Our top 10 exhibitions to see in 2021

With some 200 or so museums, Paris offers a rich and continually changing cultural programme. A quick round-up of must-see exhibitions in 2021.

Women take centre stage at the Institut du Monde Arabe and Centre Pompidou, nature at the Musée d’Orsay, and fashion, as seen by the magazine Vogue, at the Palais Galliera. As for the Musée Picasso, the Musée Rodin and the Musée de l’Orangerie, they will be creating a dialogue between two artists in one singular exhibition. Find out what’s showing through the year and take advantage of this opportunity to plan your events in some of Paris's finest museums, combined with a private tour of the exhibitions.

‘The Origins of the World. The Invention of Nature in the 19th Century.’ - Musée d’Orsay

Until 2 May 2021

Expo Origines du Monde Musée d'Orsay Frederic Edwin Church

The Musée d’Orsay is partnering with the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle to stage an exhibition that, for the first time, brings together science and art. The 19th century with its voyages of exploration, the beginnings of geology and the study of fossils saw unprecedented development in the natural sciences. In the second half of the century, scientists questioned the origins of Man and had a profound influence on artists, in Art Nouveau and in Symbolism. The imagination of artists was nourished by scientific discoveries of the time and can be seen in many paintings and sculptures in this remarkable exhibition.

The Musée d’Orsay offers four prestigious spaces for your professional event for up to 1,200 guests, which may be combined with a private tour of the exhibition. The museum's magnificent restaurant and cafe also welcome groups during a museum visit.

Arabian Divas. From Umm Kulthum to Dalida - Institut du Monde Arabe

From 27 January to 25 July 2021

The next exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe pays tribute to the greatest artists of the Golden Age of Arab song and cinema. It paints a portrait of emblematic figures of the period, and also explores the profound changes they brought about. These divas - icons, symbols adulated in post-war Arab societies, and powerful women - are presented through photographs, film clips, mythical concerts, and personal objects.

The Institut du Monde Arabe offers many spaces for events, including a 364-seat auditorium and a superb 300 m² rooftop terrace with a view of Notre Dame and the Seine - ideal for cocktail receptions, dinners, and product launches. You can complement your event with a private tour of the exhibition or a customized tour of this architecturally audacious building.

Africa Reborn. African aesthetics in contemporary art - Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

From 9 February to 27 June 2021

Exposition Ex Africa Musée du Quai Branly Chéri Samba Hommage aux Anciens

The Africa Reborn exhibition showcases contemporary African artworks of all types and explores their relationship with ancient African arts since the end of the 20th century. It asks what common memory contemporary artists draw their inspiration from? What has become of African references? How have they been revived? The critic and art historian Philippe Dagen deciphers the relations that unite these two periods in a novel visual dialogue.

The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, has many exhibition spaces for private hire including four meeting rooms, a 490-seat auditorium and a 2,500 m² panoramic terrace for hosting up to 500 people.

Picasso-Rodin exhibition - Picasso and Rodin museums

From 9 February 2021 to 2 January 2022

Exposition Picasso Rodin au musée Picasso et musée Rodin

Two artists. Two museums. One exhibition. This is the aim of the Musée National Picasso, which has teamed up with the Rodin Museum to create a dialogue between the work of two outstanding artists who, at first glance, had nothing in common. However, both were seeking to innovate, and their formal inventions turned modern art upside down. Showing simultaneously in both museums, the retrospective ‘Picasso-Rodin’ highlights similarities in the artistic processes of these two creative geniuses exploring the richness of their work and inviting you to discover the artistic solutions invented in their studio, a veritable laboratory.

Both these museums occupy fine mansion houses in central Paris, providing a remarkable historic setting for your event, for up to 1,500 people at the Musée Rodin and 500 at the Musée Picasso. Take advantage of a private event there to enjoy special visiting conditions.

Magritte / Renoir. Surrealism in full sun

From 10 February to 21 June 2021

Expo Magritte Musée de l'Orangerie La moisson

Devoted to René Magritte’s ‘Renoir Period’ from 1943 à 1947, this exhibition shows an aspect of Magritte's work that is still largely unknown and enables us to compare these works with those of Auguste Renoir who inspired him. After the defeat of the German troops at Stalingrad Magritte was convinced of the absolute defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of the war. He saw himself as a prophet of happiness and of the return of peace and painted the bright side of life. This ‘solar’ style comprised some fifty or so paintings, to discover from 10 February.

