By Martina Conte

For the occasion of Paris+ by Art Basel, Crash Magazine has decided to select the must-see art exhibitions and art initiatives.

The second edition of Paris+ by Art Basel at the Grand Palais Éphémère and its extension on the Champ de Mars, where 154 leading galleries from 33 countries and territories will showcase their artists will be  from October 20th to October 22nd.
The ambitious modern and contemporary art fair creates bridges to other cultural industries to construct an iconic event that respects the identity of Paris and its cultural scene. Paris+ by Art Basel provides an exceptional platform for artists, galleries, and collectors from around the world, fostering artistic exchange and discovery. It aligns with the city of Paris’s tradition as a major cultural hub while embracing new creative perspectives and cross-industry collaborations. This event celebrates the diversity and innovation of contemporary art while contributing to the cultural prominence of the City of Light.

From October 20th to October 22nd
Grand Palais Éphémère


King Cobra, The Feast of the Hogs, 2022 silicone, steel pins, urethane foam, fabric, glass beads, crystals, pearls, white women cameos, blonde hair weave, and tattoo ink. Ph. Armelle Leturcq

In a world where the United States stands as a polarized nation, one state emerges as a microcosm of its diverse contradictions – Florida. This « pistol-shaped paradox » encompasses both sun-soaked sybarites and staunch conservative Christians, where vibrant coral flamingos coexist with stealthy alligators and invasive pythons. The land is a riot of color – from colossal water lilies to fiery hibiscus and bougainvillea. Florida’s beauty conceals a tumultuous underbelly, where moral high ground often rests in dangerous flood zones, books and abortions are banned, and identity is muffled beneath the cacophony of religion and gunfire.

This intricate cultural blend is brilliantly brought to life in « Flesh & Flowers, Made in America, » a provocative art exhibition featuring 24 American artists. The showcase, hosted at the innovative No Name Creative Projects in Paris, delves into the heart of Florida’s complexities. Curator Lauren Taschen, a Miami native and Art Basel Miami Beach contributor, brings an insider’s perspective to the multifaceted cultural landscape. The exhibition encompasses a range of thought-provoking artworks, each reflecting a unique facet of the American experience. « King Cobra, » a silicone and urethane foam creation adorned with red hair, crystals, and beads, embodies the complex interplay between the dehumanization of Black bodies and the gentility of self-presentation. Justin Chance’s scarlet handsewn quilt evokes both nostalgia and unsettling imagery, while his yarn rug-knotted fan represents a form-vs-function impasse.

Sable Elyse Smith’s wall sculpture, a hanging cross sourced from prison visiting rooms, symbolizes the trade-off between freedom and obedience within the prison system’s capitalist core. Patricia Ayres’ sculptures, constructed from various materials, evoke unsettling, ever-shifting interpretations, much like a recurring nightmare.

Karon Davis’s bold, gold middle finger send-off offers a straightforward statement that art often dances around. Multi-colored gestures are also celebrated, such as Ruben Esparza’s flags, crafted from colorful oilcloth textiles, and Alfonso Gonzales, Jr.’s exploration of Latinx visual culture.

The show challenges the binary norms, with artists like Nash Glynn exploring the gray areas of identity and life. Paris Reid’s paintings delve into quantum paradoxes and the balance between being and doing, while Brandon Ndife’s wall sculptures reflect a uniquely dystopian art practice.

OCTOBER 15 2023 – JANUARY 19 2024
By appointment only 




Jacqueline de Jong’s ‘Baked Potatoes’ presented by gallery Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Musée du Louvre and Paris+ by Art Basel, The Fifth Season October 17 to 22, 2023, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, Ph. Armelle Leturcq

The Fifth Season is the title of the exhibition presented by the Musée du Louvre during Paris+ by Art Basel at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. For the second edition, the contemporary art fair and the museum invite curator Annabelle Ténèze to present an exhibi- tion of over twenty artists exploring the human/nature relationship and the way we perceive gardens today, in light of the current context of climate change and ecological challenges.

