La Maison Rouge
La Maison Rouge was founded by the passionate contemporary art collector Antoine de Galbert. It’s a simple and stylish space, somewhat hidden in the Bastille district of Paris, and you may be surprised to learn that there’s a fantastic gallery behind its ominous red-lit windows.
This gallery is particularly interested in the multiplicity of contemporary practice, housing around six exhibitions annually, often with independent curators sourcing and displaying art from private collections around the world. With a programme aimed at supporting Paris’ rising contemporary artists, the institution also brings artistic vitality to Paris’ most densely populated region, ‘Ile-de-France’. The residency project in particular grants one local artist a year the opportunity to transform its patio into an exhibition space.
If you’re interested in art theory, La Maison Rouge’s debates and lectures are a great feature. Otherwise, head down with some friends and experience some truly great contemporary art alongside the popular evening events.
A well-known Parisian café featuring delicious English treats, The Rose Bakery recently opened a new location in the foundation’s gallery. The lavish menu changes with the seasons and consistently offers one of the best brunches in Paris. It’s open from Wednesday to Sunday.
The foundation’s shop, Bookstorming, specialises in contemporary art and is located next door to the foundation at 10 bis Boulevard de la Bastille. You can find over 3,000 books by over 350 publishers and limited editions of works by artists, both prints and objects. The shop also schedules over 40 interesting events a year, such as meetings with artists, book signatures, lectures, and screenings.
10 Boulevard de la Bastille
+33 (0) 1 40 01 08 81
Wednesday 11.00 – 19.00
Thursday 11.00 – 21.00
Friday – Sunday 11.00 – 19.00
Metro: Quai de la Rapee (M5), Bastille (M1, M5, M8)