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"FIAC 2001, 28th Annual Modern and Contemporary Art Fair Opens Today"
2001-10-10 until 2001-10-15
Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (FIAC), Paris Expo
Paris, , FR France

The Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (FIAC) will be held as scheduled October 10 through 15 in Paris, at the Porte de Versailles.  More than 160 of the world's leading art galleries will exhibit paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video art and installations at the 28th annual modern and contemporary art fair.  For the first time, the fair will include the Video Cube, a dedicated display of eight video works selected by a committee and presented in a 5,000 square-foot space at the center of the fair.  With 74 one-person shows, over 45 percent of the exhibitions are dedicated to a single artist.

All 164 FIAC exhibitors are united in their support of the American art community, which has been affected by the recent terrorist attacks on the United States, said Véronique Jaeger, Artistic Director of FIAC.  This gathering of key players from the international art world will confirm that art has no borders.

This year, FIAC's leadership has made an especially rigorous selection of international galleries focusing on the quality of the projects – individual or thematic shows, new or previously unseen works, and site-specific installations.  More than 600 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, hailing from 30 countries on all five continents, will be presented at FIAC 2001.  The artwork at the fair is divided into four different sections: One-Person Shows; Group Shows; Prints; and Perspectives, an exhibition of 16 emerging artists and the eight cutting-edge video artists of Video Cube.  One of the world's most important art fairs, FIAC 2001 will welcome 80,000 visitors from across the globe, providing them with an overview of modern and contemporary art of the finest quality.

Program Highlights
To complement and enhance the exhibition, FIAC 2001 will present a variety of related events and programs.  Highlights include:

The Video Cube, a new 4,000-square-foot juried exhibition of video art, will feature the work of eight artists from around the world.  Each of the 14 video works on view will be presented in an individual booth, measuring approximately 300 square feet.  For the first time in FIAC's 28-year history, a prize will be given to an outstanding artist at the fair.  On Thursday evening, October 11th, the Cinquième-Video Cube prize, a 50,000 FF grant courtesy of FIAC and the French television station channel 5 (la Cinquième,) will be awarded to a single artist selected by a panel of art world experts from London, New York, Paris and Vienna.

The Café des Arts, a series of 20 on-site panels and debates that addresses current art world issues ranging from the art market to cultural politics, will provide a provocative forum for artists, dealers, collectors, journalists, and museum professionals.  Featured speakers include a selection of world-renowned art journalists, curators, dealers and artists.  These live programs will be accessible to FIAC attendees as well as via a live webcast courtesy of Creativ TV on www.fiac-online.com and www.creativtv.net.

The Parcours privé, a program of specially conceived events for international collectors and art professionals, will highlight the richness of the Paris art scene.  Activities include: guided museum visits and gallery brunches in the Marais and 13th districts; private tours of world-class exhibitions and collections, including Jean Dubuffet, The Centenary Exhibition, the first major retrospective of Dubuffet's work since 1973; an invitation to the opening reception for the Nan Goldin exhibition at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, the first stop of a major European exhibition tour; and a special advance preview of the Palais de Tokyo, the highly anticipated contemporary art venue opening in Paris's 16th district in January 2002.

One-Person Shows: 74 Solo Exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary Masters For the second year in a row, the emphasis at FIAC will be on one-person shows, with 45 percent of the exhibiting galleries presenting solo exhibitions.  This approach underscores the role FIAC and its participating dealers play in giving exposure to young and emerging artists and in encouraging a high level of scholarship and critical attention on select figures in modern and contemporary art.

IMAGE:
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Baudoin Lebon
En quête des lumières de l´arctique
Projection vidéo sur sonde métérologique


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