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

Looking for a cultural break in this new season? From the Marais to Montreuil through Belleville, we’ll be your guide for this month’s selection of art exhibits.

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Les Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville – Natures partagées

Until October 17th

Exhibition view – Natures partagées © Ateliers d’artistes de Belleville

“The need for nature remains in cities, and this feeling has been reinforced since the first lockdown. The vision of our immediate environment, then the only one accessible, has suddenly been transformed. The parks and gardens we longed for in March and April 2020 have now become the subjects of a new reflection. These “embassies of nature in the cities” are places of life and sharing, non-market spaces, open to gatherings as well as to isolation, rest, contemplation, effort, games… Throughout this exhibit, the artists of Belleville share their singular visions on these remarkable islands of biodiversity. This project highlights 17 artworks representing the diversity of visual arts today, with Jean-Christophe Adenis, Claire Archenault, Annie Barel, Geneviève Baudoin, Angela Bonavita, Caroline Bouyer, Pierre-Olivier Clerc, Delphine Epron, Frédéric Laviéville, Laetitia Lesaffre, Kristin Meller, Lumi Mizutani, Catherine Olivier, Gert Sachs, Saint-Oma, Mireille Saltron, and Denis Viougeas.”

Outdoors – Free admission

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
On the railings by place Armand Carrel, 75019 Paris
ateliers-artistes-belleville.fr

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Les Artistes de Montreuil – Open Studios

October 8th-10th

Un déjeuner sur la Seine – Artwork featured at Maison des ateliers (2/4 rue Danton, 93100 Montreuil) during the Open Studios © Romain Zeder

“Montreuil, now an essential part of the Paris region’s artistic landscape, invites us to open the doors of its workshops from Friday, October 8th. Visitors will once again be spoilt for choice with more than 280 workshops and cultural venues open throughout the city, bringing together a total of nearly 800 artists. Scheduled over three days, the Montreuil Open Studios will associate several cultural sites of the Seine-Saint-Denis city. The main meeting point of the event, the Centre Tignous d’Art Contemporain will be open during the whole event.”

Friday to Sunday: 11am-7pm – Free admission

Montreuil
Meeting point – Centre Tignous d’Art Contemporain, 116 Rue de Paris, 93100 Montreuil
poaa.centretignousdartcontemporain.fr

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Marie Guillard – Temps perdus

Until October 30th

Artwork featured at Slow Galerie in the exhibit Temps perdus © Marie Guillard

Les Temps perdus by Marie Guillard tells of these instants, these short moments when the brain stalls and pauses for a few seconds, seconds that seem to stretch to infinity, a free time, devoid of any action, a time of rest or a time out, a flash escape towards an abysmal void. We are here and at the same time elsewhere. The spirit flies away, escapes. There is no holding back. We savor these seconds, these minutes of absence, miraculous extractions of our hyper connected states of consciousness. Marie draws these nothings, these absences, these voids in which we slip with delight, and which compensate the overflow of our lives.”

Monday to Saturday: 11am-7pm – Free admission

Slow Galerie
5 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris
www.slowgalerie.com

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Li Hongbo All is Illusion

Until October 9th

No Spare Time – Textbook Series, 2021 © Li Hongbo – Danysz Gallery

“After the success of his last solo exhibition presented by Danysz in Shanghai, Li Hongbo takes over the Parisian space of the gallery to turn it into a strange place where everything appears different than what it really is. Classical marble sculptures that can bend and stretch like accordions. Natural elements with eccentric shapes. Steel figurines carved out of butcher knives… This exhibition includes works made of paper and others made of steel, two materials that are at the core of the artist’s vocabulary. Part of the show centers on the revisiting of ancient statuary, for which the artist is best known. Other parts take us to some hallucinatory landscape where stones and timber wood appear completely distorted. For his first solo show in Paris, Li Hongbo settles in with his full palette, recreating for us the wealth and complexity of his world as an artist, with a number of works produced especially for this exhibition. An adventurous experience, full of surprises, where our entrenched conceptions of reality and illusion may well begin to lose their footing.”

Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-7pm – Free admission

Danysz Gallery
78 rue Amelot, 75011 Paris
danyszgallery.com

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Mari Katayama Home Again

Until October 24th

Shell, 2016 © Mari Katayama

With an unconventional outlook at disability, within damaged landscapes, the multifaceted artist Mari Katayama questions the viewer’s relationship to the body. In this exhibition, the artist presents a series of self-portraits made since 2009, featuring her disability in burlesque, incongruous forms. She also unveils a new series, “In the water”, a collection of pieces inspired by the birth of her daughter, marking a turning point in her artistic vision. — Lucie Goguillot

Wednesday to Friday: 11am-8pm – Saturday and Sunday: 10am-8pm – €11/€7

Maison européenne de la photographie
5/7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris
www.mep-fr.org

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Constance Labbé & Viviana Morizet Réanimé

Until January 14th

Outdoors exhibit Réanimé outside Pavillon Carré de Baudouin

At the time of the first lockdown in the spring of 2020, the nursing staff of the intensive care unit of the Tenon hospital agreed to welcome photographers Constance Labbé and Viviana Morizet for two weeks. The touching sound exhibition born from this experience, Réanimé (Reanimated), can be discovered until January 14th on the walls of the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin. Through a series of 17 photographs, the two artists take us into the trying daily life of the teams confronted with the first peak of the crisis, illustrating the efforts and solidarity necessary to face unprecedented days and nights. Their photographs are accompanied by a soundtrack orchestrated by the cellist Mathyas Vj, “who composed an original music, integrating sounds, machine noises, and about thirty testimonies of caregivers” recorded on site. — Our article (French)

Outdoors on the walls of the Pavillon – Free admission

Pavillon Carré de Baudouin
121 Rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
mairie20.paris.fr

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Limo Omniscient

Until October 14th

Vision marbrée – Artwork featured in the exhibit Omniscient © Limo – 389 La Boutique

“Having always had an attraction for drawing, Limo started to work on illustrations in 2006 in parallel to his studies in fine arts. During this period he met Jok and Olson, two graffiti artists who founded the OnOff Crew, which he joined in 2009. The discovery of graffiti and the state of mind of the OnOff gave a boost to his creations. Drawing his inspiration from the folklore and legends of our societies as well as pop culture, he delivers a reinterpretation of the everyday where dreams, color and emotions combine to tell a contemporary mythology. This exhibition features a series of paintings, as many stories which the visitor will be able to interpret, the time of a glance, the role of the omniscient narrator.”

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

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

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Raphaël Meyssan Les Damnés de la Commune, dans l’atelier de Raphaël Meyssan

Until October 16th

Scene from Les Damnés de la Commune © Éditions Delcourt, 2017 – 2021 – Raphaël Meyssan – Cineteve/Arte

For eight years, graphic artist Raphaël Meyssan collected thousands of 19th century engravings to retrace the history of the 1871 Paris Commune. After an open-air exhibition on the walls of the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, this new event around the work Les Damnés de la Commune takes us into his studio to discover his creative methods, and the real investigation he sometimes had to lead in the archives in order to “resurrect this forgotten history”. Visitors will be able to learn more about the engravings that make up his works, and the artistic processes involved in adapting period documents into graphic novels. — Our article (French)

Monday to Saturday: 9am-5pm (until 7:30pm on Thursdays) – Free admission

Mairie du 20e arrondissement
Place Gambetta, 75020 Paris
quefaire.paris.fr

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Daido Moriyama & Shomei Tomatsu  Tokyo

Until October 24th

Untitled, de la série Pretty Woman, 2017 © Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation – Courtesy of 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
www.mep-fr.org

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Daniel Nassoy  Hommes Natures

October 5th-17th

Artworks featured in the exhibit Hommes Natures at Le Génie de la Bastille © Daniel Nassoy

“I will present a retrospective of several years of my photographic work highlighting the male body through the male nude, and the softness and fragility of the vegetal world. For this moment shared with man or nature to be a success, you have to take your time, be there at the right time. Devote the time it takes to capture the subject … Nature as well as man must be “tamed” to achieve a beautiful photo: it is necessary to find the right frame, the right distance, turn around, change points of view to finally sublimate all its essence.” – Daniel Nassoy

