Paris Art Advisor Laurence Dreyfus Recommends 7 Gallery Shows to See During FIAC

This month's guide, organized by Paris-based art advisor Laurence Dreyfus, features Tatiana Trouvé, Tomás Saraceno, Ana Mendieta, and more.

Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi a l'ile Saint-Honorat, Cannes, 1927 (2018). Courtesy of Polka Galerie.

It’s a busy week for Paris’s art world. On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Franck Riester as the country’s new cultural minister, leaving many to wonder what this new era will look like for local art institutions. Meanwhile, FIAC prepares to launch its 45th edition at the Grand Palais in the nation’s capital.

It’s also a busy time for Laurence Dreyfus, an art advisor and curator based in the city. In addition to her work with clients at the fair, she has curated a show at Félix Vercel Gallery that marries modern masters like Picasso, Miró, and Klein with contemporary stars, such as Anish Kapoor and Olafur Eliasson. Titled “Chambres à Part,” it will be the last show held at the gallery in this location, which the Vercel family has occupied since the late 1960s. Later this fall, the gallery—now run by Félix Vercel’s son, Alain—will relocate down the block.

Laurence Dreyfus, 2015. Courtesy of LDAC. Photo: Stephane de Bourgies.

Despite the packed schedule, Dreyfus is excited about this moment for the Paris art scene.

“FIAC week attracts the greatest collectors and journalists from the whole world,” she tells artnet News. “The Paris art scene is more and more dynamic. Institutions and museums regularly organize major shows that can’t be missed. New arts organizations and foundations are appearing constantly, and while artist residencies around Paris are still relatively scarce, they are growing rapidly.”

Ahead of FIAC’s opening, Dreyfus gave us a list of some of the shows around Paris that she is most excited for this week. See her list below!


Installation view of “Elmgreen & Dragset,” 2018. Courtesy of Perrotin.

Exhibition:Elmgreen & Dragset

When: October 13–December 22, 2018

Where: Perrotin, 76 rue de Turenne, Paris


Installation view of “Tatiana Trouvé: A Quiet Life,” 2018. Courtesy the artist and Kamel Mennour, Paris/London.

Exhibition:Tatiana Trouvé: A Quiet Life

When: October 15–November 24, 2018

Where: Galerie Kamel Mennour, 47 rue Saint-André des Arts, Paris


Omar Ba, How to learn (2018). Courtesy of Galerie Templon.

Exhibition:Omar Ba: Autopsie de Nos Consciences

When: September 8–November 3, 2018

Where: Galerie Templon, 28 rue Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris


Ana Mendieta, La Venus Negra (The Black Venus) (1981). Courtesy of Galerie Lelong Paris.

Exhibition:Ana Mendieta: Cuba & Miami 1981-83

When: October 13–November 17, 2018

Where: Galerie Lelong, 13 rue de Téhéran, Paris


Jacques Henri Lartigue, Simone Roussel conduisant le bob à deux roues. Rouzat, septembre 1913 (2018). Courtesy of Polka Galerie.

Exhibition:Memoire en Couleurs

When: September 15–October 27, 2018

Where: Polka Galerie, Cour de Venise – 12 rue Saint Gilles, Paris


Jean Michel Basquiat,Grillo (1984). Courtesy Estate of Jean Michel Basquiat and Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Exhibition:Jean-Michel Basquiat” and “Egon Schiele

When: October 3, 2018–January 14, 2019

Where: Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, Paris


Istvan Nadler, (1968). Courtesy of Tajan ArtStudio.

Exhibition:The Hungarian Avant-Garde

When: October 15–21, 2018

Where: Tajan ArtStudio, 37 rue des Mathurins, Paris




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