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.
Richard Avedon, The Family, 1976
Photographs of Businesses Along Sixth Avenue
New York, 1936-37
Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995
Guy Tillim, Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique, 2008
from the series Avenue Patrice Lumumba
Plan Your Visit to La Maison Rouge
La Maison Rouge
10 boulevard de la bastille
75012 Paris, France