Give a skip to the Louvre as we present a pick of six unconventional art exhibitions to catch while you are in the City of Lights.

Often referred to as the La Ville Lumiere, Paris is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most romantic city.

Whether you are gazing at the Eiffel Tower at the stroke of midnight or sipping a café au lait from a roadside bistro, the charm of Paris seldom fails on anyone.

This city, which is considered to be the fashion capital of the world, is also home to renowned art galleries and museums, attracting art enthusiasts and culture buffs from all over.

But if you have already visited The Louvre and Musee Picasso, and are still eager to soak up on some art, these are the exhibitions you need to bookmark for your next trip to Paris.

 Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams

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Exhibition Venue: Musee des Arts Decoratifs 

Date: Until January 7, 2018

In his very first show in 1947, Christian Dior created a new milestone in the world of fashion by putting forward designs that were never seen before compelling women everywhere to adopt his revolutionary ‘New Look’ style. 70 years since the House of Dior continues to remain a favourite of fashionistas worldwide. Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams displays creations and artworks of Dior and the designers who succeeded him throughout the history of the couture house including Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano, with a dedicated installation to Miss Dior, the very first fragrance in the history of Dior perfumes.

Being Modern: MoMA in Paris

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Exhibition Venue: Fondation Louis Vuitton

Date: October 11, 2017 - March 5, 2018

Organised by Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the exhibition ‘Being Modern: MoMA in Paris’ draws together a far-reaching representation of over 200 renowned masterpieces and less familiar, but highly significant works. The exhibition showcases masterworks ranging from the birth of modern art through trends and styles such as American abstraction, pop art and minimalism to the most contemporary forms of art.

Spanish Costumes Between Shadow And Light

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Exhibition Venue: Maison Victor Hugo

Date: Until September 24, 2017

The House of the French writer Victor Hugo is hosting a remarkable ensemble of over 40 traditional Spanish costumes and accessories from the end of the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century. Originating from different Spanish provinces such as the Canary Islands, Castile and Andalusia; these costumes represent the trade, culture, festivities and religious beliefs from a bygone era. The exhibition underlines the inestimable value that men and women put in their everyday costumes that are elevated to the rank of crafts today.

Medusa – Jewellery and Taboo

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Exhibition Venue: Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

Date: Until November 5, 2017

Mid-way between fashion and sculpture, the art of fine jewellery is often overlooked. It is often perceived as too close to the body, feminine, precious, ornamental or in some cases, primitive. Breaking those very norms, Medusa brings together over 400 jewellery pieces created by artists, high-end jewellers and contemporary jewellery makers that revolve around breaking the negative preconceptions surrounding jewellery and revealing the jewellery’s underlying subversive and performative potential.


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Exhibition Venue: Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain

Date: until October 25, 2017

Focusing its attention on the worlds of cars, Fondation Cartier’s Autophoto is all about exploring the relationship of photography with the automobile. Organised in series, it will bring together 500 works made by 100 historic and contemporary artists around the world including Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Yasuhiro Ishimoto. Capturing the geometric design of roadways, the reflection in a rear-view mirror or our special relationships with this everyday machine, the exhibition invites us to look at the world of automobiles in a completely different light.

Pop Art – Icons that matter

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Exhibition Venue: Musée Maillol

Date: September 22, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Pop Art, just as the name suggests, is bringing American pop art culture to the galleries of Paris. The collection contains remarkable artworks from the Pop Art Movement –a movement that emerged when artists started representing everyday objects and popular mass culture to celebrate and criticise the American way of life at the same time. Hailing from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the exhibition will showcase more than 60 paintings, sculptures and prints for the very first time in Paris.

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