Buying contemporary art in Paris

A little address book of museum shops and specialist concept stores to take a bit of art back home with you

Books, cards, reproductions of works of art, utensils, accessories ... a plethora of objects and cultural products is available in museum boutiques and specialist concept stores, for arty shopping to suit all budgets.

Contemporary art galleries in Paris

Galerie Got Saint-Louis - Intérieur, Paris

Lovers of contemporary art obviously rush to one of the many Parisian art galleries dedicated to this artistic movement. They can invest in a painting, a sculpture or a photograph by a young artist.

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Museum shops in Paris

107 Rivoli © DR

These sales points, with their amazing settings, and very contemporary spirit, are an extension to the exhibition. Museum shops offer fine books on art in connection with the temporary or permanent collections, as well as unique works and original products to keep as a souvenir of your visit.

107 Rivoli - Les Arts décoratifs

Still on the subject of design, 107 Rivoli is the shopping space of the Arts décoratifs museum, near to the Tuileries Gardens, in the centre of the capital. Specializing in the decorative arts, fashion and design, the 300 m²  shop, divided into 3 spaces, offers amateurs and enlightened connoisseurs a fine and exceptional selection of books, accessories, stationery, tableware, toys ... inspired by the past or the present. For more contemporary shopping ideas, the shop invites artists to present a selection of one-off objects during temporary exhibitions or events.

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Walther König & Cahiers d’Art Bookshop - Palais de Tokyo

The Palais de Tokyo houses the Walther König & Cahiers d’Art bookshop. The celebrated German bookseller Walther König and French publishing house Cahiers d’Art have teamed up to create a 450 sq.m space with an international selection of books and magazines, plus stationary, gifts and products related to exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo.

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All the major museums in Paris have their own bookstores, each with a section devoted to modern and/or contemporary art: the bookshop-boutique of the Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, the bookshop-boutique of the Musée du quai Branly, the bookshop-boutique of the Musée Picasso-Paris, the bookshop of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, the bookshop-boutique of the Musée du Louvre, the boutique of the Musée de La Poste, the bookshop-boutique of the Musée d'Orsay, the boutique of the Musée des Arts et Métiers, the Halle Saint-Pierre, the boutique of the Pompidou Centre... not forgetting the Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais platform, which lists thousands of items.

Art store in Paris

Arteum © DR

Arteum, the concept store dedicated to art, presents paintings, photos and sculptures by contemporary artists and reproductions of famous works in its different shops in Paris and at La Défense. You’ll find fine books on art, chairs inspired by Mondrian, Nanas with their round buttocks, by Niki de Saint Phalle, and umbrellas with motifs by Magritte.

The shop YellowKorner continues to expand and offers lovely prints at low prices in its nine galleries in the Paris region. Galleria Continua, located in the Marais district, is a hybrid place combining art gallery, boutique and delicatessen.

Other spots in Paris

Artcurial, Paris © DR

It is possible to buy objects, gifts and contemporary art in places in Paris that you might not think of. Why not take part in an auction? Open to all, Artcurial - on the Champs-Élysées - and Drouot - near the Palais Garnier - regularly organise auctions.

As well as being a popular place for Parisians and visitors to stroll, the Viaduc des Arts (surmounted by the René-Dumont green corridor) is a mecca for art and design where you can shop. Under the emblematic arches of the Avenue Daumesnil, you can discover about fifty showrooms ranging from contemporary framing to art galleries, including furniture, lighting and design objects.

Finally, the Saint-Ouen flea market does not only welcome antique dealers. It is also open to design and contemporary art, like the Biron market or the Dauphin market. This historic place is always worth a stroll through its charming alleys. Open on weekends.

Events

Salon Art Shopping © DR

Fancy shopping for art? Buying an artwork is now within everyone’s reach. Lots of events in Paris provide you with the opportunity to buy a unique and original work... at an affordable price. Organised twice a year in Paris, the Art Shopping fair at the Carrousel du Louvre offers a range of artworks at prices that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Created in 2009, The Grand Salon d’Art Abordable (The Affordable Art Fair) takes place 2 to 3 times per year at the Bellevilloise. The Salon de Montrouge also auctions one hundred or so works by artists displayed at the show, with prices starting at under €100.