an international art fair on the rise
Saturday July 1, 2023
All the arts of the world under one roof
A year after its creation, and following a successful inaugural edition, the recently renamed FAB PARIS (previously known as Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale) returns this autumn with a line-up of 110 of the world’s leading galleries, a new prestigious location and a rich programme of events.
A unique showcase of art, culture, savoir-faire and heritage, FAB PARIS is France’s premier fair celebrating art from Antiquity to present day. Its second edition – to take place at the Grand Palais Ephémère from 22 until 26 November – reflects the fair’s ambition to grow while maintaining the highest quality of art on display.
« Growing while remaining demanding »
Louis de Bayser
Over a third of the exhibitors (39 galleries) will make their debut, enriching the breadth and depth of this year’s offering.
Spanning millenniums of art history and six continents, the carefully selected artworks will represent no fewer than 20 disciplines, including Antiquities, Old Masters, Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts, Design, Modern & Contemporary Art, Ceramics, Jewellery but also Tribal Art, Himalayan Art, Tapestries, Antique Frames, Asian Art, Islamic Art and Books & Manuscripts.
“As FAB PARIS continues to grow, with new categories (e.g. design) and new galleries enriching the offering in disciplines such as Tribal Arts, Antiquities and Asian Art, our focus is to maintain the highest level of quality. One of the main virtues of the fair is its selective nature and this will remain at the core of its development.”
Louis de Bayser, Président of FAB Paris
An enriched cultural program
Building on longstanding relationships with France’s most renowned museums and private institutions, FAB Paris will host an exciting programme of events throughout the week and will also welcome its first ambassador (“Artiste invité”), French virtuoso cellist Gautier Capuçon.
39 new exhibitors
and new specialties
Old Masters and 19th-century painting
Old Masters and 19th-century painting have traditionally been a forte at the fair and its founding entities – Fine Arts Paris and La Biennale des Antiquaires. A roster of renowned European Old Master specialists will return, including Didier Aaron, De Bayser, De Jonckheere, Descours, Laocoon Gallery/W. Apolloni, Perrin, Giovanni Sarti, Mendes, Terrades and Leegenhoek.
They will be joined will by Van der Meij Fine Arts, the reputed Amsterdam gallery specialising in 19th-century Northern European painting and known for bringing to the world masterpieces by the likes of Vilhelm Hammershoi and Carl Holsoe.
Matthieu and Louis de Bayser, on their booth in 2022
Antique Furniture and Decorative Arts
Testament to France’s long tradition of furniture-making and decorative arts, the fair will bring together the most revered Parisian galleries in the field, including Steinitz, Léage, Pascal Izarn.
Participating for the first time will also be 19th-century Decorative Arts specialist Bruno Sugères and Art Nouveau expert Florian Kohlhammer. The Lisbon gallery São Roque, renowned for its unique offering of Portuguese, oriental and colonial antiques from the 16th to the 18th centuries, will also be present, alongside London dealer Brun Fine Art and German silver specialist Christopher Kende, also debuting at FAB Paris.
The Steiniz gallery stand in 2022,
awarded the “Most Fabulous Stand Prize” by the Honorary Committee.
Over 2,000 years of art history will go on view at the Grand Palais Ephémère this year. The section dedicated to Antiquities will expand with the participation of new exhibitors, including the eminent Basel archaeologist Jean-David Cahn, at the helm of the oldest gallery in the discipline, Ancient Egypt specialist Cybèle and Paris dealer Antoine Tarantino.
As for the previous edition, sculpture will feature strongly, with some of the most discerning specialists in the field. The roll-call of returning Paris galleries – Xavier Eeckhout, Sismann, Malaquais, Trebosc & Van Lelyveld and Univers du Bronze – will be reinforced by the arrival of London-based bronze and Renaissance expert Benjamin Proust; Brussels’ second-generation family gallery Desmet Fine Art, focusing on classical sculpture from Antiquity to Neoclassicism and Brussels-based Italian gallerist Alessandra Bardi (Dei Bardi Art) who aims to shine a modern light on European Middle- Age and Renaissance sculptures.
