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Circulation(s) 2015

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
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This brilliant festival showcasing young European photographers brims with talent every time it comes around. Le Centquatre in the 19th arrondissement hosts the show, and the 50 selected artists are beyond handy with a camera: some opt for poetic pictures, others for journalistic or artistic styles. Discover Epectase’s series of staged acrobatic shots,

  1. 104 (Centquatre) 104 rue d'Aubervilliers et 5 rue Curial, 19e
  2. Sat Jan 24 - Sun Mar 8
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Lumières: Carte blanche à Christian Lacroix

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Set in the centre of the Marais between a cluster of chic modern galleries, the Musée Picasso, the MAHJ and the Carnavalet, the Musée Cognacq-Jay has long suffered from the local competition and a slightly dusty image. Dedicated to the collection of 17th-century objects and artworks of Samaritaine founder Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay, the

  1. Musée Cognacq-Jay 8 rue Elzévir, 3e
  2. Wed Nov 19 - Sun Apr 19
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Taryn Simon

  • Rated as: 4/5
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A habitual satirist of the errors and quirks of Uncle Sam, American artist Taryn Simon turns a caustic, offbeat gaze on the political, legal, military and media power of the United States. She gives the hypocrisy of the state a good going over, particularly in the series 'The Innocents', 'An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar' and 'Contraband' –

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Tue Feb 24 - Sun May 17
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Les Cahiers dessinés : l'art du dessin

  • Rated as: 4/5
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For the 10th anniversary of its review, unusual publishing house Cahiers Dessinés (Illustrated Books) has created a show about drawing at the Montmartre home of 'outsider art', the Halle Saint-Pierre. Emphasising the vigour of an art form that is often seen as minor, the exhibition opens with Victor Hugo brought to life by the cartoonist Chaval, followed

  1. Halle Saint-Pierre 2 rue Ronsard, 18e
  2. Wed Jan 21 - Fri Aug 14
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David Bowie Is

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Fame, fascination, the evolution of the rebel rebel, along with the ch-ch-ch-changes Bowie made to his lyrics, scratching out words and scribbling in others, come under the spotlight, together with the Brixton lad's stage costumes and instruments. The popular V&A show is coming to Paris at last as one of the very first exhibitions showing at the city's new

  1. Cité de la Musique 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Tue Mar 3 - Sun May 31
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La Toilette : Naissance de l'intime

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Bidets, bathtime and all things toilette are the stars of this lovely show at the Musée Marmottan-Monet, which celebrates the elevation of these prosaic subjects to high art from the 16th century to the present day. A rich and meticulously curated exhibition, it touches as much on history of art as on the evolution of society and its morals, medicine and

  1. Musée Marmottan-Monet 2 rue Louis Boilly, 16e
  2. Thu Feb 12 - Sun Jul 5
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Grégoire Korganow : Prisons

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Photo reporting on prisons isn't a new genre, but a show of this calibre is rare – and with a level of research and dedication to match. Grégoire Korganow spent three years visiting French prisons in the guise of an inspector, a disguise which enabled him to move freely through the system and to capture the inmates and their environments with

  1. Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) 5-7 rue de Fourcy, 4e
  2. Wed Feb 4 - Sun Apr 5
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