Museums will have to wait to reopen their doors, but thankfully Parisian galleries are still here to bring a touch of culture to start this new year. From the banks of Canal Saint-Martin to the cobbled streets of Le Marais, we’ll be your guide for this month’s selection of art exhibits!
Corine Borgnet, Natacha Ivanova & Maryline Terrier – “Je suis le résultat de mes bons et mauvais choix”
Until February 6th
“For this reunion of three artists, Corine Borgnet, Maryline Terrier and Natacha Ivanova share visions of women, as daring as they are complementary. “I am the result of the good choices I’ve made and the bad choices” is a quote from Madonna, a scoff at fixed definitions, a door opening a reflection on who we are, on what we are as women, on what determines us and, more generally, a reflection on the human and free will.
Corine Borgnet exhibits the latest work from her series “Histoire d’Os” series. Maryline Terrier, in one of her first exhibitions, presents three drawings whose technique is as impressive as the subjects they represent. Natacha Ivanova, a Russian artist, makes her big comeback in Paris with several large-format oils on canvas.”
Tuesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission
90 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 48 06 67 38
C215 – Portraits of the Communist Resistance
Until January 11th
In a tribute held for the centenary of the French Communist Party, street artist C215 has created fifteen large-format portraits exhibited in open air, in front of its Colonel Fabien headquarters. Using clandestine copies of the 1944 newspaper L’Humanité, the artist portrays leading figures of the Resistance: Martha Desrumaux, Pierre Georges, Missak Manouchian, Guy Môquet, Gabriel Péri, Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier…
“I am not a member of the PCF but I wanted to pay tribute to the communist resistance fighters, to honor their memory. I was surprised by the fact that there are no communists among the five resistants resting at the Panthéon. I found this strange. You don’t have to be a specialist of the period to know that there were many communists who were members of the Resistance. They were essential,” the artist told L’Humanité.
Open air – Free admission
Place du Colonel Fabien, 75019 Paris
Alain Fleischer – “L’Aventure générale”
Dates to be confirmed – Until January 31st
The cultural center of the 19th arrondissement honors the multifaceted artist Alain Fleischer, at the same time visual artist, writer, director and photographer. The vaults and large spaces of the Centquatre allow him to display his abundant inventory of performances and installations over more than 2,500m², with more than forty works presented in total.
What to exect from this promising title, “L’aventure générale”? For Alain Fleischer, “it should be understood as an extension of adventure to all fields of thought, affect, and to the artistic languages that I like to practice”. According to him, this “extension of the adventure has an inexhaustible interest for the human being and an insatiable curiosity for the universe of shapes and forms, where reality is only the other side of illusion”.
Wednesday to Sunday: 2pm-7pm – €8/€5/€3
5 Rue Curial, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 35 50 00
Thomas Klotz – “I’ll never be young again”
January 9th – February 6th
“Originally from northern France, Thomas Klotz made a name for himself with a first book published in 2019, “Northscape”, a series dedicated to the peri-urban landscapes of his region in line with the New Topographics movement. Still exploring his familiar environment, the artist presents his recent works in “I’ll never be young again”, will be be published as a book this month.
Influenced by Lewis Baltz, Thomas Klotz focuses his attention on the everyday life, the trivial. The photographer’s eye gives the elements composing the local landscape an intriguing and singular depth. He uses several media ranging from the contemporary inkjet print to the older dye-transfer technique, popularized by William Eggleston in the 1960s.”
Monday to Saturday: 11am-7pm – During curfew: 10am-6pm – Free admission
Galerie Nathalie Obadia
3 Rue du Cloître Saint-Merri, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 74 67 68
Karolina Orzełek – “Lull after the storm”
Until January 30th
After participating in the collective project “Endless Summer” in 2020, artist Karolina Orzełek is back at the galerie Sabine Bayasli with a solo exhibition that we are looking forward to discovering! Originally from Bielsko-Biała in Poland and now a Parisian, the painter was recently awarded the 2020 Sisley – Beaux Arts de Paris prize for young creatives.
Nostalgia for a chimeric elsewhere, deserted yet bewitching beaches, plants that seem to adapt to their environment like chameleons: a change of scenery is guaranteed through Karolina Orzełek’s oils on panels. Get ready to push the door of a mysterious country in which colors and lights no longer obey the same rules.
Tuesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission
Galerie Sabine Bayasli
99 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris
Sabine Weiss – “Sous le soleil de la vie”
Until February 20th
“When I had to choose a title for this exhibition, I wanted to highlight the character of Sabine Weiss. Sunshine, smile, energy, optimism, dedication… there is no lack of qualifiers. Temperament, too! “In the Sunshine of Life” soon became obvious because it summarizes quite well her appetence.
As you will have understood, it is with great tenderness that we present at the gallery a new exhibition of Sabine Weiss, with well-known photographs, and some more unusual ones, and always composition and light as the key words” — Françoise Morin, art director.
Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission
Les Douches La Galerie
5 Rue Legouvé, 75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 78 94 03 00
Zorm – Sculptures
“A 3D fan since childhood, Zorm completed an apprenticeship as a stonemason, followed by an academic training in sculpture. His street art project began in 2006 in the Parisian neighborhoods of Ménilmontant and Belleville, with a few little pig heads adorning local walls. He resumed this project in 2018 in the Croix-Rousse neighborhood in Lyon, then other cities in France, this time with smiling monkey heads.
Zorm questions our share of animality as human beings. His artworks offer a reflection as seen through the gaze of animals, adressing the human activity that threatens them. Are we not the animal that endangers its own species?”
Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission
Les Temps Donnés
16 Rue des Envierges, 75020 Paris
Group Show – “Colors of Africa”
Until January 10th
“Hassan Hajjaj (Morocco), Thandiwe Muriu (Kenya), Derrick Boateng (Ghana), Ebuka Michael (Nigeria) and Nyaba Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso) are twisting conventions to free themselves, exploring and playing with the limits of the photographic matter. They structure their compositions to challenge the unconscious and offer a new aesthetic, at the confluence of the Africas.
Between Moroccan pop, the tribute to the beauty and modernity of African women by Kenya’s Thandiwe Muriu, Nyaba Ouedraogo’s reflections on identity, and the explosion of colors created by the new generation of phone photographers, represented by Derrick Boateng and Ebuka Michael, ‘Colors of Africa’ celebrates a certain philosophy of life, positive and hopeful, that this young generation carries.”
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30am-7:30pm – Free admission
7 Rue des Filles du Calvaire, 75003 Paris
Group Show – “D’un confinement à l’autre”
Dates to be confirmed – January 7th – February 6th
“Wherever we are from, whatever our history, what are we made of? The health crisis has suspended time all over the world, echoing an experience familiar to those forced into exile. Taking a break, finding and letting ourselves think. Through the eyes of exiled artists, it’s the occasion to explore and measure the political stakes of what we are made of. For the fourth year of the festival “Visions of exile”, artists revisit the recent confinement in line with their personal history.
In the exhibition “D’un confinement à l’autre” (From one confinement to another) by the agency of artists in exile, presented this year at the Pavillon Carré de Baudoin, creatives from Iran, Palestine, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Pakistan share their vision of these unprecedented hours through drawings, paintings, installations, and films.”
Tuesday to Saturday: 2pm-6pm (7pm on Thursdays) – Free admission / Reservation required
Pavillon Carré de Baudouin
121 Rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 58 53 55 40
Group Show – “Moriyama – Tomatsu: Tokyo”
Dates to be confirmed
“This original exhibition, which brings together the visions of two masters of contemporary Japanese photography, features 400 artworks from the 1950s to the present day. The first retrospective in France devoted to the carreer of Shomei Tomatsu, it is also one of the largest exhibitions organized around the work of Daido Moriyama in several years.
Imagined by the photographers themselves, during Tomatsu’s lifetime, it is a vibrant testimony to the passion they both share for the Japanese capital and its residents. In the Studio, a space dedicated to young creation, the film by choreographer and visual artist Smaïl Kanouté introduces visitors to the extraordinary story of Yasuke Kurosan, Japan’s black samurai.”
Wednesday to Friday: 11am-8pm – Saturday & Sunday: 10am-8pm – €11/€7
Maison européenne de la photographie
5/7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 78 75 00
Group Show – “Du jour au lendemain”
Until January 3rd
The outdoor exhibition “Du jour au lendemain” (From one day to the next) will be held until January 3rd around the May Picqueray garden, facing the Bataclan. It brings together 42 photographers who were in Paris on that terrible day of November 13th, 2015. Alongside the association 13onze15, curator Laura Serani and artistic director Camille Morin partnered to create this tribute.
They detail the approach that allowed them to assemble this series of “intimate and personal” diptychs, accompanied by texts by their authors: “They were asked to look in their archives for a photograph taken on the 13th, before the attacks […] and, at the same time, to select one of their photographs as a ‘response to the attacks’, an act of resistance to the logic of death and destruction, a metaphorical image of these tragic moments, an echo of pain and fears, but also of hope, revolt and resilience.”
– Our article –
Open air – Free admission
Jardin May Picqueray
94 Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, 75011 Paris
Exposition Collective – “Fils du temps, connexions textiles”
Dates to be confirmed – January 20th – April 17th
More information to come.
Wednesday to Friday: 2pm-6pm (9pm on Thursday) – Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission
Centre Tignous d’art contemporain
116 Rue de Paris, 93100 Montreuil
+33 (0)1 71 89 28 00
“Chagall, Monet, Renoir… Journey around the Mediterranean”
Dates to be confirmed – Until January 17th
After a successful season in the company of Van Gogh, it’s 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
The hike, 2020 – Artworks presented in the exhibit “Lull after the storm” at Galerie Sabine Bayasli
© Karolina Orzełek – karolinaorzelek.com