From 28th March to 1st April 2013, Art Paris Art Fair brings together 144 galleries from 20 countries under the glass roof of the Grand Palais. Art Paris Art Fair is the main springtime event for modern and contemporary art. It is unique in being a European fair dedicated to the promotion of the art scenes of the East – Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This year for the first time, it has invited a country as guest of honour: Russia.

With this year’s selection, the fair is profoundly renewed and increasingly international
This year sees 74 newcomers, which means that the 2013 selection brings profound change. With 20 countries represented (compared to 16 in 2012), the fair is also more international than ever before - 43% of participants are from abroad. Several countries are coming for the first time including the United Arab Emirates, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia and Russia with an unprecedented 10 participating galleries.

Of the 144 galleries taking part in 2013, 35 participate regularly. In terms of numbers of galleries, Art Paris Art Fair has reached the peak it achieved in 2009.

New participants include notably Laurent Delaye Gallery (London), Michel Soskine (Madrid), Heino Gallery (Helsinki), Tanit (Munich), Bodson-Emelinckx Gallery (Brussels),Várfok Gallery (Budapest), Sem-Art Gallery (Monaco), Mimmo Scognamiglio (Milan) et Galleria Giuseppe Pero (formerly 1 000 Eventi of Milan).

Regarding French participation, Art Paris Art Fair welcomes the return of a number of galleries, including Christophe Gaillard, Suzanne Tarasiève, Christian Berst, Claude Lemand and Farideh Cadot, as well as first-time participants Pièce Unique, Anne deVillepoix, and also Maeght and Fleury galleries for modern art.

Russia guest of honour
As part of its focus on the art scenes of the East, Art Paris Art Fair has invited Russia as guest of honour this year. Ten galleries are brought together in a central platform from as far afield as Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don and Vladivostok while some 20 European galleries are presenting work by Russian artists. With 90 artists on show, ART PARIS ART FAIR presents a comprehensive view of Russian art from the 1920s to the non-conformists from the 1960s - 80s to the leading figures of the contemporary scene.

“Promises:” a new section for emerging artists
Art Paris Art Fair is launching a new section entitled “Promises” with the objective of promoting young galleries that are less than 5 years old and who have never exhibited at the fair. The 12 first galleries to take part in the 2013 edition of “Promises” are: 16th Line (Rostov-on- Don), Leonardi Agosti (Sète), Backslash (Paris), Duplex 10m2 (Sarajevo), Edward Cutler (Milan), Galerie L’Aléatoire (Paris), Lehr Zeitgenössische Kunst (Köln), NK Gallery (Antwerp), Galerie De Roussan (Paris), Vincent Sator (Paris), Trinity Contemporary (London) and Xpo Gallery (Paris). “Promises” is supported by l’Officiel Art.

Artdesign platform
The Artdesign platform brings together a selection of cutting-edge galleries presenting exclusive pieces produced by contemporary talents: Galerie Acabas (Paris), Patrick Brillet Fine Arts (London), Cat-Berro Galerie (Paris), Galerie Domeau & Pérès (La Garenne Colombes), Mazel Galerie (Brussels), Galerie MiniMasterpiece (Paris), Mitterrand + Cramer (Geneva), Perimeter Art & Design (London), Galerie Slott (Paris). The Artdesign platform is supported by IDEAT Magazine.

Arts books artcurial bookshop
Art Paris Art Fair is launching a new section for art and artists’ books. This has been made possible through cooperation with the art and coffee table book group within the French National Publisher’s Union (SNE), headed by Pascale Le Thorel, in association with Artcurial Art Bookshop. The group includes some 30 publishers. Every hour, for the duration of the fair, artists, art historians and other authors will sign their books and meet the public.

Springtime in Paris
The VIP programme entitled Springtime in Paris highlights the vitality of the French capital’s art scene and includes the Adrian Paci exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, Anticorps by Antoine d’Agata at the Bal, Correspondances at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Disaster at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Pantin, Julio Le Parc at the Palais de Tokyo, Ettore Sottsass at Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique, Walid Raad at the Louvre, Alina Szapocznikow, dessins at the Centre Pompidou.

There are several exhibitions on the theme of Russia in Paris such as the Chagall exhibition Entre guerre et paix at the Musée du Luxembourg and the Alexei Vassiliev exhibition on the Brothers Karamazov at the MaisonVictor Hugo, and also the newly renovated Zadkine museum.

Solo show
A number of solo exhibitions are presented at the fair: paintings by Shirley Goldfarb at Galerie Guillaume, Jean-Michel Sanejouand at Mam Galerie, Pekka Jylhä at Galerie Vanessa Quang, Hubert Le Gall at Mazel Gallery, Rostan Tavasiev at Pechersky Gallery, Erik Boulatov at Pièce Unique, Simon Edmondson at Michel Soskine, Lamia Ziadé at Galerie Tanit, George Noël at Galerie Tristan, Kim Eok Seon at Wolkonsky Gallery, Raymond Hains at W Eric Landau and Véronique Smagghe galleries, Bernard Guillot at Frédéric Moisan, Edik Steinberg at Claude Bernard, Erwan Boulloud at Acabas, Louis Cane at Bernard Ceysson...

Photography lovers can see works at the following booths : A. Galerie, A2Z Art Gallery, Analix Forever, André Simoens, Blackslash Gallery, Baudouin Lebon, Galerie Renate Bender, Galerie Berthet-Aittouarès, Blue Square, Bodson-Emelinckx Gallery, °Clair Galerie, Galerie Coullaud & Koulinski, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Galerie Hélène Bailly, Duplex 10m2, Lukas Feichtner Galerie, Galerie les Filles du Calvaire, Galerija Fotografija, Gagliardi Art Sytem, Grinberg Gallery, Galerie Guillaume, Galerie Heino, Galerie Catherine Houard, Ilan Engel Gallery, Galerie Catherine Issert, Imane Farès, Inda Galeria, Louise Alexander Galerie, Pascal Janssens, Galerie MelanieRio, NK Gallery, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Pop/off/art gallery Moscow-Berlin, Galerie Alice Mogabgab, Galerie Frédéric Moisan, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Galerie Catherine Putman, Revue Noire, Rue française by Miss China, André Simoens Gallery, Galerie Taiss, The Empty Quarter, Galerie VU, XPO Gallery, Gallery Lilja Zakriova, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff...

Art Paris Art Fair
Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
Paris 75008 France

Opening hours
Thursday 28th March, from 11:30am to 8:00pm
Friday 29th March, from 11:30am to 10:00pm
Saturday 30th March, from 11:30am to 8:00pm
Sunday 31st March, from 11:30am to 8:00pm
Monday 1st April, from 11:30am to 7:00pm

Adults, full price: 20€
Half price for sudents and groups (10 people or more): 10€
Free for under 10 year olds