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Art and stage reviews and listings for Paris’s best museum exhibitions, theatres and art galleries




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John Smith: Le Baiser

  • Rated as: 5/5
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La Galerie at Noisy-le-Sec is exhibiting ten short films directed by John Smith between 1976 and 2014. Smith’s personality shines through in his work and helps him to stand out from other directors of his generation: he has a distinctive avant garde penchant for irony and humour in laying bare the camera tricks used in filming. The director’s acute

  1. La Galerie 1 rue Jean Jaurès, 93130
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sat Dec 13
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Laurent Grasso: Soleil Double

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Laurent Grasso's oneiric visuals swallow up their audience like a pot of Nutella traps flies. Strange, playful, variant in form and scale but consistent in their suspicion of asserted 'truths', his works constitute a universe at once familiar and deeply uncanny. Anachronisms and supernatural phenomena rule; nothings is to be taken at face value.In 'Soleil

  1. Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin 76 rue de Turenne, 3e
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Fri Oct 31
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Garry Winogrand

  • Rated as: 5/5
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The fast-paced modernity of America of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s attracts admirers all around the world, and Paris is no exception. Since the opening of the Jeu de Paume photography gallery in the early ’00s, its walls have often displayed the work of the great American snappers: Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Berenice Abbott, Robert Frank and more. But

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Tue Oct 14 - Sun Feb 8
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Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures

  • Rated as: 4/5
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The irreverent British duo return to the Thaddaeus Ropac gallery, site of their 2012 exhibition London Pictures, with a new series entitled 'Scapegoating Pictures' – albeit this time, they'll set up shop in the gallery's vast Pantin venue. Expect another set of incisive works fusing pop art and biting social critique. Rest assured – they aren't the

  1. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Pantin 69 avenue du Général Leclerc, 93500
  2. Sun Sep 7 - Sat Nov 8
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Niki de Saint Phalle

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Revolver in one hand, paintbrush in the other, Niki de Saint Phalle was a woman who believed that art is a means to an end. ‘On a psychological level I have all that it takes to be a terrorist,’ she once said, ‘but instead I decided to use guns for good, for art.’ De Saint Phalle has tried it all: from huge Gaudi-style papier mâché sculptures to

  1. Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 8e
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Mon Feb 2
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Marcel Duchamp: La peinture, même

  • Rated as: 4/5
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It's easy to forget that the man whose work sounded the first death knell for painting was himself, at the outset, a painter. Here's a reminder, then, from the Centre Pompidou: an exhibition of Marcel Duchamp's early paintings, including some very rare works on loan from the States. Keep an eye out for his epochal 'Nude Descending a Staircase'.

  1. The Centre Pompidou Rue Saint-Martin, 4e
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Mon Jan 5
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William Eggleston: From Black and White to Color

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Trolleys piled up in a supermarket car park. Cadillacs hooked to petrol pumps. Fridge shelves lined with innumerable milk cartons. And above all, people: people buying, spending, consuming. People living the American Dream.Welcome to the southern American states circa 1950. When photographer William Eggleston started out snapping his homeland at the end of

  1. Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson 2 impasse Lebouis, 14e
  2. Wed Sep 10 - Sun Dec 21
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Cecily Brown

  • Rated as: 3/5
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Cecily Brown burst onto the scene in the late ’90s with a string of bold, visceral canvases composed of chaotic colours and sensual shapes. Sex is the essence of her work: human bodies are her building blocks, and a fleshy beige dominates her palette à la Francis Bacon. Yet the New York-based Brit never gives away too much – to look at one of her

  1. 4 rue de Ponthieu, 8e
  2. Sun Oct 19 - Sat Dec 20
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Roman Vishniac: De Berlin à New York, 1920-1975

  • Rated as: 4/5
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The Russian-born American photographer Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) is best known for capturing the world that came to an end with the Holocaust. On the request of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Vishniac spent four years in the late ’30s documenting the lives of ordinary Eastern European Jews. The resulting oeuvre is a sweeping,

  1. Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme 71 rue du Temple, 3e
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Jan 25
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Vu du front. Représenter la Grande Guerre

  • Rated as: 4/5
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‘Vu du Front’ provides insight to the First World War as witnessed by those who suffered it first hand – the soldiers who were also artists, photographers, sketchers and film writers. Despite the horrors of the wartime experience, those living through it felt compelled to bear witness ‒ to the point of hand-making their own cameras, sketching on old

  1. Les Invalides & Musée de l'Armée Esplanade des Invalides, 7e
  2. Wed Oct 15 - Sun Jan 25
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