Studio photo et Galerie d’art
Main address: 30 rue des Acacias, Paris 17ème Paris 17ème France ,



The Studio des Acacias is a fabled place where legendary photographers such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin worked.

Today this creative space has opened up to all forms of contemporary artistic expression (art installations, video art, photography, etc.) and welcomes the most well-known photographers and contemporary artists for unique exhibitions and productions.


  • Studio des Acacias - Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers' portrait

    Paul-Emmanuel REIFFERS

    Those who work with images are intimately bound to both the art and the artists.

    The mission of Studio des Acacias is to encourage this relationship, by offering a creative space in Paris to exchange, about life and experimentation by using its multiple open spaces for artistic creation, both in photography and in video.

    The Studio des Acacias is a space where artists can exhibit their work as part of a carefully curated program.

    Creativity touches everyone. It represents a window into the world...and into beauty. I have always believed that creativity/creation should be at the center of everything. That it should be part of everyday life. That is why the studio exists.


  • Studio des Acacias - Babeth Djian's portrait

    Babeth DJIAN

    Editorial Director of the magazine Numéro

    From Richard Avedon to Irving Penn, brilliant photographers are an integral part of the history of the Studio des Acacias. This legendary place has always been an inspiration for great artists.

  • Studio des Acacias - Olivier Massart's portrait

    Olivier MASSART

    Director of La Mode en Images

    The Studio des Acacias has always exerted a particular fascination for those amateur photography and fashion enthusiasts, such as me. How many times have I imagined shoots at this legendary place with the greatest photographers? The silhouette of the models, the latest designer creations....The vision, the visions of these pure artists.

    Today, the Studio des Acacias is reborn as a place of dialogue for art, photography cinema and advertising. A dream has become a reality. All I really want to say is how happy I am to be able to participitate in this adventure, this rebirth.

  • Studio des Acacias - Kamel Mennour's portrait

    Kamel MENNOUR

    Founder and director of the Galerie Kamel Mennour

    From my very first visit to the Studio des Acacias, before its recent renovation, I was struck by the spirit of the place. This is a place that is charged with history. Even before it became a legendary place of creativity, the Studio des Acacias had several incarnations: it was a boxing gym in the 1940s, then it became one of the most important places for the Yéyé artists...

    And now, today, its walls echo with the struggles, the strong emotions and the personalities of all those figures who have passed through here. This place has always been in synch with the spirit of the times. And I am certain that it will continue to be in-tune with the spirit of its current era. The Studio des Acacias is a thoroughly contemporary space, a space for meeting people, an intersetion, for all forms of art to cross paths.

  • Studio des Acacias - Jérôme Sans's portrait

    Jérôme SANS

    Curator and art critic

    A place with strong light and shadow, the Studio des Acacias used to house the famous Studio Harcourt, where portraits were produced in the great tradition of luxury. So many people portrayed in this extraordinary light for eternity.

    So what could be more logical than to introduce the new chapter of this studio with an exhibition of fluorescent light tubes by the artist Mark Handforth? In a space that has always been marked by working with light, his work functions as a contemporary echo of this history, a kind of revelation.

    Beyond its timeless atmosphere, the Studio des Acacias, a meeting place for different artistic dynamics, has everything it needs to become an artistic factory of the 21st century; bringing together projects along with exceptional and unusual interdisciplines.

  • Studio des Acacias - Paul Gruber's portrait

    Paul GRUBER

    Art Director

  • Studio des Acacias - Valérie Larrondo's portrait

    Valérie LARRONDO



Previous exhibition


You Are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust - October 2018

On the occasion of FIAC 2018, Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers, founder of Studio des Acacias, Chairman of Mazarine Group and patron of the arts, is pleased to welcome You are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust at Studio des Acacias by Mazarine, an exhibition by Laure Prouvost, represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris and Brussels, Carlier I Gebauer in Berlin and Lisson in London and New York.

After having presented Barbara Kruger and Benjamin Millepied, Mark Handforth, Rashid Johnson and Matthew Day Jackson, Mazarine is now showing its support for contemporary French art creating by presenting the work of Laure Prouvost.

