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Must-See Art Tips - Paris

They say “Paris is always a good idea”, but for art lovers around the world this rings even more true.

Grab your walking shoes and join Art Fix, your favourite travel partner, for this Parisian contemporary art journey.

Rosemarie Castoro, Forest of Threes, 1977-'78 and Yellow, Pink, Brown, Blue, 1964

GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC – PARIS PANTIN

Dimensions Of Reality: Female Minimal

  • Until 25 July
  • 69, Avenue du Général Leclerc, Pantin
  • www.ropac.net

It may come as no surprise that art history has been unkind to women. Did you know that work by female artists make up for only about 3-5% of major permanent collections in the U.S. and Europe? The art world has often perceived women’s art as being inferior to that made by men, and at Art Fix we only have one word to say about this: Ridiculous! Times are changing, however, and this exhibition in Pantin is proof of positive developments. “Female Minimal” brings together 14 pioneering women artists from Europe and the Americas, who each contributed in their original and uncompromising way to expanding the scope of the minimal aesthetics. Do hurry, because this exhibition is closing soon with an end date of July 25th.

Art Fix: One of the artists you’ll enjoy at this exhibition is Rosemarie Castoro. When someone asked Leo Castelli, (one of the most prominent, celebrated and influential art dealers of the twentieth century), why he did not show the work of Rosemarie Castoro at his gallery, Castelli answered in a shocking way. While admitting that he liked the work very much, he claimed it was impossible to exhibit Castoro’s work. Why? Because she was a WOMAN.

The Estate built a fantastic website for Castoro. Check it out! 

Jules de Balincourt, Nous Sommes Fait Dans Le Même Bois, 2020 and Green Painting, 2020

GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC – MARAIS

Jules de Balincourt – There Are More Eyes Than Leaves On The Trees

If you’re looking for something less minimal, then head over to Ropac in the charming neighborhood of Le Marais. The Art Fix team loved Jules de Balincourt’s colourful and atmospheric paintings, where the lines are blurred between fantasy and reality. From the dreamlike landscapes, to the horses and the feelingful interiors, his scenes are well deserving of an “In Real Life” visit. If you’re looking to get a taste, check out this video to hear Balincourt tell the tale of the intriguing story behind this exhibition.

Gabriel Ricco, Il Mural, 2020

PERROTIN

Gabriel Rico – Nature Loves to Hide

You can’t visit Le Marais and not stop by Perrotin gallery, where Mexican conceptual artist Gabriel Rico displays his amazing solo show “Nature Loves to Hide”. This exhibition hosts thirteen works installed across four gallery spaces, taking the viewer on a journey to a time when the artist himself discovered the relationship between manmade and natural objects.

MERCI

Around the corner from Perrotin in the heart of the Haute Marais a concept store with the best in fashion, design and house decoration goods in its own eclectic style. With a iconic red Fiat 500 parked in front and a cafe in the library for a quiet coffee or tea with the most delicious homemade cakes. 

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, W September 2000 #6, 2000

DAVID ZWIRNER

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

If you’re less of an abstract art junkie and prefer photography, head over to David Zwirner gallery, where you’ll find works by legendary American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia. This exhibition features several cool images from a series of eleven editorial projects that the artist created for W magazine between 1997 and 2008. Great for fashion lovers and dedicated W magazine readers!

Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama – Blue Moon of Morocco

On the other side of Zwirner’s gallery, you’ll find Marcel Dzama’s positive and colourful works. Travel has become increasingly important in Dzama’s art, and in this exhibition he takes us on a trip to Morocco. And in case you cannot make it to Paris for this show, the beautiful collages and drawings showcased on David Zwirner’s walls can also be found in Louis Vuitton’s brand-new Travel Book “Morocco”.

