In October, just one week apart, two world-level art fairs will be going on: the Frieze Art Fair in London, from 13-16 October, and the FIAC fair in Paris, from 20-23 October. Participants and fans of art fairs definitely have the next two weeks booked. Here we provide a look at how Frieze and FIAC will attempt to surprise us this year.
Frieze Art Fair 2011 Regent's Park, London 13-16 October, 2011
Today we can begin the countdown to the start of the annual Frieze Art Fair, which traditionally returns with art and design, carried on autumnal breezes, to the scenic Regent's Park in London. The Frieze Art Fair is one of the leading art fair brands in the world. This year, art aficionados will have at hand more than 170 art galleries from around the world for their perusal. The content will include masterpieces by both old masters and new, and several galleries will be making their debut at Regent's Park.
The 2011 Frieze will consist of not only exhibitions by galleries and artists, but also a project-initiative founded by independent artists, presentations of educational programs performed by associations and artists, a series of practical events, discussions and seminars.
This year's Frieze Art Fair 2011 program differs from that of previous years with its impressive number of world capitals participating in the event: New York, Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, São Paulo, Warsaw, and others. There will be enough art for everybody – to see and to buy – so that you can later share your freshly bought “food for the soul”.
FIAC 2011 Main venue – Grand Palais, Paris 20-23 October, 2011
From the huge stores of works by genius's and grand masters of the art world to its always current contemporary art scene, the pompous cultural life of Paris has always been reason enough for it to be a top choice for Expos.
From 20-23 October, the 38th international art forum FIAC will take place in Paris. One of the leading “top five” art fairs, this year it will present 165 galleries from around the world, all under the cupolas of the prestigious Grand Palais exhibition hall. This will be a rare chance to experience this architectural gem which, like the Eiffel Tower, was built for the World's Fair in 1900. This year, the celebratory air will be enhanced by an unprecedented surprise – three renovated exhibition rooms of the Grand Palais have been reopened after decades of being closed to the public.
Galleries and organizations from 21 countries will be presenting in the “Palace”, specializing in the creative legacy of modernism and postmodernism, as well as in events featuring contemporary art. The newly-opened galleries of the Palace will host initiatives that largely concentrate on experimental art and the latest trends.
After visiting the Palace, the prospect leads you to a rendezvous in the Jardin des Tuileries, a captivating park in which an interactive art exhibition has been set up; even mobile movie theaters have been brought in to show films. And last but not least, a slew of outdoor exhibitions (and biological diversity) can be found in the territory of the Jardin des Plantes, right next door to the architectural zenith that is the Auguste Rodin Museum.