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  • Olafur Eliasson, “The new planet”, 2013. Neugerriemschneider Gallery, Berlin.

  • Cy Twombly, Installation view, “An American in Paris”, 2014. Gagosian Gallery Le Bourget, Paris.

  • Sarah Braman, “Breakfast”, 2012. CANADA Gallery, New York.

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Inside the International Contemporary Art Fair of Paris (FIAC)

FIAC, the International Contemporary Art Fair of Paris that was founded 40 years ago, attracted this year more than 80.000 visitors from all over the world, beating sales records and consolidating itself as one of the leading international art fairs. The event was held from October 23 to 26, 2014, at the Grand Palais, with the established galleries taking over the main floor and the younger ones occupying the Salon d’Honneur section on the first floor. FIAC 2014 gathered 191 galleries from 26 countries, among them Turkey, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Brazil, India and South Korea, showcasing works by more than 3.430 artists, including big names like Cy Twombly, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Yayoi Kusama or Ai Wei Wei, and new promises like Cyprien Gaillard and Asim Waqif.

Apart from the Grand Palais section, FIAC also staged various events and public installations all over Paris, among them a giant inflatable sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy, evoking a sex toy, which caused a big stir. Moreover, this year saw the opening of (Off)icielle, FIAC’s official parallel fair at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design, which focuses on emerging art. (Off)icielle attracted 68 galleries from 14 countries, showcasing works by newcomers and artists whose historic contribution has been overlooked, on a surface spanning over 3.700 m2. FIAC 2014 was held with such a big success that the fair will inaugurate next year its first international event, FIAC Los Angeles, following the examples of Art Basel and Frieze London that already have their sister fairs in Miami, Hong Kong and New York. FIAC Los Angeles will be held at the Convention Center from March 27 to 29, 2015, bringing together “FIAC’s forty year history of dynamic growth and the city’s rise as a cultural capital”.