The best of Paris+ Par Art Basel 2022

Paris is always a good idea. That’s what the organizers of Art Basel had in mind when they brought their concept to Paris for the first time – and they proved their promise to their 40,000 visitors this week. 156 leading galleries from 30 countries exhibited a curated selection of artworks from October 20-23 at Paris+ par Art Basel, which took place at the Grand Palais Éphémère. (Temporary location, due to the renovation of the Grand Palais until 2024).

The live energy and joy you experienced at this fair was one of a kind. An atmosphere we haven’t experienced at recent art fairs. Sunshine, smiles, hugs, happiness and collectors in a shopping mood sipping Ruinart Blanc de Blancs with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Art Basel made Paris even more magical this week. Or is it Paris that made Art Basel so magical?

Here are my highlights from the fair and beyond:

One of the first things you saw when you entered the fair was American artist Robert Motherwell’s “Je t’aime No II” (1955) at the Pace Gallery. Just brilliant.

Another first place in Paris+ goes to Hauser & Wirth. The famous gallery presented “The Dream (2022)” by the American visual artist George Condo.

Jack Pearson is known for his refreshingly sarcastic collages and quotes, always a highlight of the Regen Projects booth: “A Bored Aimless Life with the Jetset” (2022).

Switzerland’s Eva Pressenhuber Gallery is showing the work “Revealing” (2022), painted in nail polish and ink by Zurich-based contemporary artist Luisa Gagliardi.

Art in the Park, also known as “Places in the Jardin des Tuileries”: Organized in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre and curated by Annabelle Ténèze, the exhibition entitled “La Suite de l’Histoire” brought together large-scale works in picturesque locations of the Jardin des Tuileries . The exhibition examines the multi-layered history of the gardens, including its political and social dimensions, through the work of artists whose practices often subvert and rethink the role of art in public space. Set in a place where history, architecture and nature merge, the exhibition invites visitors to re-examine the gardens in a new way.

Place Vendôme objects: German-Polish artist Alicja Kwade presents “Au cours des Mondes” (2022), curated by Jérôme Sans. This new installation, her largest to date, is a set of spheres, a recurring motif for the artist, in dialogue with endless staircases.

A truly proactive journey into public space, the installation questions our relationship with knowledge, the universe and the mechanisms of power. A mesmerizing exhibition – day and night. The public exhibition continues until November 13, 2022

Audemars Piguet, the Swiss luxury watch brand from Le Brassus, a long-time partner of Art Basel, has commissioned the artist Andreas Angelidakis for his first monographic and largest exhibition: “Center for the Critical Appraisal of Antiquity (2022)’, currently taking place at the historic Espace Niemeyer in Paris.

For the 10th anniversary of the brand’s artistic program, Audemars Audemars Piguet Contemporary worked closely with Angelidakis to realize this large-scale commission – a playful, ironic and hypnotic show that highlights antiquity and today’s ignorance of heritage and values, as showcases works that represent the reality of the historical landmarks of his hometown of Athens. The works can be viewed with free entry until October 30.

As the official hotel partner of Art Basel in Hong Kong and this year also in Paris, the historic luxury hotel nestled in a Beaux-Arts style property not only accommodates art world guests, treating them to romantic views of the city and the Eiffel Tower tower, but also with fine dining in the hotel’s renowned restaurants. What The Peninsula Paris is most loved and known for is its luxurious spa treatments and spacious wellness area. Their recently launched wellness and sustainability platform ‘Life Lived Best’ accompanies its guests holistically for physical, mental and nutritional well-being – especially during busy and intense times like this art fair week. Through The Peninsula’s Art in Resonance program, the hotel is deeply committed to engaging with the artistic realm, not only as exhibition venues, but also as creators and innovators of culture.

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