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Paris+ par Art Basel concludes highly successful debut edition marked by buoyant sales, vibrant city-wide programming, and strong attendance from international collectors and institutions.

The inaugural edition of Paris+ par Art Basel brought together 156 premier galleries from 30 countries and territories – including 61 exhibitors with spaces in France – in a new flagship event that further amplifies Paris’s international standing as a cultural capital. A strong lineup of galleries from France was joined by exhibitors from across Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, and the Middle East for a global showcase of the highest quality. Reaching beyond the Grand Palais Éphémère, the fair presented an active cultural program from morning to night, all week, and throughout the city, through a robust program of collaborations with Paris’s cultural institutions and its city-wide sector Sites.

The debut edition of Paris+ par Art Basel was attended by leading private collectors from France and across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as well as museum directors, curators, and high-level patrons from approximately 140 cultural organizations including: Albertina, Vienna; Art Institute of Chicago; By Art Matters, Hangzhou; The Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Dia Art Foundation, New York; Elgiz Museum, Istanbul; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Fondazione MAXXI, Rome; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; ICA Boston; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul; Les Abattoirs, Toulouse; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Mudam – The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg; Munchmuseet, Oslo; Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; New Museum, New York; NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Serpentine Galleries, London; Tate, London; and Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw.

The fair welcomed President of France Emmanuel Macron and French Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak. First Lady Brigitte Macron was also in attendance on the fair’s first public day. During his visit, President Macron congratulated Art Basel on having reinvented a true international contemporary art fair in Paris. ‘I believe this week marks a true inflection point for the arts community in France, one in which Paris’s cultural actors came together to collectively present, on the global stage, the best of what the city has to offer,’ said Clément Delépine, Director, Paris+ par Art Basel. ‘The excitement in the halls and throughout Paris is testament to the city’s renewed momentum and the spirit of collegiality which has made the extraordinary success of this first edition possible’.

‘This is a truly historic moment for Art Basel,’ said Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel. ‘Despite having only nine months to prepare, this felt like a strong show in every way. Collectors came from all over the world and were rewarded with the highest quality of artworks in the booths. We couldn’t have hoped for a better debut in this amazing city, whose cultural scene continues to go from strength to strength.’ Galleries exhibiting across all sectors of Paris+ par Art Basel – including Galeries Émergentes, the fair’s premiere sector dedicated to galleries presenting young and emerging artists – remarked on their experiences of the debut edition:

Some personalities like Leonardo DiCaprio or Rami Malek have also been seen between a Picasso and a Dali…

What about the Galeries ?

‘Art Basel is the plus for Paris! The fair and its organization have strongly reinforced Paris’s artistic energy. We are seeing more collectors, from the US and Asia notably, sales are high, and the audience is eager to discover new talents as well as modern masters. I could not dream of more for Paris.’ Kamel Mennour, Founder, kamel mennour (Paris).

‘It was an honor to be part of Art Basel’s first Paris edition, having participated in all of the fair’s locations for many successful years. The quality and number of important international collectors remained high, and we placed several works in significant collections in the first few hours of the fair opening.’ Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers, Co-owners, Sprü̈th Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York).

‘I expected Paris+ par Art Basel to be a vibrant and dynamic fair, but now I think it should be called Paris+++. A great job in so little time! At the fair I engaged with people from Australia to Latin America, from North America to Asia. Paris is at the heart of these beautiful and diverse connections. Seeing President Macron and Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak come to support the fair and its galleries is a great sign. It shows that culture in France is at the center of the current agenda, and it places France at the center of culture in the world!’ Lorenzo Fiaschi, Director, Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, São Paulo, Beijing, Havana, Les Moulins, Paris, Rome).

‘Paris+ was beyond expectations; it’s a fair which brought us all together again in the most elegant and transformative way. The sales were to A-plus collectors and foundations that we haven’t seen in a few years, and the fair reminded us of the before times. We want to thank the Art Basel team for creating such a significant fair in such a short period of time, further building upon the foundation that FIAC established.’ Lisa Spellman, Owner and Director, 303 Gallery (New York).

