Art is the best way to express our emotions, feelings. It makes us feel relaxed and happy. Also, it helps us to create new activities such as visiting art galleries. You can go alone or with someone. In both cases, you will enjoy and learn a lot. It is almost impossible to find someone who has never been interested in any art field. Even maybe, you will decide to become an artist. It can be painting, photographing, music, and so on. We can find art galleries in all parts of the world, but some of the bests are in Paris. Want to learn and see more about Paris art galleries? So, let's apply for France visa, prepare/pack your bag and enjoy the arts.
In this blog, I would like to mention the top 10 famous art galleries in Paris.
1. The Louvre
Can we not mention the Louvre while talking about the art galleries in Paris? Probably, it is the first art gallery museum that comes to mind when someone says Paris. It is the most visited art museum in the world. The data shows that the museum hosted more than 10 million visitors in 2018. It is no secret that millions of people travel to Paris, especially for Louvre. There are more than 35,000 works of art and artefacts, and they have been classified in eight various departments. But, not all galleries are open seven days. So, check the official website before realizing your visit.
Emmanuel Perrotin is one of the most popular representatives of the Parisian contemporary art scene. When he opened his first gallery, he just had a small apartment. But, since 1990, he passed many milestones and turned the art gallery into one of the famous art galleries in Paris. Besides Paris, Emmanuel Perrotin has 18 art galleries in various parts of the world. Perrotin represents international artists such as JR, Takashi Murakami, Maurizio Cattelan, Elmgreen & Dragset, Laurent Grasso, and so on. The gallery is open for guests between Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00–19:00. Where is the Perrotin gallery? The address of one of the best contemporary art galleries in Paris is 76 Rue de Turenne, 75003.
3. Galerie Daniel Templon
It is another well-known example of the best contemporary art galleries in Paris. The gallery was opened by Daniel Templon in 1966, but not next to Centre Pompidou. He moved his gallery to the current location in 1972. How did the gallery become famous? The gallery gained its fame thanks to bringing American art such as Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning to France and launching France's best Art magazine. Followingly, Daniel Temoplon kept this tendency and gained fame worldwide. Currently, the gallery aims to create a bridge between generations. They begin to represent new generation artists such as Kehinde Wiley, who painted Barack Obama's official portrait. There are two Daniel Templon art galleries to visit in Paris:
• First one in 30 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris. It is open for nine hours (10:00–19:00), between Monday and Saturday.
• The second one is in 28 Rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare, 75003 Paris, and it is open for visitors between Tuesday and Saturday( working hours are the same as the first one
4. National Museum of Modern Art
Paris modern art galleries attract millions of visitors per year. If you are interested in modern art, you will admire art galleries in Paris National Museum of Modern Art. The museum has one of the richest collections of modern and contemporary arts. You can find paintings, sculptures, photographs, various art objects, and so on. The total number of works is more than 100000, and they date from approximately 1905 to the present. Some of the artists who have masterpieces in the National Museum of Modern Art are Rene Magritte, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Piet Mondrian, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Rothko, etc. Additionally, curators regularly refresh the exhibits, and it gives a chance to see new works in each visit. Also, the museum has some temporary displays that focus on some period or artist. Also, it is one of the places where you can find free art galleries in Paris. It is free admission every Friday night from 5:30 pm – 9 pm.
5. Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris
It is another choice for people who want to go to Paris modern art galleries. The museum has both regular and temporary displays. You can enjoy more than 15000 charming works in temporary works by artists such as Picasso, Juan Gris, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, and so on. After entering the gallery, you will get a chance to see some of the best examples of 20-century art, abstract art, new realism, and pop art. Also, such as National Museum of Modern Art, it offers free art galleries in Paris. It is a marvellous chance for students, art lovers, and future artists. Another advantage of the museum is locating near to Eiffel Tower. So, you can enjoy both the mesmerizing view of Paris and masterpieces by famous artists together.
6. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Actually, the main gallery is in Salzburg, but also it has galleries in Paris, London, and some parts of Asia. That is why it has worldwide fame. All of the galleries around the world display charming works by famous artists, but the Paris gallery has another beauty. First of all, you can enjoy masterpieces of great artists such as Andy Warhol, Tom Sachs, Elaine Sturtevant, Antony Gormley, Erwin Wurm, Sylvie Fleury, Tony Cragg, and more. Followingly, you can go to discover other tourism attractions in the city. The location of the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will make it easy to reach other attractions. The gallery opens on Tuesday and Saturday, and working hours are 10 am-7 pm. Regardless of travelling alone or with a group, all tourists who travel to Paris must visit the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
7. Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
The Grand Palais was originally built for the Exposition Universelle of 1900, but after that int turned into a huge centre of art. In the past, the gallery building faced some problems. For example, it closed in 1994 because of some restoration works. It reopened again only 11 years later, in 2005. Fortunately, there was not any serious problem since 2005, and people can come to enjoy the works of artists such as Penn, Marc Chagall, Paul Gauguin, etc. But I should mention that you will need to give several EUROs as an entrance price.
• Before 1 pm with reservation: 12 EURO
• After 1 pm without a reservation: 10 EURO
Opening and working hours vary, so check it before visiting. You will spend several hours in the gallery, and probably you will feel hungry. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes next to Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais to try delicious French cuisine.
8. Marian Goodman Gallery
Women especially will love this place because it is one of the few women directing international galleries. She opened her first gallery in New York in 1977, and after 22 years, she opened one in Paris.
Today, she is 93 years old and still an important figure in the art world. She played a huge role in introducing European artists to the United States of America. Some of the artists whose work you can find in Marian Goodman Gallery are Nan Golding, Christian Boltanski, William Kentridge, Steve McQueen, Gherard Richter, and Michael Broodthaers. Such as most galleries, it is open from Tuesday to Saturday. Before visiting the gallery, check the official website. On this website, you can see the name of the current exhibition, display period, and so on. Furthermore, you can purchase some items on the official website.
9. Musee Jacquemart-Andre
Pair of stone lions welcome visitors to this grand 19th-century palace. The charming collection of arts in Musee Jacquemart-Andre will mesmerize and take you back in time. Founders of the Musee Jacquemart-Andre are Edouard Andre and artist wife Nelie Jacquemart. They established it via inheritance from his rich banking family. They built the palace to display their collection of works by Uccello, Mantegna, Carpaccio, and more. Probably, some couples will have dreams about having such a house in the future after visiting the Musee Jacquemart-Andre.
10. Galerie Kamel Mennour
The last place that I want to mention in art galleries to visit in Paris is Galerie Kamel Mennour. The gallery firstly opened in 1999 and after that gained fame step by step. Galerie Kamel Mennour took the role of introducing less popular national artists in France. Some of the artists whose work are established here are Neïl Beloufa, Daniel Buren, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Latifa Echakhch, Dario Escobar, Michel François, Yona Friedman, Alberto García-Alix, etc. The address of the Galerie Kamel Mennour is 47 rue Saint-Andre des Arts, 75006.
How many art galleries in Paris?
Today, we have mentioned some of the well-known art galleries in Paris. Of course, it is impossible to mention all of them under one title. You may ask: how many art galleries in Paris? Actually, it is hard to answer. There are more than 130 museums and art galleries in Paris. Also, when we consider that there are some independent and small art galleries, we can say that the number is much more than it.