You are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust was initiated by a collaboration between curator Martha Kirszenbaum and the artist, selected to represent France at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Combining representation of desire, onerism, and a fantasized description of nature, Laure Prouvost’s immersive films, installations, drawings and tapestries imperil our relation to language and comprehension through the construction of complex narratives and surrealist moments that feed her unusual approach to the conventions of film and image. The artist attaches a special importance to language and its representation, with great verve she plays with words, stretching and deconstructing them before putting them together again and reinserting them into the story, where they jump and swirl, snub us and escape our understanding. The attention that Laure Prouvost allots to the environment and to the natural and human elements surrounding her serve as the raw material of her practice and her generous way of filming. Her films do not exist without the universe that surrounds them and where, captured with metaphor and romanticism, the invisible becomes apparent. She strives to bring forward the unimportant objects, the ones that the consumption system that governs our daily lives has left behind: leftovers, litter, objects that are broken, dysfunctional, unloved.

You Are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust takes elements produced by the artist for her exhibitions at the Musée Départemental de Rochechouart (2015) and Fahrenheit by FLAX in Los Angeles (2016), revealing, through the divergence of their contexts, two sides of the same coin, and presenting a diptych of videos installed with a large resin-based installation, several objects such as relics, a motorcycle or an LED, and a squid-ink vodka bar, evoking the two environments – one rural and French, the other one urban and American.

Laure Prouvost was born in 1978 in Croix-Lille (France). She lives and works between Antwerp (Belgium) and London (United Kingdom).

In 2019, she will be granted a solo exhibition at the MuKHA in Antwerp (Belgium) and will represent France at the 58th International Venice Biennale. In recent years, her work has been the subject of international solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo (France, 2018), Witte de With Rotterdam (Netherlands, 2017), SALT Galata Istanbul (Turkey, 2017), Walker Art Center Minneapolis (USA, 2017), Fahrenheit by FLAX Los Angeles (USA, 2016), at Consortium de Dijon (France, 2016), at MMK Frankfurt (Germany, 2016), at Kunstall Luzern (Switzerland, 2016), at Hangar Biccoca Milan (Italy, Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art of Rochechouart (France, 2015), at Haus der Kunst Munich (Germany, 2015), at Rupert Vilnius (Lithuania, 2015), at the New Museum New York (USA, 2014), at Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp (Belgium, 2014), Whitechapel Gallery London (UK, 2013), at Tate Britain London (UK, 2013), and at Biennale de Lyon (France, 2013).

Laure Prouvost was awarded the Turner Prize in 2013 and the Max Mara Prize for Women in 2011. Her work is present in renowned public and private collections, such as the Hirshhorn Museum (USA), le MAC/VAL (France), The Arts Council (UK), the Kadist Foundation (France), the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art (France), the Fond National d’Art Contemporain (France), the New National Museum of Monaco, the Red Brick Art Museum (China), the Kunsthalle Luzern (Suisse).

Curator : Martha Kirszenbaum

Credits : Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris / Brussels
Portrait credit : JJean Philippe Dordolo Courtesy of the artist and Nathalie Obadia Gallery, Paris / Brussels

Previous exhibition



Marie-Agnès Gillot is a fascinating star with an exceptional presence on stage. Throughout her career at the Paris Opéra, she has embodied excellence and a true state of grace. This great artist also moved thousands of ballet enthusiasts thanks to her collaboration with the most talented choreographers, from Angelin Preljocaj to Pina Bausch.

In the arena of Nîmes, Koto Bolofo, a South African photographer known for his black and white images with exceptional power, caught the rare intensity and the extraordinary charisma of this unique dancer. In honour of the one who has always lit the Paris Opéra with her very special aura, these magnificent images are today at the heart of an exhibition at the Studio des Acacias. “Marie-Agnès dances what she is: Earth, Wind and Fire”, says Koto Bolofo about this wonderful ballerina.

Crédits : Photographe : Koto Bolofo représenté par Artsphere,
Coiffure : Martyn Foss Calder, Maquillage : Min Kim, Numérique : Granon digital, Retouches : Granon digital, Production : Easy Production et Artsphère, Location : Arènes de Nîmes


Previous exhibition



Studio des Acacias is proud to host the latest exhibition by visionary fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø.
“Sølve Sundsbø pour Numéro” is the first solo show devoted to the Norwegian imagemaker in France and explores his two-decade collaboration with Numéro magazine.

Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers, founder of Studio des Acacias and CEO of Mazarine Group, was keen to slot this latest show into the Studio programme, with its unwavering focus on photography and the contemporary art scene.

