A photo of Dinh Q. Lê's work The Thread of Memory, part of the highlighted fall exhibitions in Paris.

6 Exhibitions To Get Excited About This Fall

Dozens of exhibitions across Paris closed earlier this month, bringing the summer season to a close. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to see if you happen to be arriving in Paris over the coming weeks. There’s plenty of incredible exhibitions still running. And with the fall season upon us, even more incredible exhibitions will be opening shortly. Here are the ones I’m most excited about.

Cezanne, the Lights of Provence, and Kandinsky, the Odyssey of Abstraction – Ateliers des Lumières

The digital art shows presented at the Ateliers des Lumières are always incredible, and this year they have a particularly impressive lineup. Cézanne and Kandinsky. Impressionism and Abstractionism in one go, as your ticket grants you access to both shows and artists. Cézanne and Kandinsky were masters in their fields, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the Ateliers des Lumières does to showcase their impressive oeuvres.

Cezanne, the Lights of Provence, and Kandinsky, the Odyssey of Abstraction runs until January 2nd, 2023.

Edvard Munch. A Poem of Life, Love and Death – Musée d’Orsay

The only thing I know about Edvard Munch is that he painted the iconic The Scream painting. However, considering that this latest exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay features hundreds of pieces from this artist’s lifetime, there’s clearly a lot that I don’t know about him. I can’t wait to rectify that.

Edvard Munch. A Poem of Life, Love and Death runs September 20th, 2022 to January 22nd, 2023.

Facing the Sun – Musée Marmottan Monet

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the painting of Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet. Two years later, this painting was exhibited in Paris, and in reviewing it, art critic Louis Leroy coined the term Impressionism and changed the history of art. To honour this important anniversary, the Musée Marmottan Monet has brought together a truly incredible lineup of artists for Facing the Sun, an exhibition dedicated to the famous sunrise that inspired Monet 150 years ago.

Facing the Sun runs September 21st, 2022 to January 29th, 2023.

Shocking!  The Surrealistic Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli – Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The last time I visited the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, it was for an exhibition about fashion designer Thierry Mugler. And it was incredible. That’s why I’m very excited to see what the museum does for Elsa Schiaparelli. Schiaparelli was one of the most influential designers of the early 20th century, and a bitter rival of Coco Chanel. This is one of my must-see exhibitions this fall for sure.

Shocking!  The Surrealistic Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli runs until January 22nd, 2023.

Parisiennes citoyennes! – Musée Carnavalet

The Musée Carnavalet has the distinction of being the oldest museum in Paris. It showcases the history of the city, from prehistoric times to present day, and its permanent collections are worth a visit alone. However, this fall it is also hosting a retrospective of the feminist history of Paris from 1789 to 2000. I can’t wait. Another one of my must-sees.

Parisiennes citoyennes! runs September 28th, 2022 to January 29th, 2023.

Dinh Q. Lê: Photographing the Thread of Memory – Musée Quai Branly

This exhibition has technically been open since February, but I still haven’t had a chance to see it. However, it is still open for another couple of months, and I’m determined not to miss it. This exhibition is part photography, part visual art installation, from acclaimed Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê. The pieces in this exhibition examine the history of both Vietnam and Cambodia, histories that I’m eager to know more about. This one has been on my list for months, so I’m looking forward to finally experiencing it.

Dinh Q. Lê: Photographing the Thread of Memory runs until November 20th, 2022.


Laura Moore is a professional storyteller who loves history and the many stories that make Paris one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Join one of her signature tours to learn the story of a city.

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