Paris : the city of lights, love, and art. With the markets, studios and art galleries in the city it can sometimes seem daunting as to where to start. Whether you’re already an art collector or are just in search of a special piece to bring home from your trip to Paris here is a basic guideline for where to buy art in Paris!
First, there are three main neighbourhoods where one can buy art in Paris: Saint Germain-des-Prés, the Marais and in the 8th arrondissement near the Champs-Elysées. Gallerists will work with you to see what you’re looking for, provide suggestions, introduce you to new artists, and then walk you though the purchase which includes the coordination of international shipping.
In Saint Germain-des-Prés, the galleries are located in the neighbourhood known as the Carré Rive Gauche. These include both contemporary art galleries as well as antique dealers which are located on the streets: Rue du Bac, Rue de Beaune, Rue de Lille, Rue Montalembert, Rue des Saints Pères, Rue de l’Université, Rue de Verneuil and the Quai de Voltaire across the Seine from the Louvre. This neighbourhood has so many galleries because of its proximity to the Louvre and the École des Beaux Arts. The association of the Carré Rive Gauche was founded in 1977 by gallerists and antique dealers. If you visit their website, you can find an interactive map of the galleries and antique shops to help you navigate and choose which to visit.
In the Marais, many contemporary galleries are concentrated within and around the Place de Vosges. Also, you will find several galleries on the Rue des Coutures Saint Gervais and the intersecting Rue de Thorigny, home to the Picasso Museum.
One of the most famous art galleries in the world is Gagosian, and they opened their Paris location in 2010 on Rue Pontheiu in the 8th arrondissement.
In the same neighbourhood are the three auction houses: Sotheby’s, Christie’s and ArtCurial. You can check their websites for the Upcoming Auctions Calendar.
Another auction house is Drouot, which comprises of 60 auction houses offering sales across 15 rooms. Even if you do not intend to bid, it is worth the visit to this iconic Parisian institution to browse through all of the objects and art before the sales begin. Drouot hosts several auctions everyday.
Another great place to buy art in Paris are at its many outdoor markets. The Marché de la Creation in Montparnasse proposes an alternative to established galleries or auction houses, allowing people to meet new artists and artisans.
Finally, the famous Parisian Flea Market, Les Puces, is wonderful place to explore and to purchase art. You never know what treasures you may find there!
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