FIAC 2016: Art Exhibitions, Live Performances and Film Screenings

By Urban Mishmash

The highly anticipated international contemporary art fair, FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporaine), will run from October 20 to 23, 2016 in Paris.

Bigger in scope than its previous editions, the 2016 edition will bring together 186 art galleries from around the world at the Grand Palais in Paris, including, for the first time, exhibitors from Japan, Hong Kong, Poland and Hungary. The art fair will also feature a series of outdoor exhibitions, live performances and film screenings at various historic venues across Paris, including the Louvre, Petit Palais, the Tuileries Gardens and Place Vendôme.

FIAC 2016 at the Grand Palais

The main exhibitions of the 43rd edition of FIAC will be on view at the Grand Palais in Paris. The Nave will host 108 international art galleries presenting works by internationally acclaimed and emerging artists, while the Salon d’Honneur and the Upper Galleries on the first floor will feature several art galleries dedicated to discovering and promoting new and emerging artists.

Marina Abramovic, Holding the Goat (from the series Back to Simplicity), 2010. © Marina Abramovic. Courtesy Marina Abramovic Archives

This year’s edition of FIAC will also see the inauguration of Salon Jean Perrin and will host nine art galleries presenting solo exhibitions of ten artists from 1970s onwards, including Endre Tót, Darío Villalba, Nil Yalter, Hessie, Irma Blank, Henri Chopin, William S. Burroughs, Tetsumi Kudo, Ilona Keserü and György Jovánovics.

Endre Tót, 60 degrees reain, (1971-76). Courtesy Endre Tót and acb Gallery

Additionally, the Lafayette Sector of FIAC 2016 that focuses on the international emerging arts scene will feature exhibitions by ten art galleries from seven countries, including Mexico, India, Germany and England.

FIAC 2016
From October 20 to October 23, 2016 (from noon to
8pm, late night opening until 9 pm on October 21, 2016)

At the Grand PalaisAvenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Day Ticket €35 (Reduced Tariff €20); Catalogue €35; Day ticket + catalogue (package) €60

Hors Les Murs

FIAC 2016 will also unfold a series of sculptures and visual and sound installations for the Hors Les Murs sector at three outdoor venues in Paris: the National Museum of Eugene Delacroix, the Tuileries Gardens and Place Vendôme. Swiss installation artist Ugo Rondinone will present his new series alluding to the ‘ghosts of the passage of time’ at Place Vendôme.

Arad Ron, The Armadillo Tea Pavilion. Courtesy Revolution Precrafted

Visitors will also have free access to large-scale installations and artworks by artists such as Mircea Cantor, Gloria Friedmann, Ron Arad, Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen at the Tuileries Gardens.

At the Tuileries Garden (Inauguration at noon, October 18, 2016, runs through November 2016), Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris; Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris (runs through November 2016); Musée National Eugène Delacroix, 6 Rue de Furstenberg, 75006 Paris
Free Access

On Site at the Petit Palais

For the first time for its 2016 edition, FIAC has announced the opening of the new On Site sector at the Petit Palais. On Site will feature around forty sculptures and installations in the various galleries and the garden of the Petit Palais.

Paolozzi Eduardo, Collage City (1975). Courtesy the artist and C L E A R I N G

On Site
From October 19 to October 23, 2016 (10 am to 6 pm, late night opening until 9 pm on October 19 and 21, 2015)
At the Petit PalaisAvenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Free Access

Poetry, Music and Performance

This year’s FIAC will also see the inauguration of a performance arts festival Parades to support and strengthen artistic intersections between music, poetry, contemporary dance and performance arts. The festival will feature multiple live performances at the LouvreGrand Palais and Petit Palais. Amongst other performances on the programme, Moroccan dancer and choreographer

Amongst other performances on the programme, Moroccan dancer and choreographer Buchra Ouizguen will present a nomadic performance at the Louvre, while artist and director Tim Etchells will collaborate with violinist Aisha Orazbayeva to present an unusual interaction between music and spoken text at Palais de la Découverte.

Buchra Ouizguen, Corbeaux, 2014. © Hasnae El Ouarga

At Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris; Palais de la Découverte, Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris; and the Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Free access subject to availability unless mentioned otherwise in the programme.

Other events

The programme for this year’s FIAC also includes conferences organised in the “Conversation Room” in a dedicated space at the top of the stunning staircase of the Grand Palais, which will address art’s relationship with architecture, science and diplomacy.

From October 21 to October 23, 2016 (Conferences at 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm)
At the Grand Palais, Conversation Room, on the 1st floor from the Grand Escalier d’Honneur, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

As part of the seventh edition of Cinéphémère, a selection of short artists’ films will be screened in a beautiful, 14-seater theatre at Place Clémenceau. The programme includes new films by Sara Ramo, Klara Liden, Bani Abidi, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Loretta Fahrenholz and Laure Prouvost.

From October 19 to October 23, 2016 (noon to 8 pm, registration at the entrance)
At Container Place Clémenceau, 75001 Paris

Finally, at the Palais de la Découverte, PLATFORM (a grouping of 23 regional funds for contemporary art) will present a selection of films from their collection on the themes of art and science.

From October 19 to October 23, 2016 (4 pm to 8 pm)
At Conference Room, Palais de la Découverte, Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris
Entrance from 6.30 pm through the Salon d’Honneur of the Grand Palais

For more information about FIAC 2016, visit the official page here.





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