Must-See Art Guide: Paris, Part One
This week's guide includes Henri Matisse, David Hockney, and more.
This is this time of the year in France when everyone is getting ready for summer. Paris, in particular, will feel like an empty ship. Wandering around the historical buildings without the hustle and bustle of the commuters is like discovering a hidden treasure. One thing remains, though: the tourists. They’re like the Kardashians: You can’t avoid them. ‘Impossible n’est pas français’ (nothing is impossible) as they say, so, our art guide will give you the keys to enjoy the gems of the city in an unconventional way!
First, start your trip by exploring Art Saint-Germain-des-Prés, an art fair where galleries of the iconic and historic center for culture in Paris gather to display artworks representing the three main specialties of the neighborhood. Ending soon, discover the works of two Brazilian artists, Marcos Coelho Benjamin and Iuri Sarmento, at Galerie Agnès Monplaisir, as well as drawings and sculptures produced between 1950 and 1960 by David Smith at Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris.
Before Bastille Day, make sure to stop by Ma Galerie, whose exhibition “Intimate Spheres” explores the theme of intimacy through artworks by Tom Wesselmann, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Nobuyoshi Araki. Other established artists are also being highlighted during the month of July. Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris is displaying works by David Smith produced between 1950 and 1960. Showcased for the first time in Paris, iPad drawings by David Hockney are part of an exhibition at Galerie Lelong.
Let’s face it, it’s hard to get off the beaten track, so spend some time in the major cultural institutions in Paris. Old Masters lovers should not miss the Velázquez exhibition at the Grand Palais, while “Les Clefs d’une passion” will delight modern art fans at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
“Greet autumn in New York” as Billie Holiday said, and don’t miss summer in Paris; you won’t regret it!
When: March 25–July 13, 2015
Where: Grand Palais, 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris, France
Exhibition: “Alberto Biasi”
When: March 27–June 27, 2015
Where: Galerie Tornabuoni, 16 avenue Matignon, Paris, France
Exhibition: “Les Clefs d’une passion”
When: April 1–July 6, 2015
Where: Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris, France
Exhibition: “Intimate Spheres / Sphères intimes”
When: April 22–July 10, 2015
Where: Ma Galerie, 7 rue du Louvre, Paris, France
Exhibition: “David Smith: Drawing and Sculpture: Acting in Space”
When: April 25–June 27, 2015
Where: Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, 5 rue Debelleyme, Paris, France
Exhibition: “Matt Devine”
When: May 13–June 30, 2015
Where: INCEPTION Gallery, 67 rue Saint Jacques, Paris, France
When: May 21–June 27, 2015
Where: Galerie Agnès Monplaisir, 8 bis rue Jacques Callot, Paris, France
Exhibition: “Bernard Dufour : Peintures récentes”
When: May 21–June 30, 2015
Where: Galerie Patrice Trigano, 4 bis rue des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
When: May 29–July 11, 2015
Where: Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, 36 rue de Seine, Paris, France
Exhibition: “Evi Keller – MATIERE-LUMIERE”
When: May 31–July 4, 2015
Where: Galerie Jeanne Bucher / Jaeger Bucher, 5-7 rue de Saintonge, Paris, France
Exhibition: “David Hockney”
When: May 21–July 11, 2015
Where: Galerie Lelong – Paris, 13 rue de Téhéran, Paris, France
Exhibition: “Hayter : Un Génie du Trait – A Genius with Line”
When: June 5–June 27, 2015
Where: Galerie Artemper, 11 rue Boulard, Paris, France
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