December 02, 2020

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FIAC and the Winston Churchill Avenue: artworks between the Petit and Grand Palais

FIAC and the Winston Churchill Avenue: artworks between the Petit and Grand Palais

As part of “On Site” —a new program of sculpture and installations presented in the Petit Palais—FIAC settles on the Avenue Winston Churchill between the Petit and Grand Palais for the duration of the fair. A unique moment in the history of public art in Paris.

FIAC again expresses the innovative spirit which underlines this forty-third edition of the fair. Further to the announcement of the expansion of its exhibition venues to include the presentation of sculptures and installations in the neighboring Petit Palais, FIAC settles along the Avenue Winston Churchill. Situated between the Petit and the Grand Palais, the avenue will be closed to traffic during the fair making the street accessible exclusively to pedestrians, thus recreating the original esplanade of the 1900 World Fair.

Some ten works will be installed on the road and its environs, offering Parisian and international visitors an open-air experience of contemporary art. Two works, created specifically for the site, are especially emblematic of this bold gesture: the first, by French artist Jacques Villeglé, is a quote by philosopher Henri Michaux “l’Art est ce qui aide à tirer de l’inertie” (“Art is what helps draw us out of inertia”) spelled out in large letters on the ground; In the central axis between the two Palais, American artist Lawrence Weiner’s characteristic phrases – in this work describing ascendant and descendant movements – will visually rhythm the space.

« L’art est ce qui aide à tirer de l’inertie » - Henri Michaux, 2016 Pochoir, peinture blanche / Stencil, white paint Dimensions variables et proportionnelles Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Pochoir, peinture blanche / Stencil, white paint Dimensions variables et proportionnelles –  Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris

In total, thirty-seven projects were selected from over ninety applications. They will be presented in the Petit Palais and on the Avenue Winston Churchill in this first edition of “On Site, which provides artists and galleries with museum quality conditions for the exhibition of their works —an unparalleled opportunity in the landscape of contemporary art fairs.

Another unprecedented gesture has been orchestrated to participate in the symbolic reunification of this historic architectural ensemble: for the first time in decades, the grand doors at the rear of the Grand Palais’s Salon d’Honneur leading directly into the Palais de la Découverte will be opened, offering FIAC visitors a gateway to this iconic museum. Beyond Ulla Von Brandenburg’s Landschaft (2016), performances centering on poetry and language
combining fictions and scientific realities, will be staged from Wednesday, October 20 to Saturday, October 23, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, as part of the new performance festival, Parades for FIAC.

This year, FIAC will welcome 186 galleries from twenty-seven countries.

Top Image: ON THE UP ON THE ABOVE UP ON THE BELOW UP , 2016 Présenté par /Presented by Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, New-York & Alfonso Artiaco, Naples. Courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery & Alfonso Artiaco. Copyright : the artist.

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