Since its creation, Art Paris takes place annually in springtime, at the same time time as PAD Paris, under the majestic cupola of the Grand Palais. It has really become an unmissable fair for modern and contemporary art. Thus, the fair showcases more than 150 top international galleries. It present many different mediums. For instance, attendees can see and purchase photographs, paintings, sculptures, art installations, among others. Even if Art Paris focuses on European art, it also displays artworks from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa region, as well as Asia. In addition, the fair is renowned for offering a unique thematic approach. For instance, while the 2018 edition highlighted Switzerland, the 2019 edition has chosen to celebrate women artists in France. Finally its “Promesses” sector, dedicated to young galleries, offers visitors to take a look at the emerging art scene.
Guillaume Piens shares his views!
Art Paris 2021
Grand Palais Ephémère
Champ de Mars
September 2021: TBA
General Admission: €28
Students and groups: €14
Under 10 years: free
Insights Art Paris
What would you say is the DNA of Art Paris?
Art Paris is a broadly themed, modern and contemporary art fair with 150 galleries from 20 countries. It focuses in part on a regional exploration of European art scenes from the post-war period to the present day, whilst showcasing the new horizons of contemporary creation from Asia, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Its theme-based approach (with a guest country or region every year) and Solo Show and Promises sectors (the latter specifically supporting young galleries and emerging talents) affirm this leading spring event’s vocation as a place of discovery.
What type of galleries are chosen to exhibit, and why?
Many different types of galleries exhibit at the fair, but it’s true that many of them are medium-sized galleries. To draw a comparison with the world of the cinema, I’d call them “galeries d’auteur”, by which I mean that, just like a film d’auteur (an arthouse movie), these galleries have their own unique editorial line and represent artists who deserve to be discovered or rediscovered, despite not being in the top 50 star artists you see everywhere.
What is the price range of pieces? Who is the average buyer?
Even if there is some expensive art at the fair, the majority of works are priced between 10,000 and 20,000 euros and, as such, are affordable works for collectors who want to treat themselves.
“Art Paris is a broadly themed, modern and contemporary art fair with 150 galleries from 20 countries “
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Who is the typical attendee of Art Paris?
Most of the 63,000 visitors who attended the fair in 2019 were French and either from Paris or the
rest of France, however there was also a European clientele from neighbouring countries, such as
Switzerland, Italy and Belgium. The average age of visitors is between 40 and 50 and many of them are professionals.
What makes Art Paris so special?
The fair boasts a friendly atmosphere and is neither too big, nor too small. What’s more, Art Paris is held in the Grand Palais, one of the most beautiful buildings the world. It has a strong editorial line with themes at very edition that allow the public to increase its knowledge about an art scene or scenes, which are rarely seen in Paris. And finally, its dual regional and cosmopolitan identity is an antidote to the feeling of sameness that confronts visitors to so many other art fairs around the world.
What are two other art fairs you would suggest?
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