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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
16 September–31 October 2020
Adrián Villar Rojas
Galerie Marian Goodman View Exhibition
Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery.
Adrián Villar Rojas
Current Exhibition | Paris
12 September–3 October 2020
Shiori Eda

Genesis

A2Z Art Gallery View Exhibition
Courtesy A2Z Gallery.
Genesis
Current Exhibition | Paris
12 September–17 October 2020
Emily Sundblad

Promenade des Anglais

Campoli Presti View Exhibition
Courtesy Campoli Presti.
Promenade des Anglais
Current Exhibition | Paris
12 September–31 October 2020
Gunnel Wåhlstrand
Andréhn-Schiptjenko View Exhibition
Gunnel Wåhlstrand, Sandhaken (2020) (detail). Ink wash on papaer. 185 x 132 cm. Courtesy Andréhn-Schiptjenko Paris.
Gunnel Wåhlstrand
Current Exhibition | Paris
12 September–9 December 2020
Zóbel-Chillida

Crisscrossing Paths

Galeria Mayoral View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Fernando Zóbel and Eduardo Chillida, Crisscrossing Paths, Courtesy Galeria Mayoral, Paris (12 September–9 December 2020). Courrtesy Galeria Mayoral.
Crisscrossing Paths
Current Exhibition | Paris
11 September–31 October 2020
Youla Chapoval
Galerie Laurentin, Paris - Bruxelles View Exhibition
Courtesy Galerie Laurentin, Paris - Bruxelles.
Youla Chapoval
Current Exhibition | Paris
10 September–31 October 2020
Pierre et Gilles

Errances immobiles

Templon View Exhibition
Courtesy Templon, Paris - Brussels
Errances immobiles
Current Exhibition | Paris
5 September–3 October 2020
Farah Atassi

Paintings

Almine Rech View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Farah Atassi, Paintings, Almine Rech, Paris (5 September–3 October 2020). ©Farah Atassi. Courtesy the Artist and Almine Rech. Photo: Matt Bohli.
Paintings
Current Exhibition | Paris
5 September–10 October 2020
Rirkrit Tiravanija

untitled 2020 (once upon a time) (after jasper johns)

Galerie Chantal Crousel View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2020 (once upon a time) (after jasper johns), Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France (5 September–10 October 2020). Courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.

untitled 2020 (once upon a time) (after jasper johns)
Current Exhibition | Paris
5 September–31 October 2020
Ed & Nancy Kienholz

Solo Show

Templon View Exhibition
Ed & Nancy Kienholz, Jody, Jody, Jody (1993–1994). Mixed media assemblage. 244 x 274,5 x 122 cm. Courtesy Templon, Paris - Brussels.
Solo Show
Current Exhibition | Paris
3 September–10 October 2020
Marc Desgrandchamps

Barcelona

Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Marc Desgrandchamps, Barcelona, Galerie Lelong & Co., 13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris (3 September–10 October 2020). Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris.
Barcelona
Current Exhibition | Paris
3 September–10 October 2020
Barthélémy Toguo

If Not Now, When?

Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Barthélémy Toguo, If Not Now, When?, Galerie Lelong & Co., 13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris (3 September–10 October 2020). Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris.

If Not Now, When?
Current Exhibition | Paris
3 September–10 October 2020
Etel Adnan

Satellites and Planètes

Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Etel Adnan, Satellites and Planètes, Galerie Lelong & Co., 13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris (3 September–10 October 2020). Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris.
Satellites and Planètes
Current Exhibition | Paris
29 August–26 September 2020
JR

Tehachapi

Perrotin View Exhibition
© JR. © Courtesy the artist & Perrotin.
Tehachapi
Current Exhibition | Paris
29 August–10 October 2020
Isa Genzken
David Zwirner View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Isa Genzken, Paris New York, David Zwirner, Paris (29 August–10 October 2020). Courtesy David Zwirner.
Isa Genzken
Current Exhibition | Paris
29 August–10 October 2020
Izumi Kato
Perrotin View Exhibition
Courtesy Perrotin.
Izumi Kato
Current Exhibition | Paris
16 July–3 October 2020
Group Exhibition

Colorful!

galerie Denise René View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Colorful!, Galerie Denise René, Paris (16 July–3 October 2020). Courtesy Galerie Denise René.
Colorful!
Current Exhibition | Paris
18 June–10 October 2020
Frank Horvat

Vraies Semblances, 1981 - 1986

Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Frank Horvat, Vraies Semblances, 1981 - 1986, Galerie Lelong & Co., 38 Avenue Matignon, Paris (18 June–24 July 2020). Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris.
Vraies Semblances, 1981 - 1986
Upcoming Exhibition | Paris
15 October–23 December 2020
David Hockney

