art paris
Art Paris is a regional art fair that gives pride of place to proximity, drawing local visitors and favouring local transport solutions. In 2022 Art Paris, which is organised by France Conventions, committed to implementing a sustainable approach based on a life cycle analysis (LCA) in what was a first for an art fair. This pioneering initiative was entrusted to Karbone Prod, founded by Fanny Legros, which joined forces with environmental consultants Solinnen.

Art Paris’s 25th anniversary

Art Paris is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an edition that will bring together some 134 galleries from 25 different countries at the Grand Palais Éphémère from 30 March to 2 April 2023.

Art Paris – which was founded in 1999 – is organised by France Conventions, a French family-run business. Thanks to the efforts of its owners, Julien Lecêtre and Valentine Lecêtre, together with fair director Guillaume Piens, Art Paris has become, in the space of 25 years, a leading spring arts event, an innovative art fair that fosters discovery, setting out to explore in depth the world of modern and contemporary art.

A regional, national and cosmopolitan, Art Paris has put the spotlight on many countries or continent’s art scene: Russia (2013), China (2014), Singapore and Southeast Asia (2015), South Korea (2016), Africa (2017), Switzerland (2018), Latin America (2019) and the Iberian Peninsula (2020).

The 2023 selection: a strong and renewed list of exhibitors

Boosted by the success of its previous editions, the 2023 selection pursues the fair’s development with a list of exhibitors renewed at 33% (i.e., 44 new galleries compa red to 2022) and the continued presence of a number of international heavyweights: Almine Rech, Continua, Lelong & Co., Mennour, Perrotin, Templon and Nathalie Obadia.

60% of the exhibitors are domestic galleries and 40% internationally-based. This deliberate choice enables the fair to showcase the wealth of the French gallery ecosystem that includes leading modern and contemporary art galleries and galleries based in towns all over France, while providing support to emerging structures with “Promises”, the sector for young galleries. Noteworthy returning exhibitors include galleries such as Derouillon, Dina Vierny, Catherine Putman, Maria Lund and Anne-Sarah Benichou, whereas Maïa Muller will be taking part for the first time. As far as other countries are concerned, the list gains some new names with the first participation of a Chilean gallery (AMS), a Ugandan gallery (Afriart), a Romanian gallery (Gaep) and a Lebanese gallery (Saleh Barakat Gallery). Turkey will be represented this year by two galleries (Martch Art Project and The Pill), as will Morocco with the Comptoir des Mines and Atelier 21. Korea boasts four exhibitors: H.A.N. Gallery, Gallery Woong, Simon Gallery and 313 Art Project. A Palazzo (Brescia), Baronian (Brussels), HdM Gallery (Beijing), Francesca Minini (Milan), Poggiali (Florence) and Nosbaum Reding (Luxembourg) are making their first appearance to the fair. The number of exhibitors showcasing modern art continues to progress with the return of galleries such as Ditesheim, Zlotowski and Repetto and firsttime exhibitor Retelet (Monaco). The same goes for photography with new exhibitors Bigaignon and Fisheye Gallery and returning exhibitor Camera Obscura.

Between 2021 and 2022, the fair:

  • Reduced by almost half the quantity of waste produced with a decrease from 25.1 tonnes to 13.6 tonnes, in other words a 45.8% reduction.
  • Decreased electricity consumption by 37.2% (61,666 kWh in 2021 compared to 38,691 kWh in 2022).
  • Reduced its carbon footprint: 80,791 KgCO2eq in 2021 compared to 64 217 KgCO2eq in 2022.
  • 12 tonnes of materials were reused or recycled in 2022.