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Our selection of exhibitions in Paris for this Spring & Summer 2022

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The reputation of the Parisian cultural offer is well established! That’s why many exhibitions, sometimes from all over the world, take their place in the largest museums of the capital. Discover the selection of our suggestion for this Spring 2022, along other unmissable classics, enunciated just below. By Alexis Lery & Alex Plato



..from 1776 and 1792, this mansion housed illustrious people
The Hôtel de Galliffet was built by the architect Legrand..

In the charming Italian Cultural Institute of Paris, located in the heart of the ministries district, has many tasks to enroll, in order to represent the Italian touch in Paris. Therefore, this cultural center is responsible for promoting the Italian language and culture. Among its main objectives are the organization of Italian language and culture tuitions but also the realization of cultural initiatives, naturally with the Italian thematics, through many aspects.

For instance and until the 28th September 2022, the region of Puglia is honored, within the exhibition stamped “APULIA, Mysteries of Puglia between land, stones and sea”. A good occasion to rediscover this territory situated between the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas
 
..before becoming in 1962, the Italian Cultural Institute.
It used to be the headquarters of the Italian Embassy, from 1909.. 

A true touristic region, notably acclaimed for its history, its beaches and its gastronomy. That’s why, you are invited to further explore in Paris, the mysteries of this region, through three distinct sections, where are revealed some artworks, for some never exhibited in France before. 

In the first archaeological section, you could admire about twenty exceptional pieces, from the 4th-3rd centuries BC. Those precious elements were reunited  to evoke those ancient times, when this part of southern Italy was an Attic colony under the name of “Magna Græcia”. Therefore, each of these objects testifies the extreme refinement of this former civilization, where some cults where followed, notably around pleasures but also dead ones… 
 
Take some time to admire those rare and unique masterpieces..

Those were notably pictured within a certain art of ceramics which was very important during this period. Then stands a medieval Art section, with vestiges from the VIIIth-XIIIth centuries. Those are particularly illustrated by a video installation, picturing the ravines and the confidential rock churches, entirely covered with Byzantine frescoes.

Apart from this, this exhibition also introduces us the original “phototopographic” artwork of Domenico Fioriello. Therefore, this artist realized a photo mosaic of the historic town of Bitonto, showing in this way different areas of the old town, such as arches, streets and staircases. This representation is conducted with some originality and poetry, offering us a panorama of the mineral fabric of the tangled city centers of astonishing beauty.
 
Don’t also miss to enjoy this wide garden..

On top of that, the “Parietaro Master” piece stands on the lawn of the garden of this Italian Cultural Institute. This would remind a sort of “dry wall”, like the dry stone walls which are visible between the local centenary olive trees. Thus, those old stones embellish the landscape but are also used as ancestral construction material..

At last, this plural exhibition invites two famous contemporary visual artists, in the person of Francesco Schiavulli and Lino Sivilli. They came to present their sculptures “Macchina selezionatrice di raggi solari” by Lino Sivilli, related to the legacy of the artist Pino Pascali, and “Ultima cena” by Francesco Schiavulli come to conclude this experience.
 
Institut Culturel Italien de Paris, 50 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris (France) / Phone: 00 33 (0)1 85 14 62 50. Accessible from Monday to Friday, from 10 am until 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm, more information on their official website.

..in front of his steel Philolaos avant-garde furniture piece.
A concentrated Lorenz Bäumer, at work..

This spring 2022, the famous jewelry designer Lorenz Bäumer invites you to explore his eclectic art collection and eventually acquire some of its masterpieces, since he decided to spread the time of an auction in Sotheby’s. The occasion to connect deeper into the own universe and inspirations of this star jeweler from Place Vendôme, who opens the doors into his lifetime discoveries, which were exhibited until now in his Parisian apartment.

Visible in the Parisian antenna of Sotheby’s from 10th until 17th May 2022, the favorite objects of Lorenz Bäumer would have no more secret to you, through a series of rare design objects, goldsmiths, drawings, spirits and even photographs among many other surprises. Regarding those selected pieces, don’t miss some emblematic artworks realized by a couple of illustrious designers from the 20th century.

 

..facing those Jean Royère‘s pieces.
A multifaceted cabinet designed by Paul Evans..

