Fresh from the vibrant buzz of London’s Frieze Week, the crème de la crème of the art world is descending upon Paris for a spectacular visual feast. Get ready, art aficionados, as the City of Light undergoes a mesmerizing transformation into an epicenter of artistic brilliance. With Art Basel’s Paris+ Week taking center stage, there’s a plethora of creative wonders waiting to be explored all across the city. Don’t fret; we’ve got the lowdown on all the must-know info for your art-filled adventure.
Paris+: Where Elegance Meets Artistry
Where: Grand Palais Éphémère When: VIP Day: Wednesday, October 18: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Vernissage Day: Thursday, October 19: 4 p.m.–8 p.m.; Public Days: Friday, October 20: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, October 21: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, October 22: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Prepare to be dazzled at Art Basel’s Paris+, a pinnacle of artistic grandeur nestled in the picturesque Champ-de-Mars at the Grand Palais Éphémère. Featuring 154 international galleries from 33 countries, this event is a deep dive into a world where creativity knows no bounds. Immerse yourself in innovative artworks that redefine the art landscape. And don’t miss the citywide public program, boasting free installations at iconic spots like Jardin des Tuileries and Place Vendôme.
Before heading to the Grand Palais Éphémère, take a look at the 156 participating galleries on our Exhibitors page. Don’t forget to download the floorplan to explore the huge variety of Modern and contemporary artworks on display in the Galeries and Galeries Émergentes sectors.
Public program, free and open to all, is dedicated to art projects located right in the heart of Paris. This year two new sites have been added to the key destinations across the capital: the Palais d’Iéna and the Parvis de l’Institut de France.
The Jardin des Tuileries will host ‘La Cinquième Saison’, an exhibition curated by the Musée Louvre-Lens director Annabelle Ténèze, and featuring large-scale works by artists including Gaetano Pesce, Alicja Kwade, John Giorno, and Zanele Muholi. At Place Vendôme, Urs Fischer will present Wave (2018), a five-meter-high aluminum sculpture. Jessica Warboys will take over the Chapelle des Petits-Augustins des Beaux-Arts de Paris with her exhibition ‘THIS TAIL GROWS AMONG RUINS’ (2023), featuring a single-channel video and large unstretched paintings. The Palais d’Iéna will host a joint project by Daniel Buren and Michelangelo Pistoletto, curated by Matthieu Poirier. At the Parvis de l’Institut de France, VERS DES HORIZONS INCONNUS, (2023), a monumental sculpture by Sheila Hicks, will take center stage.
Conversations program will be curated for the second time by Charles Teyssou and Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, this year in partnership with the Centre Pompidou. The program will celebrate avant-garde figures such as Chantal Akerman and Antonin Artaud; shed light on purveyors of contemporary myths, from the Walt Disney Studios to drag culture; explore the connections between Paris, the Maghreb, and the Caribbean; and feature known formats from Art Basel’s Conversations programs, such as the Premiere Artist Talk and The Artist and The Collector.
What: The inaugural edition of Design Miami/Paris lands in the vaunted 18th-century mansion in the Faubourg Saint-Germain district imminently. The event will feature 27 design galleries from around the world bringing historic and contemporary design objects, lighting, furniture, and collectables, many curated in direct response to the historical setting.
Where: L’hôtel de Maisons, 51 Rue de l’Université
When: Preview day: Tuesday, 17 October: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Public view: Wednesday, 18 October–Saturday, 21 October: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 22 October: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Paris Internationale: Where Innovation Takes Flight
Where: 17 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière When: VIP Preview: Tuesday, October 17: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Public Hours: Wednesday, October 18-Thursday, October 19: 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Friday, October 20–Saturday, October 21: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, October 22: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Paris Internationale at Central téléphonique Le Coeur on rue Bergère. With 65 galleries from 25 countries, this event promises an artistic adventure like no other. Get ready for an explosion of creativity in an industrial space, where 20 new galleries, including Piktrogram (Warsaw), Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), and Gaga (Mexico City), will leave you awestruck.
Asia Now Paris: A Cultural Odyssey
Where: Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006 When: VIP Preview: Thursday, October 19: 2 p.m.–5 p.m.; Public Opening: Friday, October 20–Sunday, October 22: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Embark on a cultural odyssey at Asia Now Paris, where 65 international participants from Central Asia to Asia Pacific converge at Monnaie de Paris. Engage with a content-based art fair featuring galleries, institutions, and non-profit organizations. This edition, curated by guest curators Slavs and Tatars, explores the unique textiles of Central Asia through the lens of 14 contemporary artists, promising a visual spectacle that transcends boundaries.
Also Known As Africa: Where Art Speaks Truth
Where: Carreau du Temple, 4 rue Eugène Spuller When: Public Hours: Friday, October 20–Saturday, October 21: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, October 22: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
In its eighth edition, the Also Known As Africa Fair (AKAA) returns to Paris under the artistic direction of veteran curator Armelle Dakouo. Beyond gallery presentations, expect monumental installations by artists like Cosmo Whyte, delving into the powerful narratives of “Black bodies protesting the boundaries of society.” It’s an invitation to critically examine the relationship between architecture, power, and the Black experience.
Ready to embark on an unforgettable artistic journey? Paris+ Week beckons, promising a whirlwind of creativity, innovation, and unbridled passion for art. Dive in and let the art adventure begin!
There will be countless exhibitions and artistic events taking place across the city during the week of Paris+ par Art Basel. At the Centre Pompidou, don’t miss the Prix Marcel Duchamp, for which artists Bertille Bak, Tarik Kiswanson, Massinissa Selmani, and Bouchra Khalili have been nominated this year. At Lafayette Anticipations, Akeem Smith and Issy Wood will each present a solo show. Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection will host a retrospective of American artist Mike Kelley and at the Palais de Tokyo, Lili Reynaud-Dewar will present ‘Hello My Name Is Lili And We Are Many’.
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