Contemporary art: FIAC returns to Paris for its 47th edition

An unmissable cultural event. Canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair) is back in Paris from October 21 to 24, for a 47th edition.

Iconic galleries

This year, more than 170 galleries of modern art, contemporary art, design and publishing, from all over the world, are expected in the new Grand Palais Éphémère (Paris 7th) spaces – the Grand Palais is closed for renovations – and the Eiffel Gallery, on the Champ-de-Mars. Strolling through the alleys of the general sector, collectors and the curious will discover the works of the most popular artists of the moment.

Among the French galleries, the FIAC will notably host Galerie 1900-2000, Applicat-Prazan, and Le Minotaure. On the European side, we can cite Konrad Fischer, Massimo De Carlo, and Peres Projects. Gagosian, Gladstone Gallery and Paula Cooper will represent the American continent. Knowing that galleries from Asia, Africa, as well as the Near and Middle East, have also been selected.

© Konrad Fischer

© Peres Projects


This great fair is also an opportunity to discover works of art via the iconic route Outside the walls, which unfolds in particular in the heart of the Tuileries garden (Paris 1er). In total, more than 25 creations will be scattered around a grove, on an alley, or near a fountain. Among them, the Owl Owl by Lionel Sabatté, or the Chrysalis by Abdul Rahman Katanani, cocoons in barbed wire.

© Katanani_Chrysalide_Vudehaut

© Studio Lionel Sabattecourtesy Ceysson Benetiere

Jean Claracq facing Delacroix AT THE DELACROIX MUSEUM

For the Hors les Murs program, the Eugène Delacroix museum (Paris 6th) will for its part have a dialogue between the works of Eugène Delacroix and those of the contemporary French painter Jean Claracq, around the theme of youth. This exhibition will highlight the unexpected affinities between these two artists, born almost two hundred years apart, and who share a taste for the representation of the individual in a boring world.

© Jean-Claracq – Monument-to-the-Vanquished

a flaming dragon on the PLACE DE LA CONCORDE

As for the prestigious Place Vendôme (Paris 1er), it will be taken over by Flying Dragon (1975), the monumental work of Alexander Calder, one of the most prolific and innovative sculptors of the 20th century. Due to its monumentality and sturdy build, the sculpture seems heavy, but the few delicate points of contact with the ground suggest a body in motion: a flaming red dragon that will take off at any moment.

© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: Darren James Photography

Note that the programming will also be supplemented by the Conversation Room, a platform for exchanges in the form of dialogues and interactions around subjects that animate contemporary creation, and the festival of performances Parades for FIAC. Dedicated to performative practices, this event will take place in various emblematic institutions, including the Center Pompidou, and the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection.

FIAC, from October 21 to 24, in Paris.

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