The maintenance of the 47th edition of the (FIAC), the main annual meeting in Paris, will be decided in early September, depending on the evolution of the pandemic and the feedback from exhibitors, its organizers said on Saturday.
The FIAC organizers asked for a definitive answer from the exhibitors the week of August 31st.
Depending on the feedback from the galleries, their clients and visitors, as well as the health context, they will announce whether or not it will be held during the week of September 7.
The FIAC is currently scheduled for October 21 to 25, under the nave of the Grand Palais, as it does every year.
The contemporary art community is divided as to whether or not such an event will be held: some cannot consider participating, for logistical and financial reasons, due to travel restrictions or as a precautionary principle. Others do not want to get involved at this stage, in a health context that is too uncertain.
Finally, many people are signaling their desire to exhibit at FIAC this fall, in a redesigned format, if sanitary conditions are stabilized.
FIAC brought together 199 galleries from 28 countries in 2019, achieving 74,580 admissions in five days. Among the regions most represented among galleries and collectors are Europe, North America and East Asia, flows from the latter two risking being dried up by traffic bans. .
FIAC is the third contemporary art fair after Art Basel, in Basel (Switzerland) and the Frieze in London.
The edition of Art Basel, which is held in June each year, was initially postponed to September before being canceled. Art Basel Hong Kong was also canceled in March. Frieze London and Frieze Masters, the two London Frieze shows, scheduled for October 8-11, have also been canceled.
The uncertainty about the movements and transport of works by plane, but also about the gauges of admitted visitors make the holding of these fairs risky, so […]