FIAC Opens with Expanded Scope

Various French publications today examined the frenzy surrounding FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain), whose forty-second edition opens at the Grand Palais today with 173 galleries from twenty-three countries specializing in modern and contemporary art. Le Figaro calls it the “craziest week of the year for contemporary art in Paris,” and praises the Paris art community for finding new ways to expand the fair, including the second edition of FIAC’s sister fair, OFFICIELLE, and a brand new independent fair, Paris Internationale, an initiative by local galleries that has taken over a run-down hôtel particulier near the Arc de Triomphe.

Celestine Bohlen of the International New York Times reports on another addition to FIAC this year, the “Musées en Seine” program, which expands its “Hors les Murs” (Beyond the Walls) segment and includes a circuit of twenty-odd participating Paris museums served by special shuttle boats during the run of the fair. Regarding sales, fair director Jennifer Flay, told the INYT, “FIAC is known as the fair where you sell from the opening to the very end” and referred to last year’s brisk business that included “ten sales between $5 million and $7 million.”