Parisian Living

Playtime in Saint Germain

by Tory Hoen


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.

shen-yuan2Work 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!

guy_limoneWork by Guy Limone, on display at Café de Flore
furstenburgWork 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:

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Written By

Tory Hoen

Tory Henwood Hoen is a former Paris resident who now lives in Brooklyn. Her debut novel, The Arc, is available in bookshops near you and online View Tory Hoen's Website

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