Air de Paris

Air de Paris is a contemporary art gallery owned and directed by Florence Bonnefous and Edouard Merino, now located in Romainville, France.

Air de Paris
Location43, rue de la Commune de Paris Romainville, France
DirectorFlorence Bonnefous & Edouard Merino


Air de Paris was established 1990 in Nice by Bonnefous and Merino,[1] who attended the École du Magasin[2] in Grenoble together. In 1994, the gallery relocated to Paris, first at a location on rue des Haudriettes. Alongside other galleries including Almine Rech and Galerie Perrotin, Air de Paris moved to spaces on Rue Louise Weiss in the 13th arrondissement in 1997, as part a city-sponsored initiative.[3] In 2019, Air de Paris joined forces with three other galleries (Jocelyn Wolff, In Situ Fabienne Leclerc and Sator), a public institution Le Plateau frac île de france and Fiminco Foundation to open spaces in Komunuma, an 11,000 m2 (120,000 sq ft) four-building arts complex in Romainville.[3] Together with In Situ Fabienne Leclerc, the gallery occupies four-storey spaces and a shared roof terrace.[4]

The name "Air de Paris" was a tribute to Marcel Duchamp and his "ready-made" 50cc of Paris Air.[5] At the beginning, there was Les Ateliers du Paradise[6] with Philippe Perrin, Pierre Joseph and Philippe Parreno. The exhibition was conceived like a movie in real time, that would last for a summer, transforming the gallery into a photogenic space. Paul McCarthy, Lily van der Stokker and Jean-Luc Verna, among others, participated to the reputation of the Nicean formula.

Air de Paris represents established practicing artists such as Parreno, Liam Gillick, Claire Fontaine, Rob Pruitt, Trisha Donnelly and Bruno Serralongue, historically important artists such as Guy de Cointet, Dorothy Iannone and Allen Ruppersberg, and emerging artists such as Eliza Douglas and Aaron Flint Jamison. Air de Paris also represents the photographic work of Michel Houellebecq since his large survey exhibition at Palais de Tokyo in 2016.[7]

The gallery is present at major contemporary art fairs including Art Basel, Independent in New York, FIAC in Paris and Artissima in Turin.



  1. ^ The Top Galleries in Europe[dead link]
  2. ^ "Ecole du Magasin". Ecole du Magasin.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b Anna Sansom (July 29, 2019), "'Grand Paris': new art complex to open in Parisian suburb", The Art Newspaper.
  4. ^ Anna Sanson (October 15, 2019), "Imane Farès drops out of new Paris gallery complex", The Art Newspaper.
  5. ^ "Marcel Duchamp -Air de Paris". Centre Pompidou. Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  6. ^ Bourriaud, Nicolas (2002). Relational Aesthetics. ISBN 2840660601.
  7. ^ "Michel Houellebecq". Palais de Tokyo.

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