La Culture: Must-See Exhibitions in Paris Right Now

La Culture: Must-See Exhibitions in Paris Right Now

From Leonardo to Marie Antoinette, don’t miss the top shows in Paris

Leonardo Forever at the Louvre

Marking 500 years since his death, the Louvre presents an unprecedented retrospective of Da Vinci’s career. This is the mother of all Louvre exhibitions, so booking ahead is an absolute must.

October 24, 2019 to February 24, 2020

“Trees” exhibition at the Fondation Cartier, Paris ©Luc Boegly

Trees at the Fondation Cartier

Bringing together a community of artists, botanists and philosophers, the Fondation Cartier looks at the latest scientific research on trees, revealing their beauty and biological wealth as they are threatened by deforestation.

Until November 10


Toulouse-Lautrec at the Grand Palais

While the work of Toulouse-Lautrec is widely associated with the Moulin Rouge and the Montmartre underworld, the Grand Palais invites us to explore other aspects such as his desire, encouraged by his passion for photography, to represent time and ‘freeze the moment’, his interpretation of human nature and his approach to the subject of mortality. This outstanding exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie, with the exceptional support of the City of Albi and the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec.

October 9, 2019 to January 27, 2020

The Alana Collection at the Musée Jacquemart-André

The Musée Jacquemart-André brings us one of the most precious (and little-known) private collections of Renaissance art in the world, the Alana Collection, with more than 75 pieces by Italian masters from Fra Angelico to Tintoretto.

Until January 20, 2020.

Degas at the Opera, Orsay Museum

The Paris Opera was a focal point for Degas throughout his career, and this beautiful exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay examines how the Opera provided infinite resources as an artist’s ‘toolbox’.

Until January 19, 2020.

Portrait of Queen Marie-Antoinette «with a rose», Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1783,
Château de Versailles © Jean Feuillie /
Centre des monuments nationaux

Marie Antoinette at La Conciergerie

Head to La Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette spent her final days, to discover how the queen’s image has become ingrained in our culture. ‘Marie Antoinette: Metamorphoses of an Image’ sheds new light on the portrayal of her person over the centuries.

October 16, 2019 to January 26, 2020

GRECO. Saint Martin et le mendiant 1597 – 1599 © Washington, National Gallery of Art

El Greco at the Grand Palais

This is the first major exhibition in France ever to be dedicated to Domenico Theotokópoulos, better known as El Greco. Considered to be the last grand master of the Renaissance and the first great painter of the Golden Age, El Greco was rediscovered in the 19th century, and celebrated by the 20th-century avant-garde as the artist who linked Titian to the Fauvists.

October 16, 2019 to February 10, 2020

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Sylvia Edwards Davis is a writer and correspondent based in France with a focus on business and culture. A member of the France Media editorial team, Sylvia scans the cultural landscape to bring you the most relevant highlights on current events, art exhibitions, museums and festivals.

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