February 2021: A selection of art exhibitions to view in Eastern Paris this month

Local museums will have to wait to reopen their doors, but thankfully galleries are still here to welcome Parisians seeking a cultural escape. From the banks of Canal Saint-Martin to the lively Oberkampf neighborhood, we’ll be your guide for this month’s selection of art exhibits!

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Corine Borgnet, Natacha Ivanova & Maryline Terrier – “Je suis le résultat de mes bons et mauvais choix”

Jusqu’au 6 février

Lonely Knight in the Black Forest, 2020 – Artwork featured in the exhibit “Je suis le résultat de mes bons et mauvais choix” at H Gallery © Natacha Ivanova

“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

H Gallery
90 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 48 06 67 38
www.h-gallery.fr

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Bouda, Lili, Miette & Yandy – “Paris – Lyon”

Until February 11th (and on February 13th-27th at Erbk Gallery)

Les hommes qui pensent en rond ont les idées courbes – Artwork featured in the exhibit “Paris – Lyon” at Galerie Wawi © Miette

“Created by Galerie Fratello, this travelling exhibition will run until February 11 at Galerie Wawi, before moving to part of the Erbk Gallery from February 13 to February 27. Four artists from the Lyon scene will be featured: Bouda, Yandy, Lili and Miette.

After sharing a workshop for more than a year, the artists will have carte blanche to invest the walls of the Galerie Wawi in order to bring the spectator along into their universe. Striving to promote urban culture, Galerie Fratello Gallery will present original works and prints alongside t-shirts personalized by the artists and published in limited edition.”

Wednesday to Sunday: 1pm-5pm – Free admission

Galerie Wawi
49 Rue Albert Thomas, 75010 Paris
+33 (0)6 35 10 27 88
www.galeriewawi.com

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Réjane Cousin, Jean-Philippe Tarquiny & Wanda Torres – “Rencontre de trois regards”

February 4th-14th

Valise de la mémoire – Artwork featured in the exhibit “Rencontres de trois regards” at the AAB gallery © Wanda Torres

“This group exhibition brings together three artists from three different disciplines: Réjane Cousin (painting), Jean-Philippe Tarquiny (drawing) and Wanda Torres (visual artist). They are three personalities, three approaches, three different and sometimes even opposing aesthetics, who come together under the same banner: the quest for Beauty in a floating world.”

Thursday to Sunday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission

Galerie des Ateliers d’artistes de Belleville
1 rue Francis Picabia, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 73 74 27 67
ateliers-artistes-belleville.fr

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C215 – Portraits of the Communist Resistance

Until January 11th

Portrait of Missak Manouchian – Artwork featured in the exhibit at Colonel Fabien © C215

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

PCF Headquarters
Place du Colonel Fabien, 75019 Paris

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Thomas Klotz – “I’ll never be young again”

Until February 6th

Artworks featured in the exhibit “I’ll never be young again” at Galerie Nathalie Obadia © Thomas Klotz

“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”, which will also 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: 10am-6pm – Free admission

Galerie Nathalie Obadia
3 Rue du Cloître Saint-Merri, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 74 67 68
www.galerie-obadia.com

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Éric Lacan – “Brûlures (à prendre au 3ème degré)”

Until March 20th

Artwork featured in the exhibit “Brûlures (à prendre au 3ème degré)” at Galerie Openspace © Éric Lacan

“For his new exhibition at Galerie Openspace, Éric Lacan has chosen the title “Brûlures” (Burns), alluding to the double sensation of heat and pain, a mixture of pleasure and suffering that is characteristic of artistic creation. Considering himself to be in constant learning, Éric Lacan has always been fond of technical challenges. He likes to apprehend new mediums and new ways of approaching figuration.

With the subtitle of his exhibition, the artist wishes to bring a little distance to the gravity of his subjects. This derision can be found between the lines in several of his works, further echoing their oxymoric character, between Eros and Thanatos. This new exhibition features about thirty brand new pieces staged in the three rooms of the gallery, sharing the space with a nature frozen in time.”

Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-6pm – Free admission

Galerie Openspace
116 Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)9 80 66 63 94
www.galerieopenspace.com

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Thomas Ott – “La forêt”

Until February 21st

Artworks featured in the exhibit “La Forêt” at Galerie Martel © Thomas Ott

“He is the master of anxieties, melancholy and strangeness. In white and black, from the tip of a cutter, he brings them to life on his scratch cards. For his third exhibition at the Galerie Martel, Thomas Ott gives a new dimension to his intense and inhabited universe. After the dark fantasy of his first period, after the masterful poetry of his Route 66, the Zurich artist plays with symbolism, introspection – and even cryptic autobiography.

In 25 striking paintings, without resorting to any text, his album “La Forêt” (Editions Martin de Halleux) addresses childhood, attachment and mourning in a fantastic fashion. These 25 originals, expressive like a series of illuminations, will be featured at Galerie Martel until February 21st. It will also present a selection of works by the artist on the theme of the forest.”

