Art Paris Art Fair 2017: Africa guest of honour

Art Paris, Paris / France

June 22, 2016

March 30–April 2, 2017

Application deadline: October 7, 2016

Preview (by invitation only): 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6–10pm

Grand Palais
Hours: Thursday and Saturday 11:30am–8pm, 
Friday 11:30am–9pm, Sunday 11:30am–7pm

T +33(0)1 56 26 52 00
F +33(0)1 47 55 19 31
contact [​at​]

A springtime fair focusing on discovery 
Held from March 30 to April 2, 2017, Art Paris Art fair is the leading springtime event for modern and contemporary art in Paris. Cosmopolitan and local, regional and international, the fair brings together close to 140 galleries from some 20 countries at the Grand Palais, exploring European art from the post-war period to the present day as well as emerging talents from around the world.

Africa guest of honour
Since 2012, the fair has built a reputation for its exploration of international art scenes. After Asia, Art Paris Art Fair continues to shed light on new scenes by inviting Africa as guest of honour in 2017. The guest curator for this project is independent cultural consultant and curator Marie-Ann Yemsi whose mission is to promote the wealth and rich diversity of contemporary African creativity in all its variety and openness to the world. This will be done through a selection of galleries and artists from the both African continent itself and its far-reaching diaspora. A symposium, a programme of video projections and several special projects will broaden this exploration and offer an in-depth vision of the creative fertility and energy of the African continent.

Solo Show: discovering or re-discovering historic, contemporary or emerging talents 
Art Paris Art Fair had worked to encourage personal exhibitions. Disseminated throughout the fair, they allow visitors to discover or rediscover of the work of a particular modern, contemporary or emerging artist. Special sponsored rates apply to “Solo Show” and a significant media campaign is designed to promote it. 

Promises: supporting young galleries
The “Promises” section is dedicated to young galleries that are under six years old. It is located in the centre of the Grand Palais and is made up of 12 promising galleries that may present up to three artists maximum. Part of their costs is covered by the fair.

Monumental digital art on the façade of the Grand Palais
In cooperation with a number of participating galleries, Art Paris Art Fair offers a unique programme of spectacular projections of digital art on the façade of the Grand Palais every evening for the duration of the fair. 

Paris capital of the arts
The City of Lights is experiencing an exceptional artistic and architectural regeneration with the opening in 2017 of several new institutions and foundations. The “Springtime in Paris” VIP programme offers collectors and art professionals access to the best of what is on in Paris, with a special focus on Africa in 2017. 

Applications are now open until October 7, 2016.
For any further information, please contact Béatrice Campillo, Exhibitor Relations Manager, T +33 (0)1 56 26 52 12 / bcampillo [​at​]

Art Paris Art Fair 2016 in figures
52,948 visitors from 50 countries / 6,500 square-meters at the Grand Palais in the heart of Paris / 143 exhibitors from 22 countries / 2,200 artists represented / 48% foreign participants / 52% French galleries / 40% newcomers

Art Paris Art Fair Managing Team
CEO: Julien & Valentine Lecêtre Fair
Director: Guillaume Piens
Director of Communications and Partnerships: Catherine Vauselle

Art Paris Art Fair Office
55, avenue Kléber
75016 Paris 
T +33 (0)1 56 26 52 00
F +33 (0)1 47 55 19 31

Selection Committee
Carina Andres Thalmann, Galerie Andres Thalmann (Zürich)
Alain Chiglien, Galerie Nec Nilsson et Chiglien (Paris)
Ernst Hilger, Galerie Ernst Hilger (Vienna)
Jean-François Keller, art collector
Diane Lahumière, Galerie Lahumière (Paris)
Marie-Ange Moulonguet, art collector

Press agency
Heymann, Renoult Associées
Sarah Heymann / Eléonore Grau, artparis.hra [​at​]
Italian press: Eleonora Alzetta, e.alzetta [​at​]
English and Spanish press: Julie Oviedo, j.oviedo [​at​]
German press: Bettina Bauerfeind, b.bauerfeind [​at​]
T +33 (0)1 44 61 76 76