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

Summer has arrived, and Parisians looking for a cultural break are now spoilt for choice. From the Marais to La Villette through Belleville, we’ll be your guide for this month’s selection of art exhibits!

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Agathe Brahami Ferron – “La Résilience des Tigres”

Until August 21st

Exhibiton poster – “La Résilience des Tigres” at Galerie Sabine Bayasli © Agathe Brahami Ferron

In the heart of the Marais, Galerie Sabine Bayasli presents the first solo exhibition of the artist-ceramist Agathe Brahami Ferron. In “La Résilience des Tigres”, the graduate of Beaux-Arts de Paris “leads a kind of exuberant cruise” where the apparent relaxation conceals very different truths. Overconsumption, overadvertising, overtourism: behind the mastery of textures and an intoxicating palette of colors, her vacationers and their artifices evoke “a soothing and alienating superficiality [that] provides the counterfires to modern dehumanization”.

Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm-7pm – Free admission

Galerie Sabine Bayasli
99 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris
galeriesabinebayasli.com

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Gilles Balmet and his collection – “Happy Together”

Until October 2nd

Waterfalls, 2020 / Waterfalls Hybrid, 2020 – Ink on paper – Artworks featured in the exhibit “Happy Together” at Pavillon Carré de Baudouin © Gilles Balmet

“Happy Together is a double exhibition dedicated to the work of artist Gilles Balmet and his surprising collection, built up over the past twenty years. The exhibition unfolds across the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin in two complementary parts. On the first floor, it presents the artist’s personal creations: these series of artworks on paper explore a territory between painting and drawing, abstraction and landscape representation. They were made without brushes, but instead following singular protocols. Upstairs, the second part of the exhibition focuses on Gilles Balmet’s other passion: building up a collection of contemporary artworks, which were mainly exchanged with other artists. This rare exhibition  artist’s collections are most often an intimate practice  is composed of 150 works by 150 French and international artists.”

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

Pavillon Carré de Baudouin
121 rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
www.pavilloncarredebaudouin.fr

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Olivia de Bona – “De ma fenêtre”

July 9th – August 29th

Artwork featured in the exhibit “De ma fenêtre” at Atelier Nanoh (cropped) © Olivia de Bona

“Using a variety of techniques such as printmaking, straw marquetry, embossing, cut paper and painting, Olivia de Bona handles the representation of bodies and nature by engaging her fervent passion for the craft. […] An embrace, closed blinds, a brief glance; the subjects depicted by the artist sculpt and redefine the viewer’s place and multiply the points of view. This exhibition is a teeming story of gestures, delicate balances, tensions and silences. The notched paper, lacerated with a cutter, reveals a gentle reversal in the drawings; a bewitching sensuality cultivated by Olivia de Bona.” – Emma Gold

Tuesday to Sunday: 1pm-7pm – Free admission

Atelier Nanoh
22 rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris
nanoh.art

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Camille de Cussac – “Les folles années folles

Until August 31st

Artwork featured in the exhibit “Les folles années folles” at Slow Galerie © Camille de Cussac

The last year been a downer for you? Then “Les Folles années Folles”, a feel good and spirited exhibition, will provide some cheerfulness! An illustrator with a penchant for color and composition, Camille de Cussac stands out with her funny and poetic style, and an amused and tender look at bits of contemporary life. The exhibition is visible until August 31st in the Oberkampf neighborhood, at Slow Galerie. Dedicated to illustration and graphic arts, installed in a former pharmacy, it features serigraphs, engravings, prints, and unique works with a selection inspired by “audacity, fantasy, poetry and irreverence”. – Lucie Goguillot

Monday to Saturday: 11am-7pm – 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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Magali Delporte, Pierre Durand, Vincent Fillon, and Romain Jouin – “Il était une fois un confinement”

Until September 25th

Artworks featured in the exhibit “Il était une fois un confinement” at Résidence du Pressoir © Vincent Fillon / Magali Delporte

“On March 17, 2020, France began its first lockdown following the Covid-19 pandemic. In Paris, in the working-class neighborhoods of Belleville andMénilmontant, a small community of photographers, professionals and amateurs, started looking at their everyday environment, at the landscapes waiting directly under their windows but somewhat neglected by force of habit. There, in large housing blocks inherted from the 1960s and 1970s, they discovered a new way of life: more local, more united, and more communal. Through their pictures, they wanted to testify to the collective initiatives that emerged during this period, to the shared moments between neighbors who had barely known each other before.” – Our article (French)

Outdoors – Free admission

Résidence du Pressoir
Rue du Pressoir, rue des Maronites, rue Julien Lacroix et rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris
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Arash Hanaei, Anaïs Lelièvre, and Thomas van Reghem – “Bordures / Failles”

Until July 27th

Artworks by Arash Hanaei and Anaïs Lelièvre featured in the exhibit “Bordures / Failles” at Galerie La Ferronnerie

“Through the works of three artists favoring multiple practices, ‘Bordures / Failles’ explores spaces and territories of transition, virtual or more concrete constructions translated through video and digital drawings by Arash Hanaei, installations and ceramics by Anaïs Lelièvre, and photography and digital creations by Thomas van Reghem. The works of these artists, currently in residence at Poush – Manifesto, resonate with the theme of the season, ‘Borders’, for this exhibition at Galerie La Ferronnerie.”

