Photographs, sculptures, posters: the exhibitions to see in Paris despite the confinement

Until May 31, 2021, Bercy Village is exhibiting 30 film posters for a tribute to Louis de Funès. (© Bercy Village)

After the Museum and the cultural centers, the Art Galeries had to close their doors on March 19, 2021, considered non-essential businesses. And yet, it is still possible to escape, travel and learn thanks to open-air exhibitions in the capital. Follow the leader.

Find Louis de Funès in Bercy Village

If the cinemas have been closed for several months, Bercy Village, in partnership with the Cinémathèque de Paris and Gaumont, pays tribute to one of its most popular figures: Louis de Funes.

For those nostalgic for Gendarme of Saint Tropez, the posters of 30 of his greatest films adorn the walls of the four covered passages of Bercy Village. Of The big mop to the Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, through the Cabbage soup, find the different facets of the actor while waiting to discover the retrospective which will be devoted to him at the Cinémathèque.

Until May 31, 2021, around thirty Louis de Funès film posters are on display at Bercy Village.
Until May 31, 2021, around thirty Louis de Funès film posters are on display at Bercy Village.

The exhibition is on view until May 31, Monday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., free access.

Travel to the seabed from the forecourt of Gare de Lyon

SNCF Gares et Connexions invited the photographer Alexis Rosenfeld, specializing in underwater images, exhibited his photos on the forecourt of Gare de Lyon.

With its exhibition ” 1 Ocean“, The photographer wishes to raise public awareness about the preservation of the seabed by staging the“ fragile beauty of the ocean ”. The series of photos was created in partnership with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

The exhibition
The “1 Ocean” exhibition can be seen on the forecourt of Gare de Lyon until April 30, 2021. (© Alexis Rosenfeld)

“1 Ocean”, Place Louis-Armand, from March 4 to April 30, 2021.

Go behind the scenes of the Natural History Museum

“The art of science: the know-how of the Museum”, highlights the teams working within the museum and their expert work which they use for the benefit of the general public. This new photo exhibition can be found on the gates of the botanical school in the Jardin des Plantes.

At the border between science, art and craftsmanship, the photos illustrate the diversity of the trades practiced and cover all the sites of the Museum.

Banding, unraveling of a familiar Robin.  Photograph taken from the Savoir-faire exhibition at the Museum.
Banding, unraveling of a familiar Robin. Photograph taken from the Savoir-faire exhibition at the Museum. (© MNHN – A. Iatzoura)

Series of photographs to be seen every day on the gates of the Jardin des École botanique du Jardin des Plantes, from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Meet the young guard in the Paris metro

Initially planned at the Cenquatre in Paris, the Circulation (s) Festival is to be discovered in 13 stations and stations of the RATP network. The festival has been working for nine years to reveal the vitality of young European creation. A springboard for artists, the event travels exceptionally through the undergrounds of Paris, exhibiting 39 photographs in 13 train stations and stations.

Travelers will be able to cross paths with Beninese voodoo deities captured by Frenchman Benjamin Schmuck or teleport into the mysterious and magical daily life of Englishman Bobby Beasley. At the bend of a corridor, they can also dive into the heart of the grandiose and dreamed landscapes of the Scandinavian duo Inka & Niclas or “take off” for an intergalactic exploration with the Italian Bianca Salvo.

The Circulation (s) festival can be found in the corridors of the Paris metro until the end of May.
The Circulation (s) festival can be found in the corridors of the Paris metro until the end of May. (© RATP / Hamdi Chref)

Large formats can be found at the following stations: Hôtel de Ville (line 1), Châtelet (line 7), Luxembourg (RER B), Saint-Denis Porte de Paris (line 13), Gare de Lyon (line 14), La Chapelle (line 12), Saint-Michel (line 4), Madeleine (line 14), Pyramides (line 14), Les Halles (RER A and B), Bir-Hakeim (line 6), Jaurès (line 2) and Nanterre-Université (RER A) until the end of May.

Relive the uprising of La Commune in Menilmontant

While Paris commemorates the 150 years of La Commune, Raphael Meyssan, the author of the comic strip The Damned of the Municipality exhibits reproductions of some of his plates, real archive work from engravings of the time, representing Paris in the spring of 1871 during the Commune.

In all, it took eight years of work for Raphaël Meyssan to produce his 500-page work, which is his first graphic novel. The exhibition can be found on the exterior walls of the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin.

Exhibition to see at 121 rue de Ménilmontant, from March 27 to the end of June 2021.

And that’s not all, among the other works to admire in Paris are the sculptures of the street artist Hopare, place du Louvre and the Cats of the Belgian artist Philippe Geluck. Finally, for history buffs, the Shoah Memorial is organizing an exhibition on genocides in the 20th century.

Janelle B. Smith

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