The 2019 FIAC art fair at the Grand Palais and around town, 17th-20th October

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…

La FIAC 2019 au Grand Palais et hors les murs du 17 au 20 octobre

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.

You’ll find five other pieces on nearby place de la Concorde, and around twenty more distributed throughout the Jardin des Tuileries.

La FIAC 2019 au Grand Palais et hors les murs du 17 au 20 octobre

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.

Obnoxiously sexual, 2019 © Glenn Brown
Obnoxiously sexual, 2019 © Glenn Brown

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.

Click here for the full list, or here (PDF) for the map of all the venues. The interactive map is below.

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!

La FIAC 2019 au Grand Palais et hors les murs du 17 au 20 octobre

The Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) is at the Grand Palais (here) du 17th-20th October 2019

Open Thursday 17th from 2-8pm, Friday 18th midday-8pm and the weekend from midday-7pm

Admission: 38 € / 25€. Free if you are under 12 years old 🤔

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