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The 45th edition of FIAC will be held in Paris from 18 to 21 October 2018 and will host 195 galleries in the nave and exhibition rooms of the Grand Palais. The 2018 selection – including many of the most influential specialists worldwide in the fields of modern art, contemporary art and design – will present the finest examples of artistic creation since the turn of the twentieth century; modern masters through to the latest trends, notably represented in the Lafayette Sector.

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FIAC Galleries will bring together 195 galleries from 27 countries including 3 countries new to FIAC in 2018: Greece, Peru, Ireland. Among the exhibitors, the return of 15 international galleries is noteworthy: Hauser & Wirth (London, Somerset, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Zürich); Gmurzynska (Zürich, St. Moritz); The Breeder (Athens); Canada (New York); Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles); High Art (Paris); Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels); Kerlin (Dublin); Gabrielle Maubrie (Paris); Modern Art (London); Salon 94 (New York); SpazioA (Pistoia); Tim Van Laere (Antwerp); Tucci Russo (Torino); Anne de Villepoix (Paris).

The 45th edition of FIAC is likewise characterised by the participation of 18 galleries who will be exhibiting for the first time:

80M2 Livia Benavides (Lima); Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm); Antenna Space (Shanghai); Bergamin & Gomide (São Paulo); Boers-Li (Beijing, New York, Hong Kong); Ben Brown Fine Arts (London, Hong Kong); Gerhardsen Gerner (Oslo, Berlin); half gallery (New York); Paul Kasmin (New York); Magician Space (Beijing); Skopia (Genève), including 7 in the Lafayette Sector: Arcadia Missa (London); SANDY BROWN (Berlin); DOCUMENT (Chicago); Jan Kaps (Cologne); LOMEX (New York); Edouard Montassut (Paris); Bonny Poon (Paris).

Modern and contemporary design will again be present following its return in 2017. Five iconic galleries of international repute will exhibit: Jousse Entreprise, Galerie kreo, LAFFANOUR – Galerie Downtown, Eric Philippe, and Galerie Patrick Seguin.

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The exhibition spaces of the Grand Palais (FIAC Galleries) are deployed between the Nave of the Grand Palais and upstairs, the Salon d’Honneur, the Galeries Supérieures and the Salon Jean Perrin.

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For the new edition of this international event, the General Sector of FIAC brings together a carefully selected group of 195 modern and contemporary art galleries, design galleries, and editors.

The 2018 edition confirms the central role of FIAC on the European scene, with the renewed presence of leading such as: Alfonso Artiaco, Buchholz, Capitain Petzel, Sadie Coles HQ, Continua, Massimo De Carlo, Konrad Fisher, Bärbel Grässlin, Max Hetzler, Xavier Hufkens, Peter Kilchmann, Krinzinger, Simon Lee, Mai 36 Galerie, Giò Marconi, Victoria Miro, Neu, neugerriemschneider, Eva Presenhuber, Esther Schipper, Sprüth Magers, Michael Werner, White Cube, Zeno X; and powerful influencers such as ChertLüdde, dépendance, Karma International, Kaufmann Repetto, König Galerie, Mezzanin, Neue Alte Brücke, Peres Projects, Francesca Pia, Plan B, ProjecteSD, Rodeo, and ZERO..., among others.

The strength of FIAC is also reflected in the significant percentage of North American galleries present (Canada, United States, Mexico), a strength which they have in many ways contributed to building. Among the 20% participation of North American exhibitors, there are market leaders, such as: 303 Gallery, Blum & Poe, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Paula Cooper, Gagosian Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, Marian Goodman, Anton Kern, David Kordansky, Metro Pictures, Nahmad Contemporary, Pace, Regen Projects, Skarstedt, Van de Weghe and David Zwirner. They have all made FIAC a regular fixture in their exhibition calendar, as have prescribers such as C L E A R I N G, Gaga, Karma, Labor, Overduin & Co. or Reena Spaulings Fine Art.

