While many tourists may be flocking to more traditional art institutions (the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay), in-the-know Parisians are simply soaking up the art in their own neighborhoods. That’s right… public art is on the rise in Paris, and it is all around if you keep your eyes open! This week, you won’t want to miss the final few days of Parcours Saint Germain, an annual contemporary art exhibition that takes place in sites throughout the 6th arrondissement — from designer boutiques, to historic cafés, to public squares, to the local Monoprix.
In celebration of this quartier‘s creative history and spirit, the theme of this year’s Parcours is “Playtime.” Thirty international artists have been invited to create pieces that re-interpret this theme, many of them harkening back to childhood memories and dreams. The results range from humorous to whimsical to downright bizarre… but the works are well worth visiting, if only for an excuse to stroll through this wonderful neighborhood.
Work by Shen Yuan, on display at Monoprix
Exhibits are strewn throughout the 6th arrondissement at neighborhood institutions like the Café de Flore (Guy Limone), Les Deux Magots (Gérard Pétremand), Louis Vuitton (Philippe Ramette), Sonia Rykiel (Elisa Strada), Place St. Germain-des-Prés (Tadashi Kawamata and Nicolas Buffe), and dozens of other sites. Running errands in the neighborhood has never been so thought-provoking!
Work by Guy Limone, on display at Café de Flore
Work by Sylvain Ciavaldini, on display at the Diane von Furstenberg boutique
The show runs through June 12th at various locations throughout the 6th arrondissement. You can view a map here.
For more information, visit the Parcours Saint Germain site at: