Dispatches from Paris: Galerie Anatome

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On a hot day in June, I ventured far away from the tourist buses and nineteenth century bliss that constitutes much of Paris and headed on a quest to find Galerie Anatome. Comparable to the Print Center or IPCNY in organizational structure and gallery space, Galerie Anatome is a non-profit space dedicated to exploring contemporary design and the graphic arts. What an amazing space! Check out their website for more information about their exhibitions and programing, which look very smart and expansive. The staff was very nice, although their english was only marginally better than my french. They seemed amused and tolerant of the sweaty, American blogger, smiling, gesturing wildly and taking pictures of their great space.

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Many, many, many more pictures and information about this amazing space after the jump.

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Upon arriving at Anatome I realized that they were having a show about Paprika and Seripop, two amazing design/print endeavors from Montreal. Rather than feel like I just traveled around the world to see work from Canada, I rolled up my sleeves and jumped in. Here is the curatorial statement for the show:

Paprika-Seripop.

A graphic look at Montreal.

du Friday 7 May 2010
au Saturday 24 July 2010

It’s the story of a visual journey on the Plateau, the French-speaking quarter of Mons realis. A cultural and commercial metropolis, Montreal is the most populated city in Quebec, with more than two million of the province’s seven million inhabitants. The only French-speaking city in North America, it defends its particularities linked to its determination to stand out among other Canadian cities, whose attention is directed toward the United States. This is what gave me the desire to look at the graphic design history and production of this city, where Canada’s first advertising agency was established in 1889.

I wanted to put a spotlight on this multi-faceted city through two highly different, radically opposed structures. Firstly, Paprika, Montreal’s spearhead institutional communication studio, with sophisticated, elegant and refined productions, like the signs that deck out the city. Secondly, I wanted to look at the underground production of Seripop, a duo of silkscreen artists-musicians who’ve made traditional silkscreening their raison d’être, through brightly colored, surrealist, and psychedelic posters, collected by all fans of noise-rock.

A double exhibition, two first retrospectives in France, two approaches, two practices, but with a resolutely singular accent.

Guillaume Frauly

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The lower level was taken up with a kind of mid-career retrospective cataloging all of Paprika’s many innovative design projects.

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I would describe their work but the pictures will do a better job than me.

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The upstairs was taken over by Seripop. They filled the space with a mad fury.

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It’s hard not to love these folks.

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They even had a screen printing rig set-up to explain the process or for live demos (?).

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These next pictures are a kind of visual essay about the two design concerns and their hometown.

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In addition to the amazing gallery spaces they also have a deadly book store selling books about print, design and contemporary art. In addition there is a selection of zines, small press projects, artist’s books, as well as a fine selection of prints by the exhibiting artists.

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Next time you are in Paris looking for a place to see some amazing contemporary art go directly to the Galerie Anatome!

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5 Responses to “Dispatches from Paris: Galerie Anatome”

  1. Lou says:

    great post amze- thanks for all the pictures.

  2. Bill says:

    wow, this place looks awesome. Thanks for posting this Amze! I love the art in the upstairs space.

  3. amze says:

    My pleasure. Seripop, who made the artwork upstairs do amazing work. They leave me totally inspired.

  4. Jason Urban says:

    thanks for sharing, z. this looks like a fantastic show.

  5. John Caperton says:

    Amazing!