This year, FIAC spreads its outreach into Asia. Ten galleries from the region are participating: Antenna Space (Shanghai), Boers-Li (Beijing, New York, Hong Kong), Edouard Malingue (Hong Kong, Shanghai), Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou, Beijing), Hyundai (Seoul), Kukje (Seoul), Magician Space (Beijing), PKM Gallery (Seoul), Experimenter (Kolkata), and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE (Tokyo). The same goes for South America, with the notable entry of a gallery from Peru: 80M2 Livia Benavides (Lima) and one from Brazil: Bergamin & Gomide (São Paulo), along with Mendes Wood DM (São Paulo, Brussels, New York). The international art scene represented at FIAC also includes galleries from the Middle East and North Africa, such as: Green Art Gallery (Dubai), Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv, Brussels) and Selma Feriani (Tunis, London).

The General Sector galleries were selected by a committee consisting of internationally renowned gallerists, representing complementary fields of expertise, geographic zones, and generations: Olivier Antoine (Art : Concept, Paris), Florence Bonnefous (Air de Paris, Paris), Daniel Buchholz (Buchholz, Berlin, Cologne, New York), Gisela Capitain (Capitain Petzel, Berlin), Mark Dickenson (Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt), Joseph Nahmad (Nahmad Contemporary, New York), Christophe Van de Weghe (Van de Weghe, New York), and Paolo Zani (ZERO..., Milan).


The 10 galleries selected for the Lafayette Sector were chosen out of over 150 applications, for the quality of their exhibition programmes throughout the year, and for the special project they create for FIAC presenting one or two emerging artists represented by the gallery. The Lafayette Sector was created in 2009 by FIAC and its official partner, the Galeries Lafayette group, to encourage young galleries along their chosen path by providing financial support to facilitate their presence at FIAC.

The 10 participants benefit from financial support from the Galeries Lafayette Group, the Official Partner of FIAC, to a level of 50% of the price of their stand (25m ). FIAC covers accommodation costs for non-Parisian participants for the duration of the fair together with set-up and dismantling periods. This ambitious programme thus offers strategic visibility to young galleries and artists during one of the leading rendez-vous of the art world and market.

The particularly exciting group formed by the ten 2018 participants originate from 5 countries (Germany, the US, France, the UK and Switzerland). They wholly illustrate the courage and dynamism of the young international gallery scene and its commitment to discovering and promoting the work of emerging talents: Arcadia Missa (London), SANDY BROWN (Berlin), DOCUMENT (Chicago), Lars Friedrich (Berlin), Jan Kaps (Cologne), LOMEX (New York), Edouard Montassut (Paris), Bonny Poon (Paris), Queer Thoughts (New York), and Truth and Consequences (Geneva).

The galleries of the Lafayette Sector were selected by a jury comprising Guillaume Houzé, (President of Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris), Mark Dickenson (Gallerist, Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt), Rebecca Lamarche- Vadel (Curator, Palais de Tokyo, Paris), Elisa R. Linn (Curator, km temporaer, Berlin), François Quintin (Managing director, Fondation d'Entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris), and Matt Williams (Independent curator, London).




FIAC Projects will present sculptures and installations in situ, within the prestigious setting of the Petit Palais, around the Grand Palais, and on avenue Winston Churchill, pedestrianised again this year during FIAC week. Instigated by FIAC, the pedestrianisation of the avenue has enabled the reconstruction of the original esplanade of the 1900 World Fair, thus connecting the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais. The ensemble creates an unprecedented platform to exhibit artworks within an historic museum context.

FIAC Projects is conceived in collaboration with Marc-Olivier Wahler, Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. He collaborates with the curatorial teams of the Petit Palais and FIAC’s artistic directors to select the artworks presented within the Petit Palais.

The Petit Palais will feature works by Dieter Appelt / Françoise Paviot, Paris ; Salvatore Arancio / Semiose, Paris ; Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil /In Situ - Fabienne Leclerc, Paris ; Cécile Bart / Catherine Issert, Saint-Paul ; Johan Creten / Almine Rech, Paris, Brussels, London, New York ; John DeAndrea / Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris ; Bruno Gironcoli / Krinzinger, Wien ; Kati Heck / Tim Van Laere, Antwerp ; Ahn Kyuchul / Kukje Gallery, Seoul ; Wolfgang Laib / Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Salzburg, London ; Christian Marclay / Paula Cooper, New York ; Philippe Mayaux / Loevenbruck, Paris ; Olivier Mosset / Torri, Paris ; Luke Murphy / Canada, New York ; Ugo Rondinone / Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, New York ; Thu Van Tran / Meessen De Clercq, Brussels ; Francisco Tropa / Jocelyn Wolff, Paris ; Felice Varini / Semiose, Paris ; Leon Vranken / Meessen De Clercq, Brussels ; Reijiro Wada / SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo ; Haegue Yang / Kukje, Seoul.

