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

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



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France Bizot Polaroils

From November 9th to December 16th

Sirin Stories, 2023 – Artwork featured in the exhibit Polaroils at Backslash Gallery © France Bizot

“France Bizot’s sixth solo exhibition at Backslash, taking place in the middle of the month-long Paris Photo event, delves deep into the world of the Polaroid by subverting its primary trait: the instant nature of the photograph. Although the series on show pay tribute to the technique introduced in the late 1940s, Bizot is more concerned with the specific characteristics of the well-known format: a 7.9 x 7.9 cm square in a 10.7 x 8.8 cm rectangle (3.1 x 3.1 inches in 4.2 x 3.5 inches). After spending several years focusing on drawing and ceramics, the artist has now turned her attention to painting, a medium she previously tackled at the beginning of her artistic journey.”

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

Backslash Gallery
29 rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris



E. Boissier & Lutes Au 389

From November 23rd to January 19th

Voilà l’été, voilà l’été – Artwork featured in the exhibit at Galerie 389 La Boutique © Lutes

Lutes and E. Boissier are two Parisian painters who share a common vision of figurative painting: to represent our times. In the midst of the din and dense, suffocating urbanism that characterizes Paris, their paintings seek to recapture moments of tranquility. Freezing an instant of life, letting your gaze linger on people, objects and lights, taking the time to appreciate, contemplate and preserve a memory of the moment. The exhibition will run for two months, and will evolve throughout to present new paintings at Galerie 389 La Boutique.”

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

Galerie 389 La Boutique
389 rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris



Rozenn Brécard & France Dumas Drawings, engravings

From November 21st to December 3rd

Artwork featured in the exhibit at Galerie Le Serpent Vert © Rozenn Brécard – Galerie Le Serpent Vert

More information to come.

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

Galerie Le Serpent Vert
4 rue des Guillemites, 75004 Paris



Xavier Murillon En contact avec l’air

Until November 27th

© Xavier Murillon – Quartier Rouge

More information to come.

Monday to Friday: 8am-2am – Saturday & Sunday: 10am-2am – Free admission

Quartier Rouge
52 rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris



Thandiwe Muriu You thought you could throw me away

Until December 30th

Camo 42, 2022 / The perfect masterpiece, 2023 – Artworks featured in the exhibit You thought you could throw me away at 193 Gallery © Thandiwe Muriu

“[…] Therein lies Thandiwe Muriu’s strength: an atypical career path, breaking with the norms of her country and the expectations of a “great artistic career”, while recounting the beauty of her reality. You thought you could throw me away presents the elements that make the artist’s work so iconic. Her work encourages viewers to take a fresh look at the concepts of identity and free expression, exploring what it means to be a strong, modern woman. By drawing on her own experience, the Kenyan artist is ultimately addressing women the world over. Indeed, if there’s one subject common to all the demands, expectations, criticisms and stolen speeches, it’s “Woman”. In just three years, the young photographer has established a vibrant identity that cannot be ignored, joining the ranks of those who are helping to reclaim the African narrative and its image.”

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

193 Gallery
24 rue Béranger, 75003 Paris



Yukiko Noritake La Villa

From November 16th to January 16th

Table de sorcière / Tableau du manoir – Artworks featured in the exhibit La Villa at Slow Galerie © Yukiko Noritake – Slow Galerie

La Villa is a lavish series of 30 elegantly styled gouaches. The viewer plunges into a softly chic universe, where every guest and every space is carefully depicted. The meticulousness of the details is reflected in the lace of a dress, a trompe l’oeil wall, the transparency of a crystal, the sensuality of a fruit bowl… You can almost hear the hubbub of the evening, so vibrant is life in Yukiko’s vast painting, where the guests, gathered under a masterly, finely decorated cupola, seem ready to step out of the frame… The food is succulent, the decor sumptuous, the festivities absolutely epicurean. With Yukiko, everyday life is imbued with exquisite refinement, and she cultivates a certain art de vivre where beauty is everywhere, as a remedy for gloom and melancholy. An ideal program for the end of the year!”

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

Slow Galerie
5 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris



Catherine Olivier & Abou Traoré Traces fugitives

November 2nd-22nd

En route III / La lettre III – Artworks featured in the exhibit Traces fugitives at Galerie Art-Z © Catherine Olivier – Galerie Art-Z

“In her works, artist Catherine Olivier translates the feverishness of air, wind, and clouds. Her gaze is directed to the sky, the last frontier before the vertigo of galaxies. The artist evokes her mother and her songs, always between two worlds: this was her balance, her blissful lightness. Accompanied by sculptures by Abou Traoré, Catherine Olivier’s delicate works remind us that what is lightly expressed is more deeply and durably engraved inside us than noise and fury. Opposed to heavy things, they draw us towards freedom: works as light as dreams, or as butterfly wings, which vanish if we dwell on them too long. Catherine Olivier’s subtle art evokes photo-graphy, in the etymological sense: she seems to draw with light. And yet, she burns the canvas, using pyrography on fabric, cardboard, and wood. An ancestral technique which, since the mastery of fire, has left its mark on cave walls on every continent.”

