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While you’re in Paris for FIAC, you’ll want to make sure you find time to visit these museum and gallery shows throughout the city.
Elmgreen & Dragset
Perrotin 3rd arrondissement
October 13–December 22
In a new large-scale installation at Perrotin, Elmgreen & Dragset sculpturally interrogate our relationship to space. With inspiration from Caspar David Friedrich’s painting The Sea of Ice (1824) and early Land art projects by Michael Heizer and Richard Long, Elmgreen & Dragset upturn streets and deconstruct signage, bicycle racks, and asphalt. The duo reconfigures these boundary-indicating objects into their most essential forms, demonstrating their part in the political languages of law, order, and control.
Ron Amir’s “Quelque Part Dans Le Désert”
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 16th arrondissement
September 14–December 2
In “Quelque part dans le désert/Somewhere in the Desert,” the Israeli photographer Ron Amir documents the living conditions of Sudanese and Eritrean refugees in the Holot detention center in the Negev Desert. From 2014 to 2016, Amir photographed the everyday existence, shared spaces, and communities of refugees, who, despite fleeing oppression, were legally unable to work or live in Israel. The result is a haunting and sensitive series of photographs and videos that chronicles the creativity, distress, and resilience of these asylum seekers.
Tomás Saraceno’s “Carte Blanche”
Palais de Tokyo 16th arrondissement
October 17, 2018– January 6, 2019
Tomás Saraceno describes himself as someone who lives and works “in and beyond the planet Earth.” In his largest project to date, Saraceno floods the Palais de Tokyo with this concept. The exhibition space will be transformed into a multisensory exploration intended to overwrite human perception of the universe. Evolving choreography, a living orchestra, vibrations, and dust particles will reimagine the cosmic, microscopic, and human-sized worlds as we experience them, contemplating the very manner in which we live and exist.
Fred Sandback’s “Fil D’Occam”
Marian Goodman Gallery 3rd arrondissement
September 8–October 27
Organized in collaboration with the Fred Sandback Estate, “Le Fil d’Occam” (“Occam’s Razor”) is an ode to the purity and innovation of Sandback’s work. Inspired by American Minimalism, Fred Sandback (1943–2003) constantly experimented with elimination, working with acrylic yarn to map out volumeless spatial boundaries. His work stimulates an openness in which, as writer Valérie Mavridorakis has put it, “the viewer’s ambulatory, visual and imaginary aptitudes are constantly being brought into play.”
In the first Paris-based exhibition of Sandback’s work since 2008, Galerie Marian Goodman powerfully reinstalls the artist’s work, alongside a selection of lithographs, etchings, screen-prints, and woodcuts on display at Librairie Marian Goodman.
“Geometries Sud du Mexique à la Terre de Feu”
Fondation Cartier Pour L’Art Contemporain 14th arrondissement
October 14, 2018–February 24, 2019
Bringing together 250 artworks from the Pre-Columbian period to the present, “Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia” pays tribute to the geometry, color, and variety of Latin American art. Modern and contemporary highlights include a ballroom designed by the Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani; a monumental installation by Golden Lion winners Solano Benítez and Gloria Cabral; and wire sculptures by the Venezuelan artist Gego, which are being shown together in Paris for the first time. The pre-Columbian and abstract art can be found on the lower levels, though its influence reverberates across the galleries.
“Magnificent Venice: Europe and the Arts in the 18th Century”
Grand Palais 8th arrondisement
September 26, 2018–January 21, 2019
At the turn of the 18th century, Venice was unmatched—the city was a lively mecca for visual and decorative arts, music and opera. Boasting an international reputation for vitality, festivity, and luxury, Venice played host to painters Piazzetta and Giambattista Tiepolo, sculptors Corradini and Brustolon, and composers Hasse and Vivaldi, among many others. These extraordinary cultural achievements, however, were matched with a disintegrating economy and infrastructure. “Magnificent Venice! Venice: Europe and the Arts in the 18th Century” showcases the rise and fall of the City of Lagoons, weaving a dazzling and evocative tale through paintings, sculptures, drawings, objects, and live performance.
