Through December 16: A self-proclaimed “wandering space for the undiscovered, unintentional and untrained artists of our times,” The Museum of Everything’s Paris exhibition – and concept at large – are bucking the norm and showcasing pieces that may not otherwise see a museum’s walls. “Exhibition #1.1,” as its called, includes works of over 500 self-taught creators, working in various media and with inspiration that spans the globe.
Through November 4: Salon du Chocolat: Likely the most delicious event this month, the Salon du Chocolat offers a little something for anyone with a sweet tooth. There is an entrance fee, but once inside the expo space you will be greeted by the wafting scent of cacao, and visual displays of all the chocolate your heart could desire. Normally, picking up these kinds of specialty items would include a day of traipsing around Paris, but here they are all congregated, ready to be tasted and taken home.
November 9 – 10: Who can resist a Le Fooding event? They’re back with La Pompe à Bulles & les Delicatrucks, a weekend-long celebration of a relatively new phenomenon in Paris: food trucks. Of course, there will be classics like Le Camion Qui Fume, but prepare for bites from the finest of New York, Copenhagen, Brussels and Marseille as well.
Dirty Beaches at Pitchfork Paris (Maeva P.)
November 1 – 3: Pitchfork Paris leaves us with no need for a list of the best concerts this month; they’re pretty much all here. Some big names will be playing – like James Blake, Robyn, Animal Collective, etc – and some lesser-known. I love these kinds festivals: big names you know and love are guaranteed to please, yet you’ll certainly leave with names of a few new artists to explore.
At Pitchfork Paris and the poster for Festival de Ménilmontant (Maeva P. & fairplaylist.org)
November 1 – 21: Now in its 6th year, the Festival de Ménilmontant returns in conjunction with the “Mois de l’économie sociale et solidaire,” a month-long celebration of ethical and green living practices. There will be various concerts held over the next three weeks, covering a wide variety of styles. Want a preview? Check out the festival’s recommended playlist to get a feel for what’s in store.
Bertrand Lavier at the Centre Pompidou (THEfunkyman)
Opening October 25 (through Jan 3): Bertrand Lavier has a supreme interest in independence and freedom from one medium: he paints, sculpts, photographs and a great deal more. His exposition at the Centre Pompidou – a retrospective – will feature works since 1969, and are sure to transform the museum space. Lavier has been said to create exhibitions, not just pieces, and having said that he is as inspired by a supermarket as a museum, the sum of the pieces will certainly be as interesting as its parts.
An exhibition at the Museum of Everything (Christopher Rudquist ©The Museum of Everything)
Opening October 25 (through Jan 9): Bohèmes – De Léonard de Vinci à Picasso at the Grand Palais. This exhibition is a joining of works from over 200 greats under a theme that evokes so deeply the image of an artist: the bohemian life. The Grand Palais, a structure that elicits a much grander and modern feeling than the pieces to be shown there, gets to play host to the paintings, music, photography and cinema of the likes of Picasso, van Gogh, Baudelaire, Satie, and more. A lovely marriage of modernity and romanticism, to be sure.
Kate Wax at Pitchfork Paris (nudevinyl)
Through November 28: Paris’s Hotel de Ville has a new visitor just outside its doors: artist Alain Kirili presents an installation of low-lying geometric cement sculptures. Inspired by Paris’s great writers and philosophers, Kirili created Rythmes d’automne, an exhibition both calming and meditative in character.