What To Do in Paris France in April 2024

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What to do in Paris, France in April 2024.
Don’t miss out on these events and deals this April. There’s tons to do, and a lot of it for free… 

Basquiat X Warhol At The Fondation Louis Vuitton

– 5th April onwards 
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an influential American artist who rose to prominence in the late 20th century. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1960, Basquiat first gained attention as a graffiti artist under the pseudonym “SAMO” in the late 1970s. His distinctive style, characterised by bold colours, expressive lines, and incorporation of text and symbols, quickly garnered acclaim within the underground art scene of New York City.

What to do in Paris France in April 2024

In the early 1980s, Basquiat transitioned from street art to painting on canvas, gaining recognition for his raw and emotive works that often explored themes of race, identity, and social commentary. He rose to prominence within the Neo-expressionist movement, earning recognition as a pivotal artist of the 20th century. His artworks consistently fetch top prices at auctions and captivate audiences globally. His collaboration with Andy Warhol began in 1983, when Basquiat visited Warhol’s studio. Warhol was immediately drawn to Basquiat’s work and recognized his talent, leading to a close artistic partnership. They collaborated on a series of paintings, with Basquiat adding his distinct style to Warhol’s iconic imagery. Their works often combined elements of Basquiat’s graffiti-influenced style with Warhol’s pop art aesthetic, creating a unique fusion of two influential artistic voices. Their collaborative pieces received significant attention and helped solidify Basquiat’s status as a leading figure in the contemporary art world. Despite their artistic collaboration, their relationship was complex and sometimes fraught with tension, reflecting the dynamic nature of their partnership. It is these paintings that will be on display throughout the spring and summer at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, at just 10€ for students and those under 26, and is even free for students on Thursdays. 

Paris Marathon – 7 April 

Watching the Paris Marathon is a captivating and enriching experience for spectators from all walks of life. As thousands of runners surge through the iconic streets of the French capital, the event encapsulates the spirit of determination, endurance, and community. The marathon not only showcases the scenic beauty of Paris, with its renowned landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral forming the backdrop, but it also celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of the city. From seasoned athletes pushing their limits to first-time runners embarking on a personal journey, the race offers inspiration and motivation for everyone witnessing the spectacle. Moreover, cheering on the participants creates an incredible atmosphere of support, fostering a sense of unity among spectators and participants alike. Whether you’re an avid sports enthusiast or simply seeking a dose of inspiration, watching the Paris Marathon promises to be an unforgettable experience that resonates with the spirit of human achievement. Follow the live route on the marathon app, SE Marathon de Paris

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Either way, the streets and metro of Paris will be jam-packed with spectators, so you might as well join in on the cheering! The day before the big marathon, join in on Paris Run For All, an event aimed at solidarity and inclusivity. Get involved in a 4km course in the heart of Paris on 6 April, with a complimentary breakfast at the finish. All registration fees donated to the ANAÉ association. For children, there will be the Marathoon! Also on the 6th of April, kids can run in a free, untimed race especially for children aged 5 to 12. Maybe your Babylangues kids would like this weekend activity – suggest it to the parents! 

What To Do in Paris France in April 2024

Art Paris, 4th – 7th April 

Also at the Grand Palais Éphémère, you can attend the 26th Art Paris; Art Paris 2024 will unite 136 galleries specialising in modern and contemporary art, representing 25 different countries. The event is scheduled to take place from April 4th to April 7th, showcasing an eclectic array of artistic expressions from around the globe. From established masterpieces to emerging talents, attendees can explore a wide range of artistic expressions and discover new perspectives. Engaging with the artworks and interacting with artists and fellow enthusiasts fosters a vibrant atmosphere of creativity and dialogue. Whether seeking inspiration, expanding one’s art collection, or simply enjoying the beauty of visual expression, Art Paris promises a memorable and enriching experience for all who attend. However, the ticket is 30€ (35€ on the 6th and 7th) – this is a day out for art-lovers who are willing to spend for the privilege of enjoying so much incredible art in one space. 

La Foire Du Trône – Until The 21 April 

The Foire du Trône is indisputably the biggest traditional funfair in France and the oldest in Europe, tracing its origins back to Lothaire in 957. However, it wasn’t until 1805 that an established funfair emerged in the Saint Antoine suburb. Over time, its size and significance grew, expanding from the Pelouse de Reuilly towards the Barriere du Trône and eventually branching into adjacent streets and boulevards. In 1957, the fair commemorated its millennial anniversary. In 1964, it relocated to the periphery of the Bois de Vincennes. Ever since, throngs of Parisians and tourists have flocked to relish in the fair’s delights each spring, boasting around 350 attractions sprawling across 10 hectares on the Pelouse de Reuilly. And for those craving a sugary indulgence, a plethora of food stalls offer delights such as candyfloss, toffee apples, crêpes, and churros. Entry is free! 

