January 15, 2020 (Paris) – Art Paris is pleased to announce its 22nd edition as it returns to the Grand Palais from April 2—5, 2020. In the 20 years since its founding, Art Paris has established itself as Paris’s major spring fair for modern and contemporary art.
Bringing together more than 150 galleries from over 20 countries – from the post-war to the contemporary period, Art Paris is a place for discovery, placing special emphasis on the European scene, whilst exploring the new horizons of international creative hubs, whether in Asia, Africa, the Middle East or Latin America.
This year, the fair will showcase a two-fold “Focus” – turning to both the French contemporary art scene and the emerging Iberian art hubs, specifically Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid and Porto. In parallel, the “Solo Show” sector will be dedicated to monographic exhibitions, while “Promises” pursues its support to young and emerging galleries.
New participants make up 31% of the 2020 selection, which is marked by the arrival of Parisian galleries including Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, Galerie Sator and Caroline Smulders in association with Karsten Greve. From an international standpoint, five countries will be represented for the first time: Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, the Ivory Coast and Turkey.
Contributing to the Iberian Peninsula contingent are 12 galleries from Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon and Porto. The Asian scene will affirm its presence, with 5 galleries from South Korea including 313 Art Project, Gallery Simon, Gallery H.A.N., Mo J Gallery and Gallery SoSo. Works by African artists will be on show in the Main Sector, at ARTCO Gallery (Aachen/Le Cap) and Niki Cryan (Lagos), as well as in the “Promises” sector with 31 Project (Paris), Galerie Véronique Rieffel (Paris/Abidjan) and Septieme Gallery (Paris), all of which are participating for the first time.
The Middle Eastern scene will also be present with a special focus at Galerie Brigitte Schenk (Cologne), presenting works by Halim al Karim (Iraq), Tarek Al Ghoussein (Kuweit) and Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia), whose installation The Safe was one of the highlights of Art Basel 2019’s Unlimited sector.
Each year, in support of the French scene, Art Paris invites a curator to engage critically and historically with a selection of projects by French artists presented by participating galleries. In Common and Uncommon Stories, director of the Bourse Révélations Emerige and guest curator Gaël Charbau brings together the work of 21 artists, most of which were born in the 1980s, responding to the notion of the narrative and the ambiguous interplay between singularity and universality in storytelling. He has also been invited to write a text presenting each artist and their work.