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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.

A2Z Art Gallery contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
A2Z Art Gallery Current Exhibition:
Aung Ko +1 more
Almine Rech, Rue de Turenne contemporary art gallery in Rue de Turenne, Paris, France
Almine Rech, Rue de Turenne Current Exhibition:
José Lerma +3 more
Almine Rech, Ave Matignon contemporary art gallery in Avenue Matignon, Paris, France
Almine Rech, Ave Matignon Current Exhibition:
Kim Tschang-Yeul
Esther Schipper Paris contemporary art gallery in Esther Schipper Paris, France
Esther Schipper Paris Upcoming Exhibition:
Gabriel Kuri
Gagosian, rue de Castiglione contemporary art gallery in rue de Castiglione, Paris, France
Gagosian, rue de Castiglione Current Exhibition:
Anna Weyant
Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu contemporary art gallery in rue de Ponthieu, Paris, France
Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu Current Exhibition:
Giuseppe Penone
Galeria Mayoral contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Galeria Mayoral Current Exhibition:
Antoni Tàpies, Joan Miró
Galerie Chantal Crousel contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Galerie Chantal Crousel Current Exhibition:
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster +1 more
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 38 Ave Matignon contemporary art gallery in 38 Avenue Matignon, Paris, France
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 38 Ave Matignon Current Exhibition:
Nalini Malani
Galerie Marian Goodman contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Galerie Marian Goodman Current Exhibition:
Delcy Morelos
Galerie Vazieux contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Galerie Vazieux Current Exhibition:
Young-Sé Lee
Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Hauser & Wirth Current Exhibition:
Henry Taylor
Mendes Wood DM contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Mendes Wood DM Current Exhibition:
Group Exhibition
Perrotin, Paris Marais contemporary art gallery in Paris Marais, France
Perrotin, Paris Marais Current Exhibition:
Shim Moon-Seup +2 more
Praz-Delavallade contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Praz-Delavallade Current Exhibition:
Maude Maris
Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare contemporary art gallery in 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris, France
Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare Current Exhibition:
Gregory Crewdson
Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France
Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg Current Exhibition:
Claude Viallat
White Cube contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
White Cube Current Exhibition:

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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Paris contemporary

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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Led by Ocula's founder Simon Fisher, Ocula Advisory assists new and established collectors in growing and managing their collections. Based in Mayfair, the advisory team has an intimate knowledge of the global contemporary art scene.

With 40+ years of combined experience and extensive relationships with galleries, auction houses, art dealers, and collectors, Ocula Advisory has exceptional knowledge of modern and contemporary art, as well as market trends.

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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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Mia's Whims by Maude Maris contemporary artwork painting
Maude Maris Mia's Whims, 2023 Oil on canvas
27 x 35 cm
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Commensale by Maude Maris contemporary artwork painting
Maude Maris Commensale, 2023 Oil on canvas
130 x 190 cm
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The Burial Vault by Gregory Crewdson contemporary artwork print
Gregory Crewdson The Burial Vault, 2021–2022 Digital pigment print mounted to Dibond
87 x 117 cm
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So Weit Wie Noch nie by Maude Maris contemporary artwork painting
Maude Maris So Weit Wie Noch nie, 2023 Oil on canvas
24 x 33 cm
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The Human Stain, Hippolyte, Phèdre (selon Racine) by Nalini Malani contemporary artwork painting
Nalini Malani The Human Stain, Hippolyte, Phèdre (selon Racine), 2023 Reverse painting, acrylic and email paint of Mylar
51 x 78 cm
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Open Your Eyes by Sam Durant contemporary artwork mixed media
Sam Durant Open Your Eyes, 2022 Electric sign with vinyl text
133 x 150 x 11.5 cm
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U (fiction vs reality) 5 by Sergio Verastegui contemporary artwork print
Sergio Verastegui U (fiction vs reality) 5, 2023 Silkscreen on newspaper
31.8 x 24.1 cm
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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.

9–12 November 2023 Paris Photo
19–22 October 2023 Asia Now
19–22 October 2023 Paris+ par Art Basel

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.

