Art Paris Art Fair 2016

© Emmanuel Nguyen Ngoc – Art Paris Art Fair, 2015


NERO is pleased to announce the 2016 edition of Art Paris Art Fair, scheduled to take place from the 31st of March to the 3rd of April at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Art Paris Art Fair is the leading fair for modern and contemporary art held in the spring in Paris which this year brings together 143 galleries from 22 countries. The fair remains true to its concept of “cosmopolitan regionalism” introduced four years ago. In 2016, the fair continues to concentrate on parts of Europe and the singular art scenes of cities like Marseille, Milan and Zurich while also looking further afield to places like Azerbaijan, Colombia, and Iran, and of course Korea, this year’s guest of honour.

Open to all forms of artistic expression including design, Art Paris Art Fair offers an insight into art from the post-war period to the present day while the thematic sections focus more on discovery.

The invitation of Korea as guest of honour is the last of a trilogy of editions dedicated to exploring the art scenes of the East. This year’s edition was overseen by guest curator Sang-A Chun and is particularly impressive with close to 80 Korean artists on show and a series of side events. It reveals the striking richness of the art scene from “the land of the morning calm,” with work dating back to the 1960s, right up to the present day’s boom in contemporary creativity.

The Promises section presents emerging talents from an ever wider range of countries while the Solo Show part offers a score of personal exhibitions disseminated throughout the fair, allowing visitors to discover or rediscover the work of modern, contemporary or emerging artists. Digital art is given pride of place with a programme of monumental nighttime projections of work on the colossal façade of the Grand Palais. The Springtime in Paris VIP programme for collectors and art professionals offers the best of what is happening on the Paris art scene, highlighting the new cultural landscape of the “City of Lights” in the 21st Century.

This year Art Paris Art Fair welcomes a number of new partners such as Maison Daum which brings a specific exhibition on the theme of street art for which it has collaborated with a number of artists. Also new this year is Bus expo, in partnership with Air France, offering an itinerant exhibition to five of the artists from the Solo Show section of the fair. The objective is to make contemporary art available to the widest possible audience, which resonates with the values of Art Paris Art Fair and its aim of being a spring fair accessible to everyone.

This section is dedicated to promoting young galleries that are under five years old and have never taken part in Art Paris Art Fair. This year brings 12 galleries from Baku, Brussels, Marseille, London, Paris and Zurich.

Solo Show
Introduced in 2015, the Solo Show section offers some 20 personal exhibitions (see below) dotted throughout the fair, enabling visitors to discover or re-discover the work of modern, contemporary or emerging 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.

Solo Show on Bus Expo
From the 17th of March to the 5th of April the Air France airport buses will feature temporary exhibitions as part of the Bus Expo project. The aim is to make contemporary art accessible to the widest possible audience. Bus Expo and Art Paris Art Fair have joined forces to display the work of five artists selected from among the solo shows at the fair. The five selected artists are: Geneviève Claisse (Galerie Fleury, Paris), Hervé Di Rosa (Art To Be Gallery, Lille), Katinka Lampe (Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris), Antoine Roegiers (Art Bärtschi & Cie, Geneva) and Fadi Yazigi (Galerie Tanit, Munich).

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 BoxJan Dibbets on Another Photography at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de ParisHelena Almeida. Corpus at the Jeu de Paume, Le Douanier Rousseau. Archaic Candour at the Musée d’Orsay, CERAMIX: Art and Ceramics from Rodin to Schütte at Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique and La Maison RougeBentu: Chinese Artists in a Time of Turbulence and Transformation at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, and Miquel Barceló. Sol y Ombra at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Picasso Museum.

Practical information
Preview (by invitation only): Wednesday 30 March 30, 6–10pm
Hours: Thursday and Saturday 11:30am–8pm, Friday 11:30am–9pm, Sunday 11:30am–7pm

For further information on Art Paris Art Fair, please follow this link.