Contemporary Art

FIAC: More Than Just an Art Fair

By Anne-Helene Decaux

PARIS - The art world once again descended on Paris this year for the annual FIAC international art fair. Anne-Helene Decaux, Contemporary Art specialist at Sotheby’s in Paris was among the visitors and here she looks back on her highlights from this year’s event...

FIAC is more than just a fair. It’s a week-long voyage, punctuated by events taking place all over Paris. This year, the journey took us first to the Jardin des Tuileries where an impressive 1949 Jean Prouvé building was installed in the middle of the garden.

PROUVÉ BUILDING

Across the rue de Rivoli was another stunning example of monumental artworks mastery: the Ugo Rondinone installation Place Vendôme which explored the notions of time and space, the forces of materials and the power of nature within the artifice of art.

HORS LES MURS, PLACE VENDÔME, UGO RONDINONE, EVERY TIME THE SUN COMES UP - UGO RONDINONE © UGO RONDINONE

This year it was as if the whole city had been taken over by the ever-growing Fiac Hors les murs programme. The Petit Palais, opposite the Grand Palais was converted into a contemporary art venue for the first time, assembling around 30 artworks like a mini Art Basel Unlimited.

LE GRAND THÉÂTRE BY DAVID ALTMEJD, A COLOSSAL NEO-BAROQUE SCULPTURE PRESENTED BY XAVIER HUFKENS, BRUSSELS AT PETIT PALAIS AS PART OF FIAC ON SITE.

Inside the Grand Palais, more discoveries were to be made as 186 galleries gathered under the beautiful nave. Take a look at further highlights below from this year's fair.

MIRO AND CALDER AT NAHMAD CONTEMPORARY

ALBERTO BURRI, BIANCA PLASTICA 1, 1961

 

THREE HISTORIC MORELLET’S OIL ON GALERIE ZLOTOWSKI’S STAND

 

A REINTERPRETATION OF THE FRENCH FLAG, DONALD JUDD IN CONVERSATION WITH DUBUFFET ON PACE STAND

 

XAVIER VEILHAN & PAOLA PIVI ON EMMANUEL PERROTIN’S STAND CURATED BY ELMGREEN & DRAGSET

 

DO HO SU BERLIN’S APARTMENT ON VICTORIA MIRO STAND

 

FIAC took place in Paris from 20–23 October. Find out more information about the annual event on the official site.

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