For example, let’s talk about the Campana Brothers or eventually a TV stand from 1964, as one of the many functional objects in steel composed by Philolaos, between 1960 and 1970, or three iconic models revealed by Jean Royère, embodied by a long chair, made of fur and lacquered metal, a Flaque coffee table also in lacquered metal and glass, from 1948 and an Antibes lamp post (photo credits: Florian Perlot/Art Digital).

Without missing the artist Alexandre Noll who directly inspired the Black Magic named jewelry collection, playing on black textures and volumes and highlighting the beauty of colored stones. This was made possible with different ebony pieces, in the persona of a sculpture or even a candlestick (pictured upon). Apart from this, let’s appreciate his collection of his photographs, muchly tainted of contemporary art.

 

..nearby this auctionable Île au Trésor bracelet.
Lorenz Bäumer with his friend princess Charlène of Monaco..

Sourced all over the World, why don’t you adopt some pictural creations of Laurence Demaison, Vik Muniz, Jean-François Fortchantre or even Odilon Redon? At last, this exceptional sale would as well feature several unique homemade jewelry pieces, which have never been commercialized. About them, we could enunciate an Île au Trésor bracelet made in titanium and white gold, inspired by the famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, by the way including a secret mechanism containing a heart shaped pendant.

Moreover, you could also count on a Raie Manta bracelet, all set up with various precious gems, like diamonds, amethysts and emeralds… As you can see, a good way to get an intimate insight into the private passions and artworks of this inimitable artist, that accepted to answer to some of our questions.

A pure Asian relic..

– Lorenz, we already know you for your incredible jewelry creations, but maybe some of us were not aware about your collection melting Art, furniture, photographs and even more.. Where does come this personal passion?

I’ve always been attracted to art… My mother is very gifted artistically: she painted, she sewed, she cooked… This showed me that everything was possible and exposed me very young to creation. 

– Did you find some inspiration among all of those masterpieces, in order to create your personal jewels?

Totally. This is a slice of my life… things that inspire my work and represent the dialogue that you can have with other creators,” Noll’s abstract shapes has inspired my “Black Magic” collection or the geometric shapes of a cabinet by American sculptor Paul Evans has influenced my “Mikado” line.

 

Don’t also forget to visit Lorenz Bäumer‘s showroom, situated on Place Vendôme..

– At last, you decided to separate from this lifetime collection, during an auction soon in Sotheby’s. Why did you make this choice?

This is my 3rd sale. I am very invasive at home as many collectors. My wife is really disappointed we are only selling 100 items because you can’t really see any space being made.

Selling part of my collection is also a cathartic process, and one that I have been through before, culling my photography collection or letting go of a furniture style that no longer quite fits my taste. Objects have to continue their lives. Those I sell brought me much enjoyment, just like those I’m yet to acquire,” I just visited the PAD Paris art fair earlier in the week and walked away with “a few things, but smaller in scale. Furthermore, I would like to buy a country house…

Sotheby’s France, 76 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris (France) / Phone : 00 33 (0)1 53 05 53 05. More information on their official website.


..and share the same home as Giacometti‘s men for some time.
Those metallic sculptures seem to match with this chimney..

The charming Giacometti Foundation, located a few steps away from the Parisian lion of Denfert-Rochereau, a brand new exhibition, untitled “Alberto Giacometti / Douglas Gordon”, with the wish to compare the artistic universe of this famous sculptor versus the one of the multidisciplinary Scottish artist (photo credits: AL). 

Therefore, Douglas Gordon is honored until June 12th, 2022, to join within a residency, Giacometti‘s questions about human condition, through his own vision about time distortion and tension between opposing forces (life and death, good and bad). For example, he worked on “24 hour psycho”, a screen projection of the “Psychosis” movie of Alfred Hitchcock, with a final projection speed of 24 hours.

For the inauguration day, some artists’ tattoos were shared to spread the word, like here on the arms of the British artist Charlotte Sear..

Therefore, it’s a good occasion to rediscover this fascinating Giacometti Foundation and explore the philosophy of Douglas Gordon, through different supports on which he works, so to say video, drawing and sculpture. With this temporary art installation, you would learn more about this artist, graduated from the Glasgow School of Arts and the Slade School of Art, who developed a certain taste for modern material, such as performances on VCR material. Instead of working in a factory, he decided to work regarding the question of time.

In 1996, Douglas Gordon was the first videographer to be awarded by the very prestigious Turner Prize. Thanks to this distinction, then being as well honored with the Hugo Boss-Guggenheim prize in New York in 1998, he climbed gradually the stairs of success, in contemporary art, letting exhibiting his artworks in various institutions and film festivals.

