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Paris galleries
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Ocula Member Galleries are selected by a committee of respected gallerists with the purpose of presenting only the best of contemporary art on Ocula.

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Established local stalwarts Almine Rech, Perrotin, Galerie Lelong & Co., Galerie Chantal Crousel, and Galerie Templon were all founded in Paris, building a firm foundation for the city's reputation as a global art destination.

Building upon the Parisian heavyweights are international mega-galleries Gagosian, David Zwirner, Galerie Max Hetzler, White Cube, LGDR, and Marian Goodman, who have each opened spaces in Paris. With exceptional programmes and impressive rosters of artists, the presence of these spaces continues to enhance international engagement with Paris' art scene.

Almine Rech opened its doors in 1997 in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Founded on an axis of California Minimal, Perceptual art, and Conceptual art, the gallery represents canonical modernists such as James Turrell, John McCracken, and Joseph Kosuth. It has continued to develop its programme, and now represents international contemporary art stars including Chloe Wise, Brent Wadden, and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe.

Founded in Paris in 1990 by Emmanuel Perrotin at the age of 21, the eponymous mega-gallery is today spread across three spaces in the Marais district. Perrotin's Paris spaces amount to 2,750 square metres (29,600 square feet). Now with branches worldwide, including in Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Dubai, Perrotin offers a global playing field for hosting artists from France and beyond—including Bernar Venet, JR, Sophie Calle, Izumi Kato, and Chen Fei.

Galerie Lelong & Co. was founded in 1981 by Daniel Lelong, Jacques Dupin, and Jean Frémon, with a second gallery in New York opened in 1985. Championing the practices of contemporary artists from around the world, Galerie Lelong also supports artists to produce major public commissions.

Established in 1980, Galerie Chantal Crousel presents a diverse range of artists committed to elaborating a universal language through different mediums. Their roster of artists reflects the gallery's international outlook, representing Wade Guyton, Mona Hatoum, Reena Spaulings, Anri Sala, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Haegue Yang, among many others.

Further Ocula Member Galleries in Paris include Dumonteil Contemporary, Galeria Mayoral, Galerie Vazieux, Helene Bailly Gallery, Praz-Delavallade, and Robilant+Voena.

Almine Rech, Paris, Rue de Turenne contemporary art gallery in Paris, Rue de Turenne, France
Almine Rech, Paris, Rue de Turenne Upcoming Exhibition:
Allen Jones +1 more
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Almine Rech, Paris, Matignon contemporary art gallery in Paris, Matignon, France
Almine Rech, Paris, Matignon Upcoming Exhibition:
Minjung Kim
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Dumonteil Contemporary contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Dumonteil Contemporary Current Exhibition:
Weng Jijun
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Esther Schipper Paris contemporary art gallery in Esther Schipper Paris, France
Esther Schipper Paris Current Exhibition:
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
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Gagosian, rue de Castiglione contemporary art gallery in rue de Castiglione, Paris, France
Gagosian, rue de Castiglione Current Exhibition:
Urs Fischer
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Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu contemporary art gallery in rue de Ponthieu, Paris, France
Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu Current Exhibition:
Lauren Halsey
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Galerie Chantal Crousel contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Galerie Chantal Crousel Current Exhibition:
Nick Mauss
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Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 Rue de Téhéran contemporary art gallery in 13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris, France
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 Rue de Téhéran Current Exhibition:
Richard Serra +1 more
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Galerie Marian Goodman contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Galerie Marian Goodman Current Exhibition:
Annette Messager +1 more
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Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Hauser & Wirth Current Exhibition:
Takesada Matsutani
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Mendes Wood DM contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Mendes Wood DM Current Exhibition:
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
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Perrotin, Paris Marais contemporary art gallery in Paris Marais, France
Perrotin, Paris Marais Current Exhibition:
VIVIAN GREVEN +4 more
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Perrotin, Paris Matignon contemporary art gallery in Paris Matignon, France
Perrotin, Paris Matignon Upcoming Exhibition:
Kelly Beeman
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Praz-Delavallade contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Praz-Delavallade Current Exhibition:
Pauline Bazignan
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Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare contemporary art gallery in 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris, France
Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare Current Exhibition:
Daniel Dezeuze
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Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France
Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg Current Exhibition:
Atul Dodiya
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White Cube contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
White Cube Current Exhibition:
Alia Ahmad
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Paris exhibitions
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Explore current and upcoming exhibitions by emerging and established artists across Paris' best galleries, institutions, and non-profit art spaces.

