The 40th edition of La Foire internationale d’art contemporain (FIAC), the contemporary art fair, kicks off in Paris this week. Along with Art Basel and Frieze, this is one of the world’s most famous art markets, expected to attract more than 75,000 visitors to the Grand Palais. Works from more than 3,000 artists (184 international galleries from 25 different countries) will be showcased from October 24-27, 2013. Tickets are priced from 20 euros.
Even if you’re not looking to make a purchase, FIAC affords an extraordinary opportunity to gape at sculptures placed “hors les murs” in public spaces around the city. In the Jardin des Plantes and Jardin des Tuileries, the artwork allows visitors to view these historic Parisian settings in a different perspective. This year, the Berges de Seine will also serve as a stage, as does the Place Vendôme, where Tadashi Kawamata has installed wooden “tree huts” on the Napoleon Column and a building façade.