The private contemporary art galleries are not all easy to find in Paris. They are often inside locked door entrances to buildings and through courtyards, and they are not open every day so it can be complicated to locate them, unless you read this and print it out for your next visit.
My guide will tell you the addresses and times the gates are open.
The sculpture photo here is not distorted, it is the latest work of sculptor Tony Cragg in a new medium of laminated wood.
For a dose of heady art and cream of the art world, set off to the 3e and 4e (arrondisements) districts of Paris. In these neighbourhoods you will find the galleries that exhibit many international artists.
At first glance around Paris you may find small art shops selling a variety of work. But for my taste and certainly if I was buying, then the galleries I guide you toward are exhibiting artists who are on the world stage.
Most of these galleries have bilingual (including English speaking) owners and staff so don’t be shy about approaching them for catalogues, price lists and information.
Galerie Karsten Greve
5 rue Debelleyme (3
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
Enter inside a courtyard, large exhibiting spaces, publishes own magazine and has a gallery in Miami, US.
Shows Takashi Murakami and major French name Sophie Calle.
Tues – Sat 11-7pm
76 rue de Turenne (3e)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Another gallerist to move into the Paris scene, this time from Saltzburg.
Definitely one of the big boys of the scene here, last year an impressive Robert Mapplethorpe photography exhibition. Show coming up is the two artists known as Gilbert & George. Tony Cragg filled 4 galleries in May 09.
7 rue Debelleyme (3e)
Galerie Yvon Lambert
This gallery has been around for some 30 years, expect to see big names here, installations, dedicated area for videos. I never miss this gallery.
Tues-Fri 10-1pm, 2.30-7pm Sat 10-7pm.
108 rue Vielle-du-Temple (3e)
A new find for us this time, currently showing a young English artist. The gallery has a reputation for experimental art. Located on the street not far from famous Place des Vosges.
Tues-Sat 11-1pm & 2-7pm
9 rue St Gilles (3e)
Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard
Opened first gallery in Bastille known as Galerie Oz – but don’t think that meant Australian art! They are now in the heart of the 3rd in a deceptively large gallery whether you enter from rue de Turenne, or from its other entrance at 3 Impasse St Claude. Showing international artists including some Japanese, the co-owner is from Japan. There is a good website also in English to view ahead of the gallery programme. Expect to see ‘name’ American artists here regularly.
74 rue de Turenne, 75003 (3e)
Galerie Maria Lund
A gallery that is easy to find as it is right on the street. Ground floor and basement exhibiting space.
Showing many artists from Maria’s home country Denmark. We liked the enigmatic work in photography and painting by Peter Neuchs in May 09.
48 rue de Turenne (3e)