Must-See Art Guide: Paris

This week's guide features VALIE EXPORT, Marie Bovo, Piette et Giles, and more.

VALIE EXPORT, EINFÜGUNG (1976). Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

You’re never short of art options when you’re in Paris. Want a megamuseum experience stacked to the rafters with Western masterpieces? Head to the Louvre. Want your Modern and contemporary fix? The Centre Pompidou has you covered. Passionate about pre-colonial art from Africa, Oceania, and beyond? The Musée du Quai Branly is for you.

But if those are all old hat to you by now, you should also be exploring the city’s gallery scene. This month, you’ve got plenty of good choices: Galerie kamel mennour is currently hosting a new body of work Spanish artist Marie Bovo. Made over a series of long train journeys across Russia, Bovo’s photographs invite viewers to explore winter landscapes within their larger sociopolitical context. Then, Galerie Lelong & Co. – Paris presents the textile wall hangings of Etel Adnan, featuring colorful 70s palettes in inventive abstract compositions. Next, be sure to visit Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac for their survey of the Body Configurations series of VALIE EXPORT. The artist—who spells her self-given name in all caps—is a powerful performer, and one who is overlooked outside of Europe. If you’re not familiar with her practice, this show offers an excellent chance to remedy that.

And that’s not even the half of it. Let’s not even go into the latest Jeff Koons flower sculpture controversy—you’ve got a bunch of must-see gallery shows to go to, so eyes on the prize. You’re too busy seeing art that’s actually on display to get distracted.

Find our full list of picks below, and à bientôt.


Exhibition:VALIE EXPORT: Body Configurations, 1972–1976
January 12–February 24, 2018
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 7 rue Debelleyme, Paris, France

Marie Bovo, Стансы – ПОСЁЛОК / Stances – Posiolok (2017). Courtesy of Galerie kamel mennour.

Exhibition:Marie Bovo: Stances
February 8–March 3, 2018
Galerie kamel mennour, 6 rue du Pont de Lodi, Paris, France

Etel Adnan, Arbres 1970/2016. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.

Exhibition:Etel Adnan: Life is a weaving
January 25–March 10, 2018
Galerie Lelong & Co. – Paris, 13 rue de Téhéran, Paris,  France

Pierre et Gilles, Le petit bal (Quentin Bruhat et Izae) (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Templon.

Exhibition:Le temps imaginaire
January 13–March 10, 2018
Galerie Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France

Mark Tobey, Ancient Field (1954). Courtesy of Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger.

Exhibition:Tobey – Biberstein. Ecritures contemplatives
February 1–March 15, 2018
Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, 53 rue de Seine, Paris, France

Ella & Pitr, On ne fait pas d’Hamlet sans casser des oeufs (2018). Courtesy of Galerie LE FEUVRE.

Exhibition:Ella & Pitr: Comme de Fourmis
January 20–February 17, 2018
Galerie LE FEUVRE, 164 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, France

José María Sicilia, Phasma installation view. Courtesy of Galerie Chantal Crousel.

Exhibition:José María Sicilia: Phasma
January 27–March 3, 2018
Galerie Chantal Crousel, 10 rue Charlot, Paris, France

“Home is Where the (He)art is” installation view. Courtesy of Galerie Paris-Beijing.

Exhibition:Home is Where the (He)art is
February 1–March 24, 2018
Galerie Paris-Beijing, 62 rue de Turbigo Métro Arts et Métiers, Paris, France

Otto Dix, Nu féminin (1932). Courtesy of HELENE BAILLY GALLERY.

Exhibition:Works on Paper, 1860–1960
February 8–April 15, 2018
HELENE BAILLY GALLERY, 71 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, France

SOTO, Vibration (1982). Courtesy of galerie denise rené.

February 1–March 17, 2018
galerie denise rené rive gauche, 196 boulevard Saint Germain, Paris, France

Ray Sanders. Courtesy of mfc-michèle didier.

Exhibition:Ray Sander: MOTORWORKS 3 / PROTOTYPE
February 16–April 7, 2018
mfc-michèle didier, 66 rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth, Paris, France

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Branded punk ©Diane_Arques (2018). Courtesy of Magda Danysz.

Exhibition:Jean-Charles de Castelblajac: I WANT!
February 3–March 17, 2018
Magda Danysz, 78 rue Amelot, Paris, France


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