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Best Galleries in Paris

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59 Rivoli

59 Rivoli is a former artistic squat, but today it is a legitimate, official place of creation that is open to the public. In 1989, this building, located in the very heart of Paris, was abandoned by the bank and the State which owned it. In 1999, three artists decided to move in, clean and settle in this place to live and create. They opened the place every afternoon to the public to show them their work. But in 2000, the French State sued the artists and they were condemned to be evicted. The situation got a lot of press, and many people showed support for the artists. Eventually, in 2001, the city of Paris bought the building and refurbished it, and the squat was saved! Today, 40,000 people visit the 59 rue de Rivoli every year. 31 artists work and exhibit their art.

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Marian Goodman Gallery

Originally belonging to New York, the Paris branch of Marian Goodman Gallery was established in 1995. It showcases a variety of contemporary pieces of art that are created by artists like Chantal Akerman, Giovanni Anselmo, Marsel Broodthaers and William Kentridge. Owner Marian Goodman has been in this business of selling art since the 1960s. She is well reputed for her eye for detail that is clearly seen in the masterpieces that adorn the walls of her exhibition space.

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Galerie Xippas

Said to be the biggest contemporary art gallery in the city, Galerie Xippas is noted for its fine works of art that are carefully selected by the owner and dealer Xippas. It is tucked away in the 3rd Arrondisement of Paris. Regular exhibitions take place here. The artists that are patronized include the likes of Valerie Jouve, Vera Lutter, Phjilippe Ramette and Dan Walsh.

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Lambert Yvon Galerie

The Lambert Yvon Galerie is an exquisite gallery and one of Paris' renowned galleries. Known for their splendid and exceptional unique art shows and exhibitions, the Galerie is never at a loss of great artistes and greater works of art. Portraying some of the best regional, national and international talents, the Galerie promotes art and is considered a stalwart in the art world. Opened since 1966, it has since hosted shows by the likes of Anselm Kiefer and Cy Twombly and many more renowned names. Your visit isn't complete without visiting the storefront bookshop, which has some of the best art collectibles.

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Galerie Perrotin

A renowned place for purchasing fine specimens of contemporary art, Galerie Perrotin was established in 1990. The two-story structure holds exhibitions and deals in works of famous artists like Takashi Murakami, Xavier Veilhan, Bernard Frize and Bharti Kher. The gallery has a branch in Hong Kong too. Drop by here to pick up some rare creations that will adorn and beautify your home or office.

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Danysz

Magda Danysz Gallery is where you're most likely to find works by new artists, not only from Paris, but from all over the world. You can enjoy this little treat thanks to Miss Danysz, the owner, who tours the globe hunting for new talent to showcase at her gallery. The art displays are contemporary works of contrasting genres - pop surrealism, street art, and several social movements. So if an interesting mix of brilliance is what you're looking for, this is just the place for you. Among the several popular artists to exhibit their work here are Sas Christian, Shepard Fairey and Miss Van.

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La Galerie Verte

Over the years, Armaury Gallon has been a pioneer in the design and integration of vegetal pieces. He owns La Galerie Verte (The Green Gallery) in the 2nd arrondissement, where the latest trends are on display. Dedicated to landscaping, integrated art, the environment and Eco-responsible values, the gallery presents vegetable walls and tables, plants in artificial environments, all kinds of plants being grown via aeroponics, meaning they only need a simple spray of nutrient-rich water in order to be fed. You will also find plants that have the ability to absorb and fix some pollutive components. They are living specimens, showcasing a certain art of living. Every season, new collections and species are exhibited.

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Galerie Gabrielle Laroche

At Galerie Gabrielle Laroche, the Renaissance era is still alive. A wide variety of paintings, sculpture and woodcuts from this classical age are available here. Walk into this place and you are sure to learn a lesson in European art and history. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a masterpiece, or a genuine piece of history.

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Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy

Part of the National Museum of Natural History, the Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy is located at Jardin des Plantes. The gallery building takes up two floors; the Paleontology section displays both vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, and the Comparative Anatomy section has at least 1000 skeletons for you to observe! This gallery was established in 1898 due to the efforts of professors Albert Gaudry and Georges Pouchet.

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Opera Gallery

Gilles Dyan first established Opera Gallery in Singapore in 1994. What started as the vision of one man is now a team of passionate and dedicated art lovers with an eye for good work. The gallery has its presence in all cities considered the mecca of art like Paris, London, Hong Kong, Miami and New York. Located in the heart of the city, the Paris branch is a two storied tribute to art. The art displayed here ranges from internationally recognized greats like Picasso, Dali and Chagall to amateur works and other artifacts including sculptures and lithographs. If you want to pick up a valuable art piece, the gallery has experts to guide you according to your likings, artistic inclinations and budget.

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Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume

In 1851, Emperor Napoléon III commissioned the construction of a Jeu de Paume court (ancestor of tennis) in the Jardin des Tuileries. With the arrival of outdoor tennis in 1947, the building was converted into a museum dedicated to Impressionism. When the collection was transferred to the Musée d'Orsay in 1986, the gallery concentrated on contemporary art, which is well represented through its temporary exhibitions. It now holds photography exhibitions. Look out for the large glass conservatory and compare its architecture with that of the nearby Orangerie.

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Air de Paris

For a twist to the usual contemporary paintings, head to Air de Paris where the specimens belong to various experimental genres that at one pique one's interest with their unique designs and concepts. The artists featured here are from all parts of the world, lending their individual experience in creating a variety treat for the client. A few note-worthy names include Carsten Hölle, Sarah Morris and Jean-Luc Verna.

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