Paris: A September Jammed Packed with Art Fairs and Shows

On 24 August 2021, by Vanessa Schmitz-Grucker

September will be packed with an unprecedented concentration of fairs and shows, starting with Art Basel, whose parent event has been postponed until late September. Paris is no exception.

Iznik tile, green ground, JM Béalu & Fils.

The 23rd Art Paris fair will kill two birds with one stone: inaugurating the 'Pop-Up' Grand Palais from September 9 to 12 and being the first international art event to take place there. The new structure will host 140 galleries from 19 countries and about 20 solo shows. Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where galleries opened up several weeks ago, is preparing to welcome the 20th Parcours des mondes (“World Tours”) from September 7 to 12. Divided into three parts—Traditional Arts of Africa, India and Oceania, Asian Art and Archeology—every year for two decades this event showcasing Non-Western arts has brought together about 60 galleries headed by leading figures such as Australian Oceanic art expert Chris Boylan, Parisian Christophe Hioco, a major name in Indian art, and Laura Bosc de Ganay, a specialist in archeological objects from around the Mediterranean rim.

The 14th Parcours de la céramique et des arts du feu (Ceramics and Arts of Fire Walk) will take place from September 21 to 25. This year’s first will be a partnership with the musée Condé-château de Chantilly: porcelain on loan from the museum, and therefore not for sale, will be on display at participating galleries. Most of this year’s exhibitors will again be Parisian dealers, including Bertrand de Lavergne, Dragesco-Cramoisan and the Vauclair Gallery.

From September 24 to 26, the Salon international du livre rare et des experts en objets d’art (International Rare Books and Objets d’art Experts Fair) will take place beneath the wooden roof of the Pop-Up Grand Palais. The event will include talks about the profession of objets d’art expert and the awarding of the French prize for bibliography and the history of the book.

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