February 2023: A selection of art exhibits to view in Eastern Paris this month

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



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Yulia Appen, Igor Chechakov, Yana Hryhorenko, Sergey Melnitchenko, Xenia Petrovska, and Yana Sidash – Alarming Beauty

Until February 24th

Disturbing Beauty, 2022 © Artwork featured in the exhibit Alarming Beauty at Fisheye Gallery © Yana Hryhorenko

“Until February 24, Fisheye Gallery presents the group exhibition Alarming Beauty featuring works by Yulia Appen, Igor Chekachkov, Yana Hryhorenko, Sergey Melnitchenko, Xenia Petrovska, and Yana Sidash. Beyond the imagery of war, the six emerging Ukrainian photographers brought together by researcher Camille Leprince echo the upheaval that their country suffered a year ago, gracefully combining omens and memories. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the works will be donated to the Ukrainian Emergency Art Fund, which supports artists and promotes culture through the current crisis.”

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

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



Nadia Belerique, Camille Brée, Éléonore Cheneau, Joanna Piotrowska, Leslie Thornton, and Céline Vaché-Olivieri L’Irrésolue

Until April 23rd

Still by CAT EFFEKT – Distruktur- Brazil, Russia, Germany, Lithuania, 16mm / hd, 40 min., 2011 © Distruktur Courtesy of the artists Distruktur and The Film Gallery

A stone’s throw from Buttes-Chaumont (19th arrondissement), the Fonds régional d’art contemporain presents the exhibition L’Irrésolue (The Irresolute), bringing together works by Nadia Belerique, Camille Brée, Éléonore Cheneau, Joanna Piotrowska, Leslie Thornton, and Céline Vaché-Olivieri. The works of the six artists are spread out over the 600 square meters and the half-dozen rooms of the Plateau, a space created in 2002 to highlight contemporary creation. Through “a title deliberately irresolute itself”, says the curator of the exhibition Anne-Lou Vicente, this creative mosaic combining photography, film, painting, sculpture, installation, and intervention in situ, becomes “an intermediate space, in suspense, floating”, where “the visible and the invisible, what appears on the surface and what can be hidden inside” coexist. — Our article (French)

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

FRAC Île-de-France – Le Plateau
22 rue des Alouettes, 75019 Paris



Yves Bélorgey Cités-jardins

Until February 18th

Onkel Toms Hütte. Architect: Bruno Taut, Berlin. December-January 2022. Pigment on canvas, 240 × 240 cm. Photo: Anne Lise Seusse. © Yves Bélorgey. Courtesy of the artist and Xippas

“Yves Bélorgey’s latest solo exhibition Cités-Jardins [Garden City Estates] presents for the first time in Paris his pigment paintings and embarks on an “investigation” into an architectural utopia that flourished in the 1920s and 1930s, but which today has been abandoned. This idea, almost visionary in scope, envisaged a “future town” as an alternative to the cacophony of the industrial age, and set out a model of a housing project that would be “closer to the land” and include a space to be cultivated and shared. By integrating a garden into a housing complex, it would allow its inhabitants an escape from suffocation as well as from alienation…”

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

Xippas Paris
108 rue Vieille-du-Temple, 75003 Paris



Adèle Chabot Les Royaumes bleus

From February 8th to March 7th

Exhibit art – Les Royaumes Bleus © Adèle Chabot

“In the Blue Kingdoms we find glimmers, ghostly chairs, mirrors, flowers, hands of flesh or porcelain. We can perceive colorful mountains, screaming cities, a warrior at rest, giants, octopuses and volcanic confetti. Les Royaumes bleus (The Blue Kingdoms) is an exhibition presenting artwork by Adèle Chabot, bringing together photographs and illustrations.”

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

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



Margot Duseigneur & Antoine Marchalot Hilaire & Formentin

February 9th-19th

Exhibition art – Hilaire & Formentin © Margot Duseigneur et Antoine Marchalot

“A lot of drawings; drawings aplenty. As in their previous collaborations, Antoine Marchalot and Margaux Duseigneur will favor quantity over quality. But is this really serious, in 2023? What to do with all these drawings? We’ll discuss it on the evening of the opening on February 9th! In 2015, Margaux and Antoine created the small publishing house Le Vau Charette, and they participated in the organization of the Fanzines! Festival in Paris for several years. Today they are part of La Calade, a collective of artists, craftsmen, and researchers, with whom they share a workplace and organize concerts, exhibitions, and solidarity canteens in Uzerche.”

Thursday to Sunday: 2pm-7pm and on appointment – Free admission

26 rue du Docteur Potain, 75019 Paris



Zanele Muholi Retrospective

Until May 21st

Bester V, Mayotte, 2015 (left) / Candice Nkosi, Durban, 2020 (right) – Courtesy of the Artist and Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York © Zanele Muholi

“Zanele Muholi, who defines themself as a “visual activist”, uses the camera as a tool to confront and repair injustice. During the 1990s, South Africa underwent significant social and political change. Democracy was established in 1994 with the abolition of apartheid; this was followed by a new constitution in 1996, the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. Despite this progress, the Black LGBTQIA+ community remains the target of violence and prejudice to this day. Bringing to light the uniqueness and diversity of the individuals they picture, Muholi emphasizes their courage and dignity in the face of intolerance and discrimination. These photographs encourage viewers to address their own misconceptions. Together they create a new lexicon of positive imagery for under- and misrepresented communities, promoting mutual understanding and respect.”

