Vintage Photography at La Maison Rouge

As I left OFFICIELLE for the evening, I decided to walk a bit in Paris before hailing a cab. It had rained apparently, and the streets were still wet, beautifully reflecting the building lights on the ground. As I walked north, I happened to stumble upon La Maison Rouge, and of course recognized it from my book, the BMW Art Guide for Independent Collectors! To my luck, it was Thursday: the one day of the week the collection stayed open late, likely for FIAC week. So I decided to check it out.

La Maison Rouge is a contemporary art space for exhibiting private collections. It was founded in 2004 by the French art collector Antoine de Galbert, and currently resides in an old factory building near the Bastille. The spacious gallery was designed by architect Jean-Yves Clément, as well as artist Jean-Michel Alberola. There’s a bookstore next door called Bookstorming, and a wonderful café called Rose Bakery, which I discovered updates its decoration along with each new exhibition!

Inside La Maison Rouge

The current exhibition is called “Après Eden,” which means “After Eden.” It is comprised of photographs on loan from the collection of Artur Walther, a German art patron from Ulm. The show is organized by photography style, with many famous photographers and subjects included. The collection spans from portraiture to landscape to still life, to risqué. Below find some of my favorite works in the exhibition.

La Maision Rouge Entrance

La Maison Rouge Après Eden

La Maison Rouge Après Eden - Richard Avedon, The Family, 1976
Richard Avedon, The Family, 1976

La Maison Rouge Après Eden
Unidentified photographer
Photographs of Businesses Along Sixth Avenue
New York, 1936-37

La Maison Rouge Après Eden - Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn
Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995

La Maison Rouge Après Eden - Guy Tillim, Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique, 2008
Guy Tillim, Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique, 2008
from the series Avenue Patrice Lumumba

La Maison Rouge Après Eden

Plan Your Visit to La Maison Rouge

La Maison Rouge Restaurant, Paris, France

La Maison Rouge
10 boulevard de la bastille
75012 Paris, France

Wednesday-Sunday 11am-7pm

October 24, 2015

Read Next:

I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

5 Comments Leave Yours

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *