What's Happening in Paris This Week

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Note to readers: Paris currently has a 7pm curfew. “Essential” shops (including food stores, hairdressers, bookstores, florists and chocolate shops!) are open, but art galleries, museums, theaters, cinemas, restaurants and cafés remain closed. Residents are required to stay within 10 kilometers of home when they go out. See below for online and a few live events.

April 16

Home movies

Lost in Frenchlation presents Ne Croyez Surtout Pas Que je Hurle (Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream), directed by Frank Beauvais.

Online

Through April 20

Street galleries

À Visage Découvert: the art galleries of Saint Germain-des-Prés have created Covid-safe window exhibitions for passersby.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Through 9 June

Les Chats des Champs-Elysées

Twenty comical, surreal sculptures of Belgian cartoonist Philippe Geluck’s famous “Le Chat” line the famous Champs-Elysées for Le Chat Déambule. Above: one of the sculptures spoofs Rodin’s The Thinker © Joséphine Brueder/Ville de Paris.

Les Champs-Elysées, Paris

Ongoing

Stroll through Baudelaire’s Paris

Follow this guided walk through the Paris locations that shaped the life of famed poet and Parisian Charles Baudelaire on the occasion of his 200th birthday.

Various locations, Paris

Through July 4

Women’s Paintings

Virtual tour of the Musée de Luxembourg’s exhibition Women Painters 1780-1830.

Online

Ongoing

Napoleon takes center stage

Exhibitions, reenactments, academic conferences, art – there’s something for everyone in the Chateau de Fontainebleau’s rich program of events commemorating the death of Napoleon on the island of Saint Helena 200 years ago.

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France

Through September 2021

Lockdown life

Artist Jeanne Susplugas presents work reflecting on how our relationships with our homes have changed in the past year for Where My House Lives. The viewer is invited to peer through 12 windows, each showing an illustrated and narrated piece about a different person’s life and space.

Online

Ongoing

Online gallery

Galerie Templon presents a digital edition of Correspondances, the story of contemporary artist Gérard Garouste’s encounters with writer Franz Kafka and philosopher Marc-Alain Ouaknin.

Online

Through May 22

Another online gallery

Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire presents an online viewing room for visual artist Kenny Dunkan’s first exhibition: Keep Going! The exhibition combines performance and visual art to explore Dunkan’s Guadeloupean heritage.

Online

Ongoing

More online art

The Musée de Grenoble presents an online guided tour of an exhibition of work by Italian still-life painter Giorgio Morandi.

Online

Ongoing

Save the Musée de l’Éventail

A crowdfunding campaign is underway to help save the Musée de l’Éventail, Paris’s museum of fans and fan-making.

Online

Ongoing

Movies from Japan

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie is launching Les Soirées Ciné: each week, a film associated with its forthcoming exhibition, “Moriyama – Tomatsu : Tokyo,” will be streamed.

Online

Through April 17

Audio series

The Centre Culturel Irlandais presents Déambulations, a series of audio postcards in which artists living in different European cities walk through their local neighborhoods.

Online

Through May 28

Street art

For the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Commune de Paris, the city presents a number of street art exhibitions throughout the arrondissements, starting with Nous la Commune, with art by Dugudus.

Paris, France

Through January 2022

Curated by artists

Twenty-four exhibitions conceived and curated by students at the École de Beaux-Arts will be on show for the next 10 months for Le Théâtre des Expositions. The first five exhibitions can be viewed through photographs online until the coronavirus situation changes.

Online

Ongoing

Live from the Louvre

The Musée de Louvre presents a program of events – concerts and conferences about the museum’s history and collections and  – streamed live on the Louvre Youtube channel.

Online

Through June 18, 2021

Online photography exhibition

The Grand Palais and Bibliothèque Nationale present an online version of their Noir et Blanc exhibition, charting the evolution and significance of monochrome photography. In French only. Price: €4/€8.

Online

Through May 31

Open-air gallery

Bercy Village presents an exhibition of 30 posters from the career of celebrated French comic actor Louis de Funès, free to view throughout the shopping village.

Bercy Village, Paris

Ongoing

Art behind the scenes

For L’Oeil du Parcours, Parcours Saint-Germain presents weekly Instagram Lives with artists from studios and private exhibitions.

Online

Ongoing

Cultural events on TV

France Télévision is launching Culturebox, a new TV channel that will broadcast live and recorded cultural events.

France

Ongoing

Live performance

The Théatre de la Ville presents a series of dance, theater and music shows, broadcast live on YouTube.

Online

Ongoing

Guided tour

The Musée du Quai Branly presents a three-part guided tour of the major exhibition “The Olmecs and the Civilizations of the Gulf of Mexico” via Youtube.

Online

Ongoing

All about Alberto Giacometti

With museums remaining closed for the time being, L’Institut Giacometti presents a range of background videos, roundtables and performances related to its upcoming exhibition on the relationship between Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti and Samuel Beckett.

Online

Ongoing

Hidden film stars

The Musée Sacem presents an online exhibition, Devine Qui Vient Doubler?, focusing on those who do the work of dubbing and subtitling films.

Online

Ongoing

Poetry online

The Maison de la Poésie is hosting lectures, interviews and readings on its social media.

Online

Ongoing

Impressionism

The Festival Normandie Impressionisme invites viewers to revisit the festival through an online photo album.

Online

Ongoing

Art of Migration

Streaming of works by migrant artists in France from the postponed Festival Visions d’Exil.

Online

Ongoing

Women migrants’ history in pictures

The National Museum of Immigration presents online images of women migrants from the exhibition “Les Femmes en Mouvements.”

Online

Ongoing

Art on film

For 25 Arts Seconde, the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles presents a series of films by and about artists.

Online

Ongoing

Photography in quarantine

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie presents masterclasses, lectures and interviews with artists on its website and social media while the gallery remains closed.

Online

Ongoing

Indie films

The Cinémathèque Française is screening some unusual films from its catalog online (free).

Online

Ongoing

Free classes on French topics

Pandemonium U presents free Zoom classes in English on such topics as the role of small French villages in helping refugees and the death of Resistance hero Jean Moulin.

Online

Ongoing

More art from home

The Centre Pompidou presents its first virtual exhibition, devoted to Miró.

Online

Ongoing

Get creative at home

The Centre Pompidou presents a wide range of videos, including visits to exhibitions, spotlights on artworks and periods, and a series for children.

Online

Ongoing

More art at home

The Palais de Tokyo offers interviews with artists and behind-the-scenes content on its YouTube channel for Palais à la Maison.

Online

Ongoing

More virtual art

The Grand Palais offers live lectures, virtual exhibitions and more on its website and social media.

Online

Ongoing

Paris museum podcasts

Brighten up a lockdown walk with a podcast produced by Paris Musées.

Online

Through June 2021

Discovering art history

Learn how to appreciate and analyze art in its historical context in a range of masterclasses offered by Les Paris de l’Art 2020/21.

Various locations, Paris & Online

Throughout Lockdown

French film with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation has teamed up with Eyelet so users can watch independent French films directly on its website. First film is free.

Online
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