8 Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Paris During FIAC

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After Frieze, the art world is gathering once more for FIAC which previews in Paris from 18 October. This year, the art fair will host 193 modern and contemporary art galleries from 30 countries, filling the Grand Palais with thousands of artworks. In addition, there will also be furniture on view as FIAC is re-introducing a design sector, with the participation of five galleries renowned for their expertise in the field: Jousse Entreprise, Galerie kreo, LAFFANOUR – Galerie Downtown, Eric Philippe, and Galerie Patrick Seguin. With a significant amount of ground to cover in Paris this week, we’ve whittled things down to bring you the eight things you shouldn’t miss when in the city of lights for FIAC.


8 Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Paris During FIAC

  • WestImage - Art Digital Studio
    Modernity: From Avant-Garde to Abstraction
    Sotheby’s presents a new auction by the most famous modern artists at its newly renovated premises 76, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. Works by  Monet Man Ray Magritte  and  Marcel Duchamp  are joined by  Rodin sculptures and masterpieces of contemporary art from  Pierre Soulages .

    Man Ray, Tearful Woman.
    Estimate €300,000–400,000.

  • Collection Arthur Brandt : Dada, Surrealism and beyond
    On 21 October in Paris, Sotheby’s will also offer the collection of Dr. Arthur Brandt , whose passion and appreciation for Dada and Surrealism is reflected in this auction. For over four decades, the New Yorker purchased a diverse and specialised selection of paintings, drawings, collages, objects and sculpture belonging to the movements of Dada, Surrealism and beyond, both at auction and from a handful of private dealers. Highlights include numerous works by Duchamp and Schwitters as well as a major work by Picabia and others by Tanguy , Man Ray , and Max Ernst .

    Image: Francis Picabia, Intervention d'une femme au moyen d'une machine. Estimate  €700,000–1,000,000.

  • © The Irving Penn Foundation
    Irving Penn at the Grand Palais
    This exhibition is the first major retrospective of the American artist’s work in France since his death. It looks back over his 70-year career, with more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself, as well as a selection of his drawings and paintings. The Irving Penn exhibition offers a comprehensive vision of the range of genres he worked in: fashion, still life, portraits, nudes, beauty, cigarettes and debris. With his fine arts background, Penn developed a body of visual work that is defined by its elegant simplicity, a taste for minimalism and an astonishing rigour, evident from the studio to the darkroom, where he perfected his unique photographic prints.

    Image: Irving Penn, Frozen Foods, New York, 1977. Estimate €70,000–90,000. Sold in Importante Collection Européenne de Photographies , 10 November 201

  • © Martial Raysse, Adagp, 2017. Courtesy Collection Marin Karmitz, Paris
    The Marin Karmitz Collection at La Maison Rouge
    La Maison Rouge continues its cycle of exhibitions showing private collections. After Artur Walther in 2015 and Bruno Decharme in 2014, Marin Karmitz unveils a significant part of his collection , with close to 400 works that question how we are in the world. Patiently assembled over 30 years, the collection is the last production of a man better known for the films he helped bring into being, and for the MK2 cinemas which, wherever they have opened in Paris, have transformed the surrounding district. Marin Karmitz began his career in cinema as a director, and it is from a director's perspective that he has imagined the presentation of the hundreds of photographs, paintings, sculptures, drawings and videos on show. The exhibition is a screenplay with multiple storylines.

    The collector's praxis is progressively revealed: the artists that have moved him, the patient compilation of coherent groups of works by a same artist, whether in photography or the plastic arts, and the ongoing dialogue with some of them.

    Image: Martial Raysse, Portrait à géometrie variable deuxième possibilité, 1966.

  • © Malick Sidibé
    Malik Sidibé at the Fondation Cartier
    In 1995, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presented the first solo exhibition of the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé outside of the African continent. One year after the artist’s death on 14 April 2016, the Fondation Cartier pays tribute to him with  Mali Twist* . Along with iconic works, the exhibition presents for the first time a vast collection of vintage photographs and portraits of a timeless beauty, from the artist’s archives.

    This exceptional collection of black-and-white photographs provides a thorough immersion in the life of the man who was nicknamed “the eye of Bamako”. The photographs reveal Malick Sidibé’s capacity, starting at the beginning of the 1960s, to grasp the vitality of the youth of Bamako and impose his unique style, recognized today throughout the world.

    Image: Malick Sidibé, 1973. Courtesy succession Malick Sidibé.

  • © The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    Etre moderne : le MoMA à Paris at the Vuitton Foundation
    An integrated, cross-disciplinary selection of 200 works, drawn from all six of the Museum’s curatorial departments and reflecting the history of the institution and its collecting, will fill the entirety of the Fondation’s Frank Gehry–designed building. Curated jointly by the two institutions, the display brings together paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, media works, performances, and architecture and design objects, tracing the evolution and multifaceted scope of MoMA’s collection.

    Etre moderne
     features masterworks by artists including Max Beckmann, Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Jasper Johns, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gustav Klimt, Yayoi Kusama, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Yvonne Rainer, Frank Stella, and Paul Signac. A selection of rarely shown documentary material from MoMA’s Archives will be incorporated in the galleries, tracing the history of the Museum and contextualizing the works.

    Image: Paul Signac, Opus 217. Against the Enamed of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890.

  • © Adrien Dirand
    Christian Dior at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
    The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior. This lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the House of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

    Image: Exhibition Christion Dior – Couturier de Rêve at Musée des Arts Décratifs

  • #CookForSyria France
    From 19 October until 30 November, #CookForSyria , the supper-club that became a global movement, lands in Paris. CookForSyria is an international fundraising initiative to preserve and celebrate Syrian culture amidst one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time. The French campaign will officially launch on 18 October with a Gala diner orchestrated by chefs Juan Alberaez, Thierry Marx and Pierre Sang. At this occasion, a charity auction led by Sotheby’s rising star auctioneer Olivier Valmier will be mounted in aid of UNICEF’s Syria Relief fund . To know more: http://cookforsyria.com/france/


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