What is contemporary art and emerging art?
A point of view and a story on contemporary art told by Maison Contemporain, the leading online and Parisian art gallery for the promotion of mainly French and emerging artists.
Contemporary art includes all the works of art that were produced by mainly visual artists from the second half of the 20th century, i.e. after the Second World War in 1945.
Contemporary art succeeds modern art.
It mainly brings together artists from the visual arts. Now contemporary art can be assimilated to other styles and forms of creation or artistic practices such as artist performances for example.
On Wikipedia, you can find the most complete definition on contemporary art.
To sum up, at Maison Contemporain, we have been supporting the contemporary art movement for a year already. Founded in early 2020, we have just celebrated our first candle.
At Maison Contemporain, we mainly represent emerging contemporary art artists.
Contemporary art, what is its history in France?
In parallel and in support of the contemporary art movement, there are in France and in the world Institutions, Museums, galleries, biennials and many more fairs and art gallery events dedicated to contemporary art .
Also collectors, patrons, art lovers, art critics and art professionals. All together, the first idea is to highlight contemporary art, the artists who represent this movement, even the works of art that we like to find in Museums, in companies, in art galleries. , with us and also in storages for the most assiduous collectors.
Institutions and Museums!
In France, the Institutions and Museums dedicated to contemporary art in Paris are the Center Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo and even the MAM – Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris.
Other museums offer contemporary art such as the Musée des Archives Nationales, the Musée Picasso Paris or even the Musée de la Chasse directed by Claude D’Anthenaise (source: France Inter).
In the Region, we can also visit many museums of very high quality, such as the Center Pompidou Metz in Metz, in Saint-Etienne the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – Saint-Etienne Métropole; well again in Nice the MAMAC, in Villeurbanne the IAC- Institute of contemporary art Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes. Finally in Marseille, the MAC, and again in Lille the LaM – Lille Métropole Museum of modern art, contemporary art and brut art.
Many other Museums in favor of contemporary art exist, we let you discover them as you travel through France!
Numerous exhibitions have been organized in Museums and Institutions in favor of contemporary art and emergence.
For Maison Contemporain, the most emblematic contemporary art exhibition held in Institutions and Museums dedicated to contemporary art remains the DYNASTY exhibition jointly organized in 2010 at the Palais de Tokyo and the MAM – Museum of Modern Art. of the city of Paris.
The Biennials in contemporary art!
In France, the most important contemporary art biennial remains the Lyon Biennale (source: Wikipedia).
In 2022, it will be able to organize its 16th edition. The Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale was created by Thierry Raspail and Thierry Prat. It takes place every two years like all Biennials at the Sucrière in Lyon.
Other contemporary art Biennials exist in France such as the Cachan Biennale, the Mulhouse Biennial dedicated to Photography, the Rennes Biennale (Les Ateliers de Rennes) and even Manifesta 13 – Biennale de Marseille.
Formerly there was also the Biennale du Havre dedicated to urban arts and Street-art.
Likewise, the city of Lille does not specifically have a Biennale in the true sense of the term, but every year Lille 3000 is organized, a major event in favor of the promotion of French contemporary art and of emergence!
Abroad, the most important contemporary art biennale remains the Venice Biennale in Italy, which takes place every two years. The Venice Biennale is also the oldest, it was created for the first edition in 1893.
Also abroad, we can discover in contemporary art other Biennials such as the Cuban Biennial which celebrated its thirteenth edition in 2019.
Recently, the Marrakech Biennale was created in 2016 in favor of the promotion of artists from North Africa, a biennial in contemporary art also to be followed very closely.
Art galleries in Paris and in the regions in favor of emergence! Maison ContemporainFirst!
To support historical, recognized and emerging contemporary art artists, there are art galleries which organize exhibitions within their walls, outside the walls as well as at art fairs and events.
Maison Contemporain is a mainly online art gallery founded in early 2020.
Exclusively dedicated to the promotion of visual artists in contemporary art, Maison Contemporain brings together and federates today a selection of more than 300 mainly emerging contemporary art artists and offers collectors and art lovers a selection of more than 3,500 works of art (paintings, photographs, drawings and works on paper, sculptures, artist’s editions and multiples, mix-media works).
The online platform Maison Contemporain and Parisian Maison art gallery also has a Bookstore Space dedicated to editions, artists’ books and art books.
