The 31st edition of La Biennale Paris or “The Universelle art fair” in its English version will be held until 17 September at the Grand Palais.
By Luxus Plus
La Biennale Paris art fair brings together exhibitors, collectors, antique dealers and galleries for a nearly 6000 years of international art exhibition, like in a museum.
But this edition no longer has much in common with the previous event. La Biennale Paris, formerly La Biennale des antiquaires, now appears tighter (seventy galleries), shorter (five days of opening to the public), more focused on modern art with forays into contemporary art, and rich in new proposals.
This year, visitors can discover the New Talent sector that brings together twelve galleries with less than ten years of activity and an exhibition of three hundred and fifty square metres on contemporary art and craftsmanship in the Barhein, a country honoured.
Among the exhibitors will be the Parisian gallery Ary Jan, a specialist in late 19th century painting, the Kunstberatung gallery from Germany and the São Roque gallery from Portugal.
There is also a monumental installation by Carlos Cruz-Díez presented in partnership with La Patinoire royale-galerie Valérie Bach.
As every year, a Gala dinner was held the day before the opening, gathering personalities to raise funds for the ALIPH Foundation, which protects and restores sites in conflict zones.
Despite the efforts of the current president, Mathias Ary Jan – who also heads the Ary Jan gallery – who is multiplying initiatives, the aura of La Biennale Paris seems to be running out of steam in recent years. The big jewellers have deserted, the specialist antique dealers of the 18th century are less numerous and the competition from the TETAF Maastricht show is fierce. The organisers have therefore decided to modernise and internationalise the show, while trying to reduce costs for exhibitors in order to boost the momentum for the 2019 edition.
The 2019 Paris Biennale will be open to the public from 13 to 17 September at the Grand Palais in Paris, avenue Winston Churchill in the 8th arrondissement. Admission is 35€ full price.