Festival Du Livre De Paris, 12th -14th April 

From 12 to 14 April 2024, the Paris Book Festival returns for its third year, still with a small admission charge of €5 but free for under-25s. Head to the Grand Palais Ephémère to celebrate reading in all its forms. Film-makers, actors, visual artists and musicians will also be invited to take part in this great festival of culture and reading, with musical readings, comic encounters and writing workshops. Whether you’re into the classics, or upcoming literature, you’ll be sure to find something interesting. There’ll be discussions between a variety of writers on topics ranging from young adult fiction to journalism and animation. Find the programme here

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La Naissance Des Grands Magasins – 10th April Onwards

From April 10th to October 13th, 2024, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs presents an exhibition delving into the genesis of department stores, which emerged as the epitome of modernity and consumer culture in the mid-19th century. Showcasing iconic establishments such as the Bon Marché , Les Grands Magasins du Louvre, Au Printemps , La Samaritaine, and Les Galeries Lafayette , the exhibition ‘La naissance des grand magasins‘ unveils their multifaceted roles within the context of history, politics, and society, spanning from the Second Empire to their prominence at the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts. With 700 artefacts drawn from the museum’s collections, including posters, garments, toys, and decorative arts, visitors gain insight into the evolution of Parisian retailing since 1852. Spearheaded by visionary entrepreneurs, this innovative commercial paradigm gave rise to gender-specific retail spaces, reshaping the urban shopping landscape and laying the groundwork for consumerist society. The exhibition also delves into themes such as the democratisation of fashion, the inception of sales events, the commodification of childhood, and the rise of mail-order catalogues, offering a captivating journey through the historical evolution of retailing. Find out more on the Musée’s website https://madparis.fr/Exposition-La-naissance-des-grands-magasins), and make sure to reserve, even though entry is free if you’re under 26. 

What To Do in Paris France in April 2024

Crescendo At La Basilique Cathédrale Saint-denis

Nestled in the suburb of Saint-Denis, just north of Paris, the Basilica of Saint-Denis stands as a testament to centuries of French history and architectural prowess. This sacred building, often hailed as the birthplace of Gothic architecture, holds a profound significance as the final resting place of numerous French monarchs, including the kings and queens of the mediaeval era. Originally founded in the 7th century by Dagobert I, the basilica underwent numerous renovations and expansions over the centuries, each adding layers of grandeur and majesty to its imposing structure. Today, visitors are captivated by its awe-inspiring façade, intricate stained glass windows, and the unparalleled beauty of its interior, which reflects the evolution of French architectural styles across the ages. 

Stephen Dean’s suspended installation Crescendo, specially created for the chevet of the cathedral basilica of Saint-Denis, rises to a height of 15 metres. The ladder is adorned with vibrant dichroic stained glass, and thus the hue of each panel shifts in response to both the viewer’s perspective and the ambient illumination. Hanging gracefully from the heart of the Gothic structure, this installation serves as a homage to the luminous brilliance of light. Titled with a nod to musical motifs, it draws inspiration from the luminosity of light while also paying homage to the cathedral’s acoustic ambiance.

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Monet’s House & Gardens in Giverny – April Onwards 

Finally…the Maison et Jardins Claude Monet are open again! With April comes spring in full swing, and so the incredible gardens that inspired so much of Monet’s art are open to the public (for 14€ and the last entry is at 5.30pm). The renowned French impressionist painter moved to Giverny in 1883, a picturesque village in the Normandy region of France, where he lived for over 40 years, and remained there until his death in 1926. During his time in Giverny, Monet created some of his most famous works, including his iconic water lily series inspired by the ponds and gardens he cultivated on his property. Giverny served as both a residence and a source of inspiration for Monet, and today, his former home and gardens in Giverny are popular tourist attractions, drawing visitors from around the world to experience the beauty that inspired one of the greatest artists of the Impressionist movement. Claude Monet meticulously cultivated his garden in Giverny, transforming it into a living work of art that inspired many of his paintings. He carefully selected a variety of plants, flowers, and trees to create a harmonious and visually captivating landscape. Monet divided his garden into different sections, including the famous water garden with its iconic Japanese bridge, lily ponds, and water lilies. He also maintained a flower garden with a vibrant array of colours and textures, as well as a vegetable garden.

Monet’s approach to gardening was influenced by his artistic sensibilities, as he sought to create compositions of light, colour, and form that mirrored the aesthetics of his paintings. He paid close attention to the seasonal changes and experimented with different planting arrangements to achieve the desired effects. 

Whilst you’re in Giverny, you can also Visit the Musée des Impressionnismes; this museum showcases works by various Impressionist artists, offering insight into the movement that Monet was a part of. The museum often hosts temporary exhibitions focusing on different aspects of Impressionism and related art movements. There is also the Eglise Sainte-Radegonde : This charming church dates back to the 11th century and features a Romanesque bell tower. It’s worth a visit to admire its architectural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. Equally, take the chance to explore the surrounding countryside: Giverny is situated in the picturesque Normandy region, known for its rolling hills, lush green landscapes, and quaint villages. Take a leisurely stroll or bike ride through the countryside to soak in the natural beauty and rural charm of the area. Not to mention, Giverny and its neighbouring towns offer a variety of dining options where you can savour delicious French cuisine. From cosy cafes serving freshly baked pastries to traditional bistros offering regional specialties, there’s something to suit every palate.

What to do in Paris France in April 2024