Jacqueline de Jong is taking part in this project with a series of thirty-two ceramic sculptures, named the Baked Potatoes. An iconic Dutch artist, Jacqueline was born in 1939 and was a member of the Situationist International (SI) movement. Her connection with the movement has strongly influenced her work. She creates audacious works capable of combining and exalting eroticism, violence and banality with a strong sense of political commitment. Experimentation is at the heart of her practice, and her expression takes many different forms, in complete freedom, even if painting is the foundation of her practice. Jacqueline also gave free rein to her creativity and expressiveness through sculptures, engravings, jewelry and artist’s books, as well as through the magazine The Situationist Times, one of the most important and experimental publications between 1962 and 1967. Today, Jacqueline de Jong’s work is once again in the spotlight, and its strength is finally being recognized. ‘Baked Potatoes’ is presented by gallery Dürst Britt & Mayhew from The Hague. Her paintings are also presented at Paris+ at the Allen Gallery stand. 

La Cinquième Saison
From October 17 to 22 2023

Jardin des Tuileries


River Painting, Worm Moon, Fossbekken, 2022, mineral pigment, canvas, beeswax, 500 cm x 360 cm, Courtesy Gaudel de Stampa & the artist© Gaudel de Stampa, Paris 2 & 3. This Tail Grows Among Ruins, 2023 3 channel video w/sound 16mm film transfer to digital video & digital video 5:00 min loop Performer: Ieva Kabašinskaité Sound: Morten Norbye Halvorsen Camera: Aline Belfort & Ville Piippo Courtesy of Gaudel de Stampa & the artist© Gaudel de Stampa, Paris.

The École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris is not only an art school but also a space for artistic experimentation, exhi- bitions and the preservation of historical and contemporary collections, as well as a publishing house. The main objective of the school is to provide students with a broad artistic culture, while at the same time supporting multiple fields of experimentation and inter- disciplinarity. In 2022, Alexia Fabre was appointed as the first woman director of the Academy. Previously director of the Mac Val (Museum of Contemporary Art of Val-de-Marne), she has always focused on the dissemination of art to a wide audience.

The exhi- bition This Tails Grows Among Ruins by British artist Jessica Warboys will be hosted at the Chapelle des Petits-Augustins, in collabo- ration with the art fair Paris+ by Art Basel. Warboys, who works with different media and methods, focuses on the encounter and relationship between culture and nature, which for her is a source of both inspiration and collaboration. Nature and its intrinsic rela- tionship with culture is the main focus of this exhibition, which features works that are strongly characterized by natural elements. Warboys creates these canvases with a unique and unusual process: she brushes them with beeswax, wets them with wild water and then sprinkles them with mineral pigments. In her video installations, on the other hand, the artist imagines and stages the journey of a candle through different places where culture and nature finally meet. The candle makes a journey to various culturally signi- ficant places, from the Joanina Library in Coimbra, Portugal, famous for the presence of a particular species of bat whose job it is to protect the precious manuscripts from insects, to the pine forest surrounding the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa, Estonia. The evocative video is accompanied by a soundtrack composed by Morten Norbye Halvorsen using the amplified sounds of the bats. The project is presented by Galerie Gaudel de Stampa, Paris.

This Tails Grows Among Ruins
From October 17  to October 22 

Chapelle des Petits-Augustins
14 rue Bonaparte, Paris 6



Mike Kelley, détail de Kandors Full Set, 2005-2009
Vue de l’exposition « Ghost and Spirit » de Mike Kelley, Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, 2023
Photo : Aurélien Mole / Pinault Collection

From October 13, 2023, to February 19, 2024, the Bourse de Commerce—Pinault Collection in Paris will host a compelling exhibition that delves into the multifaceted world of American mythology through the artistic works of Lee Lozano, Ser Serpas, Mira Schor, and Mike Kelley. These artists, spanning different decades and employing diverse media, come together to dissect and deconstruct what can be termed as « American mythologies, » a concept borrowed from the anthology of the same name by Haitian author Dany Laferrière.