Jean-Baptiste Auffret, galerie Malaquais, on his booth in 2022
Modern and Contemporary Art
Modern Art will also take centre stage this year, with more than 20 international exhibitors showcasing the greatest artists of the period. Debuting at FAB Paris will be leading Parisian gallery Helene Bailly, London dealer Daniel Boulakia and Zlotowski, an authority on Le Corbusier.
Other important galleries participating include Rosenberg & Co, the New York gallery led by Marianne Rosenberg (granddaughter of legendary art dealer Paul Rosenberg), Applicat Prazan, Berès, de la Béraudière, La Présidence, Antoine Laurentin and Taménaga which was the first gallery in Japan to introduce European Modern Art in 1969.
First-time exhibitors will also enrich the offering of Modern and Contemporary Art, including the German gallery Ludorff, Zurich art dealer Von Vertes and Mayoral, the Paris and Barcelona-based gallery specialising in post-war and contemporary Spanish art.
Franck Prazan surrounded by some of his team, on his booth in 2022
As for contemporary art galleries RX and Christophe Gaillard, very satisfied with their participation last year, they are returning in 202
On the Christophe Gaillard gallery booth
in 2022: Camille Gouget (left)
and Anne-Laure Mino (right)
Design will premiere this year, with eminent U.S. dealers in the field including Demisch Danant, the New York specialist in European post-war design and Geoffrey Diner, the pioneering Washington, D.C. gallerist who contributed to the recognition of the American and British Arts & Crafts Movement.
Masters of French 20th century design will also be represented by two influential Paris specialists: Anne-Sophie Duval, a gallery associated with the rediscovery of the Art Deco movement in the 1970s, which has evolved through three generations of visionary women, and Pascal Cuisinier who has been instrumental in shedding light on the first generation of modern French designers and their avant- garde lighting creations.
Tribal, Asia and Islamic Art
Celebrating art and craftsmanship across time and continents, the fair will also bring together leading galleries in the fields of Tribal, Asian, Islamic and Indian art.
A highlight of last year’s edition, Tribal Art continues to grow with four newly announced galleries (Bernard de Grunne, Lucas Ratton, Schoffel de Fabry and Yann Ferrandin) joining the already impressive roster of specialists in the category – Anthony Meyer, Flak, Mestdagh, Montagut and Monbrison.
A trailblazer in the discipline of Himalayan Art, San Francisco and Hong Kong dealer Iwona Tenzing (Tenzing Asian Art) will also premiere Tibetan masterworks, spanning the 12th to the late 18th centuries. She will be joined by another prestigious gallery of San Francisco, Art Passages which will present paintings and miniatures from the Courts of India and Persia.
Specialising in Ancient Near Eastern art and the arts of the Islamic and Indian worlds, London gallery Kent Antiques and Paris dealer Kevorkian will be joined by Jean-Christophe Charbonnier who focuses on Japanese art, most notably arms and armours.
Patrick and Ondine Mestdagh
in front of their stand in 2022
The Montagut gallery team,
on their booth in 2022
The Galerie Monbrison booth in 2022,
awarded a “special mention”
by the Honorary Committee, for its design
Corinne Kevorkian (right) on her stand in 2022
with an member of her team
Books & Manuscripts
Bibliophily boasts the sector’s big names, with bookstores Camille Sourget, Clavreuil, de Proyart, and the entry of Benoît Forgeot and Autographes des Siècles.
The Camille Sourget bookstore booth in 2022
Finally, the jewelry department welcomes five galleries, including Feng J, Larengregor and Walid Akkad.
Walid Akkad, on his booth in 2022
FAB PARIS in figures
110 exhibitors – up 25% on last year
Representing 12 countries from around the globe
39 newcomers – over 1/3 of all exhibitors
No fewer than 20 categories (including new disciplines like design)
Works of art spanning over 2,000 years of history and 6 continents
An exhibition space of 9,000 square meters
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