Starting October 21st, the city of lights will, for a week, turn into the world's leading city for modern and contemporary art. The tickets to those fairs do not come cheap, but we are still big fans of those events. Note that the inspiring ‘Hors Les Murs’ exhibits are free of charge and continue until November.
October 22nd to 25th From
Thursday October 22nd to Sunday 25th noon to 8 pm Late night opening on Friday until 9 pm
The Fiac located in the beautiful Grand Palais will feature some 180 galleries (1736 artist) specializing in modern art, contemporary art and emerging trends.
The Main Sector (Nave, Salon d’honneur, South-East Gallery on the first floor) features around 140 galleries specialising in modern and contemporary art.
Young Contemporaries (South and South-West Galleries on the first floor) houses about 30 galleries specializing in contemporary art and emerging trends.
The Lafayette Sector provides significant financial support for ten French and international galleries created in or after 2005, and presenting one or two emerging artists.
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
FIAC HORS LES MURS
FIAC has also a "beyond the walls" program with free outdoor and indoor exhibition. Cultural mediators from the Ecole du Louvre are on hand to present the artworks and to respond to questions from the public at each site.
Jardin des Tuileries
FIAC presents a programme of outdoor works in the Tuileries Garden in association with the Louvre. The implication which both artists and galleries manifest in this programme and the exceptional qualities of the site makes it possible to feature some twenty projects every year. Installations, sculptures, performances and sound pieces take up temporary residence on the alleys, lawns, ponds and fountains of the garden creating an impressive outdoor exhibition.
For example, famed chinese artist Ai Weiwei will showcase his 12 bronze animal heads (Circle of animals/ Zodiac Heads)
Jardin des Plantes
This year, on the occasion of the COP21 (Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), FIAC‘s programme continues until December 2015 at the Jardin des Plantes, but also on the Banks of the Seine and at the Maison de la Radio.
Among other artists, Kader Attia will present "Minesis as resistance"
A major work by José-Maria Sicilia is presented in the unique Musée Delacroix. Situated in the last studio and apartment of Eugène Delacroix, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Eugène Delacroix Museum is niched between courtyard and garden.
Two new pavilions by American artist Dan Graham are exhibited.
Banks of the Seine
Sounds by the River will define a promenade leading to monumental installation along the Seine.
Sculptures by Liz Glynn will be exhibited in the gardens.
Rashid Johnson will reinvent the "Sweet Wall" made by Allan Kaprow in 1970 in Berlin. The performance of "Shea Wall", in front of the Petit Palais will start at 9am on October 21st. Together with art students, Johnson will construct a wall of cinder blocks and shea butter blocks. «Wall building is not inherently transgressive. Walls can be erected, composed and configured. Walls are not always a violation of accepted or imposed boundaries. Walls can feed you, keep you safe or hold you prisoner. Walls can be sweet, cold or built a 32nd of an inch off. Walls are constructed, labor intense and in the case of shea wall both a homage and a chance to heal.» - Rashid Johnson
Wednesday October 21st to Sunday 25th from noon to 8pm, late opening Friday until 9pm
OFFICIELLE's second edition will host approximately 70 French and international galleries specializing in contemporary and emerging art. The event will provide visitors with the opportunity to discover galleries who are relative newcomers to the international art scene exhibiting ambitious projects by artists whose work defines new and singular territories; galleries whose exhibition programs demonstrate a particular aptitude for decoding the language of contemporary creation and which possess a gift for revealing talents, both by accompanying promising artists of the emerging generation and by the recontextualization of under-recognized historic figures.
Les Docks – Cité de la mode et du design
34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
ART ELYSEES & DESIGN
Thursday October 23rd to Monday 26th from 11am to 8pm, except Monday, closes at 6pm
One of our favorites, for its 9th edition the fair brings together about 80 galleries in three pavillions. The fair creates dialogue between Modern and Contemporary Art and historical Design of the twentieth century. Come see exceptional pieces from furniture to paintings to sculpture.
From place de la Concorde to Grand Palais
From Thursday October 22nd to Monday 26th 11am to 8pm, Monday closes at 6pm
The first fair dedicated to contemporary and urban art. A pavillion of 25 galleries will be set up along the Champs Elysées (next to those of Art Elysées).
Avenue des Champs-Élysées, from place Clemenceau to place de la Concorde
PARCOURS SAINT GERMAIN
Friday October 23rd to Saturday 31st
Created in the year 2000, the parcours Saint Germain takes you from boutiques, to cafés, to restaurants in the Saint Germain quarter where contemporary artists have temporary installations created for this event.
The full map can be found on their website
YIA ART FAIR
Friday October 23rd noon to 10pm, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th 10am to 8pm
This is the fifth edition of YIA Art Fair located in the Marais in the newly renovated Carreau du Temple (2000 square meters). The fair includes about 65 french and international galleries. Associated with this fair is an external itinerary featuring 14 venues in the neighborhood.
Carreau du Temple
4, rue Eugène Spuller 75003 Paris
OUTSIDER ART FAIR
Friday October 24th 11am to 8pm, Saturday 25th 11am to 8pm, Sunday 26th Noon to 5pm
The Fair's third edition will feature works from thirty-seven international galleries and one curated exhibition installed on two floors
Hôtel du Duc
22 rue de la Michodière 75002 Paris