T-minus 10 days before one of the most anticipated events in Paris this autumn. The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) will be held at the Grand Palais from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th October 2019. In anticipation, hone your knowledge with “What you need to know about FIAC 2019”.
FIAC 2019: what is it?
The first FIAC in 1984 took place in the abandoned Bastille railway station. Now held at the Grand Palais, its main objective remains unchanged. Each year, the FIAC hosts a selection of galleries of modern art, contemporary art, and design recognized as the most emblematic on the international scene. Over 5 consecutive days, some of the finest examples of artistic creation are on display; from contemporary trailblazers that need no introduction to emerging young talents. As such, the FIAC is also the perfect opportunity to announce the winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, intended to reward a French artist representative of the trends of their time and whose innovative artistic style stimulates creation.
FIAC 2019: what to expect
In this 46th session, nearly 3,000 artists will be represented by the 197 galleries from 29 countries expected under the glass roof of the Grand Palais. This year, 25 new galleries will join the previous year’s program. Amongst them are Lévy Gorvy (London, New York, Hong Kong, Zürich), The Box (Los Angeles), Meyer Kainer (Vienna), Barbara Wien (Berlin), Magnin-A (Paris), Jacky Strenz (Frankfurt).
In 2018, the event attracted no less than 75,200 visitors over the course of five days. Will the record be broken?
Wandering along aisles and zig-zagging between stands, you can glimpse curators, gallery owners, artists, collectors, and amateurs, all drawn to the world of contemporary art: Yoyo Maeght, Bernard Arnault, François Pinault, Eva & Adele and Laurent Fievet, amongst other famous faces.
FIAC 2019 will honour the extravagant Yayoi Kusama. Indeed, there will be a monumental installation exhibited on Place Vendôme. Her famous polka-dots will be there and we hope you will be too! – Even though we have grown accustomed to Yayoi’s immense structures taking over public places for years now, her project at Place Vendôme will be her most gigantic work by far.
FIAC 2019: where to go?
Much to everyone’s joy, FIAC will not only take place at the Grand Palais. It will also be held in several exceptional places throughout the international art capital.
Le Jardin des Tuileries
FIAC Hors les murs is an open-air exhibition of around 20 contemporary works in the Jardin des Tuileries. Complementing this outdoors tour is a monographic exhibition of English artist Glenn Brown at the Musée National Eugène Delacroix.
The Petit Palais
The Petit Palais will welcome FIAC Projects, some 30 sculptures and installations to be displayed alongside the Greek silhouettes of the Palais and the façade of Avenue Winston Churchill, which has been pedestrianised for the occasion.
The Louvre Museum
At the same time as the fair, FIAC Programmes invites you to discover performances (Parades for FIAC), attend conferences (Conversation Room) and relax in front of film screenings (Cinéphémère). Access is free and open to all.
The capital’s museums
The week of the FIAC is also a great opportunity to discover the exceptional program offered by Parisian museums and cultural institutions this autumn. All the museums are listed on the official FIAC website.
Finally, numerous galleries are involved in the FIAC’s artistic programme during Gallery Night. On Thursday 17th October from 6pm until 10pm, enjoy a moonlit stroll through the cobbled streets of Paris.
Prices: FIAC General admission ticket: 38€ – Reduced admission ticket: 25€ – Free entry for those under the age of 12 – Cloakroom 2€ per item.
Now you know what you need to know about FIAC 2019, find the complete event program here.