Exhibitions to watch out for in 2022 in Paris

Painting, photography, architecture ... Paris’s cultural events programme has a great line-up of surprises! Here’s a glimpse of must-see exhibitions to enjoy during your group trips or alongside an event in the French capital.

From Impressionist painting at the Musée de l’Orangerie, to the architecture of Gaudi at the Musée d’Orsay and the photography of Gaston Paris at the Centre Pompidou … See our selection of the best shows to discover and take advantage of these exhibitions to plan your professional event in a Parisian museum.

Nobuyoshi Araki at the Bourse de Commerce – 8 December 2021 to 30 June 2022

Nobuyoshi Araki Bourse de Commerce

In 1993, three years after the death of his wife who was also his muse, Araki produced a series of 101 pictures in black and white. In this series, Araki, the greatest living Japanese photographer, captures the female model as well as scenes from his daily life as a widowed man. Among these, the photos of streets echo the work of Robert Franck, a pioneer of American photography, to whom Nobuyoshi Araki dedicated this work.

A flagship opening in 2021, the Collection Pinault is housed in the Bourse de Commerce. With 3,000 m² offlexible exhibition space, a 300-seat auditorium for hosting conferences, colloquiums and even concerts, a huge foyer, a ‘Black box’ adapted to receive video installations or performances, and a restaurant. A complete experience not to be missed!

Marcel Proust, a Parisian novel at the Musée Carnavalet – 16 December to 10 April 2022

Marcel Proust Musée Carnavalet

The Musée Carnavalet is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marcel Proust (1871-1922) in an exhibition that explores the place of Paris in Proust’s novels. Born in Paris, he lived in the Haussmanian districts of the aristocracy and bourgeoisie and made Paris the backdrop for his mythical novel ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’ (‘In Search of Lost Time’). The exhibition, a veritable journey through the writer’s work and the history of Paris, presents 280 works, manuscripts, and archives.

Situated in one of the finest hôtels particuliers in Paris, the Musée Carnavalet is devoted to preserving the vestiges of Old Paris. In 2021, after a 3-year renovation programme, it unveiled a new 3,900 m² layout for visitors comprising works, documents, and archives. Areas with workshops for all ages and temporary exhibition spaces have been added, as well as new event and catering areas.

Gaston Paris, reporter – ‘La Photographie en spectacle’ at the Centre Pompidou – 19 January to 18 April 2022

Gaston Paris reporter Centre Pompidou

Gaston Paris (1905-1964), a major figure in the history of photography, was one of the most popular journalists in Paris during the 1930s. A brilliant technician and ingenious observer, the photographer created a dazzling image of Paris and French society before the Second World War, which he portrayed through his numerous reports in illustrated newspapers, especially in the magazine VU.

The many emblematic spaces in the Centre Pompidou and can welcome all types of events for up to 2,000 people. Receptions can be combined with guided tours of the museum. And the cherry on the cake? The stunning view of Paris from the restaurant Le Georges and its panoramic terrace.

Pioneers at the Musée du Luxembourg – 2 March to 10 July 2022

Musée du Luxembourg - Façade Man Ray, Paris

This exhibition focuses on the essential role of women in the development of the great artistic movements of the modern era. Born between the late-19th century and early-20th century, these pioneers gained entry for the first time to schools of art – previously reserved only for men; they also dressed for the first time as they wished and could choose whether or not to marry. Their lives and their bodies, which they claimed as theirs alone, were the tools of their work, which they reinvented using all kinds of media and materials.

Within the Luxembourg Gardens, the Musée du Luxembourg welcomes your events in the Angelina tearoom (up to 60 people for a cocktail reception) on the forecourt of the museum, or in the Tivoli, a ‘cathedral’ space created by Shigeru Ban (up to 200 people). Events can be coupled with a private tour of the exhibition.