Tuesday to Sunday: 2pm-8pm – Free admission

Galerie Le Génie de la Bastille
126 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
www.legeniedelabastille.com

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Georgia O’Keeffe  Retrospective

Until December 6th

Georgia O’Keeffe​ – My Front Yard, Summer, 1941​ – Oil on canvas, 50,9 × 76,5 cm​ – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. ​Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation (2006.5.173) ​- Courtesy Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Adagp, Paris, 2021

“The Centre Pompidou presents the first retrospective in France of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986), one of the greatest figures in 20th century North American art. Boasting some hundred paintings, drawings and photographs, the exhibition proposes a complete review of her artistic career. Georgia O’Keefe died at the age of 98 and lived through the essential aesthetic adventures of the last century. In the 1920s she belonged to the limited circle of the inventors of American modernism, then participated in the 1930s in the quest for identity that marked the United States, before becoming a pioneer of « hard edge » abstract painting in the 1960s. The deliberately fluid and open layout of the exhibition unfolds Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistic trajectory chronologically, from the early « cosmic » fevers inspired by the immensity of the Texas plains in 1910, to the metropolises and rural landscapes of New York state in the 1920s-1930s, to New Mexico, where she settled for good after the Second World War.”

Wednesday to Monday: 11am-9pm (until 11pm on Thursdays) – €14/€11/€0

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
www.centrepompidou.fr

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Shane – Lucky Shane

Until October 16th

Poster art – Lucky at Nanoh (cropped) © Shane

“Nourished by a multitude of influences, from the American underground to family craftsmanship, Shane draws his inspiration from the styles he encounters, the techniques he experiments with, and the people he meets. He has tried many mediums without any prior training: airbrushing, blurring, abstract lettering, mixed with hyper-realistic drawing of various subjects. He combines all this in complex compositions teeming with details to observe, offering several degrees of reading and understanding. This native of Normandy has put his mark on the walls of Paris, and has also embellished the architecture of Mexico and Hamburg with large-scale murals.”

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

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

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Jeanne Vicerial – Clinique vestimentaire

From October 16th to November 14th

Artworks from the series Quarantaine vestimentaire, featured in the exhibit Clinique vestimentaire at Magasins généraux © Jeanne Vicerial & Leslie Moquin

“For this first personal presentation of her work, Jeanne Vicerial takes up residence at the Magasins généraux for four weeks to set up her Clinique vestimentaire: a huge laboratory dedicated to reflection around the body and clothing. At the crossroads of design, craft, fashion, art and science, she presents her latest research and creations, as well as a program of performances, workshops, meetings, as well as a symposium. She also continues to create on site, initiating new projects and collaborations in this ephemeral studio.”

Wednesday to Sunday: 2pm-8pm – Free admission (exhibit and events)

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

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Un.e Air.e de famille

Until November 8th

Figures 1861Natural History of Mankind – Artwork featured in the exhibit Un.e Air.e de famille at Musée d’art et d’histoire Paul Éluard © Malala Andrialavidrazana – Cnap

« Presented as part of the Africa2020 Season, the exhibition Un.e Air.e de famille invites us to think with Afro-diasporic art from the Musée d’art et d’histoire Paul Eluard in Saint-Denis. It reveals the anti-colonial commitment of surrealists and other artists from the museum’s collections, whose works enter into a dialogue with the contemporary artistic practices of thirteen women artists from Africa and its diasporas: Laeïla Adjovi, Eliane Aisso, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Yto Barrada, the Chevalme sisters, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Katia Kameli, Kapwani Kiwanga, Tuli Mekondjo, Otobong Nkanga, Owanto, Thania Petersen, and Euridice Zaituna Kala. Bringing together historical and contemporary works, the exhibition explores the themes of the relationship to the other, memory, cartographies, migrations, spiritualities, and post-colonial movements. »

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10am-5:30pm – Thursday: 10am-8pm – Saturday & Sunday: 2pm-6:30pm – 5€/3€/0€

Musée d’art et d’histoire Paul Éluard
22 bis rue Gabriel Péri, 93200 Saint-Denis
musee-saint-denis.com

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Festival au Carré

October 14th-30th

Pavillon Carré de Baudouin © Paris Lights Up

“The program Festival au Carré features music, theater, dance, exhibitions, urban art, projections and workshops for children. Open to all, this event will also be an opportunity to discover local artistic creation through diverse and previously unseen performances. On the first floor, the exhibition Territoires d’artistes will bring together the Ateliers du Père Lachaise Associés, the Ateliers des Artistes de Belleville and the Artistes de Ménilmontant to present nearly one hundred artworks. The second floor will host installations and performances by several artists: Le Salon volant by Alexis Paul, Ecologie culturelle by the street artist Rouge, and screenings of short films by the association Plus Loin. The program also includes workshops, lectures, and dance and theater performances.”