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Paris has presented some of history's most ground breaking exhibitions, augmenting the city's status as a global art capital. The city has also produced some of the world's most iconic artists, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and the famous designer Jean Paul Gaultier. The city attracts visitors to see the Eiffel Tower, Parc de la Villette, Arc de Triomphe and its numerous Parisian museums and art spaces.

Some notable institutions include the Picasso Museum, Bourse de Commerce, Musée d'Orsay, Grande Halle de la Villette, and the National Museum of Modern Art. Visitors also are drawn to current and permanent collections found at Capodimonte Museum, Palais Galliera, Petit Palais, Musée de l'Orangerie, Atelier des Lumières, Centre Pompidou, Albert Museum, Fondation Louis Vuitton, and the Louvre's Salle de la Chapelle.

Best Exhibitions to See in Paris

Paris, France, is a magnet for contemporary art in all its forms—paintings, portrait artworks, drawings, sculpture,contemporary photography, virtual reality displays, installation art and more. The permanent collections, temporary exhibits and one-off installations of its museums and exhibition spaces mean cutting-edge contemporary art is permanently on display across the city.

Major exhibitions featuring masterpieces created by French and international contemporary artists are regularly presented by Paris galleries and institutions. Paris was a significant city in the artistic career of Manet, Degas, Monet and their contemporaries, and was a place where Picasso created much of his work. Although originally from Spain, Pablo Picasso's death occurred in France.

Those visiting Paris will discover the city is home to some of the world's most reputable art fairs, attracting thousands from around the globe. FIAC (Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain) is regarded as one of the most important artfairs in the global contemporary art scene. Paris+ParArtBasel is another art fair dedicated to showcasing the best works from French and international artists.

Whether art enthusiasts wish to see a display of Japanese prints, an exhibit inspired by ancient Egypt, or the personal collection of late Italian painting icons, one will find an exhibition to suit all tastes. View the exhibition profiles to see the artistic highlights of this year. Each profile details the institution or museum's collection and information about the artist, including information for new publications.

World-class exhibitions are always on display in Paris. Stay up-to-date with what's showing in Paris, New York, London, and beyond by subscribing to Ocula's email newsletter, and following Ocula's Paris Art Guide.

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More galleries
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Paris is home to one of the world's most dynamic and vibrant arts scenes. Browse our extended selection of galleries to visit around the city, as recommended by the team at Ocula.

Paris Institutions
and Non-Profits

Paris offers a multitude of exceptional museums and non-profit contemporary art spaces. The heart of Paris is where you can find some of the country's most famous art institutions, with equally noteworthy spaces to be discovered further afield.

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Situated in the Beaubourg is the Centre Pompidou, which houses Europe's largest collections of modern and contemporary art. Its iconic high-tech architectural design was conceived by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, with construction beginning in 1971 and the centre opening in 1977. While the collection is strong in representation of French artists, it includes a significant proportion of works by international artists including Kader Attia, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Firenze Lai, Ernesto Neto, Roman Ondak, Gabriel Orozco, and Damián Ortega.

At Musee d'Art Moderne de Paris (MAM Paris) you will find a significant collection of artworks spanning the major artistic movements of the 20th century, as well as contemporary art of the 21st century. The museum has devoted major exhibitions to artists including Olafur Eliasson, Maurizio Cattelan, Pierre Huyghe, and Zeng Fanzhi.

A stone's throw from MAM Paris is the Palais de Tokyo, Europe's largest dedicated centre for contemporary art. Internationally renowned for its ambitious programming, Palais de Tokyo celebrates experimental, radical, and transgressive projects by artists from France and around the world.

The Jeu de Paume, a centre for modern and postmodern photography, video, and cinema, is situated in the Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde. The institution has built a formidable reputation showing artists from Cindy Sherman to Ai Weiwei.

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie is devoted to promoting photography, and has exhibited the works of leading photographers including Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz, as well as emerging lens-based artists.

Also worth seeing is LE BAL, an independent space established by legendary French photographer Raymond Depardon, dedicated to the contemporary image in all its forms—photography, video, film, and new media.

Other institutions worth a visit include the Cité de la Mode et du Design, Le Gaîté Lyrique, and the Bourse de Commerce. The later is a museum space housing François Pinault's important collection, as well as presenting exceptional exhibitions and event.

