Thursday, October 20, 2016

Installation at the Petit Palais and new spaces: the Fiac art fair marks its ambition – to The Point

Extension to the Petit Palais, the new spaces in the flagship of the Grand Palais, piétonnisation avenue Winston Churchill between the two monuments: it is a Fiac ambitious, which opens Thursday in Paris, despite an economic context that is secure and taut.


First new feature : the Fiac (international Fair of contemporary art) moved to the Petit Palais on the other side of avenue Winston Churchill. An extension called “On Site”, which Jennifer Flay, artistic director of the international contemporary art Fair, had dreamed of for years.

The City of Paris has made its support of this project, but you can not install the stands of the galleries. In the end, thirty of contemporary works sold in galleries and selected from 90 submissions, will be presented during the fair (20 to 23 October) in several spaces of the Petit Palais, including the garden. Among the artists selected, David Altmejd or Damien Hirst.


The novelty of the most spectacular is undoubtedly the transformation into a pedestrian area of the avenue between the two buildings. It recreates the esplanade, which, during the universal exhibition of 1900, bound in a single set these monuments designed both by the architect Charles Giraud (in collaboration with other architects for the Grand Palace).

artists, american Weiner, and French Jacques Villeglé have created works specifically for this space, playing on words and typography. The first worked from images taken by unmanned aerial vehicles or satellites, the second is part of a phrase of the poet Henri Michaux : “the art is what is used to pull of inertia.

More space

The Fiac is expanding. At the Grand Palais, a new place, the living room Jean Perrin is dedicated to artists forgotten or to be the subject of a “critical reassessment”. It extends also through a door from the lounge to a space of the Palais de la découverte, where scores of artists performers.

On the other hand, the second opened left bank in 2014 in the Docks – Cité de la mode et du design, is abandoned, the public is not at the rendezvous.

The Fiac “Hors les Murs” on the other hand strengthens its programming at the Musée national Eugène Delacroix and the Tuileries Gardens, which are exposed to a rural school by Jean Prouvé, a proposal for the habitat of Jean Nouvel’s building and work of Thomas Kilpper made with pieces of boats carrying migrants who are crashing on the rocks of Lampedusa.

Place Vendôme, the swiss artist Ugo Rondinone presents a set of very large format of six sculptures in aluminium, a reference to the olive trees from the region of Naples (Italy).

Another sector in development : the performance with a new festival “Parades” and shows in the square Court of the Louvre, the Musée de l’orangerie and gare du Nord train Station.


186 galleries, of which 133 foreign, will participate in the Fiac 2016. 27 countries are represented, four of which are “incoming” (Poland, Hungary, Japan, Hong Kong). There are 43 new exhibitors.

The French galleries are the most numerous (53), followed by american (34), germany (26) italy (14) and the uk (13).

20/10/2016 15:52:14 – Paris (AFP) – © 2016 AFP


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