FIAC 2015


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FIAC 2015

Past: October 22 → 25, 2015

Fiac 2015 grid Les foires de l’automne à Paris Comme chaque année, Paris devient, fin octobre, le centre d’attention de tous les amateurs d’art. Une effervescence qui ne cesse de croître depuis le renouveau de la Fiac. Face à cette multiplication de foires et salons, on observe une tendance à la spécialisation, qui fait de chaque événement une promesse cohérente en phase avec l'évolution des pratiques artistiques. Fiac grand palais 2015 grid Fiac et off-s : une semaine d’automne à Paris À l’automne, Paris devient le centre de gravité du monde de l’art moderne et contemporain. Foires, salons, performances, vernissages et lancements, tous se donnent rendez-vous en cette « rentrée » artistique qui talonne la grand-messe londonienne du Frieze.

Remaining aware of the shifting preoccupations of contemporary art; examining the changing roles of the gallerist ; predicting future trends in art-making and curating; paying attention to the changing landscape of artistic events ; exploring, being creative and innovative while remaining faithful to the spirit of the event ; working to consolidate its bases and further its developments: these are the driving forces at work in the forty-second edition of the FIAC.

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Pilar Albarracín, Marmites enragées, 2006 — 56 Cocottes-Minutes, appareils à fumée, système électronique — 440 x 166 x 155 cm Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris

Inspired by the models of the famous Museum Island in Berlin and Museum Mile in New York, the FIAC & Officielle decided to organize, through Musées en Seine, a new experience of Paris’ cultural landscape: a museum waterway, for the visitors’ enjoyment.

Musées en Seine unfolds from the West of Paris, beginning with the Maison de la Radio, a new partner, and spanning the banks of the Seine to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, whose dock will be open. Musées en Seine connects a great number of cultural institutions located along the Seine, the Grand Palais and the Cité de la Mode et du Design, as well as all sites participating in the FIAC & Officielle.

During Officielle’s inaugural edition in 2014, it became apparent that the itinerary that presented itself as being the most natural to connect the Grand Palais and the Cité de la Mode et du Design was the river route — a route that was adopted this year to establish a new cartography of Paris, Musées en Seine.

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Robert Heinecken, Multiple Solution Puzzle #2, 1965 — Twenty-four plastic coated gelatin silver prints mounted to masonite on wooden tray — Diameter: 12 inches, 30.5 centimeters The Robert Heinecken Trust, Chicago — Representé par Cherry and Martin


The 2015 FIAC will bring together, at the Grand Palais, 173 galleries from twenty-three countries. France is represented by forty-two galleries (25%), followed by the U.S. with thirty-five galleries, Germany with twenty-six, the U.K. with fourteen, Italy with ten, Belgium with nine, Switzerland with six, Brazil with five, and Mexico with four. 68% of the galleries are European (65% in 2014). Galleries with Colombia and Canada participate for the first time. Twenty galleries are participating for the first time or are returning galleries.


Grand Palais

Secteur général

The Nave will welcome 105 international galleries of modern and contemporary art.

Numerous galleries specializing in modern art will be present : Galerie 1900-2000, Raquel Arnaud, Applicat- Prazan, Elvira González, Landau Fine Art, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Nahmad Contemporary, Guillermo de Osma, Sophie Scheidecker, Natalie Seroussi, Tornabuoni, UBU Gallery, Vedovi, Waddington Custot, and Galerie Zlotowski.

The FIAC encourages the expansion of the representation of modern art at the Grand Palais with the firsttime participation of Landau Fine Art and the Elvira González gallery.

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Neïl Beloufa, Jaguacuzzi, 2015 — Mixed media variable Courtesy the artist & Balice Hertling, Paris — Photo © Aurélien Mole

An unprecedented number of prestigious international galleries have been selected : 303 Gallery, Air de Paris, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Capitain Petzel, Sadie Coles HQ, Paula Cooper, Chantal Crousel, Massimo De Carlo, Gagosian Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, Marian Goodman, Bärbel Grässlin, Greene Naftali, Karsten Greve, Hauser & Wirth, Max Hetzler, Xavier Hufkens, Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery, kurimanzutto, Lelong, Lisson, Luhring Augustine, Matthew Marks, kamel mennour, Metro Pictures, Victoria Miro, neugerriemschneider, Galerie Perrotin, Eva Presenhuber, Almine Rech, Thaddaeus Ropac, Andrea Rosen, Micheline Szwajcer, Esther Schipper / Johnen Galerie, Sprüth Magers, Vitamin Creative Space, Michael Werner, White Cube, Zeno X, David Zwirner, Tanya Bonakdar, Galerie Buchholz, Konrad Fischer, Long March Space, Luisa Strina et The Modern Institute, and more.