For street art enthusiasts, a visit to ART42 in the 17th arrondissement is a must. As well as housing an IT school, the multi-storey complex is home to a collection of over 150 street and urban artworks by major players such as Banksky, JR, and Invader, along with emerging artists working in the genre.

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Ocula Advisory
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Artists on show
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In any given week, you can see the works of some of the world's most exciting artists in Paris. Here you will find a selection of artists whose works are currently on show in the city.

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Paris has propelled the careers of French and international artists, with its renowned galleries and museums providing a global stage for seminal exhibitions.

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Artworks
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Seins-infini by Annette Messager contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Annette Messager Seins-infini, 2023 Acrylic on paper
68 x 43 cm
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Eiffel Tower, Paris by Robby Müller contemporary artwork photography
Robby Müller Eiffel Tower, Paris, c. 1985 Polaroid 600 inkjet print fine art on cardboard
39.8 x 32.7 cm
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Iconic by Annette Messager contemporary artwork painting, drawing, installation
Annette Messager Iconic, 2022 Installation; 7 drawings, acrylic on Japanese paper, black net
225 x 185 cm
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Tête à tête by Annette Messager contemporary artwork drawing
Annette Messager Tête à tête, 2019-2020 77 drawings; acrylic on paper
42 x 32 cm
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4 crânes by Annette Messager contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Annette Messager 4 crânes, 2023 Acrylic on paper
57 x 76 cm
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Nous deux by Annette Messager contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Annette Messager Nous deux, 2022 Acrylic on paper
53 x 76 cm
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Un coup de dés... by Annette Messager contemporary artwork painting, textile
Annette Messager Un coup de dés..., 2022 Acrylic, fabric on textile, threads
148 x 133 cm
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New York City by Robby Müller contemporary artwork photography
Robby Müller New York City, 1985 Polaroid 600 inkjet print fine art on cardboard
39.8 x 32.7 cm
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Events
in Paris

Paris hosts some of the world's largest art events throughout the year. Situated by the Champs- Elysées is the majestic Grand Palais, opened in 1900 for the Universal Exposition.

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With the Grand Palais currently under construction until 2024, events will be moved to the temporary exhibition hall, the Grand Palais Ephémère in the Champ de Mars. While the Grand Palais was historically host to Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (FIAC) each October, as of 2022 the Grand Palais Ephémère now plays host to Paris+ par Art Basel.

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Paris has seen major changes within its cultural scene over the last decade, and continues to offer a stimulating contemporary arts landscape where art from around the globe can be discovered.

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Europe's City of Light today remains an undisputed contemporary art capital of the world. Throughout its history, the city has produced some of the world's most important artists, and played host to many more, with much of their work housed within Paris' extensive spread of museums, galleries, salons, and other arts spaces.

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 contribute to the city's vibrant, diverse scene.

Global mega-galleries have also turned their hands towards the city, with galleries Gagosian, David Zwirner and White Cube all having a space.

Events such as Paris Gallery Weekend—launched in 2014 by Marion Papillon—have offered the opportunity to explore spaces such as Galerie Lelong & Co., Perrotin, and Galerie Templon, alongside a talks and performance programme.

With the Grand Palais currently under construction until 2024, Paris' major art events will be moved to the temporary exhibition hall, the Grand Palais Ephémère in the Champ de Mars. While the Grand Palais was historically host to Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (FIAC) each October, as of 2022 the Grand Palais Ephémère now plays host to Paris+ par Art Basel.

FIAC's satellite fairs include Paris Internationale, showcasing emerging and independent art spaces, along with Asia Now, which presents artists from across Asia.

Paris tems with blockbuster exhibitions throughout the year, at institutions ranging from the Louvre to Musée Rodin, Musée Marmottan Monet, Musée National Picasso-Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne 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.

Image: Photo of The Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Photo: Silvia Trigo.

