The largest Parisian museums have yet to reopen their doors; this is the perfect time to discover local galleries a few steps away from home. From the Marais to Belleville, make up for lost time with our art selection of the month!
Miriam Cahn – “notre sud”
Until July 31st
Head to the heart of Belleville to admire this selection of pieces by Swiss contemporary artist Miriam Cahn. With the exhibition “notre sud”, galerie Jocelyn Wolff gives us a chance to discover the colourful and political work of this unclassifiable creator.
Visitors will be intrigued by her enigmatic hermaphroditic portraits, alternatively exchanging glances or contemplating their fellow creatures from one wall of the gallery to another. These timeless artworks, oscillating between stealthy movement and sculptural immobility, bear witness to the characteristic artistic approach of the artist from Basel.
Wednesday to Saturday: Noon-6pm – Free
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff
78 rue Julien Lacroix, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 03 05 65
Karishma D’Souza – “Invocation”
Until July 11th
In Le Marais, the galerie Xippas presents artworks by the Indian painter Karishma D’Souza, who grew up in the coastal region of Goa. Through inspired color palettes, the artist offers a “silent conversation“ in which paintings must be apprehended “like narratives“.
“Behind signs and symbols, as if behind curtains, hide stories. They are meant to be carefully unfolded, shape by shape, meaning by meaning“. In Invocation, the young painter also tackles the difficult political and social situation of her country by drawing inspirartion from the Dalit literature, according to which “art should be engaged politically and encourage action“.
Tuesday to Friday: 10am-1pm & 2pm-7pm – Saturday: 10am-7pm – Free
108 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 27 05 55
Collective Exhibition – “Bêtes de Scène à Paris”
Until July 12th
Thanks to the exhibit “Bêtes de Scène (à Paris) – Animals in contemporary sculpture”, Parisians have the opportunity to discover the artworks that attracted nearly 50,000 visitors last year in Lubéron, the region where the Villa Datris Foundation is based.
Some sixty pieces were reunited for the occasion at the Espace Monte Cristo, a few minutes away from Père Lachaise. The animal world has inspired the sculptures of 29 French and international artists, questioning our relationship with wildlife and our environment. Among the great names of contemporary art who bring the Villa Datris collections to life are Rina Banerjee, Katia Bourdarel, César, Kate MccGwire and Evert Lindfors.
Wednesday to Sunday: 11am-6:30pm – Free
Fondation Villa Datris – Espace Monte Cristo
9 rue Monte Cristo, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 48 17 60 60
Collective Exhibition – “Foule Sentimentale”
Until June 27th
After two months of unprecedented isolation in cities and villages alike, Polka Galerie invites us to turn the page of confinement by mingling with the crowd: “all these faces, these restaurant terraces, these concert halls, these balls musettes, all this energy that we missed will be there, exposed on our walls!”.
Until June 27th, the lively works of 14 photographers will resonate on the walls of the gallery, taking us to other horizons from the sidewalks of New York and Tokyo to the beaches of the Mediterranean. Among others, the group exhibition “Foule sentimentale” (Sentimental Crowd) brings together pictures by Joel Meyerowitz, Daido Moriyama, Janine Niépce, William Klein, Claude Nori, and Richard Dumas.
Tuesday to Saturday: 2:30pm-6:30pm – Free
Cour de Venise – 12 rue Saint-Gilles, 75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 76 21 41 30
Collective Exhibition – Galerie Eko Sato
Until June 20th
A few months after the group show “Le Silence du Mouvement” at Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, gallery owner Eko Sato brings together “six artists who like to disturb the eye”, this time under her own roof: Florence Brodard, Fred Le Chevalier, Laurent Debraux, Clémentine Dupré, Eudes Menichetti, and Catarina Rosa.
Their works interact in a poetic dialogue under the glass roof of this charming gallery hiding on rue des Cascades. Celebrating a monochromy that can be synonymous with the unexpected, the exhibition has been extended until June 20th.
Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free
Galerie Eko Sato
57 rue des Cascades, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)6 24 92 13 23
Les Crocs Électriques – “150 artists · 250 books · 500 artworks”
Until June 27th
Imagined by the inexhaustible artists Jessica Rispal and Stéphane Blanquet, the graphic catalogue of Crocs Électriques now includes several hundred issues. With an impressive pace of 10 books per month, each of its publications is an opportunity to “bring together great classics […] and young artists often published for the first time”.
Prolonged due to the confinement, this prolific exhibition presents 500 works on the four floors of the Arts Factory gallery. Halfway between mystery and eroticism, from the confines of nightmare to those of reverie, the collection Les Crocs Électriques is a veritable gold mine for all graphic arts enthusiasts!
Monday to Saturday: 12:30-7:30pm – Free
Galerie Arts Factory
27 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)6 22 85 35 86
Raphael Federici – “Ecological Afrofuturism”
Until June 30th
There’s always a good reason to take a stroll down rue Oberkampf, well known to Parisian partygoers and street artists alike. This month, we can only recommend the latest exhibition of the talented Raphael Federici, a local artist who has painted murals all around the world.
As we face a health crisis inseparable from the affronts that mankind inflicts on the planet and its biodiversity, the message of the exhibition “Ecological Afrofuturism” carries an premonitory resonance. The Espace Oberkampf, located a few steps away from the Ménilmontant metro station, has also invited Raphael Federici to create a 20-metre-long outdoor mural on its wall. A new ephemeral work to admire in this neighbourhood where art regularly invites itself into the street!
Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-6:30pm – Free
140 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 48 07 05 87
Sylvie Fleury – “She-Devils on Wheels”
Until June 20th
Thaddaeus Ropac is celebrating 20 years of partnership with Sylvie Fleury: this anniversary exhibition echoes the ‘club’ with an exclusively female membership founded by the Swiss artist in the 1990s around “a shared appreciation for American customised vehicles” and the automobile aesthetic in general.
Through the pieces exhibited in the series She-Devils on Wheels, Sylvie Fleury multiplies the interventions of female elements to dominate “an environment which is generally considered to be masculine”. Polaroids, evocations of the 1960s, and references to film noir: Sylvie Fleury transports us to a surprising garage, whose vintage accents cannot hide the relevance of the themes it addresses to this day.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-7pm – Free
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
7 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 72 99 00
SALO VIII – Erotic Art Salon
For its eighth edition, the Erotic Art Salon makes its comeback in Ménilmontant! After highlighting female bodies and vulvas over the past few years, this year’s event will be an opportunity to celebrate the representations of the phallus as “an extension of a humanistic and respectful identity”.
The 2020 edition takes us for a trip to Greece: “a return to the sources of love, a tribute to the country that created eroticism with its god Eros”. The curator Laurent Quénéhen worked in concert with his counterpart Maria Xypolopoulou, who invited around twenty Greek artists to join the many exhibitors gathered for this artistic event like no other.
Wednesday to Sunday: 11am-8pm – Free – 16+
111 bis Boulevard de Ménilmontant, 75011 Paris
Clémence Trossevin – “Ici, l’ombre est bleue”
Until June 20th
For this “first exhibition in the world after” coronavirus, Slow Galerie presents 23 paintings and drawings by Clémence Trossevin. Originally from the Cévennes but living in Paris for about ten years, the artist has composed a dreamlike depiction of the long summer days spent around the family village of Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort: “outings by the river, afternoon siestas, a graceful cat waiting for the shade, card games, a bottle of pastis arriving at the table…”
In “Here, shade is blue”, the works of Clémence Trossevin form a mosaic of “suspended moments” and “intimate paintings” whose motifs and details take us back to the holidays. Fascinated by Asian arts and especially “Chinese porcelain and silk”, the artist uses gouache to share this refreshing escape in the south of France.
Tuesday to Saturday: 2:30pm-6:30pm – Free
5 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 55 44 68
Artwork for the exhibit “Ecological Afrofuturism” at Espace Oberkampf © Raphael Federici