Tuesday to Saturday: 2pm-6pm (until 7pm on Thursdays) – Free admission

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

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Rencontres inattendues

From October 4th to December 15th

0804.0812 Translation – Artwork featured at Médiathèque Marguerite Duras (Paris 20°) for Rencontres inattendues – © Yvan Salomone – Fonds d’art contemporain – Paris Collections

“The contemporary art fund – Paris Collections invites itself into the public space from October 4 to December 15, 2021. More than 80 works will be exhibited in everyday places. Whether the discovery is unexpected or not, the desire behind this exhibition is to provoke an unprecedented encounter between artworks from the fund’s collection and the general public, Parisians who are not yet familiar with this shared heritage. Throughout Paris, in forty or so places frequented daily by their users, Rencontres inattendues will feature contemporary works from diverse media – painting, sculpture, photography, graphic arts, video, installations.”

Opening hours depending on the venues – Several outoors artworks – Free admission

Paris
Different places
quefaire.paris.fr

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Visa pour l’Image at La Villette

Until October 31st

Photograph from the series Le secret des baleines © Brian Skerry – National Geographic – Visa pour l’Image

« As part of Visa Pour l’Image at La Villette, the cultural park presents a selection of the best photojournalistic subjects from around the world. For more than thirty years, the International Festival of Photojournalism Visa pour l’Image – Perpignan has been presenting the latest news stories. A unique opportunity to look back at the events of the past year, at the different subjects and points of view related to society, conflicts, and observations on the state of our planet. For this 4th edition of Visa pour l’Image – Perpignan at La Villette, two screenings presented by Pauline Cazaubon and Jean-François Leroy will be held in the Grande Halle on October, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th. »

Grande Halle de la Villette and surroundings – Free admission

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

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Visages du monde ouvrier (1880-1940)

From October 13th to January 29th

Personnel des Aciéries de Longwy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, 1899 © Photograph: De Jongh frères – Courtesy Galerie Lumière des roses

“At the dawn of the twentieth century, photography was essentially the result of a staging that tended to show an idealized image of workers, defined solely by their task and their tools. However, by the quality of the workers’ presence, the dignity of their posture, the intensity of their gaze, the photograph escapes the intention of the commissioner. Finally, beyond the details that inform us about the working-class condition, what holds our attention, fascinates us, are the faces, this place of the body where the personality is lodged, this most unique and irreplaceable part of the individual. Just like photography, the face is a sensitive surface on which lasting traces are imprinted. The worker wears on his face the marks of his work, but at the same time his face, by its singularity and its mystery, constantly escapes those who want to reduce it to an object.” – Marion & Philippe Jacquier

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

Galerie Lumière des roses
12-14 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 93100 Montreuil
lumieredesroses.com

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À l’école du sport

Until October 24th

Exhibition view – À l’école du sport at Bercy Village © INSEP / Bercy Village

After this particularly sports-oriented summer, forty photographs representing many disciplines are exhibited in the alleys and passages of Bercy Village, by the park of the same name. These black and white photographs, taken between 1945 and 1960, were brought together thanks to a partnership with the Institut national du sport, de l’expertise et de la performance (INSEP). Retracing key moments in the history of athletics, the exhibition aims to “pay tribute to a post-war generation that saw sport as a means of emancipation and freedom in a world to be rebuilt”.

Everyday: 7am-2am – Free admission

Bercy Village
Cour Saint-Émilion, 75012 Paris
www.bercyvillage.com

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Illustration (cropped):
Personnel des Aciéries de Longwy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, 1899

© Photograph: De Jongh frères – Courtesy Galerie Lumière des roses

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