From the narrow streets of the Marais to the banks of Bercy, our monthly art selection is guaranteed to please visitors looking for some escapism! Nature is well-represented with the wild silhouettes of street artist Nadève Dauvergne and the tree-filled universe of photographer Alexandra Hedison.
Adventurous art lovers can even explore fantastic and mysterious worlds with the retrospective of the Cinémathèque devoted to vampires, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’s ambitious exhibit dedicated to J. R. R. Tolkien, the father of fantasy and the Lord of the Rings.
Nadège Dauvergne – “Exodus, ils arrivent…”
November 7 – 17
In her series “Exodus” presented this month at the Cabinet d’Amateur, street artist Nadège Dauvergne alludes to “the presence of wildlife in urban areas, […] an increasing phenomenon across Europe and beyond. “Greener” policies implemented by cities are are godsend for these animals who, finding food and protection, end up settling there.”
With her poetic portraits of animals seeming to burst on our cities’ sidewalks, the artist hopes for “a fresh look” where “wasteland becomes luxuriance, bindweed a horn of plenty”. The exhibit questions the room left to wildlife in our increasingly urbanized society, and the hope for a better coexistence in cities that could prove new laboratories for biodiversity.
Tuesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Sunday: 2pm-5pm
Le Cabinet d’Amateur
12 Rue de la Forge Royale, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 48 14 06
Collective Exhibition by Eko Sato – “Le Silence du Mouvement”
Until 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. It brought 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
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
Alexandra Hedison – “Here Not Here”
Until November 16th
This refreshing exhibit by American photographer Alexandra Hedison takes us to Washington State, under the canopy of the Olympic Peninsula’s rainforests.
“Here Not Here” is a breath of fresh air, an opportune escape for us damned souls accustomed to the Parisian périphérique and metro. In this series presented in France for the very first time, Alexandra Hedison plays with lights and textures to highlight the “marvellous, wild and fantastic” aspect of the Pacific Northwest’s mythical forests.
Tuesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm
90 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 48 06 67 38
“Hôtel Métropole – Since 1818”
Until January 12th
The Pavillon de l’Arsenal’s new bilingual exhibit is dedicated to the hotel, “a familiar figure in our cities, long rooted in the urban landscape.” There are more than 2,500 such properties in the French capital : they registered 52 million overnight stays last year.
It’s the perfect occasion to explore the eventful story of the Parisian hotel industry and his most eminent representatives; yet the exhibiton is also looking towards the future. On the eve of the 2024 Olympics, it highlights some innovations of some of the 150 new projects that will soon reinforce the local hotel supply. Many events and conferences are planned until January 2020 to comment on issues related to architecture in the hospitality industry.
Tuesday to Sunday: 11am-7pm
Pavillon de l’Arsenal
21 Boulevard Morland, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 76 33 97
Dorothy Iannone – “Ever Daring!”
Until January 6th
Francis Bacon is the indisputable star of the moment behind the glass walls of the Centre Pompidou, yet it would be a shame to miss out on the lively pieces of American artist Dorothy Iannone presented in the exhibit “Ever Daring!”.
United in a joyful eroticism and a harmonious visual symphony, these 69 (!) drawings and paintings illustrate the originality of this talented artist. Born in 1933, Dorothy Iannone made a name for herself in the 1960s thanks to her very personal vision of abstract expressionism, “implicitly advocat[ing] equality of the sexes and explicitly advocat[ing] the virtues of sexual activity, a blend of lived experience and mystical celebration.”
Full: €14 – Reduced: €11/Free
Every Day (except Tuesday) : 11am-9pm
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Adolfo Kaminsky – Forger and Photographer
Until December 8th
In the heart of the Marais, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme tells the passionate and turbulent story of Adolfo Kaminsky. After joining the French Resistance at 17 following his internment in the camp of Drancy, the brilliant forger decided to dedicate his talent to serve his humanist engagement and defend oppressed people around the world.
Despite the many sacrifices required by a carreer synonymous with secrecy, Adolfo Kaminsky also proves an inspired photographer, the author of thousands of pictures after the Liberation. “From the Saint-Ouen flea market to the neons of Pigalle”, the French capital holds a special place in the collections of this inspiring artist and human being.
Tuesday to Friday: 11am-6pm – Saturday & Sunday: 10am-6pm
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme
71 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 01 86 60
Paul Pouvreau – “Literally and Figuratively”
15 Novembre – 18 Janvier
A few steps away from the Canal Saint-Martin, Les Douches La Galerie presents artworks by photographer Paul Pouvreau. In the past thirty years, the imaginative artist has made a specialty of twisting “household objects, those insignificant things that take over our modes of consumption.”
A connoisseur of art history, the photographer finds inspiration in classic depictions to shape “a metaphor for our times”, where the most mundane items (cardboard, plastic bags, etc.) find a second existence, this time filled with an unexpected poetry. The new exhibit “Literally and Figuratively” consists in three “ensembles”: “Faits divers” (2003), “Mascarades” (2015-…) and “Les invasives” (2018-…).
Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm
Les Douches La Galerie
5 Rue Legouvé, 75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 78 94 03 00
“Tolkien, Journey to Middle-Earth”
Until February 16th
It’s not like it’s every day Paris Lights Up crosses the Seine! Let’s take the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir to discover the latest grand exhibit of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France: “Tolkien, Journey to Middle-Earth”. Held until February 16th, 2020, the largest retrospective ever dedicated to the master of fantasy is a unique occasion to explore his legendary worlds and some of the sources that inspired his mythology.
The exhibit includes many artworks signed by J. R. R. Tolkien, a brilliant linguist at Oxford university who became the father of a new school of literature following the success of his books The Hobbit, The Lord of the Ring, and The Silmarillion. Visitors can cross some of the many lands Tolkien brought to life, from the green hills of the Shire to the volcanic plains of Mordor, not to mention the sacred forests of the Elves.
The success of the exhibit has so far proven undeniable: we recommend booking a ticket in advance with a precise time slot, or at least to avoid the weekend and holidays.
Full: €11 – Reduced: €9/Free
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am-7pm – Thursday: 10am-9pm
Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
Quai François Mauriac, 75706 Paris Cedex 13
+33 (0)1 53 79 49 49
“Vampires, from Dracula to Buffy”
Until January 19th
Ubiquitous figures of the fantastic since the 19th century and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, vampires have since joined the stardom of the small and big screens. From the origins of the myth to its more recent representations, the Cinémathèque Française has gathered a century of artworks inspired by the vampire.
Between horror and eroticism, it’s no surprise that the mysterious creature has managed to conquer every continent to become a universally recognized character. Concurrently with the exhibit, the Cinémathèque also offers an ambitious program of screenings including several adaptations of the original Dracula, movies by acclaimed directors, B movies, and even showings aimed at children.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 12pm-7pm – Thursday: 12pm-9pm – Saturday & Sunday: 11am-8pm
51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris
+33 (0)1 71 19 33 33
L’Adorable Trixie, 1975-1978 – Artworks from the exhibit “Ever Daring!” at Centre Pompidou © Dorothy Iannone – Courtesy de l’artiste and Air de Paris, Paris.