Starting with Lee Lozano in the 1960s, progressing through the 1970s-1980s with Mira Schor and Mike Kelley, and culminating in the 2010s-2020s with Ser Serpas, these artists from the Pinault Collection collectively paint a poignant and often disillusioned picture of America and its myths. Their work touches on themes that resonate with contemporary society at large.

Mike Kelley, Lee Lozano, Ser Serpas, and Mira Schor all share a common thread in their reliance on counter-cultures. They view these as radical forces of rebellion to embrace while also recognizing them as failures or lost illusions. This duality allows them to create works that are simultaneously collective and deeply personal. As American mythologist Joseph Campbell once put it, « Myths are public dreams; dreams are private myths. » This interplay illustrates how the grand narratives ingrained in mainstream culture have been reevaluated on a smaller scale, emphasizing individual perspectives aimed at blurring clichés.

As one moves from one exhibit to the next, certain motifs emerge: an obsession with the body, masks, and skin; the themes of appearance and simulation; a focus on discarded or marginalized elements; the literal layering of meaning, and the use of profusion to convey a message to the audience. These artists also make use of forms rooted in protest, such as performance art.

In the Salon of the Bourse de Commerce, a stark statement is made through Ed Ruscha’s painting, « Untitled » (2003). This work serves as a warning: when it comes to American mythologies, Lozano, Schor, Kelley, and Serpas are here to unveil the hidden side. A massive cinematic screen, a quintessential Hollywood cliché, displays only the canonical inscription, « The End, » against a seemingly infinite cosmic void.

This exhibition is not just a journey through time and art; it’s a deep exploration of the intricate layers that make up American myths. By revisiting and reinterpreting these narratives, the artists reveal the diverse, complex, and often paradoxical nature of the American identity.

If you find yourself in Paris during this period, don’t miss this thought-provoking and visually stimulating exhibition at the Bourse de Commerce—Pinault Collection, where these four remarkable artists challenge our understanding of American myths and narratives.

Bourse de Commerce
October 13, 2023 – February 19, 2024
 Bourse de Commerce—Pinault Collection (Rotunda / Galleries 4, 5, 6, 7 / Salon / Auditorium)


Marcella Barceló, Bardo,  Acrylique huile et vernis à ongle sur toile

Paris is gearing up to host an extraordinary event that brings together two creative worlds: contemporary art and iconic design. CMS Collection is proud to announce its group exhibition, featuring five international artists of great talent for the first time: Anas Albraehe, Marcella Barceló, Huong Dodinh, Nabil Nahas, and Yunyao Zang. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity for the audience to immerse themselves in an eclectic range of artworks and explore the dialogue between design and contemporary art.

The CMS Collection was born from the shared passion of three friends and devoted collectors: Joanna Chevalier, Hervé Mikaeloff, and François Sarkozy. Their vision was clear from the outset: to build a shared collection and create a platform dedicated to supporting contemporary artistic creation. This platform is a beacon of creativity and innovation, providing artists with the opportunity to express their unique vision of the world through art. CMS Collection is committed to developing and producing innovative artistic projects with the aim of promoting and recognizing the work of the artists they collaborate with. This commitment translates into exhibitions, participation in art fairs, initiatives in museums, public and private institutions, as well as collaborations with international galleries. Supporting artists throughout their careers is at the heart of CMS Collection’s mission.

