Must See Paris Galleries in Le Marais

former swamp in the middle of Paris with a rich, fascinating history has developed into a trendsetting area known for its chic boutiques, hot restaurants, and top contemporary art galleries. When planning your next trip to Paris, make sure to add these galleries in Le Marais to your must see list!

Claire Morgan at Galerie Karsten Grave.jpg

Claire Morgan at Galerie Karsten Grave


Passing through a pair of massive wood doors on a quiet side street in Le Marais and entering a cobblestone courtyard is Galerie Karsten Greve. Representing a roster of A-list artists including Cy Twombly, Lucio Fontana, Sally Mann, and John Chamberlain, Karsten Greve is one of the oldest and most prestigious galleries in Le Marais. Born in Germany and studying law and art history at university, Greve started collecting art at a young age. His first acquisition in 1966 was a Cy Twombly painting. By age 23 he had already purchased major works by Beuys, Fontana, Yves Klein, DeKooning, Cornell, and Kounellis, and unsurprisingly he went on to feature the same artists in his gallery in later years. After opening his first gallery in Cologne with a partner, he came to Paris to open a second gallery.A virtual art pioneer in Le Marais, he inaugurated the gallery in 1989. Greve is credited with bringing Louise Bourgeois worldwide recognition by hosting her first exhibition in Europe, and he is known for his close, personal relationships with his artists.

Josh Sperling at the Galerie Perrotin

Josh Sperling at the Galerie Perrotin

Through years of trial and error and promoting his artists in ways untraditional to the art world, Perrotin opened Galerie Perrotin in 2005, in a converted 17th-century mansion. Soon outgrowing the space, Perrotin christened another location next to the initial gallery along with a bookshop. All told, the area now occupy over 25,000 square feet. Takashi Murakami, a well-known pop artist from Japan, but not known internationally, was one of the first artists Perrotin represented who went on to international fame. Other artists in his stable include Wim Delvoye, Johan Creten, Maurizio Cattelan, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Pierre Soulages, and Sophie Calle. The Perrotin art empire has ambitiously expanded internationally in recent years with galleries opening in New York, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong. Perrotin is a big mover and shaker in the art world, and the gallery participates in major art fairs including Art Basel in Miami and Switzerland, FIAC Paris, and Frieze in London and New York.
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