Paris+ par Art Basel 2023: A Pinnacle in Parisian Artistry
In a spectacular crescendo of creativity, the second edition of Paris+ par Art Basel recently concluded, leaving an indelible mark on the ever-evolving art market in Paris. Held at the Grand Palais Éphémère from October 20 to 22, 2023, this event showcased 154 eminent galleries, including 61 homegrown talents, solidifying the French capital’s pivotal role in the global art ecosystem.
A Tapestry of Artistic Expression
The fair unfolded as a rich tapestry, weaving together the legacies of 20th-century masters like Alexander Calder and Robert Rauschenberg with the contemporary brilliance of artists such as Tracey Emin and Mark Bradford. Notably, the event was not confined to established names; it embraced emerging artists like Jenna Bliss and Xie Lei, echoing the fair’s dedication to fostering new talents. Galleries reported robust sales, marking the event as a commercial triumph.
A Gathering of Global Influencers
The attendee list was a constellation of art luminaries, from collectors and patrons to representatives of 170 globally renowned museums and foundations. The presence of French Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak and First Lady Brigitte Macron underscored the event’s significance on both national and international stages.
A Convergence of Perspectives
Diversity painted the fair’s canvas, with galleries and participants spanning Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Fifteen galleries made their debut, expanding the event’s global reach.
Serena Cattaneo Adorno, Senior Director at Gagosian, expressed the “real enthusiasm in Paris,” while Guillaume Sultana, Founder of Sultana (Paris, Arles), praised the fair’s “excellent level.” Their sentiments echo the international acclaim garnered by Paris+ par Art Basel.
A Catalyst for Cultural Development
Clément Delépine, Director of Paris+ par Art Basel, encapsulated the event’s success, stating, “We presented art of the highest quality, and the fair’s impact on the city’s cultural life is palpable.” The next iteration, scheduled from October 18 to 20, 2024, will unfold in the iconic Grand Palais, marking a new chapter in the fair’s legacy.
The Future Beckons
Beyond being a marketplace, Paris+ par Art Basel emerged as a vibrant platform for discourse, exchange, and inspiration. Its recent success paves the way for a stronger return, promising to embed itself further in the global art narrative.
Galeries Émergentes and Public Program
The event also spotlighted Galeries Émergentes, a section dedicated to emerging galleries. Supported by groupe Galeries Lafayette, this initiative celebrated artist Mohamad Abdouni for a new artwork. The public program, comprising exhibitions, outdoor installations, and talks, demonstrated the fair’s commitment to accessibility and public engagement. Paris+ par Art Basel stands not just as an art event but as a cultural catalyst, beckoning a future adorned with creativity and discourse.