Art Paris Art Fair 2016


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Art Paris Art Fair 2016

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Art paris art fair 1 grid Les foires du printemps à Paris Nouvel incontournable de l'année artistique parisienne, ce week-end de printemps est parvenu à devenir un temps fort de la scène internationale. Katinka lampe grid Art Paris Art Fair 2016, notre sélection Forte de la nouvelle impulsion insufflée à la foire depuis quatre ans, Art Paris Art Fair est devenu le fer de lance du bouillonnement printanier de l’art parisien.

A springtime art fair focused on discovery and the Land of the Morning Calm

Heading event in the Spring art calendar of the French capital, Art Paris brings together some 143 galleries from a score of different countries.

A generalist fair open to all forms of artistic expression, Art Paris Art Fair presents an overview of art from the post-war period to the present day. The thematic sections focus on discovery in particular with this year’s Korea guest of honour project, personal exhibitions in the Solo Show section, emerging talents with the Promises section for young galleries and digital art with monumental projections on the façade of Grand Palais.

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Cedric Christie, Two Above The Rest, 2000 — Sculpture — 8 x 15 x 5 cm Courtesy Flowers Gallery

Exploring the regions of Europe

Art Paris Art Fair continues to attract leading international galleries such as Daniel Templon (Paris), Sundaram Tagore (New York, Hong Kong, Singapore) and Flowers (London, New York). The 2016 selection is particularly focused on exploring the different regions of Europe and its cities, each with their own individual identities such as Zurich, Munich and Milan. Their galleries have an artistic vision which reflect passion and commitment, like an antidote to the prevailing uniformization seen in so many art fairs.

With 58 newcomers, the 2016 edition maintains the balance between 48% of foreign galleries and 52% of French galleries. First-time participants include Bob Gysin (Zurich), Art Bartschi & Cie (Geneva), La Balsa Arte (Bogota), Silk Road (Tehran), Studio Visconti (Milan) with a comeback from Ditesheim & Maffei Fine Art (Neuchatel). In terms of French participants, Art Paris Art Fair gives pride of place to regional galleries with three participants from Marseille (Galerie Didier Gouvernnec, Ogor and Béa-Ba & Najuma), two galleries from Bordeaux (DX and Xénon), and one each from Lille (Cédric Bacqueville), Lyon (Françoise Besson), Rennes (Oniris) and Strasburg (Galerie Jean-Pierre Ritsch Fisch). Newcomers from Paris include Eric Dupont, RX, Françoise Paviot and MAGNIN-A while Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique returns this year.


Focus on the East: Korea guest of honour

Under the leadership of guest curator Sang-A CHUN, the invitation of South Korea as guest of honour highlights the vast wealth of the art scene from the “Land of Morning Calm”. With close to 70 artists represented by galleries both from Korea (Seoul, Daegu and Paju-Si) and some 20 Western galleries, this project spans the emergence of very specific forms of contemporary art from the 1960s to the present day boom in creativity.

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In Kyum Kimn, Space-Less, 2015 Courtesy Gallery SoSo (Paju-Si)

The first generation of modernists is represented with artists such as Ungno LEE, a historic figure who produced an innovative body of work at the crossroads between Eastern and Western traditions, shown by Galerie Thessa Herold in a personal exhibition. Others include masters of Dansaekhwa, the mysterious Korean art of monochrome painting, such as Lee Ufan and Myeong-Ro Youn represented by Gana Art gallery. Also on show are some of the leading figures of the contemporary scene such as Moon-Pil Shim (Galerie Lahumière and Shilla Gallery), Lee Bae (Galerie RX), Kwang Young Chun (Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art) and BOOMOON (Flowers Gallery).

The young generation of emerging talents is well represented with for example installations by Kiwon Park (313 Art Project) and Yun Soo Kim (Soso Gallery), the dreamlike sculptural creations of Myeongbeom KIM (Galerie Paris-Beijing) or the delicate graphic work of Min Jung Yeon (Galerie Maria Lund).

As part of the celebrations of France-Korea year, exhibitions and installations of Korean art will be visible throughout the capital during Art Paris Art Fair. IBU Gallery, in collaboration with RX and Hakgojae galleries, present “Standing Man” by Chung Hyun, a series of monumental sculptures in the garden of the Palais Royal. The Cernuschi Museum is organising an exhibition of contemporary Korean art from the 1980s onwards along with a number of new rising talents. The Korean cultural centre is hosting a talk entitled “Contemporary Korean art: exploring the past and shed light on the present,” moderated by Art Paris Art Fair Korea Guest of Honour curator Sang-A Chun.

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Joohyum Kim, Extra Dimension, 2015 Courtesy Gallery Simon (Séoul)

South Korea Guest of Honour at Art Paris Art Fair 2016 is part of the official programme of France-Korea Year 2015-2016 (


Solo show

Introduced in 2015, the “Solo Show” section includes some 20 personal exhibitions scattered throughout the fair. This is an opportunity to discover or re-discover the work of modern or contemporary artists such as Syria’s Fadi Yazigi at Tanit Gallery, France’s Damien Cabane at Galerie Eric Dupont, Ronald Ventura from the Philippines at Galerie Primae Noctis, or Belgium’s Antoine Roegiers at Art Bärtschi & Cie whose work is inspired by Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel.

Female artists are given pride of place with personal exhibitions of work by Claudine Drai (Galerie 111), Jan Haworth (Galerie du Centre), Carmen Perrin (Galerie Bob Gysin), Katinka Limpe (Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire), Ruby Rumie (Galeria NH) and Song Hyun Sook (Galerie Ditesheim & Maffei Fine Art).

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Ruby Rumié, Vases blancs, 2013 Courtesy NH Galeria
Solo Shows on Bus Expo

From 30th March to 20th April the Air France airport busses will feature temporary exhibitions as part of the “Bus Expo” project. The aim is to make contemporary art accessible to the widest possible audience. Bus Expo and Art Paris Art Fair have joined forces to display the work of five artists selected from among the solo shows at the fair.

The Solo Show section is supported by the French magazine IDEAT.



This sector is dedicated to the promotion of young galleries and emerging talents. It includes 12 galleries that are less than five years old and have never taken part in the fair. The selection for 2016 is the following: 50 Golborne (London) , ART’LOFT Lee-Bauwens Gallery (Brussels), Bildhalle (Zurich), Galerie Béa-Ba (Marseille), Brandt Gallery (Amsterdam), Espace L (Geneva), Galerie Gouvernnec Ogor (Marseille), Galerie Valérie Delaunay (Paris), Maëlle Galerie (Paris), Christine Park Gallery (London), under construction (Paris), Yay Gallery (Baku).

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Cécile Chaput, The Split Corner, 2015 Courtesy Under construction gallery


Digital art in all its splendour on the façade of the Grand Palais

Art Paris Art Fair is open to all forms of artistic expression including digital art. In partnership with Vidélio the fair presents a selection of monumental digital mapping projections on the façade of the Grand Palais every night for the duration of the fair.


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