Oh Me Oh Marais: 3 Galleries in 3 Blocks

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Galerie Yvon Lambert, a set on Flickr.

Galerie Yvon Lambert: Galerie Yvon Lambert was one of the more underwhelming galleries I have been to in Paris. Although the gallery lies behind a grand door, catercorner to a quaint building with green vines adorning it’s walls, the gallery was nothing out of the ordinary. Yvon Lambert is currently exhibiting BERTRAND LAVIER Walt Disney Productions. Safe to say, I wasn’t entirely impressed. The exhibit consisted of two rooms and a total of seven works. Although quantity over quality is not the goal, I was not too taken away by the works there. The paintings were either large scale squares or circles with squiggly lines. There just wasn’t much to look at or react to. The couple that was there and myself might have spent a total of five minutes in the gallery.  From what I could tell, they were not too impressed either. Overall, I like the location of the gallery and the space they had. Maybe a different exhibition is worth trying?

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Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, a set on Flickr.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac: This gallery had a very large and powerful space. Thaddaeus Ropac is currently showing Lee BUL Pure Invisible Sun, Marcin MACIEJOWSKI Fine Gesture, Georg BASTELITZ Le Cote Sombre, and according to their website Robert MAPPLETHORPE Curated by Isabelle Hupbert (I must have missed this). When you walk through the massive door, through the reception, you are confronted by a large white luminous room. Bul’s work Pure Invisible Sun is overpowering. Even on an overcast day like yesterday the light from outside danced on the mirrors. Bul also places with artificial light. In the corner a 20 foot piece stands holding what appears to be over a hundred exposed light bulbs. However, my favorite piece was the sculptor of the human/deerhead made out of mirrors. I also really enjoyed the hanging piece that acted as a chandelier to the grand room. After exiting this exhibit the winding stair case can either bring you up to Maciejowski or down to Bastelitz. After experiencing Bul’s work I was not as effected by the proceeding exhibits. Maciejowski had a painting of a spectator spectating which was interesting to see. I was also the only spectator in the gallery at the time, so all the pictures above are only of the work that was showed.

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Galerie Perrotin, a set on Flickr.

Galerie Perrotin: Galerie Perrotin is currently exhibiting work by Michael SAILSTORFER, Claude RUTAULT, Sun YUAN & Peng YU, and Paola PIVI. This gallery was my favorite of the three I visited. From the mouse elevator to the interesting passage ways and doors, the viewing experience at Perrotin is nothing but mondane. Right when you walk into the gallery you are confronted by Sailstrofer’s massive Statue of Liberty sculptor rotating 360 degrees while her torch tears into the drywall. There is also a massive tube that winds it’s way on the floor of the exhibit. It is unmarked. The entire time you are hoping around it, with no idea if it is apart of the mechanics of the sculptors or a work in and of itself. My second favorite exhibit was Dream by Yuan and Yu. It was in this space that I encountered the most amount of spectators. Everyone was confused, intrigued, and mesmerized by the work. One of the rooms was full of manikins dressed like upper class business men and women with giant rocks for heads. They are so realistically dressed, posed, and placed that at first glance the manikins appear to be real people. I couldn’t help but laugh at the couple that was posing with the people. Even siting on a business man’s lap. Overall, this gallery was one of the most unique and exciting gallery I have been to in Paris.

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