Our top 3 galleries in Val-de-Marne

1. Galerie Municipale Jean-Collet
As Vitry-sur-Seine is one of the biggest defenders of  Public Art and the first city along with Grenoble which respects the French law “1% of Art”: 1 % of the sums dedicated by the State for every public construction like schools or hospitals  will have to finance the realization of a contemporary work of art joined to the architectural project .
With the numerous contemporary artworks hidden in the streets of the city, Vitry has a most beautiful art gallery. This spacious and lively art center is a real showcase for new scene artists, and organises many exhibitions, shows, and events which bring life to the recent French art scene.
 59, av. Guy-Môquet
94400 Vitry-sur-Seine
2.Galerie Municipale Julio Gonzalez
gal arcueil

Forget all bad versions of Les Nymphéas from Monet , or silk-painting  exhibitions you might have seen in  municipal museums! Located in Arcueil, this gallery proposes a high level of contemporary art, and a lot of events like the national prize “Prix Antoine Marin ”

10 avenue Paul Doumer
94110 Arcueil

3. The Art House Bernard Anthonioz in Nogent-sur-Marne

nogentWelcome to Bernard Anthonioz House, a prestigious gateway between Past and Present.  Our last crush is more than a traditional gallery, where the location also worth the detour. This unique art center is specialized in graphic and photographic art (the exhibitions are often coproductions with big institutions like Le Musée du Jeu De Paume in Paris). Nestled in a XVII th century castle, this gallery converses with the outside, a beautiful English-style park, where you can have walk after your visit!

16 Rue Charles VII
94130 Nogent-sur-Marne.

Hello…Coucou Bazar!


crédit photo: Fondation Dubuffet.

Taking a look at this photo, we could wonder what exactly this woman is doing…  Has she caused a big disaster in the workshop? Has she been punished, trying to fix a masterpiece of the famous artist Jean Dubuffet? 

Fortunately not! You are actually lucky to discover the Closerie Falbala‘s backstage in Périgny-sur-Yerres, situated in unexpected Val-De-Marne. The Closerie Falbala is a gigantic sculpture, designed by the artist as a metaphoric garden, a painted 3D landscape in which you can walk.

Dubuffet’s moving painting

This sitting woman, part of a team of restorers, is actually studiously working on Jean Dubuffet’s unique work, called Coucou Bazar. This incredible show created by the French artist is a real Art Total concept… Just try to imagine this: a real moving painting, coming alive on stage just under your eyes! For this performance, Dubuffet designed all the costumes and set. The staging is supposed to move imperceptibly, in order to give a poetic dimension to this “animated painting”.

This artistic treasure is the best-kept secret in Val-de-Marne.. we hope this production will be staged for an official event soon!

Marie-Laure & Anabelle.

Michel Jouniac in the exhibition “Cherchez le garçon”, Mac/Val

Michel Jouniac (1935-1995)


Hommage à Freud, constat critique d’une mythologie travestie 1972 – 1984. Installation photographique, ensemble de quatre tirages au gélatino-argentique sur toile, 250 x 200 cm, (110 x 90 cm chacun). Photo © Jean-Luc Lacroix Musée de Grenoble – 2005. Collection Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, Rhône-Alpes. © Adagp, Paris 2015.


Michel Journiac is -unfortunately- not very well known, but his work is still very interesting and disturbing. In the 1970’s, his art was quite controversial because of his main themes and creation processes. For example, he worked about sexual identities and he dressed up himself into his own parents. The body seems to be the media of his art, like in this photography given above. To summarize, he expressed revolt against social, moral, religious diktats.

You can see some of his works in the recent exhibition in Mac/Val called “Looking for the boy” until the 30/08/2015. It’s a multidisciplinary themed exhibition about masculinity representation in the society. 100 other male artists are shown like Gilles Barbier or Maurizio Cattelan.

Cyril & Marie