During Paris + by Art Basel, CMS Collection has entered into an extraordinary collaboration with François Laffanour/Galerie Downtown, a prominent figure in the design market. This collaboration bridges the world of contemporary art and iconic design, promising to be a fascinating dialogue. Laffanour/Galerie Downtown will present iconic and sculptural works by designers such as Ron Arad, Gae Aulenti, Choï Byung Hoon, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, José Zanine Caldas, Sori Yana, and Isamu Noguchi. This eclectic group of designers represents a wide range of influences and styles, offering a unique perspective on 20th and 21st-century design. Laffanour/Galerie Downtown is considered a prominent figure in the design market, specializing in furniture created by 20th and 21st-century architects and designers like Charlotte Perriand, Serge Mouille, Jean Prouvé, and Le Corbusier. The gallery participates in international art and design fairs, including the Biennale des Antiquaires, TEFAF (Maastricht), Design Miami and Design Miami/Basel, PAD Paris, PAD London, as well as The Salon (NYC). It is also involved in the inaugural Parisian edition of Design Miami/Basel, a significant event taking place at the Hôtel de Maisons from October 17 to 22.

15 au 22 octobre 2023
Le Molière, 40 rue de Richelieu, Paris 1er


Tarik KISWANSON, Vue de l’exposition Prix Marcel Duchamp 2023, Centre Pompidou, Paris , View of the exhibition Prix Marcel Duchamp 2023, Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Wait, 2023, Résine, fibre de verre, peinture, acier inoxydable / Resin, fiberglass, paint, stainless steel, 270 x 222 x 100 cm, Courtesy de l’artiste et / Courtesy of the artist and carlier l gebauer, Berlin/Madrid, © Centre Pompidou, Bertrand Prévost

The art world was buzzing with anticipation as the esteemed Jury for the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2023 gathered on the 16th of October 2023. This pivotal moment marked the selection of the laureate for the 23rd edition of the prestigious award. The Jury, composed of seven distinguished personalities, had the challenging task of choosing the winner among the four talented artists nominated this year: Bertille Bak, Bouchra Khalili, Tarik Kiswanson, and Massinissa Selmani.

The deliberations of the Jury were preceded by an insightful presentation of the nominated artists by their respective reporters. Cédric Fauq, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Jean-Marc Prévost, and Natasha Marie Llorens provided a deep dive into the creative worlds of the finalists. In the end, the esteemed panel bestowed the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2023 upon Tarik Kiswanson. Born in 1986 in Halmstad, Sweden, Tarik currently resides and works in the artistic hubs of Paris, France, and Amman, Jordan. Tarik is proudly represented by the renowned gallery carlier | gebauer with locations in Berlin and Madrid, as well as the Sfeir-Semler Gallery in Hamburg and Beirut. The decision to honor Tarik Kiswanson was met with unanimous acclaim, as his work has consistently pushed the boundaries of artistic expression. Xavier Rey, Director of the Musée national d’art moderne, emphasized the significance of Kiswanson’s multidisciplinary approach, praising its excellence in both form and historical context. His works are noted for their ability to interconnect various elements, delivering a message that transcends boundaries with great sensitivity.

In the words of Xavier Rey, « The exhibition represents, thanks to the excellence of the four finalists, the best of the French art scene. With Tarik Kiswanson, we are honoring a multidisciplinary approach that is extremely accomplished both in its formal dimension and in its relationship with history. Drawing on the energetic relationships between different elements, his works aim, with great sensitivity, for a universal message. »

Claude Bonnin, President of the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF), offered his congratulations to Tarik Kiswanson and underscored the significance of the Prix Marcel Duchamp. He reminded us that this award is not merely a competition but a designation of artists who exemplify the French art scene and shine on the international stage. Beyond the financial prize of €90,000, with €35,000 awarded to the winner, the Prix Marcel Duchamp offers comprehensive support. This includes a program of international exhibitions organized by the ADIAF, supported by the Institut Français, and residencies for the finalists. These residencies take place in France at the Sèvres Manufacture and in the United States at Villa Albertine, which will host Tarik Kiswanson for an exploration residency in 2024.

The Prix Marcel Duchamp 2023 is more than just an award; it’s a testament to the unbridled creativity and innovation that artists like Tarik Kiswanson bring to the forefront. His ability to transcend traditional artistic boundaries and communicate a universal message through his work exemplifies the spirit of the award. As the world eagerly anticipates the international exhibitions and exploration residency, Tarik Kiswanson’s win is sure to cement his place in the annals of contemporary art.

