my favourite commercial galleries in Paris

Tony Cragg

The private contemporary art galleries are not easy to find in Paris. Most Parisian buildings have locked doors and then more locked gates into courtyards. If you are lucky, some of the entry codes are deactivated during the day making it easier to gain access but as many galleries are not open every day, it can be complicated to find them, unless you read this and print out for your next visit.
My guide will tell you the addresses and times the gates or entry doors are open.

For a dose of heady art and cream of the art world, set off to the 3e and 4e – the (e) is an abbreviation for the number of the arrondisements – Paris is divided into these ‘districts’. It is in these districts you will find the galleries that show many contemporary international artists.

However for a first time visitor to Paris you may find small shops selling a variety of work, particularly on the Left Bank, between the Seine and Boulevard Saint Germain.

Most of these galleries have
bilingual (including English-speaking) owners and staff. Therefore, don’t be shy about approaching them for catalogues, price lists and information.

Galerie Karsten Greve

With branches in Paris, Switzerland & Germany its artists get good coverage. The gallery is big. It exhibits the work of legends in the art world, artists like Debuffet & Louise Bourgeois. In 2008 Bourgeois had a major retrospective at the Pompidou.
Tues-Sat 11-7pm
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 Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and major French name Sophie Calle.
Tues – Sat 11 – 7 pm
76 rue de Turenne (3e)

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Another ‘galerist’ moved into the Paris scene, this time from Saltzburg.
Definitely one of the big boys of the scene here. In 2008 an impressive Robert Mapplethorpe photography exhibition.  It shows two artists known as Gilbert &  George. Tony Cragg’s work filled 4 galleries in May 09.
Mon-Sat 10 – 7 pm
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 – 1 pm, 2.30 – 7pm Sat 10 – 7 pm.
108 rue Vielle-du-Temple (3e)

Chez Valentin
A new find for us this time, currently showing a young English artist. The gallery has a reputation for exhibiting experimental art. Located on the street not far from famous Place des Vosges.
Tues-Sat 11 – 1 pm &  7 pm
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. Good website also in English to view ahead gallery programme. Expect to see ‘name’ American artists here regularly.
Tues-Sat 11 – 7pm
74 rue de Turenne, 75003 (3e)

8. Galerie Maria Lund

A gallery that is easy to find as it is 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.
Mon-Sat 12 – 7pm
48 rue de Turenne  (3e)

I will be back in Paris in September so will post an update. Roz

  1. #1 by figjamandlimecordial on March 28, 2010 - 7:05 pm

    Love the pigs, Roz! 🙂

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