The Moderne Art Fair is a modern and contemporary art and design fair. The 2023 edition was held from October 19 to 22 in Paris on Avenue des Champs Elysées, from Place G. Clémenceau to l’Etoile.
This year, for this unmissable event, around fifty galleries were present, including the 1831 Art Gallery in St Germain-des-Prés and the K+Y Gallery (75008). We were able to discover works from the 20th and 21st centuries, on 4 levels. including paintings, sculptures, photographs, art objects and furniture. Amateurs and collectors were able to meet professionals.
After a meeting in a large building at l’Etoile last year, the Moderne Art Fair was back on the Champs Elysées during “Contemporary Art Week”. This 3rd edition took over from Art Elysées while retaining its primary identity on modern and contemporary art and design of the 20th and 21st centuries. This fair offers a complementary life to the major international fairs while bringing together galleries from Paris, all over France and Europe.
In a friendly atmosphere, this fair is aimed at connoisseurs by bringing together for 5 days the players in the art and design market, offering exceptional works and objects. It is the only one to stand on the most beautiful avenue in the world for the 3rd year in a row with its magnificent white tents. Among the stands, we noted the presence of the Baudoin Lebon gallery which presented the works of Vicky Colombet, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst and Dan Flavin. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Bert gallery presented a superb set of works of art by modern masters usually present including Hartung, Poliakoff, Lanskoy, Estève. At the Cortina gallery in Barcelona, we could discover Spanish art with Joan Miro, Jaume Plensa, Pablo Picasso, Manolo Valdes. At the Messina gallery, specializing in modern and post-war paintings, sculptures and works on paper, one could find works by Bourdelle, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Yayoi Kusama.
The Italian interior architect and designer Stéfano Trapani, always looking for a balance between aesthetics, functionality and comfort, gives life to unique design objects that become works of art, working with metals precious in collaboration with exceptional French and Italian artisans who combine their know-how. You can also discover works inspired by archeology as well as a program of exhibitions including that of Clément Cividino including pieces never shown to the public, created by the architects Martin Pan and André Wogensky. Modern Art Fair also hosted the digital and interactive installation Unritrattoperunirci by the Italian artist Vincenzo Marsiglia as well as the photographs of Olivier Goy which retraces 10 years of discovery of the world and life at Modern Art Fair.
The results of this last edition are rather mixed while the context was not obvious for its situation because of the Village Rugby installed at Place de la Concorde, the All Saints’ Day holiday period and the geopolitical context in Israel, not to mention the Americans cancel their trip. However, the opinion of the galleries was unanimous regarding the quality of visitors with many Europeans whereas collectors were in the majority in previous years.
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