June 2019: 10 Must-See Art Exhibits in Eastern Paris

Fête de la Musique, We Love Green and Villette Sonique festivals, Pride… it’s a festive month in Eastern Paris! Visual artists are also in the spotlight this season, as you can see with our June 2019 selection of art exhibits:



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



Cyrus Cornut – “Chongqing, sur les quatre rives du temps qui passe”

Until June 22nd

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Mass housing. Banan District, Chongqing. China, December 2017. © Cyrus Cornut

Urban photographer Cyrus Cornut is taking us to the People’s Republic of China to explore the ever-changing landscapes of Chongqing, a metropolis of 34 million which still draws 300,000 newcomers each year.

From the new neighborhoods bursting up from the ground to the misty banks of the Yangtze River, the exhibit shows the frantic urbanization of the region upstream from the Three Gorges Dam. Full of poetry and mystery, the elaborate compositions compiled in “Chongqing” are not just for architecture enthusiasts!

Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Sunday: 10am-4pm

Fisheye Gallery
2 Rue de l’Hôpital Saint-Louis, 75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 37 24 19



Cao Fei – “HX”

Until August 26th

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This summer, the Centre Pompidou is hosting a personal exhibit by Chinese artist Cao Fei, who has gained international recognition thanks to her colorful fantasy world inspired by pop culture: hip-hop, video games, cosplay, manga…

With “HX”, the artist introduces us to the Beijing neighborhood of her workshop, itself set in a former movie theater of this changing industrial hub. For the international première of Cao Fei’s exhibit, the art museum’s Galerie 4 has gathered feature film, videos, photographies, archives and installations.

Full: €14 – Reduced: €11€/Free

Every Day (except Tuesday) : 11am-9pm

Centre Pompidou

Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33



Young European Photography Festival – “Circulation(s)”

Until July 21st

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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



Sylvain Gripoix – “Tout ce qui parade”

Until August 31st

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Paris, 2018 – From the exhibit « Tout ce qui Parade » at Pavillon Carré de Baudouin © Sylvain Gripoix

After Willy Ronis and William Daniels, the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin concludes its season dedicated to humanist photography with the heartwarming “Tout ce qui parade” by photographer Sylvain Gripoix. Great news for art enthusiats with a small budget: the visit is still free!

The half dozen series compiled are a mosaic of portraits, the artist’s specialty. Faces of the Parisian people and tourists on Rue de Rivoli, fanciful jazz musicians and wild rock music fans: from one room to the next, visitors can feel the city’s energy through Gripoix’s sensitive and colorful vision.

Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-6pm

Pavillon Carré de Baudouin

121 Rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 58 53 55 40



Ara Güler – Retrospective

Until June 15th

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Sailors repair their boats, Karakoy, Turkey, 1956 © Ara Güler

The Polka Galerie features a series of iconic works by Turkey’s star photographer Ara Güler, who passed away last year. The touring retrospective – previously shown at London’s Saatchi Gallery – was conceived in partnership with the Ara Güler Museum recently inaugurated in Istanbul, a city deeply tied to the photographer.

From the metropolis’ narrow streets to the landscapes of Anatolia, the exhibit recounts the major steps in the artist’s prolific career. After years of assignments around the world for Time-Life and as a member of Magnum Photos, Ara Güler will be remembered as an influential figure of 20th century photography.

Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-7pm

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



Dora Maar – Retrospective

Until July 29th

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Photographer, painter, intellectual, activisit: the rich life and carreer of multidisciplinary artist Dora Maar get the recognition they deserve with this retrospective, the largest ever held in her native country.

In partnership with Los Angeles’ J. Paul Getty Museum and London’s Tate Modern, the museum compiled no less than five hundred artworks and documents to rediscover an artist who remains as modern as ever.

Full: €14 – Reduced: €11€/Free

Every Day (except Tuesday): 11am-9pm – Thursday: 11am-11pm

Centre Pompidou

Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33



Aurélie William Levaux – “La Vie intelligente”

Until June 22nd

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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



Erotic Drawing Exhibition / Salon du Dessin Érotique

13-16 juin

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For its 7th edition, the Erotic Drawing Exhibition SALO will be held in Ménilmontant from June 13-16, featuring the works of no less than a hundred artists. China will be in the spotlight this year with illustrators Yufeng Deng, He Dong, Zhangyang Li, Shifang Mei, Zhi Mo, Feihong Ou, Aijun Yu, An Yu, Chi Zhang, and Mingming Zhang.

It will also be case for women, with female artists making up 3 out of 4 of all those exhibited. Etchings, engravings, paintings: all modes of expressions are welcome in this annual tribute to the human body and its carnal contortions.

Open Price

Thursday to Sunday: 11am-8pm

111 bis Boulevard de Ménilmontant, 75011 Paris




Head illustration: Sans titre (midnight blue), 2018 – From the serie Right color (2018) © Hélène Bellenger


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