Erwin Wurm, Untitled, 2018

MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie)

Erwin Wurm – Photographs

Feeling hungry? At the entrance of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, you’ll be greeted by three fat sausages in the courtyard of the museum. These sculptures may look comical, but look twice: Wurm’s sausages are actually harsh criticisms on today’s mass consumption and the social issues arising out of hyper consumerism. 

Erwin Wurm, Roast Yourself Under the Sun of Epicurus, 2007

Inside the building, you will find a fantastic retrospective exhibition of this famous artist’s photographic work.  Photographs of his “One minute sculptures” are his most well-known craft, in which his viewers are instructed to perform actions with everyday objects. As the viewers participate, they transform into the subject of the work, becoming “short-lived sculptures” themselves. 

Christo et Jeanne Claude, Pont Neuf, 1985

CENTRE POMPIDOU 

Christo et Jeanne Claude – Paris!

Did you miss walking on water on the Insta-famous Floating Piers in Italy four years ago? Well don’t worry – next year, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris will be wrapped. In anticipation of this event, you can find a spectacular exhibition on the late artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude in the one-of-a-kind Centre Pompidou. This exhibition brings together a set of workshop works, the Pont-Neuf packaging project from 1985, and all the studies for wrapping the Arc the Triomphe dating all the way back to 1961. Sixty years later (and one year postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic) the project will finally take place from 18 September to 3 October 2021, and the Centre Pompidou is the perfect taster to get ready for your 2021 adventure.

In case you are fed-up with walking you can rent a bicycle on the Place Georges Pompidou for instance. First download the “Velib” app, select a bike and ride along. There are many biking paths in Paris and it is safe for experienced cyclists.

Daniel Buren, Les Deux Plateaux, 1985

DANIEL BUREN – LES DEUX PLATEAUX

  • The inner courtyard of the Palais Royal
  • Permanent

Ever been to Palais Royal’s inner courtyard, right across the Louvre? There you will find “Les Deux Plateaux”, more commonly known as the “Colonnes de Buren”, an art installation created by the French artist Daniel Buren in 1985. The work replaced the courtyard’s former parking lot and is designed to conceal ventilation shafts for an underground extension of the culture ministry’s premises. An artwork that, as often with contemporary works, produced a fierce reaction when it was created. The work was attacked for its cost and unsuitability to a historic landmark. Keen to form your own opinion over this Parisian controversy? Discover it IRL in the 1st arrondissement, in the beating heart of Paris’ culture neighboorhood. And a fantastic place for a photoshoot as a cherry on top! 

Jeff Koons, Bouquet of Tulips, 2019

JEFF KOONS, BOUQUET OF TULIPS

  • Outside the Petit Palais
  • Permanent

They say “the earth laughs in flowers”, and laugh you will when you realize the politically-charged background of this magnificent Jeff Koons sculpture. Despite controversy over its design, its cost and its location, this gift from the US to the city of Paris is still a must-see. The 11-meter-high sculpture of a hand clutching stylized flowers, modeled on the Statue of Liberty, honors the victims of the November 2015 attacks. The bouquet features 11 flowers and not a dozen, with the missing 12th meant to represent the victims.

Ugo Rondinone, We Are Poems, 2011

UGO RONDINONE – WE ARE POEMS

Remember Ugo Rondinone from the 2nd episode “Can I Touch It”? He was asked by the world famous art school “Ecole des Beaux-Arts” to present a work that is a contemporary signal in the heart of the city. As a response, Ugo Rondinone installed his work “We Are Poems” from 2011, on top of the Parisian school. Visible from the inside of the school and from the quays of the Seine, this project creates a powerful link between the students, the artist, and the audience who has the pleasure to view the work.

Ulla von Brandenburg

PALAIS DE TOKYO

Ulla von Brandenburg

While there are several exhibitions on show at the infamous Palais de Tokyo, there are two that caught our Art Fix eye. Firstly, the work by German-born, Paris-based Ulla von Brandenburg, best known for her use of diverse media. Her huge installations at the Palais de Tokyo are mostly made from fabrics and draw inspiration from the world of theatre. “Fabrics allow me to camouflage, conceal and clad the white cube of a museum. I use fabrics to create spaces in which we can be elsewhere in an imaginary world,” says Brandenburg.

