After opening outposts across Paris in 2014 and 2015, Fiac has withdrawn to its stronghold at the Grand Palais in the face of strong competition and a sluggish economy.
Fiac’s off-site fair, Officielle, is no more. According to Fiac’s director, Jennifer Flay, there was “a feeling that the Cité de la mode et du design was too far away” and that stand rates were “excessively high”. She responded by creating a new sector for this year’s fair, On Site, in a fresh but no less impressive venue: the Petit Palais. On Site will be home to some twenty large-format works – sculptures and installations – made available for sale by exhibitors at the Grand Palais. But Fiac still has its sights set high. In the Grand Palais, the epicentre of the event, 186 galleries, including 133 foreign galleries from 27 countries in Europe and Asia, as well as Lebanon, Israel, India, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates, will be showcasing some weighty, elegant works. Of the 53 French galleries present at Fiac, 11 are exhibiting for the first time. A total of 108 prestigious international galleries have chosen to share their most beautiful masterworks in the Nave, including Gagosian Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, Galerie Perrotin, White Cube, Jan Mot, Kamel Mennour, Thaddaeus Ropac, and many others. Modern art will be the center of attention at the Galerie 1900-2000, Landau Fine Art, Natalie Seroussi and Tornabuoni Art; the Salon d’honneur will be showcasing leading artists promoted by Balice Hertling, Peres Projects and Jocelyn Wolff; the Galeries Supérieures, meanwhile, will have a softer, more contemporary edge with emerging artists spotted by Marcelle Alix, Frank Elbaz, Gaudel de Stampa, Laurent Godin, Triple V and Valentin. The Salon Jean Perrin will be given over to established active artists represented by nine galleries. The Secteur Lafayette, Fiac’s partner since 2009, continues to put the spotlight on emerging artists showcased by ten galleries from seven countries including Allen (Paris), Experimenter (Calcutta) and Grey Noise (Dubai).