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On view now in Paris are several exhibitions you won’t want to miss, including Lutz Bacher’s show, which helps to inaugurate the brand new Lafayette Anticipations, designed by Rem Koolhaas. Learn more about that, and more must-see shows below.
Lutz Bacher at Lafayette Anticipations
March 10–April 30
With the grand opening of Lafayette Anticipations, Lutz Bacher’s significant works highlight the symbolic power of the 9 rue de Plâtre building. Rem Koolhaas’ first building in Paris comes to life in a 19th century industrial building in the heart of Marais. Four mobile platforms allow over forty different configurations of the gallery. Bacher’s exhibition offers an introspective moment, confronting the stigmas of history through installations including film, illustration, and found objects.
Mohamed Bourouissa at Musée D’art Moderne de la ville
January 26–April 22
Mohamed Bourouissa’s first solo exhibition in Paris is currently up at the Musée D’art Moderne de la ville. Bourouissa captures observations of society through his images and explores the human dimension. “Urban Riders” revolves around Bourouissa’s film Horse Day, captured in a disadvantaged neighborhood of Philadelphia. This show cinematically follows a powerful account of the artist’s urban utopias and tackles issues of territory and power.
Per Kirkeby at Almine Rech Gallery
March 3–April 14
Almine Rech Gallery is showing Per Kirkeby for the first time. The collection of paintings and bronze sculptures by the Danish artist emphasizes color and light to engage the emotions of viewers. The monographic exhibition is a setting of chaos where colors are accents of light, texture, and dynamics.
“ReCycle” at Chantal Crousel
March 10–April 21
Galerie Chantal Crousel’s group show “ReCycle” brings to light the importance of object recycling through a selection of works by 17 artists. Tracing the history of objects and recycling from Kurt Schwitters’ pioneering work, each artist brings a new sense of life to material. The tactility of the work selected offers a commentary on the problematic state of our own environment.
Sheila Hicks at Centre Pompidou
February 7–April 30
Sheila Hicks’ solo show at the Centre Pompidou includes sculptures, smaller woven compositions, and more, contributing to 145 total works on view. Through her experience with pre-Colombian textiles, the exhibition reflects a line of contemporary thinking and fills the space with color and texture. Overlooking Paris, the space is transformed in malleable nature.
Yan Pei-Ming at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
March 2–April 21
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is showing “Dating,” an exhibition of new work by Yan Pei-Ming. Oil paintings and gouaches bring to life popes, female nudes, and erotic scenes on canvas. Fascinated by pope portraiture, Pei-Ming’s work explores power and authority as well as the balance between a noble subject, and the female nude. With hues of deep red and blue, the paintings are rich, energetic, and seek the spectator’s gaze.
Y.Z. Kami at Gagosian
March 16–May 5
Y.Z. Kami’s “Geometry of Light” is currently on view at Gagosian in Paris. The show includes new large-scale portraits that demand a face-to-face encounter and question the unknown. With their murky subjects whose eyes are opened or closed, each image questions the patterns and process of geometry. The artist further explores the representation of truth, with a portrait of Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, writer, and theologian who spent much of his life investigating the definition of “truth.”