Announcing Art Paris 2021

Art Paris
Jun 12, 2021 9:35AM

An exceptional 2021 edition: a list of top- notch galleries and a new location at Le Grand Palais Éphémère confirming the place of Paris as a major hub for contemporary art.

The First Modern and Contemporary Art Fair to Take Up Residence in the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars

After being the first art fair in the world to open its doors in September 2020 after lockdown restrictions ended, Art Paris will also be the first art fair to take up residence in the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars from 9 to 12 September. Designed by reknown architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, this spectacular tem- porary structure which is situated in front of the École Militaire and close to the Eiffel Tower, will host events scheduled at the Grand Palais until the building reopens for the Olympic Games in 2024.

A strong 2021 selection marked by the arrival of major leading galleries

Art Paris has established itself as a major Art fair for Modern and Contemporary art. This forthcoming edition will bring together 140 galleries from over twenty countries, displaying art spanning post-war to the contemporary period. Whilst Art Paris is a place for discovery, its distinctive feature is a special emphasis on the European scene combined with the exploration of new horizons of international creative hubs in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Regional and cosmopolitan, the 2021 edition counts 39% of new participants and is marked by the arrival of leading in- ternational galleries including Almine Rech, Continua, Massimo de Carlo, Lelong & co, Kamel Mennour, Perrotin and Thaddaeus Ropac.

A Focus on the French Scene

Since 2018, Art Paris has consistently supported the French contemporary art scene by inviting curators to lend a subjective, historical and critical eye and to design a special project highlighting French artists featured at the fair. For 2021, guest curator Hervé Mikaeloff will share his perspective on contempo- rary French artist with Portraiture and Figuration. A Focus on the French Scene, bringing together some twenty artists around the theme of the por- trait and the renewal of figurative painting in France.

"Solo Show": A Showcase of Some 20 Monographic Exhibitions

Since 2015, Art Paris has encouraged the presentation of monographic exhibitions – a key moment in artists’ careers – by inciting galleries to present specific single artist-focused projects. The 2020 edition will feature around 20 solo shows distributed throughout the fair.

"Promises": A Sector for Young Galleries and Emerging Talents

The "Promises" sector will host over 10 young galleries with less than six years of existence from Abidjan, Guatemala, Marseille and Paris, many of which will be exhibiting at Art Paris for the first time this year. The participating galleries may present no more than three emerging artists. The fair finances 45% of their participation costs.

The Ether (Equality) statue by Kohei Nawa with

In March 2021, with the Japanese artist Kohei Nawa, has won the department of Hauts-de-Seine public competition to build a 25 meters tall Equality statue on the Seguin Island in Paris. It will be a unique public art monument towering at the center of the river Seine.A scaled model of the statue will be exclusively shown at the Art Paris fair. The Equality statue, inspired by Kohei Nawa’s series Ether, is the representation of the fall of a drop of water and symbolizes our equality in the face the force of gravity. will developed a free Augmented Reality experience equally focused on education and entertainment. .

Paris, A Major Center for Contemporary Art

Paris is more than ever a major center for contemporary art. The “In Paris during Art Paris” VIP programme will showcase the very best cultural events which Paris major art world hub and City of Light has to offer as it embarks on a period of renewed hope as new galleries will open their doors, and institutions reopen...

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