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November Events in Paris

2013 Guide


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

Festivals and Seasonal Events

  • Artists' Studios Open House Days: Anvers to Abbesses
    Artists and craftsmen working from studios in the Abbesses/Anvers corner of Montmartre are opening their doors to visitors from November 18-20. Get an inside look at contemporary art in a district that has always been a creative hotbed.
    When: November 15-17, 2013
    Where: Numerous locations around Montmartre-- visit the orientation office at 8 rue de Milton, 9th arrondissement for a map showing the locations of the artists' ateliers opening to the public for the occasion.

  • The Autumn Festival
    Since 1972, the Paris Autumn Festival or "Festival de l'Automne" has brought in the post-summer season with a bang by highlighting some of the most compelling works in contemporary visual art, music, cinema, theater, and other forms. Consult the official website for program details (in English).
    When: Through December 2013.

  • Mois de la Photo (Paris Photography Month) November marks Paris photography month, an annual event launched in 1980 that sees dozens of museums and galleries team up to offer thematically related exhibitions, and featuring the work of established and up-and-coming lenses from around the world. This year, over 80 exhibitions are being coordinated for the Mois de la Photo, as well as film screenings, conferences, fairs and other events. The Paris Photo exhibition at the Grand Palais, running November 14th-17th, is a major part of the goings-on this month; fans of photography should definitely not miss out.
    When: Throughout November.

Arts and Exhibits

  • Roy Lichtenstein
    Along with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein is perhaps the most-recognized of the pop artists, celebrated for his large-scale scenes that appear straight out of vintage comic art, and featuring noirish heroines spurned by lovers or hallucinatory jars of Marmite. The Centre Georges Pompidou celebrates the American artist with a much-anticipated retrospective featuring some 125 paintings, sculptures and prints.
    Through: November 4th, 2013
    Location: Centre Georges Pompidou

  • Trompe l'oeil (Tricking the Eye)
    A show which opened last month at Paris's Arts Décoratifs museum celebrates the "trompe l'oeil" technique and the complex art of deception. The exhibit features over 400 works, from paintings and sculpture to textiles, highlighting techniques of trickery originating in ancient Greece.
    Location: Musee des arts decoratifs
    107 rue de Rivoli,1st arrondissement
    Metro: Louvre-Rivoli or Palais Royal
    Tel: +33 (0)144 55 57 50
    When: Through November 2013
    Visit the official website
    Read our full review here

  • Georges Braque
    Best known for his abstract paintings of guitars, Braque sometimes sits in the shadow of more well-known cubist artists, especially his collaborator Pablo Picasso. This fascinating retrospective at the Grand Palais promises to deepen popular understanding of-- and appreciation for-- his complex oeuvre of paintings, engravings and sculptures.
    Dates: Through January 6th, 2014
    Location: Galerie Nationale du Grand Palais

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