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The 26th Edition Of Art Paris Flourishes As A Centre For The Global Community, Embracing Increased International Gallery Participation

...All The While Nurturing The French Scene Renaissance.

Reestablishing the strong presence of the French capital’s impact across the global cultural scene, the Parisian spring art event unveils new curatorial topics Fragile Utopias and Art & Craft, set to connect domestic and international contemporary influences.

On view: April 4 – 7, 2024

The regional and cosmopolitan art fair Art Paris 2024 will unveil its 26th edition at the Grand Palais Éphémère from April 4 – 7, 2024, bringing together the best modern and contemporary artistic creation, re-establishing its presence as a major spring art event. Following a consistent focus on discovery and innovation since its founding in 1999, the fair will be welcoming a strong international presence in 2024, encompassing 135 modern and contemporary art galleries from 25 countries. This edition will be exploring two themes: Fragile Utopias. A Focus on the French Scene and Art & Craft, led respectively by guest curators Éric de Chassey and Nicolas Trembley. In parallel, The Promises sector for young galleries will support new talents whilst the Solo Show sector will feature historical figures through monographic exhibitions contributing to their re-discovery.

With a 30% increase in new arrivals compared to 2023, the 2024 selection is marked by the very first participation of several trendsetting European contemporary art galleries: Esther Schipper (Berlin, Paris), Peter Kilchmann (Zurich, Paris), Meessen De Clercq (Brussels), Michel Rein (Paris, Brussels) and Richard Saltoun (London, Rome), joined by returning galleries such as Poggi, Frank Elbaz, Continua, Lelong & Co, Almine Rech and Perrotin. Featuring a majority of French exhibiting galleries, totaling 60%, this edition presents a comprehensive overview of the French gallery ecosystem, ranging from prominent modern and contemporary art galleries in Paris and across the country, all the while extending support to emerging galleries. The remaining 40% is dedicated to a diverse selection of international galleries, including notable names such as Bienvenu Steinberg & J from New York, Circle Art Agency from Kenya, Etemad from Iran, and Soho Revue from London. Notably, 20% of the selection focuses on modern art, with a significant representation of surrealism in honor of the movement's 100th anniversary in 2024. The addition of first-time exhibitors such as Antoine Laurentin (Paris, Brussels), Boquet (Paris), and the Czech gallery Cermak Eisenkraft will further enrich the existing lineup.

Fragile Utopias. A focus on the French scene by Éric de Chassey

To support and engage with the currents of the French scene, Éric de Chassey, director of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), a teacher at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and exhibition curator will share his perspective on ‘Fragile Utopias,’ the precarious nature of various artistic forms of the domestic scene, with a selection of 21 artists chosen among the exhibiting galleries. As Éric de Chassey points out: ‘The sole function of the visual arts is not one of representation or decoration, they also provide models that can guide our perception, thoughts and actions, in other words, they contribute to constructing possible utopias. These utopias may be embodied in any form and with every medium, however in these uncertain times marked by major changes in society and the way we understand the world, they are often of a temporary and precarious nature and as such they are ‘fragile’ utopias.‘

Selected Artists: Jean-Michel Alberola (1953) - Templon / Yto Barrada (1971) – Polaris / Cécile Bart (1958) - Galerie Catherine Issert / Alice Bidault (1994) - Pietro Spartà / Pierrette Bloch (1928-2017) - Galerie Zlotowski / Nicolas Chardon (1974) - / Sonia Delaunay (1885 - 1979) - Galerie Béres / Mathilde Denize (1986) - Perrotin / Nathalie Du Pasquier (1957) - Yvon Lambert / Philippe Favier (1957) - Galerie 8+4 / Elika Hedayat (1979) – Aline Vidal Paris / Sarah Jérôme (1979) - H Gallery / Benoît Maire (1978) - Nathalie Obadia / Vera Molnár (1924-2023) – Galerie Verart Véronique Smagghe / Michel Parmentier (1938-2000) – Loevenbruck / Juliette Roche (1884-1980) - Pauline Pavec / Edgar Sarin (1989) - Galerie Michel Rein / Daniel Schlier (1960) - Galerie East / Assan Smati (1972) - Nosbaum Reding / Maria Helena Vieira da Silva (1908-1992) - Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger / Raphaël Zarka (1977) – Mitterrand.

Art & Craft by Nicolas Trembley

This theme’s title, curated by art critic and independent exhibition curator Nicolas Trembley, takes its name from the pioneering Arts and Crafts movement that saw the light of day in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century. The theme will address the way in which modern and contemporary artists have taken – and continue to take - the world of crafts (ceramics, glass, tapestry, etc.) and make it their own, combining in so doing, thought and gesture. Around twenty international artists will be chosen from among the exhibiting galleries to comprise a themed tour of the fair, while Trembley will draft a text with a presentation of each artist’s work. As Nicolas Trembley explains: ‘Although it is true that the visual arts at the beginning of the 20th century incorporated practices more often associated with the applied arts, the emergence of a more conceptual form of contemporary art put an end to this historical way of doing things. Since the beginning of the 21st Century and the development of a globalized art market that pushes minority practices and groups to the fore, we are witnessing the emergence of artworks whose techniques are traditionally related to artisanship. Furthermore, we are rediscovering works by historical and contemporary artists whose approach borrows from the world of craft.’

Selected Artists: Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017) - Richard Saltoun / Joël Andrianomearisoa (1977) - Almine Rech / Jean-Marie Appriou (1986) - Perrotin / Thomas Bayrle (1937) - Galerie East / Karina Bisch (1974) - Lahumière / Saloua Raouda Choucair (1916-2017) - Saleh Barakat / Michele Ciacciofera (1969) - Galerie Michel Rein / Daniel et Grégory Dewar et Gicquel (B. in 1976 and in 1975) - Loevenbruck / Elizabeth Garouste (1946) - Galerie Ketabi Bourdet / GE BA - Galerie Françoise Livinec / Josef Grau-Garriga (1929-2011) - Galerie Claude Bernard / Sheila Hicks (1934) - Galerie Claude Bernard / Jérôme Hirson (1984) - Galerie Le sentiment des choses / Patrick Kim-Gustafson (1986) - Marguo / Jacqueline Lerat (1920-1992) and Jean Lerat (1913 -1992) - Capazza / Barbara Levittoux- Świderska (1933-2019) - Richard Saltoun / Océanie - Anonymous sculpture made in 1920 - Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger / Shiro Tsujimura (1947) - Galerie Le sentiment des choses / Jeanne Vicerial (1991) - Templon / Jane Yang-D’Haene (1968) – Bienvenu Steinberg & J.

Solo Show: 17 single-artist exhibits

The monographic shows spread throughout the fair allow visitors to discover or rediscover, in-depth, the works of modern (Jean Hélion, Jacqueline, Jean Lerat), contemporary (Gilles Barbier, Erwin Olaf, Samantha Mc Ewen) and emerging artists (Leyla Cardenas, Lucia Hierro, Katia Kameli).

Solo Shows:

Gilles Barbier (1965) - Huberty & Breyne

Leyla Cardenas (1975) - Galerie Dix9 - Hélène Lacharmoise

Stijn Cole (1978) - Irene Laub Gallery

Fathi Hassan (1957) - Nil Gallery

Jean Hélion (1904-1987) - Galerie Patrice Trigano

Lucia Hierro (1987) - Fabienne Levy

Ellande Jaureguiberry (1985) - Galerie 22,48 m2

Katia Kameli (1973) - 110 Galerie Véronique Rieffel

Mohamed Lekleti (1965) - Galerie Valérie Delaunay

Jacqueline (1920-2009) et Jean (1913-1992) Lerat - Galerie Capazza

Samantha McEwen (1960) - Modesti Perdriolle Gallery

Giulia Marchi (1976) - Labs Contemporary Art

Jung-Yeon Min (1979) - Galerie Maria Lund

Erwin Olaf (1959-2023) - Galerie Rabouan Moussion

Pauline Rose Dumas (1996) - Galerie Anne Laure Buffard

Ben Walker (1974) - Soho Revue

Sophie Zénon (1965) - Galerie XII

Promises: a sector supporting young galleries and emerging artists

Conceptualized less than six years ago, Promises provides a forward-looking analysis of cutting-edge contemporary art. Participating galleries can present up to three emerging artists, while Art Paris finances 45% of the exhibitor fees. This year Promises plays host to nine international galleries: Bim Bam Gallery (Paris), Galerie Felix Frachon (Brussels), Gaep (Bucharest), Galerie Hors-Cadre (Paris), Labs Contemporary Art (Bologna), Maāt Gallery (Paris), Molski gallery (Poznań), She Bam Galerie Laetitia Gorsy (Leipzig), Soho Revue (London).

Art Paris, a sustainable art fair

In what was a first in 2022, Art Paris adopted a sustainable approach to organising an art fair based on a life cycle analysis (LCA). This pioneering approach carried out in partnership with Karbone Prod has considerably reduced the fair’s environmental impact. Amongst other improvements, a reduction of 13 tonnes of waste (from 25 to 12 tonnes), 12 tonnes of reused material and a decrease in energy consumption by 37%. For 2024, Art Paris is pursuing its commitment to sustainability and increasing the scope of its approach to take into account the question of visitor mobility with actions aimed at encouraging the use of public transport and carsharing etc.

Paris, the world art capital this spring

In the run-up to the Olympic Games 2024, Paris is in the midst of an exceptional period of cultural and artistic renaissance, as illustrated by the opening of new galleries and venues, the renovation of existing cultural institutions and the inauguration of new ones. The 35 events that comprise the “In Paris during Art Paris” VIP programme for collectors and art professionals (by invitation only), bear witness to the effervescent art scene this spring in Paris. It features Brancusi at the Centre Pompidou, Jean Hélion at the MAM Ville de Paris, Myriam Mihindou at the Musée du Quai Branly, Robert Ryman at the Musée de l’Orangerie and Bijoy Jain/Studio Mumbai at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain to name but a few.

In 2024, Art Paris commits to further support the French scene by joining forces with BNP Paribas Private Bank, the fair’s premium partner, to launch the BNP Paribas Private Bank Prize. A focus on the French scene with a total prize award of 30,000 euros.


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