What’s on in Paris this November
1 November 2015
Browse & Buy Contemporary Artworks During a Luxury Stay at Hotel de Vigny
As well as boasting an array of world-famous galleries, Paris continues to be the home and inspiration for a whole host of internationally renowned artists. It should therefore come as no surprise that it has its very own Art Week, which will offer the chance to browse and purchase works at any array of events including ‘Art Elysées’ and ‘8e Avenue’ this November. Both of these leading exhibitions are within a 15 minute walking distance from our five-star hotel in Paris and we’ve put together a guide for art fans planning the perfect luxury stay in Paris.
22nd – 26th November 2015
According to organiser Isabelle Keit-Parinaud, the modern and contemporary art fair ‘Art Elysées’ has become known as the go-to event for collectors wanting a ‘sure thing’. Now in its 9th year, the event will bring together almost 75 galleries to offer visitors an extensive and exclusive opportunity to browse works by some of the most renowned artists and designers in the world. Three pavilions will line the exclusive stretch between Place Clemenceau and Place de la Concorde on the Champs-Élysées; each providing an unmissable opportunity to expand a collection or inspire a new passion.
National and international dealers will be presenting an array of works to ensure every taste is taken care of. Head to the Samuel Vanhoegaerden stand to admire Tom Wesselmann’s nude portraits in steel and Keith Haring’s brightly coloured graffiti-inspired drawings, or alternatively, Baudoin Lebon will be showcasing pieces by four South Korean artists who have been influenced by both the east and west. Galerie Alexis Lartigue will boast pieces by the likes of Andy Warhol and Op artist Victor Vasarely, while impressive metal sculptures by Carles Valverde and Robert Schad will be on display at the Galerie Linz stand. Galerie Minsky will offer ethereal figurative works by Leonor Fini, and architectural drawings by Pascal Laborde will be available to buy at Galerie 30 32.
Additionally, there will also be an entire section devoted to contemporary design in which decorative objects will sit side-by-side with iconic furniture. Admire Yves de la Tour d’Auvergne’s monochrome chairs reminiscent of origami structures at Messine Gallerie & Conseil, while a more naturally influenced aesthetic will await at the Galerie Desprez-Bréhéret stand. Meanwhile, Galerie Meubles et Lumières will offer lighting created between the 1950’s and 1970’s by both French and Italian designers, including Robert Mathieu’s rare brass floor lamps with almost conical shaped shades.
The five day event will also offer the chance to visit three exhibitions, including the ‘Light Project’, which will explore the depiction of light in art as part of the international ‘Light Year’ celebrations. This will be continued with a colourful light installation courtesy of Yves Charnay, while design fans will be able to admire a rare collection of seats designed by Pierre Gauche, including the 1958 Calice Armchair created for Meurop. With such a variety of works to discover and exhibitions to admire, this event has become a highlight in the art market calendar and will provide the ideal day out for any art lover.
22nd – 26th November 2015
Art Elysées’ sister event, ‘8e Avenue’, will focus specifically on urban art. Located in its own pavilion adjacent to the Grand Palais and Art Elysées, it will honour ‘…the ‘enfant terrible’ of contemporary art’ via a carefully curated selection of upcoming galleries. Galerie Ange Basso will be showing works by the ‘father of stencil graffiti’ Blek Le Rat, while vast graffiti landscapes by Popay and paintings of dilapidated buildings by Christian Benoist will be displayed at the Green Flowers Art stand.
Stepping away from more traditional street art techniques, there will also be exclusive etchings created using highly detailed engravings by Philippe Mohlitz at Galerie Mader, and Costa’s sculptural mosaics created using pieces of enamelled road signs at Galerie Art Jingle. Meanwhile, exhibitions will include works by Rammellzee, who began his career by painting on the walls of New York’s subway tunnels in 1974, and photographer and installation artist Franck Loret. Visitors will also be invited to journey through the history and evolution of street art, which will include works by Banksy and provide the perfect introduction to such an influential movement.
With an awe-inspiring wealth of artworks to view, and the opportunity to expand your own collection, a visit to Art Elysées and 8e Avenue will be unmissable for any art fan during a luxury getaway to Paris this November.
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