September 2022: A selection of art exhibits to view in Eastern Paris this month

Looking for a cultural break? From the Marais to Romainville through Ménilmontant and Buttes-Chaumont, we’ll be your guide for this month’s selection of art exhibits!



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Artistes de Ménilmontant – Open Studios

September 29th to October 2nd

Place du Guignier, Paris 20e © Paris Lights Up

Nearly one hundred artists will welcome the public in their workshops for the 31st Open Studios held by the artists of Ménilmontant, “a free event accessible to all” organized from Thursday, September 29th. Sloping streets, cobbled courtyards and passages, squares lined with terraces: the Ménilmontant district is well known for its village-like atmosphere, but also for its artistic vitality. About 45 workshops and other exhibition venues – “theaters, cafes, social and community centers” – will participate in this annual rendez-vous of the local cultural agenda. “Open to the diversity of disciplines and artistic currents”, the visual artists of the association will present “the whole range of their practices: painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture, photography, video, pottery, ceramics, graphic design… During four days, the 15,000 expected visitors will also have the opportunity to participate or attend several animations, workshops, performances, and concerts”. […] — Our article (French)

Thursday to Sunday: 2pm-8pm (until 9 pm on Thursdays) – Free admission

Quartier de Ménilmontant
75011 / 75020 Paris



Archibald Apori Common Ground

September 3rd to October 1st

Deux enfants jouant, peinture à l’huile sur papier marouflé sur toile – Artwork featured in the exhibit Terrains d’entente at Mémoire de l’Avenir © Archibald Apori

“Through the praxis of play, players are introduced into a newfound space, one of production of meaning through which infinite possibilities may potentially unfold – the game of chess, being the paragon in this matter, is a recurring motif and a focal element within Apori’s exploration of the theme. As space and time seem to bend, it seems only attention can anchor these figures as they enter secret dialogues on the threshold of manmade worlds. Archibald Apori’s interest in the human capacity for abstraction and its tangible effects on our material world have led him to create works in relation to astronomy and mathematics, two themes equally present in the show. Apori’s compositions reveal the praxis of play in its most poetic dimension, as a laboratory for creative logic, collective community and as perhaps the last rampart against a world of lawlessness.” — Ashley Molco Castello, co-curator

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

Mémoire de l’Avenir
45/47 rue Ramponeau, 75020 Paris



Henri Cartier-Bresson L’expérience du paysage

Until September 25th

Torcello, Italie, 1953 © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

“Selected by Henri Cartier-Bresson towards the end of his life, the photographs in L’expérience du paysage show the artist approaching an element that is not just simple background for observing human beings, but a subject in its own right. Each image, taken between the 1930s-1990s in Europe, Asia and America, illustrates the photographer’s construction of landscape, natural or urban. […] In this 70-photograph selection, Cartier-Bresson implicitly unveils the self-portrait of an artist in the process of questioning his relationship to the world. The exhibition culminates in a selection of drawings by the artist found in the Fondation HCB’s collections.”

Tuesday to Sunday: 11am-7pm – €9/€5/€0

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
79 rue des Archives, 75003 Paris



Marie-Pierre Brunel La réminiscence des pierres

Faustine Jacquot Même les fantômes ont peur du noir

Nikita Kravtsov Pornfood

September 3rd to October 15th

someone said the end is near but i think it’s already here, 2022, acrylic, chalk, serigraphy, et fluorescent paint on canvas – Artwork featured in the exhibit La réminiscence des pierres at Galerie Arts Factory © Marie-Pierre Brunel

“The Arts Factory gallery is back in full swing starting Saturday, September 3rd, with a triple exhibition featuring Marie-Pierre Brunel, Faustine Jacquot, and Nikita Kravtsov. […] Questioning the relationship between humans and nature, evoking the place of women in our society as well as childhood traumas, Marie-Pierre Brunel summons ancestral rituals and popular beliefs to instill an ambivalent feeling of strangeness in her exhibitions. […] Already noticed by the gallery’s regulars during the events dedicated to the collections Les Crocs Électriques and Les Plus Beaux Mouchoirs de Paris, Faustine Jacquot presents her first solo exhibition for Arts Factory with Même les fantômes ont peur du noir. […] By twisting a particularly popular hashtag on Instagram, Nikita Kravtsov’s #pornfood jubilantly denounces the censorship of algorithms that now govern the hypocritical prudishness of social networks. A pressure that is fortunately not in place on the walls of the Arts Factory gallery, where you can still come and treat yourself in complete freedom!”

