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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.

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.'

Image: Louvre Museum, Paris. Photo: Pedro Szekely (CC BY SA-2.0).

Featured Current Exhibitions In Paris

Current Exhibition | Paris
15 September–5 November 2022
Jim Dine

Grace and Beauty

Templon View Exhibition
Jim Dine, Golden Blue Highway (2022). Acrylic, charcoal, brass, sand, and cellulose on wood. 276 x 255 x 85 cm. Courtesy Templon.
Contemporary art exhibition, Jim Dine, Grace and Beauty at Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris, France
Current Exhibition | Paris
10 September–8 October 2022
Gabriel Orozco

Diario de plantas

Galerie Chantal Crousel View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Gabriel Orozco, Diario de plantas, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (10 September–8 October 2022). Courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.
Contemporary art exhibition, Gabriel Orozco, Diario de plantas at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Current Exhibition | Paris
10 September–22 October 2022
Pierre Ardouvin

Dream on

Praz-Delavallade View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Pierre Ardouvin, Dream on, Praz-Delavallade, Paris (10 September–22 October 2022). Courtesy Praz-Delavallade.
Contemporary art exhibition, Pierre Ardouvin, Dream on at Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
Current Exhibition | Paris
8 September–12 October 2022
Jordi Alcaraz

From one drawing another

Galeria Mayoral View Exhibition
Jordi Alcaraz. Courtesy Galeria Mayoral, Paris.
Contemporary art exhibition, Jordi Alcaraz, From one drawing another at Galeria Mayoral, Paris, France
Current Exhibition | Paris
8 September–12 October 2022
Andy Warhol

Paris and Fashion

Gagosian View Exhibition
Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait in Fright Wig, (1986). Polaroid. 10.8 × 8.6 cm. © 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Licensed by ADAGP, Paris, 2022. Courtesy Gagosian. Photo: Ed Mumford.
Contemporary art exhibition, Andy Warhol, Paris and Fashion at Gagosian, rue de Castiglione, Paris, France
Current Exhibition | Paris
8 September–22 October 2022
Ficre Ghebreyesus

Map / Quilt

Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Ficre Ghebreyesus, Map / Quilt, Galerie Lelong & Co., 38 Ave Matignon, Paris (8 September–22 October 2022). Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris.
Contemporary art exhibition, Ficre Ghebreyesus, Map / Quilt at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 38 Avenue Matignon, Paris, France

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Ocula Member Galleries In Paris

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Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Rue de Turenne, Paris, France
Almine Rech Aspen, Brussels, London, New York, Paris +1
Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Avenue Matignon, Paris, France
Almine Rech Aspen, Brussels, London, New York, Paris +1
David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
David Zwirner Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris
Dumonteil Contemporary contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Dumonteil Contemporary Paris, Shanghai
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in rue de Ponthieu, Paris, France
Gagosian Athens, Basel, Beverly Hills, Geneva, Gstaad +6
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in rue de Castiglione, Paris, France
Gagosian Athens, Basel, Beverly Hills, Geneva, Gstaad +6
Galeria Mayoral contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Galeria Mayoral Barcelona, Paris
Galerie Marian Goodman contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Galerie Marian Goodman London, New York, Paris
Galerie Max Hetzler contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin, London, Marfa, Paris
LGDR contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
LGDR Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai +1
Robilant+Voena contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Robilant+Voena London, Milan, New York, Paris
Templon contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France
Templon Brussels, New York, Paris
Templon contemporary art gallery in 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris, France
Templon Brussels, New York, Paris
White Cube contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
White Cube Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, West Palm Beach

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22 October–7 November Asia Now 2021
21–24 October FIAC 2021
21 October–7 November Asia Now 2020