‘We were thrilled by the energy of the fair and impressed by the truly global cross-section of great collectors we saw on the first day – the most astute Europeans and Americans, as well as great Asian clients. Paris has always been an art capital and a place our partners consider a second home, but this week we felt a whole new momentum here. And so LGDR’s focus for this first edition of Paris+ was on quality, with works by modern and contemporary artists that are the ne plus ultra of their oeuvres. The response to our presentation was fantastic, with many works on our stand sold, and just as important, so many marvelous conversations made possible by the fair’s atmosphere – neither too grand nor too intimate, but just right.’ Amalia Dayan, Co-Founder, LGDR (New York, Hong Kong, Paris, London).

‘The inaugural Paris+ par Art Basel was a success for us, and I believe for many of our colleagues, too. The early crowd was reminiscent of a typical Art Basel preview day, with collectors coming from all over Europe and the US, and we were pleased to see so many collectors from Asia in person again. We were especially happy to have conversations with many major international museum directors and curators.’ David Zwirner, Owner, David Zwirner (New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong).

‘This first edition was particularly dynamic for us and very satisfying! We were sold out from the very first day and placed works with American, Belgian, French, Mexican, and South African collectors. Many of the works entered the collections of foundations and museums.’ Loïc Garrier, Paris Director, Ceysson & Bénétière (Paris, Saint-Etienne, Lyon, Koerich, New York).

‘We are so proud to have participated in the inaugural edition of Paris+ par Art Basel. The sales were significant, and the energy throughout the fair grounds and the city was fantastic to experience. We are incredibly grateful for the support and organization of the fair, now in this new city.’ Max Falkenstein, Senior Partner, Gladstone Gallery (New York, Brussels, Rome, Seoul).

‘It was one of the best fairs the gallery has participated in, and not only from a sales perspective. We were delighted to see many collectors from all over the world, American trustees but also French collectors.’ Jérôme Poggi, Founder, Galerie Jérôme Poggi (Paris).

‘The arrival of Art Basel to Paris has undoubtedly added great momentum to the ecosystem of the French capital. We saw much more international attendance to the fair with sales being both strong and consistent. Paris has so much to offer, and we are very happy to be a part of this comeback of the city.’ Mathieu Paris, Senior Director, White Cube (London, Hong Kong).

‘With the concentration of international collectors, curators, and art world players, everyone seems to be in Paris and Paris+ par Art Basel has definitely increased the attractiveness of the city’s art market. Since some time, Paris is experiencing a strong renaissance and has gained back an important role as an art world capital. Paris+ was a strong sign for this.’ Thaddaeus Ropac, Founder, Thaddaeus Ropac (London, Paris, Salzburg, Seoul).

‘We were delighted to reconnect with several collectors, particularly from Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, who we have not seen for some time, due to travel restrictions. The network of Paris+ par Art Basel collectors is of high quality. Paris is booming, with major galleries that used to shun the French capital moving in and private foundations multiplying.’ Anna Kraft, Director, galerie frank elbaz (Paris).

‘Artists and collectors have always been particularly drawn to Paris for its art historical importance and cultural resonance. Many of our artists were keen to place their works specifically in prestigious French collections, and with the excitement around the inaugural edition of this fair they have put forward both new and historically important works. This has been greatly appreciated by local collectors and those from far and wide.’ Serena Cattaneo Adorno, Director, Gagosian (Geneva, Basel, Gstaad, Rome, Athens, Hong Kong).

‘The increase in the quality of the works presented and the profile of the players led to a higher number of sales. The installation by Ashley Hans Scheirl and Jakob Lena Knebl at the entrance to our booth, echoing the Austrian Pavilion at the last Venice Biennale, will join the prestigious collection of one of the leaders in the tech industry. It will also result in exhibitions in several institutions for this duo, whose work will be shown next year at the Palais de Tokyo and in the Falckenberg Collection in Hamburg.’ Hervé Loevenbruck, Founder, Loevenbruck (Paris).

