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September Events in Paris

2013 Guide

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

Festivals and Seasonal Events

  • "Musical Fountains" at the Chateau de Versailles
    Experience the mingling of light, water, and classical music in the gardens of the celebrated chateau outside Paris. Perfect for a relaxed half-day getaway from the city bustle.
    When: Every weekend through late October.
    Where: Chateau de Versailles
    Visit the event website for dates and times.

  • 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, coming soon).
    When: September 13th, 2013 through mid-January 2014.

  • European Heritage Days (Journees du Patrimoine)
    For one day each year in the fall, as part of the continental event known as European Heritage Days, Paris monuments, government buildings, city halls and others open their doors to the public for a behind-the-scenes look at some of Paris' most fascinating places.
    When: September 14th-15th, 2013
    Where: Various locations around Paris-- see here for more information.

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


  • Ron Mueck: Australian Sculptor
    A solo show from celebrated Australian sculptor Ron Mueck at the under-appreciated Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Arts has generated much local buzz since opening in April. Mueck created a series of six sculptures exclusively for the show here. Enthusiasts of contemporary art shouldn't miss this one.
    Location: Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain
    When: Through September 29th, 2013 .


  • Felicie de Fauveau, "The Amazon of Sculpture"
    The Musee d'Orsay is taking a look back at Felicie de Fauveau, a nineteenth-century sculptor whose radical political views, from feminism to royalism, eventually saw her exiled to Florence in Italy. Her work, often interpreted as a hybrid between neogothic and neoclassical styles, might seem curious today, but its bold subject matter and execution continue to fascinate and puzzle.
    Where: Musee d'Orsay
    When: Through September 15th, 2013

  • 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: September 18th through January 6th, 2014
    Location: Galerie Nationale du Grand Palais

  • Simon Hantai
    The Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Georges Pompidou is hosting a fascinating retrospective on the twentieth-century abstract painter Simon Hantai. Featuring around 130 paintings created between 1949 and the 1990s, the show provides an in-depth look at one of the more important artists of abstraction of the past 60 years.
    When: Through September 2nd, 2013.
    Where: 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

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