“The most important thing is that we opened the doors and the windows to let maybe wasps, maybe bees in. Bees make honey, while wasps kill. It’s like that but it’s necessary, I believe” admits Douglas Gordon.

Institut Giacometti, 5 Rue Victor Schoelcher, 75014 Paris (France) / Phone : 00 33 (0)1 44 54 52 44. More information on the official website.


..or would you dare climbing the stairs of those Happy Few stairs by La Fraterie?
This Monolithe by Yazid Oulab wouldn’t undoubtedly let you indifferent..

Following our immersion into the Galerie LOFT, initiated with our discovery of their Art For All revolutionary concept (read our article here), we are pleased to introduce here their brand new Monumental exhibition, occurring until May 28th, 2022. With this new art installation, you would have the occasion to admire some of the most sculptural artworks proposed by this Parisian gallery, either in size and shapes (photo credits: Alexis Lery).

For instance, feel free to spend some time in front of those architectural masterpieces, both proudly standing in-situ or in the yard, for space issues indeed… Most of those sculptures are composed of various metallic materials, with smooth or rough appearances, displaying different contrasts and reflections, often doubled with subtle patinas.

..or rather at this Aube circle by Francesco Marino di Teana?
Would you stare at the Marathonienne masterpiece by Philippe Hiquily..

Therefore, those monumental pieces of contemporary art are exclusively presented as real demonstrations of dizzy experiences, especially if you’re into touching or caressing sculptures, without having risking any comment from the gallery.  Thus, with this outstanding event, you better get bewitched with the amazing offer of various universes and stories, coming straight from the inspired spirits of those prolix plastic artists.

By the way, you could notice that some of those genitors are active personalities since ages, notably in public spaces (ie. the Marathonienne et Épicurienne by Philippe Hiquily, presented place Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris-2012) or the time of exhibitions (such as Marino di Teana in the Citadel of Sisteron, while you would as well discover young artists, also specialized in the design and production of large “formart pieces”, currently accompanied by Galerie LOFT (starring Quentin Garel, Yazid Oulab or La Fratrie…).

If a sculpture is considered as the representation of an object in space, how do we conceive this space when it comes to exceed human size?

Another magic and tribal piece by Philippe Hiquily, named under Reonadora..

In fact, while our perception of those artworks may be altered due to their singular size, this installation tends to recall in a way that it is been more than fifteen years now that Galerie LOFT is involved in the presentation of monumental sculptures. Plus, it has even gradually become one of the French leaders in the highlighting of this kind of artworks, particularly through the participation into major projects, such as the Shanghai Universal Exhibition (represented by the Girouettes of 12m high, by Philippe Hiquily, in 2010), or in the Al Maaden Golf Sculpture Park in Morocco (featuring the artists Gilli, Hiquily, Segui, Yazid Oulab, Daniel Hourdé or Sunil Gawde, back in 2013), and even today, in the smallest replicas! Indeed, most of those artworks presented in this exhibition are available in small limited-edition formats (photo credits: Galerie LOFT).

Galerie LOFT, 3 bis & 4 rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006 Paris (France). More information on the official website.


..in front of his shooting of Ambre Litwinsky.
Autoportrait of the artist Laurent Hini..

The Parisian notarial study 1768 Notaires has recently decided to launch their own endowment fund, in order to promote artists and support their artwork. By the way, the creation of an endowment fund in this sector by a notarial study is a first act in France and therefore an exhibition would be organized every semester in their headquarters (photo credits: Laurent Hini).

The first exhibition aimed to show 3 photographic series realized by the pictural artist Laurent Hini, spread over the entire notarial office and visible by anyone (by appointment) until May 4, 2022. For information, Laurent Hini used to be a photoreporter, an experience that allowed him to build his proper visual grammar and catch unique scenes. Although, with the advent of new communication tools, he opted to switch into photography creation in studio.

 

..along her pal Maeva Coucke for a cancer screening campaign.
The former Miss France Nathalie Marquay Pernaut accepted to pose..

Among those 3 different series, don’t miss his particular focus around human body and ephemeral notions, and notably people captured in certain situations, such as in the “Seul(e)s à Paris” exhibition. This series of contextual images, produced during the second pandemic confinement, when Laurent Hini decided to immortalize 8 emblematic Parisian, starring a real character or imaginary, highlighting the contrast with a surrounding empty surface.

