GalleriesInstitutions 13-12-2016

Five exhibitions to see in Paris this week

Following the close of Galeristes — the last fair of the year in the French capital — we take a look at the five most exciting exhibitions to catch in Paris this week. From Omer Fast's video pieces to important retrospectives, the Parisian artistic panorama ends the year in style.


Omer Fast at gb Agency, until January 14

Omer Fast, still from Looking Pretty for God, 2008. Courtesy the artist and gb agency

Omer Fast’s new exhibition at gb Agency comprises two video pieces and an installation of a medicine cabinet. In his 2008 video Looking Pretty for God, shown here for the first time in France, Fast focuses on the profession of morticians. His film explores the macabre process through glossy, heavily edited shots. The second film August, a 3D short from 2016, gives a half fictional, half real account of the life of August Sander, the celebrated photographer of German life during the Weimar Republic.


Jean-Luc Verna at Mac Val, until February 26

Jean-Luc Verna, Paramour, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Mac Val. Photo © Marc Domage

Tens of drawings by Jean-Luc Verna feature in the retrospective “Vous n’êtes pas un peu trop maquillé?” (Don’t you think that’s a bit too much makeup?) at Mac Val. On display are tired, tattooed bodies, laid completely bare. The Universal logo is a motif Verna revisits over and over again in various permutations: Paramor, Paramour, Puramour, Piramour. We are eagerly awaiting the date of his next concert to see the artist perform in person!


Enrique Ramirez at Michel Rein gallery, until January 11

Exhibition view of "Le Gravedad." Courtesy of Michel Rein gallery

In “Le Gravedad,” Ramirez’s second exhibition at Michel Rein gallery, the artist offers a poetic reflection on the political history of his native Chile — a history littered with violence, intolerance, and injustice. To find out more, read our interview with the artist here.


Barbara Navi at 24 Beaubourg, until December 17

Barbara Navi, Parade sauvage, 2016. Courtesy Barbara Navi 

The title of Barbara Navi’s exhibition — “Anabase” — refers to the most famous work of Xenophon, a Greek soldier and writer from antiquity.  Literally meaning “expedition up from,” Anabasis tells the story of an army of Greek mercenaries who were defeated in battle and forced to roam for thousands of miles before finding their homeland. Navi explores this concept of “expedition” through the lens of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1972 film Solaris, a psychodrama that unfolds during a space voyage. Through these two reference points, her exhibition throws into relief the suffering currently experienced by displaced peoples. To discover more, visit Navi’s website.


ZEVS at the Château de Vincennes, until January 29

ZEVS, Visual Kidnapping, Pay Now 

The Château de Vincennes presents “Noir éclair” (“Black Lightning)”, a retrospective of the iconoclastic artist ZEVS. The fact that an exhibition dedicated to street art has found its way into  such an important national heritage site indicates the positive recognition the movement has gained over the years. The exhibition commission is led by Marie Deparis-Yafil and Stéphane Chatry. 

0 262


Log in to add a comment