the creative processes of these two artistic geniuses. This unique retrospective explores the richness of their work, inviting you to discover the ways they found to portray reality as they worked in their artist's studio transformed into a laboratory.

Both establishments are in private mansion houses in the heart of Paris, thus offering a remarkable historical setting for your event, for up to 1,500 peopleat the Musée Rodin and 500 at theMusée Picasso. Take advantage of their spaces available for private hire to enjoy exceptional visiting conditions.

The Morozov Collection – Fondation Louis Vuitton

From 13 October 2020 to 15 March 2021

Expo Collection Morozov - Fondation Louis Vuitton

Following the success of The Shchukin Collection, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is bringing together the works of other Russian collectors and patrons of the early 20th century – those of the brothers Mikhail and Ivan Morozov. Like Shchukin's, the Morozov collection presents French Impressionist and Modernist masterpieces, including works by Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Bonnard, Denis, Matisse, Derain and Picasso. Divided today between the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum in Moscow and the Hermitage in St Petersburg, this incredible collection of modern art will be brought together in a single exhibition.

In a spectacular building on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, the Fondation Louis Vuitton can host up to 2,000 people in its three private-hire spaces, including The Panoramic Terraces. Your cocktail reception, dinner or conference event can include a private visit of the exhibition, with or without a guide.

Me, Taharqa, Pharaoh of two lands - Musée du Louvre

From 29 October 2020 to 8 February 2021

Taharqa - Musée du Louvre

Following on from the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Grande Halle de la Villette is the Taharqa exhibition at the Louvre Museum. One of Egypt's oldest museums of antiquities devotes an exhibition to the ‘pharaoh of both lands’, the third ruler of the 25th dynasty who reigned over the vast kingdom of Nubia in the 8th century BC. This retrospective highlights the prominent role of this kingdom, located in what is now Sudan. With its historical and archaeological focus, this major exhibition will delight fans of ancient history.

The Musée du Louvre can be privately hired for professional or private events for up to 3,000 people. The Hall Napoléon under the Pyramid offers a unique setting for your guests who will also be able to benefit from a private visit outside busy times.