Monday to Saturday: 12:30pm-7:30pm – Free admission

Galerie Arts Factory
27 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris



Mathieu Cherkit Time’s Up?

September 3rd to October 8th

Exhibition view – Time’s Up? de Mathieu Cherkit à Xippas © Xippas

“Over the years, Cherkit has established his own universe built from depictions of his close-by environment, both the different angle views of the home interior and his lush garden. While entering his forties, his interest in painting spaces and creating a sense of dimensionality on a flat surface has evolved into a more profound observation of the time and how it influences the progress and demotion of life on a personal and global scale. Working from life or memory, these existing locations are used for documenting personally significant moments related to his family and child, but also, for touching on greater concerns such as environmental issues by portraying the family garden in the scorching heat. The love for nature, life, and its special little moments extend all the way to the ongoing series of small-scale works which comprise the continuously growing visual herbarium.” — Saša Bogojev, curator

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-7pm – Free admission

108 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris



Alice Des Marée Haute, Marée Basse

Until October 4th

Artwork featured in the exhibit Marée Haute, Marée Basse at Slow Galerie © Alice DesSlow Galerie

“This vast and generous exhibition of 47 gouaches depicts a working-class, welcoming region, the Côte d’Opale, synonymous with bon vivre and conviviality. It is a place where families share simple moments, punctuated by the comings and goings of the tides, and the celebration of mussels. The ‘Fête de la moule’ (Mussel Festival) is held every summer in Wimereux, with banquets, fireworks, dances, and carnival parades! Born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Alice Des spends all her summers in Wimereux. Now living in Paris, she continues to be inspired by this northern seaside she loves so much, first with black gouache, and now in color: this exhibition unveils a sunny temperament with a textured, sober yet luminous palette inspired by the ‘graphic charter’ of the seawall with ‘its blue and white cabins, enriched with yellow for the sun, black for the shadows, and a touch of crustacean orange’.”

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

Slow Galerie
5 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris



Stevie Dix Beside Ourselves

September 14th to October 23rd

Artwork (cropped) featured in the exhibit Beside Ourselves at Galerie Chloe Salgado © Stevie Dix

“After growing up in Genk, Belgium, Stevie Dix (1990) moved to London in 2010, and participated in the Turps Art School Correspondence Course (2016-2017), tutored by artist Phil King. She then moved to Suffolk, before returning to Genk in 2020, where she is currently based. Stevie Dix’s oils on canvas are heavy and thick, and composed in a personal language where figures and objects, arranged in minimalistic compositions, are elevated to symbols and metaphors for intimate feelings. Her work often looks back to a period of her late adolescence spent in Genk. Feeling ‘stuck’ in this small, ex-industrial town, Dix spent a lot of her days in her mother’s studio learning to make her own clothes and to draw and paint. By translating introspection into a coming-of-age theme, she aims to hit a universal nerve.”

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

Galerie Chloé Salgado
61 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris



Kyoko Dufaux Apprenti en lévitation

September 6th-18th

Artwork featured in the exhibit Apprenti en lévitation at Galerie Treize-dix © Kyoko Dufaux

More information to come.

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

Galerie Treize-dix
13 rue Taylor, 75010 Paris
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Jacqueline Duhême Il était une fois…

Félicité Landrivon & Roxanne Maillet Freed from Designer

From September 8th to January 1st / From September 8th to December 18th

Irma et Igor sur Le France, 1962, Arrivée du France à New York, Ink, watercolor, gouache – Artwork featured in the exhibit Il était une fois… at Fondation des Artistes © Jacqueline Duhême – Photo: Maison nationale des artistes – Courtesy of the artist

“At the conjunction of the graphic universes of Félicité Landrivon (who also signs under Brigade Cynophile) and Roxanne Maillet, the exhibition Freed From Designer is based on back-and-forths between the graphic designers, their sources of inspiration, their respective previous works, and the derivative products produced for the exhibition. […] In her inimitable style, the exhibition Il était une fois… Jacqueline Duhême pays tribute to the color and poetry that emerge from the artist’s drawings, for whom drawing was ‘a necessity, like giving a gift to someone you love’.”

