Fiac! 2012 – Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain

The 39th edition of the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (fiac!) art fair opened  in Paris at the Grand Palais  on October 18 and wraps up on the 21st . Every year in October, Paris plays host to The fiac!,  the annual contemporary art event. This artistic and commercial exhibition sees gallery owners, collectors, curators, directors of museums and personalities of the world of the international contemporary art come together. Modeled on the young Basel fair, the first fiac! was actually called the International Fair of Contemporary Art and took place in the old station of the Bastille, Paris in 1974. It was then subsequently renamed the International Fair of Contemporary Art.

This year’s fiac! sees big names like Gagosian, Lisson, David Zwirner, and White Cube alongside the regular favorites such as Rodolphe Janssen, Galerie Perrotin, and Nathalie Obadia. In total there will be 185 galleries from 25 countries with French galleries making up 34% of all exhibits. Taking place at the Grand Palais’s historic Salon d’Honneur, fiac! 2012 has more wriggle room as compared to previous years, with 13 more booths being added. Directed by Jennifer Flay, the fiac! has also opened up to the smaller, edgier galleries, among them Paris’s Balice Hertling, Triple V, and Crèvecoeur; Copenhagen’s Imo; and Glasgow’s Mary Mary, which will unveil works by Lili Reynaud-Dewar and Alexis Marguerite Teplin.

Keep an eye out for newcomers Kamm, Eigen+Art, and Peres Projects, among others. Another highlight of the this year’s fiac! is the outdoor exhibits amid the Tuileries trees – Susumu Shingu’s Sinfonietta of Light, 2012, a group of standing kinetic sculptures of mesh and mirror. The exhibits stretches all the way to the natural history museum and Jardin des Plantes, where patrons will be able to catch Bertrand Lamarche’s sound-and-light installations. 

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Located in quiet Neuilly-sur-Seine at the entrance to La Défense, Fraser Suites Harmonie is convenient for all major business destinations in Paris, including the towering skyscrapers and office blocks of La Défense, the CNIT and the Porte Maillot Congress Centre. With a metro station opposite, an RER station within five minute’s walk, private underground parking and a reliable taxi and chauffeur service, it’s easy to travel to and from Paris’ best attractions. The Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Opéra and famous department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are all close. A direct RER train runs straight to Disneyland.

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Choose one of our spacious Paris suites. La Défense’s futuristic buildings tower against the skyline and the River Seine meanders past. Many rooms boast balconies with stunning views over river or city. All of our Paris suites offer the same top facilities as other La Défense hotels, including a 24-hour reception and concierge, a stylish bar and a fitness suite. Corporate guests on a business trip to Paris will appreciate the WiFi, business centre, three spacious meeting rooms and quiet library.

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