April 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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Les Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville – 
Les Nouveaux

April 13th-23rd

You, acrylic on canvas – Artwork featured in the exhibit Les Nouveaux at the Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville gallery © AimBoo

On the eve of their annual art walk, the Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville gallery welcomes the exhibition Les Nouveaux, dedicated to the most recent members of the association: AimBoo, Frederik Bugnard, Vincent Cespedes, Olena Donichenko, Lutes, Guy Charles, Valentine Hébert, Mlle Yo, Paul Mollon, Sarah Mostow, Madgut, Thierry Page, Chi Phan, and Marie Raybaud. As part of this event and the upcoming Open Studios, the Paris Lights Up prize will distinguish one of these artists with the publication of a dedicated portrait highligting their work. Watercolor painter Philippe Rozès was named as the recipient of last year’s award.

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

Galerie des AAB
1 Rue Francis Picabia, 75020 Paris



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

Until April 23rd

Still from 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



David Bruce & Simon Poter Jumpincolors

April 6th to June 30th

Exhibit art – Jumpincolors with David Bruce and Simon Poter © Quai 36

Jumpincolors is the new event proposed by Hatchikian Gallery and Quai 36, following on from their artistic partnership. This spring will be punctuated by pulsating colors with a duo show by David Bruce and Simon Poter, designed by curators Audrey Hatchikian and Julie Frydman. The cross-over between an art gallery and an urban art production company offers an original opportunity to appreciate the interferences between mural practice and pictorial research in the works of two artists who play with bursts of color and stylized forms. Inspired by the codes and imaginary of urban playgrounds, David Bruce and Simon Poter deploy a resolutely sunny and carefree acid pop visual language, carrying a playful utopia that wards off the existential tragedy.”

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

Quai 36
43 rue de la Commune de Paris, 93230 Romainville



Léa Habourdin, Almudena Romera, Laure Winants, Ilanit Illouz, and Tamaki Yoshida – Les alchimistes du sensible

Until May 6th

Negative Ecology, 2021 – Artwork featured in the exhibit Les alchimistes du sensible at Fisheye Gallery © Tamaki Yoshida

“Fisheye Gallery brings together Léa Habourdin, Almudena Romera, Laure Winants, Ilanit Illouz and Tamaki Yoshia, five women photographers and visual artists driven by a common concern: the future of the environment. Rich in their respective backgrounds, with their own sensitivities, their views intersect and offer a variation on the same theme, harmonious in the complementarities they suggests. As true alchemists of reality, the raw material, devoid of any human transformation, is at the heart of their unique works, most of which remain unpublished. Salt, plants, coal or fragments of erosion… Between scientific and artistic approaches, natural agents alternatively show what the urban eye no longer perceives.”

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

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



Zsuzsanna Korodi, Sébastien Preschoux, and Tomislav Topic Abstract Experience

Until May 6th

Calm Noise, Paris 2021 © Tomislav Topic – Courtesy of the artist & Danysz

“More than sixty years after the landmark exhibition The Responsive Eye at MoMA, questioning how the eye responds to experiments with foundational elements of art such as color, pattern, and light in time and space, Danysz Gallery brings together three artists. This reunion intends to show how the new generation of geometric abstraction is increasingly present in the artistic landscape. From the colorful installations of Tomislav Topic (Germany, 1985) to the perfect lines of Sébastien Preschoux (France, 1974) and the subtle play of movement generated by Zsuzsanna Korodi (Hungary, 1984), these artists share a will to create a strong experience by bringing the viewer to observe, to analyze, even to move around their works.”

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

78 rue Amelot, 75011 Paris



Eri Maeda Self Love Art

April 13th-15th

Art poster – Self Love Art at Galerie du Popup © Eri Maeda – Galerie du Popup

“Have you given yourself love lately? If not, Japanese ceramicist Eri Maeda has the solution. Her sculptures and vases will transport you to a world of self-love.”

Monday to Thursday: 12pm-2am – Friday: 12pm-3am – Saturday: 6pm-3am – Free admission

La Galerie du Popup
14, rue Abel, 75012 Paris



Zanele Muholi Rétrospective

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



Séverine Rastoul Instants d’ailleurs

Until April 16th

More information to come.

Monday to Friday: 8am-2am – Saturday & Sunday: 4pm-2am – Free admission

Quartier Rouge
52 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris



As-tu vu tomber les étoiles ?

