What Not To Miss at FIAC's 2019 Hors les Murs Program

October 14, 2019

Among the oldest art fairs out there, FIAC comes back for another strong edition, transforming the city of Paris into the capital of contemporary art for a few days. It will present the finest examples of artistic creation since the turn of the twentieth century, ranging from painting, sculpture, photography, and installations, to videos, performances, and digital arts.

Taking place at the Grand Palais between October 17th and 20th, 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. Broadening the range and scope of the venues made available to galleries and artists, the fair will also present its Hors les Murs Program, pairing art with the heritage sites of the French capital.

This exciting and diverse program will take place at the Jardin TuileriesPlace de la Concorde, Musée national Eugène-Delacroix and Place Vendôme. Here's what to expect!

Featured image: Alex Katz - Chance, 2016. Courtesy Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery © Alex Katz. Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy FIAC.

Jardin des Tuileries

In collaboration with The Louvre, FIAC will present a group exhibition in the Jardin des Tuileries. The show brings together around 20 works scattered across the garden, reflective of its scale, perspectives and history.

The visitors will have an opportunity to see works such as Mark di Suvero's Nelly from 1986, presented by Paula Cooper from New York and Galerie Mitterrand from Paris; Alex Katz's Chance from 2016, by Thaddaeus Ropac from Paris, Salzburg and London; Alexander Calder's Janey Waney from 1969, brought by Van de Weghe from New York; Jenny Holzer's 2019 works titled In FugaLa CoscienzaDormo, and La Gioia, as well as Survival: It Is in Your Best Interest... from 2015, among others.

The exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, October 15th at 2 p.m.

Featured images: Mark di Suvero - Nelly, 1986 © Mark di Suvero. Courtesy Yorkshire Park Sculpture and Spacetime Photo CC © Jonty Wilde; Jenny Holzer - Select from Survival- It's in your self-interest..., 2015 © 2015 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY; Alexander Calder - Janey Waney, 1969. Courtesy Van de Weghe. Photo: Dan Bradica.

Place de la Concorde

Last year, FIAC inaugurated an ephemeral village of architectural projects on the most iconic of all Parisian squares, the Place de la Concorde. This year, the fair will present exceptional installations, forming an ensemble of historic, contemporary architecture and artists’ houses.

The audience will have an opportunity to see a selection of ephemeral architecture, nomadic habitats, and utopian living spaces, such as works by Carlos Cruz-Diez and Odile Decq, presented by Philippe Gravier from Paris, alongside two historic houses by Jean Prouvé, presented by LAFFANOUR - Galerie Downtown from Paris and Patrick Seguin from Paris, as well as works by Cecile Bendixen, presented by Maria Wettergren Gallery, Paris.

The inauguration cocktail will take place on Tuesday, October 15th, at 2 p.m. in the Jardin des Tuileries.

Featured images: Philippe Gravier - The Black Pavilion!, 2019 Copyright Odile Decq courtesy Gallery Philippe Gravier; Cecilie Bendixen - Tentative Spaces (UNDER), 2016-2019 © Maria Wettergren Gallery; Jean Prouve © Construction Plan and Archival Image, 1944, Peter Sultzer, Jean Prouvé, Complete Work / Complete Works, Vol. 3- 1944-1954.

Musée national Eugène Delacroix

An unexpected haven of peace, positioned between a courtyard and a garden, the Musée national Eugène Delacroix opens to FIAC for an exciting exhibition of works by Glenn Brown, in collaboration with Max Hetzler.

One of Britain’s most revered contemporary artists, Brown works across painting, drawing and sculpture, taking as his source material reproduced imagery from art history and popular culture. Blending artistic periods and stylistic genres, he created a distinctive visual language that goes beyond known pictorial conventions.

The exhibition brings together new works with an emphasis on drawing characterized by flowing forms and energetic lines, as well as a large sculpture, inspired by Delacroix, among other artists.

Featured image: Glenn Brown - Noachis Terra, 2019. Photo StudioPoe, Copyright Glenn Brown, Courtesy the artist and Max Hetzler Gallery Berlin, Paris and London.

Place Vendôme

As in previous years, FIAC has invited an artist to imagine a specific project for the Place Vendôme. In 2019, the fair gave carte blanche to the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, in collaboration with Victoria Miro Gallery.

One of today’s most recognized and celebrated Japanese artists, Kusama has indelibly shaped some of the most important art movements of the twentieth century. Being at the forefront of both avant-garde and post-avant-garde movements, she established a trademark out of repeating motifs and psychedelic colors that imply on the themes of feminism, obsession, sex, aggression, psychology and powerful self-reflection.

With this new project for Place Vendôme, the artist will extend her imagery into the architecture and landscape, encouraging an engaging viewing experience from all angles.

Featured image: Yayoi Kusama with PUMPKIN, 2010. Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, David Zwirner, and Victoria Miro © YAYOI KUSAMA.

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