A2Z Art Gallery
24, Rue de l'Echaudé
Paris Current Exhibition:Aung Ko
(Here and There)
16 November–9 December 2023
Almine Rech, Rue de Turenne
64 Rue de Turenne
Paris Current Exhibition:José Lerma
18 November–22 December 2023
Almine Rech, Ave Matignon
18 Avenue Matignon
Paris Current Exhibition:Kim Tschang-Yeul
18 November–22 December 2023
David Zwirner
108 rue Vieille du Temple
Dumonteil Contemporary
38, rue de l'Université
Esther Schipper Paris
16 place Vendôme
Paris Upcoming Exhibition:Gabriel Kuri
Particules Préemptives
2 December 2023–3 February 2024
Gagosian, rue de Castiglione
9 rue de Castiglione
Paris Current Exhibition:Anna Weyant
The Guitar Man
18 October–22 December 2023
Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu
4 rue de Ponthieu
Paris Current Exhibition:Giuseppe Penone
Impronte di luce / Empreintes de lumière
16 October–22 December 2023
Galeria Mayoral
36 Avenue Matignon
Paris Current Exhibition:Antoni Tàpies, Joan Miró
Tàpies/Miró: Nous venons d'un silence
18 October–23 December 2023
Galerie Chantal Crousel
10 rue Charlot
Paris Current Exhibition:Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Nos années 70 (chambre)
25 November 2023–27 January 2024
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 38 Ave Matignon
38 avenue Matignon
Paris Current Exhibition:Nalini Malani
The Human Stain
23 November 2023–13 January 2024
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 Rue de Téhéran
13 rue de Téhéran
Paris Current Exhibition:Antoni Tàpies
Les Armes d'Éros
23 November 2023–13 January 2024
Galerie Marian Goodman
79 rue du Temple
Paris Current Exhibition:Delcy Morelos
El oscuro de abajo
14 October–21 December 2023
Galerie Vazieux
5 bis Rue du Louvre
Paris Current Exhibition:Young-Sé Lee
The Sound of Silence
25 November–23 December 2023
Hauser & Wirth
26 bis rue François 1er
Paris Current Exhibition:Henry Taylor
14 October 2023–7 January 2024
Lévy Gorvy Dayan
4 Passage Sainte-Avoye
Mendes Wood DM
25 Place des Vosges
Paris Current Exhibition:Group Exhibition
I see no difference between a handshake and a poem
14 October–14 December 2023
Perrotin, Paris Marais
76 rue de Turenne
Paris Current Exhibition:Shim Moon-Seup
25 November 2023–13 January 2024
Perrotin, Paris Matignon
2Bis Avenue Matignon
5 rue des Haudriettes
Paris Current Exhibition:Maude Maris
Seer and Seen
18 November 2023–6 January 2024
Rue de Cirque
Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare
28 rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare
Paris Current Exhibition:Gregory Crewdson
8 November–23 December 2023
Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg
30 rue Beaubourg
Paris Current Exhibition:Claude Viallat
Tribute to Color — Canvases 1966-2023
4 November–23 December 2023
White Cube
10 Avenue Matignon
Paris Current Exhibition:TARWUK
Conceived for the Stage
17 October–2 December 2023
10 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt
2nd Floor
Air de Paris
43 rue de la Commune de Paris
10, rue Sainte-Anastase
16 rue de Seine
Balice Hertling
84 rue des Gravilliers
Baudoin lebon
Cahiers d'Art
14 Rue du Dragon
Campoli Presti
4–6 rue de Braque
Ceysson & Bénétiére
23, rue du Renard
Ciaccia Levi
34, rue de Turbigo
Danysz Gallery
78 Rue Amelot
Edouard Montassut
61 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
5 Rue des Beaux Arts
Fergus McCaffrey
Route de Grand Fond
Fitzpatrick Gallery
123 Rue de Turenne
Galerie Allen
6 Passage Sainte-Avoye
Galerie Anne de Villepoix
18 rue du Moulin Joly
Galerie Art : Concept
4, passage Sainte-Avoye
Galerie Bernard Bouche
123 Rue Vieille du Temple
Galerie Christophe Gaillard
5 Rue Chapon
Galerie Crevecoeur
9 rue des Cascades
galerie denise rené
22 rue charlot
galerie frank elbaz
66 rue de Turenne
Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
33 rue de Seine
Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger
5 rue de Saintonge
Galerie Jerome Poggi
135 Rue Saint-Martin
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff
43 rue de la Commune de Paris
Galerie Karsten Greve
5 rue Debelleyme
Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire
17 rue des Filles-du-Calvaire
Galerie Loevenbruck
6, rue Jacques Callot
Galerie Maeght
42 Rue du Bach
Galerie Marguo
4 rue des minimes
Galerie Maria Lund
48, rue de Turenne
Galerie Max Hetzler
46 & 57, Rue du Temple
Galerie Mingei
5 Rue Visconti
Galerie Mitterrand
79, rue du Temple
Galerie Natalie Seroussi
34 rue de seine
Galerie Nathalie Obadia
3 rue du Cloître Saint-Merri
Galerie Paris-Beijing
Galerie Patrick Seguin
5 rue des Taillandiers
Galerie RX
16 rue des Quatre Fils
Galerie Sultana
75 rue Beaubourg
Galleria Continua
87 rue du Temple
gb agency
18 Rue des Quatre Fils
4 Rue Moret
High Art
1, Rue Fromentin
Imane Farès
41 rue Mazarine
In Situ - fabienne leclerc
43 Rue de la Commune de Paris
Jousse Entreprise Art Contemporain
6 rue Sainte-Claude
77 Rue des Archives
Marcelle Alix
4 rue Jouye-Rouve
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
18 Avenue Matignon
Massimo De Carlo Pièce Unique
57 Rue de Turenne
6 rue du Pont de Lodi
mfc-michèle didier
66 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth
mor charpentier
61 Rue de Bretagne
New Galerie
2 Rue Borda
36 rue d’Enghien
44, rue Quincampoix
2 Avenue Matignon
Suzanne Tarasieve
7 Rue Pastourelle
Thaddaeus Ropac
7 Rue Debelleyme Fr-75003 Paris
Tornabuoni Art
16 Avenue Matignon
108 rue Vieille-du-Temple
Zeto Art
18 Rue Chapon
Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection
2 rue de Viarmes
Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi Bois de Boulogne
Fondation Pernod Ricard
1, cours Paul Ricard
Gaïté Lyrique
3bis Rue Papin
Grand Palais
3 Av. du Général Eisenhower
Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde
Jardin des Tuileries
Lafayette Anticipations
Fondation Galeries Lafayette
9, rue du Plâtre
6, Impasse de la Défense
Maison Européenne de la Photographie | MEP Paris
5/7 rue de Fourcy
Monnaie de Paris
11 Quai de Conti
Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris | MAM Paris
11 Av. du Président Wilson
Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin Tuileries
Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
Petit Palais
Av. Winston Churchill
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