FAB Paris Offers Handpicked Art Treasures

LUOHAN - Qing Dynasty bed

With a new name, a new location and an exciting line-up of new exhibitors, the second edition of FAB Paris is set to capture the imagination of international collectors and visitors alike. Charting millennia of art history, from Ancient Egypt to today, the curated ensemble to be unveiled at the Grand Palais Ephémère from 22nd until 26th November will encompass no fewer than 20 categories in the fields of fine art, furniture, antiquities and jewellery, with provenance as illustrious as Karl Lagerfeld, Hubert de Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, and treasures related to the Kings of France, the Medici and the Qing Dynasty.

A fabulous ephemeral museum, FAB Paris will bring together some of the rarest, most beautiful and whimsical objects created by man, from a Paleo-Eskimo “Old Bering Sea” sculpture (200 BC – 100 AD) and the “most beautiful book of the Venetian Renaissance” (Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499) by Francesco Colonna), to a 17th-century portrait of a Medici dog and an opulent marble bed from the Qing Dynasty. Also on view will be a roll-call of some of the greatest names in art history: Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Rembrandt, Edouard Manet, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Yayoi Kusama and Gerhard Richter, to name a few.

SISMANN – Vierge d’Immmaculée Conception, Attribuée à Gervais II DELABARRE – Crédit photo – Christophe FOUIN

Highest Quality

Its second edition – to take place at the Grand Palais Ephémère from 22nd until 26th November – reflects the fair’s ambition to grow while maintaining the highest quality of art on display. Over a third of the exhibitors (41 galleries) will make their debut, enriching the breadth and depth of this year’s offering.

Spanning millennia of art history and six continents, the carefully selected artworks will represent no fewer than 20 disciplines, including Antiquities, Old Masters, Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts, Design, Modern & Contemporary Art, Ceramics, Jewellery but also Tribal Art, Himalayan Art, Tapestries, Antique Frames, Asian Art, Islamic Art and Books & Manuscripts.

Building on longstanding relationships with France’s most renowned museums and private institutions, FAB Paris will host an exciting programme of events, including exclusive visits of Centre Pompidou, Institut de France, Opéra Garnier, Musée de l’Armée-Invalides, Atelier Constance Guisset, Jeu de Paume, Fondation d’art contemporain Daniel & Florence Guerlain and Van Cleef & Arpels’s School of Jewellery Art.

Every year, a French institution is invited to exhibit highlights from their collection during the week of the fair. This autumn’s Institution invitée is the Mobilier National, France’s national furniture collection which comprises 100,000 items dating from the 17th century to today and, since the reign of Louis XIV, has produced works by famous designers and artists.

DEMISCH DANANT – Motte Furniture – Directional Desk, 1966

This year, FAB Paris will also welcome its first ambassador (“Artiste invité”), French virtuoso cellist Gautier Capuçon. Louis de Bayser, President de FAB Paris, says: “As FAB Paris continues to grow, with new categories (e.g. design) and new galleries enriching the offering in disciplines such as Tribal Arts, Antiquities and Asian Art, our focus is to maintain the highest level of quality. One of the main virtues of the fair is its selective nature and this will remain at the core of its development.”

The Epitome of Elegance

The predecessors of FAB Paris – The Biennale des Antiquaires and Fine Arts Paris – have long epitomised French luxury, chic and style. The new fair continues this tradition, with furniture and decorative arts of historical importance, including a clock by Queen Marie-Antoinette’s favourite clockmaker and a bronze that once belonged to Louis XIV’s son and the infamous Count du Barry.

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