For several days each year, Paris, France becomes the world capital of contemporary art with FIAC, the International Contemporary Art Fair. Among the oldest art fairs out there, FIAC presents the finest examples of artistic creation since the turn of the twentieth century, ranging from painting, sculpture, photography, installations, videos and performances to digital arts.
This October, the fair returns to Grand Palais for a yet another strong edition. FIAC 2019 will welcome 199 galleries in its General Sector as well as 10 galleries in the Lafayette Sector, dedicated to promoting emerging artists and galleries. Following its return in 2017, modern and contemporary design also confirms its presence at the fair. Additionally, FIAC will present a range of special projects, a freely accessible program of performances, conferences and film screenings, and public programmes Hors les Murs which are meant to broaden the range and scope of the venues made available to galleries and artists, thus making the intimate experience of creating access to the widest possible audience.
FIAC 2019 will bring together 199 galleries from 29 countries in their General Sector, including 2 countries represented at FIAC for the very first time, Ivory Coast and Iran, and 3 countries who are returning to FIAC in 2019, Iceland, Poland and the Czech Republic.
The exhibitor list includes a contingent of French galleries, including major figures in the field of modern art, such as Galerie 1900-2000, Applicat-Prazan, Le Minotaure, and Galerie Zlotowski; and in contemporary art, such as Air de Paris, Art : Concept, Chantal Crousel and Perrotin; together with galleries renowned for their role as discovers and tastemakers, such as Allen, Balice Hertling, Gaudel de Stampa or Marcelle Alix, among others. Confirming its central position on the European scene, the FIAC presents leading galleries on the continent such as Buchholz, Hauser & Wirth, Simon Lee, Lisson, Mai 36 Galerie, Victoria Miro, and White Cube, among others. The strength of FIAC is also reflected in the significant percentage of North American galleries present, including Blum & Poe, Paula Cooper, Gagosian, Gladstone, Anton Kern, Metro Pictures, Pace and David Zwirner. The fair's durable connection with Asia is confirmed with the presence of 7 Asian galleries, including Tomio Koyama, Hyundai, Kukje and Vitamin Creative Space, as well as with South Africa with 6 galleries such as Nara Roesler and Bergamin & Gomide. There are also major figures and emerging talents of the international scene emerging from the Middle East and the African continent, such as Green Art Gallery, Dvir, Dastan Gallery, Selma Feriani and Amoako Boafo.
There will be a significant selection of solo shows, including those dedicated to works by Kiki Smith at Pace, Tim Eitel at Jousse Enterprise and Eva Rothschild at 303 Gallery, as well as two-artist dialogues, including ones between Ophélie Asch and Jean Dubuffet at Hopkins, Ulrike Müller and Florian Pumhösl at Meyer Kainer and Tom Burr and Ull Hohn at Neu.
The Lafayette Sector, created in 2009 in order to encourage young galleries in their chosen path and to facilitate their presence at FIAC, will list 10 participants from Austria, Spain, United States, France, Poland, United Kingdom and Switzerland - Gianni Manhattan from Vienna, Mariane Ibrahim from Chicago, Jenny’s from Los Angeles, PM8 from Vigo, Dawid Radziszewski from Warsaw, Soft Opening from London, Weiss Falk from Basel, Arcadia Missa from London, LOMEX from New York and Édouard Montassut from Paris.
Also, there will be 5 modern and contemporary design galleries - Jousse entreprise, Galerie kreo, LAFFANOUR – Galerie Downtown, Eric Philippe, and Galerie Patrick Seguin, and 6 editors - Galerie 8+4, Éditions Dilecta, GDM, Florence Loewy, mfc-michèle didier and TCHIKEBE.
An exhibition of outdoor artworks presenting sculptures and installations to the widest possible audience in emblematic public spaces throughout the city, FIAC Hors les Murs provides a unique opportunity for artists to enter into a dialogue with Parisian heritage sites while encouraging broader knowledge on sight cultural mediation.
FIAC Hors les Murs is housed in prestigious Parisian venues including the Jardin des Tuileries, featuring around 20 artworks by artists such as Mark di Suvero, Alex Katz and Ida Ekblad; the Place de la Concorde, presenting exceptional architectural installations by artists such as Carlos Cruz-Diez and Odile Decq, Jean Prouvé and Patrick Seguin; the musée national Eugène Delacroix, featuring works by Glenn Brown in collaboration with Max Hetzler; and the Place Vendôme, where FIAC in collaboration with Victoria Miro gave carte blanche to Yayoi Kusama to present a project for this prestigious square.
There will be a series of special projects and programmes which would accompany the fair.
The performance festival Parades for FIAC, dedicated to performative practices and dialogue between disciplines in contemporary art, returns for its fourth edition. Taking place in various emblematic institutions of the capital including the musée du Louvre, the Palais de la découverte, the Petit Palais, the musée de l’Orangerie, the Centre Pompidou and the musée d’Orsay, it will present a program that lies at the crossroads of music, contemporary dance, performance, theatre, and poetry, offering a broad range of artistic experimentation in the form of live actions. Among participating artists are Fanny Adler & Vincent Madame, Marwa Arsanios, Oliver Beer, François Chaignaud & Cécilia Bengolea and Ali Cherri.
A three-day conference program, Conversation Room is an exchange platform between artists, writers, scientists and thinkers from different horizons. Taking place in a dedicated space on the first floor to the right of the grand Escalier d’honneur, it will host a cycle of nine conferences dealing with current themes pertaining to ecology and the environment, the protection of oceans, the migration issue, the role of young artists in the construction of a cooperative European community, or more general questions regarding contemporary creation and the art market.
FIAC and the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard present the tenth edition of the Cinéphémère, a short artist’s film program streamed during FIAC week, from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th of October. Taking place in a nomad 14-seat movie theatre entirely equipped for this purpose, on Avenue Winston Churchill, the program will present some thirty artists’ films, selected by the curator Thomas Boutoux, tracing a history of contemporary artists’ awareness of environmental problems, the evolution of climate conditions, and the transformation and profound alteration of ecosystems.
This year, for the 10th consecutive edition, FIAC stages the Gallery Night, an annual rendez-vous allowing some one hundred participants to welcome the public for an evening visit to their galleries during FIAC. This night in the capitals will offer the visitors openings, encounters with artists, book signings, along with art and design exhibitions.
FIAC 2019 will take place at Grand Palais in Paris from October 17th until October 20th, 2019.
Among FIAC partners are Galleries Layafette Group, Mirabaud, Balmain Paris, Clifford Chance, Château La Coste, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, etc.
The doors of FIAC will be open to the public from 2 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, from 12 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 12 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The price of the full-fare ticket will be 38 € (≈$42), while the reduced fare will be 25 € ($27).
For more exhibitor and visitor information and agenda, visit the official website of the fair.
Featured images: Grand Palais, 2019. Photos by Marc Domage. All images courtesy of FIAC.