Art Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary under the sign of committed art

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Art Paris 2023 opens its doors tomorrow in the capital. For this anniversary edition, the fair, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is once again focusing on strong and current societal themes. Through contemporary works, the artists will deliver a vision of the world committed.

 

An edition in the air of time. Art Paris, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, brings together 134 galleries from 25 countries from March 30 to April 2, 2023 at the Grand Palais Éphémère. Founded in 1999, the fair, organized by France Conventions, proposes to clear and explore modern and contemporary art.

 

The 2023 selection features a 33% renewal of the exhibitor list (i.e. 43 new galleries compared to 2022) with the continued presence of major galleries that have established themselves in the fair. 60% of exhibitors are French and 40% foreign. This makes it possible to showcase the wealth of French galleries, from major names to lesser-known regional galleries.

 

Commitment and exile

 

The fair has turned to themes that cross society and the field of contemporary creation. In 2022, it chose art and the environment, and in 2023, it will focus on the subjects of commitment and exile. Biases that have only one purpose: to celebrate the art engaged. Marc Donnadieu, independent curator, has composed a selection of 20 artists to explore the way they look at the notion of commitment.

 

“If art doesn’t change the world, there are works that resist and oppose the blows in their own way”, says Donnadieu. “Works that force insight, emancipation, empathy and force us to open our eyes to art as well as to the world, their history or their current events.”

 

The other theme inspiring the works of the fair is exile, through “dispossession and resistance”. This theme, entrusted to Amanda Abi Khalil, another independent curator and founder of TAP (Temporary Art Platform) in Beirut, highlights a selection of 18 international artists.

 

“Leaving a place does not mean not being there. Exile, whether chosen or forced, is always suffered”, explains Amanda Abi Khalil. “In a current context of heightened migratory tensions due to wars, economic and climatic crises, this thematic line proposes to approach exile as a complex, porous and personal process, in order to understand it beyond its strictly geographical or identity-based connotation.”

 

Contemporary art predominates

 

Over time, Paris has become a major place for contemporary art and the fair aims to make it accessible to a wider public. Some eighty “deciphering” visits are organized with the Observatoire de l’art contemporain. Similarly, this year Art Paris offers “Promises”, a sector dedicated to young galleries less than six years old, offering a forward-looking perspective on the cutting edge of contemporary art. While galleries can present a maximum of three emerging artists, 45% of the cost of participation is covered by the fair. Highly international and 67% renewed in 2023, this year the sector welcomes nine galleries.

 

Here are two works that caught our attention, on the themes of commitment and exile:

 

Untitled (2020)

 

 

In the work of French artist Damien Deroubaix, we find classic themes such as death, the warrior or the nude-female, which they revisit from the darkest contemporary situations such as the war in Iraq, Syria or Ukraine. This painting is emblematic of the pictorial commitment: a character reminiscent of a sculpture by Rodin, half-female, half-male, with both arms amputated against a background of American flag and bird wings. Nothing heroic, only symbolic forms without humanity, like dreams definitely lost or hopes without return.

 

Irreversible (2018)

 

 

This work based on fabric, non-woven, cement and pins, materializes the time in flight, the porosity of the memory and the ruin of the memory. Like mirages, elements of architecture stand out in layers. The Colombian Leyla Cardenas develops in her creations a play of transparency, which gives them an almost ghostly aspect.

 

Read also >Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art : the 2023 edition starts today in France 

 

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Art Paris 2023 opens its doors tomorrow in the capital. For this anniversary edition, the fair, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is once again focusing on strong and current societal themes. Through contemporary works, the artists will deliver a vision of the world committed.

 

An edition in the air of time. Art Paris, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, brings together 134 galleries from 25 countries from March 30 to April 2, 2023 at the Grand Palais Éphémère. Founded in 1999, the fair, organized by France Conventions, proposes to clear and explore modern and contemporary art.

 

The 2023 selection features a 33% renewal of the exhibitor list (i.e. 43 new galleries compared to 2022) with the continued presence of major galleries that have established themselves in the fair. 60% of exhibitors are French and 40% foreign. This makes it possible to showcase the wealth of French galleries, from major names to lesser-known regional galleries.

 

Commitment and exile

 

The fair has turned to themes that cross society and the field of contemporary creation. In 2022, it chose art and the environment, and in 2023, it will focus on the subjects of commitment and exile. Biases that have only one purpose: to celebrate the art engaged. Marc Donnadieu, independent curator, has composed a selection of 20 artists to explore the way they look at the notion of commitment.

 

“If art doesn’t change the world, there are works that resist and oppose the blows in their own way”, says Donnadieu. “Works that force insight, emancipation, empathy and force us to open our eyes to art as well as to the world, their history or their current events.”

 

The other theme inspiring the works of the fair is exile, through “dispossession and resistance”. This theme, entrusted to Amanda Abi Khalil, another independent curator and founder of TAP (Temporary Art Platform) in Beirut, highlights a selection of 18 international artists.

 

“Leaving a place does not mean not being there. Exile, whether chosen or forced, is always suffered”, explains Amanda Abi Khalil. “In a current context of heightened migratory tensions due to wars, economic and climatic crises, this thematic line proposes to approach exile as a complex, porous and personal process, in order to understand it beyond its strictly geographical or identity-based connotation.”

 

Contemporary art predominates

 

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Art Paris 2023 opens its doors tomorrow in the capital. For this anniversary edition, the fair, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is once again focusing on strong and current societal themes. Through contemporary works, the artists will deliver a vision of the world committed.

 

An edition in the air of time. Art Paris, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, brings together 134 galleries from 25 countries from March 30 to April 2, 2023 at the Grand Palais Éphémère. Founded in 1999, the fair, organized by France Conventions, proposes to clear and explore modern and contemporary art.

 

The 2023 selection features a 33% renewal of the exhibitor list (i.e. 43 new galleries compared to 2022) with the continued presence of major galleries that have established themselves in the fair. 60% of exhibitors are French and 40% foreign. This makes it possible to showcase the wealth of French galleries, from major names to lesser-known regional galleries.

 

Commitment and exile

 

The fair has turned to themes that cross society and the field of contemporary creation. In 2022, it chose art and the environment, and in 2023, it will focus on the subjects of commitment and exile. Biases that have only one purpose: to celebrate the art engaged. Marc Donnadieu, independent curator, has composed a selection of 20 artists to explore the way they look at the notion of commitment.

 

“If art doesn’t change the world, there are works that resist and oppose the blows in their own way”, says Donnadieu. “Works that force insight, emancipation, empathy and force us to open our eyes to art as well as to the world, their history or their current events.”

 

The other theme inspiring the works of the fair is exile, through “dispossession and resistance”. This theme, entrusted to Amanda Abi Khalil, another independent curator and founder of TAP (Temporary Art Platform) in Beirut, highlights a selection of 18 international artists.

 

“Leaving a place does not mean not being there. Exile, whether chosen or forced, is always suffered”, explains Amanda Abi Khalil. “In a current context of heightened migratory tensions due to wars, economic and climatic crises, this thematic line proposes to approach exile as a complex, porous and personal process, in order to understand it beyond its strictly geographical or identity-based connotation.”

 

Contemporary art predominates

 

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