Only art can apprehend and capture what matters to us and our planet. On October 18th, 2019, Galerie Orbis Pictus, the place for a “world in pictures”, opened its doors on 7, rue de Thorigny, right next to the Picasso Museum in Paris.
Inaugurating this new Parisian gallery with an exhibition of “Joseph Sima and Henri Michaux” is no accident. The two artists died several decades ago and meet for the very first time in this duo show. However, the same galleries represented them in the 1960s; they lived in neighbor apartments in the same street in the 1940s; and they both left their country and moved to France in the 1920s.
Both artists, one Czech and the other Belgian, were Parisian by adoption. In their time, Paris was still an inspiration for artists all over the world as it was a cosmopolite, international and free city! Galerie Orbis Pictus has set for mission to reconnect with this tradition, in keeping with our admirable predecessors of 7, rue de Thorigny, Thessa et Jacques Herold. In the course of their 25-year long career in the Marais district, they presented a large selection of artists from all over the world, including which Sima and Michaux. This exhibition is a tribute to them.