||Welcome to Paris for the 39th edition of FIAC that will take place at the Grand Palais, the Tuileries Garden, the Domaine National du Louvre et des Tuileries and the Jardin des Plantes/Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle: prestigious sites that are emblematic of Paris and embody its history, beauty and cultural life. The Tuileries Garden will present works by Mircea Cantor, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jeppe Hein, Tadashi Kawamata, William Kentridge and Marc Quinn. The Jardin des Plantes features Yto Barrada, Odile Decq, Mark Dion, On Kawara, David Nash and Jean Tinguely among others. FIAC 2012 reinforces its base in the heart of Paris by investing two other quintessentially Parisian sites: the Place Vendôme will host three monumental sculptures by Jaume Plensa in association with the Comité Vendôme, and – with the support of the Ville de Paris and its mayor, Mr Bertrand Delanoë – the Esplanade des Invalides welcomes the work Sacrilege by Jeremy Deller.|
Following the inauguration of the exhibition galleries situated on the first floor of the Grand Palais in 2011, FIAC invests the newly inaugurated Salon d’Honneur, historical core of the Grand Palais / Palais de la Découverte architectural ensemble, thus restoring the building to its original configuration for the first time since 1937. We owe the ongoing revelation of the potential of the Grand Palais to the vision and energy of the President of the Reunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais, Jean-Paul Cluzel and his team.
FIAC 2012 reaffirms the rigorous selectivity that is one of the hallmarks of its identity, along with its generalist vocation which results in the presentation of a balanced panorama between modern art, contemporary art and the most emerging trends. The selection comprises 182 galleries from 25 countries: an unprecedented level of international representation that includes, for the first time, the United Arab Emirates. While remaining resolutely international, FIAC showcases both the national and European scene. To celebrate the year-round dynamism of the Parisian gallery scene, in association with the Comité Professionel des Galeries d’Art and the Galeries Mode d’Emploi association, FIAC is proud to present the second edition of “Galleries Night”, an exceptional late night opening which provides an opportunity for the public to view the exhibitions of nearly 90 galleries specialising in contemporary art, modern art and design. FIAC echoes the diversity of artistic languages through its programmes Cinéphemère presenting artists” films in the Tuileries gardens in partnership with the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, a further cycle of films in the Auditorium of the Grand Palais and the fifth edition of Ouvertures / Openings organised in association with the Auditorium of the Louvre Museum. Investigating a territory at the intersection between music, contemporary dance, performance and theatre, the 2012 edition will present Matt Mullican, Hassan Khan and Grand Magasin. This focus on current trends in performative practices continues at the Jardin des Plantes, the Tuileries Garden and within the Grand Palais and its Auditorium. These programmes find their prolongation in the nocturnal programme developed by FIAC in association with the Silencio, a hybrid venue imagined and designed by David Lynch which resonates with the atmosphere of his personal universe. Finally, in coproduction with the graphic designers M/M, FIAC publishes in book form the images that have contributed to building our visual identity since 2005.
Two new cycles of conferences will bring together intellectuals and researchers in an interdisciplinary dialogue:
Valeur Ajoutée [Added Value] in the Amphithéâtre d’Anatomie de l’École Royale de Dessin, Institut du Monde Anglophone, examines the theme La Valeur en Question [Questions of Value]. Three conference-debates conceived, organised and hosted by the seminar Something you should know are dedicated to recent questioning of the notions of value and evaluation, credit and currency. Five guests – researchers in social science, philosophers and historians – will present their the current state of their research and theoretical discourse on these critically relevant themes. In association with COAL (Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development), the Auditorium of the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle hosts “Art et écologie: une question de goût ou de science?” [Art and the environment: a question of taste or science?]. Developing the themes “La science change-t-elle notre goût artistique?” [Does science change our artistic taste?], “L’esthétique est-elle éthique?” [Are aesthetics ethical?] and “L’art pour changer de point de vue?” [Can art help change our perspective?], each round table discussion proposes a dialogue between an artist, a scientist and a theorist. Simultaneous translation, sound recording, online and print publications will guarantee a wide audience for these high-level exchanges.
For the sixth consecutive year, FIAC and the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard host the YCI programme (Young Curators Invitational). The collaboration with the Institut français, initiated in 2011, destined to further develop this programme has been reinforced. Exchanges with FOCUS, the programme of curatorial visits initiated by the Institut français, have likewise been intensified. Since its creation, the YCI programme has allowed more than fifty young international curators to familiarise themselves with the French art scene.
We would like to express our gratitude to Madame Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Culture for the increasing development of collaborative endeavours involving the public and private sectors and for their support of each of the initiatives that have made FIAC an essential rendez-vous in the international artworld calendar.
FIAC dedicates this 39th edition to the memory of five personalities who passed away this year: Mike Kelley and Franz West whose works shall forever hold a place in the course of art history and continue to influence artistic practice; the gallerist Donald Young, a specialist of conceptual and minimalist art, to whom we owe, for example, an in-depth knowledge of the work of Rodney Graham, Gary Hill and Bruce Nauman among others; Patrick Ricard whose sudden disappearance this summer shook the art world and the business world alike. Through the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, the most longstanding of FIAC’s corporate partners, we owe him a series of important and lasting initiatives in favour of contemporary creation, among them the Prix Fondation d’entreprise Ricard created in 1999. His family and the Foundation pursue their action.
And finally, Denise René, pioneer of geometric abstraction, op art and “constructed art”, a legendary figure in the gallery world, President of the COFIAC from 1991 to 1995. Carlos Cruz-Diez’s work Chromosaturation presented in the Tuileries gardens is testimony to her vision.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our official partner, the Groupe Galeries Lafayette, for their faithful patronage since 2007. With the Secteur Lafayette, the Groupe Galeries Lafayette continues their support of young galleries and new talents. This admirable initiative provides significant financial support for 10 young galleries, selected for the pertinence of their work in the field of emerging art. The Lafayette Prize will be awarded to one of the artists presented by these 10 galleries. This autumn, the Palais de Tokyo will dedicate a solo exhibition to Helen Marten, the 2011 laureate.
FIAC’s partner for the third consecutive year, the “Audi talents awards” cultural sponsorship programme will present an exhibition of the 2011 award winner, Neil Beloufa. In the six years since its creation, the Audi talents awards have made a significant contribution to contemporary culture, successively recompensing Cyprien Gaillard, Wilfrid Almendra, Pierre-Oliver Arnaud, Emilie Pitoiset and Neil Beloufa to whom a solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo will likewise be dedicated this autumn. FIAC is once again honoured to present the ceremony which will designate the 2012 winner of the Audi talents awards.
For just a few days in October, FIAC showcases the multiple facets of the Parisian arts scene. But throughout the year, museums, cultural centres, patrons and our many public and private partners work with unfailingly energy to produce the remarkable exhibitions and events on which the reputation and growing appeal of our cultural scene is founded.I would like to thank all those who, through their individual or collective contribution, have helped to make Paris acultural nexus during this exciting week.