The most important art galleries in France are Galerie Perrotin, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Galerie des Filles du Calvaire, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Galerie Karsten Greve, Galerie Michel Rein, Galerie Frank Elbaz, the Alain Gutharc gallery, the Mitterrand gallery, the Air de Paris gallery and even the Kamel Mennour gallery. Some such as the Perrotin gallery, the Kamel Mennour gallery and even the Continua gallery also have other international galleries.
The Kamel Mennour gallery is established in London, the Continua gallery exists in Italy and Cuba, and finally the Perrotin gallery has branches in New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai.
The most emblematic French gallery will remain at Galerie Yvon Lambert which closed its doors in 2014.
On the Nouvel Observateur, you can read a superb article on Yvon Lambert, art dealer and collector.
Yvon Lambert now devotes himself to his Parisian Bookstore.
The Yvon Lambert Bookstore located rue des Filles du Calvaire. Yvon Lambert also directs his Contemporary Art Foundation in Avignon, the Collection Lambert en Avignon.
At Maison Contemporain, we love Yvon Lambert more than anything. In 2010, Yvon Lambert allowed the founder of Maison Contemporain one of his most beautiful adventures, the YIA, by allowing him the exhibition of the artist Vincent Ganivet !
In the provinces, it is also very interesting to mention the Cédric Bacqueville gallery in Lille, the Catherine Issert gallery in Saint-Paul de Vence; again the Mélanie Rio Fluency gallery in Nantes.
All of these art galleries are doing tremendous work in favor of the development and promotion of contemporary art in France but also abroad.
Contemporary art galleries are grouped together and organized in France thanks to the Professional Committee of Art Galleries.
In France, contemporary art, artists and art galleries are also supported by the CNAP – National Center for Plastic Arts, whose mission is to support and promote French contemporary artists and their art galleries.
Contemporary art fairs in France and abroad!
To exist and promote their contemporary art artists in France and internationally, contemporary art galleries participate in contemporary art events and fairs.
In France and specifically in Paris, the two most important contemporary art fairs are Art Paris, which usually takes place in the spring, and FIAC, which is the international contemporary art fair in October.
FIAC (group Reed Expositions) is directed by its artistic director Jennifer Flay.
Jennifer Flay was previously a gallery owner (Source: Wiktionary).
Its contemporary art gallery was located rue Louise Weiss in the 13th arrondissement.
Rue Louise Weiss was also home to the Air de Paris galleries, Jousse Entreprise and the Emmanuel Perrotin gallery, who is today with Kamel Mennour one of the greatest gallery owners in Paris but also throughout the world.
Emmanuel Perrotin represents the greatest artists of contemporary art in the world such as the emerging French artists JR, Laurent Grasso and the painter Claire Tabouret, still recognized French artists such as Claude Rutault, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Sophie Calle, Julio Le Parc, Xavier Veilhan and even the famous Pierre Soulage.
Regarding foreign artists, Emmanuel Perrotin represents among others Wim Delvoye, Johan Creten, Bernard Frize, and still Maurizio Cattelan and Takashi Murakami. Emmanuel Perrotin has also long supported and exhibited the American artist KAWS as well as the artist Pharrell Williams where his work was notably presented at the Art Basel fair in 2014 in Basel.
Kamel Mennour also represents emerging French artists in contemporary art Neil Beloufa, Camille Henrot, Hicham Berrada, Mohamed Bourouissa and many more recognized French artists such as Daniel Burel who remains one of the most famous French contemporary artists in the world with François Morellet, Bertrand Lavier and Philippe Parreno; artists still represented by the gallery. Until early 2021, Kamel Mennour represented the artist Claude Lévêque.
Regarding the foreign artists represented by the Kamel Mennour gallery, we can count Douglas Gordon, Anish Kapoor, Lee Ufan and even Martin Parr and Ugo Rondinone.
Among the other contemporary art fairs and events in Paris, we can like Drawing Now dedicated to contemporary drawing, AKAA dedicated to African contemporary art like the London fair 1:54; still Asian Now dedicated to Asian artists, well again Private Choices under the direction of Nadia Candet. Finally, Paris Internationale which has managed to do well since 2015.
Other major international contemporary art fairs around the world include the Frieze in London and New York and even the Art Basel fair which is held annually in Miami, Basel and Hong Kong. Many other fairs are held in Europe and around the world such as Artissima and Art Bologna in Italy, Art Madrid and ARco in Spain, Art Cologne in Germany, and still Art Singapore in Singapore.
