Paris has reaffirmed its place as the capital of the arts and in April it has been the preferred art fair of spring for twenty years, with art from the post-war period to the contemporary period, exhibited by more than 150 galleries from different countries, Art Paris on this occasion presents us with a double Focus*, which will focus both on the French contemporary art scene and on the emerging Iberian art centers, Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid and Porto.
Art Paris is a fair for discovery, having an emphasis on the European scene, while exploring the new horizons of creative hubs international, whether in Asia, Africa, the Middle East or Latin America. The new entrants account for 31% of the 2020 selection, which is marked by the arrival of Parisian galleries, including Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, Galerie Sator and Caroline Smulders, in association with Karsten Greve.
From an international point of view, five countries will be represented for the first time: Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Ivory Coast and Turkey. Contributing to the Iberian Peninsula contingent are 12 galleries from Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon and Porto. The Asian scene will assert its presence, with 5 South Korean galleries including 313 Art Project, Gallery Simon, Gallery H.A.N., Mo J Gallery and Gallery SoSo. The works of African artists will be exhibited in the Main Sector, at the ARTCO Gallery (Aachen / Le Cap) and Niki Cryan (Lagos), as well as in the “Promises” sector with 31 Project (Paris), Galerie Véronique Rieffel (Paris / Abidjan) and Septieme Gallery (Paris), all of which are participating for the first time. The Middle Eastern scene will also be present with a special focus at Galerie Brigitte Schenk (Cologne), presenting works by Halim al Karim (Iraq), Tarek Al Ghoussein (Kuweit) and Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia), whose installation The Safe was a of the highlights of the unlimited sector of Art Basel 2019.
A overview of the french art scene: common and uncommon stories Every year, in support of the French scene, Art Paris invites a curator to engage critically and historically with a selection of artists' projects French presented by the participating galleries. In Common and Uncommon Stories, the director of Bourse Révélations Emerige and guest curator Gaël Charbau bring together the work of 21 artists, most of whom were born in the 1980s, responding to the notion of narrative and the ambiguous interaction between singularity and universality in storytelling. Also has been invited to write a text presenting each artist and their work.
In Regarding the Iberian Peninsula, it will focus on Spanish and Portuguese art from the 1950s to the present. 25 galleries will present works from a selection of 77 artists, from modern masters to artists contemporaries. At the same time, projects that include a video program, site-specific facilities and lectures at the Instituto Cervantes and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris will highlight the creative effervescence that flourishes in this part of southern Europe. An exploration of history and contemporary of the Spanish and Portuguese art scenes.
Of what you cannot miss is the monumental installation of the Portuguese artist Marisa Ferreira in the front of the Grand Palais, Lost Future (2020), created specifically for the site and inspired by Le Corbusier's Plan Voisin (1925), a development project urban for Paris composed of 18 cruciform glass skyscrapers placed in an orthogonal grid of streets interspersed with green spaces. The plan, which was never implemented, foresaw the demolition of the Marais neighborhood as a way to solve dilapidated and unhealthy housing problems, disease and overpopulation, giving rise to what Le Corbusier called the “city of tomorrow”, a symbol of European modernity and the era industrial. Making direct reference to this emblematic project, the column in the form of a cross imagined by Marisa Ferreira evokes the gap between the ambitions utopian ideas of the 1970s and the current housing boom that do not pay attention to the history and identity of cities such as Porto and Lisbon.
Only Show*: a sample of 20 monographic exhibitions Since 2015, Art Paris has encouraged the presentation of monographic exhibitions, a key moment in the artists' careers, by encouraging galleries to present projects Specifics focused on individual artists. The 2020 edition will feature around 20 individual exhibitions distributed throughout the fair.
Promises*: a sector for young galleries and emerging talents Purposefully located in the heart of the Grand Palais, “Promises” will house 14 young galleries from Abidjan, Brussels, Lima, Lisbon, Rome, Sofia, Marseille and Paris, many of which are will exhibit at Art Paris for the first time. year.
The VIP 2020 program will invite guest collectors and art professionals to discover the best spring art events in the city. Points highlights will include: Christo et Jeanne-Claude – Paris! at the Center Pompidou; Erwin Wurm at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie; Cindy Sherman – One retrospective (1975-2020) at the Louis Vuitton Foundation; Giorgio deChirico. The peinture métaphysique at the Musée de l'Orangerie; Ulla von Brandenburg in the Tokyo Palace; James Tissot (1836-1902), modern ambiguous in the Museum of Orsay; Picasso poet at the Musée national Picasso-Paris; and the long awaited opening of The Fab. d'agnès b pour l'art contemporain.
Pre-opening (by invitation only)
Wednesday, April 1 | 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday, April 2 | 11.30 a.m. — 8 p.m.
Friday, April 3 | 11.30 a.m. — 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 4 | 11.30 a.m. — 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 5 | 11.30 a.m. — 7 p.m.
Admission fee | 28€/14€ (for students and groups)
Catalogue | 20€
Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris