|The ARTPARIS+GUESTS contemporary art fair reflects market evolution with seven geographic and cultural platforms having the purpose of integrating emerging scenes and new creative values. These platforms are an opportunity to buy, meet, discover, etc.|
The platforms represent one continent and three countries: Africa, Finland, Indonesia, and Ukraine. But also Paris, the international capital of art, with its Marais district galleries at the Utopia/Dystopia platform and the Rive Gauche galleries which are recreating a Collector's Apartment, not to mention young European galleries specially combined in a curiosity cabinet entitled Visions.
In short, unprecedented sights beneath the glass dome of the Grand Palais!
These emerging scenes, becoming increasingly cross-border, continue to express the urgency of art as an indispensable forum for dialog between the various public and private realms.
While we may think of Indonesian and African art as the most recent globalization phenomena, other countries in the Old World are just as eager to refresh their modern-day artistic discourse between emotion and alienation.
Indonesia: The Grass Looks Greener Where You Water It
In exemplary fashion, Indonesia shares its creative medium and inventiveness within emerging scenes at ARTPARIS+GUESTS. Organized by collector and patron Deddy Kusuma, the Indonesian platform entitled "The Grass Looks Greener Where You Water It" composes a surprising set of sensitive forces through the workings of its two curators Agung Hujatnikajennong and Enin Supriyanto.
Trusting his instincts when he acquires works, Deddy Kusuma has always said: "Buy the works that you like as soon as you can, before others have a chance to see them."
Reflecting new political and social aesthetics, his collection includes both works from pre-independence Indo-European painters as well as artists from Indonesia and other Asian countries. Exceptional in more ways than one, "The Grass Looks Greener Where You Water It" reserves a special place for Indonesian art within the current context of globalized art. Through a broad range of works and media: paintings, sculptures, installations, assemblies, and other volumes, this exhibit utterly escapes the canons of Western aesthetics, perfectly underscoring the diversity of modern and contemporary practices in a country imagining itself as the new crossroads of Asian creation.
While the art world is increasingly becoming an area of convergence for international exchanges, Indonesia is now positioning itself as a new regional player that will have to be counted on in a multipolar future.
Africa is making a very noteworthy appearance. As part of the seven-platform theme, it is none other than the mother of humanity to remind us of the common roots of Europe and the Black Continent.
With two monumental works by Romuald Hazoumé and Gonzalo Mabunda, this is an opportunity for the ARTPARIS+GUESTS fair to pay tribute to the Year of Africa in France, the twentieth anniversary of the end of Apartheid, and the World Cup of Football which will take place this summer in South Africa. Conceived by curator André Magnin, who was already the assistant director of the "Magicians of the Earth" exhibit at the Georges Pompidou Centre in 1989, "Africas" consists of some twenty artists from the Gervanne and Matthias Leridon collection created in 2000 and now consisting of more than 400 works: paintings, sculptures, photographs, furniture, etc. From the Congolese Chéri Samba to the South African David Goldblatt, an entire continent is expressed here... "For us, contemporary African art is much more than a heritage; it's the expression of vital and joyous energy,” say Gervanne and Matthias Leridon. “Our collection consists of works of art that we choose, but also ephemeral artistic creations that we support. Because the vivacity of Chéri Samba's lines, the commitment of Robyn Orlin's choreographies, Gonçalo Mabunda's ground-breaking sculptures, the magic of Gregory Maqoma's movements, or the humour of Kudzanai Chiurai's photographs, along with many others, all partake of the same dream: that of a future of possibilities for 20th-century Africa."