Prix Marcel Duchamp, 2023
Bertille Bak, Bouchra Khalili,
Tarik Kiswanson, Massinissa Selmani
4 October 2023 — 8 January 2024
Galerie du Musée and Galerie d’art graphique, Level 4



Johanna Mirabel, LIVING ROOM N°14, HUILE SUR TOILE, 205×220 CM, 2022

In the world of the arts, there is a constant expectation to create iconic, indelible, and innovative works of art. Art should be recognizable, meaningful, and, if possible, timeless, approaching the masterpiece. These are the goals set by young artists in a generation facing contradictory pressures. On one hand, they must fit into the narratives of art, respecting and reinterpreting traditions. On the other, they must envision a future that reflects the challenges of modern society, including climate and social evolution.

However, this generation is also aware of the risk of being quickly absorbed by trends and market dynamics. How many promising artists are destined to be swallowed by the whirlwind of already established trends? This is where Révélations Emerige come into play.
In 2014, Révélations Emerige was created to support the most talented young artists in the French art scene. For ten years, this program has marked artistic seasons with a rigorous selection process, searching for talents that will define an era. Through collaboration with art galleries, this program has expanded its reach both in France and abroad, giving emerging artists the opportunity to share their work with new professionals and audiences.

Over these ten years, a new generation of artists has emerged in France, supported by a new wave of teachers, critics, curators, associations, collectives, and cultural institutions. To quote Stéphane Mallarmé, in France, there is indeed « the vibrant and beautiful present. »

Simultaneously, numerous high-level foreign galleries have appeared in Paris, as have powerful foundations. This has led to a two-speed art world, with its own rules, which has had both positive and negative impacts on contemporary art. Over the past ten years, the very principles of art exhibitions have undergone significant changes, thanks to the explosion of social media, which has transformed access to images, dynamics of self-promotion, and the concept of artistic influence. Révélations Emerige, like in previous years, is a snapshot of an era in which a pause is taken for reflection. Over the past few months, intense exchanges with Nathalie Obadia, the gallery associate for this edition, have once again supported highly intense artistic practices. Some of these emerging artists have distinguished themselves extraordinarily, showing that Laurent Dumas’ vision was right from the beginning. Despite the world being in turmoil, artistic energy remains mysteriously stable, intact, and precious.

Révélations Emerige consists of ten editions, with ten distinguished laureates, ten partner galleries, and over a hundred artists whose work has been presented to professionals and contemporary art enthusiasts. This scholarship has offered many young artists the opportunity to enter art galleries, win over passionate collectors, and gain a strong presence in the art world.
Laurent Dumas, President of the Supervisory Board of the Emerige Group, was the architect of the initiative in 2014. The scholarship is open to all visual artists under 35, with no distinction in artistic practice, residing in France or of French nationality, and not represented by professional galleries. The work of the 12 finalists, selected from nearly 1,000 applicants, is exhibited in a collective show curated by Gaël Charbau. The winner, announced on October 17, 2023, receives professional support, a one-year studio residency at La Ruche, and a total grant of €15,000 to realize their first solo exhibition.

Révélations Emerige is a long-term commitment to supporting emerging talent in France and promoting contemporary art. With the expansion of exhibitions and initiatives nationally and internationally, the program is set to remain a guiding light for the young generations of artists. Furthermore, Révélations Emerige art will travel in the winter of 2023-2024 to the Hôtel des Arts in Toulon, in collaboration with the Villa Noailles and the Toulon Provence Mediterranee Metropolis. It will also be presented in Madrid in collaboration with the French Institute of Spain. New opportunities are opening up for emerging artists, including residencies in renowned ceramic studios and personal exhibitions in experimental spaces.