‘Aux sources des Nymphéas’: the Impressionists and decoration at the Musée de l'Orangerie from 2 March to 11 July 2022

Claude Monet les impressionnistes et la décoration Musée de l'Orangerie

Although Impressionism is rarely associated with the term decoration, many Impressionist works were first imagined as decorations. Impressionist artists made the place of beauty in everyday life a subject of experimentation on various media. This exhibition offers a new look and another history of Impressionism through the works of Renoir, Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Picasso, and Degas.

In central Paris, within the Tuileries Gardens and overlooking the Place de la Concorde, the Musée de l’Orangerie  provides a prestigious setting for corporate events for up to 350 on two levels. The museum can be privately hired on Tuesdays and on other days between 8.45 am and after 6.15 pm and offers special private visits.

Albert Edelfelt (1854 – 1905) – Light of Finland – Petit Palais – 10 March to 10 July 2022

Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris - Extérieur

The Petit Palais continues its exploration of Nordic artists. After Sweden and Denmark, the focus is now on Finland with this retrospective exhibition dedicated to Albert Edelfelt, one of the pioneers of Finnish painting. Like many artists of the time, he settled in Paris and his style, which blended Impressionism and Realism, soon attracted attention. He was a great patriot and used his celebrity in the struggle for the independence of his country and expressed his love of Finland through magnificent compositions.

Close to the Champs-Elysées, the Petit Palais, a heritage of the World Fair of 1900, welcomes your large-scale events in the Galerie and Pavillon Sud, up to 600 guests in cocktail reception format, and your small-scale events in the interior garden or the peristyle. The Petit Palais is available for private hire every evening, except Thursday, for all types of events. 

Gaudi at the Musée d'Orsay – 12 April to 17 July 2022

Gaudi Parc Guell

The brilliant architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) left his mark on 20th century Spain and is still a source of fascination today. For the first time in fifty years in France, a large-scale exhibition is being devoted to Gaudi and will show the remarkable creativity of this singular artist who expressed his ingenuity in the details on furniture as well as on the scale of an extraordinary architectural project: the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The exhibition will focus on the creative process of the artist linked to Modernism and Art Nouveau.

The Musée d’Orsay, a former railway station dating back to 1900, offers spaces for private hire for your events for up to 1,200 people with access to the collections of the museum. The Restaurant du Musée d'Orsay, housed in the former hotel dining room of the station, welcomes your dinners (up to 300 people) and cocktail receptions (up to 600 people) in a historic setting. 

Jean Tinguely at the Grande Halle de la Villette – 13 April to 24 August 2022

La Grande Halle de la Villette - Extérieur , Paris © Gérard Faure

The first retrospective in Paris devoted to Jean Tinguely since the tribute made to him by the Centre Pompidou in 1988; this exhibition will offer a chronological and themed visit based on the ideas of movement, musicality, and performance in the artist's work. Tinguely's masterpieces will be mixed with archival film in which he comments on the making and functioning of these works, providing an insight into all the different facets of his work.

The Grande Halle de la Villette, within the biggest park in Paris, welcomes your large-scale events , up to 8,000 people for a cocktail reception. All in iron and glass, the 18,000 m² building is entirely modular and has a 300-seat auditorium.

Objects: a history of still life from Prehistory to the present day’ at the Musée du Louvre – 12 October 2022 to 23 January 2023

Musée du Louvre vue extérieure pyramide

The exhibition pays tribute to Charles Sterling, a great art historian, who in 1952 organized the last major event on still life from Antiquity to the 20th century. It will show the major turning points in the history of the representation of objects through artists such as Duchamp, Courbet, Manet, Tati or Warhol. Some 200 works will create a dialogue between masterpieces from various periods and media in an original scenario.

The Musée du Louvre offers magical places for the hosting of events: the  pyramid, the hall Napoleon or the rotunda Sully, with  private tours of the permanent collections. Gala evenings, product launches, or company anniversaries … the spaces are suitable for all types of receptions for up to 3,000 people.