Shirin Neshat

Our World is Burning

Our second must-see exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo is “Our World is Burning”, created in collaboration with MATHAF Arab Museum in Doha. For those looking to add a little political history to their art mix, this one is for you. Offering a very interesting overview of politically driven contemporary art from the Middle East, “Our World is Burning” showcases work from many prominent artists collating political messages in their work. The exhibition includes themes such as the Arab Spring, the destruction of the Iraqi treasures, and the fate of the Syrian refugees, and shows work by artists such as Shirin Neshat, Francis Alys, Yto Barrada, Danh Vo, and Kader Attia.

Annie Morris

FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON & BOURSE DE COMMERCE

In Episode 4 we told you about the contemporary art collectors Pinault and Arnault. Their art museums are unfortunately not open for a visit, but their stores are. We spotted this super cool Annie Morris in the Louis Vuitton store on Place Vendome – Rue St Honore. 

Fondation Louis Vuitton remains closed this Summer with plans to re-open on September 23rd with a Cindy Sherman exhibition.

The opening of Pinault’s new impressive art venue in Bourse de Commerce is postponed, due to Covid-19, to the Spring of 2021.

Daniel van der Noon, Up|Side|Down|Town, 2019 and Invader

STREET ART IN PARIS

If you’re feeling inspired by our first episode on street art, check out these Art Fix Street Art Tours, either private or in a group. Don’t miss the Up|Side|Down|Town art work by Daniel van der Noon on the corner of Rue du Temple and Rue Michel Le Comte.

Last but not least an Art Fix challenge: spot as many “INVADERS” as you can. These little ceramic tile mosaics were placed by Invader, the famous French street artist. There are more than 1000 in Paris, and it’s up to you to spot as many as you can! Send a DM to @artfix on Instagram with your pictures of the little guys, and we’ll make a nice Insta Story with them.

PLACES TO EAT/DRINK

BREAKFAST

Boot Cafe

Arguably the best coffee in Le Marais, this cafe is the perfect place to kickstart a full weekend of art.

Cafe Ineko

You’ll find this hidden gem tucked away in a charming corner of Le Marais. Grab the pastries (vegan options too) and run!

Honor

A great outdoor Coffee shop, Australian Style, in 54 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore for a quick bite and a coffee on the go.

LUNCH

Huitrerie Régis

If you’re an oyster addict, this is the place for you! Refuel for your art marathon at Huitrerie Regis with world-class oysters and a glass of wine.

L’Assiette 

If you find yourself in Montparnasse, stop by this charming bistro for a range of classic French dishes. Bonne degustation! 

DINNER

Clown Bar

In Le Marais you’ll find Clown Bar: the Parisian eatery of your dreams – a foodie paradise and a perfect place to eat outside if you’re lucky with the weather. 

LouLou

You can’t go wrong with this classic. LouLou is an elegant and truly one-of-a-kind, best for dinner. If the weather is good, request a table outside. Tip: don’t miss the truffle pizza. 

Monsieur Bleu

A chic dinner experience with beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower. Tip: save room for dessert as the mille feuille is to die for. 

DRINK

Septime

Grab your wine of choice at this lovely and quaint Parisian wine-bar. Perfect for unwinding after a long day of discovering what Paris’ art scene has to offer.

Hotel National des Arts et Metiers

This hotel bar has everything and more – a dark sexy bar and the most fabulous artisan cocktails. Lots of smoke and mirrors! 

AND IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY…

Hotel des Grands Boulevards

Perfectly located between Opera and Le Marais, this is the most wonderful place to rest up for your art adventure. Only 10 minutes from Gare du Nord, this boutique hotel is a perfect compliment to your weekend of culture. 

And don’t forget to bring a mask!