Fiac cancelled as new travel restrictions are imposed across Europe

The organisers of Paris's Fiac fair, held in the Grand Palais, have cancelled the event amid increased travel restrictions. © Marc Domage

After doggedly continuing with plans while the majority of other art fairs have been cancelled this year, the organisers of Fiac (Foire Internationale dArt Contemporain) have finally conceded that the 47th edition of the Modern and contemporary art fair will not go ahead in Pariss Grand Palais next month.

The announcement comes as coronavirus cases rise in France and new travel restrictions are imposed across Europe, including from Belgium to Paris.

The decision was taken, organisers say, after “numerous and constant discussions” with dealers, collectors and other partners over the past few weeks. Despite a “deep determination” to go ahead with the show and its “efforts to overcome the difficulties caused by the health crisis”, the organisers say they were not in a position “to organise an event that meets the legitimate expectations of its exhibitors”.

The announcement is likely to come as a blow to the Paris art scene, particularly as the fairs external projects and programme of outdoor sculpture and installation art, known as Hors les Murs, have also been cancelled. As a result, Fiac will reimburse 100% of fees paid upfront by exhibitors.

Anne-Claudie Coric, the executive director of Pariss Templon gallery, describes the decision as “a great disappointment but not a surprise”. She says: “We have been waiting for days for a clear answer.”

While the vast majority of fairs taking place this year have been cancelled, Coric points out that her gallery just participated in Art Paris, in the same location at the Grand Palais.

“It went very well both in terms of sales and attendance,” she says. “I wish the organisers of Fiac—Reed—had accepted the challenge and shown more solidarity toRead More – Source

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