Flying high through Paris + par Art Basel

Drone Credit: Florian Cazassus

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 first edition of Paris+ par Art Basel closed on Sunday, October 23, following a week of vigorous sales across all sectors of the market and throughout the duration of the show. The fair attracted an overall attendance of 40,000 throughout its VIP and public days.

The show extended beyond the Grand Palais Éphémère through a dynamic program of collaborations with Paris’s cultural institutions and its city-wide sector Sites, which presented over 20 publicly accessible works and interventions in unique settings throughout the city.

Paris+ par Art Basel took place at the Grand Palais Éphémère from October 20 to 23, 2022

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 line- up 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 ofcollaborations 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.

‘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:

‘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)

‘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)

‘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)

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