For history, the founder of Maison Contemporain gallery founded and organized for 10 years the international contemporary art fair YIA Art fair which was held in Paris at the Carreau du Temple, but also in Basel on the dates of Art Basel and List, in Maastricht on the dates of Tefaf, again in Brussels on the dates of Art Brussels and the Independent fair as well as in Taipei in Taiwan on the occasion of Art Formosa. The YIA Art Fair was also held in 2013 and 2014 in Lille on the occasion of the contemporary art fair Art’Up.
In 10 years, (the last edition of the YIA Art Fair was held in October 2019 in Paris), the international contemporary art fair YIA Art Fair in support of the emerging contemporary scene, mainly French, has favored all the main French galleries including historically the Yvon Lambert gallery, the Perrotin gallery, the Michel Rein gallery, Semiose, Galerie du Jour – Agnès b, the Anne de Villepoix gallery, the Derouillon gallery, the Olivier Robert gallery today Lily Robert gallery, Patricia Dorfmann gallery, Laurent Godin gallery, Polaris gallery, Mitterand gallery, Noirmont gallery, Jousse entreprise, Loevenbruck, Frank Elbaz gallery, Poggi gallery, even Maubert gallery, la galerie Sator, the Claudine Papillon Gallery and the Daughters of Calvary Gallery.
The YIA Art Fair has in 10 years also collaborated with more than 150 international art galleries from Canada, the United States, Argentina, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy , Spain, England, United Arab Emirates; many more from the Czech Republic and Russia.
Through the international contemporary art fair YIA Art Fair in reference to the YIA – Young International Artists, the founder of Maison Contemporain has also encouraged support for French contemporary art galleries and the artists represented by them through the organization of Hors-Les-Murs exhibitions in the most beautiful and prestigious Parisian Museums such as the Picasso Museum Paris, The National Archives, The Museum des Arts et Métiers, La Gaîté Lyrique, Le Crédit Municipal, The Hôtel de Sully, Le Musée de la Chasse, La Maison de la Poésie, even La Maison Victor Hugo as well as on the town halls of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris.
In the eyes of Maison Contemporain, the French art gallery today which most supports the emergence of French artists remains the Bertrand Grimont gallery, represented by its director Bertrand Grimont.
For more than 10 years, the Bertrand Grimont gallery has represented and supported emerging artists such as Vincent Mauger, Grégory Derenne, Guillaume Constantin and Thomas Devaux as well as recognized and historic contemporary art artists such as Geneviève Claisse, illustrious artist of geometric abstraction and even Gérard Deschamps, founder of the movement in contemporary art of New Realism.
For the anecdote and the story, Gérard Deschamps was previously supported by the Martine and Thibault de la Châtre gallery, today closed.
Also for the story, the Maison Contemporain gallery has organized since its creation two of its exhibition sections at the Bertrand Grimont gallery in 2020 and 2021
In a virtual tour (Reperage – Romain Dupont partnership), you can discover online and in 3D the last special Christmas exhibition Contemporary Maison x Bertrand Grimont. (click here to discover the exhibition)
Still for the history of French galleries, most of the contemporary art galleries in Paris are grouped together in the Saint-Germain des près neighborhoods and more specifically rue de Seine (Loevenbruck, Lara Vinci, …), in the district du Marais and much more in Belleville. Yvon Lambert was in rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare to settle in rue Vieille du Temple. Its exhibition space is now held by David Zwirner, the world’s leading gallery owner also based in London and New York.
Artists’ fairs in France in favor of the promotion of emerging art!
In support of the emergence, there are two very important artist fairs in France, in the Paris region.
The first show is the Salon Jeune Création which is held at the Thaddaeus Ropac gallery in Pantin.
At Maison Contemporain, we support the artist Martin Faure who participated in the last edition of the Jeune Création – Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac fair.
The second show is the Montrouge show organized by the City of Montrouge. The Montrouge salon is managed by Ami Barak.
The 65th edition of the Montrouge show has been postponed to April 2021.
Emerging artists Alice Louradour, Camila Rodríguez Triana, Célia Nkala, Charlotte Denamur, Charlotte Vitaioli, Flora Citroën, Juliette Dominati, Pierre Oscar Brunet, Pierre Pauze and Sharon Alfassi will be exhibited during this next edition of the Montrouge fair; emerging contemporary art artists represented at Maison Contemporain.
The online and Parisian art gallery Maison Contemporain has many other emerging artists represented in past editions of the Salon de Montrouge and Salon Jeune Création, such as the artist Caroline Ebin, who we like to highlight during our Maison Contemporain exhibitions. .
Le Prix Marcel Duchamp !
