Banish post-Christmas poverty blues and enjoy our selection of the five best free exhibitions in Paris this January! With the new year comes a fresh wave of talent from new creatives as well as a few hidden gems from more established artists; as always, there is plenty to explore:
Specialising in the work of Jean Cocteau, Galerie Bert showcases a charming selection of Cocteau’s iconic line drawings.
Cocteau’s vast pool of creative talent encompassed writing poetry, novels and operas, to painting, drawing and directing movies.
A life-long friendship with Picasso inspired the linear abstract style that has become his most recognisable. Characters from Greek mythology are illustrated using ink and wax crayons in bold primary colours.
We await with great expectation the exhibition of Richard Serra’s ‘Ramble Drawings’ at the Gagosian that opens on the 28th January.
Known predominately for his large-scale metal sculptures (a striking example of which occupies the ground floor of the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain) these drawings show Serra in an entirely new light. His drawings are significantly down-sized and use black lithography crayon on hand-made paper, with varying textures created using metal tools.
Through years spent in the company of film directors, cult photographer Raymond Cauchetier captured iconic stills from films such as ‘A bout de soufflé’ and ‘Jules et Jim.’
In this exhibition to mark his 95th birthday Cauchetier has opened up his archives to La Galerie de l’Instant. The result is an enchanting collection of black and white prints that exemplify old Paris and the glamour of cinema.
Daniel Torrès’s striking illustrations of Paris and New York perfectly display his bold graphic style and the architectural beauty of these contrasting cities.
Known for it’s focus on modern illustration Galerie Glenat promotes painters, cartoonist and graphic artists in the heart of the Marais.
And whilst you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth paying a visit to Galerie Anne Barrault to see the work of Sarah Tritz. This exhibition, entitled ‘Lundi’, displays a small collection of works on paper. Impulsive, childlike and instantly engaging, Tritz’s work takes inspiration from the everyday displaying brightly coloured cartoons and abstract works using a variety of media.
The work on display here accompanies a solo exhibition at Foundation d’Enterprise Ricard (also worth a trip), showing complementary sculptures, collages and paintings by the artist.