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    19-22 October 2017, Paris
Press release, Paris, October 25, 2016

FIAC in review

FIAC confirms, once again, its position as one of the world's leading art fairs Impressive sales for all sectors, high quality presentations throughout and record attendance figures

The 43rd edition of FIAC, one of the world’s most important art fairs, closed on Sunday 23 October, with excellent sales reported by most participating galleries. Sales took place throughout the fair, in the Grand Palais - the historic centre of the fair - as well as in the new sector On Site in the Petit Palais and the various venues of Hors les Murs. Surpassing predictions, FIAC saw a record attendance, up 0.5% from last year, with 72,080 entries.

FIAC today announced the dates for its next edition : FIAC 2017 will take place from 19-22 October 2017, with a VIP preview on 18 October. The Grand Palais will host the fair through 2020, before closing for a maximum of two years for renovations and extensions. Exciting projects to temporarily re-house the fair in the area surrounding the Grand Palais are currently under review.

From 19-23 October, 2016, FIAC brought together a total of 186 prestigious galleries of Modern and contemporary art from 27 countries, representing more than 4,000 artists from all over the world. This year, 43 galleries participated in FIAC for the first time. Four countries participated for the first time or returned to the fair : Japan, Hong Kong, Poland, and Hungary.

FIAC welcomed even more visitors than last year, with 72,080 visits to the Grand Palais over five days. 12,198 collectors, institutions, and art world professionals from France and throughout the world attended, with an increase of 8.7% from the previous year.

Visitors came from 58 countries including Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Luxemburg, Mexico, Qatar, Spain, Singapore, South America, Switzerland, Turkey, the UAE, the United Kingdom, the United States, and more.

100 international and French institutions, foundations, and art museums were welcomed this year. They included the Centre Pompidou Foundation, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Pinault collection, various acquisition committees from the musée national d’Art moderne, the Tate Modern, the Luma Foundation, the Jumex Foundation, the Friends of the Guggenheim New York and Venice, Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, the Friends of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Fondation Maison Rouge and the Fondation Cartier.

A significant number of artists from around the world visited this major event : Maurizio Cattelan, Claude Closky, Jimmie Durham, Olafur Eliason, Elmgreen & Dragset, Urs Fischer, Peter Fischli, Joana Hadjithomas, Michel Houellebecq, Leandro Erlich, Peter Greenaway, Karen Kilimnik, Jannis Kounellis, Yoshitomo Nara, Ugo Rondinone, Laure Prouvost, Michael Sailstorfer, Jacques Villeglé, Yan Pei-Ming and Cathy Wilkes, among others.

The 2016 edition of FIAC in the words of exhibitors :

Serena Cattaneo Adorno, Gagosian Gallery : “We thought this year would be a challenge, given the time separating Frieze from FIAC, but we are thrilled by the sales we made and the number of new collectors we met at the fair. There were many international visitors this year. Many sales were made to first-time clients. Paris is becoming the art capital of the world. The quality of the gallery presentations at the fair and museum shows on view in the city is outstanding.”

Fabienne Leclerc, In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc : “The quality of the gallery presentations was exceptional. We sold the piece by Vivien Roubaud presented at the Petit Palais together with works by all of the artists - Mark Dion, Johana Hadjithomas & Halil Joreige, Otobong Nkanga – exhibited on our booth at the Grand Palais, to private and institutional collectors from France, Hong Kong, and Singapore.”

Christophe Van de Weghe, Van de Weghe : “FIAC is one of our favorite fairs. Sales take off as soon as the fair opens and continue up to the very last minute. We always do well at FIAC, but this year, the quality was truly exceptional. Among other transactions, we sold a work by Rudolf Stingel for $2.3 million, a drawing by Tom Wasselman for $180,000, and a drawing by Picasso for $450,000.”

Solene Guillier, gb Agency : “There was a great deal of interest in our booth from the very first day. We met many new collectors, including several from Asia but also Italy and Belgium. A large number of foundations, groups from several international museums, as well as many private collectors were present.”

Massimo Minini : “It’s always a great fair, and this was the best edition yet! We sold two works by Daniel Buren, three works by Sheila Hicks, and works by Ariel Schlesinger and Mario Merz. We met new collectors—French, Belgian, and Italian—and advisors for American collectors, who travel less frequently of late.”

Guido Baudach : “FIAC improves each year. There was a great atmosphere at the Grand Palais. We sold a lot of works for prices ranging from 10,000€ to 50,000€, all to new clients from France and abroad.”

