May 2019: Check out our Selection of Art Exhibits in Eastern Paris

Artists will be in the spotlight this month in Eastern Paris, including major events such as the Belleville Open Studios, the Young European Photography Festival at the Centquatre, and other ambitious retrospectives. Culture enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in May 2019!



Pierre Boucher, Jean Moral & André Steiner – “La Bascule du Regard”

Until June 15th

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Étude de mains, c. 1934 – Courtesy Les Douches la Galerie, Paris N° Inv. AS1902022 © André Steiner

Paris Lights Up can only recommend a visit to the gallery Les Douches this month! Its latest exhibition features the artworks of three pioneers of experimental photography from the 1920s: Pierre Boucher, Jean Moral, and André Steiner.

Inspired by the changes – and revolutions – of the time (increasing electrification, development of new modes of transportation, artistic and architectural movements such as Bauhaus), these three figures of the Nouvelle Vision enjoy the growing appeal of photography to reinvent this young medium, playing with shapes, contrasts and techniques to explore decidedly modern aesthetics.

Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm

Les Douches La Galerie
5, rue Legouvé 75010 Paris



Young European Photography Festival – “Circulation(s)”

Until June 30th

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Sans titre (midnight blue), 2018 – Artwork from the series “Right color” (2018) © Hélène Bellenger

Organized by the association Fetart under the artistic direction of the collective The Red Eye, Le Centquatre is hosting the Circulation(s) festival dedicated to the new generation of European photographers. No less than fifty series of artworks will be exhibited under the vaults of the Parisian cultural center until June 30th.

For this new edition of the festival, the “France-Romania Season” provides Circulation(s) with an opportunity to highlight the works of Romanian galleries and photographers. Visitors can also enjoy a wide array of events and activities: guided tours,  reviews of portfolios, art workshops, conferences, and even a pop-up studio to keep a unique memory of the festival with a personal print.

Full: 6€ – Reduced: 4€
Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm

Le Centquatre
5 Rue Curial, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 35 50 01



Katre – “Point de fuite”

Until May 17th

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Epinal Factory #1, 2018, encre aérosol, acide, néons et photographie sérigraphiée sur verre, 69 x 85 cm © Katre

A trailblazer of graffiti and urbex, the artist Katre takes us along in his journey under the vaults and hangars of abandoned factories in « Point de fuite » (Vanishing Point), his second solo show at the Galerie Wallorks.

Displayed on large glass frames, his artworks are the result of experiments combining several mediums: photography, graffiti, painting and serigraphy come together to give these empty spaces a new life, suddenly electrified by bright convergence lines.

Monday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm

Galerie Wallworks
4 rue Martel, 75010 Paris



Multiples Artistes – “Moving Women”

Until May 16th

From the press kit of the exhibit “Moving Women” at Magda Danysz gallery © Dana Hoey – Fighters, 2015 – HD Video (single screen), 9 min 22, colors, sound.

The Magda Danysz gallery and video art specialist Barbara Polla present the exhibit “Moving Women”, bringing together the works of eight international artists: Laurent Fievet, Shaun Gladwell, Dana Hoey, Clare Langan, Erwin Olaf, Yapci Ramos, Mario Rizzi, and Lee Yanor.

With variable lengths – from 1m33 to more than two hours – yet all following the double meaning of the theme of the exhibit, these animated works complement one another to feature “an array of multifaceted women, depicted in all their complexity and diversity”.

Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-7pm

Galerie Magda Danysz
78 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris



Janine Niépce – “Une photographie française”

Until May 18th

Artwork from the exhibit “Une photographie française” – Polka Galerie © Janine Niépce

Janine Niépce was a member of the French Resistance during World War II, one of the first female photojournalists, and a pioneer in documenting the history of the women’s rights movement: yet if her career reads like a succession of superlatives, they’re hardly enough to describe its depth and richness.

With “Une photographie française”, the Polka Galerie takes us in her footsteps in the streets of Paris and on the roads of France. This exhibit is the perfect occasion to discover the unique and humanist vision of globe-trotter Janine Niépce in her home country.

Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-7pm

Polka Galerie
Cour de Venise – 12-14 Rue Saint-Gilles, 75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 76 21 41 30



Lucie Pastureau – “Luminescences”

Until May 12th

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“Tête” – Artwork from the series “Luminescences” © Lucie Pastureau

A few steps away from the Canal Saint-Martin, the Fisheye Gallery features the delicated artworks of photographer Lucie Pastureau, following her residence with patients and staff of the youth healthcare unit of Lille’s Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital.

Through surprising portraits and a photographic imagery favoring the use of negatives, the artist explores the themes defining of teenage years: metamorphosis, identity and uncertainty are depicted without voyeurism, but with tenderness and a poetic touch.

Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm

Fisheye Gallery
2 Rue de l’Hôpital Saint-Louis, 75010 Paris
+33 1 40 37 24 19



Belleville Artists Open Studios

May 24-27

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Thirty years ago, following the struggle of residents against urban development projects in the Lower Belleville, local artists led the fight to save the spaces dedicated to creation and highlight the unique creativity of their neighborhood. The first Belleville Open Studios were born in the courtyard of 48 Rue Ramponneau – today, they draw up to 50,000 visitors each year.

Now an artistic staple of Eastern Paris, the Belleville Open Studios will be held from May 24-27 for the thirtieth year. No less than 200 artists and 112 workshops will showcase their work, from the edge of the Buttes-Chaumont to the steep streets of Ménilmontant: follow the guide to enjoy the event to the fullest!

Various venues and opening times – details

Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville (welcome center & coordination)
1 Rue Francis Picabia, 75020 Paris
+33 1 73 74 27 67



Shoji Ueda – “Portraits Intimes” & “Le Monde de Shoji Ueda”

Until May 17th

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Artwork from the exhibit “Portraits Intimes” © Shoji Ueda, Courtesy Galerie &CO119

The Espace Japon and the Galerie &co119 are celebrating the work of the great Japanese photographer Shoji Ueda with an ambitious double exhibit. This Parisian retrospective is the perfect occasion to rediscover his “easily identifiable photographic style, freely and perfectly staged, verging on surrealism”.

It will feature artworks from his celebrated “Sand Dunes”, a series of lunar snapshots of his native region, which remains a major work of Japanese photography.

Tuesday to Friday: 1pm-7pm – Saturday: 1pm-6pm

Espace Japon
12 Rue de Nancy, 75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 47 00 77 47


Wednesday to Saturday: 12pm-7pm

Galerie &co119
119, rue Vieille du Temple 75003
+33 (0)9 70 97 59 18



Allan Villavicencio – “La recherche du rayon vert”

Until May 25th

Artwork from the exhibit « La recherche du rayon vert » at Maëlle Galerie © Allan Villavicencio

Neighboring the Boulevard de Belleville, Maëlle Galerie presents the exhibit « La recherche du rayon vert », featuring the intriguing works of Mexican artist Allan Villavicencio, a laureate of the country’s national grant for the arts FONCA last year.

“Inspired by spatial experimentations inherent to Mexican muralism, by virtual and digital spaces, and by the energy peculiar to the urban environment”, the artist creates surprising landscapes of paint, where fragmentation and disorientation alternate in an abundance of colors and textures.

Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm

Maëlle Galerie
1-3 rue Ramponneau, 75020 Paris



Aurélie William Levaux – “La Vie intelligente”

Until May 25th

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Artwork from the exhibit “La Vie intelligente” at the Arts Factory © Aurélie William Levaux

An institution of Rue de Charonne specializing in graphic arts, the Arts Factory features the artworks of Belgian illustrator Aurélie William Levaux. Her colorful drawings on fabric are extracts from her last book, “La Vie intelligente”, published this year.

After the success of her previous work, “Sisyphe, les joies du couple”, the artist evokes “a new departure through a fickle and ethereal stroke, playing with disgressions (the revolution, one euro pizzas, the role of the artist) to describe a comical everyday life bordering on autobiography.”

Monday to Saturday: 12:30pm-7:30pm

Arts Factory
27 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)6 22 85 35 86



Retrospective – “Electro – From Kraftwerk to Daft Punk”

Until August 11th

© Conception graphique : Agnès Dahan Studio – Photo : Jacob Khrist
© Conception graphique : Agnès Dahan Studio – Photo : Jacob Khrist

On the edge of the Parc de la Villette, the Paris Philharmonic is presenting a retrospective dedicated to the history of electronic music. Designed by 1024 architecture with musical arrangements by Laurent Garnier, it follows the development and diversity of the electro culture around the world, alternatively exploring “its imagery, innovations, mythologies, and connexions to visual arts”.

The exhibit benefited from many loans to create an unprecedented body of work on the subject: innovative instruments from the 1910s to today, contemporary art, photographies, graphic art and comics, musical and visual artworks – including a series of videos by Kraftwerk and an installation by legendary duo Daft Punk.

Full: 11€ – Reduced: 9€/6€/Free
Tuesday to Thursday: 2pm-8pm | Friday: 2pm-10pm | Saturday and Sunday: 12pm-8pm

Espace d’Exposition – Philharmonie de Paris
221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 84 44 84




Head Illustration from the series “Diagnosis” by Emile Ducke, whose work is currently exhibited at the Circulation(s) festival at the Centquatre

“The Saint Lukas is one of five medical trains that travel to remote and underserved towns in Russia. On its journey in November 2016 the Saint Lukas train carried also its own cathedral wagon. At a stopover in the town of Kuragino Priest Igor rings the bells before the service starts. The service is frequented by patients before and after their medical treatments.”

© Emile Ducke

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