Welcome to the Arts Week programme!


This series of events beyond the fair itself is intended to highlight collections of museums in Paris and the Île-de-France region and major exhibitions of the season.

The public was invited to attend special events which provide a great opportunity for exchange and interaction, thanks to the curators and directors of the institutions that are partners of FAB PARIS.

The 2023 program will be online in October 2023.

You can still have a look at the 2022 program:

Musée Rodin

Guided visit
of the exhibition
Dream of Egypt

Monday 7 November, 9:00 a.m.

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Guided visit of the exhibition “Rêve d’Egypte” (Dream of Egypt) by Madame Bénédicte Garnier, Curator of the exhibition

On your tour, you will discover more than 400 objects, all restored for the occasion, a mix of Auguste Rodin’s personal art collection and his own sculptures and drawings, archives and photographs  to contextualize his “friends to the end,” as the artist liked to call the antiques that he cherished.

It also evokes the resonance of Egyptian art in the work of Rodin, seen through his experimentation with representing the human body, the simplification of forms, fragments and monumentality — as well as the Monument à Balzac (1898) of which he said, “The Balzac statue is France’s Sphinx.”

Musée de Montmartre

Guided visit of the exhibition
Fernande Olivier and Pablo Picasso
in the Privacy of the Bateau-Lavoir

Monday 7 November, 10:00 a.m.

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Guided visit of the exhibition Fernande Olivier et Pablo Picasso dans l’intimité du Bateau-Lavoir (Fernande Olivier and Pablo Picasso in the Privacy of the Bateau-Lavoir) by Madame Saskia Ooms, Responsable de la Conservation.

Discover this exhibition, the first dedicated to a woman who has been forgotten by history, although she witnessed from the inside this important period: that of Bohemian Montmartre, and the beginnings of Modern Art.

Petit Palais

Guided tour of the exhibition
André Devambez
Vertigo of the imagination

Thuesday 8 November, 09:30 a.m.

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Guided tour of the exhibition by Maïté Metz, Conservateur du Patrimoine and co-curator of the exhibition.

This is a new retrospective devoted to André Devambez, an artist of the Belle Époque with an engaging personality and unbridled humour. A true jack-of-all-trades, he was a painter, engraver and illustrator, oscillating between serious and light subjects.

The Petit Palais – Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris, shed light on this artist, who is little known to the general public today, but who received many honours during his lifetime and enjoyed great renown.

Musée Rodin de Meudon

Guided visit of
the Meudon studio

Thuesday 8 November, 11:00 a.m.

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Guided visit of the Meudon studio by Madame Aude Chevalier, Attachée de Conservation des Sculptures.

In particular, the tour will begin in the Villa des Brillants where Rodin spent the last 20 years of his life.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Visit to the new “Furniture” and “Metal”
restoration workshops

Thuesday 8 November, 11:00 a.m.

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Visit to the new “Furniture” and “Metal” restoration workshops at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs during which Madame Catherine Didelot and Monsieur Benoît Jenne, both Conservateurs-Restaurateurs at the museum, will show you the most beautiful pieces undergoing restoration at present.

Musée Jean-Jacques Henner

Private visit
of the museum

Wednesday 9 November, 9:30 a.m

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Established in a private mansion  on the Plaine Monceau (formerly the home-studio of the painter Guillaume Dubufe, whose eclectic décor has left traces that are still quite visible), the Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner retraces the path of an artist, who, at the beginning of the 20th century, was considered to be one of the most important of his time.

Painter and graphic artist, the career of Jean Jacques Henner (1829-1905) began in his native Alsace before ending in Paris, with a stay at the Villa Medici after being awarded his Prix de Rome.

The private visit will be led by Maeva Abillard, Conservateur du Musée. She will invite you to discover the artistic personality of  Jean-Jacques Henner through his painted sketches, preparatory studies and Salon paintings.  These numerous works from the studio of the artist allow us to understand how an “official” painter  of the second half of the 19th century worked.

