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The landscape of the contemporary art scene in Paris has changed significantly over the last ten years. Paris has a long history as one of the world’s major artistic centres, and it is attracting renewed international attention.

With the creation of new major institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo and the MAC/VAL, the consolidation of a dense network of cutting edge art centres outside the city centre, the renewed dynamism of the FIAC, and the development of new and innovative commercial galleries, Paris is vibrant in a way it has not been in recent memory.

An unprecedented ten-month series highlighting contemporary art from France, Paris-Toronto assembles numerous events taking place across the city from March to December 2013 to expose Toronto audiences—professionals and the general public alike—to Paris’ diverse and vibrant art scene.

Coordinated by the Consulate General of France in Toronto with support from the Institut français, Paris-Toronto aims to foster collaborations between France’s capital and the thriving visual art scene of Canada’s largest city.

These artistic residency programs, exhibitions, conferences, workshops and public lectures, are all organized by well-established Toronto institutions : the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Metropole, Canadian Art Foundation, City of Toronto (Scotiabank Nuit blanche), Elegoa Cultural Productions, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, The Power Plant, the Ryerson Image Centre, and Vtape. Each event creates opportunities for interaction between artists, curators, scholars, critics, and audiences from the two cities.

Discover what the international press is saying of Paris’ contemporary art scene:

New York Times, October 2012: Dynamic Wave of French Collectors
New York Times, October 2012 : On the Edges of Paris, a Burgeoning Art Scene
New York Times, May 2010 : Paris Art Scene’s Got a Brand New Beat
The Guardian, March 2009 : Art in the banlieues of Paris