An Expanded Paris Gallery Weekend Offers Art-Starved Visitors Socially Distanced Tours and Top-Quality Shows

Spirits are high in the Parisian gallery world post-quarantine.

Installation view "Sophie Calle: Prenez soin de vous," 2020. Courtesy of Perrotin, Paris.

Call it the comeback of the summer.

Paris Gallery Weekend—which was originally scheduled for May—is now upon us. Despite the delay caused by the shutdown, the seventh edition of the annual event now offers an expanded list of participating galleries: 60 modern and contemporary dealers are opening their doors, up from the 50 originally slated for May.

Jules de Balincourt, City People and Country Roads. Courtesy of Thaddaeus Ropac.

Jules de Balincourt, City People and Country Road. Courtesy of Thaddaeus Ropac.

At a time when there is a lot of pent-up enthusiasm for seeing art in person, the weekend is billing itself as a “collective event to mark the reopening of art galleries.” The 2019 edition welcomed 7,500 visitors, and organizers are expecting an even larger turnout this year.

“There is a dynamism and collective energy of the Parisian galleries in this post-lockdown period,” said a Paris Gallery Weekend representative. “Overall, the program of exhibitions is joyful and refreshing.”

Social-distancing measures will still be in effect and organizers have worked to allow for small tours, expanded gallery hours, and a number of by-appointment visits—along with online viewing rooms, of course. Each day of the four-day event (Thursday through Sunday) will focus on a different area of the capital, including the lesser-known neighborhoods of Pantin and Romainville. Enthusiastic, art-starved attendees will have the chance to visit a total of 72 exhibitions, including 47 solo shows and 25 group shows.

Marcel Dzama I know a flower of evil, 2020. Courtesy of David Zwirner.

Marcel Dzama, I Know a Flower of Evil (2020). Courtesy of David Zwirner.

Among the openings that visitors should put on their agendas are “Marcel Dzama: Blue Moon of Morocco” at David Zwirner; “Sophie Calle: Prenez soin de vous” at Perrotin; “Karishma D’Souza: Invocation” at Xippas Paris; and “Jules de Balincourt” at Thaddaeus Ropac. The weekend will also feature an extensive number of artist-led tours, book signings, and lectures, and will end with four socially-distant garden parties held throughout the city on Sunday. Those interested in attending can find a full list of events here.

Paris Gallery Weekend 2020 takes place Thursday, July 2 to Sunday, July 5, 2020.

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