What’s on in Paris this weekend

Wondering what to do in Paris this weekend? Choose between surrealistic or hyperrealistic paintings, a car-free Sunday, a chlorophyll overdose in Parisian gardens and some jazz!

1SURREAL: René Magritte at Centre Pompidou

René Magritte, La Trahison des images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), 1929. © Adagp, Paris 2016 © Photothèque R. Magritte / Banque d’Images, Adagp, Paris, 2016

One of the biggest exhibitions to open this autumn in Paris, we are definitely not missing the Centre Pompidou’s retrospective dedicated to Belgian surrealist painter, René Magritte. The exhibition is titled after one of his most iconic works La trahison des images (The Treachery of Images) – Magritte painted a pipe and the words “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”) underneath. When questioned about the painting, the artist replied: of course, it is not a pipe, just try to fill it with tobacco. “René Magritte, la Trahison des Images” runs through January 23, 2017 at Centre Pompidou.

2FRESH AIR: A Sunday without cars

Journée sans voiture, Paris. Courtesy Mairie de Paris, photo Mark Verhille

For this year’s “day without cars”, 45% of Paris will be off limits to vehicles. So, take in the fresh air and walk, cycle or skate down the streets of the French capital between 11am to 6pm this Sunday. For the flâneurs, a number of workshops and events have been organised in the noise and air pollution free parts of Paris. For more information: http://parissansvoiture.fr/en/

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3FLOWER POWER: Fantin-Latour at Luxembourg Museum

Henri Fantin-Latour, Nature morte dite « de fiançailles » (1869). © Musée de Grenoble

Hyperrealistic paintings of perfectly arranged, exquisite flowers; group portraits of the who’s who of 19th-century French intelligentsia, Baudelaire, Verlain, Zola, Manet included; almost fantastic interpretations of Wagner’s music; a rare collection of nude photographs and much more  – the Musée du Luxembourg’s retrospective of French painter Henri Fantin-Latour’s oeuvre is amazing. Read more here“Fantin-Latour: A fleur de peau”; runs through February 12, 2017, at Musée du Luxembourg, Paris  

4CHLOROPHYLL: Fête des Jardins

This weekend (September 24 and 25, 2016), come celebrate the 20th edition of Fête des Jardins with more than 400 free events organised across 150 green spaces in the French capital. It’s an excellent opportunity to understand the participative vegetation around the Petite Ceinture (12th, 14th, 19th and 20th arrondissements), visit the apiary of the Parc Monceau or to visit the gardens of Butte Bergeyre (35, rue des Chaufourniers, 19th). The main venue for this year’s edition is the Jardins d’Éole (18th) from 2pm Saturday to Sunday (all day), with workshops on urban agriculture, guided tours, photo exhibitions and advice from gardening aficionados. September 24 and 25, 2016; Les Jardins d’Eole, 75018 Paris. More information here.

5SWING: Festival d’Ile-de-France

Thomas Dutronc © Yann Orhan

This weekend’s programme includes gypsy jazz by Thomas Dutronc, afrobeat, soul and funk by Konono no. 1 and Batida, a musical journey to the orient by Vincent Peirani and Quebecois folk music by Le Vent du Nord. Read more hereSeptember 23, 24 and 25, 2016 at Cirque d’Hiver, 110 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris. More information here.

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