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Paris+ par Art Basel

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PRESS RELEASE: 28 September, 2022

Paris+ par Art Basel is the newest fair for Modern and contemporary art, taking place October 20-23, 2022 in the French capital.

Art Basel has been going on since 1970 and is still one of the biggest contemporary-focused shows today. A Hong Kong and a Miami edition have been added to the original Basel fair, each uniquely defined by its hosting city. Differences lie in the participating galleries, artworks and the content of the parallel programs produced in collaboration with local institutions. 

This January Art Basel and its parent company, the Swiss MCH Group AG (organises and hosts about 90 exhibitions) announced that it has been awarded a seven-year contract to stage a new fair at the Grand Palais in Paris. Since currently the iconic building is under construction, the new fair will initially take place at the Grand Palais’s temporary venue, the Grand Palais Éphémère, located in the historic heart of Paris on the Champ-de-Mars. The new event is called Paris+ par Art Basel and it will open with a VIP preview on 19 October and with vernissage and public days on 20-23 October. (Previously the spot was reserved for FIAC – International Contemporary Art Fair/Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, which will held its upcoming edition of Paris Photo, the world’s leading art fair for photography, 10-13 November, 2022, at the Grand Palais Ephémère)

The new show is directed by Clément Delépine (the former Co-Director of Paris Internationale fair), who will work closely with General Manager Virginie Aubert (former vice president of Christie’s France) and Deputy Director Maxime Hourdequin (formerly Deputy Director of FIAC, International Contemporary Art Fair). The Selection Committee includes leading representatives from the French and international gallery scene. 

The inaugural edition of Paris+ par Art Basel will bring together 156 leading French and international galleries to present exceptional artworks across all media – from painting and sculpture to photography and digital works. You can discover the exhibitors here

As usual with Art Basel, other events, exhibitions and conversations are taking place at the fair and across the city. For example ‘Sites’ is dedicated to artistic projects organised in the heart of Paris, including the Jardin des Tuileries – Domaine national du Louvre, as well as Place Vendôme, Musée National Eugène-Delacroix and Chapelle des Petits-Augustins des Beaux-Arts de Paris. Please browse the different events here

Paris+ par Art Basel Partners

Art Basel has a long-standing tradition of working together with well known partners and brands. Some of them are even dedicating significant resources to commission artists or art projects and either launching and communicating it at the fair or including the artist in the exhibition program. Louis Vuitton is the Associate Partner of the new fair, while other emblematic French Maisons like Lalique, Guerlain or Ruinart join as partners and providers.

As a long-standing Associate Partner of Art Basel, Audemars Piguet works every year with a selected curator and international artists at Art Basel, Art Basel Miami and Art Basel Hong Kong to create contemporary artworks and fostering a global community of creators. The fine watchmaker is now the Show Partner of Paris+ par Art Basel. As Audemars Piguet shared, Greek artist, curator, architect Andreas Angelidakis will showcase a large-scale immersive artwork this October, commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary. Transforming the interior dome of the historic Espace Niemeyer in Paris, the installation titled Center for the Critical Appreciation of Antiquity (2022) will be on view from 11 – 30 October 2022.

BMW is the official automotive partner of Art Basel. Besides that, the BMW Art Journey is a joint project with Art Basel since 2015 – with the idea to support artists as they travel around the world, for research, inspiration, and new encounters while they create new work. 

The Swiss design company Vitra has been a long-term supporter of Art Basel. This year, Vitra launched a limited edition of the Fauteuil Kangourou designed by French architect and engineer Jean Prouvé in 1948.

David Yurman, an American jewellery company founded by David Yurman and Sybil Yurman will be an Official Partner supporting the ‘Sites’ sector at Paris+ par Art Basel.

Photo credits: Photo by Aliki Christoforou, courtesy Art Basel. Courtesy Seth Price and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi. Ed Mumford courtesy the Emma McIntyre and Air de Paris, Romainville. Andreas Angelidakis (c) Dimitri Bourriau
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