Sølve Sundsbø was born in Norway in 1970 and is based in London. His experimental, dreamlike work quickly made him one of the world’s top fashion photographers and a leading light for his generation. Each of his pictures—whether colour or black & white—captures an uncompromising,highly sophisticated sense of beauty.

His photographs have featured in various international exhibitions and has been included in auctions by Phillips de Pury and is held in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Enthusiasts and collectors will have one month to admire the outstanding images on display at Studio des Acacias and purchase limited edition prints, released specially for the exhibition.


Previous exhibition



As part of the 2017 FIAC international art fair, Studio des Acacias by Mazarine—a legendary venue devoted to interdisciplinary artistic creation—will be hosting an exhibition by French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied and celebrated American artist Barbara Kruger.

Founder of Studio des Acacias and CEO of Mazarine Group Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers wanted to offer Millepied—his friend and former director of the Paris Opera Ballet—an occasion to create an all-new kind of experience combining holographic projections, film and immersive scenography.

Benjamin Millepied, founder of the ensemble L.A. Dance Project and former director of the Paris Opera Ballet, will recreate the striking visual atmosphere imagined by artist Barbara Kruger for his ballet “Reflections” (2014). Millepied will offer visitors much more than a simple décor—an immersive experience on an unprecedented scale. Visitors will find themselves in the dancers’ shoes, at the very heart of Barbara Kruger’s scenography. The 3D reproduction of the ballet will be complete, with light, music and… holographic projections of four scenes from “Reflections”. The dancers of L.A. Dance Project will appear as holograms to perform highlights from the ballet.

“Reflections” is an original creation based on George Balanchine’s famous ballet “Jewels”. In the ballet, the dancers of L.A. Dance Project perform in the very heart of an enormous piece by Barbara Kruger: two huge canvases, one on the floor and the other in the background, featuring the American artist’s iconic colors (red, white and black) and slogans (“Stay” and “Think of me thinking of you”). “Reflections Redux” offers the public a chance to experience it themselves.
The exhibition will also introduce visitors to Millepied’s films, created with L.A. Dance Project and showcasing his choreographies and several artistic partnerships developed since 2012 (Mark Bradford, Liam Gillick, Sterling Ruby, etc.). A selection of films that played a crucial role in the choreographer’s creative process will also be screened.

Mazarine La Mode en Images and its creative director Olivier Massart will be responsible for the technical feat of creating the exhibition scenography. It will offer visitors an unprecedented, in-depth look at the world of Benjamin Millepied. The holograms of the dancers in action, created from recordings done with L.A. Dance Project in Los Angeles, will perfectly reproduce the difficulty, precision and emotion of the live choreographies. Visitors will have the opportunity not only to watch, but to experience for themselves the intense emotions of performing on stage, amid talented dancers.


Previous exhibition


Mocafico Numéro - February 2017

The Studio des Acacias is hosting a new exhibition by the master of still life, Italian photographer Guido Mocafico.
With an unconventional eye, Guido Mocafico imagines radical still life compositions designed like contemporary vanitas works. His images are fascinating tableaux with an intriguing, unequivocal beauty.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of Mocafico Numéro, 1999-2016 by Steidl.

Guido Mocafico was born in Switzerland in 1962 and now shares his time between Vevey and his studio in Paris. He has been working with Numéro magazine for over fifteen years.
His work is exhibited in London, Munich and Tokyo as well as at numerous festivals, including Paris Photo, the Hyères Festival and the Rencontres d’Arles.
Steidl has published several books of his personal projects: Venenum (2005), Medusa (2006), Serpens (2007), Movement (2008) and Stilleven (2012).


Previous exhibition


The Portraits - April 2016

Universally recognised as one of the most influential photographers of the late 20th century and a brilliant inventor of fashion and advertising imagery, Guy Bourdin shot several of his photography projects at the Studio des Acacias. The exhibition centre now opens its doors to give the world a glimpse into a unique selection of the great photographer’s works.

In April, the Studio des Acacias celebrates his talent with a new exhibition. “Guy Bourdin: The Portraits” is a collection of the most personal works ever shown to the public in Paris since the artist’s death in 1991, showcasing rare works produced between 1950 and 1980.

Curated by the eminent historian Shelly Verthime, this exhibition features over 150 photographs shot by the artist that are both intimate and personal. Early black and white photographs–greatly influenced by Surrealism but little-known–stand alongside Bourdin’s more iconic, timeless photographs, while a special showcase of personal Super-8 films shot by the artist completes the collection.

