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FIAC to Host 186 Galleries from 27 Countries

The forty-third edition of Paris’s Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain opens on Thursday, October 20, with expanded programming. The fair is bringing together 186 galleries from twenty-seven countries, including four new countries and territories: Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, and Poland. It will take place at the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Jardin des Tuileries, and the Place Vendôme with a preview starting today.

Directed by Jennifer Flay since 2010, FIAC is launching the On Site section for sculptures and installations in collaboration with the Petit Palais and its director Christophe Leribault. Located opposite the main venue, the Petit Palais is an historic building that was built for the World’s Fair in 1900. “On this exact site, it is possible to retrace the genesis of modern art, with the presentation of famous and sometimes scandalous works by Manet and Courbet (some of which are now presented in the permanent collection of the Petit Palais),” Lorenzo Benedetti, Petit Palais associate curator, said.

The fair’s expanded footprint also includes the opening of Salon Jean Perrin, a new exhibition space at the fair that will feature nine galleries presenting works by late-twentieth-century artists.

This year FIAC is also introducing a new festival, Parades, focusing on performance art and produced in collaboration with the Louvre. It investigates the intersections between music, contemporary dance, performance, and poetry and will be held in various locations near the Grand Palais.

For the fair’s Lafayette Sector, which supports young international galleries who represent emerging artists, ten galleries were chosen: Allen (Paris); Arcade (London), Experimenter (Kolkata), Freedman Fitzpatrick (Los Angeles), Grey Noise (Dubai), Hollybush Gardens (London), joségarcía, mx (Mexico), Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin), Micky Schubert (Berlin), and TORRI (Paris).

FIAC will be held from October 20 to October 23, 2016.