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This year the fair will focus on two themed routes to enhance its visiting experience.

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Art Paris is celebrating its 26th anniversary edition from the 4th to the 7th of April in the Grand Palais Éphémère. This year the fair will host 136 modern and contemporary art galleries hailing from 25 countries, 42 of which will take part for the first time, marking a 30% of new arrivals from the year before. On a ratio, 60% of the galleries are from France and 40% are international, highlighting the scope of the country’s art world ecosystem. This year the show marks a rebirth that the city took on the artistic field after the slowdown caused by London's brexit. Thus, this year is a very competitive one for Art Paris on the international stage. 

The fair went through a transformation, presenting this year three different venues: the general section, the solo show and the Promises. For the general section, two special themes will be explored, “Fragil Utopias: A Focus on the French Scene”, curated by Éric de Chassey, where he selected 21 French artists under this category.  “Art & Craft” directed by Nicolas Trembley, draws upon the different, infinite ways contemporary artists have employed traditional craft genres, such as ceramic, glass and tapestry, in their creative works. This year, the BNP Paribas Private Bank Prize will be assigned to one selected artist from the main section “Fragile Utopias”. The price is worth 30.000 euros, from one of the most important fair’s partners with the aim of helping sustain French art and artists. 


Sylvie Fajfrowska, Le fruit, 2021. Courtesy of Mimmo Scognamiglio Gallery.


To the main section, two other important sections will be added. One of them being “Promises”, which will present the prominent newcomers into the art world. The galleries were all born not more than 6 years before the fair and they mark an analysis of the vanguard contemporary art scene. The new exhibitors can bring up to three artists and the fair will cover 45% of the costs o for them. The new international exhibitors are: Bim Bam Gallery (Paris), Galerie Felix Frachon (Brussels), Gaep (Bucharest), Galerie Hors-Cadre (Paris), Labs Contemporary Art (Bologna), Maāt Gallery (Paris), Molski gallery (Poznań), She Bam Galerie Laetitia Gorsy (Leipzig), Soho Revue (London).


Giulia Marchi, Sono Soltanto Linee 3, 2023. Courtesy of LABS Contemporary Art Gallery.


The section “Solo Show” is presenting solo monographic works of both historical or emergent artists. This being: Gilles Barbier (1965), Huberty & Breyne; Leyla Cardenas (1975), Galerie Dix9; Hélène Lacharmoise Stijn Cole (1978), Irene Laub Gallery; Fathi Hassan (1957),Nil Gallery; Jean Hélion (1904-1987), Galerie Patrice Trigano; Lucia Hierro (1987), Fabienne Levy; Ellande Jaureguiberry (1985), Galerie 22,48 m2; Katia Kameli (1973), 110 Galerie Véronique Rieffel; Mohamed Lekleti (1965), Galerie Valérie Delaunay; Jacqueline (1920-2009) et Jean (1913-1992) Lerat, Galerie Capazza; Samantha McEwen (1960), Modesti Perdriolle Gallery; Giulia Marchi (1976), Labs Contemporary Art; Jung-Yeon Min (1979), Galerie Maria Lund; Erwin Olaf (1959-2023), Galerie Rabouan Moussion; Pauline Rose Dumas (1996), Galerie Anne Laure Buffard; Ben Walker (1974), Soho Revue; Sophie Zénon (1965), Galerie XII.


Pazza Pennello, Composition with Fire. Koren Gallery.


In view of the Olympic games taking place in Paris this July 2024, the city is undergoing a profound urban change with the opening of new spaces and the renovation of existing cultural spaces, which will have a big impact on the city’s artistic and cultural scene. Moreover, for visitors in Paris at the time of the fair, the city will be brimming with coinciding exhibitions and events, including unmissable exhibitions at museums such as the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie, and shows opening at galleries across the City of Light.

Cover image: Art Paris '24. Courtesy of Art Paris. 

Written by Asia Artom

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