The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC), which closed its doors on Sunday 22 October 2017, was a resounding success in all its different sectors: modern art, contemporary art, and design. The galleries reported exceptional and sustained sales to collectors, corporate foundations, and public and private institutions throughout the five-day period. Sales took place both within the historic setting of FIAC at the Grand Palais, and at the fair’s other locations – the On Site sector, installed at the Petit Palais and other key sites of the Hors les Murs circuit.
Next year’s 45th edition of FIAC will occupy the Grand Palais and these prestigious sites from 18 to 21 October 2018, with a vernissage on 17 October. FIAC will continue to be held at the Grand Palais for the next three editions, up to and including the year 2020.
FIAC recorded 73,910 admissions in 5 days, representing a 2.5% increase on our 2016 figures.
In addition, 12,574 VIP visitors, collectors, institutions, French and international professionals were hosted, representing a 3% increase compared to the previous edition.
By bringing together, from 18 to 22 October 2017, 193 galleries (including 41 new exhibitors) specialising in modern art, contemporary art, and design, originating from 30 countries, FIAC has never so broadly represented international contemporary creation. It notably accommodated galleries from 7 new countries – Egypt, Kosovo, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Singapore, and Tunisia. It has again demonstrated its commitment to emerging galleries through the Lafayette Sector, which was this year characterised by unprecedented diversity and vivacity.
The 44th edition also distinguished itself with the return of design, presented for the first time in a contemporary art fair at the 2004 FIAC. This year the fair hosted five galleries internationally renowned for their expertise in 20th and 21st century design: Jousse Entreprise, kreo, LAFFANOUR – Galerie Downtown, Eric Philippe, and Patrick Seguin. By associating increasingly varied artistic practices with the visual arts– dance, music, poetry, architecture, design – FIAC continues to encourage porosity between the different disciplines.
FIAC director Jennifer Flay commented: “The high quality of the galleries’ presentations was particularly applauded. I am delighted to have hosted such a huge array of artists, collectors, professionals, and public and private institutions from all over the world. The exceptional sales made at FIAC reflect the strength of the art market in Paris and highlight a climate of confidence shared by collectors and gallerists.”
Many emblematic institutions were associated with FIAC in hosting the arts programme – of unrivalled scope for an art fair – and including, besides the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Domaine national du Louvre et des Tuileries, the Musée national Eugène Delacroix, the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de la découverte, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, and L’Orangerie.
Among the institutions present: the MoMA (New York), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (New York), Contemporary Austin (Austin), Museo de Arte Latinoamericano – Malba (Buenos Aires) Tate Modern (London), Serpentine Gallery (London), Long Museum (Shanghai), British Friends of the Art Museum of Israel (London), MOCA (Los Angeles), Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), MAMCO (Geneva), MAXXI (Rome), Benaki Museum (Athens), Garage (Moscow), and more.
Many artists were also present: including Gilbert & George, Wim Delvoye, Yan Pei Ming, Lee Ufan, Olafur Eliasson, Camille Henrot, Cindy Sherman, Olivier Mosset, Navid Nuur, Henry Taylor, Bertrand Lavier, George Condo, Jim Dine, Sophie Calle, Richard Nonas, Johan Creten, Orlan, Robin Rhode, Pae White, Pierre Bismuth, Laurent Grasso, Claude Closky, Yona Friedman, Wang Wei, Oscar Tuazon, Joep Van Lieshout, Peter Downsbrough, and Ayesha Sultana.
Visitors came from 57 countries, including: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United States, the Ukraine, and Venezuela.