FIAC 2012: Paris once again covered in contemporary art

The Grand Palais, Paris, will soon become the centre of contemporary art. But only for four days, so you must hurry your arrangements if you do not want to miss on artists like René Magritte, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Le Corbusier and Gustave Klimt.


The eight names alone are already capable of turning any programme into a major event. But they are mere examples of the more than 3000 artists whose masterpieces will fill the Grand Palais from 18th to 21th October 2012, on the occasion of another edition of FIAC – International Contemporary Art Fair. Over 180 galleries from 25 different countries will take their place at the Grand Palais, including several from countries that have never been represented at FIAC before. That is the case of the United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Poland and Romania.

But the action does not end once you step outside the Grand Palais. A great number of outdoor projects can be found all over the city gardens, including the Esplanade des Invalides, the Jardin des Plantes and the Jardin des Tuileries, but also at the Place Vendôme. This last spot will be Jaume Plensa’s stage, where he will be presenting three of his most praiseworthy monumental sculptures: “Istanbul Blues”, “Yorkshire Soul” and “Irma’s White Head”. Plensa is known for taking signs from everyday life, such as letters from all alphabets, numbers and musical notes, and using them to build sculptures of a (very) considerable size.


The performances “Ouvertures/Openings” are already a FIAC’s classic and will take place at the Auditorium du Louvre as usual. At the 14-seat cinema Cinéphémère (Ephemeral Cinema), located at the Tuileries Garden, one will have the opportunity to watch between five and ten artists’ films per day, none of them going beyond 30 minutes. Finally, those who are looking for a little debate might as well gather at the Muséum National de l’Histoire Naturelle, where three round tables will tackle the complex relation between art and science, each one of them being composed of an artist, a scientist and philosopher.