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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
20 November 2020–8 January 2021
Gerasimos Floratos

Psychogeography

Almine Rech View Exhibition
Courtesy Almine Rech.
Psychogeography
Current Exhibition | Paris
9 November–12 December 2020
Group Exhibition

Women & Abstraction

galerie Denise René View Exhibition
Bardula, Cubic Mirage (2020) (detail). Pigments on plexiglas, LED white, 6500K, aluminium. 100 x 100 x 6. Courtesy Galerie Denise René.
Women & Abstraction
Current Exhibition | Paris
7 November 2020–23 January 2021
Jim Dine

A Day Longer

Templon View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Jim Dine, A Day Longer, Galerie Templon, Paris (7 November 2020–30 January 2021). Courtesy Templon, Paris - Brussels. Photo: Nicolas Brasseur.
A Day Longer
Current Exhibition | Paris
7 November 2020–23 January 2021
Gregory Crewdson

An Eclipse of Moths

Templon View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Gregory Crewdson, An Eclipse of Moths, Galerie Templon, Paris (7 November 2020–30 January 2021). © Gregory Crewdson. Courtesy Templon, Paris - Brussels. Photo: Nicolas Brasseur.
An Eclipse of Moths
Current Exhibition | Paris
5–28 November 2020
Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Project Space

Almine Rech View Exhibition
Courtesy Almine Rech.
Project Space
Current Exhibition | Paris
22 October–28 November 2020
Group Exhibition

Greene Naftali at Galerie Chantal Crousel: "Arrangement in Gray"

Galerie Chantal Crousel View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Greene Naftali Gallery at Galerie Chantal Crousel: Arrangement in Gray, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (22 October–28 November 2020). Courtesy Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.
Greene Naftali at Galerie Chantal Crousel: Arrangement in Gray

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Current Exhibitions In Paris

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Contemporary art exhibition, Gerasimos Floratos, Psychogeography at Almine Rech, Paris
20 November 2020–8 January 2021 Gerasimos Floratos Psychogeography Almine RechParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Women & Abstraction at galerie Denise René, Espace Marais, Paris
9 November–12 December 2020 Group Exhibition Women & Abstraction galerie Denise RenéEspace Marais, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Jim Dine, A Day Longer at Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris
7 November 2020–23 January 2021 Jim Dine A Day Longer Templon30 rue Beaubourg, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Gregory Crewdson, An Eclipse of Moths at Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris
7 November 2020–23 January 2021 Gregory Crewdson An Eclipse of Moths Templon28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Project Space at Almine Rech, Paris
5–28 November 2020 Mehdi Ghadyanloo Project Space Almine RechParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Greene Naftali at Galerie Chantal Crousel: "Arrangement in Gray" at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
22 October–28 November 2020 Group Exhibition Greene Naftali at Galerie Chantal Crousel: "Arrangement in Gray" Galerie Chantal CrouselParis

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
Bailly Gallery contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Bailly Gallery Paris, Geneva
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
Lévy Gorvy contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Lévy Gorvy New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Zurich
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

Recent Events In Paris

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Contemporary art exhibition, Asia Now 2020 at Ocula Advisory, Paris, France
21 October–7 November Asia Now 2020
Contemporary art exhibition, FIAC Paris 2019 at Ocula Advisory, Paris, France
17–20 October FIAC Paris 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, ASIA NOW Paris 2019 at Ocula Advisory, Paris, France
16–20 October ASIA NOW Paris 2019

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