Few days are left before the opening of Art Paris Art Fair on March 30th having Africa as special guest.
Until April 2nd, at Grand Palais, a fascinating and historical venue built in glass for the Universal Exposition in 1900, the fair will begin hosting 139 galleries from 29 countries. The location in the VIII arrondissement will see European works from postwar until today, giving a lot of importance to international emerging artists.
Art Paris Art Fair, created in 2012, gave prominence to Asia and now has moved to Africa thanks to a project by Marie-Ann Yemsi.
Emphasis will be on diversities/similarities which represent open-mindedness and inspiration for visitors and artists simultaneously bringing closer African and European cultures. It is no coincidence that the total number of galleries is half French and half International to give room to about 2200 artists.
The African galleries are about 20 from South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Angola, Camerun, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal and Tunisia. The galleries will hinge on the African diaspora and on the body as both physical and symbolic element, in particular drawing attention to the work by Senegalese Omar Ba and South –African Kendell Geers. The section dedicated to Settlements by Kader Attia is interesting and aims at encouraging artists to express their way of being freely.
The peculiarity about Art Paris Art Fair is its accessibility, namely providing anyone who wishes to participate with the means, better said, the participation to the event and to the linked ones during the event taking place.
More specifically, Solo Show section, born in 2015, consists of about 20 galleries where modern, contemporary emerging artists’ works are displayed. There are special admission ticket fees for the latter. Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that among the displayed works, those by 5 artists will be shown on the means of transport of Le Bus Direct Paris Airport. Other section of Art Paris Art Fair is Promises: 12 galleries will showcase up to maximum 3 artists.
Whoever decides to go to Art Paris Art Fair, can seize the opportunity to enjoy the events of the preview called “Springtime in Paris” VIP, conceived for those who want to explore the French capital in its every aspect. Metro, buses and train will drive you to Grand Palais, one of the most important symbols of the modern and contemporary Paris welcoming yesterday’s and today’s art just like its structure suggests: classical but enriched with Art Nouveau. A wonderful location for what not only is an event, but a great quality guarantee.
Further information on: www.artparis.com
Article by Francesca Martire
English translation by Chiara Vilmercati