Art Paris, initially due to take place from April 2nd—5th, has been postponed to May 28th–31st, at the original location, the Grand Palais.
Guillaume Piens, director of the fair said “As many countries globally, France is currently affected by the spread of the Coronavirus, which has given rise to conditions that will make it extremely complicated to hold an event as important as Art Paris at the beginning of April.
“As organisers of the fair, we are taking this situation very seriously; our main responsibility is to guarantee the safety of our exhibitors and guests. Above all, we aim to provide exhibiting galleries with the best possible conditions to ensure their successful participation in terms of both sales and contacts with new collectors.
“In light of recent evolutions in the situation, it seems to us that conditions will not be optimal during the initially set dates, April 2nd–5th — which, according to health structures in France and abroad, will likely correspond to the peak of the epidemic. As a result, we have decided to postpone the fair. The dates of the 2020 edition of Art Paris are now set for May 28th–31st (opening preview on May 27) at the Grand Palais, which is not concerned by France’s ban on events of over 5,000 attendees — the venue’s visitor limit being under 5,000.”
In the 20 years since its founding, Art Paris has established itself as Paris’s major spring fair for modern and contemporary art. Bringing together more than 150 galleries from over 20 countries – from the post-war to the contemporary period, Art Paris is a place for discovery, placing special emphasis on the European scene, whilst exploring the new horizons of international creative hubs, whether in Asia, Africa, the Middle East or Latin America.
This year, the fair will showcase a two-fold “Focus” – turning to both the French contemporary art scene and the emerging Iberian art hubs, specifically Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid and Porto. In parallel, the “Solo Show” sector will be dedicated to monographic exhibitions, while “Promises” pursues its support to young and emerging galleries.