What to see this fall: contemporary

There are certain artists’ works which have to be experienced to be believed. Fall 2013 sees Paris hosting a number of thought-provoking, or just downright provocative, contemporary art exhibitions.

Prepare to be intrigued by two of the best French contemporary artists, Philippe Parreno at Palais de Tokyo (October 21 - January 13) and Pierre Huyghe at Centre Pompidou (september 25 - January 6). Both exhibits promise to be innovative and full of surprises.

Who doesn’t want to see one of the largest, most important contemporary art collections in the world? The touring Pinault collection is at the Conciergerie (October 22>January 6). It’s François Pinault’s way of ensuring a broader audience for a collection primarily housed at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice. This is the first exhibition for many of these works, which span paintings, video, sculpture and photography.

If this is a return visit to Paris for you, the David Walsh collection is an excellent reason to discover, if you haven’t already, La Maison Rouge, a private art institution dedicated to independent curating. In this exhibit, Jean-Hubert Martin, curator, and the eccentric Australian gambler and provocateur David Walsh. teamed up with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to create “Theatre of the World” (October 19 - January 12). It includes work by Australian and international artists including Berlinde de Bruyckere, Jannis Kounellis, the Chapman brothers and Wim Delvoye.

Finally, 10 years after the presentation of his famous Cremaster art film cycle, Mathieu Barney is coming back to Paris with a presentation of 80 small-format drawings at the Bibliotheque nationale de France. Expect pencil, ink and less typical materials like petroleum jelly in his works, presented alongside engravings Barney has chosen from the library collections.

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