September 2019: 10 art exhibits to see in Eastern Paris

The luckiest of Parisians are returning from the summer holidays whereas local galleries are slowly emerging from the seasonal drowsiness. Here’s our monthly art selection with 10 exhibits to see across Eastern Paris, from République to la Villette and Belleville.


Caroline Bouyer – “ Périph’ ”

Until October 19th

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Sortie Boulogne, périph’ intérieur – Artwork from the exhibit “Périph” at Slow Galerie © Caroline Bouyer

Regularly featured in our selection, Slow Galeries features a series of 38 aquatint engravings by artist Caroline Bouyer, whose workshop is located in Ménilmontant.

Resulting from the use of aqua fortis, these artworks are the culmination of years of artistic exploration along the ring encircling the capital. “In 2014, I started getting interested in the Parisian périphérique with the desire to invest this border between two worlds, trying to take an intimate and singular look at this belt defining the edges of Paris”, the artist explains.

Reminiscent of the poetry of the industrial landscapes captured by photographer Félix Thiollier, “Périph” shows the unique character of rarely depicted places where the capital’s most remote neighborhoods meet the beginnings of the banlieue.

Tuesday to Friday: 12pm-7:30pm – Saturday: 11am-7pm

Slow Galerie
5 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 55 44 68



“Champs d’Amours – A hundred years of rainbow cinema”

Until September 28th

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Designed in partnership with the Cinémathèque Française to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, “Champs d’Amours” revisits a hundred years of LGBTQ+ cinema in “an invitation to discover the cultural, sensual and sexual revolutions which emerged across the XXth century”.

From the early stages of the Roaring Twenties to the increasing visibility of sexual minorities that the big screen has fostered, the exhibition features a rich body of documents including more than a hundred movie clips, posters, screenplays, photos and previously unseen archives.

Monday to Friday: 10am-6:30pm – Saturday: 10am-7pm

Hôtel de Ville de Paris
Salle Saint-Jean

5 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris



“L’Expo à Colorier” at Floréal Belleville

Until September 8th

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Artworks from the exhibit “L’Expo à colorier” at Floréal Belleville © Floréal Belleville & Various artists (see below)

A good share of the Belleville galleries have closed their doors this summer, but thankfully many cafés and bars are keeping the show running and featuring local artists. A colorfoul place located at the foot of the Parc de Belleville, the Floréal is presenting a truly cooperative experience with an art exhibit you can paint yourself – « L’Expo à colorier ». Between a café and a beer on the pleasant terrace, visitors can let their imagination run wild using the pens and paintbrushes provided.

As seasonal tradition requires, the holiday theme brought together the illustrations of two dozen artists: Roca Balboa, Ida Bimbola, Amina Bouajila, Calyfornie, Sophie Della Corte, Camille Devallois, Groduk & Boucar, Peter Heinrisch, Hellohellotheo, Marie Mohanna, Blandine Pannequin, Alexandra-Isis Petracchi, Salucafarte, Eckert Samuel, Small english, Toto_le_voyou, Anna Wanda Gogusey, and Alice Wietzel.

Every Day: 11am-11pm

Floréal Belleville
43 Rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 61 94 66



Collective Exhibition – “Beyond the Veil”

Until October 2nd

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At the heart of Belleville, the gallery Mémoire de l’Avenir is presenting “Beyond the Veil”, an international artistic project bringing together “a hundred female plastic artists, photographers, writers, poets and activists coming from all five continents” – with the addition of six artworks by male artists following its presentation at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

“A social, identity and cultural marker”, the veil was the unifying theme explored by the artists, many of which are from the Middle-East. Designed in partnership with The International Artists Museum, “the project was born following a conversation among young female leaders of the Arabic world, who met in Jordan during the YaLa Young Leaders conference […].”

Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-7pm

Mémoire de l’Avenir
45-47 rue Ramponeau, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)9 51 17 18 75



Collective Exhibition – “Cuba – Pa Donde Vamos?”

Until October 22nd

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Artworks from the exhibit “Cuba : Pa Donde Vamos ?” at 193 Gallery

North of the Marais, the 193 Gallery (named after the number of the member states recognized by the UN) resumes its travels around the world to explore Cuba, whose unique character and artistic tradition are well-established.

« ¿Pa’ Donde Vamos? – Where are we going? »: behind a title with multiple interpretations, the exhibition brings together three generations of artists to “better understand the stakes of a singular scene which has become a regular feature in the international market of contemporary art.”