Michel and David Fleiss, Gallery 1900-2000 : “This was our best year at FIAC yet. It’s an excellent fair in terms of the relationships we initiated. We sold thirty works, including one for 500,000€. We met new collectors—American, Belgian, Swiss, German, and French.”

kamel mennour : "Excellent edition. We did very well.”

Nicolas Nahab, Marian Goodman : “This was a better year, in terms of sales, than last year. We did business every day, selling about fifteen works in total at an average price of 100,000€. We sold to a number of international institutions and to several European private collectors.”

Konrad Fischer : “This was a big week; we did extremely well selling many works, including an entire edition of 20 numbers by Thomas Schutte. We made new connections with collectors from various countries—France, the United States, Japan, Holland, Belgium, Italy, and Spain—and sold works ranging in price from 20,000€ to 200,000€ to collectors and private institutions.”

TORRI, Lafayette sector : “We were very happy to present Hoel Duret’s solo show. We completely sold out our booth, including one video installation to the FRAC PACA.”

Patreek Raja, Experimenter, Lafayette sector : “We were thrilled to participate in FIAC for the first time. Our experience was exceptionally rewarding. We were proud to sell a major video installation by Pakistani artist Bani Abidi to a French institution.”

Canada : “We are absolutely delighted; it is one of the best fairs we have ever done. It was also an important moment in the career of Katherine Bernhardt, whose work we presented in a solo exhibition for the first time in Paris. She attended the fair in person, accompanied by her entire family”.

José Rojas, House of Gaga, Salon d’Honneur : “It is always rewarding for us to be here and it was particularly so this year. It is good to see that the energy and investment that we put into FIAC pays back. We have participated in FIAC for six years. It is a very important fair for us.”

Alessandro Pasotti, P420, Salon Jean Perrin : “We are thrilled with the encounters that we made thanks to the presentation of Irma Blank’s work in the Salon Jean Perrin. Each day was a success and we made interesting new contacts. FIAC is one of the most important fairs in the world, in which every gallery aspires to participate. We hope to be present next year.”

espaivisor, Salon Jean Perrin : “We had a very good fair. We sold a major historic work by Nil Yalter and Judy Blum’s Paris, Ville Lumière, 1974, to the City of Paris. We enjoyed the new Salon Jean Perrin. We hope to participate again in FIAC next year.”

On Site, the new sector Petit Palais and Avenue Winston Churchill

A new programme of sculptures and installations, On Site, was presented in the prestigious setting of the Petit Palais, opposite the Grand Palais, from 19-23 October, created in collaboration with Christophe Leribault, Director of the Petit Palais, and Lorenzo Benedetti, Associate Curator. In total, 37 works of various scales were presented in museum-caliber settings, an unparalleled opportunity in the landscape of contemporary art fairs This exceptional context was enhanced by the Avenue Winston Churchill which runs between the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais. The artery was made accessible exclusively to pedestrians for the duration of FIAC and reclaimed as a new territory for art with works by Jacques Villéglé, Lawrence Weiner, Ange Leccia, Alain Bublex among others, an expansion that was received with great enthusiasm by visitors and galleries.

For the first time in the history of FIAC and of Paris, the closure of the Avenue Winston Churchill to traffic recreated the original esplanade of the 1900 World Fair, a bridge between the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais. Some ten works were installed there, offering Parisian and international visitors an open-air experience of contemporary art. Visitor numbers at the Petit Palais doubled during the five days of FIAC, from 17,000 during the week preceding the fair to more than 35,500.

Free of charge to the public, On Site at the Petit Palais and on the Avenue Winston Churchill allowed a large number of visitors to discover works by high-caliber artists: Etel Adnan (Galerie Lelong, Paris), David Altmejd (Xavier Hufkens, Bruxelles), Étienne Béothy, (Le Minotaure, Paris), Joe Bradley (Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich), Stefan Brüggemann ( Parra & Romero, Madrid), Alain Bublex (Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois, Paris), Abraham Cruzvillegas (Chantal Crousel, Paris), Noël Dolla (Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris), Wang Du (Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris), Marcel Duchamp (Galerie 1900-2000, Paris), Jimmie Durham (Michel Rein, Paris, Bruxelles), Jan Fabre (Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, Bruxelles), Barry Flanagan (Waddington Custot Galleries, Londres), Brian Griffiths (Vilma Gold, Londres), Damien Hirst (White Cube, Londres, Hong Kong), Yu Honglei (Balice Hertling, Paris and Antenna Space, Shanghai) Jannis Kounellis (Galerie Lelong, Paris), Bertrand Lavier (Almine Rech, Paris), Guillaume Leblon (Jocelyn Wolff, Paris), Gonzalo Lebrija (Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris), Ange Leccia (Jousse Entreprise, Paris), Benoît Maire (Galerie Thomas Bernard – Cortex Athletico, Paris, et Meessen de, Clercq, Bruxelles) Caroline Mesquita (Carlier / Gebauer, Berlin), Yoshimoto Nara (Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo), Ernesto Neto (Max Hetzler, Berlin), Not Vital (Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Salzburg), Eduardo Paolozzi (C L E A R I N G, New York, Bruxelles), Manfred Pernice (Neu, Berlin), Mandla Reuter (Francesca Minini, Milan and Neue Alte Brücke, Francfort), Vivien Roubaud (In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc, Paris), Adrian Schiess (Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienne), Do Ho Suh, (Victoria Miro, London et Lehmann Maupin, New York), Hong Kong (Oscar Tuazon (Chantal Crousel, Paris), Lee Ufan,(kamel mennour, Paris), Jacques Villeglé (Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris), Lawrence Weiner (Marian Goodman, Paris, New York, London and Alfonso, Artiaco, Napoli).