Monday to Friday (Thursdays excepted): 1pm-6pm – Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-6pm – Free admission

MABA – Fondation des Artistes
16 rue Charles VII, 94130 Nogent-sur-Marne



Camille Léage Bus 60

Until September 19th

Buttes-Chaumont – Artwork featured in the exhibit Bus 60 outside Pavillon Carré de Baudouin © Camille Léage

“In 2010, Camille Léage started documenting the streets of the neighborhoods of northeastern Paris. During her wanderings in the 18th, 19th, and 20th arrondissements, she defined a protocol to observe her city differently. For ten years, she brought back scenes that testify to the human and architectural diversity of this territory and gives us another image of Paris, far from the clichés of the City of Light, or of the so-called “quartiers sensibles”. Throughout this research, Camille Léage reflects on how to better inhabit the city. She raises questions about diversity between communities, the way public space is shared, and the usefulness of “useless” actions. Her pictures are accompanied by a series of illustrated postcards, along with an essay by Taous Dahmani (historian of photography), and interviews with Solo (co-founder of the rap collective Assassin), as well as Pascale Lapalud and Chris Blache (creators of the platform Genre et Ville).”

Outdoors – Free admission

Murs du Pavillon Carré de Baudouin
Rue des Pyrénées & Rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris



Xie Lei Chant d’Amour

From September 3rd to October 8th

Exhibition view – Chant d’Amour by Xie Lei at Semiose © Xie LeiSemiose

“If the senses become clouded after a moment of ecstasy, Xie Lei’s paintings undergo a similar process. Employing a limited number of colors, the artist plunges the viewer into a world which is often vaporous and murky. On the barren surface of the canvas, luminous contrasts break through, recalling Caravaggio’s universe where each shadow is mastered and worked with finesse. The title of the exhibition, Chant d’Amour, leads to the question of how the dimension of sound, another intangible component, is present in these works. Like Genet’s film, this love song is silent but at the same time it leads the spectator to imagine the sonic ambience of each painting. The artist drops a few hints: his studio resounds with the sound of flamenco and other ardent musical genres. In Xie Lei’s work, the subjects, the sounds and his technique are all timeless and carry us off into a world of visions, fantasies and emancipation.” — Loïc Le Gall, independent curator and art critic

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

44 rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris



Boris Mikhaïlov Journal ukrainien

September 7th to January 15th

De la série Red, 1968-75 Tirage chromogène, 45,5 x 30,5cm © Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Tate: Acquis avec l’aide du Art Fund (avec la contribution de la Wolfson Foundation) et Konstantin Grigorishin 2011.

“The MEP presents the most important retrospective to date devoted to the Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov, born in 1938 in Kharkiv. Considered one of the most influential contemporary artists from Eastern Europe, he has been developing a body of experimental photographic work exploring social and political subjects for more than fifty years. In an extraordinarily rich body of work that defies categorisation, Mikhailov unsettles visual codes. Inventing his own distinct artistic language in series that vary enormously in terms of technique, format and approach, he bears witness to the harsh social realities and absurdities of his time.”

Wednesday to Friday: 11am-8pm (until 10pm on Thursdays) – Saturday & Sunday: 10am-8pm – €11/€7

Maison européenne de la photographie
5/7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris



Wang Ruohan I Walk on Neon Arc

Chen Yingjie Sun and Wind

September 2nd-24th

Doing time, 2022 – Artwork featured in the exhibit I Walk on Neon Arc at Galerie Danysz © Wang Ruohan – Danysz

“Danysz marks the beginning of this new season with two individual exhibitions on the walls of its Paris gallery. Best known for her bold use of color and her creation of quirky, offbeat characters, Wang Ruohan observes the environment in her own way, building upon disordered and obscure pictures to construct a whimsical world. Using a playful approach to explore the urban space and human behavior, her paintings have neither linear narratives nor cultural backgrounds or individual features. […] Sun and Wind presents the latest works by Chen Yingjie. Following his introspective journey, the young prodigy spent months painting in the Shangri-La region of Yunnan in China to give life to his latest series Paint from the Nature of Yunnan, marking the latest stage of his genre-breaking explorations. With his mixed arsenal, freely merging street art and abstract expressionism, Chen who is known for his very unique style that defies all categories, offers a crystallized view of varied and breathtaking natural scenery.”

