Hidden Paris: Maurizio Cattelan at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

Emmanuel Perrotin, one of the top private contemporary art gallerists in Paris, has drawn in the arty throngs to his galleries since the 90s with shows from his impressive stable of artists which includes big names such as Takashi Murakami, Sophie Calle, Xavier Veilhan and Tatiana Trouve. At the end of 2010, Perrotin affirmed his ceaseless ascension by opening, during la crise no less, an extension to one of his two Marais galleries. But amongst the futuristic new space and the spectacular solo shows is a little gem that is featured in the gallery on a permanant basis: Lift, a witty installation of two miniature elevators by the prankster Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. The lilliputian lifts are perfect replicas right down to the tiniest details - on approaching the mini doors, a sensor detects movement and the lift doors open with a familiar "ding", there are mini buttons inside the lift and we can see if it is going up or down.

But on our last visit, try as we might, we were just too damn big to get in, so we had to make do with the (very swanky new brushed aluminum) stairs...

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
76 rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
01 42 16 79 79 

photos copyright Kim Laidlaw Adrey 


  1. Le petit ascenseur est mortel !

    Et l'agrandissement de l'espace avec l'étage est vraiment bien ... transformer un hotel particulier très 'vieille France' en temple de l'art contemporain, j'aime !

  2. C'est top le p'tit ascenseur! J'ai vu récemment un artiste couturier pendant la semaine de la haute couture à Paris et j'ai trouvé son blog ce week-end. C'est super joli et féerique regardez http://cliff-lee.blogspot.com et j'aurais adore porter ses vêtements un jour, c'est jeune et artistique et unique - Delphine de Paris 18e