This year FIAC celebrates its 40th anniversary edition. Pursuing its development and confirming its status as the leading international art fair. The foundations of this the fortieth edition of FIAC are to; stay attentive to the evolutions and the challenges of contemporary art, to be mindful of the increasingly central role played by art fairs and the important transformations in the gallery world itself, and to be creative and responsive while maintaining a spirit of continuity in the design of the event.
FIAC 2013 will bring together 184 galleries from 25 countries at the Grand Palais. France is represented by 55 galleries, followed by the United States with 33 galleries, Germany with 22 galleries, Italy with 13 galleries, the United Kingdom with 12 galleries, Belgium with 11 galleries and Switzerland and Brazil with 5 galleries respectively. New countries represented this year include Canada, Ireland and the Czech Republic. 35 galleries are participating for the first time or are returning to FIAC after a period of absence.
This year FIAC demonstrates its openness to different forms of creation by expanding its program Hors les Murs.Radiating from its historic base in the Tuileries Garden of the Domaine National du Louvre, a programme inaugurated in 2006, FIAC extended into the Jardin des Plantes and various spaces of the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in 2011, then to the Place Vendôme in 2012 and, for the first time this year, along the banks of the river Seine, thanks to the flagship project from the Ville de Paris for 2013, les Berges de la Seine.
FIAC’s programme of performances, Ouvertures/Openings, realised and produced in association with the Louvre Museum, is enhanced by the inauguration of a new programme of performances: In Process, developed in association with curator Medhi Brit and dedicated to emerging art and young artists. The programmes of artists’ films at the Cinéphémère (produced in association with the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard) and at the Auditorium du Grand Palais will be re-edited in expanded versions by means of a new collaboration with MK2 Cinemas. Initiated in 2012, the two conference programmes will once again be held this year, as well as an evening of Carte Blanche invitations to artists at the Silencio throughout the duration of FIAC.
The 40th edition of FIAC will also be an opportunity to discover an exceptional programme of exhibitions and artistic events in Paris and France. The many combined efforts that FIAC develops through initiatives such as the Parcours Privé and the Galleries night on Thursday 24 October, significantly contribute to redefining the international profile of the French art scene.
Image: US artists Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla’s “Hope Hippo” is displayed on October 18, 2013 at the “galerie de l’evolution” of the “Jardin des Plantes” in Paris, as part of the outdoor exhibition of the FIAC International Contemporary Art Fair that will run from October 24 to 27. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON.