When? October 20-23 2016
What? A huge contemporary art fair celebrating the best of modern art around the world
Where? The Grand Palais
Paris’s colossal contemporary art fair FIAC has upped its game yet again for its 43rd edition. With a programme including 187 exhibiting their works at the Grand Palais alone, the event is also expanding its reach this year with an ambitious sister event: ‘FIAC Hors Les Murs’ (‘beyond the walls’, i.e. in locations outside the Grand Palais itself).
Perhaps because of the hefty entry charges and corporate feel of the main event, ‘FIAC Hors Les Murs’ has been a hit in recent years, with free outdoor and indoor exhibitions proving extremely popular at the Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes, Place Vendôme and along the banks of the Seine. The same is sure to be true this year, as attractions include outdoor galleries, sculptures, performances and film screenings.
This year will also see a new addition to the art fair, namely ‘On Site’, held at the Petit Palais is association with the gallery’s curator, Christophe Leribault. The exhibition space will host sculpture and installations, offering galleries a chance to exhibit separately from their stands in the Grand Palais.
As ever, if you haven’t wangled yourself a guest ticket, expect high prices: €35 for entry to Grand Palais or €60 with a catalogue, €20 if you’re under 26, or free for under-12s (FIAC has always been aimed more at professional collectors and dealers than at the general public). Thankfully, the equally inspiring ‘Hors Les Murs’ exhibits are free for all and continue until November. For more information, visit the FIAC website.