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The Fall 2015 Culture Guide

The Fall 2015 Culture Guide

Tiffany

Now that staring at the ocean no longer qualifies as the perfect weekend activity, museums, lecture halls, and performance spaces are packing out their Fall calendars with pretty incredible events. What’s even better, is that many are celebrating big anniversaries, so they’re stepping up their game for the season.

FIAC

FIAC

Grand Palais and Citywide

The major annual international art fair at the Grand Palais gets a bad rep for charging a hefty 40€ for admission, but it makes up for it with Hors les Murs, a series of free public art installations in parks and plazas across the city. And for those on the lookout for the more cutting-edge galleries, Officielle is a great (and more accessible) concurrent fair to hit at the docks de la Cite de la Mode et du Design. From October 21 to 25.

Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche

October 3 |Citywide

Every year since 2002, Parisians have taken to the streets for a one night art extravaganza from 7pm to 7am the next day. Big names, both local and foreign, present site-specific installations throughout the city. This year's Nuit Blanche is promising to be a significant one as it will be themed on sustainability in the run up to the COP21 global climate change conference. Curated by José-Manuel Gonçalvès, the director of the cutting-edge Centquatre art center, he's put northern Paris on the map and made two nighttime routes beginning at Gare du Nord-Aubervilliers and Parc Monceau-Saint Ouen. Image Credit: Nuit Blanche 2010, Hôtel de Ville de Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Dominique Gonzalez Foerster at Centre Pompidou

Dominique Gonzalez Foerster at Centre Pompidou

Place Georges Pompidou, 4th | +33.1.44.78.12.33

In an exhibition titled 1887-2058, French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster will be exploring the concept of time travel through a maze of 30 of Foerster's works and installations that wind through that museum and even into Brancusi's atelier in the courtyard. The exhibition is meant to be a retrospective but in this multifaceted artist's hands it is much more than that. From September 23 to February 1. © DGF © Tate, Londres, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Tate Photography © ADAGP, PARIS 2015

Vol Retour at the Amphitéâtre, Opera Bastille

Vol Retour at the Amphitéâtre, Opera Bastille

Place de Bastille, 11th

Based on Oliver Jeffers' enchanting kids book The Way Back Home, this opera is the perfect, festive, pre-holiday activity for kids before their winter break (it's only 45 minutes long). Staged to great success in England, the Paris National Opera has collaborated with the English National Opera for the first time to bring this production across the channel. The English team includes composer Joanna Lee, who also happens to be a music educator, and has created a score that's totally enthralling for kids. From December 4 to 19. Picture credit: © Leonid Tishkov

Platée at Palais Garnier

Platée at Palais Garnier

8 Rue Scribe, 9th | +33.1.71.25.24.23

If you're indulging by going to the opera in Paris, there's probably nothing that beats watching it at the beautiful and ornate Palais Garnier. Add that to the fact that this particular piece was performed at Versailles in the late 18th-century for the son of Louis XV on the occasion of his marriage, and the experience is that much more transporting. That doesn't make it a serious affair, though, as this opera is known as composer Jean-Philippe Rameau's comedic masterpiece, and earned him a place at court. Through October 8. © Éléna Bauer/OnP

Splendor & Misery at the Musee d’Orsay

Splendor & Misery at the Musee d’Orsay

1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 7th | +33.1.40.49.48.14

Just when you thought you had Impressionism down pat, the Musee d'Orsay comes out with a fascinating new show on a barely-touched aspect of Modern painting history: Prostitution. You'll find them represented in plenty of paintings by Edgar Degas, in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's prints, and let's not forget Edouard Manet's Olympia, to name just a few. This show feels important, delving into a slightly seedier, often overlooked, side of modern life, and daring to investigate its influence on Art History. From September 22 through January. Image Credit: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Au Moulin Rouge, 1892-1895, © The Art Institute of Chicago

Anish Kapoor at the Palace of Versailles

Anish Kapoor at the Palace of Versailles

Versailles

Versailles is kind of a touristy must when in Paris, and when there's a great show on the grounds then all the better. This summer's major exhibition of Anish Kapoor's work extends through the last of the good weather and into October. So if you haven't made it over yet, now's the time. There are six major works dotted throughout Le Nôtre's garden—including a monumental Sky Mirror that reflects the sky into the landscape—and they are a perfect match for the grandeur of this landmark setting. Through November 1. © Sky Mirror, 2015. Anish Kapoor

Beauté Congo at Fondation Cartier

Beauté Congo at Fondation Cartier

261 Blvd. Raspail, 14th | +33.1.42.18.56.50

When the Fondation Cartier puts on an exhibition, they tend to go all out and their deep dive into contemporary art in the DRC is no exception. From its beginnings in the early 20th-century to now, the exhibition covers seminal periods in painting (mostly), photography, and sculpture—everything from largely overlooked folk art like that of Pilipili Mulongoy to the mega bright paintings of Cheri Samba and JP Mika are gathered here. Try and make a night of it by heading to the museum for one its "Nomadic Nights," a series of music, poetry, and art takeover evenings featuring some of best Congolese talents out there, not to mention photographer Richard Mosse's surprise installation on November 12. Through November 15. Photo: © Luc Boegly

Robbins/Millepied/Balanchine at Palais Garnier

Robbins/Millepied/Balanchine at Palais Garnier

8 Rue Scribe, 9th | +33.1.71.25.24.23

This is one of the best tickets to be had in the 2015 ballet season: Paris Opera Ballet's director, Benjamin Millepied gathers a trio of ballets—two by his heroes, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, plus his own choreography in Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward. It's essentially a ballet hat trick, with three excellent pieces spanning decades between them, from Balanchine's 1947 take on Tchaikovsky's Themes & Variations, to Jerome Robbins' late 70's choreography for Profokiev's First Violin Concerto, to Millepied's super contemporary collaboration with composer, Nico Muhly. From September 22 to October 11. Picture credit: © Ann Ray/OnP