Tuesday to Saturday: 2:30pm-7pm – Free admission

Galerie Martel
17 Rue Martel, 75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 46 35 09
www.galeriemartel.com

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Sabine Weiss – “Sous le soleil de la vie”

Until February 20th

Courses à Auteuil, Paris, 1952 – Artwork featured in the exhibit “Sous le soleil de la vie” at Les Douches La Galerie © Sabine Weiss

“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
www.lesdoucheslagalerie.com

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Exposition Collective – “Bloom”

Until March 9th

Deep green earth © Seula Yi / Les Chardons © Clémence Trossevin / Tokyo © Laura Junger – Œuvres présentées dans le cadre de l’exposition “Bloom” à la Slow Galerie

“Coming back to life in contact with nature, getting away from the infernal rhythm of the cities that exhaust us, finding yourelf once again : these are the outlines of “Bloom”. It’s been almost a year since we’ve found ourselves collectively plunged into this bad dream, from one lockdown to another… We miss many things: partying, the cafés and their terraces, museums, theaters, concert halls… but also, and above all, nature. We are feeling a lack of, and a need for nature.

The exhibition brings together 19 artists represented by Slow Gallerie, 19 sensibilities, who expressed their connection to nature in an intimate way. Invigorating with Virginie Morgand, regenerating with Benoit Aupoix, Bullitt and Jean Mallard, hedonistic with Marc Majewski, Groduk & Boucar and Camille de Cussac’s “Fools on the hills”. Nature in majesty, imposing, with trees rising like a cathedral in the drawing of Alexandre Clérisse or the paper cut-out bird of Mathilde Bourgon. Sensual with Sabrina Chess, in the nymphs of Kristelle Rodeia or the sublime Eve by Clémence Thienpont. Spiritual in the meditations of Lili Wood, Seula Yi, Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet, Clémence Trossevin, Laura Junger, Orane Sigal and Marie Guillard.”

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30am-6pm – Free admission

Slow Galerie
5 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 55 44 68
www.slowgalerie.com

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Group Show – “D’un confinement à l’autre”

Dates to be confirmed – Until February 6th

Bicyclette – Artwork featuted in the exhibit “D’un confinement à l’autre” at Pavillon Carré de Baudouin © Duaa Qishta

“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 “Visions of exile” festival, 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
www.pavilloncarredebaudouin.fr

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Group Show – “The Lockdown Show”

« Until the next lockdown »

Artworks featured in the exhibit “The Lockdown Show” at Galerie Arts Factory © Marie-Pierre Brunel

“Considering the uncertainty hovering over a potential new lockdown, the Arts Factory gallery takes the lead: its new exhibit, “The Lockdown Show”, offers a delightful parenthesis in its programming. It features two series of original drawings by Marie-Pierre Brunel and Rebecka Tollens, alongside a selection of works from the gallery’s collection.

Meanwhile, the bookstore area will present silkscreen prints by Dernier Cri and the collection Les Plus Mouchoirs de Paris, a catalyst for graphic discoveries. Don’t wait to come and see us, “The Lockdown Show” could well be the shortest exhibition ever programmed by the gallery!”

Monday to Saturday: 11:30am-6pm – Sunday: 2pm-6pm – Free admission

Galerie Arts Factory
27 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
www.artsfactory.net

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Exposition Collective – “Re-création”

Until February 27th

Loctudy – Artwork featured in the exhibit “Re-création” at Galerie La Ferronnerie © Corentin Lespagnol

Between photography, painting and digital creations, this collective exhibition is the reunion of five artists. It features the brightly colored canvases of Soo-Kyung Lee, “declined like nursery rhymes, acting as an antidote to the oppressive atmosphere” of these strange days. Meanwhile, Corentin Lespagnol’s photographs alude to “the situation of the fields of creation: the pictures selected show buildings at a distance, with scaffolding and renovation works, a metaphor of their suspensed activity”.

Nestled between Rue Oberkampf Street and Boulevard Richard Lenoir, the gallery La Ferronnerie also presents the sculptures and “ensemble of objects-instruments, gleaned or manufactured », by Alexandra Sá, the ingenious diptych montages of Laurent Fiévet, and Frédéric Coché’s colorful biblical “re-creations”: “Judith and Holofernes” and “The Crossing of the Red Sea”.

Tuesday to Friday: 2pm-7pm – Saturday : 1pm-7pm – Free admission

Galerie La Ferronnerie
40 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 78 01 13 13
www.galerielaferronnerie.fr

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Group Show – “Moriyama – Tomatsu: Tokyo”

/!\ Dates to be confirmed /!\

Untitled, from the series “Pretty Woman”, 2017 © Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation – Courtesy Akio Nagasawa Gallery

“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
www.mep-fr.org

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Exposition Collective – “Fils du temps, connexions textiles”

Online events and visits – Until April 17th

“Designed and shown in Marseille’s Maison des Métiers d’Art de Marseille in 2019, “Fil du temps, Connexions textiles” is presented in an augmented version, nourished by more recent pieces. Far from a fixed anthology of textile art, the exhibition connects contemporary creation and popular art through complementary works by a dozen artists.

Weaving and yarn were once symbols of life and time. Do they remain synonymous with human connections, visible or invisible? It is precisely through thread that the featured artists try to seize, to dominate, to mark time, as if to extract themselves from it. They create links, embroider, sew, color… In a perpetual work of patience, they guide us through traditional gestures as well as contemporary technologies.”

Wednesday to Friday: 2pm-6pm – Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admision

Centre Tignous d’art contemporain
116 Rue de Paris, 93100 Montreuil
+33 (0)1 71 89 28 00
centretignousdartcontemporain.fr

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Illustration (cropped):
Loctudy – Artwork featured in the exhibit “Re-création” at Galerie La Ferronnerie
© Corentin Lespagnol

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