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Anthony Caro, Card Game, 2011/2012 — Painted steel and neutral perspex — 117 x 99 x 125 cm © The Artist — Courtesy Annely Juda Fine Art

Lafayette Sector

FIAC and its official partner, the Galeries Lafayette group, collaborate once again on the FIAC’s signature Lafayette Sector, a program of support for emerging galleries inaugurated in 2009. This program will bring together ten galleries selected for the quality of their prospective exhibition programs. They each present a specific project created specifically for FIAC and featuring the work of one or two artists. Participants were selected by a panel of distinguished specialists : Florence Bonnefous (director of the gallery Air de Paris), François Quintin (managing director, Fondation d’Entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris), María Inés Rodríguez (director, CAPC/Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux), Francesco Stocchi (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam), and Guillaume Houzé (director of philanthropy, Galeries Lafayette group, Paris).

This program provides significant financial support to the selected galleries in order to facilitate their participation in the FIAC. Since it was established five years ago, the Lafayette Sector has supported over seventy of the most promising galleries of the current generation.

For the FIAC 2015, ten galleries from five countries have been selected to show work in the South Gallery of the Grand Palais.

  • Allen, Paris
  • Arcade, London
  • Arratia Beer, Berlin
  • Callicoon Fine Arts, New York
  • Chert, Berlin
  • Lars Friedrich, Berlin
  • Hollybush Gardens, London
  • Josh Lilley, London
  • Jérôme Poggi, Paris
  • Real Fine Arts, New York
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Dieter Appelt, Partitur zur « Abhörung des Waldrandes », 1987 / 2014 — 210 tirages photographiques sur papier aux sels d’argent — 147 x 155 cm © Françoise Paviot

Nine of these galleries will present one-man shows : Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann at Allen, Anna Barham at Arcade, Claudia Wieser at Arratia Beer, Sadie Benning at Callicoon Fine Arts, Zora Mann at Chert, Reto Pulfer at Hollybush Gardens, Sarah Pichlkostner at Josh Lilley, Kapwani Kiwanga at Jérôme Poggi and Antek Walczak at Real Fine Arts.

Lars Friedrich will present the work of Park McArthur and Hans-Christian Lotz.

Spécial Projects

Swarovski Series presents a work by the artist Wu Tsang, created in collaboration with the Austrian brand.

Renewing its commitment to supporting contemporary art, which has lead it to develop partnerships with important institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Whitechapel Gallery in London, or the Architecture Biennial in Venice, Swarovski collaborates for the second consecutive year with the FIAC.

For the first time this year, Swarovski and FIAC will present a single work on the Balcon d’Honneur of the Grand Palais. This initiative is the first edition of a program through which, each year, one artist will be commissioned to create a work using crystal as a medium. For the 2015 edition of the FIAC, Nadja Swarovski and Jennifer Flay have selected a project by the American artist Wu Tsang.

Accustomed to working with Swarovski stones, which she has used in her work for the past several years, Wu Tsang has conceived a project that combines the two qualities that have come to define the Austrian brand: creativity and innovation.

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Stefan Brüggemann, Time Paintings, 2015 — Vinyl and spray paint on canvas — 160 x 130 cm Courtesy of the artist & Parra & Romero

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain is the title of the sculptural installation created by the artist and filmmaker Wu Tsang in collaboration with Swarovski.

It is part of a series of works in which the artist explores the sound qualities of crystal as a medium. Paying close attention to voices and languages, Wu Tsang establishes a parallel between the interaction of light and crystal, metaphor for the medium and its message. Like crystal refracts light, the voice as a medium presents the same broad range of characteristics (color, texture, transparency) and transforms language, like light, into an infinite spectrum of meanings.

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