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30am-7:30pm – Sunday: 12pm-6pm

193 Gallery
7 Rue des Filles du Calvaire, 75003 Paris
+33 (0)6 03 70 78 26



Collective Exhibition by Eko Seto – “Le Silence du Mouvement”

Septembre 17th – December 21st


After the success of its last artistic season dedicated to humanist photography, the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin now focuses on the theme of movement, bringing together an international selection of contemporary artists invited by Eko Sato, a gallery manager based up the hills of Belleville and the curator of this new exhibit.

“Free from hierarchies, favoring a dialogue between the work of artists from different origins and generations” as well as an immersive and sensorial approach, “Le Silence du Mouvement” features kinetic art pieces by Damien Bénéteau, Laurent Debraux, Justin Fiske, Pascal Haudressy, Gladys Nistor, Catarina Rosa, Karina Smigla-Bobinski and Haruhiko Sunagawa.

Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-6pm

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



Hassan Hajjaj – Carte Blanche : Maison Marocaine de la Photographie

Until November 17th

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Kesh Angels, 2010 – Artwork from the Hassan Hajjaj retrospective at Maison Européenne de la Photographie © Hassan Hajjaj

On the occasion of the third Photography Biennale of the contemporary Arab World, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie gives carte blanche to British-Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj in his first retrospective in France. The artist will also invite two young Moroccan photographers to show their work at the MEP’s Studio: Zahrin Kahlo from September 11th to October 13th, and Lamia Naji from October 18th to November 17th.

Over the fall, Hassan Hajjaj is thus turning the institution into a Maison Marocaine de la Photographie, filling its spaces with a mosaic of flamboyant portraits. Combining traditions and contemporary fashion while twisting orientalist clichés, the artist delivers a vibrant tribute to his homeland, alternatively celebrating the diversity of its population and the creativity of local artists.

Full: €10 – Reduced: €6
Wednesday & Friday: 11am-8pm – Thursday: 11am-10pm – Saturday & Sunday: 10am-8pm

Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 78 75 00



Marcus Jansen – “Stop, Look and Listen”

Until October 12th

Bedroom 4, 2018 – Artwork from the exhibit “Stop, Look and Listen” at Danysz Gallery © Marcus Jansen

Originally from the Bronx, the talented Marcus Jansen finds inspiration in New York’s street art scene, whose development he closely followed in the 1980s. His very personal paintings can be described as pioneering an “urban expressionism” were the pop influences of Robert Rauschenberg and Jean-Michel Basquiat combine.

A veteran of the Persian Gulf War, particularly affected by the violence of the conflict, the artist started his carreer selling his paintings on the sidewalks of Soho to survive before being noticed by exhibition curator Jérôme Donson.

A driving force in an out of the ordinary path, his unique and poetic vision gradually opened the doors of major art institutions to Marcus Jansen all around the world: Washington’s Smithsonian Instution, Kansas City’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Milan’s Triennale, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-7pm

Danysz Gallery
78 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 45 83 38 51



« Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh »

Until September 22nd

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Artworks from the exhibit « Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh » at La Villette’s Grande Halle © Ministry of Antiquities – Egypt

Let’s wander around Paris’ Parc de la Villette with another must-see exhibit of the summer, « Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh », presentend under the vaults of the Grande Halle. With already 1.4 million visitors and the announcement of a one-week extension until September 22nd, the exhibit has already surpassed the record previously held by the pharaoh’s successful visit to the Petit Palais in 1967.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has gathered more than 150 pieces linked to the famous pharaoh, fifty of which have never left the banks of the Nile before. Despite a painful pricing for visitors on a limited budget, the touring exhibit will definitely draw crowds before its departure for London and Sydney: don’t expect to find the same silence there as the archeologists who rediscovered the tomb and its multimillenial artifacts did.

Full: €24/22 – Reduced: 22€ to Free
Every Day: 9am-9pm

Grande Halle de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 03 75 75



“Visa pour l’Image” at La Villette

September 21st & 22nd

Caracas, Venezuela, September 2015 © Alvaro Ybarra Zavala – Artwork from the exhibit “1984 – Venezuela”  at Perpignan’s “Visa pour l’Image” Festival

For the second year in a row, Perpignan’s celebrated photojournalism festival “Visa pour l’Image” relocates to La Villette for a weekend! The Grande Halle will host two screenings presented by Jean-François Leroy and Pauline Cazaubon, featuring some of the past year’s most essential news stories.

On the occasion of this entirely free event, vsitors can also discover a large format photography exhibit around the lawns of Parc de la Villette. Sits for the screenings are limited, therefore don’t hesitate to register on La Villette’s website.

Grande Halle – Espace Charlie Parker & Parc de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 03 75 75





Cover Illustration: Kesh Angels, 2010 – Artwork from the Hassan Hajjaj retrospective at Maison Européenne de la Photographie © Hassan Hajjaj


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