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



Amandine Urruty The Model

Until February 25th

Artworks featured in the exhibit The Model at Galerie Arts Factory © Amandine Urruty

“On the occasion of the launch of the monograph Made in the Dark published by Cernunnos, the Arts Factory gallery presents the exhibition The Model, five years after the last Parisian solo show by illustrator Amandine Urruty. The exhibition unveils a new set of 50 drawings in often impressive formats, for a creator whose preferred tools remain graphite and charcoal. With this series of recent works produced between 2019 and 2022, Amandine Urruty reappropriates the classic figure of the portrait and blurs the boundary between the artist and his model, the imaginary and reality, through a virtuoso mirror effect. By juxtaposing hyper-realistic technical prowess, children’s drawings, and references to art history and pop culture to create compositions as abundant as ever, Amandine Urruty opens a new chapter in an already exemplary career in the international graphic arts scene.”

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

Galerie Arts Factory
27 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris



Insurgé.e.s ! Regards sur celles et ceux de la Commune de 1871

Until March 6th

Exhibition view – Insurgé·es at Musée d’art et d’histoire Paul Éluard in Saint-Denis © Paris Lights Up

The Musée d’art et d’histoire Paul Éluard presents the exhibition Insurgé·es, which “intends to show new historical approaches to the Commune of 1871” based on the testimonies of those “who lived through the events, and passed on their memories”. With more than 15,000 artworks, archives, and other documents relating to the revolutionary experience of the spring of 1871, the Saint-Denis institution holds one of the most important collections dedicated to this event that still inspires political and artistic memories alike. Nearly 90 years after the great exhibition organized by the city in 1935 following the constitution of these collections, the Paul Éluard museum presents a new temporary exhibition retracing this history “at the level of men, women, and children – whether famous or lesser known, identified or anonymous, individuals or collectives. — Our article (French)

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10am-5h30pm – Thursday: 10am-8pm – Saturday & Sunday: 2pm-6:30pm – €5/€3

Musée d’art et d’histoire Paul Éluard
22 bis rue Gabriel Péri, 93200 Saint-Denis



Fiat Lux – Let there be light

Until April 15th

Exhibit art – Fiat Lux © Centre Tignous d’art contemporain

“From this biblical opening will rise a journey, a point of view by stages on the principle of the birth of the ‘original’ light, the history of a revelation, of fortuitous, critical, or desired mutations. So many key moments of (re)birth of light, as an aesthetic ideal, faith in our sciences, philosophical muse, symbol of life or the divine. To each light its encounter. The exhibit is based on a proposal by Julien Taïeb, guest curator of the exhibition, with Félicie D’Estienne D’Orves, Olivier Ratsi, and other visual artists.”

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




Until February 18th

Artwork from the series Zeitgeist featured in the exhibit Rassemblements ! at Mémoire de l’Avenir © Hélène Guétary

“In December 2022, Mémoire de l’Avenir published a call for artists. This call, entitled Regroup! (Rassemblements !) was in fact more of a rallying cry; the expression of a desire to bring together ten artists whose practices would shed a light on that which can be learned and gained from artistic creations which articulate togetherness in a singular, personal and committed way. The outcome, presented January 28th to February 18th, is a transdisciplinary group show including works in sculpture, drawing, painting and photography by artists from Belleville, France, and elsewhere. The exhibit features artists Antoine Guilhem, Ducléon Batia Eissenwasser Jancourt, Clothilde Lasserre, Emma Nony, le collectif FROP, Hélène Guétary, Louis Leroy, Lya Garcia, Peter Brandt, and Yong Hee Kim.”

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

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



Whose Utopia

Until February 16th

Whose Utopia, 2006, Colour video, sound, Photo: VISUAL PROVIDED BY THE GALLERY © Cao Fei

“A group of young people aged 15 to 18 from the Carré de Vincennes is creating an exhibition based on works from the Frac’s collection related to the theme of “décor”, or setting. Called Whose Utopia, as a tribute to the work of Cao Fei, it is presented at Le Carré until February 16th. The exhibition brings together artists Thomas Bayrle, Dara Birnbaum, Pierre Bismuth, Lynne Cohen, François Curlet, Florence Doléac, Richard Fauguet, Cao Fei, Selugi Lee, Frédéric Lefever, Mac Adams, Florence Paradeis, and Bruno Persat.”

Tuesday to Saturday: 1pm-8pm – Free admission

Carré de Vincennes
1 rue de l’Égalité, 94300 Vincennes




Illustration (cropped) :
Onkel Toms Hütte. Architect: Bruno Taut, Berlin. December-January 2022. Pigment on canvas, 240 × 240 cm. Photo: Anne Lise Seusse.
© Yves Bélorgey. Courtesy of the artist and Xippas



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