Until April 8th

Studio G.L. Manuel frères. Trapéziste France, around 1930. Analog film. 12,5×16,5 cm. © Collection particulière – Galerie Lumière des Roses

An incendiary meeting between painter Xavier Combes and the Lumière des roses gallery. From his studio in Draveil, Xavier Combes lit sparks in our eyes as he revealed the work that kept him busy for several years: painting fireworks, their chromatic alchemy, their ultimate fallout. The gaze carried on the images sails for each one in spaces as vast as the horizon, but when the common points meet, the desire to work together takes an air of evidence. This exhibition was born from this shared desire, like a way of talking to each other, a tightrope walker’s exercise. Holding together painting and photography, the spurt of colors and the vividness of silver, the appearance and disappearance of snapshots, in order to capture something of the ephemeral, the elusive. — Marion and Philippe Jacquier

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

Galerie Lumière des Roses
12-14 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 93100 Montreuil



Circulation(s) – Festival de la jeune photographie européenne

Until May 21st

Artwork from the series Ottantuno featured in the festival Circulation(s) at Centquatre © Isacco Emiliani – Festival Circulation(s)

“Since 2011, Circulation(s) has been questioning territories and current issues seen through the eyes of emerging European photographers. Featured twenty-seven artists of fourteen different nationalities, it offers once more an open artistic vision, rich in contrasts and trends, reflecting contemporary concerns. The festival portrays a new generation of photographers who take on the images as well as the major themes of their time, using a multitude of styles, ranging from documentary photography to archival images, as well as staging and fiction. Spread over more than 2 000 square meters of exhibition space, Circulation(s) aims to be both demanding and popular in order to showcase a focus on our time.”

Mercredi à dimanche : 2pm-7pm – €6/€4/€3

5 rue Curial, 75019 Paris




Until April 15th

Flots mystiques d’après La Bienheureuse Ludivica Albertoni du Bernin, 2023, graphit pencil on paper – Artwork featured at H Gallery for the exhibit Dé-voiler © Maryline Terrier – H Gallery

“After six and a half years near République, H Gallery was looking for a new setting to keep growing and serving the artists it defends. It is now moving to the heart of the Marais, a few minutes from the Centre Pompidou. On the occasion of the inauguration of its new space on rue Chapon, H Gallery presents a singular group exhibition, curated by Amélie Adamo. With Dé-voiler, the public will discover new aspects of selected works of the gallery’s artists, such as Corine Borgnet, Paul Vergier, Lara Bloy, Reuben Negrón, Maryline Terrier or Fay Ku, reunited with those of other invited creators such as Stéphane Pencréac’h, Nazanin Pouyandeh, Simon Pasieka, Axel Pahlavi, Marco Velk, Davor Vrankic, Sarah Jérôme, Benjamin Bruneau, Aurélie De Heinzelin, Benjamin Défossez, and Katia Bourdarel.”

Tuesday to Saturday: 1pm-6pm – Free admission

H Gallery
39 rue Chapon, 75003 Paris



Collectifs Mort aux Rats ! & Partie 2 –Faire surface

Until April 2nd

Artwork featured in the collective exhibit Faire Surface at Galerie Agent M © Théophile – Morts aux rats ! & Partie 2

“10pm, a time for the Rats. To meet them, you will have to reverse the clock. To catch them, you will have to think backwards. Without anything above, the Rats invested the underground. Only the tunnels allowed them to give substance to their ideas. It was here or nowhere. ‘Underneath’, they wanted to nibble, to dig their own ways, in the shadow of the already too narrow, too regular meshes of the arrogant city. […] Partie 2 means the passage to a new era, a page turning. Rejuvenating the gallery and recovering the means of exhibition naturally united these young people. Partie 2 had the ambition to highlight the work of young artists, those who are still groping, hesitating, seeking and accomplishing themselves. Helping young productions to emerge, now leaving the underground to make their entry in the art world.”

Friday to Sunday: 10am-8pm – Free admission

Galerie Agent M
62 rue Saint-Sabin, 75011 Paris



Fiat Lux – Et la lumière fut

Until April 15th

Visuel de l’exposition 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, a symbol of life or of the divine. To each light its encounter. The exhibit is a project conceived 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



Watch me fall

Until April 22nd

Exhibit art – Watch me fall © Affiche de Tom Cazin – Doc

A collective exhibit based on a project by Shivers Only with Ethan Assouline, Alexandre Khondji, and Megan Plunkett. More information to come.

Saturday and Sunday: 2pm-6pm – Free admission

26 rue du Docteur Potain, 75019 Paris



Illustration – Photography (cropped):
Artwork from the series Ottantuno featured at Centquatre for the festival Circulation(s)
© Isacco Emiliani – Festival Circulation(s)



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