Paris’ Ultimate Art Event is Back: Art Élysées

From 17-21 October, Art Élysées, the must-see art event on the international art market calendar, is back for its 13th edition across 4 pavilions.

Javier Balmaseda, ‘Ruta Migratoria’, 2018, © Courtesy Baudoin Lebon
Javier Balmaseda, ‘Ruta Migratoria’, 2018, © Courtesy Baudoin Lebon

The Art Élysées fair has become a major event on the international art market calendar. Through a programme in constant evolution, each year the fair contributes a little more to the artistic and cultural essence of the French capital. This year, the pavilion fair returns from October 17-21 2019, during the week dedicated to Art in Paris, confirming its essential role among professionals, amateurs and collectors in search of trusted art values. 

Georges Braque, ‘Bird’, circa 1957-1958, oil and pencil on paper mounted on canvas, 46.3 x 64 cm, © Courtesy Galerie Berès
Georges Braque, ‘Bird’, circa 1957-1958, oil and pencil on paper mounted on canvas, 46.3 x 64 cm, © Courtesy Galerie Berès

The four pavilions of the fair extend along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, from the Place de la Concorde to Place Clemenceau, facing each other in a neat and idyllic route for exhibitors and visitors. With a remarkable selection of French and foreign galleries, the fair offers a wide range of artists and artworks. As every year, Art Élysées renews a lively dialogue between modern art and contemporary art and design, and it brilliantly crosses the great references of the history of 20th-century art with contemporary artists. 

The four sections celebrate modern and contemporary art (pavilions A and B), urban and contemporary art (Pavilion E), and twentieth-century and contemporary design (pavilion C). For this 13th edition, Pavilion E, which houses the urban art galleries, has opened up more to the current contemporary scene by hosting new galleries. 

Clark and Pougnaud, ‘Umbelliferae’, 2018, pigment print on Hahnemühle, 105 x 140cm © Clark and Pougnaud, Courtesy Gallery XII
Clark and Pougnaud, ‘Umbelliferae’, 2018, pigment print on Hahnemühle, 105 x 140cm © Clark and Pougnaud, Courtesy Gallery XII

Within its twelve years of existence, the fair renews each edition with a greater dynamism and shows an artistic direction ever more demanding and open to novelty. The organisers are pleased to enrich the event by bringing an increased artistic panorama, as well as new and institutional exhibitions. This year, Art Élysées presents three exhibitions for three sections: visitors will be able to marvel at Joel-Peter Witkin visiting Picasso, an exhibition in connection with the La Chapelle art centre (Pavilion A), an installation of the Cuban artist Javier Balmaseda (pavilion E), and a dreamlike scenography by designer and collector Fabrice Ausset who will takeover the halls of Pavilions C and B. 

Joel-Peter Witkin, ‘Sleep Faster’, 2002, © Joel-Peter Witkin, Courtesy Baudoin Lebon
Joel-Peter Witkin, ‘Sleep Faster’, 2002, © Joel-Peter Witkin, Courtesy Baudoin Lebon

If Art Élysées has consolidated on its main section, modern art, it has also welcomed many other disciplines with open arms, such as design, urban art, and, since 2016, contemporary design. The pavilion dedicated to the creation of 20th-century design galleries can, once again this year, count on the presence of young contemporary Belgian designers with the Atelier Jespers, the Modern Shapes Gallery and the Alain Hens Gallery. For the first time, the online media Huskdesignblog has partnered with Art Élysées to present an exhibition of contemporary design pieces and collectible design in Paris. 

Dorothée Loriquet, ‘Untitled’, ceramic, 50 x 40 x 35 cm, © Courtesy Modern Shapes
Dorothée Loriquet, ‘Untitled’, ceramic, 50 x 40 x 35 cm, © Courtesy Modern Shapes

Finally, and for the second year in a row, Art Élysées will host The Cercle des Parfumeurs Créateurs, a perfume house born from the desire to share the experience of the beautiful French perfumery that has the particularity to give free rein to the imagination of its creators. Through this daring collaboration, the Parisian fair will be pleased to introduce its visitors to a new world of scents. 

More than a fair, Art Élysées is a place of discovery and exchange, suitable for both the seasoned collector and the novice art lover, the curious and the buyer of trusted values.

Find Art Élysées’ complete programme here

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