Paris’s Grand Palais to Temporarily Close for Renovations

Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper writes that Paris’s Grand Palais, which houses a trio of major art fairs—La Biennale Paris, Paris Photo, and FIAC—will close in 2020 for two years for major renovations. Alternative locations for these fairs and other events will be announced later in 2017. Sylvie Hubac, president of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the organization that oversees the Grand Palais, states that the refurbishment will create “exceptional high-quality, generous exhibition spaces to accommodate our partners and visitors.”

The Palais has closed once before, from the mid-1990s to 2005, for improvements. FIAC thus relocated to the Pavillon du Parc at the Porte de Versailles from 1999 to 2006. The executive director of Paris’s Galerie Templon, Anne-Claudie Coric, said, “When [FIAC] moved to Porte de Versailles, foreign collectors were a little reluctant [to attend] but business was good. Going back to the Grand Palais put [FIAC] back on the map of key international art fairs. I am sure [the fair] will keep the same pace despite the temporary closure. If Reed [the company behind FIAC] decides to create a tent in the center of Paris, it could be [okay] for a couple of years. We are curious to hear their plan.”

There is, however, no word yet on how the closing will affect the Monumenta biennial, a major event commensurate with Tate Modern’s commission for Turbine Hall.