The FIAC opens its doors to Paris between the 23rd and 26th of October in order to dazzle you with its showcase of contemporary art. The FIAC (international fair of contemporary art) is the third largest of its kind in Europe, next to Cologne and Basel. The fair will gather around 164 galleries from 17 countries from Europe, America and Asia. Furthermore, this event is considered to be amongst the top five must attend destinations amongst galleries all over the world along with ARCO Madrid, Art Basel and Cologne. It is also said that around 20% of the annual revenue of each gallery that attends is accumulated during these four days. It’s quite easy to see why; the galleries work hard all year long in preparation for the event and put some truly amazing displays on show
Due to the compelling success of the FIAC, people travel from around the globe in order to participate in the event. Finding Paris accommodation, especially Hotels in Paris can be a real struggle during the weeks surrounding the event, so be smart and book early. Here is a list of countries taking part: The USA, the UK, Switzerland, Spain, Slovenia, Russia, Portugal, The Netherlands, Mexico, Luxemburg, Lebanon, Japan, Italy, Israel, India, Greece, Germany, France, China, Belgium and Austria. Each attending country has more than one participating gallery, with some countries like France, showcasing over 60. It is therefore near impossible that you’ll attend this fair and not find something spectacular to your taste; although every piece of art has its own value and significance of course.
Furthermore, due to the worldwide recognition that this event benefits from, exhibitionists and artist take advantage of the strong presence of art connoisseurs in the city to present their best work. During and around the 4 day event there will be numerous other exhibitions taking place throughout the city. Jeff Koons will be presenting his work at Château de Versailles, The Picasso et les Maîtres exhibition will be showing at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Daniel Buren will be at the Musée National Picasso, Jaques Villeglé and Sarkis will be at the Centre Pompidou and the Agustin and Isabel Coppel collection will be presented at the Maison Rouge. These four days will be mind blowing for any art aficionado. You can get excited and book your flights, your Paris apartment and your tickets for the event; the only problem is finding the time to fit it all in.