What better way to banish any lingering winter greyness than with a plunge into the new crop of exhibitions blooming around Paris in springtime? These gorgeous offerings include big-name shows and fun little off-beat gems in every corner of the city, drawing you to discover new galleries, new artists, and probably have a good few coffees or a bit of window-shopping on your way.
So read on for our selection of spring exhibitions in Paris, divided into painting, photography and mixed media. And have a ball!
L'Art et l'Enfant - Chefs-d'œuvre de la peinture française
75 masterpieces explore the status of childhood between the 14th and 20th centuries.
Hubert Robert (1733-1808)
Delve into the heart of Hubert Robert's picturesque ruins, poetic landscapes and urban panoramas.
L’Atelier en Plein Air: Les Impressionnistes en Normandie
Discover works suffused with a new understanding of light.
Paula Modersohn-Becker, L'intensité d'un regard
An exhibition dedicated to a little-known avant-garde painter.
Albert Marquet’s diverse works are unclassifiable and yet his muted style is always entirely recognisable.
Paul Klee : L'ironie à l'oeuvre
A major retrospective brings together around 250 works by one of the founding figures of modern art.
Le Douanier Rousseau: L'Innocence Archaïque
Through his exotic and colourful naïf paintings, Henri Rousseau takes viewers on a beguiling journey off into far-flung worlds.
Drawing Now Paris 2016
A special tenth edition of Drawing Now Paris – the city’s annual contemporary drawing fair – takes place from March 30-April 3 2016 at the Carreau du Temple.
Art Paris 2016
Paris’s vast springtime art fair Art Paris makes a grand return to the Grand Palais.
Stéphane Thidet, Solitaire
A spectacular show of lyrical choreography.
The Velvet Underground
Explore the history of one of the most influential bands in the history of rock.
Monumenta 2016 - Huang Yong Ping, Empires
The 2016 edition of the contemporary art show is devoted to Huang Yong Ping, a major figure of the Chinese avant-garde.
Autour des dinosaures
Hop in to the Palais de la Découverte’s time machine to encounter the dinosaurs that roamed the earth in the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras.
If Picasso’s paintings are celebrated the world over, then his sculptures still remain relatively unknown. Here, the recently renovated Musée Picasso argues that this is an injustice to the Spanish artist’s legacy, putting impressive series like the ‘Verres d’Absinthe’ (1914) and the original ‘Baigneurs en Bois’ (1956) on proud display this spring and summer. As diverse and inventive as any of his canvases, these sculptures only further underpin his genius.