Past: October 20 → 23, 2011Trois Comme une ritournelle que l’on rêve chaque année de voir enfin se libérer et accomplir pour de bon toutes ses promesses, octobre est revenu et, avec lui, sa cohorte de foires et d’événements « exceptionnels » maquillant la capitale en un gigantesque champ dévoué à l’art moderne et contemporain.
FIAC’s 38th edition will mark a further milestone in the fair’s evolution.
For the upcoming edition, all galleries exhibiting at FIAC will be located within the Grand Palais. Renovation work in the Louvre Museum’s exhibition galleries underneath the Cour Carrée will mean that the courtyard will be unavailable to receive the temporary pavilion that FIAC has built there over the last five years. In an exciting concomitant development, FIAC 2011 will inaugurate additional historic spaces within the Grand Palais: three exhibition galleries situated on the upper level of this prestigious edifice along its southern, south-eastern and south-western facades. These majestic spaces — which have been closed for several decades and are therefore largely unknown, even to the specialized public — have now been restored to their original volumes and will be open for the first time on the occasion of this year’s fair. FIAC is indebted to the Grand Palais and its President, Jean-Paul Cluzel, whose untiring support and goodwill has made this much-anticipated move possible.
Deeply rooted in the centre of Paris, in prestigious venues emblematic of the city’s history and cultural life, FIAC is infused with the image of the City of Light, its allure and art de vivre, the full breadth of its cultural timeline and the dynamism of its contemporary art scene. Simultaneously international and Parisian, FIAC has become a not-to-be-missed rendez-vous for art lovers and connoisseurs worldwide.
Conceived in a spirit of continuity, FIAC 2011 reaffirms the founding principles of its identity: a genuine synergy with the many institutions and actors of Parisian cultural life, a quest for ever higher quality and greater artistic selectivity, and the broad focus that leads it to offer a balanced overview of modern, contemporary and emerging art.
Once again this year, FIAC underlines its receptivity to the diversity of artistic practices, as witnessed by the development of its Hors les Murs cultural programme with the enhancement of the outdoor projects in the Tuileries gardens, the inauguration of a new off-site exhibition at the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle Jardin des Plantes, an augmented performance programme and a reinforced cycle of films by artists presented in two venues, the Cinéphemère inaugurated in 2010 and — for the first time — the Auditorium of the Grand Palais.
FIAC 2011 will bring together 168 galleries from 21 countries specializing in modern and contemporary art. France counts 55 galleries (33 percent of the exhibitors), followed by the United States ( 26 galleries), Germany (21 galleries), Italy (13 galleries), Belgium (11 galleries), the United Kingdom (9 galleries) and Switzerland (9 galleries). Some 74% of the galleries are European. Galleries from Brazil, Turkey and South Africa will be present for the first time. 37 galleries will début at FIAC or are returning after an absence.
Nave and upper galleries FIAC’s General Sector will present 158 galleries including 33 who will be showing for the first time or returning to FIAC in 2011.
This 38ththedition will be marked by the participation of an unprecedented number of leading galleries from all over the world: 303 Gallery, Blum & Poe, Cheim & Read, Chantal Crousel, Massimo De Carlo, Gagosian Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, Elvira Gonzalez, Marian Goodman, Karsten Grève, Hauser & Wirth, Max Hetzler, Xavier Hufkens, Klosterfelde, Kurimanzutto, Yvon Lambert, Lelong, Lisson, Luhring Augustine, Maccarone, Matthew Marks, Kamel Mennour, Metro Pictures, Massimo Minini, Victoria Miro, Galerie Perrotin, Friedrich Petzel, Eva Presenhüber, Almine Rech, Thaddaeus Ropac, Sadie Coles HQ, Esther Schipper, Sprüth Magers, Luisa Strina, Michael Werner, White Cube and David Zwirner among many others. Numerous galleries specializing in modern art such as Galerie 1900-2000, Gmurzynska, Kicken, Ubu, Sophie Scheidecker, Natalie Seroussi, The Pace Gallery and Applicat-Prazan will be present.
Returning to FIAC in 2011: 303 Gallery, Bortolami, Cabinet, Guido W. Baudach, Gmurzynska, Catherine Issert, Lisson, Magazzino, Polaris, Sadie Coles HQ, The Approach and White Cube.
Showing at FIAC for the first time: Andrew Kreps, Cherry and Martin, Eleven Rivington, Friedrich Petzel, Galerist, Goodman Gallery, Kicken, Luciana Brito, Luisa Strina, Maccarone, Marc Foxx, Massimo Minini, Matthew Marks, MD72, Rüdiger Schöttle, Campoli Presti, Taxter & Spengemann, The Pace Gallery, Vermelho and VidalCuglietta.
