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




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Raw Vision

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Having twice hosted the outsider art exhibition associated with the magazine ‘HEY!’, the Halle Saint-Pierre is now teaming up with the famous publication ‘Raw Vision’ to create a new exhibition devoted to all things irreverent and underground. Created in London in 1989 by the painter John Maizels, the thrice yearly review has, over the course of 25 years, become the reference point for alternative currents in temporary art. It has participating in the mediatisation and

  1. Halle Saint-Pierre 2 rue Ronsard, 18e
  2. Wed Sep 18 - Fri Aug 22
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Oscar Muñoz: Protographies

  • Rated as: 4/5
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This isn't the sort of exhibition where photos are framed and lined up sensibly on white walls. For Oscar Muñoz (b. 1951), photography is a malleable tool that lets him explore the world around him – a filter than modifies, adapts, breaks down, transforms, dismantles and re-forms to get him closer to his subject. Instead of photogrpahy seeking to freeze a moment in time, the Colombian's 'protogaphy' question this idea of fixation – he never stops using different approaches

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Tue Jun 3 - Sun Sep 21
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Dries Van Noten: Inspirations

  • Rated as: 4/5
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For his exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten has drawn on the museum's collection to surround his clothes with artworks that inspire him – the geometric abstractions of Victor Vasarely, the expressionism of Kees van Dongen and bourgeois portraits of Jacques-Emile Blanche. From collection to collection and from season to season, painting, sculpture and photography show their influence on Van Noten's work, echoed in forms and

  1. Musée des Arts Décoratifs 107 rue de Rivoli, 1er
  2. Sat Mar 1 - Sun Nov 2
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Motion Factory

  • Rated as: 4/5
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A sort of large-scale interactive 'before and after' showcase for animated cinema, 'Motion Factory' is a gem of an exhibition for anyone who's ever wondered how many drawings make a short animation, or how exactly Wallace and Gromit manage to move from point A to point B. The 'before' section comprises the sketches, storyboards and materials used by a select group of 20-odd animators, some of whom will be on hand to present their work. Behind-the-scenes films provide further

  1. La Gaîté Lyrique 3 bis rue Papin, 3e
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Aug 10
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Le Mur - Collection Antoine de Galbert

  • Rated as: 4/5
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To celebrate its ten year anniversary, the Maison Rouge is displaying the collectin of its founder, Antoine de Galbert – or to be more precise, a selection of his more than a million paintings, drawings, photographs and small sculptures – anything that can be hung on a wall. Their placement in the exhibiton was realised at random by a piece if software, working from the pieces' size and catalogue number. The result resembles an enormous, unending frieze, three metres high,

  1. La Maison Rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert 10 boulevard de la Bastille, 12e
  2. Sat Jun 14 - Sun Sep 21
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Avec et sans peinture

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Over the course of the last century, photography and cinema dealt painting a blow without quite managing to kill it off. Now, at a time when the likes of Gerhard Richter model paintings on photos and Bill Viola effectively builds canvases from video, there's a strong case to be made for the renaissance of painting – albeit as one element in a new, syncretic kind of visual art.Redefining painting is at the core of this, the MAC/VAL's sixth exhibition of its collections. As can

  1. MAC/VAL Place de la Libération, 94404
  2. Sat Jun 14 - Mon Jan 5
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Françoise Huguier

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Straddling the boundary between fantasy and factual reportage, the photographs of Françoise Huguier present the viewer with a kind of veiled reality. Her work for such publications as Vogue and the New York Times sent Huguier to some of the most remote corners of the globe to snap everything from the Siberian tundra to a community of Colombian nuns; never content to photograph her subjects at face value, she injected an dreamlike energy into her images that raises them above the

  1. Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) 5-7 rue de Fourcy, 4e
  2. Wed Jun 4 - Sun Aug 31
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Lucio Fontana

  • Rated as: 3/5
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A pioneer of abstraction in Italy in the 1930s, Fontana prefigured more informal artistic expression with his sandstone sculptures (1936), before founding the Spatialist Movement in 1947. Born in Argentina, Milanese by adoption and modern through and through, Fontana’s aspiration with his ‘Ambiente Spaziali’ and ‘Concetti Spaziali’ was always to complicate viewers’ relationship with space and light, creating sensory environments with neon signs, ceramic sculptures or

  1. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 16e
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sun Aug 24
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Le Musée imaginaire d'Henri Langlois

  • Rated as: 3/5
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If the Cinémathèque Française's film programme rarely misfires, its exhibitions often fall a little flat. Between occasional stunners – the German Expressionism season comes to mind – we've seen some decidedly mediocre exhibitions that hardly managed to be more enlightening than your average DVD bonus featurette. Their latest venture, an homage to the Cinémathèque's legendary founder Henri Langlois (1914-1977), rises above the mean, even if it occasionally veers toward

  1. La Cinémathèque Française 51 rue de Bercy, 12e
  2. Wed Apr 9 - Sun Aug 3
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Philippe Ramette at Galeries Lafayette

See the legendary store with new eyes during a gravity-defying installation under the famous dome, August 14-30

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