Nowadays, Paris has many nicknames such as the City of Light, the Capital of Fashion and Design, the Capital of Gastronomy or of the Art of Living. All these references actually tend to reduce Paris to a flashy, glittery city, which limits to the Champs-Elysées and to the annual shows of great couturiers.
But what about the cultural Lutetia? What about the Paris of major exhibitions?
Famous Exhibitions in Paris
As the world’s number one tourist destination – 47 millions visitors in 2013 -, Paris has nothing to envy to the other metropolises. Although recently pushed aside by the media and the press, the cultural Paris is doing the best.
The number of exhibitions doubled between 2007 and 2013, while the space dedicated to these events reached 600’000 m2 in 2013. During this same year, the 173 museums of the capital have attracted more than 3 millions visitors. An extraordinary showcase of the culture of Paris, the Grand Palais alone received more than 2.5 million curious visitors.
Paris has always hosted exhibitions that set attendance record, exceeding each one million visitors: with exhibitions such as the Treasures of Tutankhamun, in 1967 (1.2 million entries) or Vasconcelos, in 2012 (1.6 million visitors), the modern-day Lutetia is used to successful events.
Have you visited Louvre and Orsay Museums?
The Louvre and the Orsay museums, with their new departments, continuously attract more and more impassioned, while the Grand Palais organizes each year new diversified, successful exhibitions: the Paris Photo fair and the Biennale des Antiquaires in 2014, but also Niki de Saint Phalle, the Japanese Hokusai or the Greece of the Origins. Lutetia still has a strong international position regarding fairs and exhibitions, dealing with a wide range of topics!
Would it therefore not be tempting to include the French capital city in our year-end’s itinerary?