In France, we have the Marcel Duchamp Prize founded in 2000 as well as the support of many illustrious collectors such as Gilles Fuchs and even the Guerlains, specializing in drawing.
In support of emerging French contemporary artists, there is the Marcel Duchamp Prize which has been organized in France since 2000.
The Marcel Duchamp Prize was created on the initiative of Gilles Fuchs, founder of ADIAF – Association for the dissemination of French art, collectors’ club.
Today in France it brings together more than 400 collectors.
The Marcel Duchamp Prize was awarded each year on the occasion of the FIAC in October at the Grand-Palais.
For several years now, it has been awarded under the initiative of Gilles Fuchs and Bernard Blistène at the Center Pompidou.
Bernard Blistène has been the director of the National Museum of Modern Art at the Center Pompidou since 2013.
And the art critics and the press in all this?
In France, many art magazines support and report on contemporary art news.
The main magazines are Beaux-arts Magazine, L’œil, Artpress, Le Quotidien de l’art, Connaissances des arts, Le Journal des arts, La Gazette Drouot and even Le Point with Judith Benhamou-Huet as journalist who also writes for the newspaper Les Echos.
Among the most influential journalists we can also count Emmanuelle Lequeux who writes for Le Monde, Victor Obalk who writes for ELLE magazine, Roxana Azimi for Le Monde, Philippe Reignier for the Quotidien de l’Art. Finally Laurent Boudier for Télérama.
Independently, we can thank Slash Paris, as well as Valérie and Daniel who founded the Revue Point contemporain in 2016!
In support of emerging contemporary art artists, there are art critics who are also sometimes curators. In France, the organization that brings them together is the AICA.
In France, what are the art schools?
In France, the main art schools for contemporary artists and visual artists are the Schools of Fine Arts and mainly the School of Fine Arts in Paris recently headed by Jean de Loisy (Jean de Loisy was previously director du Palais de Tokyo), the School of Decorative Arts, and even La Villa Arson in the City of Nice.
All over France there are art schools in contemporary art. Some organize open houses every year. For example, the Ecole des Beaux-arts in Paris organizes the Félicités exhibition each year, which brings together the best students and artists of their class.
At Maison Contemporain, we have the chance and the privilege of representing many emerging contemporary artists from these schools such as Marie Larrivé from the School of Decorative Arts and even the artist Victoire Kammermann from the School of Fine arts of Paris.
On the business level of art, it is interesting to quote the Sorbonne and thank Françoise Docquiert for all her work and her passion during all her years, Iesa and even iCART today directed by Nicolas Laugereau; also collector of urban art and director of the Parisian Art Center Fluctuat!
Maison contemporain First in support of emerging artists in contemporary art!
On Maison contemporain, you can support many mainly emerging contemporary artists.
Good to know Maison contemporain works exclusively with independent artists who are not represented by art galleries.
The Online viewing rooms are digital galleries containing the biographies of the artists represented on Maison Contemporain but also a selection of their works of art.
The term Viewing room was first used by David Zwirner who, like the Perrotin gallery, is one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the world.
On Maison contemporain, you can discover more than 300 Viewing rooms by mainly emerging contemporary art artists !
Each Viewing room contains all the works of art by artist that we have to offer for sale. Since its creation Contemporary House to promote more than 60 acquisitions of works of art for artists: Valérie Belin, Adrian Caicedo, Mark Daovannary, Yan Tomaszewski, Marcelino Stuhmer, Caroline Ebin, Pierre Pauze, Kim Bradford, Charlotte Denamur, Jeanne Varaldi , Martin Faure, Alexia Chevrollier, Nicolas Chardon, Guillaume Colussi, Crummy Gummy, Victor de Rossi, Gala Martinoia, Juliette Lamarca, Anne-Juliette Deschamps, Valentina Canseco, John Hamon, Gaëtan Henrioux, Izabela Kowalczyk, ND-Elle, Florence Léoni, Hugo Schüwer Boss, Jeanne Susplugas, Natalie Westbrook, Maud Flamand, Jade Flamand, Marie Larrivé, Gladys Nistor, Rachel Krief, and even Vincent Mésaros, Cécile Tuloup and Thomas Wattebled.
Together, let’s support contemporary art and French and international emergence at Maison Contemporain !
FIAC will organize its Online Viewing rooms from March 7 to 11, 2021.
For our part, let us remain faithful to the emergence and to the young artists that we support.
We look forward to seeing you all day after day to discover our selection of mainly emerging French and international artists.