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2015 FIAC in numbers

Contemporary Art | The 2015 FIAC closed its doors with 71,717 visitors, down 1% from 2014, with 13,000 additional visits to its satellite OFF (icielle). A look at the numbers reveals the solidity of its strategy for remaining competitive in the face of competition from heavyweights Art Basel and Frieze.

Outside view of the Grand Palais © Photo by Marc Domage, courtesy FIAC
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Outside view of the Grand Palais
© Photo by Marc Domage, courtesy FIAC

The nave of the Grand Palais welcomed 175 galleries from 23 countries. It was a more intimate selection than the previous year, with 191 galleries from 25 countries, and less international, with 46 French galleries (a two percent increase over last year) of which 42 were Parisian. A more European selection, with 122 galleries (+ 5 points) and 36 American galleries (- 2 points).
Among the 175 galleries, 80% exposed at the 2014 FIAC, a figure that falls to 76% when only considering French galleries. At the (OFF) icielle satellite site at the Cité de la Mode et du Design, 69 galleries exposed, of which 19 were French.

The FIAC micro-market was marked by important transactions (in Art Market Monitor) : Thaddaeus Ropac sold 5 Baselitz sculptures for 750,000 euro each, Skarstedt moved several works, including a Günter Uecker for $1.8 million, while Fergus McCaffrey sold two Kazuo Shiragas for a total of $6.5 million.

Strong competition between the three major fairs Basel, Frieze and the FIAC engenders a market model where intermediate sized galleries tend to be excluded. While the (OFF) icielle allegedly courts young galleries, the proportion of exhibitors with at least one annex is steadily growing : 46 of 175 in 2015 (26%), 42 of 191 in 2014 (22%), and 34 of 184 in 2013 (18%).

Vincent Kozsilovics
Publié le 04/11/2015
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Outside view of the Grand Palais
© Photo by Marc Domage, courtesy FIAC

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