Paris Update Events 26.05.2021

Links to events happening this week in Paris

Note to readers: Paris currently has a 9pm curfew. All shops are now open, as are art galleries, museums, cinemas and theaters. Restaurants, cafés and bars are allowed to serve only on outdoor terraces. Book in advance, since numbers are restricted. See below for both online and live events.

May 29-June 13

Free Urban Art

Thirty-six emerging urban artists display work in competition for the Prix d’Art Urbain Pébéo.

Fluctuart, Paris

May 27-30

Brand new art fair

Menart is the first international modern and contemporary art fair devoted to artists from the Middle East and North Africa. Above: Street Prayer by Moroccan artist Yoriyas © Yoriyas and 193 Gallery.

Cornette de Saint Cyr, Paris

May 29


Four swimmers will swim the length of the Seine (380km), symbolically tracing the journey taken by a cigarette butt thrown on the ground in the city. They represent O Mégot, a campaign to encourage Parisians to throw their butts in the bin, not on the ground, for the benefit of the planet. Swimmers depart at 4:30 pm on May 29.

Pont d’Iéna, Paris

Through October 13

Natural history

Artists’ covers for an imagined Paris magazine modeled on The New Yorker chart the history of Paris’s Jardin des Plantes museum for the exhibition The Parisianer, Chroniques du Muséum.

Jardin des Plantes, Paris

June 4-13

(Very) Short film festival

Festival Très Court returns for its 23rd edition, featuring films under four minutes long.

Various locations and Online

June 1-5

More short films

More short films on show at the  Festival Le Court en dit Long.

Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles Paris and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

Through July 10

Napoleon’s Paris

Métamorphoses d’une Ville is an exhibition on the fence around the Madeleine Church on the transformations the city underwent under Napoleon’s reign, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death.

Madeleine, Paris

June 1-10

Art in the streets

For the 20th edition of Parcours Saint-Germain, the festival takes to the streets. Contemporary art will be exhibited throughout the quartier of Saint-Germain, in the streets, on the walls and in the galleries.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

May 29-30

Grand re-opening

The Musée National des Arts Asiatiques presents a packed program of events for two weekends: contemporary installations, activities for children and families, and chances to win prizes.

Musée National des Arts Asiatiques, Paris

Through June 4


Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés is back for a digital edition, with concerts, dance and more streaming online.


Through May 31

Women of film

Portraits of trailblazing female directors  hang on the railings of the Hòtel de Ville for Les Femmes S’Emparent du Cinéma.

Hòtel de Ville, Paris

Through 9 June

Les Chats des Champs-Elysées

Twenty comical, surreal sculptures of Belgian cartoonist Philippe Geluck’s famous “Le Chat” line the Champs-Elysées for Le Chat Déambule. 

Les Champs-Elysées, Paris

Through June 4


Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés is back for a digital edition, with concerts, dance and more streaming online.


Through July 26

Iranian film

Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami is celebrated in a retrospective of his work.

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Through June 6

Corps pur

For Les Corps Purs, each featured artist made drawings using a single medium. Above: one of Katerina Christidi’s untitled charcoal-on-canvas drawings. Click here to reserve.

Centre d’Arts Plastiques, 20,coursive Georges Mélliès, Aubervilliers

Through May 30

Free photography

Six exhibitions of work by renowned Italian photographer Frank Horvat will be on display in the streets of Vincennes in lieu of the canceled Vincennes Images Festival.

Vincennes, Île-de-France

June 11-18

Abstract art

Painter Charles Giai-Gischia presents a group of recent works in the exhibition Pentimento: l’Espace Raccommodé.

Au Quize, 15 avenue Parmentier, Paris

May 30

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Énorme (Enormous), directed by Sophie Letourneur .

Club de L’Étoile, Paris


A poet’s life

The Musée Paul Valéry presents a series of 15 videos, posting daily, celebrating the life of the poet, author and writer Paul Valéry.


Through June 27

Online exhibition

Les Beaux-Arts de Paris presents Le Dessin Romantiquea selection of drawings from the collection of Jean Bonna. Free to view online.



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.



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 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.



More online art

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



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.



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.


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.



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.


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.


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


Art behind the scenes

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



Cultural events on TV

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



Live performance

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



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.



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.



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.



Poetry online

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




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



Art of Migration

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



Women migrants’ history in pictures

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



Art on film

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



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.



Indie films

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



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.



More art from home

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



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.



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.



More virtual art

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



Paris museum podcasts

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


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.


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