The past years have shown that Révélations Emerige not only recognizes emerging talent but also contributes to creating brilliant artistic paths. Contemporary art continues to thrive, adapting to the challenges of our time, remaining at the center of cultural and artistic dialogue. Révélations Emerige is a testimony to how the art world can continue to evolve and prosper, despite the pressures and transformations of the contemporary world.

October 5th to November 5th, 2023 1
90 Lecourbe Street, Paris 15


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) Autoportrait Septembre 1889, Huile sur toile, 65,0 x 54,2 cm, Paris, musée d’Orsay, Don Paul et Marguerite Gachet, 1949, © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

In a collaboration that has art enthusiasts buzzing with anticipation, the Musée d’Orsay and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam have joined forces to present a remarkable exhibition titled « Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise: The Final Months. » This extraordinary showcase, which graced the halls of the Van Gogh Museum from May 12 to September 3, 2023, in celebration of its 50th birthday, is now captivating audiences at the Musée d’Orsay. This exhibition is the first of its kind, devoted entirely to the artwork created by Vincent Van Gogh during the last two months of his life in Auvers-sur-Oise, a quaint village nestled near Paris. This exhibition is the culmination of years of dedicated research, shedding new light on a pivotal period in the artist’s life and, at long last, offering the public a chance to truly appreciate its significance.

Vincent Van Gogh arrived in Auvers-sur-Oise on May 20, 1890, and, tragically, his life came to an end there on July 29, following a suicide attempt. Despite his relatively brief stay, his time in Auvers was marked by a remarkable artistic reawakening characterized by a unique style and artistic development. This period was colored by the psychological tension stemming from his changed circumstances, all of which converged in his decision to move to this serene locale.

Having endured a series of personal crises in Arles and his time at the asylum in Saint-Rémy, Van Gogh made the deliberate choice to reside near Paris, closer to his brother Théo, who was now married and the father of a young Vincent. This change was an earnest attempt to rejuvenate his creative spirit. The selection of Auvers was significantly influenced by the presence of Dr. Gachet, a physician who specialized in treating melancholia and who had the additional distinction of being a friend to the impressionists, an art collector, and an amateur painter. Van Gogh took up residence at the Ragout Inn in the heart of the village and immersed himself in the new world that lay before him. However, this period was fraught with anxieties, including fears of a recurrence of his cyclical mental health crises, concerns regarding his well-being and Théo’s independent business ventures, a sense of being relegated in his brother’s list of priorities, and doubts about his own artistic worth, all while grappling with the growing recognition he was receiving from art critics.

Surprisingly, no previous exhibition has ever exclusively delved into this critical phase of Van Gogh’s illustrious career. Over the span of just two months, the artist produced a staggering 73 paintings and 33 drawings, including some of his most iconic masterpieces like « Portrait of Dr. Paul Gachet, » « The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, » and « Wheatfield with Crows. » The exhibition boasts approximately forty paintings and twenty drawings by Van Gogh, organized thematically to encompass his early landscapes depicting the village, intimate portraits, still lifes, and landscapes that capture the surrounding countryside. It also features a series of panoramic format paintings, a rarity in Van Gogh’s body of work, and a selection of works he brought back from his time at the asylum in Saint-Rémy.

In addition to the artistic treasures, the exhibition presents documentary sections that provide invaluable context. Visitors can journey back in time to witness Auvers-sur-Oise as it appeared during Van Gogh’s residency. They will become acquainted with the pivotal figure of Dr. Gachet and gain insight into the profound impact of Van Gogh’s death on the artistic circles of France and the Netherlands during the final decade of the 19th century.

To complement this unparalleled exhibition, an illustrated catalog has been published, offering the latest research on this pivotal phase in the body of work by Vincent Van Gogh. « Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise: The Final Months » provides a unique opportunity to delve into the soul of an artistic genius during a poignant and tumultuous period in his life. It enables us to truly grasp the significance of these final months in the life of a master whose work continues to inspire and captivate the world.

Van Gogh à Auvers-sur-Oise, Les derniers mois
From October 03, 2023 to February 04, 2024
Musée d’Orsay



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