As it does every spring, the Art Paris Art fair will be taking over Paris’ prestigious Grand Palais from the 26th to 29th of March: inviting 145 galleries from all over the world to showcase their best and brightest contemporary and modern works, this year’s fair has placed a strong emphasis on giving exposure to regions of the art world ‘off the beaten track’. In the spirit of ‘discovery’ and ‘exploration’, the bywords chosen to define this year’s fair by director Guillaume Piens, we have selected five of our favourite galleries in attendance, each one innovating in different fields across the art world.
Flatland Gallery | Amsterdam
Focusing on photography, film and video, Flatland Gallery is a well-established Dutch contemporary art gallery. Attributing its success since its founding in 1984 to a cosmopolitan outlook and independent standpoint, the gallery is known for championing the works of unknown artists and photographers alongside those of their more established counterparts.
Artists to be exhibited at their stall this year include Erwin Olaf, featuring some works from his breathtakingly subtle photograph and video installation 2014 series ‘Waiting’.
Podbielski Contemporary | Berlin
Podbielski Contemporary is one of the 12 galleries under five years old chosen to exhibit in the fair’s Promises section, dedicated to the discovery and promotion of new international talents. The gallery is uniquely aimed toward the representation of artists who narrate the geopolitics of the Balkans, the Middle East, Italy and Germany through transcultural perspectives; artists featuring include Ohad Matalon and Leonora Hamill, whose striking, sun-drenched compositions will bring a flash of Mediterranean flavour to the proceedings.
Galerie Pascaline Mulliez | Paris
With their exhibition space located a short distance from the Grand Palais, Pascaline Mulliez Gallery will be right at home at the fair; returning with a strong portfolio of mixed media artists, we are drawn to this particular gallery for the diverse blend of works set to be exhibited. Highlights include Jean Noël’s eye-popping, colourful sculptures that seem to transcend the conventions of 2D and 3D, sure to contrast nicely with Estonian born Katrin Koskaru’s minimalistic compositions.
Un-Spaced | Paris
Established in 2013, Un-Spaced gallery has quickly made a name for itself – dedicated to working with artists who challenge the boundaries of visual art, the gallery’s portfolio includes both French and international artists, primarily at emerging and mid-career stages.
For the fair, Un-Spaced have prepared a body of work from artists Pierre Labat, Sebastian Wickeroth, Paul Lahana, and Cecile Dupaquier, the pieces juxtaposed with the intention of drawing a critical discourse on form opposing approach.
Galerie Ziegler | Zurich
Last but definitely not least is Zurich’s Ziegler Gallery: established in 1959, the gallery boasts a strong tradition of exhibiting works by world renowned artists including Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso. The gallery will feature some of Swiss artist Ruedi Bechtler’s recent installations, sure to draw attention with their unusual and etherial qualities.