Grand Palais Ephemere, where the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) in Paris took place in 2021. Photo: Hélio Campos Mello
Grand Palais Ephemere, where the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) in Paris took place in 2021. Photo: Hélio Campos Mello

This Wednesday (26/01), Art Basel revealed plans to launch a new fair for modern and contemporary art at the Grand Palais de Paris, in October, this being the fourth event organized by the group, which is already responsible for editions in Hong Kong, Miami Beach and the Swiss city of the same name.

In a press release, Art Basel Global Director Marc Spiegler said: “With its unrivaled history and contemporary dynamism, Paris is uniquely positioned as a key epicenter of the international cultural scene. Our aim is to build on Paris' unparalleled position as a global metropolis to help create a vibrant week that further amplify the city's international resonance as a cultural capital.”

The news comes to the public after the Grand Palais - longtime home of the FIAC and Paris Photo – launched a public tender for the occupation of its autumn dates. According to the Grand Palais, Art Basel had already shown interest last year and, until then, there was no contract signed with RX Global, responsible for the other two fairs – Paris Photo was kept for November this year, however. .

RX Global, for its part, criticized the decision (they called it a “hostile eviction attempt”) and added that it would have palpable repercussions for French contemporary art; one of them could come through the transition from a fair with a regional focus to one oriented to an international scope. “This is a big disappointment for our teams and all partners who support us,” said RX France President Michel Filzi.

In any case, while the Grand Palais undergoes a significant renovation until spring 2023, both the Paris edition of Art Basel and Paris Photo are expected to take place in the Grand Palais Éphémère, built on Champ-de-Mars specifically to host the events that will take place. the original palace was a guest house during the renovation period. The FIAC does not yet have a new location defined for its next edition.

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