Cultural events are back in full (physically distanced) swing! From the République neighborhood to the heights of Belleville, we’ll be your guide for this month’s selection of art exhibits.
Ardif – “Promenons-nous dans les bois…”
At discreet gallery of the faubourg Saint-Antoine specializing in street art, le Cabinet d’amateur invites us to view the creations of Ardif. Parisians who love to stroll through the streets of the capital will undoubtedly recognize his inimitable style, combining animal and mechanical in surprising symbioses.
Whales, deer, octopuses and even pangolins are crafted with real machinery; industrial nuts and jacks complete the coat of scales or hair of their hosts. For the street artist, “this urban fauna questions us on the impact of the artificialization of nature or, conversely, the wild and primitive instinct that can still be found in our urban life”.
Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission
Le cabinet d’amateur
12 Rue de la Forge Royale, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 48 14 06
Estelle Babut-Gay – “Sculptures”
At the top of Parc de Belleville, the gallery Les Temps Donnés opens the doors to a mechanical universe, inhabited by the heartwarming sculptures of local artist Estelle Babut-Gay. “Antiquated kitchen utensils, tired tools, outdated transformers, broken mechanisms: she assembles and diverts them” to create a small legion of automatons and robotic-looking characters.
The sculptor uses all types of metals, which she assembles by means of arc welding. By revealing their unsuspected charm, Estelle Babut-Gay gives a “second life to forgotten objects”. For those who do not yet know Les Temps Donnés, this is the ideal opportunity to discover this charming gallery and the many Parisian artists it represents. Estelle Babut-Gay will participate in the Open House of the Belleville Artists’ Workshops from October 2nd to 5th.
Wednesday to Sunday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission
Les Temps Donnés
16 Rue des Envierges, 75020 Paris
Aurore Le Duc – “Our hearts on the picture rails”
September 12th – October 17th
Five years after the launch of her project “Les Supporters de Galerie” (The Gallery Supporters), the Montreuil-based artist Aurore Le Duc continues her study of the relationship between elitist and popular culture. The exhibition “Nos cœurs sur les cimaises” (Our hearts on the picture rails) draws a surprising and biting parallel between the football and contemporary art industries. In their economic drifts as in their media approach, aren’t the two worlds faced with similar issues?
Scarves, logos and tifosi songs: from September 12th, the artist’s “ironic fan art” will take over the Chloe Salgado gallery like a “supporters’ club”. The gallery is also celebrating its two years of existence on the occasion of this exhibition. The short film “Hors-Jeu”, which explores the artistic process of Aurore Le Duc, will be screened there at 4pm on Saturday, September 19th and Saturday, October 3rd. The screenings will also be attended by directors Léopold Gautier, Maëva Nicol and Diane de la Thibauderie.
Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission
Galerie Chloe Salgado
61 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
Group Show – “Bêtes de Scène à Paris”
September 2nd – December 20th
Thanks to the exhibit “Bêtes de Scène (à Paris) – Animals in contemporary sculpture”, Parisians have the opportunity to discover the surprising artworks that attracted nearly 50,000 visitors last year in Lubéron, the region where the Villa Datris Foundation is based.
Some sixty pieces are 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
Group Show – “Our digital lives”
Less than a month away from their Open House days — a major cultural event in the neighborhood — the Belleville Artists’ Workshops invite us to discover the work of five artists around the theme “Our Digital Lives”. Selected by the young curator Adrien Poirier, the works presented at the gallery are as many evocations of this “virtual life, fed by the culture of likes, egocentrism and voyeurism”, that unfolds on our screens.
Visitors will find seemingly peaceful realistic scenes of life depicted by Adrien Belgrand, frescoes by the “virtuoso of disillusionment” Marcos Carrasquer; several erotic sketches by Thomas Lévy-Lasne (“some of the works presented are reserved for an informed public”), modernist creations by Clément Reinaud, and the dreamlike visions reflected on Catherine Szleper’s canvases.
Wednesday to Sunday: 2pm-8pm – Free admission
Galerie des Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville
1 Rue Francis Picabia, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 73 74 27 67
Group Show – “Manifest of Freedom”
September 2nd – October 18th
The 193 Gallery continues its exploration of new photographic horizons: this fall, visitors will have the chance to discover the works and talent of seven artists from China and Taiwan. Following in the footsteps of Ren Hang’s performances, the guest photographers challenge imaginations with poetic fantasy to co-sign a “Manifesto of freedom” that resonates with our times.
