Kim Yun Soo, Desert of Winds, 2004–05. Accumulating PVC, dimensions variable. Courtesy Gallery SoSo (Paju-Si).
Art Paris Art Fair 2016
March 31–April 3, 2016
A springtime art fair focused on discovery and the Land of the Morning Calm
Held at the Grand Palais from March 31 to April 3, Art Paris Art Fair is the springtime Paris event for modern and contemporary art that brings together 143 galleries from 20 countries which includes for the first time Azerbaijan, Colombia, and Iran.
A generalist fair open to all forms of artistic expression, Art Paris Art Fair presents an overview of art from the postwar period to the present day. The thematic sections focus on discovery in particular with this year’s Korea guest of honour project, personal exhibitions in the Solo Show section, emerging talents with the Promises section for young galleries, and digital art with monumental projections on the façade of Grand Palais.
Exploring the regions of Europe
Art Paris Art Fair continues to attract leading international galleries such as Daniel Templon (Paris), Sundaram Tagore (New York, Hong Kong, Singapore) and Flowers (London, New York). The 2016 selection is particularly focused on exploring the different regions of Europe and its cities, each with their own individual identities such as Zurich, Munich, and Milan, whose galleries and artistic reflect passion and commitment, like an antidote to the prevailing uniformization seen in so many art fairs.
Focus on the East: Korea Guest of Honour
Under the leadership of guest curator Sang-A Chun, the invitation of South Korea as guest of honour highlights the vast wealth of the art scene from the “Land of Morning Calm.” With close to 80 artists represented by galleries both from Korea (Seoul, Daegu, and Paju-Si) and some 20 Western galleries, this project spans the emergence of very specific forms of contemporary art in the 1960s to the present-day boom in creativity.
South Korea Guest of Honour at Art Paris Art Fair 2016 is part of the official programme of France-Korea Year 2015–16.
Introduced in 2015, the “Solo Show” section includes some 20 personal exhibitions scattered throughout the fair. This is an opportunity to discover or re-discover the work of modern or contemporary artists such as Syria’s Fadi Yazigi at Tanit Gallery, France’s Damien Cabane at Galerie Eric Dupont, Ronald Ventura from the Philippines at Galerie Primae Noctis, or Belgium’s Antoine Roegiers at Art Bärtschi & Cie, whose work is inspired by Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel.
Female artists are given pride of place with personal exhibitions of work by Claudine Drai (Galerie 111), Jan Haworth (Galerie du Centre), Katinka Limpe (Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire), Ruby Rumie (Galeria NH), and Song Hyun Sook (Galerie Ditesheim & Maffei Fine Art).
The Solo Show section is supported by the french magazine IDEAT.
This sector is dedicated to the promotion of young galleries and emerging talents. It includes 12 galleries that are less than five years old and have never taken part in the fair.
The “Springtime in Paris” VIP programme
Designed for collectors and art professionals, the programme aims to highlight the vibrancy of the Paris art scene and the new face of the French capital in the 21st century. A number of outstanding exhibitions are on during Art Paris Art Fair week including Daido Tokyo, Daido Moriyama at the Fondation Cartier, Pandora’s Box, another type of photography by Jan Dibbets at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Corpus, Helena Almeida at the Jeu de Paume, Le Douanier Rousseau, archaic innocence at the Musée d’Orsay, Ceramix, art and ceramics from Rodin to Schütte at Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique and La Maison Rouge, Bentu, 12 Chinese artists in the turbulence of transformation at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, and Miquel Barceló at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Picasso Museum.
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