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February Events in Paris

2014 Guide


February Events in Paris

Chinese New Year generally falls in February, making for colorful street parades.


The Goya retrospective at the Pinacotheque sheds light on an artist who was often dark.

Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office


Arts and Exhibits Highlights in February


The Sea in Paris, 45 Million Years Ago

This fascinating exhibit curated in the depths of the Paris Catacombs reveals a little known fact about the city of light: 45 million years ago, the area was part of a vast tropical sea ecosystem; its traces can be observed in the geological formations of Paris' many underground "layers". Anyone interested in natural history and geology shouldn't miss this one. 

Dates: Through December 31st, 2014

Location: The Paris Catacombs


Edith Piaf: The Beauty of the Shadow Which Expresses Itself in Light

This tribute to the famed French songstress at the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts in Paris examines the artist's complex and fruitful friendship with artist, poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. Warning: for this one you'd be better off knowing how to read French to a reasonable degree. Through February 23rd, 2014. 

Location: Musee des Lettres et Manuscrits

222 Boulevard St Germain, 7th arrondissement


Goya, Inventor of Modernity - Pinacotheque de Paris

This exhibit at the exhibition space known as the Pinacotheque, located near the Paris Opera district, commemorates the singular eye and strange but compelling vision of Spanish artist Francisco de Goya. His somber scenes and portraits are haunting, if sometimes slightly disturbing. A fascinating look at one of Spain's great painters. Through March 16th, 2014.

Location: Pinacotheque de Paris

28 place de la Madeleine, 9th arrondissement

Metro: Madeleine or Opera


Brassai: For the Love of Paris

One of the 20th century's most-recognized photographers of Paris, Brassai always cast a romantic perspective on the city, in part shaping how it is perceived today by most visitors. A free exhibit at Paris City Hall (Hotel de Ville) reveals the workings of this beloved photographer, who also took portraits of famed artists and intellectuals such as Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. 

Location: Hotel de Ville - Mairie de Paris

Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 4th arrondissement

Metro: Hotel de Ville 

When: Through March 31st, 2014

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