‘James Thurber once said that “the whole of Paris is a vast university of art,” and this first Paris+ fair week confirms those words remain absolutely true. For us at Hauser & Wirth, the atmosphere is particularly inspiring as we’re preparing our new Paris space to open next year. Our stand at Paris+ reflected our delight in being here and our commitment to art of the highest caliber, through a concise selection of museum-quality works by gallery artists, with each represented by the very best of his or her oeuvre. And it was clear on this first day of the fair that collectors and curators have gotten the assignment: Major works went quickly within the first few hours of Day 1.’ Marc Payot, President, Hauser & Wirth (Hong Kong, Ciutadella de Menorca, Gstaad, St. Moritz, Zurich, London, Somerset, Los Angeles, New York).

‘Paris is buzzing. Art Basel’s debut undoubtedly confirmed the city’s status as an art capital.  This was echoed by the numerous extraordinary exhibitions across town – not least the important show of Alice Neel at the Centre Pompidou, on the artist’s political and social engagement – and strong sales and international attendance at Paris+.’ Xavier Hufkens, Owner and Founder, Xavier Hufkens (Brussels).

‘I am positively surprised by the international audience and institutional attendance. There was an incredibly good atmosphere and interesting conversations, and we are happy to report positive sales, as well as connecting with many interesting French collections that have strong links to the fashion industry.’ Emanuel Layr, Founder, Layr (Vienna).

‘A great success for the first edition of the Art Basel fair in Paris. We were able to witness a profusion of international clients from all over the world, an audience rarely seen at an event of this type in Paris. This first edition probably announces the comeback of Paris at the center of the art market.’ Benoît Sapiro, Founder, Galerie Le Minotaure (Paris).

‘With this first edition of Paris+ by Art Basel, we have seen a real improvement in the quality of the works exhibited, with collectors coming from all over the world: this has resulted in a real emulation which allowed us to say, on Friday afternoon, that the fair is already a success.’ Nathalie Obadia, Founder, Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, Brussels).

‘It was a thrill for us to have such a positive reception during the opening hours of the inaugural Paris+ par Art Basel from international collectors and curators. Having done FIAC for a decade, I am thrilled to keep the gallery’s French presence alive with Paris+.’ Jessica Silverman, Founder, Jessica Silverman (San Francisco).

‘We are very pleased with our participation in Paris+. There is a strong dynamic at the fair; we notice the presence of many collectors, and notably of a new generation, which is very interesting. And there was no slowdown in transactions, even three days after the opening. All in all, an excellent edition ! Pietro Spartà, Founder, Galerie Pietro Spartà (Chagny).

‘I am thrilled to have taken part in the first edition of Paris+ par Art Basel. This is another  exceptional platform that the organizer provided, allowing me to showcase our Japanese artists to a wider group of European and international audiences. The fair has already proven to be a key meeting point for the art community globally. I am glad to connect and engage with the sophisticated and emerging collectors in this city and beyond. ’ Atsuko Ninawaga, Owner and Director, Take Ninagawa (Tokyo).

‘We were surprised by the number of First Choice guests and the number of collectors, which is exceptional per square meter. We had visitors from the United States, Latin America, China, but also from Turkey. We have never had such a rush, such excitement before in Paris. ’ Anne-Claudie Coric, Executive Director, Templon (Paris, Brussels).

Paris+ par Art Basel’s Associate Partners are Louis Vuitton and Tezos, with Audemars Piguet as Show Partner. Paris+ par Art Basel is also supported by David Yurman as Official Partner of Sites, groupe Galeries Lafayette as Official Partner of the Galeries Émergentes sector, BMW as Official Automotive Partner, and Vitra as Official Furniture Partner. The Show’s Host Partners are Sanlorenzo, Lalique, and Guerlain, with Maison Ruinart as Official Provider.

Paris+ Media Partners include Art Basel’s Global Media Partner The Financial Times, Beaux Arts Magazine, Connaissance des Arts, Le Journal des Arts, Le Quotidien de l’Art, Numéro art, L’Œil, and The Art Newspaper. Délit d’initié will probably be a media partner next year.

Upcoming Art Basel shows
Miami Beach, December 1-3, 2022
Hong Kong, March 23-25, 2023
Basel, June 15-18, 2023
Paris+ par Art Basel, October 19-22, 2023

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