Wednesday to Saturday: 2pm-7pm – Entrée libre

Galerie Art-Z
27 rue Keller, 75011 Paris



Lola Penicaud Les Petites

Until November 25th

Pomme de pin / La laverie – Artworks featured in the exhibit Les Petites at Slow Galerie © Lola Penicaud – Slow Galerie

“In this series of drawings, Les Petites, Lola Penicaud talks about work, drudgery and laborers’ gestures, but also about all those invisible, mute women of the working class, “small” socially but immense in their courage and dedication. She depicts them in generous, lush natures, together, happy and united at work, perhaps a dream vision of a fairer society. Inspired by the films of Miyazaki, Lola draws the poetic reverse side of a cause close to her heart, that of the revaluation of these workers, whose daily toil and values of solidarity and mutual aid are ingrained in their bodies.”

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

Slow Galerie
5 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris



Prune Phi Today didn’t happen yet

Until November 5th

Artworks featured in the exhibit Today didn’t happen yet at Floréal Belleville © Prune Phi

“Cycle #2 of Floréal Belleville’s anniversary month focuses on Southeast Asian art. After several participations in group shows such as XOXO at La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille and during the 66th Salon de Montrouge, Prune Phi will be presenting a solo show as part of the anniversary program. The exhibition highlights the place of scooter tuning among the Vietnamese youth, and its desire for freedom, partying, nightlife, and independence.”

Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm-10pm – Free admission

Floréal Belleville
43 rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris



Exhibition of visual arts laureates from the Fonds régional pour les talents émergents

November 25th to December 16th

© Gabriel Moraes Aquino – Les Réserves – Frac Île-de-France

“The Fonds régional pour les talents émergents – FoRTE (Regional fund for emerging talents) was created by the Île-de-France Region in 2017 to make the territory more attractive to young French and international artists. The winners’ exhibition takes place on the second floor of the Frac Île-de-France’s Les Réserves site. Curated by Céline Poulin, it will bring together artists L. Camus-Govoroff, Nina Chalot, Lucie Douriaud, Camille Juthier, Jacques Ligot, Winnie Mo Rielly, and Gabriel Moraes Aquino.”

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

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



Corps à corps – Histoire(s) de la photographie

Until March 25th

First Reflection, New York. 1940 © Lisette Model – Collection Marin Kermitz – Centre Pompidou

“Bringing together more than 500 photographs and documents by some 120 historical and contemporary photographers, Corps à corps (Body to body) offers a unique insight into photographic representations of the human race in the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition goes beyond the traditional categories of study such as “portrait”, “self-portrait”, “nudes” and so-called “humanist” photography. It reveals the particularities and “photographic” ways of seeing, showing the connections between artists. It brings to light common obsessions in ways of addressing the subject and stylistic approaches. The images on display also question the photographer’s responsibility: how does photography contribute to the birth of identities and their visibility? How does it recount individualities, the relationship with the Other?”

Every day except Tuesdays: 11am-9pm (until 11pm on Thursdays) – €17/€14/€0

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris



Toucher Terre

Until December 17th

Artworks from the series Moss People featured in the exhibit Toucher Terre at Espace Monte Cristo © Kim Simonsson – Courtesy Galerie NeC / Jefunne Gimpel

“In an exhibition space committed to contemporary sculpture and through the artworks of the Villa Datris Foundation, Toucher Terre brings together more than 50 ceramic artworks by French and international artists on the theme of Earth. The discovery of the material plunges us into a primitive forest sheltering various animal and plant species – creatures inspired by nature, mythology and folktales. From the bowels of the Earth as archaeological witness of our civilization, to the intimacy of the workshop where accident and control, chance and luck reign, ceramics reveals its strengths and weaknesses.”

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

Espace Monte Cristo
9 rue Monte-Cristo, 75020 Paris



Urgence climatique

Until December 31st

Exposition Urgence climatique à la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie © A. Robin – EPPDCSI

In La Villette (19th arrondissement), the Cité des Sciences is renowned for its playful exhibitions, with visitors taking part in experiments in which they are the protagonists. Faced with one of the major challenges of our century, and in order to raise awareness regarding climate change, the museum features an interactive tour to explore the subject. The program includes game-like workshops, explanatory panels, data visualizations, and interactive videos, all presented by scientists, engineers, and sociologists. […] — Our article (French)

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-6pm – Sunday: 10am-7pm
Also in English – From 15+ – €13/€10/€0

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
30 avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris



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Illustration (cropped):
Voilà l’été, voilà l’été – Artwork featured in the exhibit at Galerie 389 La Boutique
© Lutes




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