This comprehensive exhibition of the renowned photographer’s works offers a glimpse of America between the World Wars. Best know for her documenting of migrant workers during the Dirty Thirties, Lange doesn’t shy away from political statements in all the photographs on display. Explore the Jeu de Paume and keep an eye out for iconic pieces never before exhibited in France. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.
This large-scale exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay plots Picasso’s shifting mood between 1900 and 1906, bringing together a series of previously unseen works. Meticulously curated, this thought-provoking show examines masterpieces from his melancholy ‘Blue Period’ to the more upbeat ‘Rose Period’. Classic paintings such as La Vie (1903) allow for new interpretations of a critical point in the artist’s lengthy career. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.
Japanese artist Kohei Nawa’s monumental Throne is an eye-catching tribute to his country’s enduring relationship with France. It’s entirely covered in gold leaf, blending traditional Japanese craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology.
Thanks to loans from across Europe, the Musée Picasso offers a chance to ogle some of the Spaniard’s finest works. Admire his pensive harlequin, the Trois Danseuses, and experimental, anything-goes sculptures.
Sarcastic, playful and boundary-pushing, Franz West was one of Austria’s most prolific sculptors. This large-scale retrospective of his work spills out from the Pompidou Centre: find four of his outdoor sculptures in situ in the Marais’s cultural institutions.
Brawler, philanderer, artistic genius: Caravaggio was quite the character. This show displays ten of his commanding canvases alongside works by contemporaries – some his friends, others sworn enemies.
Archaeology meets comic book art in this innovative, family-friendly exhibition in the Louvre’s Petite Galerie. Delve into the world of expert time-travellers – and investigate how comic book artists have drawn inspiration from them.
Filmmaker Benoît Jacquot’s vision of Verdi’s La Traviata, at the Opéra Bastille, is minimal in style, but forte in effect. Inspired by Dumas’ La Dame aux Camélias, this is a slick take on the tragic tale of a lovesick 19th-century courtesan.
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s career was short but fruitful. This blockbuster show takes over four floors of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, exploring the graffiti artist-turned-superstar’s vastly expansive influences – hip-hop, Homer, Picasso – and cherished legacy.
Think Cubism is just Braque, Gris, Léger and Picasso? This innovative exhibition at the Pompidou Centre explores the bountiful work of lesser known talent alongside the masters’ most pioneering pieces.
Best known for his ceramics, alter-ego Claire and darkly humorous take on identity, masculinity and gender, Perry scores his first major show in France. Divided into ten themed chapters, a series of lectures will run alongside the exhibit at the Monnaie de Paris.
The US photographer and film-maker never does things by halves. Downstairs, check out his famous portraits of Warhol and Bowie. Upstairs, things get wilder with his surreal New World series.
Politically engaged, photographer Martine Franck celebrated the joy of life through portraits and almost abstract landscapes. Catch this retrospective of her work at the Fondation’s newly revamped HQ.
Street artist JR always thinks big – and this time he’s taking over the newly reopened MEP. Check out his vast collages and installations, co-created with communities across the globe.
Catch the best music from Africa and the Caribbean – and from French musicians of that heritage – at this popular festival. Now in its 30th year, the music fest hosts performances across northeast Paris’s diverse neighbourhoods.
Endangered species are centre stage at this striking light installation at the Jardin des Plantes. Take an evening walk on the wild side and join a lantern-making workshop with your little ones.
No need for that pilgrimage to Japan. This wide-eyed, ultra-emotive exhibition at La Villette probes into how the country’s manga and gaming craze was anchored in the neon dreamscape of Tokyo itself.
The fin-de-siècle Belgian symbolist’s work is utterly mesmerising, with dream-like scenes, mysterious femmes fatales, and spooky undertones.
This bijou Christmas market is just a stone’s throw from Notre Dame. Warm up with mulled wine, stock up on homemade macarons and other handcrafted gifts, and look out for Santa’s special appearances.
Practice your toe loops and triple axels under the spectacular glass roof of the Grand Palais. Come night time, disco balls, lightshows and DJs keep the party going.
The Opéra de Paris kicks off its 350th year with this two-day gala event at the Palais Garnier. Ring in the new year with a taste of the landmark season to come, with performances by both the national opera and the national ballet troupe.
Crowds gather on the city’s broadest avenue for a light show projected on the Arc de Triomphe. Don’t expect spectacular pyrotechnics, but rather an animated countdown from 11.30pm and bold visuals with a distinctive French touch.
Step on to the futuristic Flow barge for a memorable soirée on the Seine. Expect an explosion of party poppers and confetti come midnight, plus striking views of the Alexandre III bridge from the rooftop terrace.
If you’re in the mood for a New Year boogie, join the party at Yoyo, Palais de Tokyo’s intimate nightclub. The last revellers leave at 6am – complimentary pastries and fruit juice in hand – and linger by the river to watch the sun rise over the Eiffel Tower.