Musée Condé, Chantilly

Guided visit of the exhibition
The Duc d’Aumale and Chantilly. 19th Century Photographs

Wednesday 9 November, 10:30 a.m

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Guided visit of the exhibition The Duc d’Aumale and Chantilly. 19th Century Photographs & Presentation by Mathieu Deldicque, Directeur du Musée Condé of rediscovered portraits of the Duc and the Duchesse d’Aumale by Winterhalter

– Cabinet d’Arts Graphiques of the Musée Condé: Guided visit of the exhibition Le duc d’Aumale et Chantilly. Photographies du XIXe siècle (The Duc d’Aumale and Chantilly. 19th Century Photographs), by its Commissaire, Nicole Garnier, Conservateur Général Honoraire du Patrimoine.

Heir to the Montmorency and the Condé families, at the age of eight, Henri d’Orléans, Duc d’Aumale (1822-1897), inherited the Chantilly estate. Like Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Duc d’Aumale became interested in photography at its invention in 1839 and as of 1848, posed for the cameras of the best photographers of the period, including his fellow-enthusiast and friend, Vicomte Vigier. Before having his Château de Chantilly, mutilated during the French Revolution,  reconstructed in 1875 by the architect Daumet, he commissioned the Auvergne photographer Claudius Couton to do full photographic survey of the site. After its reconstruction in 1885, he entrusted Alphonse Chalot, who had spent his childhood in Chantilly, with the task of taking photos of the château and its grounds. His interest in the burgeoning art of photography caused him to constitute a large collection of photographs of Chantilly before and after its reconstruction.  

– Presentation by Mathieu Deldicque, Directeur du Musée Condé of rediscovered portraits of the Duc and the Duchesse d’Aumale by Winterhalter  

During the last step of the process of inventorying and documenting the possessions of the State which takes place every ten years, the Château de Versailles uncovered a Portrait du Duc d’Aumale painted by Winterhalter in 1843. The celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of the prince (1822-2022) led the Château de Versailles to propose that Chantilly  serve as the repository for this never-before-published masterpiece. Concurrently, the Musée National du Château de Compiègne, whose Portrait de la Duchesse d’Aumale—also painted by Winterhalter in 1844—was no longer on display to the public, agreed to renounce its status as the repository of the painting (also in the collections of Versailles) in favor of the Musée Condé. Thanks to the exceptional generosity of the Amis du Musée Condé who financed the restoration of the two works in the studios of the C2RMF at Versailles, the princely couple has finally been reunited, in the presence of the public, at the Château de Chantilly.

Musée des Arts décoratifs

Guided visit
on the theme of Art Nouveau

Wednesday 9 November, 2:30 p.m

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Guided visit by Madame Audrey Gay-Mazuel (Conservateur du Patrimoine).

Begun as early as 1889, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has one of the earliest collections of Art Nouveau items of all French museums. Reopened last July, the entirely rethought rooms devoted to Art Nouveau now reveal to the public some 450 works, of which nearly half have come out of its reserves.

Along with the great names like Gallé, Majorelle and Guimard, figure pioneers of Art Nouveau like Georges de Feure and Henri Rapin whose interiors have now been reconstituted.

Stained glass, wallpapers, ceramic, glass, enamels, silver and furniture—all reveal the radical renewal in the decorative arts at the turn of the century. The visit continues with the spectacular Galerie 1900, vestige of the Exposition Universelle, and its theme of Art Nouveau treasures at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Guided tour of a new drawing exhibition
organized on the occasion of
Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale

Wednesday 9 November, 3:30 p.m

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Guided visit by Madame Astrid Grange, Assistante de Conservation at the Musée des Arts décoratifs.

Come and discover the recently rediscovered large water-colored drawings done for the contest organized in 1895 by the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs or UCAD, and now Les Arts Décoratifs, for the design of its pavilion at the Exposition Universelle of 1900.

The exhibition unveils 25 drawings from the two first-place projects, the first the work of Georges Rémon and Eugène Morand and the second, of Alexandre Sandier.

