FIAC 2012

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After Frieze in London comes Paris’s annual international contemporary art fair the FIAC, opening on Thursday at the Grand Palais. You may choose to queue for hours then fork out 35€ to see a mish-mash of big names on the stands there, but we recommend taking advantage of the fair’s thrilling program of free outdoor projects in the Tuileries Garden and in the Jardin des Plantes, plus Brit artist Jeremy Deller’s inflatable Stonehenge “Sacrilege” on the Esplanade des Invalides. And there’s a whole new season of shows opening or recently opened in the capital’s great instutions, including H5 at La Gaîté Lyrique, French Touch at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Imagine the Imaginary at the Palais de Tokyo, Antoni Muntadas at the Jeu de Paume, Edward Hopper at the Grand Palais or Adel Abdessemed at the Centre Pompidou. With a special late-night opening “gallery night” on Thu, 6-11pm, the city’s private galleries pull out all the stops while the collectors are in town with shows of the calibre of Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer at the new Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin, Loris Gréaud at Yvon Lambert, Jeremy Deller at Art: Concept or Rudolf Stingel at Gagosian, just to name a few. Other art fair week news, Marc-Olivier Wahler launches his new project Chalet Society, and Gagosian inaugurates its monumental new Jean Nouvel designed space out at the private jet rich airport le Bourget on Thu with another show from Anselm Kiefer.
Thu 18-Sun 21 Oct. Noon-8pm.

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