Let’s take advantage of this unusual summer to rediscover the capital, while exploring the galleries and cultural centres that are welcoming the public once again. From the narrow streets of Le Marais to the canals of La Villette, let us guide you with our artistic selection of the month that focuses on young artists!
Gil Heitor Cortesão – “The Crossing”
Until August 8th
Still vibrant in this month of August when other districts seem to have fallen asleep in comparison, the Marais has a prominent place in our selection. Not far from the popular Marché des Enfants Rouges, don’t miss the last days of the exhibition “The Crossing / La Traversée” by Gil Heitor Cortesão, featured until August 8th at the galerie Suzanne Tarasieve.
As they enter the hypnotising aquatic universe of the Portuguese artist, visitors are immersed in a succession of dark yet beautiful visions. All created over the past three years, his meticulous compositions evoke the darkness of Romantic painters, the appeal of American realists for architecture, and the imaginary worlds of science-fiction, full of wonders and obscurity.
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-7pm – Free
Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve
7 Rue Pastourelle, 75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 71 76 54
Exposition Collective – “BAN Vol. 2”
Until August 16th
Presented for the first time last year in the workshops of L’Orfèvrerie in Saint-Denis, the exhibition “BAN” remains open in the first three weekends of August at the gates of Paris. The event is held at the Magasins généraux in Pantin, in partnership with young members of Red Star, the iconic football club based north of the capital.
This new edition offers us a “singular reflection on what it means to be excluded, apart, next to another world, next to others”. Among the artists invited to work alongside the youngsters from the Red Star Lab are eleven photographers, whose works are inspired by the daily life of the residents of the Paris region: Tabatini/Alcaide, Louisa Ben, Marvin Bonheur, Lucien Courtine, Léo D’Oriano, Aurélien Gillier, Valérie Kaczynski, Antoine Massari, Anton Renborg, Henrike Stahl, and Adrien Vautier.
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm-8pm – Free
1 Rue de l’Ancien Canal, 93500 Pantin
+33 (0)1 56 41 39 38
Exposition Collective – “Endless Summer”
Until August 29th
Two blocks away from Centre Pompidou, the charming Sabine Bayasli gallery invites visitors for a summer getaway through the works of eight of its young artists, including Parisian creators Agathe Brahami Ferron, Rebecca Brodskis, Julien Deprez, Ingrid Maillard and Karolina Orzełek. The exhibition also features great pieces by Vickie Vainionpää, and David Weishaar.
“Endless Summer”, visible until the end of August, is the promise of a beautiful journey. Visitors can relax on a beach filled with ceramic figures, contemplate strange chimeras or portraits full of emotion, and push open the door to a mysterious country in which colours and lights no longer obey the same rules. As we say in Paris, “dépaysement garanti” !
Tuesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free
Galerie Sabine Bayasli
99 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris
Exposition Collective – “Rêves”
Until September 23rd
Among the exhibitions you don’t wanna miss this summer, we can only recommend a detour to Slow Galerie! By sharing “the dreams of 61 confined artists”, its summer event brings a refreshing look at the strange reality we live in today. Among the young Parisian and international artists featured are Sabrina Chess, Alexandre Clérisse, Camille de Cussac, Jessica Das, Groduk & Boucar, Marie Guillard, Kristelle Rodeia, Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet, Vincent Macquart, Jean Mallard, Clémence Trossevin and Seula Yi.
The sixty pieces brought together were all produced in a single A3 format around the theme of reverie, the common thread of this exhibition: “to draw something we miss is to find it a little”. The “mosaic of dreams” composed by Slow Galerie is a striking illustration of the versatility of its catalog: visitors will indeed find etchings, woodcuts, gouaches, silkscreen prints, pigment ink prints, risographs and embroidery.
Tuesday to Saturday: 2:30pm-6:30pm – Free
5 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 55 44 68
Young European Photography Festival – “Circulation(s)”
Until Augut 9th + August 25th-30th
There are only a few weeks left to visit the festival Circulation(s): presented at Centquatre and dedicated to the new generation of European photography, it had to be postponed by a few months due to confinement. Around fifty photographers of sixteen different nationalities are featured under the vaults of the Parisian cultural centre.
Regarding the international focus of this edition 2020, Circulation(s) highlights creations by four young Belarusian photographers “with the aim of exploring and highlighting emerging European scenes that are still confidential”. Numerous events and activities are taking place alongside the festival: portfolio readings, artistic workshops, etc.
Gangao Lang – “Second Self-Introduction”
Until August 30th
A laureate of the Dior Photography Award for Young Talents 2019, photographer Gangao Lang is presenting a series of her portraits at the Studio – Maison de la Photographie, a space dedicated to emerging talents. Originally from the Henan province, the artist studies at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts.