The “Salon 1900” or “Wood Salon,” the only remaining vestige, reassembled in 1905 at the museum, is open to the public exceptionally for the length of the exhibition of never previously published drawings organized for the Salon Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale.

Conference animated by Guy Boyer

The current issues of the art market in galleries
with the Syndicat national des Antiquaires
and the Comité professionnel des galeries d’art

Wednesday November 9 at 6:30 pm

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Moderated by Guy Boyer, editorial director of Connaissance des Arts, this discussion will focus on the current challenges facing galleries. 

It will be held in the conference room of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) 111 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Free admission upon reservation online, via the museum ticketing service (link below) or on site the same day, subject to availability.
Duration 1h30

Issues related to the antique art market, such as the provenance of objects or the use of ivory in restoration, will be addressed by Anisabelle Berès and Anthony Meyer. 

The competition between galleries and auctions, the relationship between galleries and museums, the deployment of galleries in the suburbs or abroad, the future of fairs and shows and the slowing down of the art market are among the main themes addressed by Marion Papillon and Benoît Sapiro. This will be a discussion and not an ex cathedra presentation to address the current situation of the art market and galleries in France.

Conference organized with the Syndicat national des Antiquaires and the Comité professionnel des galeries d’art.
With Anisabelle Berès and Anthony Meyer, Marion Papillon and Benoît Sapiro.

Study day

Questions of style
and interior design

Thursday 10 November, 8:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.

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At the Auditorium of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD)

Recreated interiors have not been limited to the opera and cinema, or museums with wax figures. They have also been used to explain lifestyles during a given period, in castles and monuments, and to illustrate a history of forms in museums, relying on the notion of styles through a range of objects.

ln private interiors, people have sought to harmonise settings, sometimes including contemporary objects, or recreating the spirit of the past more precisely. Such reconstitutions have been used in recent exhibitions, even in France where museums have long been reticent about the practice of creating period rooms. 

This study day, which takes advantage of the physical proxi­mity between Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, will examine these reconstitutions from different points of view, bringing into play collecting and museum practices, material culture, intellectual discourse, and social habitus. 

This meeting has been organized by Olivier Bonfait and Bénédicte Gady underthe aegis of the Comité Français d’Histoire de l’Art (CFHAl in partnership with Fine Art Paris & La Biennale and the MAD. 

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Château de Fontainebleau

Visit of the restoration
of Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s cartoons
for the tapestry of Louis XV’s Royal Hunt

Jeudi 10 novembre à 10h00

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Visit commented by Oriane Beaufils, Conservatrice du Patrimoine, of the restoration of Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s cartoons for the tapestry of Louis XV’s Royal Hunt.

A painter of dogs and hunting scenes, for fifteen years Jean-Baptiste Oudry worked on the design of the tapestry called the Royal Hunt for which these eight preparatory cartoons—masterpieces of 18th century French painting—are in the collections of the Château de Fontainebleau.

The visit will allow you to penetrate into the very heart of the workshop set up in the château, in the presence of its team of restorers. With them, you will discover the progress of the restoration of four cartoons, which will figure in the large exhibition dedicated to the painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry in 2024.

Sèvres – Manufacture et Musée

Guided visit of
La Manufacture de Porcelaine de Sèvres

Thursday 10 November, 10:15 a.m

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Guided visit of La Manufacture de Porcelaine de Sèvres by Apolline Cade, Chargée du Développement des Publics de Sèvres.

The visit to the Manufacture is an opportunity to discover the secrets of fabrication and decoration of the prestigious Sèvres porcelain. The artists-craftsmen will illustrate the breadth of their exceptional skill in demonstrations.

Collection privée Émile Hermès

Guided visit
of the collection

Thursday 10 November, 11:00 a.m

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Guided visit by Mme Menehould de Bazelaire, Responsable de la Collection Privée Emile Hermès.

Throughout his life, this entrepreneur and fervent art lover assembled a singular collection of objects of art and the applied arts, paintings and books, a veritable memoire devoted to horses and travel, crossing latitudes and periods of history.

