Following on from Frieze London, the 42nd FIAC art fair has opened in Paris heralding the 2015 European art season. The Grand Palais event showcases 170 galleries from 22 countries and is the largest event of its kind in France. The Nave, the Salon d’honneur and the South-East Gallery on the first floor of the Grand Palais house galleries specialising in modern and contemporary art. The South and South-West Galleries, located upstairs, host contemporary and emerging art galleries as well as the Lafayette Sector. The Lafayette Sector, a program launched in 2009 by FIAC and the Groupe Galeries Lafayette, Official Sponsor, underlines their joint desire to provide tangible support to the actors of the emerging art scene in its international dimension.
The Lafayette Sector provides financial support to 10 French and international galleries presenting emerging artists. The 2015 jury was formed by Guillaume Houzé (Director of Patronage of the Groupe Galeries Lafayette), Florence Bonnefous (Air de Paris, Paris), François Quintin (Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette), María Inés Rodríguez (CAPC / musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux) and Francesco Stocchi (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam).
FIAC underlines the defining principles of its identity: the undisputed quality of its exhibitors and the works on view, the unrivalled beauty and prestige of its venues located in the heart of Paris and its signature Hors les Murs programs.
Underscoring FIAC’s presence in venues situated along the Seine river and in collaboration with the City of Paris, outdoor works have been installed along the left bank riverside promenade “les Berges de Seine” between the Pont Alexandre III and the Pont Léopold Sédar Senghor. This year, in collaboration with Radio France, sound installations are being exhibited in the Maison de la Radio. Artist’s films are being presented at the Auditorium of the Grand Palais and – in association with the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard – the Cinéphémère installed in the Tuileries Gardens.
FIAC pursues its ongoing programs of artists’ performances, Ouvertures/Openings, conceived and produced in collaboration with the Auditorium of the Louvre Museum, and In Process, a performance programme dedicated to the emergent contemporary art scene and curated by Mehdi Brit and Blanche de Lestrange.
OFFICIELLE: The second edition of OFFICIELLE, is be held in Paris from Wednesday, October 21st to Sunday, October 25th, 2015 at the Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design and in its different Hors les Murs sites, presented in conjunction with FIAC. The event hosts approximately seventy French and international galleries specializing in contemporary and emerging art. OFFICIELLE showcases new territories: young galleries and newcomers to the international art scene; emerging artists and those whose historic contribution has been overlooked.
Since 2006, FIAC presents a programme of outdoor works in the Tuileries Garden in association with the Domaine National du Louvre et des Tuileries. The implication which both artists and galleries manifest in this programme and the exceptional qualities of the site makes it possible to feature some twenty projects every year. Installations, sculptures, performances and sound pieces take up temporary residence on the alleys, lawns, ponds and fountains of the garden creating an impressive outdoor exhibition. An ever-growing audience shows a keen interest for the artworks on view: in the center of Paris and at the gates of the Louvre Museum, the garden provides an ideal context for their encounter with contemporary creation.