In the artworks featured in the exhibit Second Self-Introduction, she makes use of digital tools for a mesmerizing result, in which the photographic technique makes poetic nods to contemporary art. By distancing herself from a “conception of photography as an objective track” in this series portraying one of her friends, Gangao Lang creates “an elusive trouble that intensifies the emotional dimension of reality”.
Wednesday & Friday: 11am-8pm – Thursday: 11am-10pm – Saturday & Sunday: 10am-8pm
Full: €10 – Reduced: €6/Free
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 78 75 00
Roméo Mivekannin – “Peaux Noires, Masques Blancs”
Reopening on August 25th-29th
If there is one Parisian exhibition that reflects our society’s current conversations about racial inequalities, it is undoubtedly the stunning “Black Skins, White Masks” composed by the young Beninese artist Roméo Mivekannin. Under the title of the book by anti-colonialist thinker Frantz Fanon, his works are echoes of the injustices endured by black women and men during the tragedies of history. Through the prism of Western iconography, he evokes dehumanization, slavery, colonization, and even police brutality, illustrated by the terrible image of George Floyd’s murder.
Beyond their striking topicality, Roméo Mivekannin’s frontal creations are the result of a creative process full of subtleties and symbols. The sheets and bags he uses as canvases were previously buried in several places marked by the heavy legacy of this history, in Africa as well as in Europe. Visitors will also be able to identify the artist’s face on all of his creations, appearing in place of the original features of the black characters depicted. With this first solo exhibition in Paris, Roméo Mivekannin shares a reflection that is as striking as it is necessary on identity, the power of images, the impunity of oppressors and the reversal of their gaze.
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-7pm – Free
Galerie Éric Dupont
138 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 54 04 14
“Plaine d’Artistes” at La Villette
Until August 23rd
La Villette has reopened its lawns and Folies with “Plaines d’Artistes”, a free summer program that brings together around fifty collectives and artists. Performances in front of a limited audience, open-air exhibitions and movies, artistic wanderings in surprising gardens: the cultural park of the 19th arrondissement comes to life once again!
This summer program includes artists who regularly perform at La Villette. Around its Grande Halle, the video projections of Jam Capsul and the polyphonic installation presented by IRCAM are visible all summer. La Villette’s famed open-air cinema will be held until August 23rd, featuring movies that resonate with the theme “Grandeur nature”.
Access to the Park: Every Day – 6am-1am – Free
Performances and exhibits: Check the Program
Parc et Grande Halle de la Villette, 75019 Paris
Ludovic Vernhet – “Dessine-moi un mouton”
Until August 22nd
Street art lovers of the capital will surely recognize the style of Ludovic Vernhet, whose black and white wall collages are inevitably embellished with subtle green touches. The artist produced this original series of twelve artworks on paper during the confinement; it is therefore no surprise if they include references to recent events.
In the eyes of Ludovic Vernhet, “the quest for the Little Prince’s sheep illustrates the very special relationship that exists between the viewer’s perception and the initial intention of the one who designs the image and holds the pencil”. The artist has indeed swapped collage for pencil lead to deliver this more personal series, with square formats alternatively evoking ecological awareness and our societies’ contradictions.
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-7pm – Free
78 rue Amelot, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 45 83 38 51
“Chagall, Monet, Renoir… Journey around the Mediterranean”
Until January 3rd, 2021
After a successful season 2019 in the company of Van Gogh, now is the perfect time to rediscover Atelier des Lumières! This time, let’s embark on a “Journey around the Mediterranean” that brings together two dozen heavyweights of European painting. Among the many artists inspired by its seashores, the exhibit features pieces by Chagall, Derain, Matisse, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Vlaminck.
With 140 projectors bringing their paintings to life for about fourty minutes, the masters are reunited in a soothing tribute to the mare nostrum. Close to 500 atworks are shown across the Atelier des Lumières in a celebration of Impressionnism, Pointillism and Fauvism. Echoing the banks of the Mediterranean, it also features an animation including 90 pieces by Yves Klein on a background music by Vivaldi.
Full: €15 – Reduced: €14/€12/€10
Monday to Thursday: 10am-6pm – Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm – Sunday: 10am-7pm
Atelier des Lumières
38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 80 98 46 00
Illustrations: Artworks featured in the exhibit “Rêves” at Slow Galerie
1) Gwangali Beach © Seula Yi – Presentation
2) La fête et le réverbère © Vincent Macquart – Presentation
3) Swing Out © Jessica Das – Presentation