press release

In the context of their partnership for FIAC 2006, the Louvre Museum and FIAC present a program of contemporary art works installed in the Tuileries Gardens.

This program features fifteen sculptures, installations, fountains, etc. especially produced or reworked for the site and installed in the alleys, hedges, lawns, ponds or basins. The works were selected by FIAC and the Louvre Museum from propositions made by the galleries participating in FIAC.


Fiac will be held in Paris from October 26th through October 30th in a new configuration, clearly indicative of its desire to make decisive headway in the process of qualitative reform engaged since 2004.

In what is, without question, a significant moment in its 33 year old history, as from 2006 Fiac will permanently relocate to the heart of Paris. Two main venues, both of incomparable prestige, will house Fiac: the Cour Carrée of the Musée du Louvre and the Grand Palais. Numerous synergies with the city of Paris, in resonance with its urban environment and cultural venues, will be developed (exterior projects, associated events…).

This configuration, rendered possible by the benevolence of the Minister of Culture and Communication, and integrated in the framework of an unprecedented collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, underlines Fiac’s ambition to durably found its identity on the criteria of prestige, selectivity, innovation and centrality.


When the Grand Palais officially re-opened in October 2005, Fiac was the first fair to invest its historic site, hosting a memorable inaugural celebration followed by a series of artistic events including performances, film projections and large scale installations involving 40 international artists.

As from 2006, Fiac will reintegrate this prestigious venue. The Grand Palais will house a highly selective ensemble of approximately 100 of the most prominent international galleries specializing in modern art, contemporary art and design, together with a programme of projections of new-release artists’ films and artists’ performances presented by exhibiting galleries in an especially conceived cinema/auditorium


Fiac approached the Musée du Louvre with the ambition of providing high quality exhibition conditions in a prestigious site, quintessentially emblematic of Paris and close to the Grand Palais, for 80 high-profile international galleries presenting contemporary and cutting edge creation in a resolutely energetic and prospective spirit.

Within an ephemeral architecture of great quality, respectful of the exceptional nature of the site and preserving its accessibility to the general public, the Cour Carrée of the Musée du Louvre will provide a unique context for the presentation of the art of today.

Fiac’s presence in the Cour Carrée will provide a further opportunity for the Musée du Louvre to highlight, for the public of Fiac and visitors in general, the plethora of fertile interactions which contemporary artists have always entertained with works inscribed in an historic and cultural heritage. The collaboration of Fiac with the Musée du Louvre is a natural extension of the Louvre’s policy of enlarging the scope of the museum’s activities to embrace contemporary art, a programme initiated in 2003 by Henri Loyrette, President Director, and directed and co-ordinated by Marie-Laure Bernadac, chief curator for contemporary art. In this context, the Louvre has exhibited important works by major artists including Christian Boltanski, Gary Hill, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Jean-Luc Moulène. The 2006 programme features projects by Mike Kelley and Candida Höfer.

The presence of Fiac 2006 in the Cour Carrée du Louvre is inscribed in the framework of a broad and multi-faceted partnership with the Musée du Louvre which reposes both on the Louvre’s programme of contemporary art exhibits and on specific initiatives in favour of the development and diversification of the visiting public, in particular its younger audience.

The existing link between the two sites chosen by Fiac will be optimised by an ensemble of outdoor projects implanted in the Tuileries gardens and the grounds of the Musée du Louvre, comprising installations and monumental works proposed by exhibiting galleries and open to the general public

A comprehensive transportation infrastructure (including the existing metro links, chartered buses, private cars and taxis) will facilitate transit between the Louvre and the Champs Elysées, together with the outdoor projects.

Relocated in the centre of Paris and, more than ever before, in tune with the essence of the capital’s energy and appeal, Fiac is, without question, endowed with an entirely new dimension.

October 2006 will reflect the true intensity of the Parisian cultural scene. Fiac week will enable visitors to discover major exhibitions of Yves Klein and Robert Rauschenberg at the Centre Pompidou together with a new presentation of the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne. The Musée du Louvre will feature important exhibitions of Rembrandt and Hogarth, together with works by Candida Höfer. Maurice Denis will be on show at the Musée d’Orsay, Lee Friedlander at the Jeu de Paume and Adel Abdessemed at the Plateau, not to mention the unprecedented exhibition of the private collection of Sylvio Perlstein at the Maison Rouge. In the constantly enriched cultural landscape of Paris, visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the newly renovated spaces of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, those of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the Orangerie, together with the recently inaugurated building of the Musée du Quai Branly by renowned architect Jean Nouvel and the museum’s permanent collection of primitive art.

During this week, also marked by numerous exhibition inaugurations, festive and social events, together with acquisition committee meetings and award announcements, Fiac and Paris will be, even more so than in 2005, an essential rendez-vous of the key figures of the international art world, whether they be collectors, artists, gallerists, art critics, curators or decision makers in the institutional field.


