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It is finally this time of the year : soups, warm sweaters and other snow socks ! The first snow fell and the month of December is well under way. The moment to present to you our three favorite exhibitions to visit in Paris this January. And if Street Art Tour Paris puts urban art in the spotlight, we will not forget about the contemporary art’s lovers !

#1 : « CAPITALE(S) : 60 ans d’art urbain » at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris

Let’s start with the fabulous exhibition CAPITALE(S) : 60 ans d’art urbain at the Hôtel de Ville, curated by Magda Danysz, Elise Herszkowicz, Nicolas Laugero Lasserre and Marko93. The exhibition presents a relevant approach to the history of urban art in Paris since the 1960s.

Painting on canvas, Gérard Zlotykamien

An assumed bias that integrates into the history of the movement the pioneers of stencil Edmond Marie Rouffet and Blek le Rat, collage Ernest Pignon Ernest, cutting of advertising posters Jacques Villeglé, as well as painters Jérôme Mesnager and Gérard Zlotykamien. We then go through the arrival of New York graffiti-writing in Paris in the 1980s to arrive at the multidisciplinary urban artorks that we encounter today.

Tools and signs collected by writers, private collections. 

The setting of the exhibition, the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, is an interesting choice when we know that the recognition of urban art by the official institutions is still a controversial issue. 

Murals by artists Kashink, Vision and Greky 

This exhibition reminds us that this movement appeared about sixty years ago, and that its pioneers are beginning to disappear, like Miss Tic and Jacques Villeglé who both passed away this year.

Mixed  Technique, Miss Tic

On your way out, don’t forget to buy the catalogue of the exhibition directed by Magda Danysz, whose texts are fascinating and highly instructive. It will definitely have its effect under the Christmas tree!

#2 : Urbain de Paname, former Saint-Ouen skating rink

Toys Army by Jean-Samuel Halifi, 2018 

Working since 2017 to encourage the link between art and research, the artists Salomé Partouche and Jean-Samuel Halifi are the founders of the project Urbain de Paname. Their works are featured in the exhibition which is filling the old rectangular ice rink of Saint-Ouen.

Artworks by Léo Nataf

The selection of artists ranges from the emerging scene to established and recognized artists with artworks by Banksy, Invader and Rero. 

The exhibition offers a fine sample of urban and contemporary practices combining paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, engravings and even tufting, an old textile manufacturing technique brought up to date by contemporary art, a practice that is increasingly widespread.

Artworks by artist Maxime Mouroux

The installation H2O by Tom Lellouche with its dystopia scene brings a touch of contemporary art into the exhibition

The highlight of the exhibition is the DJ Sets from 6 to 10 p.m during the weekend. Music, waffles and mulled wine stand straight from the ski slopes, make the exhibition very dynamic and fun !

This is why we were surprised not to have met more visitors on a Friday night… However, the price of the exhibition and its geographical location on the outskirts of Paris are probably enough reasons to discourage the most cautious among us!

#3 : Foire Foraine d’Art Contemporain, 104

If you are looking for a fun and participatory approach to contemporary art, the Fair Foraine d’Art Contemporain at 104 is the exhibition you need to see! It includes a quality program bringing together some 40 international artists including Orlan, Invader, Adel Abdessemed, Yoann Bourgeois, Martin Creed, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Jean-Yves Aschard, Véronique Béland and many others.

Artworks Casino Las Datas by Sylvia Fredriksson, Albertine Meunier, Filipe Vilas-Boas (top) and Stellairoscope by Julien Salaud (bottom)

After collecting the token book – obtained upon presentation of the entrance ticket -, the visitor can participate in all the attractions of the park. The works on display reflect the codes of the funfair’s unmissable attractions such as the bumper cars, the ghost train – diverted into «Train-Fantasmes» -, the carousel, the ice gallery, slot machines, etc.

Bâtiment by artist Leandro Erlich, recreation from a 2014 artwork

The particularity of this exhibition is the proposal to move away from the shackles of the exacerbated conceptualisation of the work of art in contemporary art. Here, the focus is on the spectator’s participation. A refreshing experience that involves the visitor in the artistic action.


Editing & pictures by Marie le Palec

« CAPITALE(S) : 60 ans d’art urbain »

Salle Saint-Jean, Hôtel de Ville de Paris

5 rue de Lobau, 75004

Until 11 february 2023

Free entrance on reservation

Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and to 9 p.m. on Thursdays

Present artists : 

Villeglé, Zlotykamien, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Surface Active, Captain Fluo, Edmond Marie Rouffet, Blek le Rat, Miss.Tic, Vive La Peinture, Speedy Graphito, Jean Faucheur, Mesnager, Mosko, Jef Aérosol, Bando, Ash, Jay0ne, SKKI, Keith, Haring, Mambo, Nasty, Slice, Psyckoze, Lokiss, Shoe, Futura, A-One, Rammellzee, Jon0ne, André, Zevs, Dize, Invader, Shepard Fairey, JR, Vhils, Swoon, Banksy, C215, L’Atlas, YZ, Seth, Tarek Benaoum, El Seed, Ludo, Rero, Dran, O’Clock, Tanc, Lek, Sowat, Cristobal Diaz, Philippe Baudelocque, Levalet, Madame, Kashink, Vision, Pest, Greky, Sébastien Preschoux, Romain Froquet, Kraken, 9eme Concept, Les Francs Colleurs.



Former Saint-Ouen icering

2 rue du Dr Bauer, 93400

Until 18 fébruary 2023

From 6€ To 12€, on reservation only 

DJ Sets from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Present artists : 

Invader, Banksy, Salomé Partouche, Kaws, Jean Samuel Halifi, Laurent Perbos, Damien Moulierac, Alexander Daenesi, Marine Bonamy, XKUZ, Temponok, Lucas Price, Jojo le Petit Prince, Tanc 1979, Fenx 1974, Maxime Mouroux, Emile Orange, Nathanael Koffi, Kid-Pier, Nicolas Bianco, Victor Cord’homme, Martin Ferniot, Obey, L’Atlas, Pierre Brault 



5 rue Curial, 75018 

Until 29 January 2023 

From 8€ to 15€

From Wednesday to Sunday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Present artists :  

Adel Abdessemed, Pilar Albarracín, Pierre Ardouvin, Jean-Yves Aschard, Véronique Béland, Serge Bloch, Lilian Bourgeat, Yoann Bourgeois, La Briche Foraine, Luis Buñuel, Compagnie 14:20, Manu Casquette, Pablo Cots, Martin Creed, Jo Dahan, Jacob Dahlgren, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Hervé Di Rosa, Encoreunestp,, Leandro Erlich, Sylvia Fredriksson, Loris Gréaud, Groland, Subodh Gupta, Invader, Julio Le Parc, Pierre de Mecquenem, Albertine Meunier, ORLAN, Alain Passard, Peybak, Delphine Reist, Julien Salaud, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Julien Vidame, Filipe Vilas-Boas, Winshluss, Virginie Yassef…