As Art Basel Paris unfolds this October 18, the city transforms into an expansive canvas of artistic possibilities. This second edition promises an even more immersive experience, weaving art into the very fabric of Paris and showcasing a vibrant fusion of contemporary creativity. Here’s what not to miss during this enthralling event.
Art Basel Paris isn’t just about galleries; it’s an invitation to delve into the soul of the city, where art interlaces with life. The upcoming art fair and its city-wide programming, in collaboration with institutions like the Louvre and Centre Pompidou, offer a deeper dive into the world of art.
The city’s pulse quickens as the concurrent public programming stretches across six venues, reaching new locales like the Centre Pompidou, the Parvis de L’Institut de France, and the Palais d’Iena.
At the Centre Pompidou, the “Conversations” program unfolds, featuring nine engaging talks covering subjects from art collecting to avant-garde figures, inviting art connoisseurs to explore art’s diverse dimensions. The Parvis de L’Institut de France showcases a monumental six-meter-high sculpture by American artist Sheila Hicks, adding an exciting visual spectacle to the event. Meanwhile, the Palais d’Iena will host an exhibition highlighting the works of Italian painter Michelangelo Pistoletto and French artist Daniel Buren, a tribute to the beauty of artistic collaboration.
Continuing its collaboration with the Louvre, Paris+ par Art Basel once again graces the Tuileries Garden with a stunning exhibition titled “The Fifth Season.” Curated by Annabelle Teneze, this exhibition of public artworks invites you to immerse yourself in the artistry of this historical garden, creating a dialogue between contemporary art and the city’s timeless beauty.
NEW SPACES AND EXHIBITIONS
In the heart of Paris, Hauser & Wirth, a globally renowned art gallery, opens its first Parisian space in a magnificent 19th-century neo-classical building. This exciting addition to Paris’ art scene, situated in the 8th arrondissement, marks a new chapter. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “FROM SUGAR TO SHIT” by American artist Henry Taylor, promises a disruptive artistic experience, introducing a fresh perspective to Paris’ vibrant art landscape.
Meanwhile, the Fondation Louis Vuitton invites art enthusiasts to delve into the career of Mark Rothko. This retrospective, the first in France since 1999, meticulously showcases approximately 115 works, offering a chronological journey through Rothko’s artistic evolution. This exhibition, a celebration of color and form, promises to be a highlight of Art Basel Paris.
DINING IN THE HEART OF PARIS
Amidst the art-filled days, exploring Paris’ culinary scene is a must. From traditional bistros to contemporary gastronomic delights, the city is a treasure trove for food enthusiasts.
Hemicycle: Nestled close to Invalides, this restaurant by Stéphane Manigold, featuring Italian chefs Flavio Lucarini and Aurora Storari, promises sophisticated Mediterranean dishes that tantalize the taste buds.
Boubalé: Located at Le Grand Mazarin Hotel, this culinary gem, led by Israeli chef Assaf Granit and headman Tomer Lanzman, offers flavorful Ashkenazi dishes with a modern twist, complemented by a laid-back atmosphere.
Datil: An establishment by renowned chef Manon Fleury, Datil combines sleek interiors with delectable culinary offerings, providing an exquisite dining experience.
Le Procope: An iconic Parisian restaurant dating back to the city’s oldest times, Le Procope reopens its doors after refurbishment, promising a blend of tradition and innovation.