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

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



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Chloé Azzopardi, Alisa Martynova, and Maxime Taillez Fisheye & Festival La Gacilly

October 6th-29th

Artwork from the series Écosystèmes featured in the exhibit Fisheye invite le festival La Gacilly at Fisheye Gallery © Chloé Azzopardi

“The Photo Festival La Gacilly and Fisheye join forces to support young creation and honor new visions in contemporary photography. Artworks by the winners of the ‘Prize for New Writings in Environmental Photography’ Chloé Azzopardi, Alisa Martynova, and Maxime Taillez will be featured at the Fisheye Gallery from October 6th to 29th, after being presented in La Gacilly (Morbihan) during the 19th edition of the Photo Festival La Gacilly, Visions of the East. For the past seven years, this prize has been highlighting a new generation of photographers who question our relationship with the world and our environment.”

Wednesday to Friday: 2pm-7pm – Saturday: 11:30am-6pm – Free admission

Fisheye Gallery
2 rue de l’hôpital Saint-Louis, 75010 Paris



Aristide Barraud Bâtiment 5 / Courte Vie Pleine

October 6th-16th

Artworks featured in the exhibit Bâtiment C / Courte Vie Pleine at Floréal Belleville © Aristide Barraud

“In 2020, as Aristide Barraud was coming out of a cycle of destruction, he entered the demolition site of Building #5 of the Bosquets housing estate in Montfermeil, an architectural utopia from the 1960s. For several months, he photographed the progress of the project and the workers who were there, many of whom had grown up in the building. He later spent the summer pasting images and writing on the walls before the B5 disappeared completely. Courte Vie Pleine is about what we lose, about cycles, destruction and rebirths.”

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

Floréal Belleville
43 rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris



Marie-Pierre Brunel La réminiscence des pierres

Faustine Jacquot Même les fantômes ont peur du noir

Nikita Kravtsov Pornfood

Until 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 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



Ricardo Cavolo Smells like kid spirit

Until October 22nd

Artwork featured in the exhibit Smells like kid spirit at Galerie Nanoh © Ricardo CavoloNanoh

“For his first solo show in France, Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo invests the Nanoh gallery with a new exhibition, Smells like kid spirit. It takes the form of a retrospective of his personal story through the lens of his phantasmagorical universe. In a very graphic and colorful style, he deploys his imagination between American popular art, folklore, and religious imagery. He evolves through different practices and populates his universe with the characters that marked his childhood, drawing in the same way that a storyteller uses words and evokes moments of his youth. Through this event, the artist offers his vision of a changing era, which has marked a generation.”

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

Galerie Nanoh
22 rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris



Mathieu Cherkit Time’s Up?

Until 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



Coline Colline Paris Neptune

October 5th-31st

Artwork featured in the exhibit Paris Neptune at Péniche L’eau et les rêves © Coline Colline

“Before devoting herself to drawing, Coline Colline worked in museums for several years. Today, her interest in heritage sites combines with her passion for graphic arts. From the re-editions of archives and old maps, she creates a dreamlike bestiary that combines the meticulousness of Indian ink and the luminosity of watercolor. With the exhibition Paris-Neptune, the green spaces of the capital intersect with coasts and coastlines, in an imaginary journey between sea maps and garden plans.”

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

Péniche librairie L’eau et les rêves
9 quai de l’Oise, 75019 Paris



Jacqueline Duhême Il était une fois…

Félicité Landrivon & Roxanne Maillet Freed from Designer

Until January 1st / Until 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

In Nogent-sur-Marne, near the Bois de Vincennes, the MABA and the Maison Nationale des Artistes present a striking double exhibition until the end of the year. Freed From Designer brings together the graphic worlds of young designers Félicité Landrivon (also signing under Brigade Cynophile) and Roxanne Maillet. Everyday items, furniture, t-shirts, posters: in a venue redesigned like a real apartment, the duo gives free rein to its creativity and leads the visitor into a space where design, shapes, and colors combine to deliver a message of feminist emancipation. Once upon a time… Jacqueline Duhême, l’imagière honors a prolific artist who has particularly distinguished herself in the field of children’s literature, and was also one of the pioneers of documentary drawing starting from the 1960s. The exhibit is an opportunity to discover the rich and poetic life and career of an artist for whom “drawing is a necessity, like offering 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



Xie Lei Chant d’Amour

Until October 8th

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

“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

Until January 15th

From the series Red, 1968-75 Tirage chromogène, 45,5 x 30,5cm © Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Tate: Acquired with the support of the Art Fund (and contributions from the Wolfson Foundation) and 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



Eko Nugroho Heads Full of Empty Views

October 15th to November 26th

We Just Always Try to be Blind, 2018 – Artwork featured in the exhibit Heads Full of Empty Views at Danysz © Eko Nugroho – Courtesy Danysz Gallery

Eko Nugroho, the internationally renowned Indonesian contemporary artist who took over the spaces of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris in 2012, is back in France. Through this exhibition, he invites us to discover the full richness and depth of his art, which dives us into a surrealist universe, resolutely graphic, with vivid and luminous works that convey an unlimited optimistic energy. […] Nugroho has an ability to connect with the environment that surrounds him, capturing the noise and fury of the street, the exchange of glances, identities and attitudes. He expresses these flows in drawings and patterns that invade the space, and all means of creation are appropriate to represent these fusions between Indonesia and the West, street culture and the art world, political issues and intimate reflections.

