Art Paris Art Fair 2013 | An Eastern Flair

20th March 2013
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Laura Burnside

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Choueiri Ginou, Rebirth (2012), Little Lilly Leapord (2011), Healing Heart (2012)  © Galerie Mark Hachem. Courtesy of Art Paris Art Fair 2013.

From 28th March to 1st April 2013, Art Paris Art Fair will be bringing together 144 galleries from 20 countries under the majestic glass roof of the Grand Palais.

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Culbert Bill, Abat jour / seaux (1992) © Galerie Catherine Issert. Courtesy of Art Paris Art Fair 2013.

The fair presents modern and contemporary art and is confirming its identity as the art event that focuses on the art scenes of the East (Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia).

With 74 newcomers to the fair, the 2013 selection brings profound changes and a notable expansion of its international dimension. Several countries are joining for the first time, notably the United Arab Emirates, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia and finally Russia, which comes with an unprecedented representation of 10 galleries.

Among the new participants are Laurent Delaye Gallery (London), Michel Soskine (Madrid), Heino Gallery (Helsinki), Tanit (Munich), Bodson-Emelinckx Gallery (Brussels), Várfok Gallery (Budapest), SEM Art Gallery (Monaco), Mimmo Scognamiglio (Milan) et Galleria Giuseppe Pero (ex 1 000 Eventi, Milan).

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Cherri Ali, Going through my mind (2011) © Galerie Imane Farès. Art Paris Art Fair 2013.

In line with its policy of exploring the art scenes of the East, Art Paris Art Fair has invited Russia as guest of honour. A central space in the fair will be dedicated to 10 galleries from different cities in Russia, while 15 European galleries will show work by Russian artists.

In their quest to discover new talent, Art Paris Art Fair will also be launching a new section dedicated to young galleries, Promises, which will include 12 galleries established in the past five years.

Another section will be the Art Design, which will explore the links and cross-over between design and contemporary art. Nine cutting-edge galleries have been selected to present one-of -a-kind, exclusive pieces made by contemporary talents.