With its numerous blockbuster museums and rich art history, Paris is one of the most revered art cities in the world. However, far from the museums, hidden in grand mansions and cobbled courtyards are some of Paris’s (and in some cases, the world’s) highest profile galleries founded by passionate visionaries. Here, you will find smaller exhibitions of artworks before or after they hit the fairs and museums, with the added luxury of having them all to yourself without the crowds.
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Emmanuel Perrotin represents some of the world’s biggestselling artists such as Takashi Murakami and Maurizio Cattelan. In 1989, at the age of 21, the self-made man opened his first gallery inside his own apartment and made his name by spotlighting avant-garde artists (Murakami and Cattelan at the time). He was also the first to present Damien Hirst’s work in France. Today, his show openings are attended by the international glitterati. We even bumped into Kanye West once.
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Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Having opened his first gallery in Salzburg at the age of 23, followed by one in the Marais seven years later, the Austrian gallery owner represents 60 artists today including Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist. In 2012, he opened his art space in Pantin, on the outskirts of Paris, allowing for the unprecedented display of large-scale works and this year, a London outpost is set to open.
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Kamel Mennour is the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to representing big talents like Martin Parr and Anish Kapoor. Self-taught like Emmanuel Perrotin, he represents the success story that everyone loves to revel in: that it is still possible to get somewhere through good old-fashioned passion and hard work.
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La Maison Rouge
La Maison Rouge is a privately-owned art foundation that has been showing private collections of contemporary art since 2004. Created by art aficionado Antoine de Galbert, the red house, originally a farm house, has several exhibition spaces totalling 1,300 squared metres, a café and bookshop in the Bastille area.
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