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

78 rue Amelot, 75011 Paris



AKAA – Also Known As Africa

October 21st-23rd

Artwork featured in the exhibit Also Known As Africa at Carreau du Temple © Victor Olaoyé – Galerie Chauvy

The art fair Also Known As Africa will soon be back in the Carreau du Temple hall for its seventh edition. Dedicated to contemporary creations from the African continent and its diasporas, this year’s event it will bring together the works of some forty French and international galleries, with nearly 130 artists represented. Several Eastern Paris locations will participate in the event, scheduled from Friday 21st to Sunday, October 23rd, such as 193 Gallery (Thandiwe Muriu, Marcel Tchowpe, Derrick Ofosu Boateng), Backslash (Riley Holloway), and Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Atsoupé, Leslie Amine, Bouvy Enkobo, Gastineau Massamba). Painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, collage: culture lovers will once again be spoilt for choice with the diversity of the featured artworks.

Friday: 12pm-9pm – Saturday: 12pm-10pm – Sunday: 12pm-6pm – €16/€11

Carreau du Temple
4 rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris



Broder / Déborder

Until 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



Cinétique ! La sculpture en mouvement

Until December 11th

Exhibition view – Cinétique ! La sculpture en mouvement at Fondation Villa Datris – Espace Monte-Cristo

“To celebrate its fifth year of opening to the public, Espace Monte-Cristo, the Parisian venue of the Villa Datris Foundation, presents Cinétique! Sculpture in Motion. The exhibition reveals the heart of its collection, bringing together more than 35 sculptures by French and international artists. Combining historical and scientific references, the exhibition brings together kinetic sculptures from the 1960s alongside more recent ones, sometimes displaying cutting-edge technologies. Whether static, dynamic, or mechanical, the featured artworks allow us to discover movement in all its forms.”

Wednesday to Sunday: 11am-1pm & 2pm-6:30pm – Free admission

Fondation Villa Datris – Espace Monte-Cristo
9 rue Monte Cristo, 75020 Paris



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

Until 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



Parisiennes citoyennes! (1789-2000)

Until January 29th

6 octobre 1979, Marche des femmes – Artwork featured in the exhibit Parisiennes citoyennes ! at Musée Carnavalet © Pierre Michaud / Gamma Rapho

It is a history made of revolts, pamphlets, strikes, indignations, petitions, demonstrations. That of the countless battles waged by the women of Paris to free themselves from the shackles imposed by the religious, moral, capitalist, and patriarchal orders. Conceived by a quartet comprising the director of the Carnavalet Museum Valérie Guillaume, the professor of contemporary history Christine Bard, and the curators Catherine Tambrun and Juliette Tanré-Szewczyk, Parisiennes citoyennes! brings together nearly 170 works and documents, some of which have never been shown before, in order to retrace this other revolution still taking place in the capital to this day. […] — Our article (French)

Tuesday to Sunday: 10am-6pm – €11/€9/€0 – Free admission to the rest of the museum

Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris
23 rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris



Portes ouvertes des ateliers d’artistes de Montreuil 2022

October 14th-16th

© Portes ouvertes des ateliers d’artistes de Montreuil

A key territory in the Paris region’s artistic landscape, Montreuil invites us to push the door of its workshops starting Friday, October 14th. Visitors will have the chance to meet more than 250 artists throughout the city. Scheduled over three days, the 24th Open Studios of Montreuil artists will associate several cultural venues of the Seine-Saint-Denis city. As the main meeting point of the event, the Centre Tignous d’Art Contemporain will be open during the whole weekend.

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

Accueil – Centre Tignous d’Art Contemporain, 116 rue de Paris, 93100 Montreuil



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



Visages d’en Faces – Le pouvoir de nos gestes

Until October 18th

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

“The Parc des Buttes Chaumont welcomes the exhibit The power of our gestures – Workers of cleanliness and of the environment until October 18th, featuring portraits showing 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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281 – ARCA x DOC

October 8th-16th

© Tom Cazin

“The exhibition 281 brings together the artists Louis Andrews, Audrey Aumegeas, Loïc Leclercq, and Anita Sanchez, who are hosted by the DOC’s Temporary Residency in Visual Arts – ARCA 2022 Program. The event is organized in partnership with the École supérieure des Arts et médias Caen/Cherbourg, and the École supérieure d’Art Annecy Alpes.”

Opening hours to be confirmed – Free admission

26 rue du Docteur Potain, 75019 Paris




Illustration (cropped):
We Just Always Try to be Blind, 2018 – Artwork featured in the exhibit Heads Full of Empty Views at Danysz © Eko Nugroho – Courtesy Danysz Gallery




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