The Avenue Winston Churchill will feature outdoor works by Rosa Barba / Vistamare, Pescara ; Eric Croes / Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels ; Barry Flanagan / Waddington Custot, London ; Gregor Hildebrandt / Perrotin, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai & Almine Rech, Paris, Brussels, London, New York ; Lang & Baumann / Loevenbruck, Paris
Stefan Nikolaev / Michel Rein, Paris, Brussels ; Aurélie Pétrel / Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, Luxembourg, Saint-Étienne, New York Pablo Reinoso / Waddington Custot, London ; Kathleen Ryan / Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles ; Takis / LAFFANOUR - Galerie Downtown, Paris ; Theo Triantafyllidis / Onassis Culture en collaboration avec The Breeder, Athens.

In collaboration with Athem & Skertzo, specialists in video mapping, FIAC proposes a new exhibition space: a programme of especially conceived artist’s works will be projected onto the façade of the Grand Palais, activated every evening from 7pm. Video works by Claude Closky and Isabelle Cornaro, among others, will be presented. Videos will also be screened in various metro stations in Paris, in collaboration with the RATP, for the duration of the FIAC.




From Friday 19th to Sunday 21st of October 2018, FIAC presents a three day conference programme, entitled Conversation Room, which takes place within the fair, in a dedicated space on the first floor to the right of the grand Escalier d’honneur, showcasing Olivier Vadrot’s CAVEA mobile furniture collection (loaned by Centre National des Arts Plastiques).

In 2018, FIAC gives carte blanche to Hans Ulrich Obrist, Simon Castets, Julie Boukobza & Tom Eccles to moderate a 4 conference cycle on Friday19th and Saturday 20th of October: The themes of this programme are The Filter Bubble and Contactless. Filter Bubble was an 89plus group exhibition co-curated by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist at Luma Westbau in Zurich in 2016. The term is coined by Eli Pariser in his eponymous 2011 book which designates the way Internet users are increasingly directed to a personalized information landscape through an algorithmic editing of web content. The panel will examine the continued relevance of Pariser’s ominous concept in an increasingly polarized political landscape.

Additionally, the Conversation Room will host discussion panels by Artagon, in collaboration with Numéro art, Realised in the Jungle: the entrance of young artist in the art world, moderated by Anna Labouze & Keimis Henni, founders and curators of Artagon, and Thibaut Wychowanok, editor in chief of the magazine Numéro art, along with conversations moderated by Charles Teyssou and Pierre- Alexandre Mateos from the Cruising Pavillon on the queer and cruising culture from the 60s to nowadays, its links to the arts and its political dimension and Time for The Ocean, a not-for-profit association which promotes interaction between Art and the Environment with a focus on the protection of the Ocean and Coastlines and the preservation of marine and coastal ecosystems.


For its third edition, the performance festival Parades for FIAC, dedicated to performative practices and dialogue between disciplines in contemporary art, takes place in various emblematic institutions of the capital including the Palais de la Découverte, the Petit Palais, the Centre Pompidou, the musée de l’Orangerie, the Grand Palais and its surroundings. This programme lies at the crossroads of music, contemporary dance, performance, theatre, and poetry, offering a broad range of artistic experimentation in the form of live actions, opening up new perimeters in the field of artistic performance.

Presented artists: Etel Adnan, Uriel Barthélémi, Ruth Childs, Guy de Cointet, Marcelline Delbecq & Ellie Ga, LEV Dance Company, Dorothy Iannone, Daniel Linehan, Paulo Nazareth, Roman Ondák, Michael Portnoy, Franz West & Mike Kelley, among others
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