Curator Lisa Miquet specifies that “John Yuyi’s pop portraits will meet the raw clichés of Lao Xie Xie; Ka Xioxi’s lively evenings will cross paths with Su Yang’s intimate work. Finally, the sensuality of Li Hui’s images will contrast with Yuyang Liu’s documentary approach. These emerging talents will be complemented by a few shots from Ren Hang, whose archives never cease to amaze us with their visual genius”.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30am-7:30pm – Sunday: Noon-6pm – Free admission
7 Rue des Filles du Calvaire, 75003 Paris
Group Show – “Rêves”
Until September 23rd
Among the exhibitions you don’t wanna miss this month, we can only recommend a detour to Slow Galerie! By sharing “the dreams of 61 confined artists”, its latest 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 admission
5 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 55 44 68
Group Show – “Tombola de soutien au DOC”
The second raffle in support of the DOC is scheduled to take place from September 11th to the 19th, and this festive event will bring together a total of 52 artists, residents, and guests of the cultural center. Located by the Place des Fêtes, it was established in a “former 3,000m² high school converted into an atypical space for artistic production and presentation of performances”.
Visitors already have the opportunity to purchase one of the 500 tickets on sale to win one of the artworks on offer and support DOC: this event will help the institution to “consolidate and develop new spaces for artistic creation, and continue the general renovation of the building to better accommodate the public and the residents”.
Friday, the 11th (Opening): 6pm-11pm – Saturday, the 12th (Open House): 2pm-11pm – Saturday, the 19th (Draw): Starting at 2pm – Reservation necessary on other days – Free admission
26 Rue du Dr Potain, 75019 Paris
Elsa Guillaume – “Tritons and Coelacanth”
September 3rd – October 24th
Not far from the Place de la République, the Backslash gallery has, for the past two months, been collecting the aquatic bestiary of Elsa Guillaume, a graduate of Beaux-Arts de Paris. Between fins and tentacles, her fantastic creations escape from the world of tales and mythology to establish a link between the maritime and terrestrial worlds.
Whether sculpted or drawn, Elsa Guillaume’s tritons and other coelacanths are “now monstrous, now gentle, endearing yet alarming. This is the ambiguity the artist looks to metamorphosize. Our relationship with water resembles this ambivalence, an unconditional love for the oceans jostling with fear of the depths of the sea”. The exhibition is on the program of the Vivant 2020, “a cultural season for biodiversity”.
Tuesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Fre admission
29 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris
+33 (0)9 81 39 60 01
Guillaume Landry – “The New Olympians”
September 11th – October 8th
Specializing in portrait photography, Guillaume Landry has collected pictures taken around the world to compose the exhibition “The New Olympians”, a true ode to sport and those who practice it. From great athletes to unpretentious amateurs, this inspired artist composed a beautiful mosaic to be discovered at La Montgolfière, a sports “social club” located near the Saint-Martin canal.
This original venue is fitting to present the luminous portraits of Guillaume Landry, framed by the soccer fields and the rings of N’Djamena, New York, Essaouira and Pointe-à-Pitre. “These Olympians are no longer Greek gods, but generations of young people for whom sport is a real social bond. Beyond cultures, beyond religions, it unites, brings people together”.
Monday to Friday: 7am-10pm – Saturday & Sunday: 9am-9pm – Free admission
25 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 83 98 85 63
Marie Rouge – “Jerk Off Festival 2020”
From Pénélope Bagieu to Violet Chachki and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the portraits of the talented Marie Rouge are regularly featured on the pages of newspapers. The “multidisciplinary and queer” Jerk Off Festival gives us the opportunity to discover new facets of her creativity, with the promise of a beautiful spotlight on the diversity of LGBTQ+ cultures.
The Parisian photographer represents “those who disturb and question the codes of femininity and masculinity” in two series that should undoubtedly testify to her sharp sense of composition and colors, coupled with an approach to her models full of warmth and personality. Another good reason to extend your next stroll along the Canal Saint-Martin to Point Éphémère, which is hosting the festival for its thirteenth year.
Every Day: 4pm-7pm – Free admission (reservation needed for the opening)
200 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 34 02 48
Artworks presented at Point Éphémère for the Jerk Off Festival 2020
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