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Is Paris really taking London’s art crown?


This week, Paris’s resurgence: is the French capital stealing London’s thunder? As established and up and coming galleries open branches in Paris and the Fiac art fair opens there, we ask Melanie Gerlis if this is indeed a shift of power from the UK to the French capital.


Marlène Dumas’s The Lady of Uruk (2020) Courtesy of Musée d’Orsay; Photo: Sophie Crépy

For this episode’s Work of the Week, Donatien Grau, curator of contemporary programmes at the Musée d’Orsay discusses The Lady of Uruk, a painting from one of the two shows of the work of the South African artist Marlene Dumas that have just opened at the museum (until 30 January 2022).


Christian Boltanski’s La Vie impossible de C.B. (2001), part of the Centre Pompidou Collection, Musée national d’art moderne, dist. Rmn-GP © Adagp, Paris, 2021 / Photo © Philippe Migeat

And as the Chateau de Versailles, and the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou in Paris all pay tribute to Christian Boltanski, who died in July, Annalisa Rimmaudo, curator at the Pompidou, discusses the three displays and remembers this leading figure in French art over the past 50 years.

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