Sales took place at On Site, including of works by Ernesto Neto, Vivien Roubaud, and Jannis Kounellis.

Hors les Murs : An itinerary of outdoor works in three iconic Paris venues

This year, the Hors les Murs programme took place at the Domaine national du Louvre et des Tuileries, at the Musée Eugène Delacroix, and in Place Vendôme.

Thanks to the involvement of participating galleries and artists, FIAC and the Louvre - partners for the past ten years - brought together eighteen projects in the exceptional setting of the Tuileries gardens. These included installations, sculptures, performances, sound works and architectural propositions : Ignasi Aballí (Meessen de Clercq, Brussels), Ron Arad (Revolution precrafted), Eric Baudart (Chez Valentin, Paris and Edouard Malingue, Hong Kong), Berdaguer & Péjus (Galerie Papillon, Paris), Joe Bradley (Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich), Mircea Cantor (VNH Gallery, Paris), Claude Closky, (Laurent Godin, Paris), Noël Dolla (Bernard Ceysson, Paris), Gloria Friedmann (Galerie Mitterrand, Paris), Jacques Julien (Semiose, Paris), Thomas Kilpper (Nagel Draxler, Berlin), Vincent Mauger (Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris), Jean Nouvel (Studio Jean Nouvel Design, for Revolution precrafted, Paris), Pezo von Ellrichshause (SOLO GALERIE, Paris), Jean Prouvé (Patrick Seguin, Paris), Michael Sailstorfer (König Galerie, Berlin and Galerie Perrotin, Paris, New York), Colin Snapp, (Allen, Paris), Julien Tiberi (Semiose, Paris).

FIAC also renewed its collaboration with the Comité Vendôme and its members to present Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s monumental work Every Time the Sun Comes up in the Place Vendôme, in association with Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich), Gladstone Gallery (New York, Brussels), Sadie Coles HQ (London), Esther Schipper (Berlin), and Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery (Seoul, New York).

Parades for FIAC : the new performance festival

This year, FIAC reinforced its support of performative practices and exchanges between contemporary art disciplines by inaugurating a new festival, Parades for FIAC, which was held in various iconic Parisian locations near the Grand Palais : the Louvre, Gare du Nord, Palais de la Découverte, and Musée de l’Orangerie.

This programme investigates intersections between music, contemporary dance, performance, and poetry. It presented a series of experiments in the form of live action works to explore new avenues in the field of artistic performance.

FIAC accepted the invitation of the Palais de la Découverte to join forces by symbolically opening one of the double doors connecting the Palais de la Découverte to the Salon d’Honneur of the Grand Palais for the first time in decades, inviting the public to cross over into the Museum where a programme of performances combining scientific fictions and realities was presented every evening from 6.30pm onwards.

FIAC continues!
Certain works presented as part of Hors Les Murs will be on display until early November.

The Tuileries Garden (Domaine national du Louvre et des Tuileries)
Claude Closky, Les Cheveux, 2015
Noël Dolla, Rêve Englouti, 2016
Michael Sailstorfer, Kopf und Körper Paris, 2016
Vincent Mauger, Les Injonctions Paradoxales, 2016
Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, Deci, 2016
Eric Baudart, Cubikron 3.0, 2015

Place Vendôme
Ugo Rondinone, Every time the sun comes-up

Musée Eugène Delacroix
Stéphane Thidet, Une Histoire Vraie, 2016, and, From Walden to Space, Chapter II : the hut, 2016

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