Note the presentation of a unique ensemble of vintage photos by Diane Arbus at Thomas Zander, important works by Georg Herold at Contemporary Fine Arts; Alina Szapoczenikow at Hervé Loevenbruck; Fabienne Verdier at Jeanne Bucher/Jaeger Bucher; Exceptional groups exhibitions such as that presenting remarkable works of the minimal tradition by Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, On Kawara, John McCracken, Fred Sandback and Al Taylor at David Zwirner and, at Applicat Prazan masterworks of the second School of Paris featuring Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Soulages, Nicolas de Staël, Jean Fautrier, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Wifredo Lam and Georges Mathieu. Several galleries will present theme shows: Face à Face (accompanied by a publication) exploring various treatments of the figure chez Natalie Seroussi with works by Evelyne Axell, Tom Wesselman, Jean Dubuffet and Alghiero Boetti; “Underwood, où comment taper sur le système” at 1900-2000 which explores the rich history of the typewriter as a medium through works by Carl André, Art & Language, Marcel Broodthaers, Braco Dimitrijevic and Jiri Kolar among others; “Thinking hands” (accompanied by a publication)at Chantal Crousel with works by Allora & Calzadilla, Claire Fontaine, Isa Genzken, Wade Guyton, Mona Hartoum, Thomas Hirshhorn, Gabriel Orozco, Seth Price, Clément Rodzielski, Rikrit Tiravanija, Danh Vo …, or the exhibition “Rebels” presented by Gmurzynska and curated by Isabelle Bscher presenting works by Casimir Malevich, Kurt Schwitters, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, Robert Indiana, David Smith, Karl Lagerfeld, Scott Campbell and Marco Perego in a booth design by Karl Lagerfeld.
Large scale installations by John Bock and Marc Dion will be presented by Klosterfelde and In Situ/Fabienne Leclerc respectively; Massimo Minini will exhibit a pavilion by celebrated American artist, Dan Graham, who will also present an historic performance Lax/Relax at the Louvre Auditorium (see below). Numerous solo exhibitions will also be on view: Pablo Bronstein at Franco Noero; Andro Wekua at Barbara Gladstone; Robert Heinecken at Cherry and Martin; Bernard Piffaretti at Frank Elbaz; Berdaguer and Péjus at Galerie of Marseille; Mathieu Mercier at Mehdi Chouakri; Peter Buggenhout at Laurent Godin; Carter Mull at Marc Foxx and Taxter & Spengemann; Merlin Carpenter at MD72; Tonico Lemos Auad at Luisa Strina, Florian Schmidt at New Galerie…
Two person presentations include Khaled Jarrar and Yto Barrada at Polaris; Rosemarie Trockel and Richard Nonas at Anne de Villepoix; Richard Alrich and Anna Ostoya at Bortolami; Koji Enokura and Jiro Takamatsu at Mccaffrey Fine Art; Lara Almarcegui and Falke Pisano at Ellen de Bruijn; Caetano de Almeida and Michael Delucia at Eleven Rivington; David Hominal and Pamela Rosenkranz at Karma International…
The Lafayette Sector and the Lafayette Prize
South gallery FIAC and the Groupe Galeries Lafayette, official partner of FIAC, have great pleasure in announcing the third consecutive edition of the “Secteur Lafayette”, a programme of support for galleries of the younger generation initiated in 2009.
This programme underlines the joint desire of FIAC and the Groupe Galeries Lafayette to pursue their ongoing support of the actors of the emerging art scene in its international dimension.
For FIAC, this initiative corresponds to our commitment to providing a dynamic exhibition context for galleries which focus on promoting emerging talents.
For the Groupe Galeries Lafayette, this programme is a further manifestation of their longstanding involvement in favour of contemporary creation in all its phases from production to distribution; a process in which galleries play a vital role.
The 2011 Sector Lafayette will provide substantial financial support to 10 French and international galleries selected by an independent jury of international curators for the quality of their exhibition programme in the field of emerging art, and on the basis of a specific exhibition project for FIAC presenting one or two artists.
Ann Demeester (Director of the Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam), Hans Ulrich Obrist (co-director of exhibitions and programming and director of international projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London), Beatrix Ruf (Director and curator at the Kunsthalle, Zurich), Marc-Olivier Wahler (Director of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris) and Guillaume Houzé (Corporate patronage director, Groupe Galeries Lafayette, Paris) composed the jury.