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This week, Paris becomes the world capital of contemporary art starting with FIAC, the renowned International Contemporary Art Fair. If you just happen to be in Paris or are on the market for some new art works, we’ve put together this special guide to help you navigate Art Week.

By the way, don’t miss to read our article about The 45th edition of FIAC.

Well, what are the new exhibitions in Paris this October 2018? To figure out how you can get the best out of this special event, make sure you spend all your free time checking out the best of contemporary art, take a glance to the Kooness galleries in France.  


We have already said that from October 18 to 21, 2018, FIAC is back in Paris for four days, but among to this major event, we want to inform you about the collateral art fair as the Outsider Art Fair setting up at Paris Atelier Richelieu at the same time as FIAC. This young fair, set for over 20 years in New York, promotes the best of art brut and outsider art. But it’s not all. If you want a scrupulous list of this fairs, discovers more by reading Take the most out of Contemporary art in France.


Photo officielle CPjuin_clairiere_IB FOG 2917.jpeg© Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton



Egon Schiele | From 3 October 2018 to 14 January 2019

As the first monograph of Schiele in Paris for 25 years, the exhibition brings together some 100 works - drawings, gouaches, and paintings - over more than 600m2, in the pool-level galleries (Gallery 1). It is organised chronologically across four rooms, following the concept of line and its development in the artist’s work. 

Jean - Michel Basquiat | From 3 October 2018 to 14 January 2019

The exhibition covers the painter’s whole career, from 1980 to 1988, focusing on 120 defining works. With the Heads from 1981-1982, gathered for the first time here, and the presentation of several collaborations between Basquiat and Warhol, the exhibition includes works previously unseen in Europe, essential works such as Obnoxious Liberals (1982), In Italian (1983), and Riding with Death (1988), as well as paintings which have rarely been seen since their first presentations during the artist’s lifetime, such as Offensive Orange  (1982), Untitled (Boxer) (1982), and Untitled (Yellow Tar and Feathers) (1982). Read more about How Basquiat Became the Top-Selling American Artist.




Joan Mirò | From 3 October 2018 to 4 February 2019

Bringing together nearly 150 works, this retrospective traces the technical and stylistic evolution of the artist. Miró creates from his dreams and opens the door to his poetic universe. Miró transformed the world around him with an apparent simplicity of means, whether a symbol, the tracing of a finger or water on paper, a seemingly fragile line on the canvas, a line in the ground fused with fire, or an insignificant object paired with another. He conjured a world full of poetic transformations from these surprising juxtapositions and unusual marriages, restoring enchantment to the world.



The Nadars - A photographic legend | From 16 October 2018 to 3 February 2019

The Bibliothèque nationale de France proposes the first big exhibition dedicated to the three Nadars. Félix Nadar (1820-1910), his brother Adrien Tournachon (1825-1903) and his son Paul Nadar (1856-1939) were both photographers, painters, artists and inventors… Some 300 pieces reveal the specificities of each of the three photographers, of their collaborations and rivalries; the exhibition embraces the entire history of the Nadars’ studios over nearly a century. Presenting original photographic prints, drawings, engravings, paintings and objects, the exhibition invites to discover the legacy of one of the major and lasting studios of the early times of photography.


Luiz Zerbini, A Primeira Missa, 2014 Acrylic on canvas 200 x 300 cm Collection Luis Zerbini. Luiz Zerbini. Photo Jaime Acioli.



Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia | From 14 October 2018 to 24 February 2019

The exhibition Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia celebrates the wealth of colour and diversity of styles in the geometric art of Latin America, bringing together 250 artworks made by over 70 artists from the Pre-Columbian period to present. Including modernist abstract art, sculpture and architecture as well as ceramics, weaving, and body painting, the exhibition explores the wide range of approaches to geometric abstraction in Latin America, whether influenced by Pre-Columbian art, the European avant-garde or Amerindian cultures.



Sugimoto Versailles | From 16 October 2018 to 20 January 2019

For its eleventh exhibition of contemporary art, the Palace of Versailles invites the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto this autumn in a new emblematic place. The Japanese artist will invest the gardens of the estate of Trianon inviting art, architecture and performance. Hiroshi Sugimoto settles his installations in several spaces in the Estate of Trianon : Petit Trianon, Flat Pool, Belvedere, Queen's Theater, French Pavilion and the Garden Room. The artist presents the shadows of greats personnages who lived or marked the places : from Louis XIV who set up Montespan here to Marie-Antoinette who put the finishing touches to its aesthetic, it is a whole historic facet that Sugimoto reinvents through his installations. 



Le Cubisme | From 17 October 2018 to 25 February 2019

The Centre Pompidou takes a fresh look at one of modern art history's founding movements, Cubism (1907-1917), through a comprehensive overview.  The first exhibition devoted to Cubism in France since 1953, the project's originality lies in its unusual stance, broadening a standpoint usually focused on its two inventors, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, to other artists. These pioneers, soon followed by Fernand Léger and Juan Gris, reserved their ground-breaking experimental work for a small-scale gallery run by a young unknown dealer, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, while artists like Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Robert and Sonia Delaunay brought the movement to the attention of critics and the public through their contributions to the Paris Salons. The exhibition highlights the rich inventiveness and wide variety of the movement.


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