The Morozov Collection. Icons of modern art - Fondation Louis Vuitton

From 24 February to 25 July 2021

Expo Collection Morozov - Fondation Louis Vuitton

After the success of The Shchukin Collection, the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents another show of masterpieces from the Collection of the brothers Mikhaïl and Ivan Abramovitch Morozov, the great early 20th century Moscovite patrons and collectors. Like the Shchukin Collection, the Morozov Collection features French Impressionist and Modernist masterpieces, including works by Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Bonnard, Denis, Matisse, Derain and Picasso. Today divided between the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, this amazing collection of modern art will be brought together in a single exhibition.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton, a spectacular building on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, can host up to 2,000 people in three spaces available for private hire including the Panoramic Terraces. Whether you wish to host a cocktail party, a dinner or a conference, your event can be combined with a private guided or self-guided tour of the exhibition.

Paris-Athens. The Birth of Modern Greece 1675-1919 - Musée du Louvre

From 21 April to 23 August 2021

Musée du Louvre vue extérieure pyramide

In 2021, Greece will celebrate the bicentenary of its independence, and it was also 200 years ago that the Venus de Milo entered the collections of the Louvre! So, this is an ideal opportunity for the Louvre museum to retrace the cultural, diplomatic, and artistic ties uniting Greece and France in the 19th century. This original exhibition places particular emphasis on the change in the way Europeans perceived Greece after the rediscovery of Greek Antiquity.

A fortress, a royal residence and then a museum, the Louvre offers an ensemble of rooms that recount the story of almost a thousand years of history and art, for your events of up to 3,000 people. The Hall Napoleon under the Pyramid offers a unique setting for your guests who will also be able to enjoy a private visit of the museum outside peak hours.

‘Women in Abstraction. Another history of abstraction in the 20th century - Centre Pompidou

From 5 May to 23 August 2021

Expo Centre Pompidou Saloua Raouda Choucair

In this exhibition, the Centre Pompidou shows the importance of the contribution of women artists to abstract art through more than 100 artists and 500 works dated from the 1860s to the 1980s. It seeks to highlight the work of many women artists who suffered from a lack of visibility and recognition focussing on their unjustly overshadowed careers and looking back at their contribution to the history of abstraction. The exhibition is multidisciplinary, but also global and includes the modern works of many countries.

The Centre Pompidou is an emblematic building of modern architecture in the capital and welcomes all types of events for up to 2,000 people that may be combined with a private visit outside normal visiting hours. The panoramic Georges restaurant on the top floor affords a breathtaking view and is also available for private hire for up to 50 people.

Botticelli, a laboratory of the Renaissance - Musée Jacquemart André

From 10 September 2021 to 24 January 2022

Jugement de Paris exposition Botticelli Jacquemart André

The creative genius of Sandro Botticelli is unveiled in this exhibition, which presents the artist in his role as a creative artist and also as an entrepreneur and master and which shows some forty works by the artist and several paintings by his contemporaries in Florence. Alternating between one-off paintings and the mass production of works completed by his assistants, the exhibition highlights the importance of this workshop practice, a laboratory of ideas and training characteristic of the Italian Renaissance. It also looks at the links between his work and the culture of his time and the influence he had on contemporary artists.

Today, the Musée Jacquemart-André, a mansion house and former residence of art collectors, offers its magnificent period reception rooms for your private receptions, for up to 500 people for a cocktail reception and 250 people for a sit-down dinner. The private hire of the spaces includes a complimentary visit of the first floor of the museum and can be paired with a private tour of the temporary exhibition, with or without a tour guide.

Vogue Paris 1920-2020 - Palais Galliera

From 2 October 2021 to 30 January 2022

Palais Galliera - Musée de la mode de la ville de Paris - Façade, Paris

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Vogue magazine Paris, the Palais Galliera presents an exceptional exhibition retracing the major role played by the magazine in promoting Parisian fashion and in contributing to making Paris a global capital for fashion. From haute couture to young designers to ready-to-wear, Vogue has always championed Parisian excellence and audacity, to discover in this exhibition through magazines, photographs, drawings, and archives.

Housed in a magnificent Renaissance-inspired palace close to the Champs-Elysées, the Palais Galliera – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris – hosts your prestigious events in its private reception rooms and galleries. The courtyard and peristyle open onto the garden making it the perfect place to hold your event in the summertime.