December 20, 2008 - FIAC - Wrap-up
December 20, 2008



The 35th edition of FIAC was held from October 23rd to 26th in the Grand Palais, the Cour Carrée of the Louvre and in the Tuileries. 189 galleries exhibited at FIAC 2008, representing 22 countries, with 117 foreign galleries and 72 French galleries.

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FIAC 2008: attendees included collectors, people from the art world and the general public; the quality of the exhibitions was highly appreciated, the market appeared solid.

- Collectors and French and foreign professionals attended the inauguration of FIAC: an increase of 15% compared to 2007, more than thirty groups of collectors and foreign professionals (friends of museums, associations of collectors, trustees…) from England, the United States, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Israel, Russia, Belgium, Monaco, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Dubai and the Emirates and Mexico… as well as several groups of French collectors, made appointments to meet up at FIAC. Some notable attendees were the “Bizot Group” composed of the directors of the major museums in the world (Moma, Tate Modern, The National Gallery, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay…), as well as the International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art (IACCA) whose members are curators of the most important corporate collections (Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro, Fondation Neuflize Vie, Banco Espirito Santo…).

- Numerous artists were also present during FIAC, including: Rodney Graham, Christopher Wool, Christian Boltanski, Bertrand Lavier, Dinos Chapman, Kim-Soo Ja, Subodh Gupta, Jeremy Deller, Michel François, Tony Conrad, Michel Blazy, Laurent Grasso, Stéphane Calais, Didier Marcel, Sophie Calle, Franz-Erhard Walther, Dennis Hopper, Wim Delvoye, Sherrie Levine, Aleksandra Mir, Gary Hill, Claude Lévêque, Wang Du, Daniel Firman, Wilhelm Sasnal, Mona Hatoum, Tania Mouraud, Claude Lévêque, Claire Fontaine, Ian Peï Ming…

- More than 2,000 references in the national, regional and international press and audiovisual programmes.

- 65,000 visitors had come during the 5 days representing on average 13,000 visitors per day.

An exceptional quality, appreciated by all with:
Major pieces of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Gallery Henze&Ketterer, Joan Mitchell and Louise Bourgeois – Gallery Cheim & Read, Vieira da Silva – Gallery Jeanne Bucher, Vasarely – Gallery Denise René, Calder-Martial Raysse – Gallery Nathalie Seroussi, Jean-Michel Basquiat – Gallery Van de Weghe, Hans Bellmer – Gallery 1900-2000, Pierre Soulages – Gallery Karsten Greve, Miquel Barceló – Gallery Yvon Lambert, Philip Guston et Bridget Riley – Gallery Timothy Taylor, Sonia Delaunay and Kurt Schwitters – Gallery Zlotowski, Atlan – Gallery Applicat-Prazan, Etienne Martin – Gallery Marwan Hoss, Hantaï – Gallery Jean Fournier, Peter Klasen – Gallery Thierry Salvador, Franz-Erhard Walther – Gallery Jocelyn Wolff, General Idea – Gallery Frédéric Giroux…and some notable solo shows of Christopher Wool at Luhring-Augustine, Karen Kilimnick at 303, Jake&Dinos Chapman at White Cube, Rodney Graham at Donald Young, Sherrie Levine at Simon Lee, Wilhelm Sasnal at Sadie Coles, Anton Henning at Arndt&Partner, Catherine Sullivan at Catherine Bastide, Tania Mouraud at Dominique Fiat, Arnaud Maguet at the Blanchisserie, Aurélien Froment at Motive Gallery, Jonathan Delachaux at Hass & Fischer and New Gallery de France, Jacques Lizène at Nadja Vilène, Royal Art Lodge at Perugi…

The cultural program presented at this 35th edition of FIAC was extremely successful. It included:

- For the first time in 2008, the performance program “Ouvertures/Openings” organized in conjunction with the Auditorium of the Louvre and the Jeu de Paume :
Franz-Erhard Walther at the Cour Carrée, Scoli Acosta at the Jeu de Paume, Tony Conrad at the Auditorium du Louvre with Rodney Graham and the Rodney Graham Band at the Auditorium du Louvre. There was a full house for Aurélien Froment, Jérôme Bel and Xavier Leroy at the Jeu de Paume, and more than a thousand people saw Jeremy Deller at the Cour Napoléon.

- 17 outdoor projects in the Tuileries, of which the following were particularly, appreciated pieces:
The “Fontain” by Bertrand Lavier, the six cabins “Tree Huts” by Tadashi Kawamata installed at the top of the Tuileries’s highest plane trees, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s large cage, “Spazio Libero”, the “Pavillon – Seurat, no Monet” specifically created by Dan Graham in full view of the Orangerie, the “Suspended Garden” by Mona Hatoum, as well as “Plane Landing” by Aleksandra Mir presented on Monday the 20th and Thursday the 23rd on the esplanade of the Tuileries.

A notably energetic artistic scene: A program of exceptional events during FIAC, 61 events, visits, performances, seminars, private dinners… were offered within the Parcours Privé that brought together almost 2,000 people. 52 exhibitions and 66 gallery openings took place during the week of FIAC.

Rendez-vous in 2009!
The 36th edition of FIAC will be held from October 22 – 25 in the Grand Palais, Cour
Carrée of the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries

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