Evariste Richer, “La Rétine,” 2007. Exhibition view at La Galerie, Contemporary Art Center, Paris. Photo: Cédrick Eymenier
La Galerie, Contemporary Art Center, is a contemporary art center founded in 1999 and housed in a nineteenth-century villa located in a suburb of Paris. To a wide audience, it offers a program based on the notion of art as a sensory experience and reflection of our relation to the world. Four exhibitions a year (two monographic, two thematic), accompanied by reference publications, present previously unseen works by internationally recognized artists, together with those of emerging French artists. Following Hélène Chouteau from 1998 to 2004, Marianne Lanavère was appointed in 2005 as artistic director of the art center.
Supporting French artists by producing artworks and residencies, La Galerie is known in the international art scene through its hosting of foreign curators since 2006, and by publishing a bilingual publication for each show. In the framework of each exhibition, the team proposes educational and cultural activities, as well as guided documents. All activities are free. A mediation specialist welcomes visitors to the exhibition space. A documentary area has recently been installed in the basement. La Galerie is part of the “national” network of art centers called d.c.a (www.dca-art.com) and of the regional network “tram” (www.tram-idf.fr).