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

Galerie La Ferronnerie
40 rue de la Folie-Méricourt, 75011 Paris
www.galerielaferronnerie.fr

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Cécile Hartmann – “Le Serpent Noir”

Until September 26th (Summer closure on August 2nd-29th)

Pawnee Grasslands, Nebraska – From the film “Le serpent noir” (2020) © Cécile Hartmann – Courtesy of the artist and MABA – Fondation des Artistes

“Le Serpent Noir” is a documentary project by artist and director Cécile Hartmann, who set out to follow the trail of the Keystone pipeline across the Great Plains of the United States and Canada. Four years after the resistance movement of the First Nations at Standing Rock and Sacred Stones against the nearby threat of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the artist “shares the archive of this ‘time after’, where the struggles have already given way to the first alterations of the landscape and life forms”. The Keystone XL extension project was back in the news in January, as the new administration revoked the extension permit that would have seen the pipeline expand across Montana and Alberta, on the land of the Sioux and Blackfeet. Extended until September 26th, the exhibition “Le Serpent Noir” brings together photographs, sculptural elements, wall-painting and silkscreens.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 1pm-6pm – Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-6pm – Free admission

MABA – Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz
16 Rue Charles VII, 94130 Nogent-sur-Marne
+33 (0)1 48 71 90 07
www.fondationdesartistes.fr

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La Fleuj – “She Live 2”

Until July 16th

PlayGirl – Artwork featured in the exhibit “She Live 2” at 389 La Boutique © La Fleuj

On the heights of Belleville, a few steps away from the Pyrénées metro station, the gallery 389 La Boutique takes us to the strange universe of La Fleuj. Illustrations, sculptures, tattoos: the multi-faceted artist, notably inspired by alternative cinema, navigates between horror and eroticism in a tribute to the aesthetics of monstrosity. After training in make-up artistry and further professional experience in the field of special effects, La Fleuj multiplies the references to the “mad movies” that shaped him, and to their most bewitching creatures.

Monday to Saturday: 12pm-8pm – Free admission

389 La Boutique
389 Rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris
www.389laboutique.com

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Daido Moriyama & Shomei Tomatsu  “Tokyo”

Until October 24th

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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Lulù Nuti – “Terrain amère”

Until July 3rd

Sans titre (it’s not a memory) – Artwork featured in the exhibit “Terrain amère” at Galerie Chloe Salgado © Lulù Nuti – Galerie Chloe Salgado

Somewhere between Rome and Paris, the artist Lulù Nuti “designs sculptures and installations to dialogue with space, and question our perception of reality, the transformation of habits, and our relationship to nature and the environment”. The exhibition “Terrain amère” is the second personal project of the artist featured at Chloe Salgado Gallery, a stone’s throw from Place de la République. Until July 3rd, using wood and metal, pencils and pastels, she will take us to “a story lulled by intimate reminiscences, between remembrance and nostalgia”.

Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission

Galerie Chloe Salgado
61 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
www.galeriechloesalgado.com

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Kerwin Rolland – “Swaying”

Until July 4th

Visuel de l’installation “Swaying” de Kerwin Rolland à La Pop

“Kerwin Rolland’s sound installation is a continuation of his atypical creative path. By crossing his research in acoustic engineering and his experiences of electroacoustic and electronic music concerts, he built a system that associates parts of the human body with sounds and more precisely, with frequencies. Thus, the installation in the hold of the barge takes the form of a vibrating experience in the visitors’ body. This unique immersive exploration calls upon scientific, relational and synesthetic processes, the concept of frequency being translated in sound as well as in color or temporal cycle.”

Wednesday to Sunday: 1pm-7pm – Free admission

La Pop
Péniche amarrée face au 61 quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris
lapop.fr

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Jérôme Sainte-Luce – “Lespwineg : Esprits, là”

Until August 29th

Artwork featured in the exhibit “Lespwineg : Esprits, là” at Galerie DerniersJours © Jérôme Sainte-Luce

“Through thirty drawings and paintings made in his workshop in Trois-Rivières (Guadeloupe), Jérôme Sainte-Luce presents an imaginary world articulated between memory and a visual research on the vestiges of the Native American culture in Guadeloupe. His work evokes the lightness of childhood and death through a raw and frontal art. Favoring instinctive gestures and bright colors on canvas and paper, the artist combines acrylic, Chinese ink, charcoal, pencil, pastel and collage.”

