Yesterday Fiac, Foire International d’Art Contemporain, opened its 40th edition to public at the Grand Palais in Paris. The art fair takes place annually after the art week in London, and on this edition it opens from the 24th to the 27th of October. This year Fiac hosts 184 modern and contemporary art galleries coming from 25 different countries, transforming the City of Paris in the art market hotspot for the weekend.
Launched in 1973 as one of the first art fairs in the market, Fiac has become today one of the leading art events in the art calendar, that attracts the top collectors in the art market. Moreover, the presence of new emerging galleries and young talents, has turn Fiac, not only into a must event, but also into a tastemaker in the art world. The unique art display of blue-chip art pieces from the greatest international galleries, builds an exquisite art fair, which can be considered as a much better fair than Frieze, said Anke Kempkes, director of New York’s Broadway 1602 gallery.
Moreover Paris, as a result of the attraction that the fair generates in art lovers, also presents a variety of public art displays and different art events these days. Many public institutions and private collections are available to public. The leading art institutions in the country host remarkable exhibitions, such as the Fondation Cartier hosting Ron Mueck’s works, Centre Pompidou exhibiting a retrospective on Pierre Huyghe, Louvre that hosts an installation by Lorin Gréaud (image below) or Château de Versailles which is showing an exhibition of Giuseppe Penone. However, during this week, art transforms the City of Paris and the country of France as a whole into an art celebration parade.
The art fair’s preview took place on Wednesday and since yesterday it will remain open to public until Sunday. So if you are around Paris this weekend do not miss such a fascinating event.
Have a fantastic weekend!