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An exceptional 2021 edition: a list of topnotch galleries and a new location at Le Grand Palais Éphémère confirming the place of Paris as a major hub for contemporary art.

The First Modern and Contemporary Art Fair to Take Up Residence in the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars

After being the first art fair in the world to open its doors in September 2020 after lockdown restrictions ended, Art Paris will also be the first art fair to take up residence in the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars from 9 to 12 September. Designed by reknown architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, this spectacular temporary structure which is situated in front of the École Militaire and close to the Eiffel Tower, will host events scheduled at the Grand Palais until the building reopens for the Olympic Games in 2024.

A strong 2021 selection marked by the arrival of major leading galleries

Art Paris has established itself as a major Art fair for Modern and Contemporary art. This forthcoming edition will bring together 140 galleries from over twenty countries, displaying art spanning post-war to the contemporary period. Whilst Art Paris is a place for discovery, its distinctive feature is a special emphasis on the European scene combined with the exploration of new horizons of international creative hubs in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Regional and cosmopolitan, the 2021 edition counts 39% of new participants and is marked by the arrival of leading international galleries including Almine Rech, Continua, Massimo de Carlo, Lelong & co, Kamel Mennour, Perrotin and Thaddaeus Ropac.

Portraiture and Figuration. A Focus on the French Scene

Since 2018, Art Paris has consistently supported the French contemporary art scene by inviting curators to lend a subjective, historical and critical eye and to design a special project highlighting French artists featured at the fair. For 2021, guest curator Hervé Mikaeloff will share his perspective on contemporary French artist with Portraiture and Figuration. A Focus on the French Scene, bringing together some twenty artists around the theme of the portrait and the renewal of figurative painting in France.

Selected artists :

• Arnaud Adami (1995) / H Gallery • Rose Barberat (1994) / Galerie Pact • Marcella Barceló (1992) / Galerie Anne de Villepoix • Jean-Luc Blanc (1965) / Art : Concept • Alin Bozbiciu (1989) / Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève • Guillaume Bresson (1982) / Galerie Nathalie Obadia • Dorian Cohen (1987) / Galerie Paris-Beijing • Marc Desgrandchamps (1960) / Galerie Lelong & Co • Alex Foxton (1980) / Galerie Derouillon • Laurent Grasso (1972) / Perrotin • Bilal Hamdad (1987) / H Gallery • Ana Karkar (1986) / Galerie Hors-cadre • Thomas Lévy- Lasne (1980) / Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire • François Malingrëy (1989) / Galerie Le Feuvre & Roze • Yan Pei-Ming (1960) / Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac • Nazanin Pouyandeh (1981) / Galerie Sator • Madeleine Roger-Lacan (1993) / Galerie frank elbaz • Marjane Satrapi (1969) / Galerie Françoise Livinec • Claire Tabouret (1981) / Galerie Almine Rech •Jérôme Zonder (1974) / Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Solo Show | A Showcase of 20 Monographic Exhibitions

Since 2015, Art Paris has encouraged the presentation of monographic exhibitions – a key moment in artists’ careers – by inviting galleries to present specific single artist-focused projects. The 2021 edition will feature around 20 solo shows distributed throughout the fair. Highlights will include: a rare selection of Polaroids and B&W photos by Andy Warhol at the Galerie Italienne; a solo show dedicated to the Mozambican artist Gonçalo Mabunda, known for his thrones made of weapons and munitions of war, at Caroline Smulders Gallery; a tribute to the artist of Iranian origin Mojé Assefjah at the Tanit Gallery, whose abstract painting celebrates colour and gesture.

Promises | A Sector for Young Galleries and Emerging Talents

“Promises” will host over 9 young galleries from Abidjan, Guatemala, Marseille and Paris, many of which will be exhibiting at Art Paris for the first time this year.

Selected galleries:

31 Project (Paris) • Double V Gallery (Marseille) • Hors-Cadre (Paris) • La Galería Rebelde (Guatemala, Los Angeles)* • Le Cabinet d’Ulysse (Marseille) • Galerie Marguo (Paris) • Galerie Pauline Pavec (Paris) • Galerie Véronique Rieffel (Paris, Abidjan) • Septieme Gallery (Paris)

Paris, a major center for contemporary art

In Paris during Art Paris, VIP programme will showcase the very best cultural events which Paris major art world hub and City of Light has to offer as it embarks on a period of renewed hope as new galleries will open their doors, and institutions reopen…

Art Paris 2021 in figures :

140 galleries from 20 countries 56 galleries are participating for the first time or returning to the fair (a 39% renewal rate compared to 2020) 65% of French galleries – 35% galleries from abroad


Grand Palais Éphémère
Plateau Joffre
75007 Paris
Opening preview (upon invitation only) :
Wednesday 8 September from 11am to 9pm
Public Opening hours:
Thursday 9 September: 12 pm – 8 pm
Friday 10 September: 12 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 11 September: 12 pm – 8 pm
Sunday 12 September: 12 pm – 8 pm
Admission :
Thursday & Friday: € 25 / € 14 for students and groups
Saturday & Friday: € 30 / € 16 for students and groups
2-day pass: € 35 / € 20 for students and groups
Free entry for children under 10 years old

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