Grand Palais 8th arrondisement
September 15, 2018–January 20, 2019
“People will understand more and more that I opened the doors to another future, that runs against all falsehood, all fanaticism,” Catalan artist Joan Miró (1893–1983) once explained. From October 3, 2018, to February 4, 2019, the Grand Palais presents a retrospective of the art of that transformative, forward-thinking painter. Comprising 150 works from major museums and private collections worldwide, “Miró” delves into the artist’s ever-changing process and influential vocabulary, exploring his experimentation with fauvist, cubist, detailist, surrealist, and sculptural techniques. Jean-Louis Prat, former director of the Fondation Maeght (1969–2004), member of the Joan Miró Committee, and friend of the artist, is the exhibition’s curator.
Tadao Ando’s “Le Défi”
Centre Georges Pompidou 4th arrondissement
October 30–December 31
For half a century, the boxer-turned-architect Tadao Ando has concerned himself with the dialogue between architecture and nature, championing simple, geometric shapes and the integration of natural elements into design. Focusing on the intensely visceral experience generated by his works, “Tadao Ando, Le Défi” (“Tadao Ando, The Challenge”) articulates, celebrates, and interrogates the architect’s practice. The show will run from October 10 to December 31, 2018, and will include a presentation of 50 major projects, 180 drawings, 70 dioramas, and various slideshows.
Fondation Louis Vuitton 16th arrondissement
October 3, 2018–January 14, 2019
Thirty years after his death, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s energetic, challenging work remains profoundly relevant. Attesting to his work’s enduring importance, the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents “Jean-Michel Basquiat,” a highly anticipated, monumental show of 120 works. The exhibition comprises Basquiat’s first drawings, later prints, collages, assemblages, and landmark paintings, including several works never before displayed in Europe. “Jean-Michel Basquiat” will be on view October 3, 2018, until January 4, 2019, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Somon Fujiwara’s “Revolution”
Lafayette Anticipations 4th arrondissement
October 13, 2018–January 6, 2019
Simon Fujiwara’s first solo show in France, “Revolution,” works in conversation with the newly renovated Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette. Grappling with themes of technology, the fetishization of personal experience, mass media, and the objectification of women, the large-scale works and installations function individually and together to address the oppressive virality of our age. Likeness, for example, confronts the mass production of historically sensitive subjects, through a sculpture of Anne Frank. Made up of images of Frank, it criticizes the 2012 Madame Tussaud’s wax figure, which had become a site of insensitive photography.
Grayson Perry’s “Vanity, Identity, Sexuality”
Monnaie de Paris 6th arrondissement
October 19, 2018–February 3, 2019
The London-based artist Grayson Perry is known for his sardonic interpretations of traditional materials and mediums—such as bronze, cast iron, printmaking, and tapestry. Perry received critical acclaim in the 1980s for ceramics that were seductive, yet, through stenciled text and transferred photographs, challenged the viewer’s day-to-day preconceptions. Divided into ten themed chapters, “Vanity, Identity, Sexuality” will similarly tackle the erosion of societal values, particularly the concept of masculinity. The book The Descent of Man (2016), for example, offers insight into toxic masculinity, asking if there exists a newer, better version of masculine identity. In an era of upheaval, Monnaie de Paris presents Perry’s first major solo exhibition in France in celebration of this openly feminist stance.
Archi-Designer Gio Ponti’s “Tutto Ponti”
Musée des Arts Décoratifs 1st arrondissement
October 19, 2018–January 10, 2019
Musée des Arts Décoratifs presents France’s first retrospective of work by the revolutionary architect Gio Ponti (1891–1979). “Tutto Ponti” showcases over 400 works spanning Ponti’s six-decade-long career (1921–1978), revealing the breadth of his achievements in furniture, lighting, and public and private spaces. Always aiming for lightness, clarity, color, and simplicity, Ponti inspired generations of artists and collectors with his notion of the “Italian house”—an authentic, modern, and international way of being. “Tutto Ponti” now serves as France’s introduction to the designer, on view from October 19, 2018, to February 10, 2019.