February 17, 2006 - FIAC - 33rd EDITION, OCTOBER 26th – OCTOBER 30th 2006
February 17, 2006

33rd EDITION, OCTOBER 26th – OCTOBER 30th 2006

FIAC 2006 : 33rd EDITION
OCTOBER 26th OCTOBER 30th 2006

Information : Reed Expositions France
11, rue du Colonel Pierre Avia
BP 571-75726 Paris Cedex 15
T 33 (0) 1 41 90 47 80
F 33 (0) 1 41 90 47 89
33 (0) 1 41 90 47 04
E fiac [​at​] reedexpo.fr


Fiac will be held in Paris from October 26th through October 30th in a new configuration, clearly indicative of its desire to make decisive headway in the process of qualitative reform engaged since 2004.

In what is, without question, a significant moment in its 33 year old history, as from 2006 Fiac will permanently relocate to the heart of Paris. Two main venues, both of incomparable prestige, will house Fiac: the Cour Carrée of the Musée du Louvre and the Grand Palais. Numerous synergies with the city of Paris, in resonance with its urban environment and cultural venues, will be developed (exterior projects, associated events).

This configuration, rendered possible by the benevolence of the Minister of Culture and Communication, and integrated in the framework of an unprecedented collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, underlines Fiacs ambition to durably found its identity on the criteria of prestige, selectivity, innovation and centrality.

When the Grand Palais officially re-opened in October 2005, Fiac was the first fair to invest its historic site, hosting a memorable inaugural celebration followed by a series of artistic events including performances, film projections and large scale installations involving 40 international artists.

As from 2006, Fiac will reintegrate this prestigious venue. The Grand Palais will house a highly selective ensemble of approximately 100 of the most prominent international galleries specializing in modern art, contemporary art and design, together with a programme of projections of new-release artists films and artists performances presented by exhibiting galleries in an especially conceived cinema/auditorium

Fiac approached the Musée du Louvre with the ambition of providing high quality exhibition conditions in a prestigious site, quintessentially emblematic of Paris and close to the Grand Palais, for 80 high-profile international galleries presenting contemporary and cutting edge creation in a resolutely energetic and prospective spirit.

Within an ephemeral architecture of great quality, respectful of the exceptional nature of the site and preserving its accessibility to the general public, the Cour Carrée of the Musée du Louvre will provide a unique context for the presentation of the art of today.
Fiacs presence in the Cour Carrée will provide a further opportunity for the Musée du Louvre to highlight, for the public of Fiac and visitors in general, the plethora of fertile interactions which contemporary artists have always entertained with works inscribed in an historic and cultural heritage. The collaboration of Fiac with the Musée du Louvre is a natural extension of the Louvres policy of enlarging the scope of the museums activities to embrace contemporary art, a programme initiated in 2003 by Henri Loyrette, President Director, and directed and co-ordinated by Marie-Laure Bernadac, chief curator for contemporary art. In this context, the Louvre has exhibited important works by major artists including Christian Boltanski, Gary Hill, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Jean-Luc Moulène. The 2006 programme features projects by Mike Kelley and Candida Höfer.

The presence of Fiac 2006 in the Cour Carrée du Louvre is inscribed in the framework of a broad and multi-faceted partnership with the Musée du Louvre which reposes both on the Louvres programme of contemporary art exhibits and on specific initiatives in favour of the development and diversification of the visiting public, in particular its younger audience.

The existing link between the two sites chosen by Fiac will be optimised by an ensemble of outdoor projects implanted in the Tuileries gardens and the grounds of the Musée du Louvre, comprising installations and monumental works proposed by exhibiting galleries and open to the general public

A comprehensive transportation infrastructure (including the existing metro links, chartered buses, private cars and taxis) will facilitate transit between the Louvre and the Champs Elysées, together with the outdoor projects.

Relocated in the centre of Paris and, more than ever before, in tune with the essence of the capitals energy and appeal, Fiac is, without question, endowed with an entirely new dimension.
October 2006 will reflect the true intensity of the Parisian cultural scene. Fiac week will enable visitors to discover major exhibitions of Yves Klein and Robert Rauschenberg at the Centre Pompidou together with a new presentation of the collections of the Musée National dArt Moderne. The Musée du Louvre will feature important exhibitions of Rembrandt and Hogarth, together with works by Candida Höfer. Maurice Denis will be on show at the Musée dOrsay, Lee Friedlander at the Jeu de Paume and Adel Abdessemed at the Plateau, not to mention the unprecedented exhibition of the private collection of Sylvio Perlstein at the Maison Rouge. In the constantly enriched cultural landscape of Paris, visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the newly renovated spaces of the Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, those of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the Orangerie, together with the recently inaugurated building of the Musée du Quai Branly by renowned architect Jean Nouvel and the museums permanent collection of primitive art.

During this week, also marked by numerous exhibition inaugurations, festive and social events, together with acquisition committee meetings and award announcements, Fiac and Paris will be, even more so than in 2005, an essential rendez-vous of the key figures of the international art world, whether they be collectors, artists, gallerists, art critics, curators or decision makers in the institutional field.

Information :
Reed Expositions France
11, rue du Colonel Pierre Avia
BP 571-75726 Paris Cedex 15
T 33 (0) 1 41 90 47 80
F 33 (0) 1 41 90 47 89
33 (0) 1 41 90 47 04
E fiac@reedexpo.fr


Contact presse
Claudine Colin Communication
Pauline De Montgolfier
5, rue Barbette 75003 Paris
T 33(0) 1 42 72 60 01
F 33(0) 1 42 72 50 23
E fiac@claudinecolin.com

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