Your Go-To Guide to All the Fairs Taking Place for Paris+ During the City of Lights’s High-Octane Art Week
Here's what you need to know ahead of a busy week.
Fresh off the end of London’s busy art week, collectors, curators, artists, and members of the public will now alight on Paris for another whirlwind, art-filled agenda. The main highlight is of course the second edition of Art Basel’s Paris+, but there’s much more to see and do in the city. Below, we’ve detailed all the practical information you need to know before heading out to the City of Light this week.
What: The week’s main event returns to the Grand Palais Éphémère on Paris’s picturesque Champ-de-Mars, a well-appointed venue with a sightline to the Eiffel Tower on one side and the École Militaire on the other. The sophomore edition of Art Basel’s newest fair returns with 154 international galleries heralding from 33 countries. Four exhibitors are graduating to the main sector after showing with the emerging gallery cohort last year, and 15 exhibitors are newcomers this year.
In addition to the central presentation, the fair is teaming up with the city of Paris and local institutions for a sprawling (and free!) public program, including installations at the Jardin des Tuileries and the Place Vendôme.
Where: Grand Palais Éphémère
When: VIP day: Wednesday, October 18: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Vernissage day: Thursday, October 19: 4 p.m.–8 p.m.; Public days: Friday, October 20: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, October 21: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, October 22: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
What: The inaugural edition of Design Miami/Paris lands in the vaunted 18th century mansion in the Faubourg Saint-Germain district imminently. The event will feature 27 design galleries from around the world bringing historic and contemporary design objects, lighting, furniture, and collectibles, many of which are curated in direct response to the historic setting.
Where: L’hôtel de Maisons, 51 Rue de l’Université
When: Preview day: Tuesday, October 17: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Public view: Wednesday, October 18–Saturday, October 21: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, October 22: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
What: The ninth edition of Paris Internationale will be presented this year in the Central téléphonique Le Coeur on rue Bergère, near the scenic Grands Boulevards. A young, free, and vibrant presentation is in store, with 65 galleries from 25 countries exhibiting in the industrial space, with 20 newcomers including Piktrogram (Warsaw), Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), and Gaga (Mexico City).
Where: 17 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
When: VIP preview: Tuesday, October 17: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Public hours: Wednesday, October 18-Thursday, October 19: 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Friday, October 20–Saturday, October 21: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, October 22: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
What: Asia NOW’s ninth edition will showcase a diverse group of 65 international participants including galleries, institutions, non-profit organizations, and private foundations from 26 territories hailing from Central Asia to Asia Pacific and its diaspora. The “content-based art fair” welcomes art collective Slavs and Tatars as guest curators this year, with an exhibition dedicated to the unique textiles of Central Asia featuring the work of 14 contemporary artists.
Where: Monnai de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006
When: VIP preview: Thursday, October 19: 2 p.m.–5 p.m.; Public opening: Friday, October 20–Sunday, October 22: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
What: For its eighth edition, the Also Known As Africa fair (AKAA) returns to Paris under the artistic direction of veteran curator Armelle Dakouo. In addition to gallery presentations, special projects will be on display including a monumental installation by artist Cosmo Whyte reflecting on the presentation of “Black bodies protesting the boundaries of society,” which invites viewers to “critically examine the relationship between architecture, power, and the Black experience.”
Where: Carreau du Temple, 4 rue Eugène Spuller
When: Public hours: Friday, October 20–Saturday, October 21: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, October 22: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
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