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Paris Art Guide

Europe's City of Light has seen major changes in its cultural scene over the last decade. International fairs, new museum and gallery spaces, and a wave of young collectors have seen Paris bolster its identity, which combines art historical depth with cutting-edge trends.

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From the hip Le Marais quarter in the 4th arrondissement, to Champs-Elysées, edgy Belleville, chic Saint Germain, and the sprawling suburb of Pantin in the northeast, galleries across Paris are part of a vibrant and diverse scene, which saw the arrival of Gagosian in 2012, Los Angeles' Freedman Fitzpatrick open a second space near Hotel de Ville in 2018, and David Zwirner's arrival in 2019. Countless galleries are spread across the city, with events such as Paris Gallery Weekend—launched in 2014 by Marion Papillon—offering the opportunity to explore spaces such as Galerie Lelong & Co., Xippas Gallery, Perrotin, Galerie Templon, and In Situ – fabienne leclerc, alongside a talks and performance programme.

High quality exhibitions are present all throughout the year at spaces such as Marian Goodman Gallery, which has sought to introduce European art to American audiences for over 40 years at their New York base, with a roster of names such as Leonor Antunes, Dara Birnbaum, Nairy Baghramian, and Marcel Broodthaers. In Pantin, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac holds its second Paris space in a 19th-century boiler factory and copper workshop just shy of 5,000m2, with past exhibitions by artists such as Georg Baselitz, Imran Qureshi, and Anselm Kiefer.

In October each year, international and French galleries participate in the city's major Foire internationale d'art contemporain (FIAC). Founded in 1974 and held at the iconic Grand Palais exhibition hall between Champs-Élysées and the Seine River, the established fair brings around 200 galleries together to showcase modern and contemporary artworks. FIAC's satellite fairs include Paris Internationale, showcasing emerging and independent art spaces, along with Asia Now, which presents artists from across Asia to a European audience.

Paris teams with blockbuster exhibitions around the year, at institutions ranging from the Louvre to the Musée Rodin, Musée Marmottan Monet, Musée National Picasso-Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Centre Pompidou. The Palais de Tokyo, which reopened in 2012 after extensive renovations, is the largest contemporary art centre in Europe, staging around 40 exhibitions each year. Collectors such as François Pinault are invested in the city's cultural future, with his third museum—the other two being located in Venice—slated to open in June 2020 at an estimated cost of $170 million nearby the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, and foundation Cartier's new location, opening in 2024. Elsewhere, Guillaume Houzé's Rem Koolhaas-designed space in Le Marais district, Lafayette Anticipations, 'acts as a catalyser, providing artists the unique, made-to-measure conditions in which to produce, experiment and exhibit.'


Current Exhibition | Paris
23 May–14 August 2020
Jean-Philippe Delhomme

Los Angeles Langage

Perrotin View Exhibition
Courtesy Perrotin.
Current Exhibition | Paris
23 May–14 August 2020
Gabriel Rico

Nature Loves To Hide

Perrotin View Exhibition
Gabriel Rico, II Mural, from the series 'Reducción objetiva orquestada (2016 - 2021)' (2020) (detail). Mixed media, brass, neon. 315 x 390 x 15 cm. Courtesy Perrotin.
Current Exhibition | Paris
23 May–6 June 2020
Group Exhibition

Emmanuel

Perrotin View Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Paris
23 May–30 June 2020
Philip-Lorca diCorcia
David Zwirner View Exhibition
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, W, September 2000, #7 (1997) (detail). Courtesy David Zwirner.
Current Exhibition | Paris
23 May–18 July 2020
Sarah Sze
Gagosian View Exhibition

Sarah Sze, Ripple (Times Zero) (2020) (detail). Oil, acrylic, acrylic polymers, ink, aluminium, archival paper, oil stick, pencil, graphite, string, pushpin, diabond, and wood. 114 x 142 1/2 inches / 289.6 x 362 cm. © Sarah Sze. Courtesy Gagosian. Photo: Rob McKeever.

Current Exhibition | Paris
20 May–13 June 2020
Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Ernest Pignon-Ernest : Naples - Pasolini - Derrière la vitre

Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Naples - Napoli - Derrière la vitre, Galerie Lelong & Co, 13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris (20 May–13 June 2020). © Ernest Pignon-Ernest. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.
Current Exhibition | Paris
16 May–31 August 2020
Niele Toroni

Un tout de différences

Galerie Marian Goodman View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Niele Toroni, Un tout de différences, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris (16 May–31 August 2020). Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo credit: Rebecca Fanuele.

