The Leading Spring Event for Modern and Contemporary Art
Art Paris 2022 is returning to its usual spring dates and will run from 7 to 10 April 2022. The 24th editon will bring together 140 galleries from around twenty different countries at the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars, a spectacular structure fit for the 21st century designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte. In 2022, the fair will be resolutely tackling environmental issues, whilst considering a new form of art that focuses on living things with two complementary themes.
Since 2018, Art Paris has consistently supported the French contemporary art scene by inviting curators to lend a subjective, historical and critical eye on a selection of specific projects by French artists presented by participating galleries. After Hervé Mikaeloff in 2021, independent exhibition curator Alfred Pacquement has been invited to share his perspective on the French scene. His theme A Focus on the French Scene: Natural Histories will look at the way in which artists see plants and animals and how living things have once again found their place in the contemporary aesthetic.
"Exploring, observing and taking stock of nature, noting how it is transformed or endangered and showcasing it, recounting its every aspect… today, the interest of artists in the plant and animal kingdoms never ceases to confirm its vitality." (Alfred Pacquement).
As of September 2021, Art Paris is starting a whole new chapter by moving into its new venue, the sustainably designed Grand Palais Éphémère. This change of location is the ideal opportunity to implement a new strategy for Art Paris 2022, which is an art fair with a regional focus that gives pride of place to proximity, as well as local and sustainable solutions, especially in terms of transport, flow and visitor management. This opportunity will allow Art Paris to fully commit to taking action in the fields of art and the environment, sustainable development and environmental responsibility.
Independent exhibitor curator and Art of Change 21 president Alice Audouin will orchestrate a selection of twenty international artists from exhibiting galleries, whose work either tackles environmental issues or who have committed to a sustainable approach to art.
In parallel - and in what will be a will be a first for a European art fair - Karbone founder Fanny Le Gros, in partnership with Art of Change 21 and environnemental consultants Solinnen, will assist Art Paris with the implementation of a sustainable approach to organising the fair.
Art Paris encourages the presentation of monographic exhibitions spread throughout the fair. These solo shows allow visitors to discover or rediscover in depth the work of modern, contemporary or emerging artists. The "Solo Show" sector is specifically highlighted in the fair’s communication and promotional materials.
"Promises", a sector focusing on young galleries created less than six years ago, provides a forward-looking analysis of cutting-edge contemporary art. Participating galleries may present up to three artists and the fair finances 45% of their exhibitor fees.
Art Paris: The Place To Be!
Paris is in the midst of an exceptional period of cultural and artistic renaissance illustrated by the opening of new galleries and venues, the renovation of existing cultural institutions and the inauguration of new ones. More than ever, the City of Light is asserting its role as “the place to be” for contemporary art. The activities on offer as part of the VIP programme, reserved for collectors and art professionals bear witness to the transformation of Paris’s art scene, whilst showcasing the sustainable initiatives of its cultural stakeholders.
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...