In its first two years, the fair took place in two abandoned mansions on the avenue d’Iéna, a stone’s throw from FIAC at the Grand Palais. While there’s no doubt that Paris Internationale is here to stay – and change the rules of the international art-fair game while it’s at it –, the third edition is bringing its share of surprises. This year it’s out with the domestic setting and in with what was once the raw-concrete heart of Gallic intellectual life. Come October, 54 participating galleries will gather in the former offices of French daily Libération, which until two years ago occupied a converted car park famous for its central spiral ramp. “While giving the galleries total freedom, the fair particularly appreciates monographic presentations,” explains Clément Delépine, exhibit coordinator with Silvia Ammon. This year Berlin gallery BQ will honour photographer Jochen Lempert, Düsseldorf’s Max Mayer will show Ei Arakawa’s pixelated screens, while LA-based Redling Fine Art is showcasing Pippa Garner, the implacable critic of American consumerism who is far too little known in Europe.
Foire Paris Internationale, from october 18th to 22n.
11, rue Béranger, 75003 Paris.