Otherwise, “Disparition” is a series connecting portraits of celebrities and sketches, with the question: is it possible to erase a body while retaining its humanity? It pursues the continuity of the previous “Corps Vêtements”, produced in his studio in 2019, around the transhumanist cultural movement, promoting the use of technology against aging.

 

The Cirque d’Hiver pictured in the “Seul(e)s à Paris” series..

At last, on the occasion of the launching event of March 23, 2022, 3 unique prints of the “Seul(e)s à Paris” series were put in auction, under the supervision of Maître Fabien Mirabaud, curator at Drouot. Those funds were collected in order to finance a photobook of 80 portraits, which would be offered to caregivers and also finance an exhibition at Bichat Hospital. Plus, the production of these prints will be as well offered to the intensive care unit.

1768 Notaires, 29 Rue de la Bienfaisance, 75008 Paris (France) / Phone : 00 33 (0)1 42 66 24 06


..but some of those tiny portraits still remain available.
Those pinky figurines were quickly sold out..

This Spring, we are glad to invite to discover the burlesque exhibition organized at Le Bon Marché, dedicated to the French multifaceted artist Philippe Katerine. In this historical department store, you could admire the presence of the pink character called Mr. Rose, all dressed in bubble gum color, visible in many parts of the alleys. After the fashion icon Iris Apfel or the Belgian rapper Stromae with his Mosaert label, discover an original and anticonformist experience (photo credits: Alexis Lery).

Partly, inspired by his muse and wife, the actress Julie Depardieu, this art installation is known under the Mignonisme spell. Thus, this humorous collaboration with this eclectic artist is illustrated by a series of clothes, unusual objects to collect, again with a pink mood and of course his multiple artworks, as funny as possible. 

At the occasion of the inauguration day, a flamboyant concert of Philippe Katerine and his band, was set last February 28th, in perfect connection with his personal artistic realizations, exhibited on the second floor. Those realizations are all the fruit of the own philosophy of this inspired French singer, celebrating his own vision of life in Le Bon Marché. until April 24th, 2022. 

This Katerine universe belongs to the wider X exhibition as uniting or meeting, inviting anyone to celebrate creative collaborations, in terms of fashion, beauty, jewelry and lifestyle… melting young designers and more ancient players to work together in order to offer you surprising products, without any type of limits. While crossing those corridors, you may notice through different pop-ups that streetwear can meet jewelry, while perfumery meets spirits (with Castel and By Killian) or beauty strolls with Arts

Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, 24, rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris (France). More information on the official website.


..this onyx made light station is perfect to highlight any salon.
A lovely trio to eventually adopt at your place..

In the heart of the Old Paris, we found the Galerie Negropontes which is run by its founder Sophie Negropontes, along the designer and artistic director Hervé Langlais. The ambition of this unusual gallery is to highlight original and premium design creations, imagined by skillful craftsmen (either as cabinetmakers, mirror makers, or even marble workers).

This selection logically offers a bright panorama above French decorative arts, presented in a real contemporary point of view. The gallery tells you more about those artists who are really passionate about their profession, showing you the way of French luxury artworks to adopt at some point (photo credits: Alex Plato).

 

Therefore, until May 2022, discover the fantastic Minimal / Baroque exhibition focused on the fresh and supernatural design universe of the Milanese artist Gianluca Pacchioni. An Italian citizen with a French heart, since he used to live in Paris and create in the art residence of Les Frigos, keeping the pleasure to work and forge ancestral materials, such as steel, bronze, brass in which he is able to switch them into authentic artworks, starring marble or onyx, in a raw or elaborate form (photo credits: Galerie Negropontes).

In this case, those masterpieces, to eventually settle in your salon, propose here to work your perception about variations on the theme of Cremino pedestal tables, in the deep tradition of craftsmen who enjoy flirting with opposites while turning any interior design as field for virtuoso creations. 

A mythologic trio..

In the same space, feel free to discover the collection of jewelry and more precisely rings, developed by Jean-Christophe Malaval who invites you into an universe of countless references, ranging from symbolism to naturalism, and undoubtedly from architecture to sculpture. That’s why, you could recognize in his creations, muchly inspired by science fiction and mythology, some subtle recalls about Roman armors, cosmonaut helmets, or any other civi