Paris Preview: The Scene

Lots to do in the City of Light.

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SHOWTIME: For its 20th exhibition, the Louis Vuitton Cultural Space chose to celebrate an overlooked artistic movement — mail art. Its show “Correspondences” culls work by 10 artists who used the post as an artistic medium. These include Ray Johnson, Clarisse Hahn and Guillaume Leblon.

Irish designer Eileen Gray is featured at the Pompidou Center through a display in six rooms that include paintings, photography and contents of her portfolio, such as sketches and architectural plans. Meanwhile, on the other side of Paris, at the Palais de Chaillot, Marcel Breuer, the architect behind New York’s Whitney museum and father of the Wassily chair, has a retrospective.


Two exhibitions of South American artists’ work focus on kinetic art. At the Pompidou Center, Jesús Rafael Soto’s serial paintings and pieces made of Plexiglas and metal threads are on display in a show highlighting his ties to abstract masters such as Kazimir Malevich and Yves Klein.

At the Palais de Tokyo, Julio Le Parc holds his first major exhibition in France. The Argentine artist’s pieces include paintings, mobiles and light installations dating from 1959 to today.

Another master of illusion, Liu Bolin, presents his latest 10 photo-performances as part of his iconic series “Hiding in the City” at the Paris-Beijing gallery.

On a more classical note, the European House of Photography is presenting a retrospective about New York photographer Joel Meyerowitz. Juxtaposing his first black-and-white images and series of the World Trade Center ruins, it illustrates the development of color photography.

Out of the magazines and onto the walls, “Inez & Vinoodh” offers an intimate view of the photographers’ creations, including the duo’s new flower series, at the Gagosian Gallery.


Paintings by Marjane Satrapi, the film director and novelist, are on display at the Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont. Her 21 portraits of women reveal influences of Henri Matisse, Balthus and Piet Mondrian.

A little punk goes a long way. “Linder — Femme/Objet” includes 200 works spanning four decades by the provocative British artist at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. These include collages made of magazines and her dance and musical performances.

At the Musée du Luxembourg an exhibition on Marc Chagall situates his paintings in the context of the two world wars and focuses on art as an escape.


“Correspondences,” through May 5.
Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, 60 Rue de Bassano, 75008
Tel.: +33-1-53-57-52-03
Open Monday-Saturday, Noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

“Eileen Gray,” through May 20.
 Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Tel.: +33-1-44-78-12-33
Open Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

“Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) – Design & Architecture,” through July 17.
Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine. Palais de Chaillot, 1 Place du Trocadéro, 75116
Tel. : +33-1-58-51-52-00
Open Wednesday-Monday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

“Soto,” through May 20.
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Tel.: +33-1-44-78-12-33
Open Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

“Julio Le Parc,” through May 13.
Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116
Tel.: +33-1-81-97-35-88
Open Wednesday-Monday, Noon-Midnight

“Liu Bolin,” through March 9.
Galerie Paris-Beijing, 54 Rue du Vertbois, 75003
Tel.: +33-1-42-74-32-36
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

“Joel Meyerowitz — A Retrospective,” through April 7.
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004
Tel.: +33-1-44-78-75-00
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

“Inez & Vinoodh: Photographs,” through March 9.
Gagosian Gallery, 4 Rue de Ponthieu, 75008
Tel.: +33-1-75-00-05-92
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

“Marjane Satrapi — Paintings,” through March 23.
Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, 38 Avenue Matignon, 75008
Tel.: +33-1-42-89-89-00
Open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

“Linder ­— Femme/Objet,” through April 21.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116
Tel.: +33-1-53-67-40-00
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday ,10 a.m.-10 p.m.

“Chagall — Between War and Peace,” through July 21.
Musée du Luxembourg, 19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006
Tel.: +33-1-40-13-62-00
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

— Anne-Aymone Gheerbrant

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