November 25, 2003 - FIAC - Jennifer Flay Named New Artistic Director
November 25, 2003

Jennifer Flay Named New Artistic Director

Jennifer Flay Named New Artistic Director

The Foire Internationale dArt Contemporain (FIAC)

Appoints Artistic Director

– and -

Forms International Steering Committee

JENNIFER FLAY Named New FIAC Artistic Director


includes contemporary and modern art dealers, advertising, fashion, media executives & representatives from the French Ministry of Culture and the Paris City Council

Image: Jennifer Flay in Paris: November 2003

© Ericka Weidmann /

PARIS: November 25, 2003 Reed Exhibitions France, owner of the Foire Internationale dArt Contemporain (FIAC) announces the appointment of FIACs new Artistic Director, Jennifer Flay, and the formation of a new International Steering Committee.

I am delighted to be given this opportunity to lead FIAC into its next phase, said Flay in Paris yesterday. I look forward to implementing, in collaboration with the new steering Committee, real changes to elevate the fairs international reputation to make it one of the worlds best places to discover and buy the newest contemporary art and the best modern masterworks available. Our goal is to create a truly unparalleled experience for international collectors.

Ms. Flay has more than 20 years of art world experience, working for important dealers and operating her own Paris gallery, Galerie Jennifer Flay, for 12 years. Attributed with an expert eye and a flair for discovery, Flay was one of the first people to exhibit the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Andrea Zittel, John Currin, Karen Kilimnik, Dominque Gonzalez-Foerster and Claude Closky. She was also among the pioneer dealers to move to the hot Rue Louise-Weiss art district, in the 13th arrondissement, which is now home to many of the best cutting-edge art galleries in Paris. A scholar of contemporary art and author of several publications and countless articles, Ms. Flay brings a strong background in art history to her new post. Ms. Flay is a native of New Zealand and a French citizen.

The new 14-member International Steering Committee includes 9 of Europes leading modern and contemporary art dealers, plus several established professionals in the advertising, fashion and media communities who serve as associate members (who do not take part in the selection of exhibiting galleries.) For the first time, FIAC leadership will also include important French cultural officials. Representatives from the French Ministry of Culture and the Deputy Mayor for Cultural Affairs for the City of Paris also serve as Steering Committee associate members. Together, the members and associate members form an International Steering Committee that is charged to revolutionize and revitalize FIAC in partnership with Reed Exhibitions France and Ms. Flay. The committee will convene at least five times annually. The next meeting will take place before the end of the year, and more specific plans for FIAC 2004 will be disclosed in January. This new consulting body replaces the previous CO-FIAC selection committee, which served as the governing body from 1975-2003 and consisted only of art dealers.

FIAC 2004 will be held at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, October 21-25, 2004.

International Steering Committee:


Lorenzo Fiaschi, Galerie Continua – San Gimignano (Italy)

Marcel Fleiss, Galerie 1900-2000 – Paris (France)

Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Xavier Hufkens – Brussels (Belgium)

Michael Janssen, Galerie Michael Janssen – Cologne (Germany)

Ursula Krinzinger, Krinzinger Gallery – Vienna (Austria)

Thaddeus Ropac, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac Paris (France)

Jill Silverman Van Coenegrachts, Lisson Gallery – London (UK)

Anne de Villepoix, Galerie Anne de Villepoix Paris (France)

Bernard Zurcher, Galerie Zurcher Paris (France)


Martin Béthenod French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Head of Visual Arts Department

Christophe Girard – Paris City Council, Deputy Mayor in Charge of Culture

Rémi Babinet – President, BETC – Euro RSCG, a multinational advertising firm

Fabrice Bousteau – Director, Beaux Arts Magazine

Pascal Morand – Director General of the French Fashion Institute

For further information please go to or contact:

For France:

Guillaume Piens

Reed Exhibitions France

Phone: +33 (0) 1 41 90 48 91 Fax: +33 (0) 1 41 90 47 89


For North America:

Stacy Bolton Communications

Tel: (212) 721-5350 Fax: (212) 721-5250


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