The International Contemporary Art Fair (or FIAC, as it’s known in French) is back for its 46th edition with almost 200 galleries from all around the world (twenty-five of which are taking part for the first time), seven exhibition sites (the Grand Palais being the main one, of course), fifteen performances, nine conferences, thirty-six individual exhibitions and a lot more besides…
Get ready for a particularly fertile period in the Paris cultural calendar – the FIAC is filling the Grand Palais to the brim as always, and generously allowing modern art to spill out all over the city.
First, Avenue Winston Churchill which runs between the Grand and Petit Palais is being pedestrianised for the period of the fair, giving you easy access to the latter for FIAC Projets, featuring works from around forty contemporary artists.
On place Vendôme there’s – wait for it – a giant orange vegetable illuminated from within, the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, and at the Hôtel de Choudens in the 9th arrondissement you can see Station Totale, apparently a service station designed by Jean Prouvé at the end of the 1960s.
However, out favourite project has to be close to our hotels, at the Delacroix Museum, where you can see paintings, drawings and a sculpture by English artist Glenn Brown, all of which are being presented for the first time.
Another interesting event is the 10th Gallery Night on 17th October 2019 from 6-10pm, with around thirty participants in our area (called Louvre / Saint-Germain), including the opening party for the new Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Cahiers d’Art gallery) and many other events.
And it keeps on coming. There are also:
— performances (called Parades for FIAC),
— conferences (called Conversation Room),
— a programme of short films (Cinéphémère),
— un cycle of arty films (programme here)…
Should be quite enough to stimulate, surprise and wear you out!