Collaboration : The Guy Bourdin Estate and Louise Alexander Gallery


Previous exhibition


NEW AMERICAN ART - October 2015

During Fiac 2015, the Studio Acacias by Mazarine will be presenting works by two of the most talented figures on the American contemporary art scene: Rashid Johnson and Matthew Day Jackson.

The works by these two artists displayed at the Studio des Acacias have never been seen in public before. They share a certain vision of the American dream, an often criticised aspect of America, synonymous with imperialism and hegemony, from racial strife to the Second World War.

The exhibition marks the fulfilment of a personal goal by Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers, President of the Mazarine Group and founder of the Studio des Acacias, to bring together works by Matthew Day Jackson and Rashid Johnson, whose careers he has followed closely in recent years, in an exhibition designed and produced in conjunction with the Hauser & Wirth gallery.

The exhibition will be open to the public as part of FIAC 2015.

Collaboration: Hauser & Wirth - New York


Born in the 1970s and considered to be one of the most talented American artists of his generation, Matthew Day Jackson is obsessed by the notion of danger and destruction that is inherent in all life and man-made creations, from machines to new technologies. With his concept of "Horrorful", he attempts to express both the beauty and the horror that can ensue. His work - marked by the figure of the skull and by a passion for car racing (something of a family tradition) - initiates a meditation on existence, infinity and death.

Matthew Day Jackson was born in California in 1974. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in New York; at the Saatchi Gallery in London; and at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice.


An important player in the rise of contemporary African-American artists, Rashid Johnson has always taken an interest in cultural phenomena (from jazz to hip hop, not forgetting Mohammed Ali) which has molded his community and what it is today. His videos, photographs, sculptures, paintings and installations that examine African American identity in all its diversity are rooted in his own personal history or the history of the seventies, the time period in which he was born.

Born in 1977, Rashid Johnson started working with photography in 1996 before becoming interested in a multi-disciplinary artistic practice. After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, he moved to New York where he was soon noticed both by critics and collectors. He has exhibited all over the world, from the Miami Art Museum to the Hauser & Wirth galleries in Zurich and London, and as well as in Greece, Italy and Germany.


Previous exhibition


DROP SHADOW - October 2014

Between borrowing from pop art, ready-mades and minimalism, Mark Handforth's monumental works, installations and fluorescent tubes literally energise the spaces they inhabit. His sculptures transform everyday objects and evoke both the idea of a distortion and deformation through changing the material as a creative gesture. He plays with light to conjure incandandescent landscapes.

Inside the Studio des Acacias, the light from his phosphorescent light sculptures mix with the famous lights of Paris, visible through the glass roof. Produced in partnership with the New York gallery, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, this exhibition is an opportunity to explore the theme of light further, thematically already introduced in a previous exhibition by Claude Lévêque.

Mark Handforth was born in Hong Kong in 1969. He lives and works in Miami and has widely exhibited across the United States, including in Central Park in New York, at the Dallas Museum of Art and at the MCA in Chicago.

Collaboration : Galerie Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
© Mario Palmieri and Stéphane Gallois


Previous exhibition


I CAME HERE TO HIDE - October 2013

A manifest provocateur, Claude Lévêque has established himself as one of the most important figures in contemporary art. A pioneer of installation art in France, Lévêque uses light, sound, objects and ordinary situations to depict dreamlike and strange worlds. Like a rite of passage, his works invite the public to plunge into a reality that combines gentle poetry with a muted violence, that is still not without humour. Claude Lévêque calls on us to release our emotions by expressing, like no other, our worst fears and sadness.

For this exhibition, organised in collaboration with Kamel Mennour (whose gallery represents Claude Lévêque), the artist has taken over 2 000 m2 of space to showcase his celebrated coloured neon sculptures, which frequently take the form of ambiguous, ironic or provocative messages ("we are happy", "shut the fuck up"...).

Claude Lévêque was born in Nevers in 1953. Before turning to contemporary art, in which he was to become one of the most well-known figures, he was passionate about punk music and experimental cinema. He represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and exhibited at the Louvre in 2014. Claude Lévêque's works have been shown in some of the world's major museums, including PS1 in New York and the Musée d'art moderne in Paris.

Collaboration: Kamel Mennour

@ADAGP Claude Lévêque
Courtesy Kamel Mennour, Paris