Current Exhibition | Paris
14 March–6 June 2020
Billie Zangewa

Soldier of Love

Templon View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Billie Zangewa, Soldier of Love, Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris (14 March–6 June 2020). Courtesy Templon.
Current Exhibition | Paris
14 March–14 July 2020
Penny Goring

Escape from Blood Castle

Campoli Presti View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Penny Goring, Escape from Blood Castle, Campoli Presti, Paris (14 March–14 July 2020). Courtesy the artist and Campoli Presti, London / Paris. 
Current Exhibition | Paris
12 March–30 May 2020
Antoni Tàpies

L’objet

Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Antoni Tàpies, L’objet, Galerie Lelong & Co., 38 Avenue Matignon, Paris (12 March–30 May 2020). Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris.
Current Exhibition | Paris
12 March–30 May 2020
Richard Serra

New prints

Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Richard Serra, New prints, Galerie Lelong & Co., 13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris (12 March–30 May 2020). Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris.
Current Exhibition | Paris
12 March–30 May 2020
Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel

Travaux à deux pinceaux (1976–1978)

Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Pierre Alechinsky and Karel Appel, Travaux à deux pinceaux (1976–1978), Galerie Lelong & Co., 13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris (12 March–30 April 2020). Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris.
Current Exhibition | Paris
7 March–30 May 2020
Allen Jones
Almine Rech View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Allen Jones, Almine Rech, Paris (7 March–30 May 2020). © Allen Jones. Courtesy the Artist and Almine Rech. Photo: Rebecca Fanuele.

Current Exhibition | Paris
7 March–30 May 2020
Alexandre Lenoir
Almine Rech View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Alexandre Lenoir, Almine Rech, Paris (7 March–30 May 2020). © Alexandre Lenoir. Courtesy the artist and Almine Rech. Photo: Rebecca Fanuele.
Upcoming Exhibition | Paris
30 May–25 July 2020
Chiharu Shiota

Inner Universe

Templon View Exhibition
Upcoming Exhibition | Paris
29 August–26 September 2020
JR
Perrotin View Exhibition
© JR. © Courtesy the artist & Perrotin.

Current Exhibitions In Paris

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Contemporary art exhibition, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Los Angeles Langage at Perrotin, Paris
23 May–14 August 2020 Jean-Philippe Delhomme Los Angeles Langage Perrotin, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Gabriel Rico, Nature Loves To Hide at Perrotin, Paris
23 May–14 August 2020 Gabriel Rico Nature Loves To Hide Perrotin, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Emmanuel at Perrotin, Paris
23 May–6 June 2020 Group Exhibition Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Philip-Lorca diCorcia at David Zwirner, Paris
23 May–30 June 2020 Philip-Lorca diCorcia David Zwirner, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Sarah Sze, Sarah Sze at Gagosian, Paris
23 May–18 July 2020 Sarah Sze Gagosian, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Ernest Pignon-Ernest : Naples - Pasolini - Derrière la vitre at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
20 May–13 June 2020 Ernest Pignon-Ernest Ernest Pignon-Ernest : Naples - Pasolini - Derrière la vitre Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 Rue de Téhéran
Contemporary art exhibition, Niele Toroni, Un tout de différences at Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
16 May–31 August 2020 Niele Toroni Un tout de différences Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Billie Zangewa, Soldier of Love at Templon, Paris
14 March–6 June 2020 Billie Zangewa Soldier of Love Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Penny Goring, Escape from Blood Castle at Campoli Presti, Paris
14 March–14 July 2020 Penny Goring Escape from Blood Castle Campoli Presti, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Antoni Tàpies, L’objet at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
12 March–30 May 2020 Antoni Tàpies L’objet Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 38 Avenue Matignon
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Serra, New prints at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
12 March–30 May 2020 Richard Serra New prints Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 Rue de Téhéran
Contemporary art exhibition, Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Travaux à deux pinceaux (1976–1978) at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
12 March–30 May 2020 Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel Travaux à deux pinceaux (1976–1978) Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 Rue de Téhéran
Contemporary art exhibition, Allen Jones, Allen Jones at Almine Rech, Paris
7 March–30 May 2020 Allen Jones Almine Rech, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Alexandre Lenoir, Alexandre Lenoir at Almine Rech, Paris
7 March–30 May 2020 Alexandre Lenoir Almine Rech, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Chiharu Shiota, Inner Universe at Templon, Paris
30 May–25 July 2020 Chiharu Shiota Inner Universe Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, JR, JR at Perrotin, Paris
29 August–26 September 2020 JR Perrotin, Paris

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