Paris is always a good idea. That’s what the organizers of Art Basel thought, when they brought their concept to Paris for the very first time – and they proved their promise to 40.000 visitors this week. 156 leading galleries from 30 countries exhibited a curated selection of art works from 20-23 of October at Paris+ par Art Basel, which took place at the Grand Palais Éphémère. (A temporary location, until the renovation of the Grand Palais will be finished in 2024).
The vibrant energy and the joy you felt at this fair was one of a kind – a vibe that we haven’t experienced at any other recent art fair. Sunshine, smiles, hugs, happiness and collectors in a buying mood sipping Ruinart Blanc de Blancs while overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Art Basel has made Paris even more magical this week. Or is it Paris that made Art Basel this magical?
© Art Basel
One of the first things you saw, when entering the fair was American Artist Robert Motherwell’s „Je t’aime No II“ (1955) at Pace Gallery. Just brilliant.
Robert Motherwell’s „Je t’aime No II“ (1955) at Pace Gallery
Another pole position at Paris+ goes to Hauser & Wirth. The prominent gallery presented „The Dream“ (2022)“ by American visual artist Goerge Condo.
„The Dream“ (2022)“ by American visual artist Goerge Condo
Jack Pierson is known for his refreshingly sarcastic collages and quotes, always a highlight at Regen Projects’ booth: „A Bored Aimless Life with the Jetset“ (2022).
The Swiss gallery Eva Pressenhuber shows a „Revealing“ (2022) piece, painted with nail polish and ink by Zurich based contemporary artist Louisa Gagliardi.
Art in the park aka „Sites at the Jardin des Tuileries“: Organized in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre and curated by Annabelle Ténèze, the exhibition titled ‘La Suite de l’Histoire’, brought together large-scale works in the scenic grounds of the Jardin des Tuileries. The exhibition examines the multi-layered history of the gardens, including its political and public dimensions, through the work of artists whose practices often subvert and reimagine the role of art in the public realm. Set in a place in which history, architecture and nature converge, the exhibition invites visitors to revisit the gardens in a new way.
Ugo Schiavi, Soulèvement-Effondrement 2022
Sites at Place Vendôme: German-Polish artist Alicja Kwade presented ‘Au cours des Mondes’ (2022), curated by Jérôme Sans. This new installation, her largest to date, is a set of spheres, a recurring motif for the artist, in dialogue with infinite staircases.
A veritable initiatory journey in the public space, the installation questions our relationship with knowledge, with the universe, and with power mechanisms. The public exhibition is running until November 13, 2022
Audemars Piguet, the Swiss luxury watch brand from Le Brassus, a long-time Art Basel partner has commissioned Artist Andreas Angelidakis’ for his first monographic (and also his largest yet) exhibition: „Center for the Critical Appreciation of Antiquity (2022)“, which is currently held at the historic Espace Niemeyer in Paris.
Andreas Angelidakis, Center for the Critical Appreciation of Antiquity 2022 at Espace Niemayer Paris © Audemars Piguet
For the 10th anniversary of the brand’s art program, Audemars Piguet Contemporary worked closely with Angelidakis to realize this large-scale commission—a playful, ironic and hypnotic show that highlights antiquity and the present-day ignorance of heritage and values, by showcasing works that represent the reality of historical landmarks of his home-city Athens. The artwork, is on view with free admission until 30 October, 2022.
As the official Hotel Partner of Art Basel in Hong Kong and this year, also in Paris, the historic luxury hotel nestled in a Beaux-Arts property has not only been hosting the art world’s guests by treating them with romantic views over the city and the Eiffel Tower, but also with fine dining treats at the hotels renowned restaurants. What The Peninsula Paris is mostly loved and famous for, are its luxurious spa treatments and the spacious wellness area. Their newly launched wellness and sustainability platform „Life Lived Best“ accompanies its guests holistically for physical, mental and nutritional well-being – especially during busy and intense times, like this art fair week. Through The Peninsula’s Art in Resonance program, the hotel is deeply committed to engaging with the artistic sphere, not only as venues for exhibitions, but equally as originators and innovators of culture.
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