The First Modern and Contemporary Art Fair to Take Up Residence in the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars
After being the first art fair in the world to open its doors in September 2020 after lockdown restrictions ended, Art Paris will also be the first art fair to take up residence in the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars from 08 to 11 April 2021. Designed by reknown architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, this spectacular temporary structure which is situated in front of the École Militaire and close to the Eiffel Tower, will host events scheduled at the Grand Palais until the building reopens for the Olympic Games in 2024.
Art Paris has established itself as Paris’s major spring art fair for modern and contemporary art. This forthcoming edition will bring together 140 galleries from over twenty countries, displaying art spanning post-war to the contemporary period. Whilst Art Paris is a place for discovery, its distinctive feature is a special emphasis on the European scene combined with the exploration of new horizons of international creative hubs in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Regional and cosmopolitan, the 2021 edition counts 38% of new participants and is marked by the arrival of leading international galleries including Almine Rech, Continua, Massimo de Carlo, Max Hetzler, Lelong & Co, Kamel Mennour, Perrotin and Thaddaeus Ropac.
Since 2018, Art Paris has consistently supported the French contemporary art scene by inviting curators to lend a subjective, historical and critical eye and to design a special project highlighting French artists featured at the fair. After François Piron in 2018, Camille Morineau and her association AWARE in 2019 and Gaël Charbau in 2020, it will be the turn of guest curator Hervé Mikaeloff to share his perspective on contemporary French artist with Portraiture and figuration. A Focus on the French Scene, bringing together some twenty artists around the theme of the portrait and the renewal of figurative painting in France.
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 28 solo shows distributed throughout the fair.
The "Promises" sector will host over 10 young galleries with less than six years of existence from Abidjan, Guatemala, Marseille and Paris, many of which will be exhibiting at Art Paris for the first time this year. The participating galleries may present no more than three emerging artists. The fair finances 45% of their participation costs.
Paris is more than ever a major center for contemporary art. The “In Paris during Art Paris” VIP programme will showcase the very best cultural events which Paris major art world hub and City of Light has to offer as it embarks on a period of renewed hope as new galleries will open their doors, and institutions reopen...
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...