The 20th anniversary edition of Art Paris Art Fair, which brought together 142 galleries from 22 countries from April 5th – 8th 2018, saw a record number of visitors with a total of 58,789 from 50 different countries, in other words an 8 % increased compared to 2017. The record attendance was noticeable right from the start: the preview was attended by 17,255 visitors (an increase of 10 % compared to 2017) and both “An overview of the French scene” - a themed selection showcasing the work of 20 artists to mark the fair’s 20th anniversary curated by François Piron – and the rich programme devoted to this year’s guest of honour, Switzerland, were both very successful.
Thanks to Karine Tissot, visitors were able to discover the work of emerging Swiss talents, both on the gallery stands and as part of various side projects such as the Project Room, digital projections on the façade of the Grand Palais, wall art and “Panorama”, an exhibition presenting works from the Helvetia Art Collection.
A lot of the visitors praised the quality of the fair and its original positioning. Art Paris Art Fair allows visitors to discover or rediscover artists and provides a wide variety of perspectives on the different European scenes, whilst hosting a wide diversity of creations from all around the world - Asia, Russia, Africa and the Middle East – with this year the noteworthy participation of the Misk Art Institute, which focuses on the emerging Saudi art scene.
Sales were generally good and even excellent on the last day after a rather slow start - the transport strikes on April 3rd and 4th having prevented a certain number of foreign visitors and people from other regions of France from attending the fair.
The next edition of Art Paris Art Fair will take place at the Grand Palais from April 4th – 7th 2019 with a special focus on Latin America. The “overview of the French scene” formula will be renewed, concentrating this time on women artists and once again collaborating with a guest curator.