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

78 rue Amelot, 75011 Paris



Caroline Tassigny Peintures & Impressions

September 8th-30th

Exhibit Peintures & Impressions © Caroline Tassigny – Danube Palace Café

“Caroline Tassigny is a graphic designer and street artist, active in the associative life of Paris’ 19th arrondissement, where she draws and paints regularly. Just like her neighborhood, her imagination is vibrant and diverse. It is recognizable by the omnipresence of fauna and flora, as she grew up in the middle of nature and has kept a particular sensitivity to these themes. Generally speaking, her questioning revolves around environmental and societal issues, which seem inseparable to her. She works on interior and exterior frescoes and often involves the public, both in the conception and the realization. She also draws on windows. She envisioned nomadic canvases, as here at the Danube Palace Café, in order to raise awareness around issues that are essential to her […] : the right to education, especially for girls, the ultra-toxicity of lobbies, or the commodification and overexploitation of resources and living beings.”

Monday to Saturday: 12:30pm-7:30pm – Free admission

Danube Palace Café
12 rue de la Solidarité, 75019 Paris
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Broder / Déborder

September 9th to October 29th

Exhibit Broder / Déborder © Centre Tignous d’art contemporain

“Accompanied by ten embroidery and visual artists, director Dominique Cabrera exposes and explores the imaginary world of her next film, Des Femmes comme les autres, with Yolande Moreau and Hélène Vincent. ‘One evening, a woman follows the thread of her work further than expected and lets herself be overwhelmed, upsetting the lives of her best friend and of the members of her embroidery club. What is it to be a woman? What to do with what still bleeds? Where do our bodies, our ghosts, and our desires lead us?’ Like her heroines, the artists met by Dominique Cabrera weave, each in her own way, the renewal of contemporary embroidery. […] Through their images, their light, tragic, political, ironic, and poetic stories, from the foliage of the forests to cellular territories, the world, cruel and splendid, upside down and right side up, our world, takes shape. It is beautiful, it hurts and it feels good, it resists, it embroiders and it overflows!” — Dominique Cabrera and Aude Cotelli, curators

Wednesday to Friday: 2pm-6pm (until 9pm on Thursdays) – Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Free admission

Centre Tignous d’art contemporain
116 rue de Paris, 93100 Montreuil



Cabu – Dessins de la rafle du Vel d’Hiv

Until November 7th

Exhibit Cabu – Dessins de la rafle du Vel d’Hiv at Mémorial de la Shoah © Cabu – V. Cabut

“In the spring of 1967, the magazine Le Nouveau Candide published the first pages of La Grande rafle du Vel d’Hiv 16 juillet 1942 by Claude Lévy and Paul Tillard. To illustrate this five-part series, the editorial staff called on a young 29-year-old cartoonist, Jean Cabut, known as Cabu. Through documents and testimonies, Lévy and Tillard’s book retraces the course of the round-up and lockdown of more than 8,000 of the 13,000 victims of the arrests in the Vélodrome d’Hiver. Pointing out the role of the French police and the Vichy government in the deportation of Jews by the Nazis, the book provoked a shock in the public opinion. It was also a shock for Cabu, who discovered this tragedy, forgotten too quickly, and put the best of his talent to translate the scenes described into drawings. On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv roundup, Véronique Cabut, his wife, and the Shoah Memorial, offer to rediscover these drawings, never exhibited since their publication. This exhibition is also a tribute to a brilliant and popular cartoonist who was one of the twelve victims of the January 7th, 2015 jihadist attack against the staff of Charlie Hebdo.”

