Essential exhibitions to catch at the FIAC
The FIAC is back for another round in some of Paris’ most beautiful exhibition spaces, claiming its spot at the top of the contemporary art field. You can’t argue the maths; 193 galleries will be taking part, representing 30 countries. That’s a whole lot of art. And if it’s all a little overwhelming for you, never fear! We’ve picked out the cream of the FIAC crop, whittling it down to the exhibitions you simply have to get a load of.
LE GRAND PALAIS
Le Grand Palais remains the focal point for the FIAC. Newbies to the art scene need simply head to the Parisian monument to get a load of some of the world’s most impressive galleries, Gagosian, Lelong & Co and Marian Goodman included. The Perrotin gallery will also be taking part, presenting a collection of the work by French artist Laurent Grasso. Focusing on reality, temporality, space-time and memory, the collection promises to be unforgettable.
HIGH RELIEF POLYCHROME
Brought to life by Daniel Kuren, the high relief polychrome takes influence from the set of black and white columns located in the courtyard of the Palais Royal. Judged too modern at the time of its creation, as well as being accused of disfiguring the surrounding spaces, the original project was almost never brought to completion. Faced by controversy, President at the time Jacques Chirac, was even forced to suspend work on the piece. You wouldn’t realise it, however; today, the columns have become a tourist spot in their own right, attracting visitors from around the world!
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It’s time for an adventure, focused on one of the most contemporary creations in the bunch, a pop-culture totem pole created by multimedia artist Angela Bulloch. Stacking voluminous lozenges, one on top of the other, the artist was loosely inspired by the works of Brâncusi in her creation phase, Romanian painter, photographer and painter.
On the hunt for more? Try taking a look at Bottle Man, a fragile piece brought to life by artist Valentin Carron. Made up of 142 bottles, the sculpture takes the form of a human silhouette. Does it represent a crime scene? Is it an open bar? We simply don’t know.
FIAC is all about getting on your walking shoes and traversing the city, and it’s all the better for it! On Site are about to make your experience even more active, however. A group of 40 plus sculptors, On Site have taken over the space between the Petit Palais and Winston Churchill Avenue, installing a different kind of exhibition. Whether they’re from the minds of Wang Wei, Joel Shapiro, Enrique Ramirez or Erwin Wurm, the pieces are so varied, and so monumental, that you might need a moment alone in order to recover. Feeling overwhelmed? Pull up a pew on artist Pablo Reinoso’s spaghetti bench! Recently made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, the artist finishes his pieces with touches of subversion and derision. Two works from Reinoso’s Spaghetti series will be presented opposite the Grand Palais, on Winston Churchill Avenue. The public benches are outside of the ordinary, incorporating themselves into the surrounding environment like creeper plants.
OUTSIDE THE WALLS
The Hors Les Murs (Outside The Walls) exhibition opens up the artistic sphere to everyone, presenting a series of free, outdoor pieces. Hors Les Murs is concentrated in the Tuileries gardens, which houses a number of diverse, hidden art works. Marvel in front of one of the first demountable houses created by artist Jean Prouvé; hunt for and discover Niçois Pugnaire and Raffini’s monumental sculptures. Whether you’re in the Tuileries, at Place Vendome or further by the Musée Delacroix, you’re bound to find something to leave you breathless.