Being French, I try to visit my homeland with my family as often as possible. One of our favourite destinations to visit is, of course, Paris. My husband and I enjoy the romance of the city, and my three kids just love to immerse themselves in the culture, so we're all looking forward to our annual visit to the Art Paris Art Fair.
What's new for 2014?
Every year, the Art Paris Art Fair invite a 'guest of honour' to feature examples of work from their country. Last year it was Russia, but for 2014, Art Paris has teamed up with the People's Republic of China, celebrating their 50-year artistic relationship with the country. The focus of this year's fair will be highlighting the ongoing association between Paris and Chinese artists, with work from galleries in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The work on display will showcase the talent across several generations and will include the work of Lin Fengmian, Zao Wou-Ki, Chan Zhen and Yan Pei Ming, amongst others.
Highlights to look out for
There are special areas at the exhibition that have been specifically designed to promote the discovery of new talent. As China is this year's guest of honour, the star of the show will be the China Platform, which is an area set aside to highlight some of the best work coming out of Chinese galleries. There is also the Promises section, which is dedicated to young galleries, the ArtBooks space that houses both art and artists' books, and the ArtDesign area that explores the relationship between different forms of design and contemporary art.
When and where?
This year, the Art Paris Art Fair will be held at the Grand Palais from March 27th until the 30th, with a special preview event held on the 26th.
The Grand Palais - ©Eun Byeol
The fair will exhibit works of modern and contemporary art, bringing together over 140 international galleries from 20 different countries around the world. The event will open at 11:30am each day, and will close at 8pm on the 27th and 29th, 10pm on the 28th and 7pm on the 30th.
With the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, driving to Paris has never been easier. Crossing the Channel takes just 35 minutes, and once you're in Calais, you can drive straight down to Paris in no time. The quickest route is along the A16, which will take you less than 3 hours to get to the Grand Palais. See you at the Art Paris Art Fair!