Sunday to Friday: 10am-6:30pm (until 10pm on Thursdays) – Free admission

Mémorial de la Shoah
17 rue Geoffroy L’Asnier, 75004 Paris



J’ai si longtemps rêvé de ce pays lointain, que j’ai réinventé ses bruits et ses parfums…

September 11th to October 26th

Communion, 2018, black stone and acrylic on canvas, 160 x 300 cm – Artwork featured in the exhibit J’ai si longtemps rêvé de ce pays lointain, que j’ai réinventé ses bruits et ses parfums… at Maëlle Galerie © Samuel Gélas – Courtesy of the artist

“The Maëlle Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary! To mark the event, the gallery presents J’ai si longtemps rêvé de ce pays lointain, que j’ai réinventé ses bruits et ses parfums… (I have dreamed of this distant country for so long that I have reinvented its sounds and its perfumes…) a group exhibition inspired by a ballad by the Martinique singer Ralph Thamar. This exhibition, far more than exile, evokes the nostalgia of a lost inner paradise that is cultivated, that inhabits us and whose bipolarity consumes us. It is a softly sung story of those with a heavy heart in an in-between place and whose dual heritage is here and elsewhere.”

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

Maëlle Galerie
29 rue de la Commune de Paris, 93230 Romainville



Regards du Grand Paris

Until October 23rd

 Cité lacustre #7, 2021 – Artwork featured in the exhibit Regards du Grand Paris at Magasins généraux © Lucie Jean – Magasins généraux

“The result of a collaboration between the Ateliers Médicis, the Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap), the Magasins généraux, the Société du Grand Paris, and the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, the exhibition Regards du Grand Paris brings together 38 artists who participated in the first five years (2016 to 2021) of the national photographic commission of the same name, entrusted by the Ministry of Culture to the Ateliers Médicis in partnership with the Cnap. The exhibition unveils these artworks to the public for the first time, returning to the territories that saw the birth of these images.”

Wednesday to Sunday: 2pm-8pm (until 10pm on Thursdays) – Free admission

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



Sors de ta Réserve #1

Until October 1st

Drink in park – Œuvre présentée aux Réserves de Romainville dans le cadre de l’exposition Sors de ta Réserve #1 © Florence Paradeis – Frac Île-de-France

“After the transfer of the 2,078 works in the Frac Île-de-France collection, Les Réserves reopen to the public with the hanging of works chosen online. This first selection of artworks by the public, including recent pieces as well as older, even historical ones, perfectly represents the diversity of mediums found in the Frac’s collection. It also reflects the diversity of today’s artistic creation. 33 works, made by 33 artists, were chosen by the public for this inaugural experiment of Sors de ta Réserve.”

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

Les Réserves – Frac Île-de-France
43 rue de la Commune de Paris, 93230 Romainville



Visages d’en Faces – Le pouvoir de nos gestes

From September 17th to October 18th

Exhibit Le pouvoir de nos gestes © Visages d’en Faces

“From September 17th to October 18th, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont welcomes the exhibit The power of our gestures – Workers of cleanliness and of the environment. Portraits to make us see what seems ‘normal’ to us in a different light. By highlighting the people behind the jobs, the portraits drawn and told speak of solidarity, of self-respect, respect of the other, environmental protection, beauty… They are no longer simply garbage collectors, maintenance workers, building guards or residents, they are Adama, Monica, Yacine, Ghania, Marinette, Robert…”

Outdoors – Free admission

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Outside the park by Rue Manin and the 19th arrondissement city hall, 75019 Paris
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Whatever Personal Window

September 10th & 11th

Exhibit Whatever Personal Window © DOC

“From what we talked about, from what we did, was born this exhibition in which a group of artists from different parts of the world, all living in Paris, each with their own interests, their own practice, their own voice, their own perspectives, escape perverse categorizations and exhausting reductions. It is no coincidence that we have chosen to respond to the shapeless chaos of our algorithmic, delirious, and arbitrary present with another form of chaos. We look at the unmixed form of the mixed spectrum – this, that, and the rest. A truly horrific party, in which every voice, every proposition, is a social hermetic: a particle that bumps into things. We are talking about a penumbra with no identifiable gender.”

Saturday: 3pm-10pm – Sunday: 11am-8pm – Free admission

26 rue du Docteur Potain, 75019 Paris




Illustration (cropped) :
Exhibition view – Chant d’Amour by Xie Lei at Semiose © Xie LeiSemiose




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