With FIAC just around the corner (October 18-21), Paris will soon seem to be the art capital of the world, at least for the week. In anticipation of the entire art world congregating in the city for seven coinciding art fairs, plenty of local galleries, museums and institutions have organised incredible exhibitions that are certainly not to be missed if you happen to find yourself in Paris. Here are 6 of them.
Michael Heizer at Gagosian Paris
Gagosian Paris will be presenting five decades of Michael Heizer by showing works from the 1960’s up until now. Heizer is often credited for redefining the tensions of positive and negative space with his larger-than-life sculptures and constructions. The entire gallery floor will be dug up and redesigned to house his works, including Scoria Negative Wall Sculpture from 2016, shown alongside other works including paintings and sculptures.
Gagosian, 26 Avenue de L’Europe, 93350 Le Bourget
October 16, 2018 until February 2, 2019
Orsay through the Eyes of Julian Schnabel at Musée d’Orsay
The Musée d’Orsay has invited American artist Julian Schnabel to present his work among his choice of 13 pieces from the museum’s 19th century collection. This is taking place as the artist is releasing his film on Vincent van Gogh, At Eternity’s Gate, and appropriately, the exhibition will feature works by Van Gogh as well as Monet and others 19th century greats.
Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
October 10, 2018 until January 13, 2019
Grayson Perry at Monnaie de Paris
British artist and 2003 Turner Prize winner, Grayson Perry will be having his first ever solo exhibition in France, presenting 55 pieces at the famous Paris Mint. Perry’s work is known to challenge the topics of identity, sexuality, masculinity, and religion with dark humor, irony and a trans alter-ego named Claire. Perry’s work contains many autobiographical references going back to his childhood, upbringing and complex identity.
Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris
October18, 2018 until February 3, 2019
Tadao Ando at the Centre Pompidou
Tadao Ando, the 1995 Pritzker Prize winner and boxer-turned-self-taught Japanese architect will have a major retrospective dedicated to his acclaimed work. Ando is known for his remarkable work around the relationship between space, light and concrete, hailing him as the “king of concrete”. Fifty projects along with hundreds of drawings, personal notebooks and photographs will be displayed, celebrating and documenting the process and inspiration of Ando’s works.
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
October 10 until December 31
Private Collections: a Journey from the Impressionists to the Fauvists at the Musee Marmottan Monet
62 drawings, paintings and sculptures rarely displayed in public will be on shown at the Musee Marmottan for the first time. The collection includes works from the Impressionist period to the beginning of Fauvism, featuring works by Renoir, Claudel, Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse and many others.
Musée Marmottan Monet, 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris
Until February 10, 2019
Monumental Minimal at Thaddaeus Ropac
Thaddaeus Ropac will be presenting a group show dedicated to the Minimalist art movement in its Pantin space. This includes sculpture work and paintings by Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, Robert Morris and many more, highlighting the birth of the movement as well as its evolution. The pieces chosen to be displayed will directly engage with the architecture of the space, making the show dynamic and specific to Ropac.
Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, 69 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 93500 Pantin
October 17, 2018 until March 23, 2019