One of the most anticipated contemporary art fairs of this year, FIAC will run at the Grand Palais, Paris from October 20 to 23, 2016. For its 43rd edition, FIAC expands to neighbouring Petit Palais for the On Site section, a new addition to an already-ambitious offering of contemporary art. On Site will feature large scale sculptures and installations by some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world and will kick off tomorrow, October 19, and run until October 23.
Visitors will have free access to the On Site section that will include art works by major contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst, David Altmejd, Alain Bublex, Barry Flanagan, Jannis Kounellis, Guillaume Leblon, Yoshimoto Nara, Lee Ufan and Oscar Tuazon to name a few.
Outside the walls
Moreover, in a nod to the shared history of these two iconic art nouveau buildings (both buildings were built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 and were linked by a single esplanade), ten art works (installations and sculptures) will be displayed along the Avenue Winston Churchill (which remains closed for the duration of FIAC), thus recreating the idea of the original esplanade that connected the Grand and the Petit Palais. In particular, American artist Lawrence Weiner proposes to connect the two grand doors with his “Statements” series, while French artist Jacques Villeglé’s work involves a quote by philosopher Henri Michaux, laid out in a particular large lettering on the ground.
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An ambitious offering
Overall, thirty seven projects will be exhibited at the Petit Palais and on the Avenue Winston Churchill for this first edition of “On Site“. In another interesting initiative, the doors at the back of Grand Palais’ Salon d’Honneur will be opened for the first time in several decades, allowing visitors a direct access to the iconic Palais de la Découverte, where a series of performances will take place from October 20 to October 23, as part of the festival Parades.
October 19, 2016 to October 23, 2016
At The Petit Palais
On Site: FIAC 2016
The Petit Palais