This cabinet of curiosities is a celebration of the hands of the craftsmen and artists at the very center of the creative process. Drawings, prints, and objects evoke the atmosphere of the workshops, the area where the subtle mixing of art and know-how gives life to the imaginary.

If Monsieur Hermès’s collection renders homage to the time when carriage and horse were king, it is also the reflection of an enterprise that finds its continuing source of inspiration in them.

Victor Hugo

Guided visit of the exhibition
“Louis Boulanger, Painter and Dreamer”

Thursday 10 November, 6:00 p.m

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Guided visit of the exhibition Louis Boulanger, peintre rêveur (Louis Boulanger, Painter and Dreamer) by Madame Olivia Voisin, Commissaire Scientifique of the exhibition and Directrice des Musées d’Orléans.

Of all the painters in the Romantic movement, Louis Boulanger was the closest to Victor Hugo; his friendship with Alexandre Dumas was equally as weighty in his life. His friendships with numerous artists and writers like Balzac—who dedicated La Femme de Trente Ans (The Thirty-Year-Old Woman) to him—, his complicity with painters like the Devéria brothers, Alexandre Colin, and Eugène Giraud, made him a central figure of the period.  Because of the great success of his Mazeppa (Musée des Beaux-Arts of Rouen), at the Salon of 1827, he became one of the focal points of his generation and he was often referred to as “the one who painted Mazeppa.”  

However, his work is rich and diverse. Eulogist of Romanticism, Boulanger explored its entire spectrum, from its frenzied, violent visions to lighter literary subjects. He experimented with every technique, bestowing its letters of nobility on the entirely new technique of  lithography and giving monumental encouragement to watercolor painting, first fashionable in England. He was the first to design costumes for the theater,  thus contributing to creating a visual identity for Romantic tragedies.

Sèvres – Manufacture et Musée

Guided visit of the exhibition
“Living Forms”

Saturday 12 November, 2:00 p.m

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Participate in a one-and-a-half hour voyage discovering the astonishing works in the exhibition “Formes vivantes”!

The aim of the exhibition “Formes vivantes” is to focus on how the living are represented in the art of ceramics, from the Renaissance to today, following the intricacies of the path of a dialogue between arts and sciences.


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1 – Fragment de statue royale, torse de Nectanebo I Co.1420 © agence photographique du musée Rodin – Pauline Hisbacq
3 – Pavillon Faubourg Saint Germain © Jérôme Galland
4 – Appartement privé avec la fresque de Vincent Darré © Matthieu Salvaing
5 – Scénographie de l’exposition Le Chic ! © Mobilier national, Isabelle Bideau16
6 – Villa des Brillants à Meudon © agence photographique du musée Rodin – Jérome Manoukian
8 – Appartement privé de Walbaum © Manolo Mylonas
9 – Cheval blanc © Alexandre Tabaste
10 – Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner, Vue du salon rouge © Hartl-Meyer
12 – Collection Émile Hermès. Crédit photo : Nathalie Baetens – Tous droits réservés
13 – Van Cleef & Arpels © Jessica Kia Studio & Clément Barzucchea
15 – MAD: – Salon du bois : Georges Hœntschel (1855-1915)- Paris, 1900- Platane d’Algérie, verre, laiton ; tenture en soie dessinée par Adrien Karbowsky (1855-1945) et réalisée par la maison Le Borgne ; peinture L’Île heureuse d’Albert Besnard (1849-1934) – H. 7,12 ; L. 14,3 ; l. 6 m – Achat, 1900 – Inv. 9403 A-G © MAD, Paris / photo : Philippe Chancel
17 – Cabinet Curiosité © Barnabé Moinard-Fondation des Artistes
19 – Visuel : Atelier de peinture de la Manufacture de Sèvres -Sèvres – Manufacture et Musée nationaux / Sophie Zénon
22 – Archives nationales / Nicolas Cantin – Nicolas Dion.
25 – Visuel : Blue Flow n°4 de Claire Lindner RMN-Grand Palais (Limoges, musée national Adrien Dubouché) / Mathieu Rabeau


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