Almine Rech, Paris, Rue de Turenne
64 Rue de Turenne
Paris Upcoming Exhibition:Allen Jones
From the Gods
26 April–25 May 2024
Almine Rech, Paris, Matignon
18 Avenue Matignon
Paris Upcoming Exhibition:Minjung Kim
Regeneration
26 April–25 May 2024
David Zwirner
108 rue Vieille du Temple
Paris
Dumonteil Contemporary
38, rue de l'Université
Paris Current Exhibition:Weng Jijun
Lueur Des Astres
28 March–25 May 2024
Esther Schipper Paris
16 place Vendôme
Paris Current Exhibition:Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
La Pensée Férale
2 April–26 May 2024
Gagosian, rue de Castiglione
9 rue de Castiglione
Paris Current Exhibition:Urs Fischer
Beauty
5 March–25 May 2024
Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu
4 rue de Ponthieu
Paris Current Exhibition:Lauren Halsey
Untitled
21 March–25 May 2024
Galeria Mayoral
36 Avenue Matignon
Paris
Galerie Chantal Crousel
10 rue Charlot
Paris Current Exhibition:Nick Mauss
Close-fitting Night
23 March–25 May 2024
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 38 Ave Matignon
38 avenue Matignon
Paris Current Exhibition:Jan Voss
Duo Sur Scène
14 March–30 April 2024
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 Rue de Téhéran
13 rue de Téhéran
Paris Current Exhibition:Richard Serra
Casablanca
14 March–30 April 2024
Galerie Marian Goodman
79 rue du Temple
75003
Paris Current Exhibition:Annette Messager
Laisser Aller
8 March–14 May 2024
Hauser & Wirth
26 bis rue François 1er
Paris Current Exhibition:Takesada Matsutani
MATSUTANI
6 April–19 May 2024
Mendes Wood DM
25 Place des Vosges
Paris Current Exhibition:Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
La Pensée Férale
2 April–26 May 2024
Modern Art
3 Place de l’Alma 2nd floor
Paris
Perrotin, Paris Marais
76 rue de Turenne
Paris Current Exhibition:VIVIAN GREVEN
WHEN THE SUN HITS THE MOON
13 April–23 May 2024
Perrotin, Paris Matignon
2Bis Avenue Matignon
Paris Upcoming Exhibition:Kelly Beeman
Solo show
24 May–29 June 2024
Praz-Delavallade
5 rue des Haudriettes
Paris Current Exhibition:Pauline Bazignan
Momentum
20 April–8 June 2024
Robilant+Voena
Rue de Cirque
Paris
Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare
28 rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare
Paris Current Exhibition:Daniel Dezeuze
Mesoamerica (Cité perdue et dernier refuge)
2 March–27 April 2024
Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg
30 rue Beaubourg
Paris Current Exhibition:Atul Dodiya
I Know You. I Do. O' Stranger
2 March–27 April 2024
White Cube
10 Avenue Matignon
Paris Current Exhibition:Alia Ahmad
Inside the White Cube: Alia Ahmad | Terhal Gheim / ترحال غيم (The voyage of clouds)
6 March–18 May 2024
Galerie Max Hetzler
46 & 57, Rue du Temple
Paris
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
18 Avenue Matignon
Paris Current Exhibition:Shannon T. Lewis
One Return Led To Another - Retour Perpétuel
4 April–25 May 2024
Massimo De Carlo Pièce Unique
57 Rue de Turenne
Paris
Mennour, 6 Rue du Pont de Lodi
6 rue du Pont de Lodi
Paris
Mennour, Ave Matignon
28 avenue Matignon
Paris
Mennour, 5 rue du Pont de Lodi
5 rue du Pont de Lodi
Paris
Mennour, Paris
47 rue saint André des Arts
Paris
Modern Art
3 Place de l’Alma 2nd floor
Paris
Skarstedt
2 Avenue Matignon
Paris
Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Marais
7 Rue Debelleyme Fr-75003 Paris
Paris Current Exhibition:Jonathan Lasker
Painting And Drawing
12 April–18 May 2024
Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Pantin
69 Avenue du Général Leclerc
Paris Current Exhibition:Tom Sachs
Painting
17 February–24 May 2024
Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection
2 rue de Viarmes
Paris
Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
Paris
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi Bois de Boulogne
Paris
Fondation Pernod Ricard
1, cours Paul Ricard
Paris
Gaïté Lyrique
3bis Rue Papin
Paris
Grand Palais
3 Av. du Général Eisenhower
Paris
Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde
Jardin des Tuileries
Paris
Lafayette Anticipations
Fondation Galeries Lafayette
9, rue du Plâtre
Paris
LE BAL
6, Impasse de la Défense
Paris
Maison Européenne de la Photographie | MEP Paris
5/7 rue de Fourcy
Paris
Monnaie de Paris
11 Quai de Conti
Paris
Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris | MAM Paris
11 Av. du Président Wilson
Paris
Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin Tuileries
Paris
Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
Paris
Petit Palais
Av. Winston Churchill
Paris
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