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After a forced break last year, Fiac is making a comeback in Paris. At the Grand Palais Éphémère, the 47th edition of the International Contemporary Art Fair finally opened its doors on October 21. More than 170 galleries, 25 countries in total, make up this new edition which had to be cancelled in 2020 due to lockdown. While the Fiac Online Viewing Rooms initiative was praised at the time (the program has been renewed this year), there is no substitute to the joy of experiencing contemporary art in the flesh. The setting chosen to host the fair is the great novelty of this year: the incredible Grand Palais Éphémère designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, an eco-responsible, sustainable and circular replica of the Grand Palais set up on the Champ de Mars for the 2024 Olympic Games. This year, 32 new galleries will join the General Sector, which includes the biggest names in modern & contemporary art, design and publishing, while the Young Galleries Sector will highlight ten galleries by providing them with financial support throughout the fair. This 47th edition was inaugurated on October 20 in the presence of major players in the industry – Emmanuel Perrotin, Kamel Mennour, Almine Rech, Thaddaeus Ropac, Maurizio Cattelan, Daniel Templon, to name but a few – while the same evening the fair was already transformed into a party at the Petit Palais in honor of the exhibition of French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. Fiac will be unveiling its treasures until October 24 in the Grand Palais Éphémère, but not only that: the Hors les Murs program will be taking on the streets of Paris again this year. Starting with Alexander Cader’s ‘Flying Dragon’ on Place Vendôme in collaboration with Gagosian. The program extends with 25 works exhibited in the Jardin des Tuileries in partnership with the Louvre Museum, as well as with a personal exhibition of the artist Jean Claracq at the Eugène Delacroix National Museum.

Photos : Jean Picon

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