Reputably loyal to its continuous engagements, the Claudine Papillon Gallery maintains a privileged long-term relationship with its artists.
Artists like Erik Dietman, Dieter Roth and Hreinn Fridfinnsson, whose work was often considered as marginal in their beginnings, but quickly became referential and almost classical for the contemporary art scene, have become emblematic of the gallery.
In 1989, when she opened her own space, Claudine Papillon was determined to expose the diversity and wealth of the French contemporary scene. Françoise Vergier who had a solo exhibition at the Georges Pompidou center in 1995, Thierry Mouillé, laureate of the Villa Medicis in 2007-08, Vassiliki Tsekoura, Frédéric Lecomte, Jean-Claude Ruggirello, and Elsa Sahal, nominated for the Prix Meurice pour l'art contemporain 2013/2014, have integrated into the gallery between 1989 and 2000.
Patrick Caulfield and Günter Brus, symbolic figures of the artistic scene of the 1970’s, joined the gallery in 1993 and 1998 respectively. Claudine Papillon thus continually diversifies her team, welcoming those artists who share her sensibilities, her sense of poetry and humor, as well as her unorthodox audacity.
Confronted with pertinent and vivacious work of some very young artists, Claudine Papillon organized solo exhibitions, which allowed them almost instant recognition. Frédérique Loutz, who participated at the second Parisian Triennial “La force de l’art”, and was nominated for the Drawing Prize of Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation, along with François Ribes now have their work in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Modern Art, Paris. With Gaëlle Chotard, Grégoire Bergeret and Sammy Engramer, the gallery affirms itself as an important advocate of the emerging French scene. In 2009, Didier Trenet, who has an advanced career has also decided to join the team.
The Claudine Papillon Gallery pursues an active exploration of the international art scene. Javier Pérez, who represented Spain at the Venice Biennale in 2001, and Lotta Hannerz, a Swedish artist now living in Paris after a two-year residency in participation with the Suisse Academy of Arts, have equally joined the gallery.
Claudine Papillon, art historian, has been working as an art dealer since 1976. Until 1986, she co-directed with Ninon Robelin the BAMA gallery, where she organized the first solo exhibitions of Joseph Beuys and Sigmar Polke. She was a strong proponent of the Fluxus movement along with Robert Filliou, George Brecht, and Wolf Vostel. In 1989, with her own showroom on the rue Turenne, she programmed the important Parisian solo show by Michael Craig-Martin (The Papillon Gallery Project is currently on show at the Musée National de l'Art Moderne in Paris.) Further solo exhibitions included Phillip Parreno and Vik Muniz. The gallery will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014.
Located since 2004 in a 250-m2 showroom near the Pompidou Center, she now works with her daughter, Marion Papillon, specialized in public relations, who joined the gallery in 2007 with the ambition to promote and reinforce the dynamic of the Claudine Papillon Gallery in its singularity.