Art Online

Today more than never before, we are given the chance to experience French and Francophone culture virtually. From museum tours to concerts and performances, you will find a curation of links to help you find your way to the best online art experiences. This list is non-exhaustive and evolving, so do check this page regularly for new content! 

Culture Chez Nous

Following the success of #culturecheznous, (Culture at home), a website created during the lockdown by the French Ministry of Culture to collate a variety of nationally-available cultural online content, the ministry has created a permanent website offering more than 700 cultural and artistic programmes online, from more than 500 sources. The website also tracks the places that have now reopened to the public.

France.tv

The culture platform of France official TV channel, withgreat content spanning music, dance, theatre and a kid’s section, through interviews,documentaries,performances and concerts. For more information, visit their website.

Arte.tv

Arte, the European cultural TV channel, has more than 1000 hours of live broadcasts, performing arts, documentaries, culture magazine shows! The page Arte Concert, in particular, is constantly updated and covers all music genres. https://www.arte.tv/en/arte-concert/

Music

Arte Concert

Tune in to Arte for a range of music concerts ONLINE! Arte brings music from all over Europe in so many genres including poprock , hiphop , metal, electronic music, classical and so much more, available to stream free of charge.

Playlist

A series of playlists offering the most exciting new music of the French music scene thanks to Le Bureau Export. Listen to the playlist here.

Philharmonie

From Haydn to Debussy or Boulez, the Paris Orchestra to the Arts Florissants ensemble and the wonderful concerts recorded during the Jazz à la Villette festival, there are a lot of options to choose from. More than 900 indeed! Find philharmonie live!

In Focus

Bob Sinclar live from home

The Paris Opera launches 'Aria' , an instructive and fun application

Exhibitions / Visual Arts

Musée d'Orsay p

Visit the museum. Their YouTube channel also offers interesting content in French and English, such as their English series “Uneœuvre, un regard” .

Pompidou Centre

Visit their website

Le Louvre

Go on a virtual tour and enjoy the Louvre’s exhibition rooms and galleries without the crowds!

Discover a selection of must-see artworks from their collection or explore their curatorial departments.

In Focus

Paris Photo 2019

Les Rencontres d’Arles 2019

Soulages Exhibition

Subodh Gupta at Monnaie de Paris

‘Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams’ at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

The Nadars : A Virtual Exhibitionof the BNF

A toi appartient le regard

Giverny

Giacometti Chez Vous

Performing Arts

Numeridanse

Numeridanse is a multimedia dance platform. It offers free access to a unique video database of filmed performances, documentaries, interviews, dance videos, and more. Each genre and style is showcased here: butoh, classical ballet, neo-classical ballet, baroque, Indian, African, flamenco, contemporary, traditional dances, hip-hop, tango, jazz, circus arts, performance, etc.

Opéra 3e Scène

Original works by artists and creators reveal the world of opera and dance to new eyes. Know more

CNAC circus

The Centre national des arts du cirque (CNAC) is a higher education and research establishment created in 1985 at the initiative of the Ministry of Culture. Nearly 400 artists from 35 different countries have graduated from Cnac and are now major players on the international contemporary circus scene. Cnac.tv offers archived videos of performances by contemporary circus artists that span several years.  

In Focus

Danse Élargie 2020​

Danse Élargie Teaser

The dancers of the Paris Opera under lockdown, an online ballet directed by Cédric Klapish

LA Danse Project

chaillot chez vous

Virtual Tour

Château de Versailles

What do you think about going on a private virtual tour of the former home of the French king? See where Marie-Antoinette used to live! 

Take a trip down the cultural road in France and visit the Château de Versailles

Street Art Paris

Take a stroll in the streets of Paris to discover the street art like never before. From the screens of your mobiles and laptops, here’s another online exhibition to make your time memorable and lively.

Opéra National de Paris

Experience the feeling of being inside the Opera from your screens! An “incroyable” experience that will make you go awe!  Zoom in to get the clearest and closest view of the stage, the hall, the seats and everything!  Walk right into the ceiling to witness the beautiful work of art by Chagall!

Notre-Dame de Paris in virtual reality with Ubisoft

Since April 16, Ubisoft has been offering a 360-degree virtual tour on YouTube, allowing Internet users to visit the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral before it was devastated by fire. The 3D rendering comes from his game Assassin’s Creed: Unity.

In Focus

Aerial view from the sky with CMN

Tour de France of cultural places under lockdown

Children

Kris de Jacomo "Trois Petits Riens"

Kris de Jacomo and Michael Ecöffier provide online albums during Lockdown. Download here

BNF DRAWING

Another great idea from Bibliothèque Nationale de France to keep your children occupied. Download their application for ipad and let your child create and play with the great archive of the library. No age bar, as the child creates his/her own fantastic beasts and imaginary landscape.
This is only the beginning, the application will keep being upgraded to offer more and more activities and games to the children. Visit their website.

Le Samourawaii

Long ago, on a distant and forgotten continent. The Samuraii, a legendary weapon of mass destruction, is once again threatening the balance of the world since its reappearance! No one seems to care about that. No one except Mamala, Norie and Saburo, three friends from rival communities, who will have to put aside their differences in order to unite. Their purpose? Fight against the advent of a new dark age, preventing this relic from falling into the wrong hands! Watch the episode every Tuesday here.

 

Mon Oeil

Mon Oeil Discover Centre Pompidou’s online web-series for kids Mon Oeil, short videos especially created to introduce your children to modern and contemporary art in a pedagogic and fun way! In French only. 

Find the link to the playlist of web series here.

Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo, the leading institution dedicated to contemporary art, is also thinking about your young artists-to-be! Discover video DIY workshops for children and entertain your kids with funny artistic and creative activities such as colouring or making a paper dragon!

Music Crab

Music Crab is a fun, free, musical game for learning to read music! Follow the steps of a crab diving through the ocean, through 182 levels, improve your memory and train your ear at your own pace, music theory has never been as easy!