Paris is transformed once again into the world capital of contemporary art with the FIAC International Contemporary Art Fair. A veritable institution recognized worldwide, FIAC is an opportunity for the public to discover the latest developments in contemporary art, through works by some of the best known artists in the world. Early reports have stated that the fair opened to strong sales on the preview day with a buzzy and optimistic atmosphere in all areas of the fair.
In total, some 1,500 artists show their work for up to 70,000 spectators
In total, some 1,500 artists show their work for the 70,000 spectators to see in the aisles of the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Tuileries Gardens, the Musée Eugène Delacroix and Place Vendôme.
FIAC is also a great occasion for artists residing in France, to be awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize, which brings with it international recognition. Like all fairs, FIAC is a marketplace where works of art change hands and professionals meet. Each year, there is much speculation in the press about the price of various works of art, which contributes to establishing the art market prices for artists.
The 44th edition of FIAC (International Art Fair) takes place in Paris from 19 to 22 October. The Grand Palais will host 193 modern and contemporary art galleries that are among the most important on the international scene. FIAC continues its support of emerging galleries, with a 2017 Lafayette Sector of unprecedented strength diversity.
This edition will bring together 193 galleries from 30 countries under the nave of the Grand Palais, and upstairs in the Salon d’honneur, the Upper Galleries, and the Salon Jean Perrin (inaugurated in 2016). 41 new galleries will join FIAC this year including Cardi (Milano, London), Pedro Cera (Lisboa), ChertLüdde (Berlin), Downs & Ross (New York), Selma Feriani (Tunis, London), Green Art Gallery (Dubai), Gypsum (Cairo), Magnus Karlsson (Stockholm), Karma (New York), Peter Kilchmann (Zürich), David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles), David Lewis (New York), LambdaLambdaLambda (Prishtina), Maisterravalbuena (Madrid, Lisboa), Martos Gallery (New York), Mezzanin (Geneva), NoguerasBlanchard (Barcelona, Madrid) Queer Thoughts (New York), SCAI THE BATHHOUSE (Tokyo), Instituto de Visión (Bogota), Truth and Consequences (Geneva), or Waldburger Wouters (Brussels).
This year FIAC is re-introducing a design sector, with the participation of 5 galleries internationally renowned for their expertise in the field of 20th and 21st design: Jousse Entreprise, Galerie kreo, LAFFANOUR – Galerie Downtown, Eric Philippe, and Galerie Patrick Seguin.
Inaugurated in 2016, the On Site sector, will present around 40 sculptures and installations for this new edition, at the Petit Palais and on the Avenue Winston Churchill, which will be pedestrianised for the occasion. In 2017, FIAC will further increase its presence in the Palais de la Découverte, through its performance festival, Parades for FIAC.
In association with Chantal Crousel (Paris), Eva Presenhuber (Zürich, New York) and Luhring Augustine (New York), this year FIAC gives carte blanche to American artist Oscar Tuazon to present an in-situ project on the prestigious Place Vendôme.
FIAC 2017 at a glance: 193 galleries from 30 countries (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, South Korea, Colombia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Spain, the United States, France, Hungary, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Italy, Kosovo, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia); 41 new exhibitors; 7 new countries represented (Egypt, Kosovo, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Singapore and Tunisia).
The Nave will host 106 prestigious international galleries this year, including 303 Gallery, Miguel Abreu, Air de Paris, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Galerie Buchholz, Blum & Poe, Capitain Petzel, Peter Kilchmann, Sadie Coles HQ, Paula Cooper, Chantal Crousel, Massimo De Carlo, Dvir Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, gb agency, Gladstone Gallery, Marian Goodman, Bärbel Grässlin, Karsten Greve, Max Hetzler, Xavier Hufkens, David Kordansky Gallery, Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery, Lelong & Co., Lisson, Giò Marconi, Mai 36 Galerie, kamel mennour, Metro Pictures, Meyer Riegger, Victoria Miro, Jan Mot, Nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, neugerriemschneider, Nathalie Obadia, Pace, Perrotin, Eva Presenhuber, Almine Rech, Thaddaeus Ropac, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Esther Schipper, Sprüth Magers, Templon, Vitamin Creative Space, Michael Werner, White Cube, Zeno X and David Zwirner. Many galleries specialising in modern art will also exhibit: Galerie 1900-2000, Applicat-Prazan, Cardi, Landau Fine Art, Mazzoleni, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Edward Tyler Nahmen Fine Art, Nahmad Contemporary, Guillermo de Osma, Natalie Seroussi, Tornabuoni Art, Ubu Gallery, Vedovi, Venus, Waddington Custot and Galerie Zlotowski.
The Salon d’honneur will feature some twenty galleries that are internationally renowned for their discovery and promotion of groundbreaking artists. C L E A R I N G, Essex Street, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Labor, Marcelle Alix will make their first appearance in the Salon d’honneur alongside: Balice Hertling, Casas Riegner, dépendance, Delmes & Zander, House of Gaga, Karma International, Neue Alte Brücke, Overduin & Co, Peres Projects, Francesca Pia, Plan B, ProjecteSD, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, Rodeo, ZERO…
The Upper Galleries will focus on contemporary or emerging art galleries, such as Arratia Beer,Thomas Bernard – Cortex Athletico, Shane Campbell, ChertLüdde, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Downs & Ross, espaivisor, Lars Friedrich, Gaudel de Stampa, Green Art Gallery, Magnus Karlsson, Karma, Emmanuel Layr, David Lewis, Edouard Malingue, Meessen De Clercq, Martin van Zomeren, Martos Gallery, Mezzanin, Francesca Minini, mor charpentier, New Gallery, P420, Parra & Romero, Jérôme Poggi, Stigter Van Doesburg, Valentin and untilthen.
The Salon Jean Perrin, inaugurated in 2016, will host Imane Farès, Selma Feriani, Christophe Gaillard, Kisterem, Richard Saltoun, Semiose, and Nadja Vilenne. Design Design returns to FIAC this year with five of the leading French galleries in the field: Jousse Entreprise, Galerie kreo, LAFFANOUR – Galerie Downtown, Eric Philippe, and Galerie Patrick Seguin. FIAC was the first art fair in the world to feature a Design Sector, in 2004. This model was widely reproduced in other international fairs. FIAC is delighted to welcome these galleries back to the Grand Palais for this 44th edition. The presence of design at the Grand Palais will echo the modernist and contemporary architecture, artists’ houses and shelters and utopian speculations on domesticity, present on the Esplanade des Feuillants in the Tuileries Garden. Edition FIAC is glad to include selected editors among its exhibitors: Galerie 8 + 4 (Paris), GDM (Paris), Florence Loewy (Paris), mfc-michèle Didier (Paris, Brussels) and STPI (Singapore), who is exhibiting for the first time at FIAC.
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