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Fiac 2006

The 33rd international Foire of contemporary art is reinvented in two places of paris, Cour Carrée du Louvre et Grand Palais, while passing by the garden of Tuileries. Visit of a historical building site with J-7 of its opening to the public.
Jean, black jacket, Weston black and black leather basket-, Martin Béthenod, young responsable of Fiac, has the serious one of the athlete before the OG. Pale like an actress of the dumb man, draped of a long frock coat violet bordered of black fur like a diva for her great role, Jennifer Flay, artistic director, the voluble excitation of the child has seeing his dream carried out. The duet which in three years upset the practices of Fiac (international Fair of contemporary art), last year still exiled with the Door of Versailles, would dance almost of joy on the wood platform which covers the classified fountain, in the center of immense Square Cour of Louvre. There, on this elevated horse-gear will be held, Tuesday evening, the first of two varnishings which will reveal with the VIP, first spectators of any fair, the metamorphosis of the 33e Fiac. First curtain raiser, before that in brass band of the Grand Palais, as of the next morning.
Visual shock that this transparent bubble which settles like a veil in the stone enclosure of Louvre, to 25 m of the walls to leave room to the visitors of the largest museum of France (more than 5.200 m2 used on a surface of 14.000 m2). Idea fully succeeded that this tent in three modules which respects the monumentality of the Cour Carrée, its architecture open of the bridge of Arts to the street of Rivoli, of the inflatable Moon of Bruno Peinado, posed in the gardens of Infante, with the walkers of the city under the arcades. By gathering the technical installations in the four covered corners of gray beads (matched with the door frames of Louvre), the party is taken to play the light. Like the roofs, opaque in the south, transparent in north to tame the sky of Paris. “Very beautiful the day, magic the night with the lighting of the Square Court which reflects itself on this bubble”, summarizes Martin Béthenod, who worked with tact and inward conviction to make accept the fair of art to the museum. Respecting with the smile the requirements of the architect of the Building industries of France, which defends the inheritance until least paved court. Some, like the creative Kreo gallery and its stars of the market, or Patrick Seguin, the French who allures New York, preferred to be sulky the 33e Fiac that “to be relegated” to the Square Court, with the 70 stands dedicated to the youngest galerists and to the pioneers of the design: faithful to the station, Downtown, Jousse, Éric Philippe, little from abroad like Ulrich Fiedler, after the defection of last minute of David Gill. Put in scene on a flexible chess-board, the “open space” invented for the latter by Emmanuel Combarel and Domenica Marrec want “to escape the repetitive side from the stands”. It shows a French will of revival and visual audacity which already at the end of four years a young fair triumphing like Frieze Art Fair in London forgot. Conversely, the question will arise - until the double varnishing - loss of visitors between the two sites of Fiac. They are separated by 35 minutes from walk in the garden from Tileries and its course of 13 sculptures, already impressive by its David Mack (It takes 2) installed Wednesday evening, his Long Richard posed stone with stone on quite green grass, its volute pure metal of Tony Cragg (I Am Alive).
As one already saw for the Biennial one of the Antique dealers, the enormous surface of the Grand Palais (13 000 m2) is reduced to only 4.000 m2 stands because of the safety requirements to be respected. A format more thus tightened than with the Porte of Versailles, 20 m2 to 91 m2 (the galleries Lelong, Templon or Waddington). It was necessary to keep 98 exhibitors under the nave, that is to say 168 galleries on the whole out of the 450 candidates (25% of more than last year). Before ensurebeing even ensured of the return of the queen of the national fairs to the Large Palate, 91% of the participants in Fiac 2005 wanted to already return, against 98% for the Fair of Basle, the international must. A good point. Tuesday morning, the first truck entered under the nave, with the great agitation of these two young militants of the French cause, “convinced of our cultural exception which leaves more freedom, of surprise, therefore of discovered beyond the laws of the strict market”.
Enough “pros” to have justified the faithful ones (Waddington, Karsten Greve, Chantal Crousel), caused the return of old (Jan Krugier, Marian Goodman or Gmurzynska which triumphs in Beaubourg with Yves Klein) as of new who shine (Sadie Coles and Massimo de Carlo, high-speed motorboats with Frieze 2006). After the arrival noticed in Fiac 2005, of Annely Juda (London), Eva Presenhuber (Zurich) or Hauser & Wirth (London, Zurich). Enough modest to let occur all the parallel events. Happy all in all of “all this effervescence of Paris” (to read framed opposite). One week decisive.

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