Wednesday to Friday: 4pm-7pm – Saturday: 12pm-3pm – Free admission

Galerie DerniersJours
5 rue Saint-Blaise, 75020 Paris
derniersjourscom.wordpress.com

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Wawapod – “Une âme d’enfant devenu papa”

July 19th – August 8th

Exhibition poster – “Une âme d’enfant devenu papa” at 389 La Boutique © Wawapod

From cartoons to video games, the colorful works of Parisian artist Wawapod are built as a tribute to the 1990s pop culture that rocked his childhood. “I feel like I have this approach where I’ll pick ingredients that I like, that give me pleasure, left and right, and mix them together to create a dish that makes me feel good”, he explains. The gallery 389 La Boutique will feature the “organized mess” of his latest artworks starting July 19, as part of its ambitious summer program showcasing young local artists.

Monday to Saturday: 12pm-8pm – Free admission

389 La Boutique
389 Rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris
www.389laboutique.com

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13bis – Solo Show

Until August 31st

Exhibition poster – 13bis at Galerie Les Temps Donnés © 13bis

Residents of the Belleville and Buttes-Chaumont neighborhoods will surely recognize the inimitable style of 13bis, whose black and white artworks have made their mark in the street art landscape of Eastern Paris. Scenes with mythological evocations, troubling or dreamy portraits, and other “poetic gestures” in which the jungle suddenly appears in the cityscape: the artist’s repertoir has been growing for more than ten years. On top of the Parc de Belleville, the charming gallery Les Temps Donnés features some of 13bis’ creations until the end of the month – you can also discover many more on the venue’s front window and its surroundings, including a brand new mural on the walls of the nearby restaurant Les Bols d’Antoine.

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

Les Temps Donnés
16 rue des Envierges, 75020 Paris
www.lestempsdonnes.com

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“ZUT : Zone d’Urgence Temporaire Artistique”

July 3rd – September 26th

Artworks from the series “Ginsang”, featured in the “Zone d’Urgence Temporaire Artistique” at La Villette © Kianuë Tran Kieu

“Technopol and La Villette have joined forces to develop the ZUT (Zone d’Urgence Temporaire Artistique) concept across France. From July 3rd, sculptures, installations, performances, and photographs will be visible outside and free of charge in the park of the Villette. Born from a desire to reconnect with the festive and the collective following the reopening of cultural venues, this spontaneous project brings together twenty contemporary artists with multiple practices.”

Grande Halle de la Villette and surroundings – Free admission

La Villette
Parc de la Villette, 75019 Paris
lavillette.com

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“Hotel Sahara”

Until October 2nd

Œuvres issues de la série “Ginsang”, présentées dans le cadre de la “Zone d’Urgence Temporaire Artistique” au jardin des miroirs de la Villette © Kianuë Tran Kieu

“Following the success of ‘For the Love of the Game’ in 2018 and ‘Futures of Love’ in 2019, the Magasins généraux present their third summer cultural season, ‘Hotel Sahara’, from June 12th to October 2nd, 2021. Part of the Africa2020 Season, Hotel Sahara includes an exhibition conceived during a residency of ten young artists at the gates of the desert, and a festival dedicated to dance, music, performances, workshops, and mediation actions. The artists represented come from different fields of creation. Between 22 and 35 years old, they are from seven countries partly crossed by the Sahara. The summer event will bring together Alex Ayed, Tewa Barnosa, Salim Bayri, Tayeb Bayri, Hiba Elgizouli, Famakan Magassa, Sara Sadik, Ahmed Serour, Hanin Tarek, and Ismail Zaidy. The artists were invited to explore and question, from their personal experiences, the imaginary worlds of the vast Saharan space: what they reveal, indicate, but also what they conceal.”

Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm-7pm – Free admission (exhibit/festival)

Magasins généraux
1 rue de l’Ancien Canal, 93500 Pantin
magasinsgeneraux.com

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“Fils du temps, connexions textiles”

Until July 24th

“Mer d’Aral”, artwork featured in the exhibit “Fils du temps, connexions textiles” at Centre Tignous d’art contemporain © Sylvie de Meurville – Photography © Atelier Find Art

“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 (until 8pm on Thursdays) – Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission

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) :
Artwork featured in the exhibit “Hotel Sahara” at Magasins généraux © Camille de Cussac

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