Ma Normandie

Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris View Exhibition
David Hockney in his studio in Normandy. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris. Photo: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima.
Ma Normandie
Upcoming Exhibition | Paris
22 October–22 December 2020
Group Exhibition

ITALIA Minimal

Tornabuoni Art View Exhibition
ITALIA Minimal

Current Exhibitions In Paris

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Contemporary art exhibition, Adrián Villar Rojas, Adrián Villar Rojas at Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
16 September–31 October 2020 Adrián Villar Rojas Galerie Marian GoodmanParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Shiori Eda, Genesis at A2Z Art Gallery, Paris
12 September–3 October 2020 Shiori Eda Genesis A2Z Art GalleryParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Emily Sundblad, Promenade des Anglais at Campoli Presti, Paris
12 September–17 October 2020 Emily Sundblad Promenade des Anglais Campoli PrestiParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Gunnel Wåhlstrand, Gunnel Wåhlstrand at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Paris
12 September–31 October 2020 Gunnel Wåhlstrand Andréhn-SchiptjenkoParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Zóbel-Chillida, Crisscrossing Paths at Galeria Mayoral, Paris
12 September–9 December 2020 Zóbel-Chillida Crisscrossing Paths Galeria MayoralParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Youla Chapoval, Youla Chapoval at Galerie Laurentin, Paris - Bruxelles, Paris
11 September–31 October 2020 Youla Chapoval Galerie Laurentin, Paris - BruxellesParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Pierre et Gilles, Errances immobiles at Templon, Paris
10 September–31 October 2020 Pierre et Gilles Errances immobiles Templon30 rue Beaubourg, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Farah Atassi, Paintings at Almine Rech, Paris
5 September–3 October 2020 Farah Atassi Paintings Almine RechParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2020 (once upon a time) (after jasper johns) at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
5 September–10 October 2020 Rirkrit Tiravanija untitled 2020 (once upon a time) (after jasper johns) Galerie Chantal CrouselParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Ed & Nancy Kienholz, Solo Show at Templon, Paris
5 September–31 October 2020 Ed & Nancy Kienholz Solo Show Templon28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Marc Desgrandchamps, Barcelona at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
3 September–10 October 2020 Marc Desgrandchamps Barcelona Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Barthélémy Toguo, If Not Now, When? at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
3 September–10 October 2020 Barthélémy Toguo If Not Now, When? Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Etel Adnan, Satellites and Planètes at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
3 September–10 October 2020 Etel Adnan Satellites and Planètes Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, JR, Tehachapi at Perrotin, Paris
29 August–26 September 2020 JR Tehachapi PerrotinParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Isa Genzken, Isa Genzken at David Zwirner, Paris
29 August–10 October 2020 Isa Genzken David ZwirnerParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Izumi Kato, Izumi Kato at Perrotin, Paris
29 August–10 October 2020 Izumi Kato PerrotinParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Colorful! at galerie Denise René, Paris
16 July–3 October 2020 Group Exhibition Colorful! galerie Denise RenéEspace Marais, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Frank Horvat, Vraies Semblances, 1981 - 1986 at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
18 June–10 October 2020 Frank Horvat Vraies Semblances, 1981 - 1986 Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris38 Avenue Matignon, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, David Hockney, Ma Normandie at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
15 October–23 December 2020 David Hockney Ma Normandie Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, ITALIA Minimal at Tornabuoni Art, Paris
22 October–22 December 2020 Group Exhibition ITALIA Minimal Tornabuoni ArtParis

Ocula Member Galleries In Paris

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A2Z Art Gallery contemporary art gallery in Paris, France A2Z Art Gallery Paris, Hong Kong
Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Almine Rech Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai
Andréhn-Schiptjenko contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Andréhn-Schiptjenko Stockholm, Paris
Campoli Presti contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Campoli Presti London, Paris
David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in Paris, France David Zwirner New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Gagosian Athens, New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Hong Kong
Galeria Mayoral contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Galeria Mayoral Barcelona, Paris
Galerie Dumonteil contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Galerie Dumonteil Shanghai, Paris
Galerie Marian Goodman contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Galerie Marian Goodman New York, Paris, London
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo
Templon contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France Templon Paris, Brussels
Templon contemporary art gallery in 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris, France Templon Paris, Brussels
Tornabuoni Art contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Tornabuoni Art Florence, Milan, Lucca, Paris, London, Crans Montana

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