October 6th, 2010
By Yi Zhou
in faces. (Last updated: August 30th, 2012)

BEST PLACES IN PARIS
BY YI ZHOU

GALERIE JÉRÔME DE NOIRMONT
It's my French art dealer, I have been working with Jerôme de Noirmont since 2002 and he has been a great supporter of my work. I am the youngest artist of his gallery, as they represent Jeff Koons, Shirine Neshat and Pierre et Gilles, who are great artists that are inspirational to me and that I look up to. We are going to prepare a solo exhibition for spring 2011 which will be my 4th solo show with the gallery.
Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont
38 Avenue Matignon
75008 Paris

RESTAURANT "LA SOCIÉTÉ"
It's one of my favorite places in Paris, as it's very close to my house and they are open all day, therefore very convenient for meetings, afternoon teas and a hang out place to read books. I like the architectural space of that restaurant, it's got 3 layers, 3 depths, while sitting there, one could imagine a waterfall running down from the stairs, birds flying in and out of the windows that surround the space.
Restaurant "La Société"
4 Place Saint Germain
75006 Paris

LA HUNE
It's my favorite bookstore in Paris. I like the sociology and philosophy section in there. After my graduation at the American university, I have been able to deepen my knowledge of contemporary French philosophy thanks to the corner devoted to it in the bookstore la Hune. It's open until midnight on weekdays, therefore, it's a great pit stop even after dinner to resource some food for thought.
La Hune
170 Boulevard Saint Germain
75006 Paris

CHEZ SARAH
It's my favorite vintage clothing stand at the Fleat market. The woman who owns the stand has the best eye and aesthetics. Although her stand is a reference place for lots of fashion designers, she preserves her eye from any fashion contamination by not watching TV or reading newspapers/magazines, so that her eye and vision can always stay pure. It's a quite an interesting approach since we live in a world in which we are constantly polluted by information.
Chez Sarah
Serpette Market
Saint-Ouen

MK2 BIBLIOTHÈQUE
It's one of my favorite cinemas in Paris, due to its multimedia facilities and its DVD store assembling the best MK2 movie collections. It's also the venue where I will be screening a "retrospective" of my films at a special cocktail event that MK2 will be devoting to my work on December 6th.
MK2 Bibliothèque
128 Avenue de France
75013 Paris

WEPLER
It's my favorite brasserie in Paris, they serve the best hamburgers. It's located near Montmartre, Pigalle, Moulin Rouge, La Cigale and La Fourmi: places that fill in my imagination and inspiration as an artist.
Wepler
14  Avenue de Clichy
75018 Paris

LE MUSÉE GUSTAVE MOREAU
It displays a large collection of paintings, studies and drawings by Gustave Moreau, whose work is one of my inspirations. I can feel the pain and the cries in his works. While walking through the museum, the pain and the vision from his paintings stand out as if one experiences a 3D effect.
Le musée Gustave Moreau
14 Rue La Rochefoucauld
75009 Paris

LIBRAIRIE 7L
It's Karl Lagerfeld's bookstore, and it’s very close to my house. I’ve collected books since I was a child and 7L has the most cutting edge selection mixed with mainstream pieces. Each piece seems to be selected with love and for the sake of culture.
Librairie 7L
7 Rue de Lille
75007 Paris

PREMIÈRE HEURE
It's my favorite production house in Paris. They offer the best 3D/CG, editing and production facilities. Every person working at Premiere Heure is a great inspiration for artists and directors as they not only provide production and post production services, but they also engage into a long term dialogue with creative people in order to create a unique "savoir-faire". I have recently partnered with Premiere Heure and have opened its Chinese division.
Première Heure
23 Avenue Bernard Palissy
92210 Saint-Cloud