A fair that focuses on passion rather than speculation
Every spring, Art Paris brings together some 150 galleries from twenty different countries in an art fair that combines a regional exploration of European art from the post-war period to the present day with a cosmopolitan approach to art from other geographical horizons: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Art Paris has a strong editorial line that is expressed throughout the fair’s different themes and sectors and which aims to encourage discovery and rediscovery. In so doing, it fosters passion for art in all its forms in a beautiful and convivial setting.
Art Paris 2020: an 100% digital edition
Following the government’s announcement banning all public gatherings until mid-July, Art Paris 2020, the leading modern and contemporary art spring event, will be moving online with the launch of two initiatives: Art Paris Digital by Artsy and Art Paris Live.
Art Paris is pleased to announce an evolution in its partnership with Artsy, which will be presenting an online edition of the fair. Collectors are invited to an exclusive preview on May 25th and 26th on Art Paris’s microsite, before it opens to the general public on May 27th. Throughout the event, new and original content will be added to the Art Paris profile on Artsy’s website.
Thanks to a range of digital tools and applications, Art Paris Live presents an immersive and interactive visit experience, which you will find on the micro-sites of exhibiting galleries.
The 2020 edition, which should have brought together 150 galleries from 20 different countries, presents a critical and subjective overview of the French scene with a selection of 22 artists curated by Gaël Charbau around the notions of narrative and the juxtaposition of unique and universal stories, while a focus, led by Carolina Grau, will explore the identity and diversity of the Iberian Peninsula.
An overview of the French art scene: Common and Uncommon Stories
Each year, in support of the French scene, Art Paris invites a curator to engage critically and historically with a selection of projects by French artists presented by participating galleries. In Common and Uncommon Stories, guest curator Gaël Charbau brings together the work of 22 artists, most of which were born in the 1980s, responding to the notion of the narrative and the ambiguous interplay between singularity and universality in storytelling.
Southern Stars: An Exploration of the Iberian Peninsula
Following its extensive survey of the Latin American scene in 2019, Art Paris turns to the Iberian Peninsula, bringing light to Spanish and Portuguese art from the 1950s to the present day. 25 galleries will be presenting works by a selection of 77 artists – from modern masters to contemporary artists. In parallel, projects including a video programme, site-specific installations, and conferences at the Instituto Cervantes and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris will highlight the creative effervescence flourishing in this part of Southern Europe. “Southern Stars: an exploration of the Iberian Peninsula” will be curated by Barcelona-based independent exhibition curator Carolina Grau..
Solo Show: A Showcase of 20 Monographic Exhibitions
Since 2015, Art Paris has encouraged the presentation of monographic exhibitions – a key moment in artists’ careers – by inciting galleries to present specific single artist-focused projects. The 2020 edition will feature around 20 solo shows distributed throughout the fair.
Promises: A Sector for Young Galleries and Emerging Talents
Purposefully placed at the very heart of the Grand Palais, “Promises” will host 14 young galleries from Abidjan, Brussels, Lima, Lisbon, Rome, Sofia, Marseille and Paris, many of which will be exhibiting at Art Paris for the first time this year. The galleries will explore rarely represented art scenes, from Europe – in particular Bulgaria at Structura Gallery (Sofia); Africa, with 31 Project, Galerie Véronique Rieffel (Paris/Abidjan) and Septieme Gallery (Paris); and Latin America, represented by Galerie Younique (Lima/Paris) and 193 Gallery (Paris). The galleries will each be presenting between one and three emerging artists – and benefit from financial sponsorship from the fair.
Paris, the world art capital
With the opening of private foundations, bold new architecture, dynamic institutions and an active art market, Paris is more than ever a World art capital. The fair’s special VIP programme, “Springtime in Paris”, illustrates the effervescence of the Parisian art scene this spring.
Making contemporary art accessible to all
Art Paris is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to the widest audience, offering some 80 guided tours of the fair as well as a number of specific tools, in particular its elaborate yet eminently practical website which presents a virtual visit of the fair and filters allowing visitors to search for works by artist, price, geographical provenance and technique...
Art Paris 2021
The next edition of Art Paris will take place from 7-11 April 2021. It will be the first fair to take over the ephemeral Grand Palais on the Champ-de-Mars, a magnificent temporary structure fit for the 21st century designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, which will host events in Paris until the Grand Palais reopens to coincide with the 2024 Summer Olympics.