Participating Galleries (index 01/06/06) Modern and contemporary galleries and editors

Martine Aboucaya Paris, Aidan Moscow, Air de Paris Paris, Albion London, Aliceday Bruxelles, Applicat-Prazan Paris, Art & Public Genève, Alfonso Artiaco Napoli, Art-Netart Paris, Baronian-Francey Bruxelles, Catherine Bastide Bruxelles, Guy Bärtschi Genève, Claude Bernard Paris, Bernier-Eliades Athens, Blow de la Barra London, Bortolami Dayan New York, Isabella Bortolozzi Berlin, Buchmann Berlin/Lugano, Bucket Rider Chicago, Louis Carré & Cie Paris, Cent8-Serge le Borgne Paris, Chez Valentin Paris, Sadie Coles H.Q. London, Continua San Gimignano/Beijing, Cortex Athletico Bordeaux, Cosmic Paris, The Courtyard Gallery Beijing, Chantal Crousel Paris, Monica de Cardenas Milano, Massimo de Carlo Milano, Di Meo Paris, Dvir Tel Aviv< /i>· Frank Elbaz Paris, Estrany-de la Mota Barcelona, Enrico Fornello Prato, Jean Fournier Paris, Freight+Volume New York, Galerie 1900-2000 Paris, Galerie de Expeditie Zsa-Zsa Eyck Amsterdam, Galerie de France Paris, Galerie de Multiples Paris, gb agency Paris, Frederic Giroux Paris, Gladstone Gallery New York, Gmurzynska Köln/Zürich/St Moritz, Laurent Godin Paris, James Goodman New York, Marian Goodman New York/Paris, Karsten Greve Paris/Köln/Milano/St-Moritz, Marat Guelman Moscow, Alain Gutharc Paris, Hauser & Wirth Zürich/London, Erna Hecey Bruxelles, Henze & Ketterer Wichtrach/Bern, Marwan Hoss Paris, Xavier Hufkens Bruxelles, Ghislaine Hussenot Paris, Leonard Hutton New York, I-20 New York, In Situ Paris, Grita Insam Wien, Jablonka Köln, Rodolphe Janssen Bruxelles, Jeanne-Bucher Paris, JGM Paris, Juliette Jongma Amsterdam, Annely Juda London, Kewenig Köln, Krinzinger Wien, Jan Krugier, Ditesheim & Cie Genève/Neûchatel, La B.A.N.K Paris, La Blanchisserie Boulogne-Billancourt, Lahumière Paris, Yvon Lambert Paris/New York, Landau Fine Art Montreal, Max Lang New York, Layr Wuestenhagen Contemporary Wien, Lelong Paris/New York/Zürich, Harris Lieberman New York, Lisson London, Loevenbruck Paris, Florence Loewy Paris, Lumen Travo Amsterdam, Florence Lynch New York, Maisonneuve Paris, Marlborough New York/London/Monte Carlo/Madrid, Martinethibautdelachâtre Paris, Hans Mayer Düsseldorf, The Mayor Gallery London, Kamel Mennour Paris, Nachst St Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwalder Wien, Nature Morte / Bose Pacia New Delhi, Nelson Paris, NoguerasBlanchard Barcelona, Jérôme de Noirmont Paris, Nathalie Obadia Paris, Claudine Papillon Paris, Parker’s Box New York, Françoise Paviot Paris· Emmanuel Perrotin Paris/Miami, Perugi artecontemporanea Padova, Praz-Delavallade Paris, Eva Presenhuber Zürich, Catherine Putman Paris, Re:Voir / The Film Gallery Paris, Almine Rech Paris, Michel Rein Paris, Denise René Paris, Ronmandos Rotterdam, Thaddaeus Ropac Paris/Salzburg, Rubicon Dublin, Lia Rumma Napoli, Schleicher+Lange Paris, Natalie Seroussi Paris, Sfeir-Semler Hamburg/Beyrouth, Shanghart Shanghai, Fredric Snitzer Miami, Pietro Sparta Chagny, Christian Stein Milano, Diana Stigter Amsterdam, Studio La Citta Verona, Micheline Szwajcer Antwerpen, Tanit München, Suzanne Tarasiève Paris, Daniel Templon Paris, Tornabuoni Firenze, Patrice Trigano Paris, Tucci Russo Torre Pellice(Torino), Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois Paris, Martin Van Zomeren Amsterdam, Vedovi Bruxelles, Aline Vidal Paris, Nadja Vilenne Bruxelles, Anne de Villepoix Paris, Nicola Von Senger Zürich, Waddington Galleries London, Michael Werner Köln, Jocelyn Wolff Paris, Xippas Paris/Athens, XL Moscow, Hiromi Yoshii Tokyo, Zlotowski Paris, Zürcher Paris

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FIAC 2006 : 33rd Edition
Grand Palais & Cour Carrée/Louvre

Sonderausstellung in den Tuilerien
Organisation: Louvre; Fiac Paris
mit Atelier van Lieshout, Tony Cragg, Gerard Deschamps, Subodh Gupta, Kristof Kintera, Bertrand Lavier, Richard Long, David Mach, Bruno Peinado, Frank Scurti, Franz West ...