Preview: Paris Internationale 2017

Flyer "Paris Internationale" (l) | @Aurelien Mole (r)

Paris Internationale begins on October 17th. Julia took a look at the program for this promising art fair

As opposed to Berlin, Paris doesn’t seem at first glance to be a place where an experimental art scene can flourish. The movers and shakers behind Paris Internationale are proving the opposite this week: The fair is taking place for the third time and aspires to be a cool, exciting little sister to the FIAC art fair, and has even extended. After the preview on October 17th, good art can be seen on several floors at 11, Rue de Beranger until it closes on October 22nd. A total of 55 galleries from 17 countries and eight project spaces from Paris will draw attention to themselves and their work.

Inspired by the YouTube channel “What’s in My Bag”, The Cheapest University will host talks by artists in which they engage with each other and current topics. The founders include five young galleries: Antoine Levi, Crèvecoeur, High Art, Sultana, and Gregor Staiger. Their credo follows three principles:

  • To propose affordable spaces and therefore encourage the exhibitors to present audacious projects
  • To attract the most interesting protagonists of a younger generation of galleries in Paris
  • To deconstruct the traditional codes of art fairs by anchoring the project in an outstanding context within Paris’ city center

The number of visitors doubled between the first and second year, and looks to be continuing to rise – 15,000 guests are expected.

As hard as it is to pick just a few, here are some stops you shouldn’t miss: BQ, Daniel Marzona, Sandy Brown, and Tanya Leighton from Berlin, Jan Kaps from Cologne, Max Mayer from Düsseldorf, and Deborah Schamoni from Munich.

The special location also has a nice little story to offer: The old multi-story parking lot was once home for 30 years to the headquarters of the newspaper Libération, which was founded by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1973 in the wake of the May 1968 protests. So, you could say that underlying philosophy of wanting to break with convention remains a leading force at this noteworthy institution. No wonder that Gucci is on board as the main sponsor!

Paris Internationale will take place between October 17th and October 22nd in Paris. (An invitation is required for the opening day). A list of exhibitors and additional information can be found on the website here. You can also get an impression of the fair on Instagram (@aaaahhhparisinternationale) and Facebook here.

Paris Internationale 2017
11, Rue Beranger
75003 Paris

Preview: Tuesday, October 17th (by invitation only)
Professional Preview: 11—5pm
Opening: 5—8pm

Public opening hours:
Wednesday, October 18 to Saturday, October 21: 12pm—8pm
Sunday, October 22: 12pm—6pm

Translation: Melissa Frost

Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.